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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
    5 months, 19 days 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
      • 9 Years
      5 months, 19 days 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
      5 months, 19 days 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
      • 4 Years
      5 months, 19 days ago

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

    4. Limbo
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 11 Years
      5 months, 19 days ago

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

    5. Echoes
      • 1 Year
      5 months, 18 days ago

      Cheers lads

  2. Cheeto__Bandito
    • 1 Year
    5 months, 19 days ago

    Shaw or Azpi now until end of season?

    1. Don Kloppeone
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      5 months, 19 days ago

      Azpi but reluctantly

      1. Finding Timo
        5 months, 19 days ago

        Shaw over Azpilicueta just for GW30?

  3. Jimmy Boy
    • 5 Years
    5 months, 19 days 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
      • 9 Years
      5 months, 19 days ago

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

      1. Jimmy Boy
        • 5 Years
        5 months, 19 days 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
          5 months, 19 days ago

          Depends how they want to use Thiago Silva

        2. Wild Guus Chase
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 9 Years
          5 months, 19 days 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.

  4. bitm2007
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 7 Years
    5 months, 19 days ago

    Play one

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

    1. Wild Guus Chase
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      5 months, 19 days ago

      C

    2. Miguel Sanchez
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      5 months, 19 days ago

      A

    3. Don Kloppeone
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      5 months, 19 days ago

      B

  5. tbhogal
    • 12 Years
    5 months, 19 days ago

    Start Bale or Gundo guys ??

    1. Steve The Spud
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      5 months, 19 days ago

      Bale, gundo first sub incase he doesn’t start

    2. pingissimus
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      5 months, 19 days 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
        • 4 Years
        5 months, 19 days ago

        Agree with this

  6. Steve The Spud
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 1 Year
    5 months, 19 days ago

    Start cancello or gundo ?

    1. Miguel Sanchez
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      5 months, 19 days ago

      G

  7. Slitherene
    • 3 Years
    5 months, 19 days 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?

  8. tricpic
    • 11 Years
    5 months, 19 days ago

    Chances that Son is fully fit and starts?

    1. Miguel Sanchez
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      5 months, 19 days ago

      75%

  9. pingissimus
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 2 Years
    5 months, 19 days 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.

  10. jimmyharte
    • 3 Years
    5 months, 19 days ago

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

  11. jimmyharte
    • 3 Years
    5 months, 19 days 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
      5 months, 19 days 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
        5 months, 19 days 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!

  12. bso
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 6 Years
    5 months, 19 days 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
      5 months, 19 days ago

      Just wait and still have Saturday to make the move

      1. bso
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 6 Years
        5 months, 19 days ago

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

        1. Miguel Sanchez
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 5 Years
          5 months, 19 days ago

          Looks fine - pictures of Son in training have emerged

          1. Amey
            • 2 Years
            5 months, 19 days ago

            Wow
            Thanks mate.
            You have any links ?

              1. Amey
                • 2 Years
                5 months, 19 days ago

                Thanks !!!

          2. bso
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 6 Years
            5 months, 19 days ago

            Thanks Miguel. Where did you see the pictures?

            1. Miguel Sanchez
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 5 Years
              5 months, 19 days ago

              See above

              1. bso
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 6 Years
                5 months, 19 days ago

                Awesome thanks

    2. jimmyharte
      • 3 Years
      5 months, 19 days ago

      V high

  13. Lav
    • 5 Years
    5 months, 19 days 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
      5 months, 19 days ago

      Majority seem to be going 31, myself included

      1. Lav
        • 5 Years
        5 months, 19 days ago

        And why is this?

    2. 007 [RoboKlopp]
      • 5 Years
      5 months, 19 days ago

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

  14. 007 [RoboKlopp]
    • 5 Years
    5 months, 19 days ago

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

    Cheers.

    1. Holmes
      • 7 Years
      5 months, 19 days ago

      Probably Dias

      1. Rog.
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 10 Years
        5 months, 19 days ago

        +1

  15. Ian Davis
    • 11 Years
    5 months, 19 days ago

    A) Bale > Son

    or

    B) Vardy > Bamford

    1. Holmes
      • 7 Years
      5 months, 19 days ago

      A

    2. 007 [RoboKlopp]
      • 5 Years
      5 months, 19 days ago

      A

    3. Don Kloppeone
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      5 months, 19 days ago

      A

  16. 007 [RoboKlopp]
    • 5 Years
    5 months, 19 days ago

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

    Cheers.

