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. Parsnips
      1 month, 4 days ago

      For a hit is Cancelo, Digne, Raphinha > TAA, Alonso and Smith rowe good transfers?

      Martinez
      Cancelo Digne Rudiger
      Bruno KDB Gundo Son
      Kane Bamford DCl

      Fabri Raph Coufal holding

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

        I wouldn't

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

        Surely you'd hold Digne for this week and reassess next week? Alonso & ESR are not sure-starters. You want TAA and are willing to sell the farm?

    • b91jh
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 4 days ago

      Is Holding nailed?

      1. Thomas Magnum
        • 5 Years
        1 month, 4 days ago

        Should be for as long as Luiz is out

      2. Utopsis
        • 1 Year
        1 month, 4 days ago

        No

    • Wiseman Resistant ⚽⚠
      • 9 Years
      1 month, 4 days ago

      1. Kdb and phillips

      Or

      2. Taa and gundo

      ?

      1. Thomas Magnum
        • 5 Years
        1 month, 4 days ago

        Only just 2 for me. Pretty much a coin toss though

      2. Kane and Ablett
          1 month, 4 days ago

          Coin toss

      3. LewanGOALski
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 9 Years
        1 month, 4 days ago

        Is any of those worth a hit?

        A) Martinez ➡ Mendy / Schmeichel
        B) Bamford ➡ Ihenacho
        C) nah, no hit

        1. Thomas Magnum
          • 5 Years
          1 month, 4 days ago

          C for me, not worth a hit for any. Would say A if for free but not a hit

      4. Zlatan F.C
          1 month, 4 days ago

          Thoughts on this WC

          Mendy (Forster)
          Coufal Rudiger Dias (Shaw) (Phillips)
          Son Bruno Salah Jota Lingard
          Kane Nacho (Wood)

          1. 12steps
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 3 Years
            1 month, 4 days ago

            Pretty template. If you are chasing then maybe take a punt or two?

        • Mork calling Orson
          • 8 Years
          1 month, 4 days ago

          Bottomed on previous page

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

          1. Thomas Magnum
            • 5 Years
            1 month, 4 days ago

            Comes down to who you’d be more comfortable starting out of the 2 you want to sell. For me I’d sell A and keep Raphinha because I’d be happier with him starting/coming off bench

            1. Mork calling Orson
              • 8 Years
              1 month, 4 days ago

              Thank you my equally great 80’s icon

              1. Thomas Magnum
                • 5 Years
                1 month, 4 days ago

                What a golden age of television the 80’s was! Saddens me a little that very few people on this site actually recognize the character though. I presume it’s similar with you

                1. Mork calling Orson
                  • 8 Years
                  1 month, 4 days ago

                  I appreciate the anonymity now, was a hectic time back in the 80’s.

          2. PascalCygan
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 3 Years
            1 month, 4 days ago

            A

          3. g40steve
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 3 Years
            1 month, 4 days ago

            Replied on last page

            1. Mork calling Orson
              • 8 Years
              1 month, 4 days ago

              Cheers Steve, valid points for both sides, hence my indecision I guess

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

            Neither

            A) Dallas to Che/Liv/Ars def - your choice of starter
            B) Raphinha I'd decide whether to bench/hold/play or move for a mf with better fixtures - Jota/Maddi/Lingard, etc?

            1. Mork calling Orson
              • 8 Years
              1 month, 4 days ago

              Interesting, could do Dallas to Phillips - which then allows me to upgrade Raph to Maddi or Jota, which could wait a week to save the hit.
              Food for thought, thanks for the different suggestion

        • Thomas Magnum
          • 5 Years
          1 month, 4 days ago

          Is anyone on WC going with or can anyone think of a forward line thats not
          Kane Iheanacho x
          Need some out of the box inspiration. Feel like almost all WC teams I’ve seen has that forward line and want to spice things up

          1. b91jh
            • 3 Years
            1 month, 4 days ago

            Laca?

            1. Thomas Magnum
              • 5 Years
              1 month, 4 days ago

              Probz not nailed enough for my liking. Can see why people would take the punt though with those fixtures. He’s one I rarely see on teams now though

          2. popey
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 2 Years
            1 month, 4 days ago

            Kane Laca (Davis)

            Currently have Maddison but thats a coin toss with Mount

            1. Thomas Magnum
              • 5 Years
              1 month, 4 days ago

              If I knew Laca would get decent minutes every week I’d go for that attack myself but I like how you’ve gone for a differential there and in midfield, I can understand why it’s a coin toss, I’d probz go with Maddison and ride the fixtures myself if I was in your shoes

              1. popey
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 2 Years
                1 month, 4 days ago

                thats my thinking - 93pts off top of ML and about 500 off top 10k so might as well be a little brave - hope he gets minutes managed tonight!

          3. Thomas Magnum
            • 5 Years
            1 month, 4 days ago

            Also don’t mean like fill in x just pointing out that those 2 are in basically all teams then the x can vary slightly...

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

            Kane Vardy Bamford/Brewster

            For me anyway...

          5. Studs Up
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 1 Year
            1 month, 4 days ago

            Wood?...gw32 speed bump?

          6. 12steps
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 3 Years
            1 month, 4 days ago

            Kane Vardy X

        • Flynny
          • 6 Years
          1 month, 4 days ago

          Hi....think I'm ready to go on this wildcard. Would you make any changes? Not convinced on castagne....

