Captain Sensible

Who is the best FPL captain for Gameweek 30?

Fantasy Premier League managers have a healthy selection of captain candidates for Gameweek 30 as we come to the end of this calendar year’s first international break.

While Harry Kane (£11.6m) and Bruno Fernandes (£11.5m) seem to be the flavour of the week at the moment, both Patrick Bamford (£6.7m) and Raphinha (£5.7m) could offer as much, if not more, potential as they prepare to host Sheffield United.

With so much focus on the premium heavyweights this week, the Leeds duo could provide a perfect opportunity for anyone looking to go against the grain.

That said, both Kane and Fernandes are hardly bad options for Gameweek 30 while Chelsea and Everton face appealing match-ups with West Bromwich Albion and Crystal Palace respectively.

As always, the Captain Sensible article is here to help you decide on your Gameweek 30 captaincy. As this includes extensive data from Fantasy Football Scout Premium Members Area, only those with a valid subscription can access it in full.

CAPTAIN POLL

As alluded to above, Kane is the convincing leader of this week’s Captain Poll having gained 46.7% of the total votes so far. Also of interest is the fact that he is also the only Spurs player to make the top-five ahead of a favourable trip to Newcastle. Lingering doubts over Son Heung-min’s (£9.4m) fitness and Gareth Bale’s (£9.7m) minutes are likely to be contributing factors.

Fernandes (17.2%) looks set to claim second place in this week’s poll, followed by Raphinha (7.7%) and Patrick Bamford (6.0%). Chelsea’s Mason Mount (£7.0m) closes out the top five with a 3.8% of total votes.
votes so far.

While the presence of Kane and Fernandes in the top two spots should come as no surprise, Raphinha and Bamford are not getting as much attention as they deserve in my opinion.

KEY MATCHES

Leeds United v Sheffield United

Double Gameweek 25 Scout Picks features Leeds triple-up

Become a Member and get unrestricted access to our data and articles

Full-year memberships, monthly subscriptions and a FREE trial are all now available.

Join now to get the following:

  • Plot your transfer strategies using the fully interactive Season Ticker.
  • Get projections for every Premier League player provided by the Rate My Team statistical model.
  • Use Rate My Team throughout the season to guide your selections and transfers.
  • Get access to over 150+ exclusive members articles over the season.
  • Analyse our OPTA-powered statistic tables specifically tailored for Fantasy Football Managers.
  • Use our exclusive tool to build custom stats tables from over 100 OPTA player and team stats.
  • Enjoy our brand NEW Flat-Track Bully feature which introduces an opposition filter to your tables.
  • View heatmaps and expected goals data for every player.
  • Use our powerful comparison tool to analyse players head-to-head.

ALREADY A USER? CLICK HERE TO UPGRADE YOUR FREE ACCOUNT

NEW TO SCOUT? CLICK HERE TO START A MEMBERSHIP ACCOUNT

313 Comments Post a Comment
  1. Bobby Digital
    • 3 Years
    2 months, 24 days ago

    Havertz

    1. Bookkeeper
      • 4 Years
      2 months, 24 days ago

      poor advice and opinion

  2. Little Red Lacazette
    • 4 Years
    2 months, 24 days ago

    Raphinha or BamBam.

    1. estheblessed
      • 6 Years
      2 months, 24 days ago

      Both

      1. Little Red Lacazette
        • 4 Years
        2 months, 24 days ago

        Wish I could captain both.

    2. Snooze ya lose
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 11 Years
      2 months, 24 days ago

      This

  3. Cometh The Aouar...
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 8 Years
    2 months, 24 days ago

    Bamford. Period.

  4. iL PiStOlErO
    • 2 Years
    2 months, 24 days ago

    Planning to WC next week. What transfer(s) would you suggest for this week?

    Pope Sanchez
    Cancelo Dias Targett Dallas Coufal
    Salah Bruno Soucek Gundo Raphinha
    Kane Bamford Watkins

    1ft, 1.5itb

    1. CaptainKazuru
        2 months, 24 days ago

        Cancello > alonso if you fancy a punt & azpi if you want certainty

      • Snooze ya lose
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 11 Years
        2 months, 24 days ago

        AZpi

    2. Rassi
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      2 months, 24 days ago

      Rapninja

    3. CaptainKazuru
        2 months, 24 days ago

        Martinez
        Dallas / Azpi / Cress
        Bale / Raph / Kevin / Gundo
        Kane (C) / Bamdord / DCL

        Pope / Stones / Soucek / Dunk

        0FT 2m ITB

        GW30 - Bale > Lingard + Stones > Tierney or Shaw (-4)
        GW31 - Gundo > Son to have Kane + son for DGW32

        Good plans?

        1. Snooze ya lose
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 11 Years
          2 months, 24 days ago

          Yip

      • Amey
        • 2 Years
        2 months, 24 days ago

        Hurricane !

