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. Amans94
      1 month, 6 days ago

      Thoughts on WC Draft?

      Schmeichel Forster

      TAA Azpi Rudiger Holding Masuaku
      Salah Bruno Son Jota Lingard
      Kane Nacho Davis

      0.0ITB

      1. Amans94
          1 month, 6 days ago

          Schmeichel could be Martinez

        • Wiseman Resistant ⚽⚠
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 9 Years
          1 month, 6 days ago

          Nice one

      2. The Count of Monte Cristo
        • 8 Years
        1 month, 6 days ago

        Strangely nervous to press the WC button despite creating several drafts...

        But with the following players in current squad, WC is clearly sensible right?

        Antonio, Raphinha, Bamford, Stones, R. Dias, Gundogan

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

          Yes wc

        2. Camzy
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 10 Years
          1 month, 6 days ago

          Yes. Now is easily the most 'natural' time to WC.

          But I'm finding it hard to differentiate. The teams are so damn similar across the board.

          Mendy Forster
          TAA Rudiger XX XX XX (whoever you can afford)
          Salah Fernandes Son Jota Lingard
          Kane Iheanacho Vydra/Davis/Welbeck

          It's the most template WC team I think I've ever seen.

          1. The Count of Monte Cristo
            • 8 Years
            1 month, 6 days ago

            I agree, Camzy. I'm more concerned with ML's and only half of competitors still have WC so although my WC drafts are template, they feel less so given my ML's.

          2. The Count of Monte Cristo
            • 8 Years
            1 month, 6 days ago

            I have the exact same front 8 right now.

            I have a low TV approx 103m so TAA is basically unattainable right now but I'm okay with that. Holding seems like a useful cheap DEF who will play the next 2-3 with good fixtures.

            I have owned Shaw for a while but worried of his minutes with Europe and this apparent injury today?!

          3. HMC
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 10 Years
            1 month, 6 days ago

            I think the best way to differentiate is to have Nacho as 3rd striker and downgrade Son (going Maddison myself)
            Sure he has a double but I’m looking at it as single gw due to their blank
            I’ll also keep Martinez (4.5m) as backup for the dgw, as Chelsea face city in gw35

          4. Weeb Kakashi
            • 5 Years
            1 month, 6 days ago

            The teams on here are very much similar. I have had a couple of drafts with triple Leicester (Vardy Castagne and Madders)
            Btw would you WC this team?

            Forster
            Alonso Cresswell Reece
            Salah Auba Mount Raph
            Kane Wood Bam

            AWB Lookman

            1. The Count of Monte Cristo
              • 8 Years
              1 month, 6 days ago

              I would lean with keeping this week to be honest

        3. Il Capitano
            1 month, 6 days ago

            Yes, I think so

            1. The Count of Monte Cristo
              • 8 Years
              1 month, 6 days ago

              Thanks guys - just needed pushing out of the plane

        4. Eastman
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 3 Years
          1 month, 6 days ago

          Those with bb left when are u looking to play it?

          1. Wiseman Resistant ⚽⚠
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 9 Years
            1 month, 6 days ago

            32

            1. Brimble82
              • 2 Years
              1 month, 6 days ago

              37

          2. The Count of Monte Cristo
            • 8 Years
            1 month, 6 days ago

            32 unless pick up injuries this week in which case just whenever feels good

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

              Thanks all

        5. Wiseman Resistant ⚽⚠
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 9 Years
          1 month, 6 days ago

          1.Coady

          Or

          2. Ridiger

          ?

          1. The Count of Monte Cristo
            • 8 Years
            1 month, 6 days ago

            AZ just said on Blackbox as I read this that he reckons Rudiger outscores Coady for rest of the season

          2. Feed tha Sheep
            • 8 Years
            1 month, 6 days ago

            2 easily

        6. Rabb05
            1 month, 6 days ago

            Think I'm finally there on my WC. Last minute thoughts appreciated though!

