Captain Sensible

Who are the best FPL captain options for Gameweek 17?

The latest Fantasy Premier League captaincy debate is all about trust, something that has been in short supply recently.

Many of us are fresh from watching the most popular skipper blank in each of the last two Gameweeks, Mohamed Salah (£12.6m) still without a goal since Gameweek 14.

What’s worse, those two matches pitted league leaders Liverpool against so-called ‘lesser opposition’ in West Bromwich Albion and Newcastle.

Such freak results have become commonplace in 2020/21 as a busy fixture period, uncertainty over future matches and lack of fans have all impacted our Fantasy assets across the board. Since 2001, no team has ever occupied the Premier League’s top spot after 16 games with as few points as 33. Such a total would have placed you sixth in the division last season.

How will these factors play into the Gameweek 17 captaincy? Well, there is lots to unpack here.

Liverpool travel to face a stubborn Southampton defence, Bruno Fernandes (£11.2m) is up against an impressive Aston Villa team while the arguably out-of-form Harry Kane (£11.0m) and Son Heung-min (£9.7m) will be treated to Saturday lunch with Leeds’ gut-busting free-scoring Leeds outfit.

As ever, the Captain Sensible article is here to look into these options, comparing their individual form against the defensive capabilities and/or weaknesses of their upcoming opponents.

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Captain Poll

Salah’s struggles in front of goal over the last two Gameweeks seem very fresh in many people’s minds, as the Egyptian has failed to reach 10% of votes in this week’s captain poll so far.

That puts the Liverpool winger in the fourth-place behind Fernandes (32.5%), Kane (20.0%) and Son (17.0%).

The top-five is closed up by Dominic Calvert-Lewin (£7.9), with 5.2% of votes going the way of the Everton striker ahead of West Ham’s Friday evening trip to Goodison Park.

Jamie Vardy (4.7%) is the one to slightly miss out on the top-five this week, as Leicester visit Newcastle in Gameweek 17.

Perhaps surprisingly, in-form Marcus Rashford (£9.5m) gathered less than 1.0% of votes this week, despite extending his scoring run against Wolves. The Manchester United man now has five goals in his last six Premier League appearances

KEY MATCHES

Southampton v Liverpool

Liverpool finally hit top gear ahead of appealing festive schedule

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  1. merin
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 5 Years
    1 month, 26 days ago

    Any suggestions on how to use this FT?

    Martinez Steer
    Chilwell Coufal Dallas KWP Lewis
    Salah Mané Bruno Son Bissouma
    DCL Bamford Wilson

    1 FT, 0.2 ITB

    1. TeddiPonza
      • 10 Years
      1 month, 26 days ago

      Save

    2. Sid1891
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 26 days ago

      Good team
      Save

  2. Nightcrawler
    • 1 Year
    1 month, 26 days ago

    Cup opp ranked inside top 50k....

    Fortunately he'll be saying the same thing

    1. The Count of Monte Cristo
      • 8 Years
      1 month, 26 days ago

      Weird flex, but okay.

  3. Atimis
    • 4 Years
    1 month, 26 days ago

    Have following dilemmas for DGW:

    1) Stones or Justin - have Cancelo
    2) Ghazi or Raphinha - have Bamford
    3) Son or KDB

    ?

    1. The Invincibles
      • 8 Years
      1 month, 26 days ago

      1) Justin is a better long term pick imo, especially if you already have Cancelo.
      2) Raphina. Ghazi isn't guaranteed a spot when Barkley comes back.
      3) KDB. Son doesn't have a double and has tough fixtures after that.

      1. Atimis
        • 4 Years
        1 month, 26 days ago

        That’s, had similar thoughts

      2. Pukkipartyy
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 2 Years
        1 month, 26 days ago

        This but i would double city d over Justin 100%

  4. ⚔★Vibudh★⚔
    • 4 Years
    1 month, 26 days ago

    Is it madness to BB without a 2nd GK?

    1. Chucky
      • 7 Years
      1 month, 26 days ago

      lol yes...

    2. dark91
      • 5 Years
      1 month, 26 days ago

      A bit but better than taking a hit I would say

      1. dark91
        • 5 Years
        1 month, 26 days ago

        Unless it is a keeper with decent fixtures but I think you are referring to getting someone cheap with bad fixtures

        1. ⚔★Vibudh★⚔
          • 4 Years
          1 month, 26 days ago

          Yeah, Martinez actually... vs City and Everton, but after the GW I'll have a headache of him and Mendy haha

    3. Lukakwho
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 26 days ago

      I wouldn’t go as far as madness, if you for example have 3 other playing DGW players, but it’s worth a -4 to make them a playing keeper

      1. popey
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 2 Years
        1 month, 26 days ago

        having same dilemma with getting Meslier for a hit for BB.

