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. Pompey5
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 7 Years
    1 month, 9 days ago

    Its WC time thoughts?

    Leno, Forster
    Shaw, TAA, Rudiger, Phillips, Mitchell
    Jota, Salah, Bruno, Son, Lingard
    Kane Nacho Davis

    Avoiding the City roulette

    1. tbos83
        1 month, 9 days ago

        Like it. Also planning to phase out city assets. Might choose Bam or Watkins over Nacho personally.

        1. Pompey5
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 7 Years
          1 month, 9 days ago

          Tough fixtures for Villa.

      • jbenny1107
        • 7 Years
        1 month, 9 days ago

        Too many Liverpool.

        1. Pompey5
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 7 Years
          1 month, 9 days ago

          That was my concern. Previous version had TAA, Salah and Phillips which was better as Phillips would be a good bench.

      • dunas_dog
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        1 month, 9 days ago

        You have 4 Liverpool players here- can you get Holding or Masuaku over Phillips perhaps?

        1. Pompey5
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 7 Years
          1 month, 9 days ago

          D'oh - Phillips is Holding!

          1. jbenny1107
            • 7 Years
            1 month, 9 days ago

            Good to go assuming no bench boost.

            1. Pompey5
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 7 Years
              1 month, 9 days ago

              Thanks - BB gone.

      • HashAttack
        • 4 Years
        1 month, 9 days ago

        Wouldn't want double ARS defence - anything ITB (I'd get Schmeichel instead of Leno)

      • Catastrophe
        • 10 Years
        1 month, 9 days ago

        Magnificent! Prefer Mendy to Leno, though.

        1. Pompey5
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 7 Years
          1 month, 9 days ago

          Thanks, nothing left in bank - agree Mendy would be better...

    2. The Royal Robin
      • 5 Years
      1 month, 9 days ago

      Gundogan

      A) Sell to Jota for -4
      B) Give him the Leeds game

      1. Pompey5
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 7 Years
        1 month, 9 days ago

        Not sure its worth a hit

      2. Il Capitano
          1 month, 9 days ago

          B

        • jbenny1107
          • 7 Years
          1 month, 9 days ago

          B

        • Pep bites Kun
          • 4 Years
          1 month, 9 days ago

          B: gw33 is the time to sell or bench. The strategy is will you want him back for a good run of fixtures beginning in gw34 with cpl?

        • Werner Bros
          • 5 Years
          1 month, 9 days ago

          B

      3. jbenny1107
        • 7 Years
        1 month, 9 days ago

        Son/TAA or Sterling/Phillips

        1. Pompey5
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 7 Years
          1 month, 9 days ago

          Son/TAA

        2. Donny_Rover
          • 5 Years
          1 month, 9 days ago

          Son/TAA

        3. Werner Bros
          • 5 Years
          1 month, 9 days ago

          Son/TAA

      4. Arteta
        • 5 Years
        1 month, 9 days ago

        https://twitter.com/NeymarJrSite/status/1380114488108724228

        I don't really like Neymar but what an assist that was.

      5. Catastrophe
        • 10 Years
        1 month, 9 days ago

        Not sure whether to do KDB -> Salah or Raphinha -> Lingard this week. Which scores more?

        A)
        Salah Captain (AVL)
        Raphinha (mci)
        Salah (lee)

        B) KDB Captain (LEE)
        Lingard (LEI)
        Lingard (new)

        Leaning towards A for a safe captain pick this week!

        Cheers

        1. Pompey5
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 7 Years
          1 month, 9 days ago

          Like A. And you never know with Leeds always a chance they could score.

          1. Catastrophe
            • 10 Years
            1 month, 9 days ago

            Cheers!

      6. Arteta
        • 5 Years
        1 month, 9 days ago

        If only Raúl Jiménez was fit and available for those matches. Dammit!

        1. Pep bites Kun
          • 4 Years
          1 month, 9 days ago

          Amen. Hope to see him back soon

      7. Donny_Rover
        • 5 Years
        1 month, 9 days ago

        Current WC:

        Mendy, Forster
        Dias, Phillips, Rudiger, Shaw, Coady
        Salah, Son, Jota, Sterling, ESR
        Kane, Vardy, Nacho

        Alternative thinking is to swap Vardy, Phillips, Shaw & ESR to Vydra/Silva, TAA, Coufal & Saka. Essentially Vardy vs TAA...any thoughts on which is better (or alternatives?)