      • NateDogsCats
          2 months, 24 days ago

          I was set on Bruno, then Kane but am definitely considering Raphinha, but for now I'm back at Bruno. Excellent record against Brighton and while they've improved defensively, they'll give MU chances on the break which is where they're best. But honestly there are a good few good options this week.

          1. Weasel Boy
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 8 Years
            2 months, 24 days ago

            On Bruno myself

          2. Snooze ya lose
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 11 Years
            2 months, 24 days ago

            B

        • Alisson WondHaaland
          • 5 Years
          2 months, 24 days ago

          Start 2:

          A) Ayling SHU(H)
          B) Cancelo LEI(A)
          C) Konsa FUL(H)
          D) Watkins FUL(H)

          1. NateDogsCats
              2 months, 24 days ago

              A and C

            • SharkyT
              • 7 Years
              2 months, 24 days ago

              B D

            • Snooze ya lose
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 11 Years
              2 months, 24 days ago

              B, d

          2. SharkyT
            • 7 Years
            2 months, 24 days ago

            Mendy Mee Antonio Alonso (-4) worth a bench boost for a hit. WC next wk.

            Currently:
            Martinez
            Cancelo Dias Dallas
            Bale Bruno Gundo Lingard Raph
            Kane Bamford
            (Steer Antonio Mee Kilman)
            1 FT 6.4m ITB

            1. NateDogsCats
                2 months, 24 days ago

                Bit risky, could easily 2 if not 3 of your City players benched with Dortmund in view (all 3 played in all 3 international games), and Bale might be frozen out. Keep it for after WC and/or possible future DGW if fixtures are moved around to accommodate fans at a home game before the end of season

                1. MightyGar
                    2 months, 23 days ago

                    This ☝️

              • LewanGOALski
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 9 Years
                2 months, 24 days ago

                Who to bring in:
                A) Mount
                B) Havertz
                C) Jota
                D) sb else for up to 9m..?

                1. SharkyT
                  • 7 Years
                  2 months, 24 days ago

                  B

                2. Snooze ya lose
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 11 Years
                  2 months, 24 days ago

                  C

              • Scots Gooner
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 4 Years
                2 months, 24 days ago

                Very tempted by Raphina, but scared of Kane.

                1. TheDragon
                  • 3 Years
                  2 months, 24 days ago

                  Don’t let Az here you say that!

                  1. TheDragon
                    • 3 Years
                    2 months, 24 days ago

                    *hear

                    An edit post button would be a game changer

                  2. Scots Gooner
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 4 Years
                    2 months, 24 days ago

                    : D

                    I captained Auba the past two weeks, so I've tried to be brave

                  3. Deulofail
                    • 5 Years
                    2 months, 24 days ago

                    He didn't mention ownership, though...

              • ratski
                • 10 Years
                2 months, 24 days ago

                Benching headache
                Ederson (areola)
                Shaw, rudiger, Dallas, konsa (veltman)
                Bruno, gundo, son, lingard (raphina)
                Bam, kane, (Watkins)

                Konsa is defensive move as everyone else has Martinez. Start bam or raphina ?

                1. NateDogsCats
                    2 months, 24 days ago

                    I'd start both and bench Watkins, Grealish is back which which help Villa but even before his injury Villa looked pretty poor and have continued like that

                  • TheDragon
                    • 3 Years
                    2 months, 24 days ago

                    I’m playing Raphinha over Lingard and didn’t think it was that close!

                    100% Raphinha over Konsa

                  • gaurava1216
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 5 Years
                    2 months, 24 days ago

                    Bench Konsa over raphinha all day
                    If Grealish fit Watkins ahead of Lingard

                2. TheDragon
                  • 3 Years
                  2 months, 24 days ago

                  Good to go? Correct bench?

                  Martinez
                  Dallas, AWB, Cancelo
                  Fernandes, Son, Raphinha, Gundogan
                  Kane, Bamford, DCL
                  Johnstone l Lingard, Dias, Dunk

                  1. waltzingmatildas
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 10 Years
                    2 months, 24 days ago

                    Looks good

                  2. Bushwhacker
                    • 1 Year
                    2 months, 24 days ago

                    Suspect Gundogan is on rest and Lingard a better starter.

                3. waltzingmatildas
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 10 Years
                  2 months, 24 days ago

                  Really want to do dunk to alonso but would mean benching cancelo.
                  Do it?

                  1. TheDragon
                    • 3 Years
                    2 months, 24 days ago

                    Do you think Cancelo starts / any of your other 11 dont start?

                    I’d say Alonso is 90% to start and is as close to having a floor of 6 points this week as they come.

                    But Cancelo is Cancelo so could easily haul

                    Very tricky decision

                    1. waltzingmatildas
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      • 10 Years
                      2 months, 24 days ago

                      Hmm he might not start I guess.
                      The fun move is alonso so think I'll just do it.
                      Cheers!

