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. The 12th Man
    • 7 Years
    1 month, 8 days ago

    Justin Rose tearing it up at the Masters.

    1. Bushwhacker
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 8 days ago

      He grew up playing at my local course across the train tracks from where we live. Good on him, he’ll likely collapse in the final round as always.

  2. ow00019
    • 4 Years
    1 month, 8 days ago

    Is Cedric more nailed than holding?

    1. The Count of Monte Cristo
      • 8 Years
      1 month, 8 days ago

      They both probably play the next few games so about the same nailed-ness short term. Long-term outlook depends on Luiz and Tierney recovery time

  3. Bushwhacker
    • 1 Year
    1 month, 8 days ago

    So have United splurged the bung budget into Europe ... worried about Bruno returns ...

  4. jonnybhoy
    • 8 Years
    1 month, 8 days ago

    Wildcard thoughts? Any glaring mistakes or anyone missing? 0ITB. Cheers guys

    Mendy Forster
    Philps Rudiger Coufal Holding Stones
    Salah Bruno Son Lingard Jota
    Kane Lacazette Nacho

    1. nims076
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 8 days ago

      Looks good and similar to mine
      My only concern would be the rotation to Stones

  5. nims076
    • 4 Years
    1 month, 8 days ago

    A. TAA and Moura
    Or
    B. Phillips and Son

    1. jonnybhoy
      • 8 Years
      1 month, 8 days ago

      B

  6. The Mighty Whites
    • 6 Years
    1 month, 8 days ago

    Rudiger and Leno or Mendy?

    1. jonnybhoy
      • 8 Years
      1 month, 8 days ago

      Mendy

    2. Bushwhacker
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 8 days ago

      Mendy

  7. Fernandito
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 2 Years
    1 month, 8 days ago

    Mendy (Button)
    TAA Coady Azpi (Holding Shaw)
    Salah Jota Sterling (C) Saka Neto
    Vardy Kane (Davis)

    Thoughts on this WC? Sterling to Son nxt GW

    1. Super Saints
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 8 days ago

      Immense team

  8. Weeb Kakashi
    • 5 Years
    1 month, 8 days ago

    Would you WC this team?

    Forster
    Alonso Reece Cresswell
    Salah(C) Auba Mount Raph
    Kane Wood Bamford

    WC next week anyways. Would you do it this week so that you can TC Kane in the next?

    1. Jebiga ⚽
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      1 month, 8 days ago

      Or bb

    2. Vjm6891
        1 month, 8 days ago

        Think i'm going to leave WC this week, TC Kane 32 and then WC GW33

        Your team is pretty good for this week really?

        1. Weeb Kakashi
          • 5 Years
          1 month, 8 days ago

          Not really. Next week my team would be even worse with bad fixtures and triple Chelsea rotation worries.

    3. Super Saints
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 8 days ago

      Of course I'm 0.1 off my WC team and of course there were no price changes this week, how to shave 0.1 off this team?

      Lloris Leno
      TAA Castagne Shaw Coady Rudiger
      Sterling Bruno Jota Lingard Neto
      Kane DCL Kelechi

      1. Jebiga ⚽
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 9 Years
        1 month, 8 days ago

        Maybe kdb ?

        1. Super Saints
          • 4 Years
          1 month, 8 days ago

          KDB?

      2. Camzy
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 10 Years
        1 month, 8 days ago

        Goalies obviously imo.

        Lloris > Forster.

        1. Super Saints
          • 4 Years
          1 month, 8 days ago

          Want a strong BB in 32, Forster not an option

          1. Camzy
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 10 Years
            1 month, 8 days ago

            Is it really worth carrying 1.0m in the GK position for one week of Leno over Forster?

        2. The Count of Monte Cristo
          • 8 Years
          1 month, 8 days ago

          This - don't need that much money in the GK's

      3. FPL_DON
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 6 Years
        1 month, 8 days ago

        neto

      4. ...al
        • 11 Years
        1 month, 8 days ago

        Goalkeepers need out, martinez sit in forget

    4. Sloane426
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 8 days ago

      Trent or Jota?

      1. Jebiga ⚽
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 9 Years
        1 month, 8 days ago

        This 🙂

      2. Jebiga ⚽
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 9 Years
        1 month, 8 days ago

        I prefer jota, salah, pihillips

      3. 2OLEgend
          1 month, 8 days ago

          Jota

      4. Mookty
        • 5 Years
        1 month, 8 days ago

        Can you get any more WC BB pending template than this?

