Captain Sensible

Who is the best FPL captain for Gameweek 31?

Fantasy Premier League managers may have to look past this season’s most reliable assets for the Gameweek 31 captaincy.

Son-Heung min (£9.4m), Harry Kane (£11.7m)and Bruno Fernandes (£11.6m) have been among the most reliable skippers in 2020/21 but Sunday afternoon’s meeting between Spurs and Manchester United has blown the latest debate wide open.

A number of alternative options have emerged including Diogo Jota (£6.9m)and Mohamed Salah (£12.4m)who starred in Liverpool’s 3-0 win at Arsenal and face Aston Villa on Saturday afternoon.

Meanwhile, all eyes will be on Manchester City’s starting XI for their lunch-time meeting with Leeds. While this is a favourable fixture for Pep Guardiola’s men, it is sandwiched between two key UEFA Champions League ties with Borussia Dortmund.

As always, the Captain Sensible article is here to help you with this week’s captaincy conundrum. Given that this text includes plenty of analysis backed up by the extensive data from the Fantasy Football Scout Premium Members Area, only those with a valid subscription can access it in full.

CAPTAIN POLL

As shown above, Salah is the leader of this week’s Captain Poll, having gained 27.4% of total votes so far. The Egyptian scored in his last two appearances for the club (against Arsenal and Real Madrid) and looks to be getting back to his goalscoring best, just in time for the final stretch in the Premier League Golden Boot race.

Just behind him in the poll sits Manchester City’s Kevin De Bruyne (£11.9m) with 17.7% of votes from our users. The Belgian was unlucky to come out without any returns against Leicester City in Gameweek 30, but played a crucial part in his team’s win over Borussia Dortmund midweek, opening the scoreline in the first half and providing a crucial pass in the build-up for the late winner. The match-up against Leeds United could be a great opportunity for a big haul, although there is heavy uncertainty over the likelihood of him starting.

This season’s top goal-scorer, as well as the top assist provider, Kane has gained 9.0% of total votes. The England international has been in outstanding form in this campaign, often winning games for his team single-handedly. 

That said, in Gameweek 31, Kane will face a tough opponent in Manchester United. He may have scored 16 points in the reverse fixture but the chances of another double-digit haul are not too strong considering the Red Devils have improved significantly since their 6-1 thrashing at Old Trafford.

The top-five list is closed by the aforementioned Jota (8.6% of votes) and Raheem Sterling (£11.3m, 5.2%), who could turn out to be a shrewd one Gameweek captaincy punt.

KEY MATCHES

Liverpool v Aston Villa

Jota continues relentless form as Klopp manages Salah's minutes

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1,428 Comments Post a Comment
  1. cravencottage
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 9 Years
    2 months, 7 days ago

    Finishing WC: Which looks best?

    A )Vardy, Mount
    B) Wood Sterling

    1. FPL-Albion
      • 2 Years
      2 months, 7 days ago

      A

    2. Rep Poulette
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      2 months, 7 days ago

      A

  2. ow00019
    • 5 Years
    2 months, 7 days ago

    Cedric more nailed than holding?

    1. Sho-kun
      • 3 Years
      2 months, 7 days ago

      after tonight, nah..

  3. Sho-kun
    • 3 Years
    2 months, 7 days ago

    how is this WC looking?

    Mendy
    TAA/Rüdiger/Coady
    Lingz/Bruno/Son/Jota/Saka
    Kane/DCL

    Forster/I-Nacho/Shaw-Coufal

    1. tbos83
        2 months, 7 days ago

        Like it

    2. Original Pirate Material
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      2 months, 7 days ago

      Oh no, Shaw off at HT - injured?

