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

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Southampton v Liverpool

Liverpool finally hit top gear ahead of appealing festive schedule

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  1. TNB
      3 months, 16 days ago

      1m ITB 1FT - FH18 and then BB19

      Pick one for DGW

      1. Alioski
      2. Ayling
      3. Balbuena

      CT
      McCarthy-Martin
      Coufal-Dallas-Konsa-Taylor-Bernardo
      Salah-Kdb-Bruno-Soucek-Son
      DcL-Adams-Bamford

      Will wait on Taylor and might swap to Lowton closer to gw19 deadline.

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

        1

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

        1

    • thepuntmaster
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      3 months, 16 days ago

      Reece James owners sticking or twisting? Got the double coming up but just not convinced...

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

        I really don't know... He's been such a crap pick for me that I think I might just get drunk and banish him from my team

      2. turd ferguson
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 8 Years
        3 months, 16 days ago

        Moving to Dias most likely. Will make decision GW19

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

        No idea. Love the man, has a double, great post-GW20 fixtures but Chelsea and his fitness is in doubt. Will wait for Lamps' updates, see what happens this week

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

        Transferring him out for Dias

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

        I’m getting him out

    • OptimusBlack
      • 7 Years
      3 months, 16 days ago

      Dunne 3.9 > Stones 4.9
      Yaaaay
      Nope

    • Azathoth
      • 6 Years
      3 months, 16 days ago

      Play Cress or Stones?

      1. Saka_me_sideways
          3 months, 16 days ago

          Stones, these “big 6” clashes normally end up being cagey with CS’s

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

        Wich combo for DGW

        A) Zouma. Dias. Cresswell.

        B) Cancelo. Dias. Cresswell.

        C Zouma. Dias. Maguire.

        1. BeWater
            3 months, 16 days ago

            B

        2. All about the galacticos
          • 6 Years
          3 months, 16 days ago

          Anyone still with the Power5 (Salah,Bruno,kdb,Son,grealish) midfield?
          It was a poor week without Son or KDB but looking good going forward.
          What are your plans? are you thinking to break up and lose grealish or hold?

          1. Sam-not-so-wise
            • 2 Years
            3 months, 16 days ago

            yep

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

            Hold for sure

          3. CROYDON DE BRUYNE
            • 4 Years
            3 months, 16 days ago

            Have the Big 4, got rid of Grealish a while back and it’s proved a solid call - certainly no plans to get rid of KDB/Mo/Son/Bruno unless I want to get Vardy/Kane back

            1. All about the galacticos
              • 6 Years
              3 months, 16 days ago

              grealish looks great, but watins needs to finish, el ghazi looking tempting, maybe to upgrade Son to Sterling for GW19?

        3. Zim0
          • 2 Years
          3 months, 16 days ago

          Alright i caved. My team no longer deleted. I also wildcarded cuz fek it. Now i can use FH later. Muahahaha

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

            No surprises there

            1. Zim0
              • 2 Years
              3 months, 16 days ago

              😆 i was almost free but these reschedulings have got me excited 😛

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

                Completely turned my mood around after that last GW too 😆

                Looking forward to - probably - playing my WC2 and smashing the upcoming weeks

                1. Zim0
                  • 2 Years
                  3 months, 16 days ago

                  Same here. Hopefully we both smash it 🙂

            2. Zim0
              • 2 Years
              3 months, 16 days ago

              Will my last weeks points be added to my total soon? It's still stuck on the total before this week. Or have i lost those?

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

                No idea

                1. Zim0
                  • 2 Years
                  3 months, 16 days ago

                  Well all i can do is wait to see I suppose. Cheers!

          2. Rupert The Horse
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 8 Years
            3 months, 16 days ago

            So hard to do.

            1. Zim0
              • 2 Years
              3 months, 16 days ago

              Yeah 😛

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

          planning comes down to;

          a) Salah >> blank & MUN/BUR
          b) KDB >> BHA & CRY/AVL

          playing 9 in GW18 and BB in GW19 and its pretty hard to time all 3 big guns (have Bruno) without lots of hits.

          Roll FT this week the obvious move with new info?

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

          Pick the best transfer
          A- Dunne > Stones
          B- James > Dias

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

            B

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

            usually B, but James could be an option for DGW (im holding until deadline to assess)

          3. Rupert The Horse
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 8 Years
            3 months, 16 days ago

            Probably still too early to decide.

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

            B

        6. StellaMan
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 7 Years
          3 months, 16 days ago

          Best Taylor replacement? Ideally with a DGW coming up
          4.9m budget

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

            Stones?

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

              It's a good option. Splashed out on cancelo already. Could double up though

            2. Rupert The Horse
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 8 Years
              3 months, 16 days ago

              Surely I can’t be tempted again.

          2. CROYDON DE BRUYNE
            • 4 Years
            3 months, 16 days ago

            Dallas if you don’t have him already

          3. Fantasydreamer
            • 3 Years
            3 months, 16 days ago

            Bailey if we think Lindelöf out long term

        7. Cruyff Turn
          • 9 Years
          3 months, 16 days ago

          Any chance Burnley-Fulham goes on as scheduled? I made a drunk blunder by bringing in Wood before realizing Fulham was hit by Covid...

