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.

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313 Comments Post a Comment
  1. Echoes
    • 1 Year
    4 months, 22 hours ago

    Surprised DCL is so low in the captaincy poll. Think he bangs against Palace this week. Seriously thinking of putting the armband on him this week myself.

    1. Wild Guus Chase
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      4 months, 21 hours ago

      GL with that pal. It was a toss up between including him and Antonio in my squad.

    2. pingissimus
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      4 months, 21 hours ago

      Decent call imo

      Palace defence has been looking more solid recently and some of the recent numbers are skewed by the Brighton match. That said if James is back in harness I can see at least 2 goals in it for Everton and DCL is likely beneficiary. But if no DCL then perhaps no party.

    3. Don Kloppeone
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      4 months, 21 hours ago

      I’m happy to have him but he’s way too risky a returner to cap imo

    4. Limbo
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      4 months, 20 hours ago

      I would, but Kane against that newcastle side? No contest.

    5. Echoes
      • 1 Year
      4 months, 11 hours ago

      Cheers lads

  2. Cheeto__Bandito
    • 1 Year
    4 months, 21 hours ago

    Shaw or Azpi now until end of season?

    1. Don Kloppeone
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      4 months, 21 hours ago

      Azpi but reluctantly

      1. Finding Timo
          4 months, 20 hours ago

          Shaw over Azpilicueta just for GW30?

    2. Jimmy Boy
      • 4 Years
      4 months, 21 hours ago

      Wanted to double up on Chelsea defence (already got Alonso), but now have no idea who to pick.
      Rudiger and Christensen potential rotation risks after international minutes
      Zouma looks likely to play this game but probably not a starter long-term
      Azpi is the most nailed but quite expensive and interferes with transfer plans
      Now considering just going for Reece James, with his relatively low price and positional rival Hudson-Odoi a doubt for this game.

      1. Wild Guus Chase
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 8 Years
        4 months, 21 hours ago

        Chris only started two and kept cleanies in both, Rudi started all 3 in some suspect German performances.

        1. Jimmy Boy
          • 4 Years
          4 months, 21 hours ago

          Do you reckon Christensen could be a decent bet then? He hasn't really put a foot wrong since coming into the Chelsea XI

          1. Miguel Sanchez
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 5 Years
            4 months, 21 hours ago

            Depends how they want to use Thiago Silva

          2. Wild Guus Chase
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 8 Years
            4 months, 21 hours ago

            He's in my team currently, though West Brom does seem like the perfect game to bring Thiago back in. But then again they have Palace next GW so that could be a good opportunity also.

    3. bitm2007
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      4 months, 21 hours ago

      Play one

      A) Auba (LIV)
      B) Gundo (lei)
      C) Struijk (SHU)

      1. Wild Guus Chase
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 8 Years
        4 months, 21 hours ago

        C

      2. Miguel Sanchez
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        4 months, 21 hours ago

        A

      3. Don Kloppeone
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        4 months, 20 hours ago

        B

    4. tbhogal
      • 11 Years
      4 months, 21 hours ago

      Start Bale or Gundo guys ??

      1. Steve The Spud
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 1 Year
        4 months, 21 hours ago

        Bale, gundo first sub incase he doesn’t start

      2. pingissimus
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 2 Years
        4 months, 21 hours ago

        Gundo

        He either starts or blanks completely likely. Bale has a chance of a cameo. Don't particularly fancy either but would prefer to have Gundo on balance,

        1. Don Kloppeone
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 3 Years
          4 months, 20 hours ago

          Agree with this

    5. Steve The Spud
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      4 months, 21 hours ago

      Start cancello or gundo ?

      1. Miguel Sanchez
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        4 months, 21 hours ago

        G

    6. Slitherene
      • 3 Years
      4 months, 21 hours ago

      WC 31 Team

      Areola Sanchez
      6.0 Pereira Coady Rudiger Dawson
      Bruno Son Gundogan Jota Saka
      Kane Vardy DC-L

      Defensive double up with Azpi or Boly?

    7. tricpic
      • 11 Years
      4 months, 21 hours ago

      Chances that Son is fully fit and starts?

      1. Miguel Sanchez
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        4 months, 21 hours ago

        75%

    8. pingissimus
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      4 months, 21 hours ago

      Twisting, not sticking and making characteristic early transfers I'm now settled on this

      Martinez
      Cresswell Dallas Shaw
      (R)aph Bruno Son Jota Lingard
      Kane Bamford

      Ederson Konsa Stones Watkins

      It's a wholly unnecessary but rather satisfying minus 4. Next week's hit is likely to be Tierney and Maddison in for Raph and Dallas. Rather like the look of that going forward despite the complete absence of Chelsea defence.

