Captain Sensible

Who is the best FPL captain for Gameweek 23?

Liverpool and Manchester City’s Gameweek 23 meeting at Anfield should allow Fantasy Premier League managers the chance to spread their wings and think creatively with the captaincy this weekend.

Fresh from their 9-0 win over Southampton, Manchester United options are in the conversation ahead of a meeting with Everton, while Spurs host a relegation-threatened West Bromwich Albion outfit. 

But considering the Red Devils were helped by the Saints’ unfortunate injuries and poorly-timed red cards, and Spurs have struggled without Harry Kane (£11.0m), is now the time for a differential captain?

West Ham’s in-form attack travel to face a Fulham side whose recent defensive improvements appear to have lapsed while Aston Villa host Arsenal, who have some defensive personnel missing for Gameweek 22.

As ever, the Captain Sensible article is here to sort through the best options, comparing their recent underlying statistics against those of their upcoming opponents.

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

The early results on our website indicate that our users have identified three main captaincy candidates for Gameweek 22, each of them gaining more than 15% of votes so far.

Unsurprisingly, Bruno Fernandes (£11.4m) sits in first place with just over 32.0% as Manchester United’s prepare to host Carlo Ancelotti’s Everton.

Despite Spurs’ toils in front of goal, 21.4% of our voters trust Son Heung-min (£9.7m) enough to capitalise on West Bromwich Albion’s woeful defence. They have given up at least two goals in each of their last seven Premier League matches.

This week’s top-three is closed out by Michail Antonio (£6.7m), who, despite not finding the net in his last three league appearances, is still chipping in with assists (three since Gameweek 20) and remains a constant goal threat.

Jack Grealish (£7.8m) and Patrick Bamford (£6.6m) are the best of the rest this time around as Aston Villa host an Arsenal side without Bernd Leno (£5.0m), Marcelo Bielsa and his Leeds squad will be out for revenge on Crystal Palace, who beat them 4-1 earlier in the campaign.

KEY MATCHES

Manchester United v Everton

Fernandes punishes Saints' ailing defence as Man United face more appealing fixtures

745 Comments Post a Comment
  1. JP\'s
    • 1 Year
    10 months, 4 days ago

    Who to captain Fernandes or Bamford?

    1. Sam FPLFamily
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      10 months, 4 days ago

      Fernandes of the two, although I think I'm going Antonio this week. Definitely a good week for a more differential captain pick I think.

      1. JP\'s
        • 1 Year
        10 months, 3 days ago

        Thanks very much

    2. Etonmessi
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      10 months, 4 days ago

      if you need to make up points go fro Bamford. IF your in a good position go for Fernandes.

  2. Kaich24
      10 months, 4 days ago

      Maddison for Soucek?

      Is this a good transfer

      1. Etonmessi
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 1 Year
        10 months, 4 days ago

        no

    • FantasyFooty01
      • 4 Years
      10 months, 4 days ago

      Into week 3 of last man standing, who should I pick? comment below. 50 left.
      Already picked:
      Chelsea
      Man City

    • Xabatlea
      • 3 Years
      10 months, 4 days ago

      2FT
      4'5 ITB

      How to get Son? Or what should I do?
      Martínez/fabiansky
      Justin/Stones/Coufal/Dallas/c Taylor
      Lookman/Salah/Sterling/ gundo/ Bruno
      DCL/Antonio/ Brewster

      Idea was Lookman to Son, but now Lookman has a DGW.
      Any suggestions?
      Thanks

      1. Fplviz
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        10 months, 4 days ago

        I'm going without Son personally - I would get Bamford in for Brewser who has Palace at home and a decent double coming up! And then roll the other transfer with a view of getting in Pope/Burnley defence

    • azambadboy
      • 4 Years
      10 months, 4 days ago

      need your advice for my line up :
      Pope (Guaita)
      Robertson Cancelo Dias Maguire (Creswell)
      Son(C) Bruno(VC) Grealish Soucek (Rapinha)
      Antonio Bamford (Brewster)

      Son or Bruno for captain?

    • Sulley
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      10 months, 3 days ago

      Play Saka or Barnes this weekend?

      1. Charlie&TheLads
        • 7 Years
        10 months, 3 days ago

        Great question. Im debating Madders or Saka atm
        Im wondering if the Wolves games was a blip, especially following that ridiculous Luiz sending off. Yes Arsenal will be missing Leno and Luiz, yes they will probably concede but Auba is back and the offensive is still firing. Saka had the ball in the net.

        1. Sulley
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 1 Year
          10 months, 3 days ago

          Yeah hard to call

      2. SallySlayer
        • 2 Years
        10 months, 3 days ago

        Coin flip for me.

      3. Limbo
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 11 Years
        10 months, 3 days ago

        I don't fancy City to keep a clean sheet today. So it comes down to minutes and possible goal threat...

        Got Stones and Cancelo. Which would you bench?

        1. Limbo
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 11 Years
          10 months, 3 days ago

          Fek. Reply Fail.

          I'd play Barnes.

    • Sulley
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      10 months, 3 days ago

      Saka had more double digit games lately

    • damiang2233
      • 11 Years
      10 months, 3 days ago

      Worth keeping Son & Foden?