        8. onemrtime
          • 7 Years
          3 months, 16 days ago

          If I save a transfer this week but use a free hit next week, will I have 2 free transfers the following week?

          If not am I right in saying I might as well use my transfer this week?

          Thx

          1. Rupert The Horse
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 8 Years
            3 months, 16 days ago

            No

            1. onemrtime
              • 7 Years
              3 months, 16 days ago

              Thanks - so might as well use my transfer tomorrow?

              1. Rupert The Horse
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 8 Years
                3 months, 16 days ago

                Yes.

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

          I just realized, If I get Wan Bissaka instead of Maguire next week, I can wait till deadline instead of moving for Stones now, is it worth it?
          Or just take the risk and move early for Stones to be able to afford Maguire instead?

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

            Worth it. Information is crucial

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

            The concept of Maguire or Wan Bissaka ... blimey

        10. Rupert The Horse
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 8 Years
          3 months, 16 days ago

          Can the ticker be updated please just to help out my own?

          1. Ginkapo FPL
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 9 Years
            3 months, 16 days ago

            It has been updated

            1. Rupert The Horse
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 8 Years
              3 months, 16 days ago

              Oh. Might need to refresh again. Xxxx

        11. Mid budget coach
          • 1 Year
          3 months, 16 days ago

          A. Aguero, Soucek
          B. Watkins,Mahrez
          C. Dcl, Neto
          D. Kdb, Brewster

          1. F4L
            • 6 Years
            3 months, 16 days ago

            for what GWs?

            1. Mid budget coach
              • 1 Year
              3 months, 16 days ago

              Got 2 fts trying to fit in a city player for 18 and 19

              1. F4L
                • 6 Years
                3 months, 16 days ago

                I'd take KDB over Kun. Would Brewster be in your starting eleven?

                1. Mid budget coach
                  • 1 Year
                  3 months, 16 days ago

                  Not at all, Brewster in DCL out, will be left with Bam and Vardy in a 3,5,2

          2. Rupert The Horse
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 8 Years
            3 months, 16 days ago

            Don’t like any.

        12. F4L
          • 6 Years
          3 months, 16 days ago

          Pretty bored with this season, and average rank, so thinking of WCing to bring some fun back with FPL. Looking at changing to this right now (happy to have money on the bench), any thoughts?

          Martinez Button
          TAA Robbo Tierney Saiss Stones
          Bruno Son Rashford El Ghazi Raphinha
          Vardy Bamford Watkins

          1. JJeyy
            • 5 Years
            3 months, 16 days ago

            Dias over stones at all costs

            1. F4L
              • 6 Years
              3 months, 16 days ago

              I would if I could afford. Stones might turn into James for the double GW, don't want to FH in 18 so Stones has his uses. Only 0.4 left itb.

          2. Rupert The Horse
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 8 Years
            3 months, 16 days ago

            Think TAA isn’t worth it these days.

            1. F4L
              • 6 Years
              3 months, 16 days ago

              Yeah I agree somewhat. Maybe it's nostalgia but I'd rather keep him in for now, with Thiago back he might start getting in behind defences again and closer to the goal. Hopefully Liverpool sign a CB very soon as well.

              1. Rupert The Horse
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 8 Years
                3 months, 16 days ago

                Hmm. Slightly different if you already have him. Tougher to let go than bring him in.

                1. F4L
                  • 6 Years
                  3 months, 16 days ago

                  cheers, yes food for thought.

          3. 1912 F.A Cup Winners
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 3 Years
            3 months, 16 days ago

            Maybe have two playing keepers mate? With all the possibilities of uncertainty

            1. F4L
              • 6 Years
              3 months, 16 days ago

              That's definitely a good point, will probably try to find some funds for it. Having a low TV is a pain 🙂

          4. F4L
            • 6 Years
            3 months, 16 days ago

            cheers all 🙂

        13. rokonto
          • 5 Years
          3 months, 16 days ago

          Who gets dropped when Pereira comes back for Leicester?

          1. F4L
            • 6 Years
            3 months, 16 days ago

            Justin if they stay with a four back

        14. RAFA THE GAFFA
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 5 Years
          3 months, 16 days ago

          2FTs, will FH18, BB19. Please help!

          A. Taylor >> Stones and burn 1FT.

          A. Johnstone+Taylor >> Martinez+Lowton
          (DCL >> inform striker in GW19).

          C. Taylor+DCL >> Cancello+Antonio

          McCarthy
          Robbo, Dias, Coufal
          Salah, KDB, Bruno, Raphinha
          DCL, Bamford, Adams
          (Johnstone, Dallas, Soucek, C.Taylor*)

          1. RAFA THE GAFFA
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 5 Years
            3 months, 16 days ago

            Two A’s! Oh dear! NYE a beers gone to my head. Second is B if you read this

          2. g40steve
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 3 Years
            3 months, 16 days ago

            B

            1. RAFA THE GAFFA
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 5 Years
              3 months, 16 days ago

              Not sure if this comedy?