    9. jimmyharte
      • 3 Years
      4 months, 21 hours ago

      I'm think I'm going Son over Kane for this week. 2 weeks rest he will be ready to go.

    10. jimmyharte
      • 3 Years
      4 months, 21 hours ago

      I think I'm gonna captain Son over Kane this gw. He will be fresh and ready to go after 2 week break.

      1. pingissimus
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 2 Years
        4 months, 21 hours ago

        Perfectly fair call

        It's also quite possible that Kane is back in the number 10 role and Son up top as finisher. Given fall out from EL and benching against Villa I doubt very much Bale has a role to play. My feeling is Mou will go back to the system that worked decently early season and will prioritise players with attitude for the run in.

        1. jimmyharte
          • 3 Years
          4 months, 21 hours ago

          Yeah exactly spurs weren't great either vs villa but got the win. The changes were to account for the lack of son. Think your right!

    11. bso
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      4 months, 21 hours ago

      What are Son's chances of starting? Ok to swap Bale out for him? Can't make the pressers tomorrow. 10 hr time difference.
      Cheers!

      1. Miguel Sanchez
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        4 months, 21 hours ago

        Just wait and still have Saturday to make the move

        1. bso
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 6 Years
          4 months, 21 hours ago

          I don't...Not getting up before 3am.

          1. Miguel Sanchez
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 5 Years
            4 months, 21 hours ago

            Looks fine - pictures of Son in training have emerged

            1. Amey
              • 2 Years
              4 months, 21 hours ago

              Wow
              Thanks mate.
              You have any links ?

                1. Amey
                  • 2 Years
                  4 months, 21 hours ago

                  Thanks !!!

            2. bso
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 6 Years
              4 months, 21 hours ago

              Thanks Miguel. Where did you see the pictures?

              1. Miguel Sanchez
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 5 Years
                4 months, 21 hours ago

                See above

                1. bso
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 6 Years
                  4 months, 21 hours ago

                  Awesome thanks

      2. jimmyharte
        • 3 Years
        4 months, 21 hours ago

        V high

    12. Lav
      • 5 Years
      4 months, 21 hours ago

      Whens the best time to play WC? Thinking for this week, but fixtures as we approach the end seem uninspiring for some sides. Also have BB available.

      1. Bubbles1985
        • 4 Years
        4 months, 21 hours ago

        Majority seem to be going 31, myself included

        1. Lav
          • 5 Years
          4 months, 21 hours ago

          And why is this?

      2. 007 [RoboKlopp]
        • 4 Years
        4 months, 21 hours ago

        31 as fixtures swing for Leeds, some have 3 Leeds from gw 29

    13. 007 [RoboKlopp]
      • 4 Years
      4 months, 21 hours ago

      Please bench one:
      A. Cancelo
      B. Dias
      C. Dallas

      Cheers.

      1. Holmes
        • 7 Years
        4 months, 21 hours ago

        Probably Dias

        1. Rog.
          • 10 Years
          4 months, 21 hours ago

          +1

    14. Ian Davis
      • 11 Years
      4 months, 21 hours ago

      A) Bale > Son

      or

      B) Vardy > Bamford

      1. Holmes
        • 7 Years
        4 months, 21 hours ago

        A

      2. 007 [RoboKlopp]
        • 4 Years
        4 months, 21 hours ago

        A

      3. Don Kloppeone
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        4 months, 20 hours ago

        A

    15. 007 [RoboKlopp]
      • 4 Years
      4 months, 21 hours ago

      Please bench one:
      A. Gundo
      B. Bale
      C. Lingard

      Cheers.

      1. Miguel Sanchez
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        4 months, 21 hours ago

        B

      2. Little Red Lacazette
        • 4 Years
        4 months, 21 hours ago

        B

    16. JJeyy
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      4 months, 21 hours ago

      Son = fit. (check spurs twitter)

    17. Little Red Lacazette
      • 4 Years
      4 months, 21 hours ago

      Just seen Bamford's yellow caution has been removed on FPL.

    18. Miguel Sanchez
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      4 months, 21 hours ago

      Anyone else with the triple Leeds of Dallas, Raph and Bamford feel that captaining one of them is a step too far?

