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.

As this uses extensive data from the Fantasy Football Scout Premium Members Area, only those with a valid subscription can access it in full.

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

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  1. AC Yew
    • 2 Years
    11 months, 8 days ago

    Best replacement for DCL considering upcoming blank & double to join Bamford & Adams.
    8.7ITB. Exactly enough to bring in Martial. Good idea?

    1. Mid budget coach
      • 1 Year
      11 months, 8 days ago

      Martial and Watkins are the options available at that price. Its more of a gamble. If you can't get Kane and Vardy try upgrading your mid.

      1. AC Yew
        • 2 Years
        11 months, 8 days ago

        Happy with my cheaper mid options Soucek and Raphina.

    2. Scholes Out For Summer
      • 8 Years
      11 months, 8 days ago

      Ings?

  2. Reeker
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 8 Years
    11 months, 8 days ago

    Have a backline of
    Dallas, Robertson, James, Coufal and Taylor

    Have 3.5 million in bank but still want to upgrade Brewster for DGW.
    Who to upgrade to? Dias, Stones, Allioslki, Dier, KWP, Balbuena

    1. Traction Engine Foot
      • 3 Years
      11 months, 8 days ago

      Dias

  3. Z
    • 4 Years
    11 months, 8 days ago

    HELP HELP HELP

    Do you know anything new about fixtuers?

    Thank you lads

  4. joey
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 11 Years
    11 months, 8 days ago

    Lost on an old thread.

    I have a squad of

    Martinez Johnstone

    Cancelo Robbo Dier Coufal Dallas

    Salah Bruno KDB Grealish Soucek

    DCL Bamford Brewster

    By chance I now have 12/15 for the double with DCL, Dier and Bamford the odd ones out. Still probably using FH in 18 so want to use a transfer so as not to waste it, could end up being quite short term but been looking at moving DCL out anyway. Got 0.9m itb, any suggestions? Ideally losing one of those 3, Everton haven't looked as good going forward for a while, Spurs aren't currently impressing so not massively against losing Dier and Brewster and Sheffield United are complete turd, but obviously I need funds to upgrade him to someone vaguely competent.

    1. rowdog24
      • 3 Years
      11 months, 8 days ago

      Bamford has a double

      1. joey
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 11 Years
        11 months, 8 days ago

        Apologies, meant Brewster who has one game plus is crap. Bamford is going nowhere

    2. Karhumies
      • 9 Years
      11 months, 8 days ago

      Not enough for Vardy or Martial. Cavani, Giroud and Tammy are risky options. Wood is more nailed but not very explosive.

  5. The 12th Man
    • 8 Years
    11 months, 8 days ago

    Grealish on 4 yellows.

    When does it go up from 5 to 10 yellows before a suspension ?
    Be a shame to have him in the double and he misses one of them.

    1. Tonyawesome69
      • 2 Years
      11 months, 8 days ago

      I think it's after GW19

      1. The 12th Man
        • 8 Years
        11 months, 8 days ago

        So if he gets booked this week or next shift him for the double?

        1. Pat Bonner
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 10 Years
          11 months, 8 days ago

          19th game for villa so 5 to go

      2. Tonyawesome69
        • 2 Years
        11 months, 8 days ago

        Sorry after 19th game* not GW19

        1. The 12th Man
          • 8 Years
          11 months, 8 days ago

          Thanks

    2. Sean
      • 11 Years
      11 months, 8 days ago

      After villa have played 19 I think?

      1. The 12th Man
        • 8 Years
        11 months, 8 days ago

        Thinking Grealish > KDB then in 19.

    3. ivantys
      • 1 Year
      11 months, 8 days ago

      I'm hoping he gets one against manu so he misses the fa cup game.

      1. Magic Zico
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        11 months, 8 days ago

        This

      2. The 12th Man
        • 8 Years
        11 months, 8 days ago

        Let’s hope.

  6. Steager
    • 4 Years
    11 months, 8 days ago

    Just seen City have DGW in 19.