        PRO'S - should score more than 4, don't have other Leeds defender, its not the worst idea to have a playing second keeper this year with potential cancellations

        CON'S - -4, ties up 0.6m on bench keeper, wastes a transfer/hit to remove before 2nd WC

        cover for cancellations probably makes it worthwhile IMO

  5. Joey Tribbiani
      1 month, 26 days ago

      Trying to create Wildcard team for GW18 and GW19, struggling

      1. Joey Tribbiani
          1 month, 26 days ago

          with gw 19 bench boost

          1. Lukakwho
            • 3 Years
            1 month, 26 days ago

            so that’s how you’re doin 😉

          2. Sid1891
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 3 Years
            1 month, 26 days ago

            Doing the same
            Fielding 9 in BGW and all 15 iin DGW

        • GenerationalTalent
          • 3 Years
          1 month, 26 days ago

          I just don’t understand that strategy bc of the need for Leeds and West Ham players

          1. Steve The Spud
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 1 Year
            1 month, 26 days ago

            Can be done, just have a bench of flappy, Coufal and double Leeds attack

        • Walnut Whips
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          1 month, 26 days ago

          Fab, Martinez, Cancelo, Stones, Maguire, Coufal, Holding, KDB, Salah, Bruno, El Ghazi, Raphinha, Rodrigo, Bam, Watkins.

          Couple of transfers before 19.

          1. Walnut Whips
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            1 month, 26 days ago

            ...and Robbo.

            1. Walnut Whips
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              1 month, 26 days ago

              ... instead of Coufal. 2020 has affected my typing.

          2. Joey Tribbiani
              1 month, 26 days ago

              hmm

          3. The Invincibles
            • 8 Years
            1 month, 26 days ago

            Something like this:

            Martinez, McCarthy.
            Dias, Justin, Dallas, Coufal, Targett.
            Salah, KDB, Fernandes, Grealish, Raphina.
            Bamford, Antonio, Adams.

            Might not be quite affordable depending on when you got players in originally, but you could just downgrade Robbo to Justin or another City defender. This gives you 15 DGW players for 19, then something like this using a FH in 18:

            Leno, Forster.
            Dias, Dier, Targett, Kilman, Mitchell.
            Fernandes, Son, KDB, Grealish, Romeu.
            Kane, DCL, Wilson.

            1. The Invincibles
              • 8 Years
              1 month, 26 days ago

              *Thought I'd typed Robertson where Justin is!

        • teemccann
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          1 month, 26 days ago

          HELP GUYS!
          SO...
          GW17
          Martinez,
          Dallas, Robbo, Coufal, Bednarek
          Salah,Bruno,Son,
          Kane, Bamford, DCL

          Bench Soucek

          A) Hold and bin FT
          B) Martinez,DCL to Fabianski,Adams

          FH18

          GW19
          Bednarek to Chillwell/Dias

        • GenerationalTalent
          • 3 Years
          1 month, 26 days ago

          Who’s backup to AWB?

          1. GenerationalTalent
            • 3 Years
            1 month, 26 days ago

            Ah nice thanks

        • TeddiPonza
          • 10 Years
          1 month, 26 days ago

          Play Mitchell or sell Taylor/Lamptey for a hit? (To Lowton or Coufal)

        • Shark Team
          • 3 Years
          1 month, 26 days ago

          Amazing GW18 Free Hit team:

          Lloris
          Dias Stones Maguire
          KDB(C) Bruno Rashford Son Saka
          Kane Wilson

          For those saying that this is gonna be a bad gw to FH

          1. Garlana
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 6 Years
            1 month, 26 days ago

            Yeh looks decent tbf. I'd be tempted by zaha

          2. Lukakwho
            • 3 Years
            1 month, 26 days ago

            Got it on copy and paste cheers

          3. The 12th Man
            • 7 Years
            1 month, 26 days ago

            and the bench?