                  2. NateDogsCats
                      2 months, 24 days ago

                      Hard one, Cancelo might not play anyway with him playing in all Portugal games and the Dortmund game coming up so you might need to rely on your bench otherwise. Is it for free, and would you be doing it as a long-term move?

                      1. waltzingmatildas
                        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                        • 10 Years
                        2 months, 24 days ago

                        For free. Playing wildcard next week so a one week punt

                        1. NateDogsCats
                            2 months, 24 days ago

                            I'd say go for it, City v Leicester is 1st v 3rd after all and City have only kept one clean sheet in last 5, if Alonso plays he's as good a cert at 6pts as you can get

                    • Vamos Los Celeste
                      • 7 Years
                      2 months, 24 days ago

                      GW35 PVA masterclass anyone?

                      1. Bobby Digital
                        • 3 Years
                        2 months, 24 days ago

                        Place is toast.

                    • Stupendous
                      • 8 Years
                      2 months, 24 days ago

                      Gtg?

                      Martinez
                      Digne Alonso Dallas Cresswell
                      Lingard Raphinha Bale
                      Kane (c) Bamford Antonio

                      Pope Gundo Auba Stones

                      2.7itb 0ft

                      1. SharkyT
                        • 7 Years
                        2 months, 24 days ago

                        Cresswell & Lingard > Auba & Gundo

                        1. Stupendous
                          • 8 Years
                          2 months, 24 days ago

                          You mean start Auba and Gundo over those two?
                          No thanks

                      2. Tonyawesome69
                        • 2 Years
                        2 months, 24 days ago

                        My team is very similar to yours. Benching Gundo and Stones. I don't expect Bale to get any mins so I'm benching him as well

                        Martinez
                        Dallas Digne Alonso Cresswell
                        Raphinha Son Lingard
                        Kane Bamford DCL
                        (Fabri Gundo Stones Bale)

                    • Cheeto__Bandito
                        2 months, 24 days ago

                        I own Rudiger but think the back 3 will be Azpi, Chris/Thiago, Zouma. As Rudiger is the only one who played all 3 games.

                        1. NateDogsCats
                            2 months, 24 days ago

                            Could definitely happen but Thiago might be eased in with how many setbacks he's had, that if he's even definitely ready to go too, I'd say you'll be fine

                            1. Cheeto__Bandito
                                2 months, 24 days ago

                                Zouma only one who's also played left side like rudiger so I think it depends on him starting in the centre or left side.

                            2. Kun Tozser
                              • 5 Years
                              2 months, 24 days ago

                              When did Zouma last get a game?

                              1. Cheeto__Bandito
                                  2 months, 24 days ago

                                  started their last 2

                                  1. NateDogsCats
                                      2 months, 24 days ago

                                      Didn't notice this at all, maybe Azpi wasn't the best choice!

                                      1. Cheeto__Bandito
                                          2 months, 24 days ago

                                          Azpi can rotate with Christensen on the left side from current evidence. He is the most safe out of all 3 though, only expect him the miss 1/2 max prem games remaining

                                  2. Tonyawesome69
                                    • 2 Years
                                    2 months, 24 days ago

                                    I agree with this.

                                • Rafa_is_a_geordie.
                                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                  • 2 Years
                                  2 months, 24 days ago

                                  Left myself with a benching headache 🙁

                                  I still have BB, will there be a better week than now to use it?

                                  Martinez
                                  Cancelo / Stones / Shaw
                                  Salah / Gundogan / Fernandes / Raphinha
                                  Calvert-Lewin / kane (C) / Watkins

                                  Bench: Sanchez / Lingard / Dallas / Lowton

                                  1. Tonyawesome69
                                    • 2 Years
                                    2 months, 24 days ago

                                    Possibly DGW35 when they get fans into the stadium but nothing confirmed. Looks likely though as the FAC semi will have fans. Probably just use it now

                                  2. gaurava1216
                                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                    • 5 Years
                                    2 months, 24 days ago

                                    I play Dallas here for Cancelo or Stones.

                                    1. Bushwhacker
                                      • 1 Year
                                      2 months, 24 days ago

                                      Will happen by default I suspect but yes.

                                • Jimmy Boy
                                  • 4 Years
                                  2 months, 24 days ago

                                  Might have already been discussed on here but having played 90 minutes three times in the international break and Dortmund four days later surely Gundo is pretty likely to be rested on saturday?

                                  1. Tonyawesome69
                                    • 2 Years
                                    2 months, 24 days ago

                                    Yup I think so too. Rested for the UCL midweek game. He is on my bench.

