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. arndff_
    • 9 Years
    3 months, 16 days ago

    A)
    17: Chilwell, Bissouma > Dias, Raphinha (-4)
    18: FH
    19: Forster, Son > Johnstone, KdB (-4) + BB

    B)
    17: Chilwell > Dias
    18: FH
    19: Son > KdB + TC with a bench of: Coufal, Adams, Bissouma

    Summary: BB (-8) vs TC (no hits)

    • Current squad:
    Martinez (Forster)
    Robbo Chilwell Dallas (Coufal Taylor)
    Salah Bruno Son Grealish (Bissouma)
    Bamford Adams Watkins

  2. acidicleo
    • 4 Years
    3 months, 16 days ago

    Are Salah owners benching him in 18 or selling for KDB or some other premium?

    1. Bushwhacker
      • 1 Year
      3 months, 16 days ago

      Bench for me

    2. Hybrid.power
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 11 Years
      3 months, 16 days ago

      Bench

    3. TorresMagic™
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • Has Moderation Rights
      • 11 Years
      3 months, 16 days ago

      If no FH, selling.

      1. acidicleo
        • 4 Years
        3 months, 16 days ago

        Same here..
        Maybe Salah to KDB and then son to Salah if I am scared of going Salah less in DGW..

        1. acidicleo
          • 4 Years
          3 months, 16 days ago

          That's if I am not FH...still thinking..

    4. FourLokoLeipzig
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      3 months, 16 days ago

      Bench, for sure. KDB not doing nearly enough to justify 2 transfers when there’s so much else to deal with right now!

    5. KaBoZ: Kids,don't Drin…
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      3 months, 16 days ago

      can't do, have so much tv invested in him

  3. ABCDEFC
    • 4 Years
    3 months, 16 days ago

    Not sure what to do?
    A) Kane to Vardy now
    B) Kane to Vardy for -4 in DGW19.

    1. Debauchy
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      3 months, 16 days ago

      Think again

  4. Hazz
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 3 Years
    3 months, 16 days ago

    Thoughts on what chip strategy works best?

    McCarthy
    Robertson / Cancelo* / Soucek
    Salah / Fernandes / Son / Raphinha
    Vardy / DCL / Bamford

    Forster // Soucek / Taylor* / Ferguson*

    #1: BB GW19

    If Cancelo & Taylor are fit:
    A) Forster/Ferguson > Meslier/Stones
    B) Forster/Ferguson > Meslier/Justin
    C) Other?

    If just Cancelo is fit:
    D) Forster/Ferguson/Taylor > Martinez/Dallas/Pieters

    BGW makes option D tricky as price changes important.

    Or do I forgo these and save BB for DGW26 for example?

    1. ivantys
        3 months, 16 days ago

        Maybe combo BB with WC for 26?

    2. fc_skrald
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      3 months, 16 days ago

      A fair strategy to just avoid all man City players as I got 0 at the moment?

      1. Hazz
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        3 months, 16 days ago

        Not really now. DGW and no blank, and good fixtures.

      2. TorresMagic™
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • Has Moderation Rights
        • 11 Years
        3 months, 16 days ago

        Probably avoiding lots of points.

        1. I Must Break You
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 2 Years
          3 months, 16 days ago

          Yes but from which players?

          1. TorresMagic™
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • Has Moderation Rights
            • 11 Years
            3 months, 16 days ago

            Use RMT?

            1. I Must Break You
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 2 Years
              3 months, 16 days ago

              RMT can predict Pep roulette these days?

        2. fc_skrald
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 5 Years
          3 months, 16 days ago

          1. fc_skrald
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 5 Years
            3 months, 16 days ago

            I ow KDB for one gw - will probably stay like that that that for the rest of the season,

    3. Hansel
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      3 months, 16 days ago

      Taylor -> Stones?
      FH18, BB19

      1. DA Minnion (In Bielsa we tr…
        • 8 Years
        3 months, 16 days ago

        Thinking same.

        1. KaBoZ: Kids,don't Drin…
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 6 Years
          3 months, 16 days ago

          thinking same, but I have no idea how nailed he is, esp. in dgw19, you think he'll play both games?
          I initially thought of Dias, but my TV is extremely low this season

          1. DA Minnion (In Bielsa we tr…
            • 8 Years
            3 months, 16 days ago

            Seems to be in favour with pep at the minute so think he will.

          2. Hansel
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 10 Years
            3 months, 16 days ago

            I don’t know but at least he should play 1 now which is good enough for BB maybe

      2. BeWater
          3 months, 16 days ago

          I'm going to do this most likely. Can't see any other options I like. I looked at Targett but the fixtures are not good.

