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

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313 Comments Post a Comment
  1. Echoes
      2 months, 14 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. Cometh The Aouar...
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 8 Years
        2 months, 14 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
        2 months, 14 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
        • 3 Years
        2 months, 14 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
        • 10 Years
        2 months, 14 days ago

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

      5. Echoes
          2 months, 14 days ago

          Cheers lads

      6. Cheeto__Bandito
          2 months, 14 days ago

          Shaw or Azpi now until end of season?

          1. Don Kloppeone
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 3 Years
            2 months, 14 days ago

            Azpi but reluctantly

            1. Finding Timo
                2 months, 14 days ago

                Shaw over Azpilicueta just for GW30?

          2. Jimmy Boy
            • 4 Years
            2 months, 14 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. Cometh The Aouar...
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 8 Years
              2 months, 14 days ago

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

              1. Jimmy Boy
                • 4 Years
                2 months, 14 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
                  • 4 Years
                  2 months, 14 days ago

                  Depends how they want to use Thiago Silva

                2. Cometh The Aouar...
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 8 Years
                  2 months, 14 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.

          3. bitm2007
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 7 Years
            2 months, 14 days ago

            Play one

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

            1. Cometh The Aouar...
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 8 Years
              2 months, 14 days ago

              C

            2. Miguel Sanchez
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 4 Years
              2 months, 14 days ago

              A

            3. Don Kloppeone
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 3 Years
              2 months, 14 days ago

              B

          4. tbhogal
            • 11 Years
            2 months, 14 days ago

            Start Bale or Gundo guys ??

            1. Steve The Spud
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 1 Year
              2 months, 14 days ago

              Bale, gundo first sub incase he doesn’t start

            2. pingissimus
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 2 Years
              2 months, 14 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
                • 3 Years
                2 months, 14 days ago

                Agree with this

          5. Steve The Spud
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 1 Year
            2 months, 14 days ago

            Start cancello or gundo ?

            1. Miguel Sanchez
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 4 Years
              2 months, 14 days ago

              G

          6. Slitherene
            • 3 Years
            2 months, 14 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?

          7. tricpic
            • 11 Years
            2 months, 14 days ago

            Chances that Son is fully fit and starts?

            1. Miguel Sanchez
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 4 Years
              2 months, 14 days ago

              75%

          8. pingissimus
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 2 Years
            2 months, 14 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.

          9. jimmyharte
            • 3 Years
            2 months, 14 days 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
            2 months, 14 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
              2 months, 14 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
                2 months, 14 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!

          11. bso
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 6 Years
            2 months, 14 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
              • 4 Years
              2 months, 14 days ago

              Just wait and still have Saturday to make the move

              1. bso
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 6 Years
                2 months, 14 days ago

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

                1. Miguel Sanchez
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 4 Years
                  2 months, 14 days ago

                  Looks fine - pictures of Son in training have emerged

                  1. Amey
                    • 2 Years
                    2 months, 14 days ago

                    Wow
                    Thanks mate.
                    You have any links ?

                      1. Amey
                        • 2 Years
                        2 months, 14 days ago

                        Thanks !!!

                  2. bso
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 6 Years
                    2 months, 14 days ago

                    Thanks Miguel. Where did you see the pictures?

                    1. Miguel Sanchez
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      • 4 Years
                      2 months, 14 days ago

                      See above

                      1. bso
                        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                        • 6 Years
                        2 months, 14 days ago

                        Awesome thanks

            2. jimmyharte
              • 3 Years
              2 months, 14 days ago

              V high

          12. Lav
            • 4 Years
            2 months, 14 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
              2 months, 14 days ago

              Majority seem to be going 31, myself included

              1. Lav
                • 4 Years
                2 months, 14 days ago

                And why is this?

            2. 007 [RoboKlopp]
              • 4 Years
              2 months, 14 days ago

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

          13. 007 [RoboKlopp]
            • 4 Years
            2 months, 14 days ago

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

            Cheers.

            1. Holmes
              • 7 Years
              2 months, 14 days ago

              Probably Dias

              1. Rog.
                • 9 Years
                2 months, 14 days ago

                +1

          14. Ian Davis
            • 11 Years
            2 months, 14 days ago

            A) Bale > Son

            or

            B) Vardy > Bamford

            1. Holmes
              • 7 Years
              2 months, 14 days ago

              A

            2. 007 [RoboKlopp]
              • 4 Years
              2 months, 14 days ago

              A

            3. Don Kloppeone
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 3 Years
              2 months, 14 days ago

              A

          15. 007 [RoboKlopp]
            • 4 Years
            2 months, 14 days ago

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

            Cheers.