            1. Shark Team
              • 3 Years
              1 month, 26 days ago

              4.0/3.8 3.9 4.3
              It's tight... If it's not working for your team then simply downgrade Lloris to Leno

              1. The 12th Man
                • 7 Years
                1 month, 26 days ago

                and if there’s unforeseen postponements you’ll be crying.
                Get a full playing bench covering different teams by downgrading a player.

                1. Shark Team
                  • 3 Years
                  1 month, 26 days ago

                  Martial in for Kane then but you have to risk in FPL

        • Forza Papac
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 5 Years
          1 month, 26 days ago

          I never thought a goalkeeper transfer could be season defining, but Martinez > Johnstone feels like just that. I've not looked but I reckon that transfer has cost me 30+ pts so far.

          1. ⚔★Vibudh★⚔
            • 4 Years
            1 month, 26 days ago

            Sam here with Mendy, cost me 26 and counting

            1. ⚔★Vibudh★⚔
              • 4 Years
              1 month, 26 days ago

              *Same

        • Munny Man
          • 8 Years
          1 month, 26 days ago

          Hi All.
          According to FPL Statistics, is KDB going to drop in price? Or is that incorrect?
          Is Stones a good replacement for Taylor?
          Thanks.

          1. Tinfoil Deathstar
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            1 month, 26 days ago

            Correct. Looks like he’ll drop tonight. Stones is a great shout for Taylor.

            1. Munny Man
              • 8 Years
              1 month, 26 days ago

              Thanks Tommy.....Have yourself a great couple of game weeks!

        • Little Red Lacazette
          • 4 Years
          1 month, 26 days ago

          Will ask again: Cancelo or Dias?

          1. Pépé Pig
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 2 Years
            1 month, 26 days ago

            Cancelo rumoured to have Covid, so could be out for a couple of gw's

            1. Little Red Lacazette
              • 4 Years
              1 month, 26 days ago

              Hopefully we know by tomorrow for sure.

          2. Make United Great Again
            • 8 Years
            1 month, 26 days ago

            Cancelo

          3. George Agdgdgwngo
            • 11 Years
            1 month, 26 days ago

            Dias

          4. tisza
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 6 Years
            1 month, 26 days ago

            last minute decision in case of more Man City COVID info for this GW.
            Going forward Cancelo has the higher upside but Dias probably has better surety of starts

          5. Tonyawesome69 WC,FH,TC left
            • 2 Years
            1 month, 26 days ago

            Dias nailed, Cancelo higher ceiling. I've went with cancelo but there are rumours he has covid, nothing confirmed

          6. ClassiX
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 2 Years
            1 month, 26 days ago

            Dias until there is certainty around Cancelo's COVID status.

          7. Pukkipartyy
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 2 Years
            1 month, 26 days ago

            Both but Dias first

        • Connor's Calling
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 11 Years
          1 month, 26 days ago

          Any word on Fulham getting back to training? Given new Man City DGW curveball, I’m now thinking of:
          GW17: Taylor -> Lowton
          GW18: Free hit
          GW19: Kane & Son -> Firmino & Sterling

          Y/N as an outline plan?

        • Make United Great Again
          • 8 Years
          1 month, 26 days ago

          Who’re you captaining then?

          1. Forza
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 6 Years
            1 month, 26 days ago

            Son, despite my grav.

            1. Make United Great Again
              • 8 Years
              1 month, 26 days ago

              End to end match. He’ll get a lot of space

          2. GenerationalTalent
            • 3 Years
            1 month, 26 days ago

            Son

          3. turd ferguson
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 8 Years
            1 month, 26 days ago

            Was Son. Read this article and changed it to Kane. Listened to FPL General podcast and changed it to Bruno.

            Basically...i dont know.

            1. Make United Great Again
              • 8 Years
              1 month, 26 days ago

              Loool. The downside of too much information.

              I’m leaving it on Son

          4. Little Red Lacazette
            • 4 Years
            1 month, 26 days ago

            On Salah

          5. Chucky
            • 7 Years
            1 month, 26 days ago

            Party

          6. Tonyawesome69 WC,FH,TC left
            • 2 Years
            1 month, 26 days ago

            Torn between Son and Kane. Bruno vc

          7. el polako
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 3 Years
            1 month, 26 days ago

            Kane - time for his Xmas hattie.

        • unitednations
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 9 Years
          1 month, 26 days ago

          Can’t decide whether to FH or not

          A: Get 11 doublers in gw19 with dcl, lowton, Forster, Burke on bench

          B: BB19 with 15 doublers but take a hit

        • RAFA THE GAFFA
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 4 Years
          1 month, 26 days ago

          Any update on who is out for Man City? And also if Fulham will play this GW?