        Mendy, Forster
        AAT, Rudiger, Coady, Coufal, Holding
        Salah, Fernandes, Son, Lingard, Jota
        Kane, Iheanacho, Vydra

        1. Super Saints
          • 4 Years
          1 month, 8 days ago

          BB with Forster Holding Vydra? Yuk

          1. Mookty
            • 5 Years
            1 month, 8 days ago

            Which players do you think would be better for the same price with the BB anytime between now and the end of the season?

            1. Super Saints
              • 4 Years
              1 month, 8 days ago

              Do what I'm doing and BB 32 so you don't have to think too far ahead.

              1. Mookty
                • 5 Years
                1 month, 8 days ago

                Bear in mind I've taken the WC suggested on the FFS YouTube channel 😀

            2. The Count of Monte Cristo
              • 8 Years
              1 month, 8 days ago

              I'm in a similar position (I have a horrible TV) and I'm looking at those guys too. Nothing really better around

        2. Corona is not good 4 U
            1 month, 8 days ago

            Looks good, except AAT.

        3. Corona is not good 4 U
            1 month, 8 days ago

            What to do with this horror show?

            Pope (Sanchez)
            Dias, Digne, Coufal (Targett) (Dallas)
            Fernandes, Gündogan, Lingard, Son (Raphinha)
            Kane, Calvert-Lewin, Lacazette

            1 free transfer and 0.4 in the bank.

            Thanks!

            1. Boxwoods
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 3 Years
              1 month, 8 days ago

              Team is not bad for this week. Hold and reassess next.

          • HD7
            • 4 Years
            1 month, 8 days ago

            Cant decide Neto Coady or Lingard Diop for my WC team?

            As I also have a BB to play at some point

            1. 2OLEgend
                1 month, 8 days ago

                Are both starters? If yes, A if no, B

            2. Weasel Boy
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 8 Years
              1 month, 8 days ago

              Wouldn't be surprised if Liverpool lost vs AV.

              1. Super Saints
                • 4 Years
                1 month, 8 days ago

                They've look rubbish for weeks

                1. Bushwhacker
                  • 1 Year
                  1 month, 8 days ago

                  Liverpool or AV?

                  1. Super Saints
                    • 4 Years
                    1 month, 8 days ago

                    Both but especially Liverpool

                    1. Bushwhacker
                      • 1 Year
                      1 month, 8 days ago

                      Right. Were you watching them demolish Arsenal last week out of interest?

                      1. Super Saints
                        • 4 Years
                        1 month, 8 days ago

                        Were you watching Arsenal's defending?

              2. gogs67
                  1 month, 8 days ago

                  Yeh, this triple Liverpool WC everyone seems to be on could well be a train crash. Great if it works though

              3. Stupendous
                • 8 Years
                1 month, 8 days ago

                Gtg or WC time?

                Pope
                Digne Cresswell Stones
                Son Salah Jota Lingard Gundo
                Kane Antonio

                Martinez Alonso Bamford Raph

                0ft .4itb

                1. 2OLEgend
                    1 month, 8 days ago

                    Looks good to be fair. No need for WC really

                    1. Stupendous
                      • 8 Years
                      1 month, 8 days ago

                      Ta!

                2. Gentle_Turks
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 3 Years
                  1 month, 8 days ago

                  Guess a lot are considering this question...Which combo would you rather have on a WC?

                  TAA + Nacho
                  Philips + Vardy

                  1. 2OLEgend
                      1 month, 8 days ago

                      The first one

                      1. Gentle_Turks
                        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                        • 3 Years
                        1 month, 8 days ago

                        Vardy's form versus Pools run-in?

                    • Camzy
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      • 10 Years
                      1 month, 8 days ago

                      TAA + Nacho easily.

                  2. Muscout
                    • 1 Year
                    1 month, 8 days ago

                    What would you do here lads?

                    McCarthy
                    Cancelo Shaw Rud
                    Salah Son Gundo Lingard Raph
                    Kane Watkins

                    Martinez Maupay Dallas Dier

                    5m itb, no chips left

                    Could save and do something like Gundo/Raph and Maupay to Bruno and Vydra in 32?