      1. pingissimus
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 2 Years
        4 months, 21 hours ago

        Not really

        It's an absolutely prime fixture. Spurs have Newcastle but that's away where Spurs are typically less than lethal and Newcastle home form in recent matches has been a story of defying XGC. Their XGC is fairly similar to Chelsea when you look at last 6 home matches.

      2. Tonyawesome69
        • 2 Years
        4 months, 21 hours ago

        If you are confident of a comfortable Leeds win then why not cap Raphinha or Bamford

        1. Miguel Sanchez
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 5 Years
          4 months, 21 hours ago

          That's the thing, it's that Leeds pitch I really don't trust. Am 60/40 on Alonso (WBA) captain over Raphinha

          1. Tonyawesome69
            • 2 Years
            4 months, 20 hours ago

            Surely there been enough time for the pitch to settle and Leeds to sort it out. I don't think the pitch was that bad when Leeds played Chelsea but that was a while ago

    19. zon
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      4 months, 21 hours ago

      Do you think Kante injury will make Chelsea defence much vulnerable?

      1. Miguel Sanchez
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        4 months, 21 hours ago

        Yes, but he won't be out long

    20. Little Red Lacazette
      • 4 Years
      4 months, 21 hours ago

      Bench 1:
      A. Gundo
      B. Lingard
      C. Watkins

      1. Miguel Sanchez
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        4 months, 21 hours ago

        Watkins

      2. Tonyawesome69
        • 2 Years
        4 months, 21 hours ago

        Gundo

      3. Rog.
        • 10 Years
        4 months, 21 hours ago

        Gundo probably

      4. Riverside Red
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 2 Years
        4 months, 21 hours ago

        Watkins

      5. Bob.
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 11 Years
        4 months, 21 hours ago

        A

    21. Rog.
      • 10 Years
      4 months, 21 hours ago

      Bench 1:

      A) Gundo (lei)
      B) Shaw (BHA)
      C) Creswell (wol)
      D) Watkins (FUL)

      On A atm.

    22. Slitherene
      • 3 Years
      4 months, 21 hours ago

      Last punt before WC 31?

      Best 1 GW punt?

      A)zpilicueta

      OR

      D)igne

      1. Miguel Sanchez
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        4 months, 21 hours ago

        Alonso 100%

        1. Slitherene
          • 3 Years
          4 months, 21 hours ago

          Can't afford his benching as I currently do not have a bench. Thanks!

          1. Miguel Sanchez
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 5 Years
            4 months, 21 hours ago

            Hmmmm.... Azpi then but I do personally fancy Alonso to start

      2. Riverside Red
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 2 Years
        4 months, 21 hours ago

        Azpilicueta

      3. Don Kloppeone
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        4 months, 21 hours ago

        Azpi of those.

        If it’s 1 week though then I agree Alonso is more exciting

        1. Finding Timo
            4 months, 21 hours ago

            What about shaw orAWB?

            1. Don Kloppeone
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 3 Years
              4 months, 20 hours ago

              If it’s a 1GW punt I’d rather a Che def

              1. Finding Timo
                  4 months, 20 hours ago

                  Alonso be great choice but chances of starting ?

                  1. Don Kloppeone
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 3 Years
                    4 months, 20 hours ago

                    But that’s why it’s a punt 😉

                    Yeh I have no idea tbh!

                    1. Finding Timo
                        4 months, 20 hours ago

                        True! Good luck

          • Pep Roulette
            • 3 Years
            4 months, 21 hours ago

            Hey fam!

            Martinez (Areola)
            Cancelo Stones Maguire (Targett Dunk)
            Salah Son Lingard Raphinha (Gundogan)
            Kane(C) DCL Watkins

            A. Save FT
            B. Dunk to Azpi/Alonso and bench Maguire

            1. Tsparkes10
              • 2 Years
              4 months, 21 hours ago

              Looks solid mate. Gtg

              1. Pep Roulette
                • 3 Years
                4 months, 20 hours ago

                Cheers mate! Save FT then?

            2. Don Kloppeone
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 3 Years
              4 months, 21 hours ago

              Looks fine to save. Do you still have WC/ when will you play?

              1. Pep Roulette
                • 3 Years
                4 months, 20 hours ago

                No WC remaining mate!

                1. Don Kloppeone
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 3 Years
                  4 months, 20 hours ago

                  G2G then!