        • Nightcrawler
          • 1 Year
          1 month, 26 days ago

          If i ignore Robbo for DGW...i can get this xi for GW 19

          So tempted to go without him

          McCarthy

          Dias Dallas Zouma

          KDB Mane Salah Bruno Soucek

          Ings Bamford

        • Tinfoil Deathstar
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          1 month, 26 days ago

          Who scores more in DGW: Mane or KDB?

          1. Luton_Fan
            • 11 Years
            1 month, 26 days ago

            Mane imo. Wat about my question?

        • ⚔★Vibudh★⚔
          • 4 Years
          1 month, 26 days ago

          I need to take a hit for Maguire either this week or next week, might as well take it this week and play him over Rodrigo maybe?

        • Luton_Fan
          • 11 Years
          1 month, 26 days ago

          Who scores more this gw do u think?

          A. Bruno home to Villa
          B. Mane away to former club Southampton

          Tia

          1. Tinfoil Deathstar
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            1 month, 26 days ago

            As a Saints fan, I fancy Mane to score a couple this weekend.

        • McSauce
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 11 Years
          1 month, 26 days ago

          Who is the best liverpool DEF outside of TAA & Robbo, who will be playing with the injuries?

          1. Forza
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 6 Years
            1 month, 26 days ago

            None of them are safe. Phillips, Williams and Fabinho are competing for the two CB slots.

        • Who are all Lukakus
          • 4 Years
          1 month, 26 days ago

          Robbo to Maguire to make fund for

          A. Welbeck to Watkins

          B. Bissouma to El Ghazi

          C. Not worth selling Robbo

          Preparing for BGW18 without FH so I need as many players as possible.

          1. Who are all Lukakus
            • 4 Years
            1 month, 26 days ago

            Alternatively I could do KDB to Rashford / Son (c) but that means less players for gw18 + gw19

            1. George Agdgdgwngo
              • 11 Years
              1 month, 26 days ago

              Keep kev

              1. Who are all Lukakus
                • 4 Years
                1 month, 26 days ago

                So Robbo must go. A or B, what do you prefer?

        • dezille
          • 3 Years
          1 month, 26 days ago

          1FT, 4.3 ITB

          McCarthy (Martinez)
          Robertson Coufal Dallas Justin (Mitchell)
          Salah Son Bruno Grealish (Soucek)
          DCL Bamford (Brewster)

          Plan: FH18, BB19
          Current DGW players: 11/15 (14/15 after 2 FTs and a hit). Son being the only SGW

          Need to commit to a Martial or Vardy route before tomorrow.
          Vardy: reliable, talisman, ownership cover, rested, feels safer
          Martial: gut choice, fixture run, flexibility with extra funds, low ownership, has started to hit some form, United double-up could be smart, higher risk/reward, thinking Martial gets rested in GW18 when Cavani returns, then they share minutes in GW19.

          A)
          GW17 - DCL > Vardy (1.6 ITB)
          GW19 - Brewster > 6.1 fwd (Watkins/Adams/Antonio) for 13/15 DGW
          *Optional (-4) Mitchell > Johnson/Struijk

          B)
          GW17 - DCL > Vardy (1.6 ITB)
          GW19 - Brewster, Mitchell > Rodrigo, 4.3 def (-4)

          C)
          GW17 - Brewster > Martial (0.1 ITB) - allows me to play DCL this week & bench Soucek
          GW19 - DCL, Mitchell > Rodrigo, Cancelo (0.2 ITB) (-4)
          *Like getting back into City defence
          *is Rodrigo likely to become a fire?

          1. Bounce
              1 month, 26 days ago

              Reading all that is like doing algebra lol.

              1. dezille
                • 3 Years
                1 month, 26 days ago

                It feels like it in my head too! Can't stand all this DGW/BGW bs to be honest haha

          2. RedWolf
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 3 Years
            1 month, 26 days ago

            Please help me improve my WC squad to take into 19.

            I know I'm missing Liverpool, but can't have them all, and I think United and city have better fixtures afterwards

            Fabianski Johnstone
            Cancelo Coufal Balbuena Dallas Justin
            Sterling Bruno Rashford Barnes El Ghazi
            Vardy Bamford Tammy

          3. Flynny
            • 5 Years
            1 month, 26 days ago

            Hi....how does this 'plan' sound?Looking to bb in 19. 3.1mitb....