                  3. 2OLEgend
                      1 month, 8 days ago

                      Hi guys.
                      On WC. Would you change anything? 0.0 ITB, Only chip left is FH (33 or 35)

                      Mendy
                      TAA, Dias, Shaw
                      Salah, Bruno, Son, Jota, Lingard
                      Vydra, Kane
                      (Fabri, Nacho, Coady, Dunne)

                      1. Gentle_Turks
                        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                        • 3 Years
                        1 month, 8 days ago

                        Might consider Dias to Alonso.

                    • fpl_tp95
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      1 month, 8 days ago

                      How nailed are holding and masuaku? Got them both on wildcard as bench fodder

                    • Fergiesarmy
                      • 8 Years
                      1 month, 8 days ago

                      Bale and Stones out for Phillips and Salah (C) for Free make sense

                      Or just Bale/Foden to Jota and save a FT?

                    • Weeb Kakashi
                      • 5 Years
                      1 month, 8 days ago

                      Auba to start at the weekend? I have him as a Differential in my current team and thats holding me off to WC untill next week.

                      1. The White Pele
                        • 3 Years
                        1 month, 8 days ago

                        Probably

                    • etay2021
                        1 month, 8 days ago

                        Hi Guys,

                        Thoughts on GW31 Wildcard:

                        Fabianski, Forster,
                        Dias, Shaw, Castagne, Semedo, N. Phillips
                        Fernandes, Son/Salah, Jota, Lingard, Gundogan
                        Kane, DCL, Iheahenacho

                        ??? keep Son or go to Salah

                      • The Mighty Whites
                        • 6 Years
                        1 month, 8 days ago

                        On WC, 0.3 ITB, thoughts?

                        Mendy / Forster

                        TAA / Castagne / Rudiger / Coady / Konsa

                        Salah / Fernandes / Son / Jota / Lingard

                        Kane / Iheanacho / Vydra

                        1. The Count of Monte Cristo
                          • 8 Years
                          1 month, 8 days ago

                          It is template but seems pretty good to me 🙂

                      • The White Pele
                        • 3 Years
                        1 month, 8 days ago

                        will James start this GW?

                      • Hulk Smash
                        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                        • 5 Years
                        1 month, 8 days ago

                        Tempted by Jota (c)

                        1. Rondon9
                          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                          • 5 Years
                          1 month, 8 days ago

                          Great shout that

                        2. Bushwhacker
                          • 1 Year
                          1 month, 8 days ago

                          Might well be rested for the return leg of the CL

                      • Shark Team
                        • 3 Years
                        1 month, 8 days ago

                        It worries me that the majority of people think that Liverpool will keep a CS Vs Villa

                      • JIMMY764
                        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                        • 6 Years
                        1 month, 8 days ago

                        A) KDB to Salah
                        B) Gundo to Jota

                        1FT 1.1ITB
                        Martinez
                        Shaw White Cresswell
                        Bruno Son Raphinha KDB Gundo
                        Kane DCL

                        (fabri bamford konsa ayling)

                        1. The Count of Monte Cristo
                          • 8 Years
                          1 month, 8 days ago

                          B for me

                        2. Jebiga ⚽
                          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                          • 9 Years
                          1 month, 8 days ago

                          Kdb out ?
                          He's my captain and I'm on wc 🙂

                          1. JIMMY764
                            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                            • 6 Years
                            1 month, 8 days ago

                            I’m not confident he starts this weekend, at all.

                            1. Jebiga ⚽
                              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                              • 9 Years
                              1 month, 8 days ago

                              He just signed contract...

                              1. JIMMY764
                                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                • 6 Years
                                1 month, 8 days ago

                                Does it say in his new contract that he has to start against Leeds this weekend or something? Missed that lol.

                      • AD2110
                        • 3 Years
                        1 month, 8 days ago

                        Would you wildcard this week or save it for after 32 if you had this team?

                        Mendy, (Forster)
                        Shaw, Cancelo, Veltman, (Targett, Dallas)
                        KDB, Gundo, Bruno, Jota, Son
                        Kane, Bamford, (Watkins)

                      • George Agdgdgwngo
                        • 11 Years
                        1 month, 8 days ago

                        Can’t find any concrete news on Antonio.

                        Is it worth using my free transfer to do

                        Antonio > Nacho?

                      • Zlatan F.C
                          1 month, 8 days ago

                          Is Son dropping tonight?