      1. Lindelol
        • 2 Years
        2 months, 7 days ago

        Tactical I guess

    3. ‘Tis the Season
      • 2 Years
      2 months, 7 days ago

      Play Son in 352 or Nacho in 343 ❓

      1. Rep Poulette
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 1 Year
        2 months, 7 days ago

        Son

    4. Lindelol
      • 2 Years
      2 months, 7 days ago

      Pope Johnstone
      Cancelo Rudiger AWB Coufal Lowton
      Gundo Bruno Son Raphina ESR
      Bamford kane DCL

      1 FT and 5.3 in the bank.
      Can someone please fix this mess. Please.

      1. Lindelol
        • 2 Years
        2 months, 7 days ago

        Open to one Hit too

    5. DannyDrinkVodka
      • 1 Year
      2 months, 7 days ago

      Is Fofana nailed on?

      1. jdp219
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        2 months, 7 days ago

        I have no insight to LC whatsoever, but I'd lean toward nailed, if healthy. He was before injury, at least

        1. footballcandy
          • 4 Years
          2 months, 7 days ago

          Yes, nailed

    6. The Red Devil
      • 6 Years
      2 months, 7 days ago

      Not sure who all to start in my backline
      Martinez/Sanchez
      Phillips/Shaw/rudiger/stones/dunk

    7. beric
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      2 months, 7 days ago

      seems mad that rashford is the 8th highest scoring player this year

    8. jdp219
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      2 months, 7 days ago

      Template-heavy current WC draft. What changes to consider?
      fwiw - Lead ML and have BB left.

      Mendy, Forster
      TAA, Rudiger, Coufal, Holding, Struijk
      Bruno, Lingard, Salah, Son, Jota
      Kane, Vydra, Iheanacho

      1. mr messi
        • 10 Years
        2 months, 7 days ago

        When are you planning to bb?

        1. jdp219
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 4 Years
          2 months, 7 days ago

          With a few moves in between, I'm looking at 36 or 37.

      2. ‘Tis the Season
        • 2 Years
        2 months, 7 days ago

        I’m BB next week so went with 3 good strikers and dropped TAA for Phillips

        1. mr messi
          • 10 Years
          2 months, 7 days ago

          Who are your strikers?

          1. ‘Tis the Season
            • 2 Years
            2 months, 7 days ago

            Kane DCL 🙄 and Nacho

            1. mr messi
              • 10 Years
              2 months, 7 days ago

              Not fussed on DCL but not many alternatives. Maybe Wood.

        2. jdp219
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 4 Years
          2 months, 7 days ago

          Starting to think of dropping TAA, too. After that CL game, who knows which Trent we'll get.

          1. ‘Tis the Season
            • 2 Years
            2 months, 7 days ago

            It seems he has lost his head. Not a fan of Rio as a pundit but he is right that Trent needs to go back to basics

    9. For Fuchs Sake
      • 11 Years
      2 months, 7 days ago

      TAA is really restricting my WC, is he worth the 7.3m considering L'pool form?

      1. Utopsis
        • 1 Year
        2 months, 7 days ago

        I'm struggling with this as well. The extra 3.3m from getting Philips instead is so very useful

      2. mr messi
        • 10 Years
        2 months, 7 days ago

        I don’t think so. Better to get Phillips and spread the funds around. Others will probably disagree.

      3. WHUFCSmith23
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        2 months, 7 days ago

        Depends on who it allows you get. Who do you need the extra money for?

      4. ‘Tis the Season
        • 2 Years
        2 months, 7 days ago

        No imo, Phillips doesn’t cover his attacking points but he hasn’t been pulling those in of late. He was shocking against Madrid.

      5. FPL-Albion
        • 2 Years
        2 months, 7 days ago

        Attacking wise he looks great. Ironically probably be his fault Liverpool concede

        1. ‘Tis the Season
          • 2 Years
          2 months, 7 days ago

          Totally agree. He must of passed to Madrid 10 times in the first half. Terrible half for Trents stds

      6. Honker Muddlefoot
        • 2 Years
        2 months, 7 days ago

        For what it’s worth, Trent’s form is 10.5 (has returns of 9, 2, 9, and 12 in his last 4 starts), and LFC are coming into really favorable run of fixtures. I think finding the right balance in your team is more important than trying to squeeze one player in at all costs, but TAA has played well of late. Good luck, mate!