            1. Miguel Sanchez
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 4 Years
              2 months, 14 days ago

              B

            2. Little Red Lacazette
              • 4 Years
              2 months, 14 days ago

              B

          16. JJeyy
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 5 Years
            2 months, 14 days ago

            Son = fit. (check spurs twitter)

          17. Little Red Lacazette
            • 4 Years
            2 months, 14 days ago

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

          18. Miguel Sanchez
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 4 Years
            2 months, 14 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
              2 months, 14 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
              2 months, 14 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
                • 4 Years
                2 months, 14 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
                  2 months, 14 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

          19. zon
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 6 Years
            2 months, 14 days ago

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

            1. Miguel Sanchez
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 4 Years
              2 months, 14 days ago

              Yes, but he won't be out long

          20. Little Red Lacazette
            • 4 Years
            2 months, 14 days ago

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

            1. Miguel Sanchez
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 4 Years
              2 months, 14 days ago

              Watkins

            2. Tonyawesome69
              • 2 Years
              2 months, 14 days ago

              Gundo

            3. Rog.
              • 9 Years
              2 months, 14 days ago

              Gundo probably

            4. Riverside Red
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 2 Years
              2 months, 14 days ago

              Watkins

            5. Bob.
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 11 Years
              2 months, 14 days ago

              A

          21. Rog.
            • 9 Years
            2 months, 14 days ago

            Bench 1:

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

            On A atm.

          22. Slitherene
            • 3 Years
            2 months, 14 days ago

            Last punt before WC 31?

            Best 1 GW punt?

            A)zpilicueta

            OR

            D)igne

            1. Miguel Sanchez
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 4 Years
              2 months, 14 days ago

              Alonso 100%

              1. Slitherene
                • 3 Years
                2 months, 14 days ago

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

                1. Miguel Sanchez
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 4 Years
                  2 months, 14 days ago

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

            2. Riverside Red
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 2 Years
              2 months, 14 days ago

              Azpilicueta

            3. Don Kloppeone
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 3 Years
              2 months, 14 days ago

              Azpi of those.

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

              1. Finding Timo
                  2 months, 14 days ago

                  What about shaw orAWB?

                  1. Don Kloppeone
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 3 Years
                    2 months, 14 days ago

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

                    1. Finding Timo
                        2 months, 14 days ago

                        Alonso be great choice but chances of starting ?

                        1. Don Kloppeone
                          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                          • 3 Years
                          2 months, 14 days ago

                          But that’s why it’s a punt 😉

                          Yeh I have no idea tbh!

                          1. Finding Timo
                              2 months, 14 days ago

                              True! Good luck

                • Pep Roulette
                  • 3 Years
                  2 months, 14 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
                    • 2 Years
                    2 months, 14 days ago

                    Looks solid mate. Gtg

                    1. Pep Roulette
                      • 3 Years
                      2 months, 14 days ago

                      Cheers mate! Save FT then?

                  2. Don Kloppeone
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 3 Years
                    2 months, 14 days ago

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

                    1. Pep Roulette
                      • 3 Years
                      2 months, 14 days ago

                      No WC remaining mate!

                      1. Don Kloppeone
                        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                        • 3 Years
                        2 months, 14 days ago

                        G2G then!

                        1. Pep Roulette
                          • 3 Years
                          2 months, 14 days ago

                          Cheers mate

                • Tsparkes10
                  • 2 Years
                  2 months, 14 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
                    • 2 Years
                    2 months, 14 days ago

                    Will be wildcarding next week

                  2. Miguel Sanchez
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 4 Years
                    2 months, 14 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
                    2 months, 14 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
                      • 3 Years
                      2 months, 14 days ago

                      This

                • Parsnips
                    2 months, 14 days ago

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

                    1. Miguel Sanchez
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      • 4 Years
                      2 months, 14 days ago

                      Gund

                    2. Tonyawesome69
                      • 2 Years
                      2 months, 14 days ago

                      Gundo

                    3. Don Kloppeone
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      • 3 Years
                      2 months, 14 days ago

                      Gundog

                  • pingissimus
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 2 Years
                    2 months, 14 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
                      • 3 Years
                      2 months, 14 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
                        2 months, 14 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.

                  • Don Kloppeone
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 3 Years
                    2 months, 14 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
                      2 months, 14 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
                        • 3 Years
                        2 months, 14 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
                      2 months, 14 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
                        • 3 Years
                        2 months, 14 days ago

                        Would be a sensible plan mate. Thanks

                  • Finding Timo
                      2 months, 14 days 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
                      2 months, 14 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
                        2 months, 14 days ago

                        Some will captain bruno