Captain Sensible

Who are the best FPL captain options for Gameweek 22?

Fantasy Premier League managers are looking to Liverpool, Manchester City and Manchester United for the Gameweek 22 captaincy.

The pressure is high for the latest round of midweek matches after a number of the popular options blanked over the weekend and there could even be more rotation to consider too…

As per usual, the Captain Sensible article is here to highlight which assets have the best chance of posting an explosive score in Gameweek 22.

We assess the individual statistics of the key candidates and compare them with the defences they are about to face.

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

CAPTAIN POLL

Fresh from a long-awaited double-digit haul against West Ham. Mohamed Salah (£12.6m) tops the Gameweek 22 captain poll.

He may have gone six Premier League matches without a goal but the Egyptian looked back to his best ahead of Liverpool hosting Brighton.

As a result, 35.4% of Fantasy Football Scout voters have chosen him as their skipper for Gameweek 22.

That is close to double the size of Bruno Fernandes’ (£11.4m) following, who is the current runner-up on 18.5%.

The Manchester United midfielder has been on a dry spell of his own, registering just an assist in his last five league matches.

His support is likely based on the fixture, which pits the Red Devils against a Southampton side without a clean sheet in each of their last three matches and currently suffering an injury crisis.

Despite a Gameweek 21 benching, Raheem Sterling (£11.6m) remains in the captaincy conversation. With his rest out of the way, it seems likely the Manchester City midfielder will start for the trip to Burnley on Wednesday.

Sterling has two goals and two assists across his last three away trips which has helped him achieve the support of 13.5% in the Fantasy Football Scout captain poll. 

João Cancelo (£6.0m) is arguably in a similar boat. Having missed out against Sheffield United, his return to the team looks likely for the trip to Turf Moor. His 17-point score at West Bromwich Albion is clearly fresh in the memory, here 4.3% of our voters backing him as a differential Gameweek 22 captain.

Ilkay Gündoğan (£5.8m) was also a big-scorer at the Hawthorns but his blank against Sheffield United appears to have tempered the enthusiasm around the budget midfielder. Just 3.8% have backed last Gameweek’s most popular captain for the armband this time around.

Alexandre Lacazette (£8.4m), Dominic Calvert-Lewin (£7.6m), Callum Wilson (£6.7m), Marcus Rashford (£9.5m), Son Heung-min (£9.8m), Jack Grealish (£7.7m) and Patrick Bamford (£6.6m) are the only other options considered by more than 1% of voters.

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  1. Ibralicious
    • 7 Years
    8 months, 25 days ago

    Had a tragic FPL week, leaving 26 on the bench and crashing out of the top 10k. What to do here moving forward, no idea who to bench these days?

    Martinez
    Dias - Stones - Coufal
    Salah - Bruno - Rashford - Grealish - Gundogan
    DCL - Antonio
    (Johnstone) (Bamford - Dallas - Bednarek) 1FT - 3.3 ITB

    A) Dallas/Bednarek -> TAA
    B) Save and offload extra £ on bench next GW
    C) Any other moves?

    Cheers!

    1. JohnnyRev7
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 11 Years
      8 months, 25 days ago

      I'd play Dallas over Coufal and Bamford over DCL, so B) but from personal experience there's nowhere to offload the extra $$$ at the moment.

      1. Tcheco
        • 4 Years
        8 months, 25 days ago

        Agreed

      2. Ibralicious
        • 7 Years
        8 months, 25 days ago

        Cheers. That's very helpful but feels wrong to bench DCL

    2. shakeyjake
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 11 Years
      8 months, 25 days ago

      Don't like Rash and Bruno, maybe Rash > Sterling this week, bench Gundo and play Bammers, then look at Sterling > Son week after or even Gundo > 7m if Sterling looks good... I'd play Dallas over Coufal for the attacking threat.

      1. Ibralicious
        • 7 Years
        8 months, 25 days ago

        Already have 3 City. Could do Gundo -> Son

        1. shakeyjake
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 11 Years
          8 months, 25 days ago

          I have a feeling Gundo is getting benched but not sure its worth dumping for Son this week as Chelsea look solid... I'd probably hold as it gives you more flexibility next week

  2. mwa1t
      8 months, 25 days ago

      Which 3 defenders do I play out of Dias (vs Burnley), Coufal (vs Villa), Dier (vs Chelsea), Furlong (vs Sheff Utd), Bednarek (vs Man Utd)?