        Sterling’s just a one week punt, will be out for Fernandes next week.

        1. Werner Bros
          • 5 Years
          1 month, 9 days ago

          I prefer TAA to the Leicester double up I think. It's going to come down to a bit of luck either way though I think.

          1. Donny_Rover
            • 5 Years
            1 month, 9 days ago

            Yeah I’d really like TAA in there but not convinced by Iheanacho. I feel like Vardy is very close to coming good and getting a haul or two.

            1. Thomas Magnum
              • 5 Years
              1 month, 9 days ago

              I agree with this cause all it ever takes is one counter attack for vardy. In saying that same can be said about TAA possibly going off soon. Maybe downgrade Iheanacho to a fodder then have a play with the extra funds maybe

      8. Werner Bros
        • 5 Years
        1 month, 9 days ago

        Would appreciate some thoughts on this WC draft?

        Mendy Forster
        TAA Shaw Coady Masuaku Holding
        Salah Bruno Son Jota Lingard
        Kane Iheanacho Davis

        0.1ITB

        1. Tango74
            1 month, 9 days ago

            I’ve seen lots of WC

            There’s no love for mount ?

            I know fixtures are not the best but he’s on fire

            1. Werner Bros
              • 5 Years
              1 month, 9 days ago

              Lots of love for Mount as a CFC fan. But I always feel still that he is under risk of rotation or getting less minutes than other players at his price point, I prefer both Jota and Lingard atm.

          • Thomas Magnum
            • 5 Years
            1 month, 9 days ago

            I like it, few template picks there but should work. I’ll ask what do you think separates your side from the other WC sides?

            1. Werner Bros
              • 5 Years
              1 month, 9 days ago

              Yeah it is very template. It's hard to say what separates it for that reason.

        2. Thomas Magnum
          • 5 Years
          1 month, 9 days ago

          Anyone plan on keeping Dias on WC?

          1. DannyDrinkVodka
            • 1 Year
            1 month, 9 days ago

            Need every player I can get for BGW33 so I'll be going without......

            1. Pep bites Kun
              • 4 Years
              1 month, 9 days ago

              I'd keep. Pretty easy to plan with 1/2 of either City or Spurs

            2. Thomas Magnum
              • 5 Years
              1 month, 9 days ago

              Interesting, thought I’d get responses about rotation, price etc but not because of week 33. Didn’t really think of that

          2. Donny_Rover
            • 5 Years
            1 month, 9 days ago

            See my post a couple above 😉 He’s a keeper for me, if he doesn’t play he won’t come on and I’ll have a playing bench so happy to take the risk.

          3. Kane and Ablett
              1 month, 9 days ago

              He’s the only city I’ve kept

            • Werner Bros
              • 5 Years
              1 month, 9 days ago

              I really want to keep him but can't really get the midfield/attack I want with TAA and him.

            • Whazza
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 8 Years
              1 month, 9 days ago

              Punting on Alonso instead

              1. Ruth_NZ
                • 6 Years
                1 month, 9 days ago

                What's a punt about it?

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

            So kdb with new contract signature is essential now ?

            1. FPL ElasticO
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 6 Years
              1 month, 9 days ago

              He will be rested.....

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

              😆

            3. Pep bites Kun
              • 4 Years
              1 month, 9 days ago

              When did Auba sign his new contract 🙂

              Pick the best players for your own squad - I'm not ditching City, just benching for 33

          5. Oooo Matron
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 4 Years
            1 month, 9 days ago

            Dias worth keeping? I've already got Shaw, TAA and Rudiger - is there a better option out there for 6.1 & under?

            1. FPL ElasticO
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 6 Years
              1 month, 9 days ago

              If you don't have Mendy then Dias > Azpi is worth it.

            2. Werner Bros
              • 5 Years
              1 month, 9 days ago

              Keep if you're able to still have the team you want built around him. I think I'm having to get rid on WC to afford TAA alongside the midfield and attack I want.

              1. Oooo Matron
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 4 Years
                1 month, 9 days ago

                What do we think about Leicester defenders? Great fixtures to come.

          6. Whazza
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 8 Years
            1 month, 9 days ago

            Do we think Reguilon is nailed on now?