      1. SallySlayer
        • 2 Years
        10 months, 3 days ago

        Definitely Son for WBA this week. Foden will probably do well if he plays

    • SallySlayer
      • 2 Years
      10 months, 3 days ago

      Anything here worth a hit?
      Pope
      Roboo - Coufal - Cancelo (mitchell, mee)
      Salah - Gundo - Barnes - Bruno (bissouma)
      Wilson - DCL - Bamford

      A) Robbo –> Shaw or Dias (-4)
      B) Salah –> Son (-4)
      C) DCL –> Antonio (-4)

      1. 7_Dan_7
        • 1 Year
        10 months, 3 days ago

        nope g2g

    • PScholes18
      • 1 Year
      10 months, 3 days ago

      GTG or moves needed?
      Meslier
      Tarkowski - Maguire - Coufal
      Bruno (C) - Salah - Sterling - Barnes Soucek
      Antonio - Bamford
      Ederson - DCL - Cancelo - Mitchell

      1. tjostolv
        • 9 Years
        10 months, 3 days ago

        Cancelo on the bench?

        1. PScholes18
          • 1 Year
          10 months, 3 days ago

          ATM yes. Expect Liverpool to score. Cancelo could get some attacking returns, but can't see who to bench instead.

    • Knowsnothingaboutnothing
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      10 months, 3 days ago

      Which two to bench...
      Digne
      Shaw
      Cancelo
      Coufal
      Mee

      1. PScholes18
        • 1 Year
        10 months, 3 days ago

        Digne and probably Cancelo. Expect the rest to get CS, but could go Cancelo over Shaw.
        Considering Cancelo over Maguire myself.

        1. Knowsnothingaboutnothing
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 4 Years
          10 months, 3 days ago

          Thats exactly who I have on bench but thinking that both Cancelo and Shaw may concede but they can easily get attacking returns and thought to play them both and bench Coufal..

          1. PScholes18
            • 1 Year
            10 months, 3 days ago

            You could start all five. Digne the stand out pick for the bench and the rest is basically gut feeling and focus on CS or attacking returns.

            1. Knowsnothingaboutnothing
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 4 Years
              10 months, 3 days ago

              Could do but cant obviously, this is my front 8 and benching DCL

              Sterling Cundogan Bruno Barnes Grealish

              Bamford Antonio DCL

              1. PScholes18
                • 1 Year
                10 months, 3 days ago

                Of course. My point is that it is basically gut feeling as all could pay off.
                Similar front 8. I have Salah and Soucek for Gundo and Grealish.

      2. Wooterr
        • 7 Years
        10 months, 3 days ago

        I'd bench Digne and Mee!

    • Wooterr
      • 7 Years
      10 months, 3 days ago

      Who to bench?
      1 of these: Dallas (CRY), Justin (wolves), Coufal (fulham), Stones (liv)
      1 of these: Barnes (wolves), (DCL (manu)

      or bench both Barnes and DCL and play all 4 defenders?

      Thanks for your advice!

      1. 7_Dan_7
        • 1 Year
        10 months, 3 days ago

        Stones and DCL

    • Fpl_elstatto
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      10 months, 3 days ago

      Some players always do well against a particular team is the general theory right? So we’ve looked back over past meetings of gw23 games to see if there is any stand out cases this week:

      https://jumpersforgoalposts.info/back-to-the-fpl-future-gw23/

      1. Limbo
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 11 Years
        10 months, 3 days ago

        Thanks

    • sarnshawn
      • 9 Years
      10 months, 3 days ago

      Thoughts?

      Martinez
      Maguire, Stones, Cancelo
      Fernandez, Salah, Grealish, Son
      Antonio (c), Wilson, Bamford

      Bench - Gundogan, Mings, Dallas

      1. 7_Dan_7
        • 1 Year
        10 months, 3 days ago

        g2g looks nice

        1. 7_Dan_7
          • 1 Year
          10 months, 3 days ago

          or maybe put Dallas in for Stones...

          1. sarnshawn
            • 9 Years
            10 months, 3 days ago

            Done. Thanks!

    • AC/DC AFC
      • 6 Years
      10 months, 3 days ago

      Out of interest, who did Jan opt for captain in this article?

    • 7_Dan_7
      • 1 Year
      10 months, 3 days ago

      feels like a daft question but start Dias (LIV) or James (shu)? (I need to get rid of James, I know)

      1. Wooterr
        • 7 Years
        10 months, 3 days ago

        James! More likely to get CS and better attacking threat!

    • Gashead83
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      10 months, 3 days ago

      I’m so torn between Fernandes or Antonio to cpt

      1. Belli2007
        • 11 Years
        10 months, 3 days ago

        Likewise. As I was last week when I went between Salah and Bruno and of course landed on the wrong one!!!!

        1. Gashead83
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          10 months, 2 days ago

          Typically I went the wrong way

    • Belli2007
      • 11 Years
      10 months, 3 days ago

      Got Dias and Stones which obviously a risk against pool so do I drop one and play Konsa v Arsenal?

    • Kellz86
      • 4 Years
      10 months, 3 days ago

      Oh Arsenal, when will they realize Arteta is not the man to take them forward at this moment