      1. Ha.
        • 6 Years
        8 months, 25 days ago

        Dias, Coufal and Furlong

      2. FPLShaqiri
        • 3 Years
        8 months, 25 days ago

        Wow someone else owns Furlong! I think Dias, Dier, Furlong quite easily.

    • CR7 is Home
      • 4 Years
      8 months, 25 days ago

      Is this bench order correct?

      A) Wood B) Mitchell C)oufal

      1. JohnnyRev7
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 11 Years
        8 months, 25 days ago

        Wood is flagged and I wouldn't expect him to get anything against MCI even if fit. Mitchell probably benched after PVA's MOTM performance last GW. Coufal first sub.

    • VaVaVoom14
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      8 months, 25 days ago

      What transfer would you do this week:

      A) Mccarthy to Martinez/Leno
      B) Dier to Trent
      C) Soucek to Saka

      1. RamaJama
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 9 Years
        8 months, 25 days ago

        A Martinez because he’s got A dgw 24

        1. CR7 is Home
          • 4 Years
          8 months, 25 days ago

          Villa has a DGW in 24? Thought only City has one

      2. Tonyawesome69
        • 2 Years
        8 months, 25 days ago

        Martinez

    • RamaJama
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      8 months, 25 days ago

      Which move this week?

      A) Rashford to Grealish
      B) Saka to Grealish
      C) Save

      DDG
      Dias Stones Digne
      Salah Bruno Gundogan Rashford
      DCL Watkins Antonio

      Steer Saka, Coufal, Holding

      1. Ibralicious
        • 7 Years
        8 months, 25 days ago

        Saka to Grealish looks good to me

      2. Tonyawesome69
        • 2 Years
        8 months, 25 days ago

        A or C

    • Tonyawesome69
      • 2 Years
      8 months, 25 days ago

      Priorities bringing in Grealish or Antonio or roll the FT? Thanks

      A. Rodrigo to Antonio
      B. Raphinha/Soucek to Grealish
      C. Roll FT

      1FT 7.5itb
      Martinez
      Stones Cancelo Digne Cresswell
      Salah Bruno Gundo Soucek
      Bamford DCL
      (Johnstone Raphinha Holding Rodrigo)

      1. RamaJama
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 9 Years
        8 months, 25 days ago

        A

        1. Tonyawesome69
          • 2 Years
          8 months, 25 days ago

          Cheers, who would you bench if I start Antonio?

          1. RamaJama
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 9 Years
            8 months, 25 days ago

            Dcl or Soucek

            1. Tonyawesome69
              • 2 Years
              8 months, 25 days ago

              It'll have to be a Soucek. Got to start DCL after getting him and take advantage of a leaky Leeds def

    • Ha.
      • 6 Years
      8 months, 25 days ago

      I'm takinga hit, and there's nothing you can do to stop me. You can however help me decide:

      A. Kane and Soucek > Salah and Vardy (Watkins autosub if he's not fit)

      B. Kane and Soucek > Salah and Bamford (Watkins on bench)

      1. Tonyawesome69
        • 2 Years
        8 months, 25 days ago

        It's already been confirmed Vardy won't be fit for the Fulham game. Might have a chance for the Wolves game at the weekend. I wouldn't risk bringing him in until he had at least a game under his belt after his hip surgery

        1. Ha.
          • 6 Years
          8 months, 25 days ago

          Just seems like a good differential. Didn't realise he had been ruled out, though. Saw that he was in contention for the weekend.

          1. TheAbear53
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 4 Years
            8 months, 25 days ago

            He’s not been ruled out I don’t believe - just unlikely - may as well give him a chance...

            1. Tonyawesome69
              • 2 Years
              8 months, 25 days ago

              Reason
              Groin/Hip/Pelvic Injury
              Further Detail
              Feb 01: "We're hopeful that Jamie, towards the weekend, won't be too far away, which will be great news for us."
              Potential Return
              07/02/2021

              Ben Dinnery website
              https://www.premierinjuries.com/injury-table.php

        2. Rupert The Horse
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 8 Years
          8 months, 25 days ago

          I read it was a hernia.

      2. Jimjam
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 10 Years
        8 months, 25 days ago

        B

      3. Pat Bonner
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 10 Years
        8 months, 25 days ago

        Take a hit but at least bring in players who aren’t injured

      4. bench boost for every gamew…
        • 4 Years
        8 months, 25 days ago

        Bringing in a player that does not play this week huh.. Explain?