    10. mr messi
      • 10 Years
      2 months, 7 days ago

      Coady or Fofana on a WC?

      1. FPL-Albion
        • 2 Years
        2 months, 7 days ago

        Coady between them

      2. Rep Poulette
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 1 Year
        2 months, 7 days ago

        Coady

      3. Tambling5
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 2 Years
        2 months, 7 days ago

        Coady Great fixtures

    11. DA Minnion (In Bielsa we tr…
      • 8 Years
      2 months, 7 days ago

      Cavani washing his hair before he goes on.

    12. royals forever
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 11 Years
      2 months, 7 days ago

      Help is needed please

      Best use of -4 for this team

      Aina > Coady
      Watkins > Ihenacho

      Rest of Team

      Martinez Johnstone

      Dias Mee Stones Dallas

      Jota Sterling Fernandes Lingard Odegaard

      Kane DCL

      No FH or WC

      Any ideas would be welcomed

    13. Qaiss
      • 5 Years
      2 months, 7 days ago

      Is the general consensus that Iheanacho is nailed until Barnes is back at the end of April?

      1. Eh, just one more thing ...
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 9 Years
        2 months, 7 days ago

        Seems to be ... if he was dropped it would be incredibly harsh given his form. I think the potential threat would be from Maddison but seems he would likely slot in behind the front two and Perez would drop out.

        1. Eh, just one more thing ...
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 9 Years
          2 months, 7 days ago

          I hope ... as I have Nacho and want Maddison in too.

      2. Maximus Bonimus Pointimus
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 11 Years
        2 months, 7 days ago

        Would’ve said Yes until Saturday (Thinking Perez would make way for Maddison)

        Then Rodgers leaves Perez on & subs Nacho for Maddo

        But Shirley that won’t be the norm & Maddison comes in for Perez rather than Nacho

      3. Qaiss
        • 5 Years
        2 months, 7 days ago

        Thanks guys

      4. Utopsis
        • 1 Year
        2 months, 7 days ago

        I've just had a look through all Leicester's PL fixtures this season, and Vardy, Nacho and Maddison are very rarely on the pitch at the same time.

        I'm hoping Nacho's form will force Rodgers to adapt (as I have him in WC), but it's not a good sign

    14. Danstoke82
      • 6 Years
      2 months, 7 days ago

      Evening all, which trio on a WC?

      A) TAA + Iheanacho + Castagne
      B) Phillips + Vardy + 4.6 defender

      Current WC team;
      Mendy
      Castagne TAA Dias
      Salah Son Bruno Gundo Jota
      Kane Iheanacho

      Subs: Forster, Rudiger, Vydra, Holding

      1. Tambling5
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 2 Years
        2 months, 7 days ago

        A

        1. Danstoke82
          • 6 Years
          2 months, 7 days ago

          Cheers!

    15. TheDragon
      • 3 Years
      2 months, 7 days ago

      Which one to start this week:

      A) Shaw
      B) Philips

      1. Tambling5
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 2 Years
        2 months, 7 days ago

        B

      2. Nanoelektronicar
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 6 Years
        2 months, 7 days ago

        B

    16. Russell
      • 7 Years
      2 months, 7 days ago

      Is Torres likely to start as a one week gamble before brining in Son?

    17. Tambling5
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      2 months, 7 days ago

      Are my subs right? Including Keeper

      Forster (Martinez)
      TAA, Cancelo, Stones, (Shaw, Lowton)
      Jota, Bruno, Son, Lingard, Mount
      Kane, DCL, (Bamford)

      1. Baps hunter
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        2 months, 7 days ago

        Yea

    18. Pointless
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      2 months, 7 days ago

      Auba to Salah... or Antonio to Wood?! Auba has SheffU so feels like surely he’ll want to prove something?! Wood has Newcastle and is in form? Yet... if I can get Salah with my one FT!?!?! Any thoughts please?!