    1. Miguel Sanchez
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      5 months, 19 days ago

      B

    2. Little Red Lacazette
      • 4 Years
      5 months, 19 days ago

      B

  17. JJeyy
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 5 Years
    5 months, 19 days ago

    Son = fit. (check spurs twitter)

  18. Little Red Lacazette
    • 4 Years
    5 months, 19 days ago

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

  19. Miguel Sanchez
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 5 Years
    5 months, 19 days 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
      5 months, 19 days 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
      5 months, 19 days 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
        5 months, 19 days 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
          5 months, 19 days 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

  20. zon
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 6 Years
    5 months, 19 days ago

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

    1. Miguel Sanchez
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      5 months, 19 days ago

      Yes, but he won't be out long

  21. Little Red Lacazette
    • 4 Years
    5 months, 19 days ago

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

    1. Miguel Sanchez
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      5 months, 19 days ago

      Watkins

    2. Tonyawesome69
      • 2 Years
      5 months, 19 days ago

      Gundo

    3. Rog.
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      5 months, 19 days ago

      Gundo probably

    4. Riverside Red
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      5 months, 19 days ago

      Watkins

    5. Bob.
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 11 Years
      5 months, 19 days ago

      A

  22. Rog.
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 10 Years
    5 months, 19 days ago

    Bench 1:

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

    On A atm.

  23. Slitherene
    • 3 Years
    5 months, 19 days ago

    Last punt before WC 31?

    Best 1 GW punt?

    A)zpilicueta

    OR

    D)igne

    1. Miguel Sanchez
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      5 months, 19 days ago

      Alonso 100%

      1. Slitherene
        • 3 Years
        5 months, 19 days ago

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

        1. Miguel Sanchez
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 5 Years
          5 months, 19 days ago

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

    2. Riverside Red
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      5 months, 19 days ago

      Azpilicueta

    3. Don Kloppeone
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      5 months, 19 days ago

      Azpi of those.

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

      1. Finding Timo
        5 months, 19 days ago

        What about shaw orAWB?

        1. Don Kloppeone
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 4 Years
          5 months, 19 days ago

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

          1. Finding Timo
            5 months, 19 days ago

            Alonso be great choice but chances of starting ?

            1. Don Kloppeone
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 4 Years
              5 months, 19 days ago

              But that’s why it’s a punt 😉

              Yeh I have no idea tbh!

              1. Finding Timo
                5 months, 19 days ago

                True! Good luck

  24. Pep Roulette
    • 3 Years
    5 months, 19 days 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
      • 3 Years
      5 months, 19 days ago

      Looks solid mate. Gtg

      1. Pep Roulette
        • 3 Years
        5 months, 19 days ago

        Cheers mate! Save FT then?

    2. Don Kloppeone
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      5 months, 19 days ago

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

      1. Pep Roulette
        • 3 Years
        5 months, 19 days ago

        No WC remaining mate!

        1. Don Kloppeone
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 4 Years
          5 months, 19 days ago

          G2G then!

          1. Pep Roulette
            • 3 Years
            5 months, 19 days ago

            Cheers mate

  25. Tsparkes10
    • 3 Years
    5 months, 19 days 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
      • 3 Years
      5 months, 19 days ago

      Will be wildcarding next week

    2. Miguel Sanchez
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      5 months, 19 days 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
      5 months, 19 days 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
        • 4 Years
        5 months, 19 days ago

        This

  26. Parsnips
    5 months, 19 days ago

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

    1. Miguel Sanchez
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      5 months, 19 days ago

      Gund

    2. Tonyawesome69
      • 2 Years
      5 months, 19 days ago

      Gundo

    3. Don Kloppeone
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      5 months, 19 days ago

      Gundog

  27. pingissimus
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 2 Years
    5 months, 19 days 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
      • 4 Years
      5 months, 19 days 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
        5 months, 19 days 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.

  28. Don Kloppeone
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 4 Years
    5 months, 19 days 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
      5 months, 19 days 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
        • 4 Years
        5 months, 19 days 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
      5 months, 19 days 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
        • 4 Years
        5 months, 19 days ago

        Would be a sensible plan mate. Thanks

  29. Finding Timo
    5 months, 19 days ago

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

  30. sovietrockettes
    • 2 Years
    5 months, 19 days 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
      5 months, 19 days ago

      Some will captain bruno