    • Mr. Chimes
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      8 months, 25 days ago

      Who gets benched?

      A. Bamford
      B. Antonio
      C. DCL
      D. Gundo

      1. RamaJama
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 9 Years
        8 months, 25 days ago

        C

      2. CR7 is Home
        • 4 Years
        8 months, 25 days ago

        B

      3. fc_skrald
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 6 Years
        8 months, 25 days ago

        Gundo or DCL

      4. Tonyawesome69
        • 2 Years
        8 months, 25 days ago

        Probably Gundo if City start Jesus instead of false 9

      5. Camino Aleatorio
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        8 months, 25 days ago

        Gundo

    • fc_skrald
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      8 months, 25 days ago

      First on the bench:

      a. Burke, home against West Brom
      b. Coufal, away against Aston Villa

      1. RamaJama
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 9 Years
        8 months, 25 days ago

        B

      2. tom_p77
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        8 months, 25 days ago

        A

      3. Tonyawesome69
        • 2 Years
        8 months, 25 days ago

        B - Burke can get something at wba

        1. Tonyawesome69
          • 2 Years
          8 months, 25 days ago

          A*

    • RAFA THE GAFFA
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      8 months, 25 days ago

      Salah to break the Bruno(C) record this week?

      And then flop like him 😆

    • Fudgy
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      8 months, 25 days ago

      Can't believe I'm benching Antonio

      1. RamaJama
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 9 Years
        8 months, 25 days ago

        I’m playing him over DCL and Watkins

      2. Hazz
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        8 months, 25 days ago

        Season over

        1. Hazz
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 4 Years
          8 months, 25 days ago

          GW over before it's even begun!

    • Jellyfish
      • 9 Years
      8 months, 25 days ago

      2ft’s so need to use or lose. . Current squad…

      Martinez Forster
      Dias Shaw Stones Struijk Mitchell
      Salah Son Bruno Gundogan Grealish
      Antonio Bamford Kane

      Considering:
      A) Kane > DCL/Watkins & Stuijk/Mitchell > TAA
      B) Stuijk/Mitchell > 4.4 def and carry 1ft

      1. scubasmithy
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        8 months, 25 days ago

        Kane to Watkins only..

    • Jersey Boy
      • 3 Years
      8 months, 25 days ago

      1FT 3.0 ITB

      McCarthy (Forster)
      Dias Cancelo Dallas Coufal R.James
      Bruno Salah Son Gundo Soucek
      DCL Bam Adams

      A few options here...

      A: Adams > Watkins
      B: Soucek > Grealish
      C: Forster > Martinez
      D: R. James > any def
      E: Save

      1. RamaJama
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 9 Years
        8 months, 25 days ago

        C

        1. Jersey Boy
          • 3 Years
          8 months, 25 days ago

          Saw you mention above that Martínez has a DGW24..dont think that’s right is it?

          1. RamaJama
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 9 Years
            8 months, 25 days ago

            I must be mistaking, sorry

    • murderball
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      8 months, 25 days ago

      Mendy
      Dias / Dier / Konsa
      Salah / Fernandes / Sterling / Son / Grealish
      Bamford / Watkins

      Peacock-Farrell / Coufal / Struijk / Brewster

      2FT, 0 in the bank. Happy with the team but don’t want to waste a transfer. Thinking of doing Sterling -> Zaha.

      1. scubasmithy
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        8 months, 25 days ago

        Son to Zaha.

    • Slitherene
      • 3 Years
      8 months, 25 days ago

      Martinez ¦ Forster
      Cancelo Maguire Holding
      Bruno Rashford Grealish Barnes
      Jesus Ings Wilson
      ¦ Saka Coufal Lascelles

      1 FT, 4.6 ITB

      A) Rashford -> Salah
      B) Save FT?

      1. AC/DC AFC
        • 6 Years
        8 months, 25 days ago

        A

      2. antis0cial
        • 5 Years
        8 months, 25 days ago

        A

      3. Jimjam
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 10 Years
        8 months, 25 days ago

        A

      4. jesus jesus
        • 9 Years
        8 months, 25 days ago

        Good to see an non-template team

    • Steve The Spud
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      8 months, 25 days ago

      Souceck to salah and have room for Antonio next week

      Or

      Esr to salah and move toward 3/5/2 (bench souceck this week)

    • AC/DC AFC
      • 6 Years
      8 months, 25 days ago

      Can someone explain the logic of why DCL appears to be the favoured pick over Bamford for gw22?