    Sterling TC Anyone?

  7. MadeinIreland
    • 12 Years
    11 months, 8 days ago

    I think I’m going to FH in GW18 and TC in GW19 - I have a sore head trying to get to BB and will save it for just after my WC later in the season

  8. RAFA THE GAFFA
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 5 Years
    11 months, 8 days ago

    Best GK combo for the double? And beyond

  9. Hunta
      11 months, 8 days ago

      Thoughts on a way forward???

      1ft, 0.6 itb

      McCarthy Martinez
      Saiss Coufal Taylor Stones NicoW
      Salah Bruno Son Grealish Soucek
      Vardy Bamford DCL

    • camarozz
      • 7 Years
      11 months, 8 days ago

      Bottomed

      Plan is FH gw18 as only have 6 players.

      Should I hold on to BB rather than use it in 19 considering all the covid uncertainty?

      Have 2fts atm and don't know wat I should be aiming for..

      (Could field 8/9 for blank gw and save FH chip too?)

      Any advice appreciated 🙂

      1. Alisson WondHaaland
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        11 months, 8 days ago

        I think the only way using FH would be justified is if you're also BBing in 19. Otherwise it feels like a waste.

        Id probably field 8/9 in 18 and save FH

      2. Easy Cheesy
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 2 Years
        11 months, 8 days ago

        Good question. I think BB should be used if you can get there as the alternative is bb26 and that means you could have 15 players who don’t start bgw29. That may or may not be right though depending on how everything plays out

        1. camarozz
          • 7 Years
          11 months, 8 days ago

          It's hard to know tbh. Was all set for FH 18 and build a good bench for bb19 but way things are it could be a complete waste.

    • Alisson WondHaaland
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      11 months, 8 days ago

      TC KDB or Sterling for a punt anyone?

      1. Bielsa Murderball
        • 1 Year
        11 months, 8 days ago

        I would rather TC Bamford over KDB/Sterling
        Kidding(or maybe not xD)

    • BEEZUS
      • 7 Years
      11 months, 8 days ago

      Think I need to ship one of Watkins/Adams this week for Rodrigo.

      Which to get rid of?

      1. Lindelol
        • 3 Years
        11 months, 8 days ago

        why Watkins??? 3 fixtures in 2 GWs

    • Bielsa Murderball
      • 1 Year
      11 months, 8 days ago

      Anyone punting on a Bamford TC?

      1. FantasyHero
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        11 months, 8 days ago

        Lol for this gw?

        1. Bielsa Murderball
          • 1 Year
          11 months, 8 days ago

          For DGW*

    • turd ferguson
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      11 months, 8 days ago

      Fabianski Mccarthy
      Dias Zouma Dallas Coufal Justin
      Bruno Salah Son Raphina Soucek
      Kane DCL BamBam

      This will be -8. Worth an extra hit for anyone else?

    • FantasyHero
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      11 months, 8 days ago

      Man all these fixture suspensions and rescheduling.
      I have changed my plans from BB in DGW19 to TC and now thinking free hit given even city have a DGW now

    • HollywoodXI
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      11 months, 8 days ago

      If you were WC, who would you get based on today’s news?

      1. BremerHB
        • 4 Years
        11 months, 8 days ago

        Dias

    • Legohair
      • 5 Years
      11 months, 8 days ago

      I have a question?!?if i can get "only" 12 or 13 players to dgw19,should i still use bb or save it later?

      1. FantasyHero
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        11 months, 8 days ago

        Depends how good your bench players are.

        1. Legohair
          • 5 Years
          11 months, 8 days ago

          This is my current team:
          McCarthy-Steer
          Chilwell,Coufal,Justin,Taylor,Lindelöf
          Salah,KdB,Son,Bruno, Grealish
          Bamford, Adams, Brewster

          1. FantasyHero
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 5 Years
            11 months, 8 days ago

            So steer and Brewster are a waste. Your bench would be Taylor & son. Think BB can be used at a better time.

            1. Legohair
              • 5 Years
              11 months, 8 days ago

              I can get 14 players for -4...