                                • richarlison2348
                                    2 months, 24 days ago

                                    Who scores more?
                                    A. De Bruyne (Lei)
                                    B. Lingard (Wol)

                                    1. Tonyawesome69
                                      • 2 Years
                                      2 months, 24 days ago

                                      Probably Lingard. I expect City LEI game to be tight.

                                    2. Kun Tozser
                                      • 5 Years
                                      2 months, 24 days ago

                                      Double digit hauls for both I’d say

                                  • The Red Devil
                                    • 6 Years
                                    2 months, 24 days ago

                                    Gtg?
                                    Martinez
                                    Shaw Dallas rudiger
                                    Lingard Bruno Raphinha son
                                    Kane DCL Bamford

                                    Sanchez Bale stones dunk
                                    Saving FT

                                    1. Tonyawesome69
                                      • 2 Years
                                      2 months, 24 days ago

                                      GTG

                                  • Tonyawesome69
                                    • 2 Years
                                    2 months, 24 days ago

                                    Bench order right?

                                    WC31 FH33
                                    1FT 5.5itb
                                    Martinez
                                    Dallas Digne Alonso Cresswell
                                    Raphinha Son Lingard
                                    Kane Bamford DCL
                                    (Fabri Gundo Stones Bale)

                                  • estheblessed
                                    • 6 Years
                                    2 months, 24 days ago

                                    Really not sure who to bench?!?

                                    Martinez
                                    Cresswell, Dias, Rudiger
                                    Gundo, Raphinha, Lingard, Bruno, Son
                                    Kane, Bamford

                                    Johnstone, Antonio, Konsa, Veltman

                                    1. Tonyawesome69
                                      • 2 Years
                                      2 months, 24 days ago

                                      I would start Antonio over Gundo. I can see Gundo getting limited mins after 3x90s in 6 days over IB

                                  • Weasel Boy
                                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                    • 8 Years
                                    2 months, 24 days ago

                                    Adarabioyo to?

                                    1) Shaw
                                    2) Azpi
                                    3) Alonso
                                    4) suggestions

                                    Thanks

                                    1. Snooze ya lose
                                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                      • 11 Years
                                      2 months, 24 days ago

                                      2

                                    2. SharkyT
                                      • 7 Years
                                      2 months, 24 days ago

                                      Long term 2. Short term punt 3

                                      1. Tonyawesome69
                                        • 2 Years
                                        2 months, 24 days ago

                                        this

                                  • Snooze ya lose
                                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                    • 11 Years
                                    2 months, 24 days ago

                                    Bench one
                                    Son, bale, Gundog, raph, Bruno, Antonio

                                    1. SharkyT
                                      • 7 Years
                                      2 months, 24 days ago

                                      Antonio

                                    2. Bushwhacker
                                      • 1 Year
                                      2 months, 24 days ago

                                      Gundog ; will likely happen by default.

                                    3. Tonyawesome69
                                      • 2 Years
                                      2 months, 24 days ago

                                      Bale or Gundo - both will either get limited mins or not get any

                                  • SharkyT
                                    • 7 Years
                                    2 months, 24 days ago

                                    1 week punts. WC GW31:
                                    A) Kilman > Alonzo
                                    B) Bale > Havertz
                                    C) Antonio > DCL

                                    1. Tonyawesome69
                                      • 2 Years
                                      2 months, 24 days ago

                                      Probably A. Don't fancy Havertz this GW and I like Antonio vs Wolves

                                  • OleBall
                                      2 months, 24 days ago

                                      Rudiger rotation a big possibility this gw?

                                      1. Jimmy Boy
                                        • 4 Years
                                        2 months, 24 days ago

                                        Doubt Thiago Silva will start the game, and it's worth noting that Christensen also played 90 minutes for Denmark yesterday. Three places up for grabs between Rudiger, Azpi, Christensen and Zouma but with Rudiger arguably the most versatile I'm hoping he starts.

                                    • icanseethroughyou
                                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                      • 10 Years
                                      2 months, 24 days ago

                                      Pope, Forster
                                      Maguire, Dunk, Digne, Dias, Saiss
                                      Auba, Gundagon, Mount, Son, Raphinha
                                      Kane, Bamford, Antonio

                                      Any candidates for my FT this week? Planning to WC in 31.

                                      Not used my BB yet, not quite sure I can make the most of it yet as will need a hit or two possibly. Are there any other good weeks left to use it?

                                      1. icanseethroughyou
                                        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                        • 10 Years
                                        2 months, 24 days ago

                                        Sorry it’s Meslier in goal not Pope

                                    • Stejson
                                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                      • 1 Year
                                      2 months, 24 days ago

                                      That moment when your team is close to the FPL Experts picks......

                                      1. Flynny
                                        • 6 Years
                                        2 months, 23 days ago

                                        That's generally when your te tanks....

                                        1. Stejson
                                          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                          • 1 Year
                                          2 months, 23 days ago

                                          Yep. Sad times