      1. Voodoo
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 9 Years
        2 months, 7 days ago

        I’m in the same boat. Liverpool’s stats aren’t that great for attack in the last 4 GW’s. Is Salah worth the money?

    19. timawflowers
      • 3 Years
      2 months, 7 days ago

      bring in sterling or salah?

    20. PLerix
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      2 months, 7 days ago

      Bale and Struijk -> Jota and TAA?

      1. Tambling5
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 2 Years
        2 months, 7 days ago

        In a heart-beat

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

        Yes. Even if for -8.

    21. chaser123
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      2 months, 7 days ago

      Rate my wildcard (please)!

      Mendy | Forster
      Dias | Shaw | Rudiger | Coady | Phillips
      Salah | KDB | Son | Gundogan | Jota
      Kane | Iheanacho | Vydra

    22. footballcandy
      • 4 Years
      2 months, 7 days ago

      Haha, it's such a joke that City is playing Leeds at home and the ONLY certain starter is...... Ederson.

      10 (!) other spots is uncertain at best, most of them just PURE gamble, regardless of minutes in PL/CL last few matches or what ever.

      "Sterling haven't played for while, surely will start?" - yes.. sureeee,.. no doubt in my mind! Truth is, we know nooooothing - just like Manuel in Fawlty Towers!

    23. TheDragon
      • 3 Years
      2 months, 7 days ago

      Start one:

      A) Iheanacho
      B) Vydra

      1. FPL-Albion
        • 2 Years
        2 months, 7 days ago

        A

      2. Nanoelektronicar
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 6 Years
        2 months, 7 days ago

        Just get Davis and forget about this at all :).

        It has to be Nacho I think, West Ham concede a lot recently and he's in form.

    24. ClassiX
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      2 months, 7 days ago

      Maguire YC means he also misses next week's return EL game.

    25. Tinfoil Deathstar
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      2 months, 7 days ago

      Martinez
      Dias - Cresswell - Reguillon - Alonso
      Salah (c) - Gundo - Bruno - Son
      Kane - Iheanacho

      Subs: Fabri; Raphinha; Antonio; Burn

      Already used my FT to move Maja to Iheanacho this week, before the Antonio injury. I've got £0.1 ITB and need to free up some funds to get Jota in next week.

      What is the best -4 here?

      A) Cresswell -> Rudiger
      B) Antonio -> Vydra

      1. Utopsis
        • 1 Year
        2 months, 7 days ago

        Why make a transfer? The realistic BEST case scenario is you break even on option A (and Cresswell could haul) , and a - 4 for bench fodder is mad (Option B).

        Roll it and save the - 4 loss.

        1. Tinfoil Deathstar
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          2 months, 7 days ago

          Yeah I realise both are risky but it’s about funding potential move for Jota next week really.

    26. FPL-Albion
      • 2 Years
      2 months, 7 days ago

      Really struggling what to do this week

      Forster (Martinez)
      Rudiger Dias Vesta (taylor konsa)
      Bruno Son KDB Gundo Mount
      Kane Watkins (Diagne)
      2ft 1.4itb

      A) KDB to Salah
      B) Gundo to Jota
      C) Diagne to Ineanacho
      D) something else

    27. FPL Mentor
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      2 months, 7 days ago

      WC locked in I think.

      Leaning towards No Salah until GW33 & using the funds to punt on Lacazette & Vardy.

      Plan is to use 2FTs for GW33 and do Son (after DGW) & Lacazette (after SHU, FUL) >> Salah ( captain vs NEW) & Vydra.

      Forster
      TAA Coady Rudiger
      Bruno Jota(C) Lingard Neto
      Lacazette Kane Vardy(vc)

      Lloris / Son / Holding / Mitchell

      0.2 itb

      How we looking?

    28. Rep Poulette
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      2 months, 7 days ago

      Which City mid to consider from the Pep's roulette this weekend?