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. FPL Kaka
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 5 Years
    2 months, 13 days ago

    Aubamayang or Vardy?

    1. DA Minnion (In Bielsa we tr…
      • 8 Years
      2 months, 13 days ago

      V

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

      Auba imo

    3. MIGHTY JOE
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      2 months, 13 days ago

      Vardy. Auba so lost

    4. pingissimus
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      2 months, 13 days ago

      Auba

    5. Lindelol
      • 2 Years
      2 months, 13 days ago

      Why are you not considering Laca?? or Ihnancho??

  2. Coys96
    • 3 Years
    2 months, 13 days ago

    If you were on WC which would your triple city be?

    1. Coys96
      • 3 Years
      2 months, 13 days ago

      FH****

    2. fr3d
      • 3 Years
      2 months, 13 days ago

      Here is a complete list of the City players I'd pick:

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

      Man City? Dias, Sterling, Gundogan.

    4. Blue&White85
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      2 months, 13 days ago

      With a free hit this week I’d go Laporte, Sterling & Aguero.

      1. Eh, just one more thing ...
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 9 Years
        2 months, 13 days ago

        This looks good ... maybe Jesus ahead of sterling

        1. Eh, just one more thing ...
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 9 Years
          2 months, 13 days ago

          Sorry Jesus ahead of Aguero

  3. MIGHTY JOE
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 1 Year
    2 months, 13 days ago

    Chasing all MLs...

    WC draft 1 or 2? TY in advance!

    #1:
    Martinez/Forster
    Rudiger Phillips Coady Shaw 4.4
    Bruno Son Salah Jota Lingard
    Kane DCL Wood

    #2:
    Martinez/Forster
    Rudiger TAA Coady Shaw Coufal
    Same MF
    Kane Nacho Brewster

    Question really is how far do I go to get in TAA I guess..

  4. FPLMACKEM
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    2 months, 13 days ago

    Which WC squad?

    A) The TAA version

    Mendy, Forster
    Coady, Holding, Rudiger, TAA, Amartey?
    Salah, Jota, Bruno, Neto, Son
    Vydra, Kane, Iheanacho

    Leaves 0.2 itb

    B) The non TAA version

    Mendy, Forster
    Coady, Holding, Rudiger, Phillips, Dias
    Salah, Jota, Bruno, Lingard, Son
    Vydra, Kane, Iheanacho

    Leaves 0.8 itb

    1. MIGHTY JOE
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      2 months, 13 days ago

      A

    2. Oggle22
      • 4 Years
      2 months, 13 days ago

      Your team value must be good

      1. FPLMACKEM
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        2 months, 13 days ago

        lol I wish

  5. Lindelol
    • 2 Years
    2 months, 13 days ago

    Bamford to
    1. Laca
    2. Ihnancho

    1. AzzaroMax99
      • 4 Years
      2 months, 13 days ago

      2

    2. Eh, just one more thing ...
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      2 months, 13 days ago

      2

  6. Oggle22
    • 4 Years
    2 months, 13 days ago

    WC G2G?
    Leno
    TAA Holding Coady
    Salah Son Bruno Jota Neto
    Iheanaco Kane

    Forster Amartey Fabio silva Mitchell

    Cheers

    1. FPLMACKEM
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      2 months, 13 days ago

      So similar to mine (see above) Looks good to me. Liking the Fabio Silva pick.

      1. Oggle22
        • 4 Years
        2 months, 13 days ago

        Yer looks similar how have you afford Vardy as well as that lot! I could get Rudiger but would have to downgrade silva to a non playing forward

        1. FPLMACKEM
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          2 months, 13 days ago

          I have vydra. Not Vardy.

  7. SHOWSTOPPERRR
    • 3 Years
    2 months, 13 days ago

    Guys mark sutherns activated his wc?

    1. FPLMACKEM
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      2 months, 13 days ago

      Think he has. Watching Blackbox now.

    2. Eh, just one more thing ...
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      2 months, 13 days ago

      Says he’s 60/40 to activate ... so sounds like not quite ...

  8. Rep Poulette
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 1 Year
    2 months, 13 days ago

    Salah->KDB(c)?