            Mendy Forster
            Rudiger Holding Cresswell Coady Phillips
            Son Bruno Salah Lingard Jota
            Kane Watkins Nacho

            1. Camzy
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 10 Years
              1 month, 6 days ago

              It's like everyone else's.

              Extremely standard and I guess it's a good thing.

              1. Rabb05
                  1 month, 6 days ago

                  I've been toying with going without Salah which frees up so many more opportunities but the top 2 in my league no longer have him so I feel compelled to use him as a differentiator sadly

              2. Wiseman Resistant ⚽⚠
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 9 Years
                1 month, 6 days ago

                Dias over creswell and city mid for son then transfer in son next dgw

                1. Rabb05
                    1 month, 6 days ago

                    I've had Cresswell since he was 5.0 so reluctant to sell.
                    Which city midfielder thats the problem with KDB Mahrez, Foden and Gundo all playing 90 midweek.

                2. HMC
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 10 Years
                  1 month, 6 days ago

                  Only thing I’d say is your not gonna make up much ground with this team, fairly standard

                  Needs more attacking differentials if looking to climb

                  1. Rabb05
                      1 month, 6 days ago

                      Thats fair although the 2 guys above me don't have Salah. Son only there through the dgw then will switch to maddison which will mean watkins can be upgraded to someone like laca

                      1. HMC
                        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                        • 10 Years
                        1 month, 6 days ago

                        Nice. Was planning to start Maddison and Laca instead myself

                3. Il Capitano
                    1 month, 6 days ago

                    Will more than likely shift Raph > Jota with my FT giving me:

                    0FT - 5.2m ITB - Only TC remaining

                    Martinez
                    Stones Digne Azpi
                    Bruno Gundogan Lingard ESR Jota
                    Kane DCL

                    Fabri - Bamford Cresswell Targett

                    Starting XI and bench order about right? ESR likely to start again at the weekend with Ødegaard out?

                    No clue who I'm going to end up captaining.

                    1. The Count of Monte Cristo
                      • 8 Years
                      1 month, 6 days ago

                      I do think ESR will start. Raph -> Jota a good move also.

                      Captaincy is tough. Jota could be a punt?

                      1. Il Capitano
                          1 month, 6 days ago

                          Yeah, looks a decent pick from that bunch. Between him and Gundo I think.

                          1. The Count of Monte Cristo
                            • 8 Years
                            1 month, 6 days ago

                            Gundo a bit more of a risk of not starting than Jota imo

                    2. Eastman
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      • 3 Years
                      1 month, 6 days ago

                      Is Holding nailed?

                    3. Weeb Kakashi
                      • 5 Years
                      1 month, 6 days ago

                      Would you WC this lot?

                      Forster
                      Alonso Cresswell Reece
                      Salah Auba Mount Raph
                      Kane Wood Bam

                      AWB Lookman

                      Think i am ok for the week? Some players like Auba Alonso Reece Mount who have good fixtures this week and i wouldn't want them on WC next week.

                      Thoughts?

                      1. cigan
                        • 2 Years
                        1 month, 6 days ago

                        I think you're good

                      2. pingissimus
                        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                        • 2 Years
                        1 month, 6 days ago

                        Loads of potential upside there with Alonso and Auba - quite like AWB too tbh and would start him over Cresswell.

                    4. Weeb Kakashi
                      • 5 Years
                      1 month, 6 days ago

                      Reece and Alonso to start this week?

                    5. Zlatan F.C
                        1 month, 6 days ago

                        If you have a bench boost to play are you still going with vydra as 3rd striker?

                        1. The Count of Monte Cristo
                          • 8 Years
                          1 month, 6 days ago

                          That's what I have currently but not wholly happy about it. I have such a low TV and wondering if writing off Vydra with Davis and upgrading a defender by 0.6 might be better value

                      • Zlatan F.C
                          1 month, 6 days ago

                          Coady or Fofana on a WC?