      2. Hybrid.power
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 11 Years
        11 months, 8 days ago

        I'm going to aim for 11 and do the triple captain

        1. Lindelol
          • 3 Years
          11 months, 8 days ago

          Yes either TC or nothing at all

        2. Legohair
          • 5 Years
          11 months, 8 days ago

          There arent any good tc picks i think...

      3. Shineonme
        • 5 Years
        11 months, 8 days ago

        If you can get at least 12 and the other 3 play one as well id BB

    • dezille
      • 4 Years
      11 months, 8 days ago

      Thoughts on Martial? (including Cavani news and how this will impact his minutes)

      1. Jack Burton
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 6 Years
        11 months, 8 days ago

        What Cavani news i have Martial

        1. dezille
          • 4 Years
          11 months, 8 days ago

          He is banned for 3 games (EFL cup, league, FA cup). So Cavani will be well rested for GW18 (that's ok because FH for many), but then in GW19 they will probably share minutes again

      2. Jack Burton
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 6 Years
        11 months, 8 days ago

        Just seen it only a positive as a Martial owner not for a Utd fan

    • The Count of Monte Cristo
      • 9 Years
      11 months, 8 days ago

      Only recently heard of these rescheduling - my God.

      All the best to everyone trying to navigate through this.

      Back to the drawing board for me - what a waste of the 1st WC!

      Wish you all a Happy New Year and fewer FPL headaches in 2021 😀

      1. The 12th Man
        • 8 Years
        11 months, 8 days ago

        "In this life we are either kings or pawns, emperors or fools."

    • Lindelol
      • 3 Years
      11 months, 8 days ago

      3 villa, 3 city(2 defenders and kdb) 2 pool 1 united 2 Leeds
      And No chips in 18 and 19
      Crazy or okay?

      1. Lindelol
        • 3 Years
        11 months, 8 days ago

        May be TC in 19 though

      2. rowdog24
        • 3 Years
        11 months, 8 days ago

        Leeds don’t have game in 18

        1. Lindelol
          • 3 Years
          11 months, 8 days ago

          will add second leeds after 18

      3. Tonyawesome69
        • 2 Years
        11 months, 8 days ago

        I don't think you have enough players in BGW18 to not play the FH imo

      4. ivantys
        • 1 Year
        11 months, 8 days ago

        Too much Villa for 18 and 19

    • mr messi
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 11 Years
      11 months, 8 days ago

      Is Neco Williams likely to get any minutes during dgw? Taylor being out has scuppered my plans for dgw bb.

      Is this worth a - 8
      Steer, Taylor, Williams
      To Fabianski (or a different keeper to go with McCarthy) Robbo Dallas?

      Gives me 14 dgw players plus Son.
      Or I keep Williams and just do a - 4?

    • Tonyawesome69
      • 2 Years
      11 months, 8 days ago

      I'm looking for a DGW 4.6 replacement for Taylor (probably stay away from Lowton due to the game may not go ahead) Any suggestions to consider? Thanks

      A. Stephens (SOU)
      B. Targett
      C. Furlong
      D. Other suggestion

      FH18 BB19
      1FT 0.1itb
      Martinez
      Taylor* Robbo Cancelo*
      Son Bruno Salah Raphinha
      Bamford Kane Rodrigo
      (Johnstone Soucek Coufal Balbuena)

    • Flippo_
      • 3 Years
      11 months, 8 days ago

      What is the latest news on Hakim Ziyech? When will he be fit to play?

      1. Baps hunter
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        11 months, 8 days ago

        Does it matter from fpl point of view?

    • Nespinha
      • 6 Years
      11 months, 8 days ago

      Sticking to BB19:

      A) Son + Taylor - - Rashford + Coufal

      B) Taylor + Son + Martial - - Coufal + KDB + Antonio (-4)

      C) Taylor + Son + Grealish - - Targett + KDB + Henderson (-4)

    • Daniel Jebbison
      • 12 Years
      11 months, 8 days ago

      It was indecisive on the previous page do we think Kane will miss the best game because he just got a baby.?