      3. ZimZalabim
        • 4 Years
        3 months, 16 days ago

        Need a cheap def replacement for Lewis ideally for 4.4

        A. Lowton
        B. Holding
        C. Someone else ?

        1. Bielsa Murderball
            3 months, 16 days ago

            A as he is going to play 3 games over 18 and 19, but probably Alioski deserves a shout too because of fixtures and the high upside

            1. ZimZalabim
              • 4 Years
              3 months, 16 days ago

              I was considering him as well but he will leave with no margin for error with the other moves planned

          • Bobby Digital
            • 3 Years
            3 months, 16 days ago

            B

            1. ZimZalabim
              • 4 Years
              3 months, 16 days ago

              cheers im leaning this way as well because im fh18 and have stones coufal and robbo so wont start this def in 19 anyway no bb also worried abt the burnley vs fulham game being called off

        2. PogBruno
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 3 Years
          3 months, 16 days ago

          Start

          A) Soucek (eve away)
          B) Brewster (palace away)

          1. Original Pirate Material
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 2 Years
            3 months, 16 days ago

            A

          2. Bielsa Murderball
              3 months, 16 days ago

              A

          3. Bielsa Murderball
              3 months, 16 days ago

              what's the latest on Burnley-Fulham?

              1. Original Pirate Material
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 2 Years
                3 months, 16 days ago

                No update yet.

            • Hybrid.power
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 11 Years
              3 months, 16 days ago

              I presume there's press conferences tomorrow?

            • Differentiator
              • 5 Years
              3 months, 16 days ago

              Wildcard GW18, FH19 is underrated

              1. Flair
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                3 months, 16 days ago

                Hopefully it stays that way

              2. PogBruno
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 3 Years
                3 months, 16 days ago

                Which FH19 players you want that you don't want in wc team?

              3. ZimZalabim
                • 4 Years
                3 months, 16 days ago

                depends on ur team

            • Saka_me_sideways
                3 months, 16 days ago

                Cancelo or Dias for the DGW?

                1. acidicleo
                  • 4 Years
                  3 months, 16 days ago

                  Cancel has higher ceiling

                  1. Saka_me_sideways
                      3 months, 16 days ago

                      Very true, fingers crossed he’s not one of the ones isolating as suggested.

                2. Galza
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 3 Years
                  3 months, 16 days ago

                  McCarthy
                  Trent/Cresswell/Dias
                  Salah/KDB/Bruno/Barnes/Raphinha
                  DCL/Bamford

                  Button/Alioski/Brewster/Ferguson

                  0 FT 1.1 ITB

                  I’m pretty much set on free hitting BGW18, but unsure what to do DGW19 now.

                  Should I spend my 1.1 mil on my bench and boost it or, stick the TC on someone...?

                3. FDMS All Starz
                  • 5 Years
                  3 months, 16 days ago

                  Best 7.1M forwards for the dgw19?

                  1. PogBruno
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 3 Years
                    3 months, 16 days ago

                    Bamford, Adams

                4. KaBoZ: Kids,don't Drin…
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 6 Years
                  3 months, 16 days ago

                  How nailed do we think Stones is, ahead of dgw19 ?

                  1. BeWater
                      3 months, 16 days ago

                      His place until he makes a massive f up.

                    • I Must Break You
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      • 2 Years
                      3 months, 16 days ago

                      He's City's best center back IMO. But I'd be surprised if he plays both in a DGW

                  2. Pi
                    • 11 Years
                    3 months, 16 days ago

                    Any press done?

                  3. Flair
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    3 months, 16 days ago

                    If Aguero's return doesn't inspire City to start steamrolling teams then what will?

                    1. PogBruno
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      • 3 Years
                      3 months, 16 days ago

                      Is he fit to start ?

                    2. Traction Engine Foot
                      • 3 Years
                      3 months, 16 days ago

                      Maybe if Pep gets back in contact with that dodgy Spanish doctor

                  4. ZAWAd25
                    • 4 Years
                    3 months, 16 days ago

                    Initially was doing KDB > Son but now that city have a double, can I get away with not owning a spurs player this week?

                    1. Chandler Bing
                      • 4 Years
                      3 months, 16 days ago

                      Probably but Spurs are likely to score big this week

                    2. I Must Break You
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      • 2 Years
                      3 months, 16 days ago

                      I wouldn't get rid of KDB if I had him now

                  5. Atimis
                    • 4 Years
                    3 months, 16 days ago

                    Any new DGW options you would consider with the fixtures change?

                    1. PogBruno
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      • 3 Years
                      3 months, 16 days ago

                      Sterling/KDB

                    2. Christina.
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      • 11 Years
                      3 months, 16 days ago

                      kdb/dias

                    3. yakirh
                      • 4 Years
                      3 months, 16 days ago

                      KDB and Dias

                  6. Ray In Bruges.
                    • 7 Years
                    3 months, 16 days ago

                    KDB or Vardy more essential over the next 3 GWs?