      When Leeds are home to Everton and following the weekends mixed fortunes.

      1. Hazz
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        8 months, 25 days ago

        Leeds defense is still bad. Both are decent options this week.

      2. Tonyawesome69
        • 2 Years
        8 months, 25 days ago

        I wouldn't say DCL is favoured over Bamford especially after GW21 performance. Leeds sill concede chances and vulnerable to set prices. Hopefully a big performance from Everton after that let down against Newcastle

        1. AC/DC AFC
          • 6 Years
          8 months, 25 days ago

          I agree.

          Just been checking in every few hours when taking a break from work and seen many opting for DCL to start and bench Bamford.

          I know it's unpredictable but my logic at least suggests the other way around.

          1. Studs Up
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 1 Year
            8 months, 25 days ago

            Many can be a few hundred, which in itself is meaningless. Probably just a general feeling amongst those who comment imo.

      3. Steve The Spud
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 1 Year
        8 months, 25 days ago

        Playing both, there was SOME logic to dcl last week, it wasn’t the worst make her but it hasn’t paid back so far and they looked bad

        Of course everyone here happy to laugh at everyone who got him in with hindsight

    • Hazz
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      8 months, 25 days ago

      How much will King be priced at?

      6.5m?

      1. CR7 is Home
        • 4 Years
        8 months, 25 days ago

        Joshua? Whoz getting him?

        1. Milkman Bruno
            8 months, 25 days ago

            Fulham I think

        2. Milkman Bruno
            8 months, 25 days ago

            Is it confirmed? Who will he replace?

          • Hazz
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 4 Years
            8 months, 25 days ago

            Nothing confirmed but there's multiple Premier League teams interested.

          • bench boost for every gamew…
            • 4 Years
            8 months, 25 days ago

            Around that, maybe 6 because its fulham?

        3. Karan14
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 5 Years
          8 months, 25 days ago

          I thought that DGW24 should be announced before the GW23 deadline but I'm now thinking there's a decent chance that it will be announced in the midweek before the GW24 deadline if Man City beat Swansea next Wednesday evening.
          If MCI lose to SWA then DGW24 doesn't need to happen.

          https://twitter.com/BenCrellin/status/1356312551974461441?s=19

          Not great news for DGW planning!

        4. Messiah Hazard
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 9 Years
          8 months, 25 days ago

          Saka flag changed to Orange... Is he expected to be out more than a couple of weeks.

          1. antis0cial
            • 5 Years
            8 months, 25 days ago

            I’ve heard mixed messages. One said he wouldn’t make it for this weeks game another said he was back in training. Either way doesn’t sound like a long injury.

          2. Rupert The Horse
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 8 Years
            8 months, 25 days ago

            Scout tweets

          3. Tonyawesome69
            • 2 Years
            8 months, 25 days ago

            Further Detail
            Feb 01: "Returned to full training and his availability will be assessed ahead of Tuesday's match."
            Potential Return
            02/02/2021

            Ben Dinnery website
            https://www.premierinjuries.com/injury-table.php

          4. AC/DC AFC
            • 6 Years
            8 months, 25 days ago

            Training today and every chance of playing.

            I'm holding him.

          5. shakeyjake
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 11 Years
            8 months, 25 days ago

            I think he will play based on latest update but its hard to say, I have him first on the bench for now so he will probably bag a brace...

        5. CrouchDown
          • 9 Years
          8 months, 25 days ago

          Would anyone consider playing BB with this lot?

          McCarthy
          Soucek
          Coufal
          Mitchell

          1. antis0cial
            • 5 Years
            8 months, 25 days ago

            No

          2. Messiah Hazard
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 9 Years
            8 months, 25 days ago

            Mitchell not assured of starts... Otherwise maybe I would have.