      1. The Count of Monte Cristo
        • 9 Years
        11 months, 8 days ago

        Wasn't the son born on 29th December and not today?

        Would that make him more likely to play?

      2. Tonyawesome69
        • 2 Years
        11 months, 8 days ago

        I don't think so. There would've been a higher risk to miss yesterday's game against Fulham. Baby was born on the 29th

      3. DA Minnion (Legendary manag…
        • 9 Years
        11 months, 8 days ago

        Kane won't miss any game unless he's injured.

    • EmreCan Hustle
      • 9 Years
      11 months, 8 days ago

      To the entire FFS Community, HAPPY NEW YEAR 2021 from India!

      1. The Count of Monte Cristo
        • 9 Years
        11 months, 8 days ago

        I always thought your username was how someone from Tamil Nadu would pronounce "American" and never once thought about Emre Can.

        Happy New Year to you too.

        1. EmreCan Hustle
          • 9 Years
          11 months, 8 days ago

          Hehe...I'm actually from Kolkata. And someone from Tamil Nadu might say it like that 😛

          1. The Count of Monte Cristo
            • 9 Years
            11 months, 8 days ago

            Been to various parts of India but still not Bengal / the North East. The mishti doi and rosogolla are calling me 😉

      2. CR7 is Home
        • 4 Years
        11 months, 8 days ago

        HNY from Hyderabad

    • Nice to Finally Michu
      • 8 Years
      11 months, 8 days ago

      Feel like a Son + Kane > KdB(C) + Martial/Werner -4 move before DGW 19 could be a fruitful one especially because I don't feel great about shipping my Spurs assets before the Leeds match.

      Is Just KdB as my only City asset too light from city? I could alternatively do Kane > Ings this week then before 19 do Son + Taylor > KdB + Cancelo -4 but that feels like an unnecessarily lousy move to swap for Ings now

      1. antis0cial
        • 5 Years
        11 months, 8 days ago

        I brought kane in and lost KDB for these two juicy fixtures then one gets cancelled and KDB gets a dgw sigh! I think KDB is essential for the DGW but I'd keep Son and Kane vs Leeds then look to ship if necessary. Leeds games always likely to be high scoring.

        1. Nice to Finally Michu
          • 8 Years
          11 months, 8 days ago

          i did the exact same and it looks like we've got a similar thought process about it. Right now thinking it'll be best to hold the Spurs boys (unless Kane misses out because of fatherhood) before transferring them out for a hit 19

          1. antis0cial
            • 5 Years
            11 months, 8 days ago

            Sounds very similar! I'm looking to bring in a City def this week then decide if I FH or not for 18. Then probably lose both kane and Son in 19 for two DGW, KDb + undecided!

            Martinez
            Zouma Taylor* Mitchell
            Salah Bruno Son Grealish
            Kane DCL Bam

            Soucek Coufal Ayling

            1. Nice to Finally Michu
              • 8 Years
              11 months, 8 days ago

              Yup very similar plan over here! Best of luck mate and happy new year

    • antis0cial
      • 5 Years
      11 months, 8 days ago

      Do you think Stones is nailed? Is it worth the extra to get Dias rather than Stones? Looking for a Taylor replacement.

      1. Nice to Finally Michu
        • 8 Years
        11 months, 8 days ago

        Yes worth it to go Dias

    • Harper (No more Penandes)
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      11 months, 8 days ago

      Would you double up on City defence with Dias and Cancelo? Or Stones instead?

      1. Tonyawesome69
        • 2 Years
        11 months, 8 days ago

        Yes to Dias and cancelo (if confirmed he doesn't have covid)

    • The 12th Man
      • 8 Years
      11 months, 8 days ago

      Anyone doubling up with Robbo and Trent?

      1. Tonyawesome69
        • 2 Years
        11 months, 8 days ago

        With the latest fixtures news, I can see people ditching one of them to get premium mids in again