                          1. cigan
                            • 2 Years
                            1 month, 6 days ago

                            I prefer Fofana, Leicester a far better team than Wolves

                        • cigan
                          • 2 Years
                          1 month, 6 days ago

                          Martinez
                          Dias Digne Reece
                          (S)alah Bruno Jota Gundo Lingard
                          Kane Wood
                          (Johnstone Bamford Coufal Dallas)

                          GTG?

                        • Yes Ndidi
                          • 1 Year
                          1 month, 6 days ago

                          Evening all.

                          Still messing around with WC team, so could do with an opinion on this please:

                          Patricio
                          Rudiger Castagne Dias
                          Maddison Bruno Salah Jota Mahrez/Mount
                          Kane DCl/Laca

                          Forster Lowton Phillips Fabio

                          trying to vary the template just a little bit....
                          Who's better? Laca/Mount +0.8ITB or DCL/ Mahrez +0.3ITB?
                          Mahrez has the highest upside if he actually plays, but is it too much of a punt?
                          Is Laca even nailed anyway?

                          Appreciate any input. Thanks

                          1. trasbash
                            • 3 Years
                            1 month, 5 days ago

                            I don’t think Laca is nailed. Recon he’s 50/50 to start. He’ll come on if he doesn’t.

                        • sarnshawn
                          • 9 Years
                          1 month, 6 days ago

                          Thoughts? Not feeling confident...
                          Areola (Martinez)
                          Cancelo Stones Mings Maguire
                          Mount Jota Fernandes Gundogan
                          Kane Bamford
                          Bench - Dallas Antonio Barnes

                        • jdp219
                          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                          • 4 Years
                          1 month, 6 days ago

                          Current team:
                          Martinez, Pope
                          Stones, Cancelo, Mee, Coufal, Dallas
                          Gundo, Bruno, Raphinha, Son, Lingard
                          Kane, DCL, Bamford

                          Could be WC team:
                          Mendy, Forster
                          TAA, Rudiger, Coufal, Holding, Struijk
                          Bruno, Lingard, Salah, Son, Jota
                          Kane, Vydra, Iheanacho

                          Activate?

                        • GreennRed
                          • 9 Years
                          1 month, 6 days ago

                          Had halfplanned getting Shaw on WC but he might be injured. Is there any more news circulating other than Solskjaer saying "I think and hope he should be ready for the weekend."? Rashford also possibly injured. Might just keep Dallas now.

                          https://www.independent.co.uk/sport/football/premier-league/manchester-united/injuries-marcus-rashford-luke-shaw-solskjaer-b1828814.html

                          1. JJeyy
                            • 5 Years
                            1 month, 5 days ago

                            he's fine

                        • EltonCPT1
                          • 1 Year
                          1 month, 6 days ago

                          Play JWP vs WBA
                          -4 transfer Sterling in for JWP

                        • Jimjam
                          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                          • 10 Years
                          1 month, 5 days ago

                          Martinez (Forster)
                          Cancelo, Shaw, Rudiger (Dallas, Dunk)
                          Salah, Bruno, Bale, Gundogan (Raphinha)
                          Kane, Antonio, Bamford

                          2FT, 0.5 in bank

                          Bale, Gundogan, Bamford --> Jota, Lingard, Iheanacho (-4)?

                        • visselkobe
                            1 month, 5 days ago

                            Absolutely incredible Saka is not on that captaincy poll - he's playing SHU! I'm captaining him, must be quite the differential captaincy choice by the look of things...

                            1. trasbash
                              • 3 Years
                              1 month, 5 days ago

                              He’s a shoe into my team for the next few games at least.

                          • trasbash
                            • 3 Years
                            1 month, 5 days ago

                            Best cheap (under 4.8) defender for the remainder of the season (not Coady, Phillips or Holding)

                          • BrutalLogiC
                            • 5 Years
                            1 month, 5 days ago

                            Kdb to Salah or sterling?