                    1. Chandler Bing
                      • 4 Years
                      3 months, 16 days ago

                      KdB probably

                  7. stu92
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 1 Year
                    3 months, 16 days ago

                    Best combo for DGW19? Using bench boost. Would like some Man City in an ideal world but feel there may be too much uncertainty around them just now, plus Pep roulette.

                    Martinez _____
                    Robbo Zouma Coufal Targett ____

                    A) McCarthy & Alioski
                    B) Meslier & Bednarek
                    C) Johnstone & Stones
                    D) Johnstone & Bailly

                  8. Chandler Bing
                    • 4 Years
                    3 months, 16 days ago

                    City game certain to go through? Was looking bring in Dias.

                  9. Do I Not Like Orange
                    • 8 Years
                    3 months, 16 days ago

                    Right now I'm looking at 1 of 2 scenarios for the DGW. Which looks best?

                    1) Take a hit to get Fab & Stones, making 14 doubles & Son = BB

                    No City attack with this option.

                    2) Son > KDB (TC) in GW19 for free. Field 11 DGW player, but bench 2 with doubles as well (most likely Adams & Chilwell/Grealish).

                    1. Chandler Bing
                      • 4 Years
                      3 months, 16 days ago

                      I'd do 1 if it's just 1 hit

                  10. ⚔★Vibudh★⚔
                    • 4 Years
                    3 months, 16 days ago

                    Would you do Lamptey to Stones before price changes?...
                    I know it's crazy to do early moves at this time but I have exact funds for my perfect BB team and I won't be able to once Stones rises tonight

                    1. Chandler Bing
                      • 4 Years
                      3 months, 16 days ago

                      I'd do it

                    2. Bambi
                      • 9 Years
                      3 months, 16 days ago

                      How nailed do we think Stones is? Pep seems to like him and Laporte hasnt featured since the horror defending away to spurs

                    3. OptimusBlack
                      • 7 Years
                      3 months, 16 days ago

                      Do it

                    4. Azathoth
                      • 6 Years
                      3 months, 16 days ago

                      Just Do It.

                  11. Bambi
                    • 9 Years
                    3 months, 16 days ago

                    Madness not to FH18 if I can only the following 6 players?

                    Stones - Cancelo
                    Son - Bruno
                    Kane - Wood

                    Feel like saving the FH for later in the season may be more impactful

                    1. BeWater
                        3 months, 16 days ago

                        Have a look at what your FH team would be vs those 6 players. If you reckon the FH team gets 20 more points then do it. I wouldn't with those 6 players.

                    2. htfcbrad
                      • 1 Year
                      3 months, 16 days ago

                      Best midfielder under £7.6m to take a punt on for the next 3 GWs only? Currently sat on Neto (bha, EVE, WBA) as worried about Grealish's tough fixtures and 4 yellow cards

                      1. Galza
                        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                        • 3 Years
                        3 months, 16 days ago

                        I’m having a punt on Harvey Barnes.

                        Been playing well recently...

                      2. BremerHB
                        • 4 Years
                        3 months, 16 days ago

                        Seems like as a good a punt as any at that price! Raphinha may also be worth a shout.

                    3. The Overthinker
                      • 4 Years
                      3 months, 16 days ago

                      If we use the FT first and then use the FH chip, can we hack it!?

                      1. Chandler Bing
                        • 4 Years
                        3 months, 16 days ago

                        No

                    4. OptimusBlack
                      • 7 Years
                      3 months, 16 days ago

                      Pick one to get for long term
                      A- Stones
                      B- Dias
                      C- Cancelo

                      1. Flair
                        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                        3 months, 16 days ago

                        Dias

                      2. Bambi
                        • 9 Years
                        3 months, 16 days ago

                        Dias long term, If doubling up I think Stones and cancelo may be viable.

                      3. Azathoth
                        • 6 Years
                        3 months, 16 days ago

                        Dias

                      4. OptimusBlack
                        • 7 Years
                        3 months, 16 days ago

                        But Stones 4.9 So
                        Dunne > Stones
                        Yaaaay
                        Nope

                    5. Donny_Rover
                      • 5 Years
                      3 months, 16 days ago

                      The rearranged fixtures actually do me a bit of a favour - I’m free hitting in GW18 and suddenly got 3 players with a double in GW19 so will likely bench boost. 2 key questions:

                      1. Taylor out for Dallas or Stones (or other?)
                      2. Was planning Vardy in for Kane for the DGW. I really fancy KDB, so it’s either Fernandes out, or Vardy becomes Watkins and Grealish -> KDB (both for a -4).

                      Any thoughts?

                      Current team (£0.8m ITB):
                      Martinez Meslier
                      TAA Robbo Dias Coufal Taylor
                      Salah Fernandes Grealish Soucek Bissouma
                      Kane Adams Bamford

                    6. Philip Jones's Diary
                      • 4 Years
                      3 months, 16 days ago

                      Do we know which City players are out with Covid this Sunday?