        6. Netters2018
          • 2 Years
          8 months, 25 days ago

          Start 3 of these 5

          A) stones
          B) cancelo
          C) Dallas
          D) Digne
          E) Coufal

           

          1. antis0cial
            • 5 Years
            8 months, 25 days ago

            ABD

          2. Milkman Bruno
              8 months, 25 days ago

              A, B and D

              1. Jimjam
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 10 Years
                8 months, 25 days ago

                Agreed

            • Lindelol
              • 3 Years
              8 months, 25 days ago

              ABD

            • Netters2018
              • 2 Years
              8 months, 25 days ago

              Thanks All i was swaying towards that. Just cudnt decide between Dallas or Digne

          3. Jimjam
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 10 Years
            8 months, 25 days ago

            Martinez (Steer)
            Stones, Shaw, Dier (KWP**, Coufal)
            Salah, Fernandes, Son, Gundogan (Stephens)
            Kane**, Calvert-Lewin, Bamford

            1FT, 2.6 itb

            (A) Stephens --> Barnes (3-5-2, hold Kane for now)

            (B) Kane --> Antonio (3-4-3)

            1. Milkman Bruno
                8 months, 25 days ago

                Easy A

            2. Lindelol
              • 3 Years
              8 months, 25 days ago

              Play one
              1. Johnstone vs SHU away
              2. DDG Southampton home

              1. Jimjam
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 10 Years
                8 months, 25 days ago

                DDG

                1. Milkman Bruno
                    8 months, 25 days ago

                    David. Literally a must win game for Sheffield

              2. Apwilkin
                • 1 Year
                8 months, 25 days ago

                McCarthy (Johnstone)
                Castagne*-Cancelo-Stones
                Salah-Bruno-Son-Barnes-Soucek
                Bamford-DCL

                Coufal-Mee-Adams

                1 FT 2.1 ITB
                What to do?
                1- Castagne to Digne/TAA/Robbo (Really stumped on who to bring in)
                2- Adams to Antonio/Watkins
                3- Save FT
                4-Other?

                1. Milkman Bruno
                    8 months, 25 days ago

                    Save I think

                2. Alejo - CFC
                  • 8 Years
                  8 months, 25 days ago

                  Foden replacement?

                  A) Grealish
                  B) Maddison
                  C) Barnes
                  D) Gundogan

                  Cheers

                  1. Rupert The Horse
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 8 Years
                    8 months, 25 days ago

                    Grealish

                  2. Milkman Bruno
                      8 months, 25 days ago

                      Foden

                    • AC/DC AFC
                      • 6 Years
                      8 months, 25 days ago

                      On form its
                      D
                      C
                      B
                      A

                      On fixtures?

                      1. AC/DC AFC
                        • 6 Years
                        8 months, 25 days ago

                        Sorry

                        D
                        B
                        C
                        A

                  3. Lindelol
                    • 3 Years
                    8 months, 25 days ago

                    Start 3 of these 5

                    A) stones
                    B) cancelo
                    C) Chilwel
                    D) AWB
                    E) Coufal

                    1. Milkman Bruno
                        8 months, 25 days ago

                        A, B and D

                      • Apwilkin
                        • 1 Year
                        8 months, 25 days ago

                        Probably ABD

                    2. Milkman Bruno
                        8 months, 25 days ago

                        Saving my ft. Line up correct here folks?

                        Martinez
                        Cancelo, Digne, Justin
                        Salah(c), Sterling, Grealish, Zaha, Gundogan
                        Dcl, Richarlison

                        Mendy, Reid, Chillwell, Mitchell 1ft .4itb

                      • TheDragon
                        • 3 Years
                        8 months, 25 days ago

                        Is Cancelo the best captain?

                        Everyone will go Salah due to this weeks results but surely Cancelo starts and City usually destroy Burnley

                        1. CR7 is Home
                          • 4 Years
                          8 months, 25 days ago

                          McBurnie with a brace is the best captain this week 🙂

                        2. Rupert The Horse
                          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                          • 8 Years
                          8 months, 25 days ago

                          Is captain him.

                        3. Milkman Bruno
                            8 months, 25 days ago

                            Good option I guess

                          • bench boost for every gamew…
                            • 4 Years
                            8 months, 25 days ago

                            If they destroy burnley 5-1, No cancelo attack returns and a yellow the thing of destroy gets another meaning to you. Logic of csp cancelo must be that you are safe on his cs and hope for either bonus points or assist/goal.

                        4. tbos83
                            8 months, 25 days ago

                            Bench one out of Bamford, Antonio, Watkins and Son

                            1. DA Minnion (Legendary manag…
                              • 9 Years
                              8 months, 25 days ago

                              If you have grealish , Watkins

                            2. Magic Zico
                              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                              • 3 Years
                              8 months, 25 days ago

                              Son, controversial as it sounds

                            3. bench boost for every gamew…
                              • 4 Years
                              8 months, 25 days ago

                              Just hope bamford does not show UP