            17.....james and forster to dias and Johnstone - 4

            18 free hit

            19.....kane and soucek to kdb and 6.4m striker - 4.....gives me 15 x dgw players.....

            Martinez forster
            Robbo james dallas coufal balbuena
            Salah bruno grealish raphinha soucek
            Kane watkins bamford

            Thanks

            1. George Agdgdgwngo
              • 11 Years
              1 month, 26 days ago

              I wouldn’t waste the FH chip

              1. Tonyawesome69 WC,FH,TC left
                • 2 Years
                1 month, 26 days ago

                He only has 5 GW18 players. Definitely use the FH

                1. Flynny
                  • 5 Years
                  1 month, 26 days ago

                  Yeah I don't have enough to not play free hit....

                  It's the forster to johnstone hit that I'm not sure is worth it.....

                  1. Tonyawesome69 WC,FH,TC left
                    • 2 Years
                    1 month, 26 days ago

                    If playing BB19 then you should get a 2nd playing GK. You could wait until 19 to do the transfer to give yourself more time to decide chip strategy for 19 since it is for a hit anyway

                    1. Flynny
                      • 5 Years
                      1 month, 26 days ago

                      Cheers

                      Issue is I already need a hotnto get kbd in gw19.

                      So I'm tempted to split the hits and take 1 this weekend and hope jphnstone does something miraculous v arsenal

                      1. Flynny
                        • 5 Years
                        1 month, 26 days ago

                        Thanks for the advice e tony

            2. Sun Jihai
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 9 Years
              1 month, 26 days ago

              Forster will probably outscore Johnstone tbh

              1. Tonyawesome69 WC,FH,TC left
                • 2 Years
                1 month, 26 days ago

                I hope he doesn't...

          4. Yozzer
            • 3 Years
            1 month, 26 days ago

            Stones or Justin chaps ?

            1. Tonyawesome69 WC,FH,TC left
              • 2 Years
              1 month, 26 days ago

              Stones

            2. Jack Burton
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 5 Years
              1 month, 26 days ago

              I've had had justin GW 1 fantastic value just unsure about city players

          5. George Agdgdgwngo
            • 11 Years
            1 month, 26 days ago

            Still planning to BB gw19 as bought Johnstone last week as my 2nd gk.

            But do I play:-

            A. Son & Brewster (I hope for a miracle)

            B. Take a -8 hit and do Son & Brewster > Grealish & Adams

            1. Tonyawesome69 WC,FH,TC left
              • 2 Years
              1 month, 26 days ago

              Got to be A for this GW. Take the hit in GW19 if you need to

              1. George Agdgdgwngo
                • 11 Years
                1 month, 26 days ago

                Yes the hit wasn’t for this week

          6. Nightcrawler
            • 1 Year
            1 month, 26 days ago

            Just too many premium DGW players to get a decent bench for BB

            KDB Salah Bruno Vardy Robbo

            Then u have differential picks Sterling Mane TAA

            Add the fact most have Kane and Son atm. Will have to use transfers on selling them

          7. Bounce
              1 month, 26 days ago

              Who does everyone have as their 3rd striker for BB19?

              Kane, Bamford, ???

              1. Openboxman
                • 1 Year
                1 month, 26 days ago

                Brewster :,)

              2. Alisson WondHaaland
                • 5 Years
                1 month, 26 days ago

                Why is Kane a compulsory? He doesnt even have a double

                1. The 12th Man
                  • 7 Years
                  1 month, 26 days ago

                  Some will be carrying through. Palace at home.
                  I’ll be shipping.

                2. Tonyawesome69 WC,FH,TC left
                  • 2 Years
                  1 month, 26 days ago

                  I will most likely transfer him out to Vardy. Was planning this GW but feels like a bad move/ too early

              3. Tonyawesome69 WC,FH,TC left
                • 2 Years
                1 month, 26 days ago

                Currently have rodrigo

              4. The 12th Man
                • 7 Years
                1 month, 26 days ago

                I’m on Watkins

              5. gryffsonofarthur
                • 2 Years
                1 month, 26 days ago

                Watkins comes into play now with the announcement.

              6. Pukkipartyy
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 2 Years
                1 month, 26 days ago

                Brew;)

            • Dele
              • 4 Years
              1 month, 26 days ago

              Who comes in for Charlie Taylor now?