    1. Cheeto__Bandito
        2 months, 13 days ago

        fantastic move

        1. Rep Poulette
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 1 Year
          2 months, 13 days ago

          😀

    2. McPollolocco
        2 months, 13 days ago

        My wildcard team: Thoughts?

        Martinez, Button
        Cancelo, Digne, TAA, Rüdiger, Coufal
        Pereira (WBA), Mahrez, Maddison, Neto, Salah
        Kane, Bamford, Ings

        have 1 transfer plan if mahrez would rarely play anymore: --> Mahrez to Rodriguez?

      • Flynny
        • 6 Years
        2 months, 13 days ago

        Evening.....which wildcard set up is best here please?

        Xxx forster
        Taa alonso shaw xxx coady

        A.....mendy holding

        B.....Leno rudiger

        Worry I may have too much rotation with holding option.

        But option B means I play arsenal keeper every week and probably only 1 Chelsea defender......thanks

        1. Starskyb
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          2 months, 13 days ago

          I'm going B I think. Holding should play while Luiz is out and should sit on bench well but he's not first team so a transfer waiting to happen. I think Rudiger mainly plays and when he doesn't, just got to rely on that first sub!

          1. Flynny
            • 6 Years
            2 months, 13 days ago

            Thanks . Feel like this is tough.

            Not sure I want arsenal keeper every week. But having holding adds rotation risk when I already have alonso!! Cheers

      • DeltaKilo
        • 9 Years
        2 months, 13 days ago

        Hey guys a quick one for you

        A) Dias and Davis (3rd sub)
        B) Fofana and Vydra (3rd sub)

        Cheers

        1. Rep Poulette
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 1 Year
          2 months, 13 days ago

          A

        2. RichRover
          • 8 Years
          2 months, 13 days ago

          A

      • Stand By Mee
        • 4 Years
        2 months, 13 days ago

        Thoughts on this GK combo:

        31 - Johnstone - SOU
        32 - Lloris - eve / SOU
        33 - Johnstone - avl
        34 - Lloris - SHU
        35 - Lloris - lee
        36 - Lloris - WOL
        37 - Lloris - AVL
        38 - Johnstone - lee

        1. Coys96
          • 3 Years
          2 months, 13 days ago

          Should get about 4 clean sheets. Think you could do better on wc

      • Coys96
        • 3 Years
        2 months, 13 days ago

        Tierney to Bellerin worth (-4) ?

        Would play over Konsa this week

        1. HaveYassineChikhaoui
            2 months, 13 days ago

            Not worth 5m, better off going Fofana or someone else.

        2. jai1212
          • 7 Years
          2 months, 13 days ago

          Is Auba a good shout for the armband if I'm chasing the mini leagues?

          1. Flynny
            • 6 Years
            2 months, 13 days ago

            Not a bad punt.....

          2. pingissimus
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 2 Years
            2 months, 13 days ago

            Yep

          3. Scots Gooner
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 4 Years
            2 months, 13 days ago

            Two problems -

            1.) He's in horrific form.

            2.) H plays for Arsenal.

        3. Bennyboy1907
            2 months, 13 days ago

            How’s this WC looking: 0.0ITB

            Mendy Forster
            TAA Rudiger Shaw Coady Holding
            Salah Bruno Son Lingard Jota
            Kane Nacho Davies

            Any concerns?

            1. HD7
              • 4 Years
              2 months, 13 days ago

              I have the same team. thinking to start with Gundo and next GW get Son for 32...
              What do you think?

          • Mookty
            • 5 Years
            2 months, 13 days ago

            G2G or swap Leno for Mendy and downgrade Veltman to Holding? I have Bench boost to use and £0.0m ITB with the below.

            Leno, Forster
            AAT, Rudiger, Coady, Coufal, Veltman
            Salah, Fernandes, Son, Lingard, Jota
            Kane, Iheanacho, Vydra

          • Gentle_Turks
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 3 Years
            2 months, 13 days ago

            On WC.
            TAA or Vardy? (If I go TAA I'll have Nacho)

          • McPollolocco
              2 months, 13 days ago

              Who is better now for a long-term?

              a) Mahrez
              b) James Rodriguez

              1. Hint
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 1 Year
                2 months, 13 days ago

                Not a fan of either. If Mahrez was nailed he'd be a great pick but he isn't. JRod could be an interesting differential but not one I'm going for.