            1. Tango74
                1 month, 9 days ago

                Yes I think so but spurs concede not worth it for DGW

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

                  I think so too, but don't know

              • Thomas Magnum
                • 5 Years
                1 month, 9 days ago

                Nope. Still thinks he gets rotated occasional with Bdavies but idk when he’ll be back from injury. Don’t trust Reguilon myself, he looks like he can haul any week but never anything to show for it

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

                  Cheers. Would only be for a dgw punt but it's not a dgw if he doesn't start both!

                  1. Thomas Magnum
                    • 5 Years
                    1 month, 9 days ago

                    Exactly, same thing happened last DGW he played 1 game did well then didn’t appear the other

              • Pep bites Kun
                • 4 Years
                1 month, 9 days ago

                Regardless and because we can't nail a Spurs def is enough reason to discount a Spurs def. The fact that they concede regularly should cement it. Surely City & Che are safer bets for the money?

            2. Zlatan F.C
                1 month, 9 days ago

                A) vydra and cresswell or
                B) wood and coufal

              • borispkpk
                • 4 Years
                1 month, 9 days ago

                Need Wildcard for this team?
                1 FT
                Mendy
                Coufal Digne Dias
                Son Bruno Salah Gun
                Antonio Kane Iheanacho

                sub: Martinez Raphinha Dunk Dallas

              • FPL ElasticO
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 6 Years
                1 month, 9 days ago

                G2g for GW31 (No WC)?

                Forster
                TAA / Rudiger / Shaw / Cancelo
                Salah(c) / Bruno / Son / Gundo / Raph
                Kane

                Bench:: Martinez / Watkins / Dallas / Davis

              • Pandastar5
                  1 month, 9 days ago

                  Hi all, wondering about your thoughts on what I should do with this team for the GW:

                  (1 FT, $6.1m itb; 1 WC, 1 BB)

                  Martinez
                  Cresswell Cancelo Shaw
                  Gundogan Son Bruno Raphinha Lingardinho
                  Kane Bamford

                  4.0m GK, Dallas, Coufal, Brewster

                  I was thinking of Dallas/Cancelo --> TAA since I have to either deal with leeds' tough upcoming schedule or the Pep roulette at the back.

                  Another option I was also thinking is going for Cancelo --> Saiss/Nat Phillips and then having enough funds to bring in Salah either this GW for a hit or a later one.

                  Also going to try to bring in a competent bench so I can fully use the potential of the BB.

                  Lmk what you think, any thoughts appreciated!

                • Corona is not good 4 U
                    1 month, 9 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.

                    Thank you!

                  • Vovhund
                    • 2 Years
                    1 month, 9 days ago

                    A) Salah & Ihenacho
                    B) Jota & Vardy

                    ???

                    1. PascalCygan
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      • 3 Years
                      1 month, 9 days ago

                      I'm going for A

                    2. b91jh
                      • 3 Years
                      1 month, 9 days ago

                      A

                    3. Bubbles1985
                      • 4 Years
                      1 month, 9 days ago

                      B

                    4. Pep bites Kun
                      • 4 Years
                      1 month, 9 days ago

                      A

                      1. Vovhund
                        • 2 Years
                        1 month, 9 days ago

                        Thanks, guys. I leaning towards A myself, although my biggest rivals in my ML will surely go for Jota - and I'm leading 🙂

                  • b91jh
                    • 3 Years
                    1 month, 9 days ago

                    Which combo is better? On WC

                    A) Cresswell+Maddison+Wood
                    B) Shaw+Son+Davis
                    C) Coufal+ESR+Vardy

                    1. popey
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      • 2 Years
                      1 month, 9 days ago

                      prefer B assuming third player here will be benched

                    2. Bubbles1985
                      • 4 Years
                      1 month, 9 days ago

                      C

                  • PascalCygan
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 3 Years
                    1 month, 9 days ago

                    Holding or Amartey?

                    How nailed is Holding?

                    For the time being with Luiz injured?

                    Either will mainly be a bench option. Exciting decision!

                    1. Werner Bros
                      • 5 Years
                      1 month, 9 days ago

                      I had Amartey in a draft but wasn't sure how nailed he is. Any ideas on that? Ended up going with Holding because I didn't know if Amartey would get game time.