                  1. Pep Roulette
                    • 3 Years
                    4 months, 20 hours ago

                    Cheers mate

          • Tsparkes10
            • 2 Years
            4 months, 21 hours ago

            Took a big break... any idea what to do and who to bench? 1FT 0.8m

            Martinez
            Stones Dias Dallas
            Son Raph Lings Bruno
            Kane Antonio Bamford
            (Johnstone, Bale, White, Dunk)

            1. Tsparkes10
              • 2 Years
              4 months, 21 hours ago

              Will be wildcarding next week

            2. Miguel Sanchez
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 5 Years
              4 months, 21 hours ago

              Looks good - get Alonso for a one week punt.

              How do you fancy your boys to get on vs Leeds?

            3. Tonyawesome69
              • 2 Years
              4 months, 21 hours ago

              White/Dunk to Alonso and bench Dias. Prefer Stones over Dias for attacking potential as I think City will concede

              1. Don Kloppeone
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 3 Years
                4 months, 21 hours ago

                This

          • Parsnips
              4 months, 21 hours ago

              Who to bench out of Gundo, KDB, Kane, Son, Bam, Raph, Bruno, DCL...

              1. Miguel Sanchez
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 5 Years
                4 months, 21 hours ago

                Gund

              2. Tonyawesome69
                • 2 Years
                4 months, 21 hours ago

                Gundo

              3. Don Kloppeone
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 3 Years
                4 months, 21 hours ago

                Gundog

            • pingissimus
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 2 Years
              4 months, 21 hours ago

              Do you believe in XGC as a barometer of a defence?

              Chelsea in last 6 home matches have XGC of 4.69 and Newcastle 5.43 - that's the 4th best in the league over that period

              Fixtures for Chelsea were

              Everton
              Man U
              Newcastle
              Burnley
              Wolves
              City

              Fixtures for Newcastle were softer of course but not outrageously so bar absence of City.

              Villa
              Wolves
              Southampton
              Palace
              Leeds
              Leicester

              Quite happy to avoid a Spurs captain this week.

              1. Don Kloppeone
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 3 Years
                4 months, 21 hours ago

                I do hear this argument but I also think expect Spurs to be quite fired up and Mou to try and reignite the Kane/ Son duo

                1. pingissimus
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 2 Years
                  4 months, 21 hours ago

                  Kane Son yes but it was the Kane Son Bale combo that lit fires really - I just don't; see Mou going that way again. Kane and Son are perfectly decent captain calls this week but more I suspect on their own merits than the softness of the fixture.

                  I thought that Newcastle looked pretty solid defensively against Brighton before the injury last time out.

            • Don Kloppeone
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 3 Years
              4 months, 21 hours ago

              Been taking an FPL break for most of this IB. Now back to planning! Would you still stick to WC31 with this lot or hold off until 33/34?

              1FT 6.6itb WC remaining
              Martinez
              Dallas, Shaw, Dias
              Son, Gundo, Raphinha, Lingard
              Kane, DCL, Bamford
              (Pope) (Bale*, Coufal, Dunk*)

              Potential moves:

              A) Dunk > Azpi/ Rudi (start over Lingard)
              B) Bale > Salah/ Bruno
              C) Dunk, Bale > Azpi/ Rudi, Salah/ Bruno (-4)

              Cheers!

              1. Tonyawesome69
                • 2 Years
                4 months, 21 hours ago

                Spurs have SHU, LEE and WOL after 33 so Kane and Son is worth keeping. Depends what you want to do with City assets with BGW33.

                I wouldn't take a hit if WC31.

                If open to spend big in Chelsea def then may as well go for Azpi

                1. Don Kloppeone
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 3 Years
                  4 months, 20 hours ago

                  So you’d be leaning to A

                  Reckon 31 is still optimum WC week if no other chips?

              2. pingissimus
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 2 Years
                4 months, 20 hours ago

                I'd think about doing B for Bruno and reevaluate next time

                Think you have a chance of getting thought to 33 without WC. The triple Leeds look is suboptimal of course 🙂 But there again Leeds attack actually did ok in the reverse fixtures it was just the defence that was a no go area. Lose Dallas for Rudiger say in 31 and you might be close enough.

                (Looking here at Lloris in in 32 as 3rd Spur)

                1. Don Kloppeone
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 3 Years
                  4 months, 20 hours ago

                  Would be a sensible plan mate. Thanks

            • Finding Timo
                4 months, 21 hours ago

                Been looking to get shaw all week for GW30 only, but tempted by digne or Alonso or should I stick with Shaw?

              • sovietrockettes
                • 2 Years
                4 months, 21 hours ago

                Very few actually have the cajones to move off Kane for captain.....lots of chat but in the end almost everyone will give him the armband

                1. Flynny
                  • 6 Years
                  4 months, 21 hours ago

                  Some will captain bruno