            • Alex1995
              • 4 Years
              2 months, 13 days ago

              Thoughts on this WC squad?

              Mendy
              TAA Shaw Rudiger
              Salah Jota Bruno Son Lingard
              Kane Iheanacho

              Forster, Holding, Coufal, Davis

              0.5 ITB

              1. DA Minnion (In Bielsa we tr…
                • 8 Years
                2 months, 13 days ago

                Template.

              2. Atletico Junior
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 8 Years
                2 months, 13 days ago

                100% template

            • Scots Gooner
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 4 Years
              2 months, 13 days ago

              So who's capping KDB despite the benching threat?

              I'd say he's pretty unlikely to come on if rested, so a good vice captain will suffice.

              1. JONALDINHO
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 3 Years
                2 months, 13 days ago

                Doing KDB to Sterling(C). Why would KDB play? Game means nothing to City and they have their biggest game of the year so far on Wednesday

            • Oooo Matron
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 4 Years
              2 months, 13 days ago

              Best Leicester defender?

              1. Eh, just one more thing ...
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 9 Years
                2 months, 13 days ago

                I’d take the punt on castagne ... he’s really the only one I’m looking at on the WC ... but might avoid their defence completely

            • Starskyb
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              2 months, 13 days ago

              Quick one:

              Which option do you like? Already have Mendy as keeper

              a) Shaw and Rudiger?
              b) Dias and Holding?

            • 1912 F.A Cup Winners
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 3 Years
              2 months, 13 days ago

              Who to start folks????
              A- Areola
              Or
              B- Martinez
              Cheers!!!

            • HD7
              • 4 Years
              2 months, 13 days ago

              Mendy, Forster
              TAA , Shaw, Rudiger - , Holding
              Salah, Bruno, Son, Jota, - ,
              Kane, Nacho , Davis

              A) Neto, Coady
              B) Lingard, Diop

            • DA Minnion (In Bielsa we tr…
              • 8 Years
              2 months, 13 days ago

              Grealish and Antonio to Salah and ?

              A. Mitrovic
              B. Wellbeck
              C. Another 5.5 or under?

            • Blue Moon Rising
              • 9 Years
              2 months, 13 days ago

              On WC

              Forster Sanchez

              Rudiger Shaw Coady Holding Williams

              Bruno Jota Son Lingard Salah

              Kane Ineanacho Vydra

              1.2 ITB

              1. Blue Moon Rising
                • 9 Years
                2 months, 13 days ago

                Not convinced by Salah

                Salah to Maddison and upgrade keeper?

                1. RED_ARMY
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 4 Years
                  2 months, 13 days ago

                  Yes if you dont need points

                  1. Blue Moon Rising
                    • 9 Years
                    2 months, 13 days ago

                    Spreads the bet a bit. Got a lot of eggs in the, very suspect, Liverpool basket in the current draft

            • Steve The Spud
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 1 Year
              2 months, 13 days ago

              Grealish pain free and back on the grass according to Dean smith

              1. DA Minnion (In Bielsa we tr…
                • 8 Years
                2 months, 13 days ago

                Dean Smith is a plonker.
                We would be all pain free if we were on grass.

            • RED_ARMY
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 4 Years
              2 months, 13 days ago

              a) Bamford + Gundogan + Dias to Vydra + Lingard + TAA -4
              b) Bamford + Gundo to Wood + Lingard

            • davewg59
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 5 Years
              2 months, 13 days ago

              Why are people goin for Coady over Saiss?

              1. Eh, just one more thing ...
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 9 Years
                2 months, 13 days ago

                Likely hood of starts.

            • Big Hands Barry
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 2 Years
              2 months, 13 days ago

              Will Mitchell get back in the starting 11?

              1. Steve The Spud
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 1 Year
                2 months, 13 days ago

                Go to bed mate