                      For me it's basically

                      A: Masuaku Holding
                      B: Coufal Amartey

                      with the former rotating playing alongside Coady

                      1. Werner Bros
                        • 5 Years
                        1 month, 9 days ago

                        That's rotating with Coady not playing as well as.

                        1. PascalCygan
                          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                          • 3 Years
                          1 month, 9 days ago

                          I'm a current Coufal owner, looking to get rid on my WC probably. He does get forward well, though. I think B out of those options.

                          Amartey seems fairly settled at the moment but maybe Pereira comes back in soon? Hard to know.

                  • Pedaso Pirates
                    • 7 Years
                    1 month, 9 days ago

                    WC fatigue setting in, so would welcome feedback/ideas on this lot:

                    Mendy/Forster
                    TAA/Alonso/Shaw/Phillips/Holding
                    Salah/Bruno/Son/Neto/Lingard
                    Kane/Nacho/Davis

                    £0.2m in the bank

                  • fplking14
                    • 6 Years
                    1 month, 9 days ago

                    Sterling or Jesus as 1 week punt?

                    1. g40steve
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      • 3 Years
                      1 month, 9 days ago

                      I am going Sterling C this week, god he is DUE!

                      1. fplking14
                        • 6 Years
                        1 month, 9 days ago

                        Currently on Sterling as well.

                  • Flair
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    1 month, 9 days ago

                    Own 3 attackers with a combined worth of 30M in a Jose vs Ole game, what could go wrong?

                  • fplking14
                    • 6 Years
                    1 month, 9 days ago

                    WC team:

                    Mendy Forster
                    TAA Coady Rudiger Soyuncu Shaw
                    Sterling Bruno Jota Lingard Neto
                    Kane Nacho Watkins

                    Thoughts?

                    1. g40steve
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      • 3 Years
                      1 month, 9 days ago

                      Like it, who you benching this week & C?

                      1. fplking14
                        • 6 Years
                        1 month, 9 days ago

                        Watkins Neto and Fofana. Made a mistake i have Fofana and not Soy.

                  • jimmy.floyd
                    • 4 Years
                    1 month, 9 days ago

                    A Raphinha Dallas to Jota Philips (-4)
                    B Auba Digne DCL to Salah TAA Ihenacho (-8)
                    B means would have to play Veltman and Raphinha or Bamford

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

                    Is Fabio Silva to punty as a pick ?

                    1. Thomas Magnum
                      • 5 Years
                      1 month, 9 days ago

                      His lack of minutes and lack of goals put me off. Wish he had some form

                    2. Ruth_NZ
                      • 6 Years
                      1 month, 9 days ago

                      Yes, because it's not clear that Nuno will play him enough. If he were a reliable starter he'd be a great choice.

                    3. jimbobmij
                      • 6 Years
                      1 month, 9 days ago

                      I don't like it at all. Too many cheap strikers available to consider him.

                  • jimbobmij
                    • 6 Years
                    1 month, 9 days ago

                    Auba or Havertz for my draft team?

                    1. popey
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      • 2 Years
                      1 month, 9 days ago

                      top 10 picks before the season! probably Auba

                  • popey
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 2 Years
                    1 month, 9 days ago

                    WC considrations - trying to overall haul 93 pts in ML or 44 to top 10k;

                    1) Have Mendy - James or Alonso (have strong bench to cover rotation)
                    2) 10.6M for Mid and Def (one likely to be first bench but have a few rotation risks)
                    a) Saka & Shaw
                    b) Lingard & Veltman/4.4

                  • GE
                    • 4 Years
                    1 month, 9 days ago

                    Keep Dias on WC or bring in Azpi/James/Rudiger?

                    1. Mork calling Orson
                      • 8 Years
                      1 month, 9 days ago

                      Rudiger if the extra funds improve your team

                      1. GE
                        • 4 Years
                        1 month, 9 days ago

                        It does

                        1. g40steve
                          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                          • 3 Years
                          1 month, 9 days ago

                          Bonus

                  • Mork calling Orson
                    • 8 Years
                    1 month, 9 days ago

                    Straightforward question:
                    A) Dallas to Coady
                    Or
                    B) Raphina to Neto

                    1. g40steve
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      • 3 Years
                      1 month, 9 days ago

                      Of those B

                      Jonny out makes defenders less appealing