          3. korbendallas82
            • 7 Years
            3 months, 16 days ago

            I would say B.

            1. RAFA THE GAFFA
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 5 Years
              3 months, 16 days ago

              Not sure if this comedy?

        15. Ha.
          • 5 Years
          3 months, 16 days ago

          Taylor >

          A. Lowton
          B. Holding

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

            Was tempted by lowton. Burnley playing Fulham next worries me if doesn't go ahead

            1. Black Knights
              • 9 Years
              3 months, 16 days ago

              It’s their games after Fulham that worry me, and I’ve had Taylor for 7 weeks.

              I’m getting holding.

          2. Keeptrying
            • 7 Years
            3 months, 16 days ago

            Holding

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

          People who were FH 18 BB 19.. does the added fixtures change your planning?

          1. The 12th Man
            • 7 Years
            3 months, 16 days ago

            Still the same. Only 6 for 18 .

        17. boroie
          • 2 Years
          3 months, 16 days ago

          Need a bit of inspiration here...

          £0.2 ITB, 2 FTs

          McCarthy
          Cancelo Chilwell Coufal
          Son(C) Bruno(VC) Salah KDB
          Bamford Adams Watkins

          Forster; Soucek Targett N.Williams

          1. Mid budget coach
            • 1 Year
            3 months, 16 days ago

            Nice team.

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

          I am doing this Dunne 3.9 for Stones so can't get player with 4.9 can play DGW and from City what do u think ?

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

            Would be typical if he misses one of the dgw fixtures

        19. Shark Team
          • 3 Years
          3 months, 16 days ago

          Maguire Stones Rashford Saka KDB
          Is it worth Free Hitting for those 5? or play with 6/11?

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

            FH

        20. Bagheri Arce
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 5 Years
          3 months, 16 days ago

          Best combo for this week plus DGW? Cheers

          A) Dallas, Mane & Antonio

          B) Robertson, Raphinha & Vardy

          1. bialk
            • 11 Years
            3 months, 16 days ago

            B

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

            B

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

            B

        21. Sanchit
          • 5 Years
          3 months, 16 days ago

          Are most people still on FH18?

          1. The 12th Man
            • 7 Years
            3 months, 16 days ago

            I am, yes.
            Only Martinez,Dias,Grealish,Fernandes,Watkins and Kane and one FT here.

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

            I think so yes, can then get 3 City
            I have 4 players in villa vs spurs, not ideal

          3. THE LUCKY ONE
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 6 Years
            3 months, 16 days ago

            Yes, sticking to Plan A - barring serious postponement or catastrophe...

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

            Nah.. Have 7 players, can get 8 or 9 if I want.

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

            Yes, might be super punty and go for Auba as well

        22. The 12th Man
          • 7 Years
          3 months, 16 days ago

          Thoughts on Grealish >> Rashford?

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

            Yes. Just yes

          2. g40steve
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 3 Years
            3 months, 16 days ago

            Tough one both could haul?

          3. THE LUCKY ONE
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 6 Years
            3 months, 16 days ago

            If you can afford, I think it's a great move. Now Grealish on a double for GW19 I'm sticking on him but will look to another way to get Rashy in.

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

            Still not convinced by Rash or United ... too much luck

          5. camarozz
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 6 Years
            3 months, 16 days ago

            With Bruno or without?

        23. Drogo
          • 8 Years
          3 months, 16 days ago

          Got Robby, Salah, Mane and no city players.
          Should I go Mane -> KDB or Sterling in preparation for GW19?

          1. Rupert The Horse
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 8 Years
            3 months, 16 days ago

            Yes I would. We’re not firing at all.

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

            Using fh in 18?

            1. Drogo
              • 8 Years
              3 months, 16 days ago

              Yes

        24. AYLD28
          • 5 Years
          3 months, 16 days ago

          What the hell am I going to do with 2FT....

          Martinez Johnstone
          Dias TAA Cresswell Taylor* Dunne
          KDB Fernandes Grealish Salah
          DCL Bamford welbeck

          0.6 ITB plan to FH 18 and Bench Boost

          1. g40steve
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 3 Years
            3 months, 16 days ago

            Taylor & Dunne to playing picks

        25. Luton_Fan
          • 11 Years
          3 months, 16 days ago

          Been looking at strategy of using wc in 17 and a solid XI for 18 and 19.

          Got something like this:

          Gw17
          Leno (fabianski)
          Dias, holding, maguire (hause, dallas)
          Bruno, son, zaha, kdb, saka
          Kane, bamford (brewster)

          Gw18 (no transfers )
          Leno
          Dias, maguire, holding, hause
          Bruno, kdb, son, zaha, saka
          Kane

          Gw19 (-4)
          Fab
          Dias, dallas, maguire
          Bruno, kdb, salah, rashford, saka
          Kane, bamford

          What u think?

        26. 4-6-0
          • 5 Years
          3 months, 16 days ago

          So does Cancelo have covid?