          Mendy (forster)
          Taa rudiger holding (castagne shaw)
          Salah Sterling (c) son jota lingard
          Kane iheanacho (Davis)

          Cash for Sterling to Bruno gw32.

          Thanks

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

            Looks good. But I would say that - it's similar to mine in quite a few areas.

          2. g40steve
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 3 Years
            1 month, 4 days ago

            Everyone used to say going without Salah hurts, I think that now applies to Bruno this year.

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

            Looks good, Sterling a 1 week punt?

          4. funnyoldgame
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 11 Years
            1 month, 4 days ago

            looks good - standard WC team

            1. Flynny
              • 6 Years
              1 month, 4 days ago

              Cheers. Yup it's a Sterling 1 week captaincy punt before getting Bruno. Thanks

        • PascalCygan
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 3 Years
          1 month, 4 days ago

          Anyone else keeping Martinez on a WC?

          I have Forster and I'm planning to start him in 31 + 32, then Emi v West Brom in 33.

          I do have the money for Mendy, 0.3 as I've had Martinez so long.

          Could move to Mendy for 34?

          1. matiakez
            • 10 Years
            1 month, 4 days ago

            I think I will and possibly with Forster. Keepers are proving a headache though, I'm also weighing up any Lloris and Mendy

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

              Cheers. I don't mind the idea of a Chelsea double-up but most of my WC drafts have had stacked - and reasonably priced - defences which suggest I can make do with Rudiger.

          2. Qaiss
            • 5 Years
            1 month, 4 days ago

            Should do the move to Mendy now imo. Villa aren’t that good defensively at the moment, nor are Southampton.

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

              Thanks. If I still have 0.4 burning in my pocket as I do with my current WC draft, I might well do that.

              Sterling to Son next week will free funds again in any case.

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

            I'm going Schmeichel I think

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

              Cheers, he was in another of my WC drafts. Good option with those fixtures!

        • pingissimus
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 2 Years
          1 month, 4 days ago

          Is there anything about the Leicester approach that encourages penalties?

          6 of the 12 goals Vardy has scored this season are pens. Subtract those from his total and you're left with a measly 6 goals from open play so far - a rate that closely matches his form in the second half of last season.

          Yes the pedigree is there but his ability to score from open play just doesn't look like it was. Give him pens and he looks a prospect but they aren't necessarily going to fall in green fixtures.

          His flat track bully stats aren't all that either. He improves against bottom 11 but not hugely as the pens fall fairly equally and that's his current specialty.

          Last 36 games 17 goals (7 pens) = 0.47 goals a game
          Bottom 11 fixtures: 19 games 10 goals (4 pens) = 0.52 goals a game

          1. Flair
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            1 month, 4 days ago

            Leave Vardy alone Ping. Let the man party 😛

            1. pingissimus
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 2 Years
              1 month, 4 days ago

              Sorry

              Will stop now. I just miss the invites 🙂

            2. pingissimus
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 2 Years
              1 month, 4 days ago

              And if it helps there last time I got a bee in my bonnet it was that Adarabioyo was better than Andersen - statistically spot on factually balls.

          2. g40steve
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 3 Years
            1 month, 4 days ago

            Vardy is one of the few players that can get slated for 85mins & still come away with a double digit score in minutes - read rank killer.

            1. pingissimus
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 2 Years
              1 month, 4 days ago

              🙂

              I've joy ridden that train enough to know that was the truth. But half the goals from open play than Watkins, Bamford and DCL this season whilst playing for a top 4 team but I won't get started again. Promise.

        • DonBenzema
            1 month, 4 days ago

            Which option is the best?

            A) Watkins -> Iheanacho
            B) Struijk -> Phillips
            C) KDB -> Salah

            1. STONEROSES
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 7 Years
              1 month, 4 days ago

              B

            2. Voodoo
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 9 Years
              1 month, 4 days ago

              B

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

            What is the third best forward to go with Kane and Nacho 8.2 mib?
            Thanks!

            1. STONEROSES
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 7 Years
              1 month, 4 days ago

              Lacazette for sure

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

                I currently have him but concerned that he may not start.

            2. Holmes
              • 7 Years
              1 month, 4 days ago

              Can't afford Jesus?

              If Lacazette don't start tonight, he can be a good punt

            3. matiakez
              • 10 Years
              1 month, 4 days ago

              not sure there is one right now. Vydra and 5 mids is popular.

              For a third diagne tempts me.

          • STONEROSES
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 7 Years
            1 month, 4 days ago

            Thinking this is my finished WC - G2G?
            I’m 18K and clear in my ML hence fairly template

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

            1. Werner Bros
              • 5 Years
              1 month, 4 days ago

              Looks good to me. Very similar to mine (also template). Would appreciate some help below.

          • Esalman
            • 11 Years
            1 month, 4 days ago

            Is it worth doing Raphinha (mci,LIV,MUN) to Lingard (LEI,new,CHE) for -4?

            1. Werner Bros
              • 5 Years
              1 month, 4 days ago

              Not for -4. Do it next week.

            2. matiakez
              • 10 Years
              1 month, 4 days ago

              Yeah I agree not for a hit.

          • Werner Bros
            • 5 Years
            1 month, 4 days ago

            Which option do you prefer to complete the defence on this WC?

            TAA Shaw Coady xxx xxx

            A: Coufal Amartey
            B: Masuaku Holding

            1. matiakez
              • 10 Years
              1 month, 4 days ago

              Second one I think.

              1. Werner Bros
                • 5 Years
                1 month, 4 days ago

                I am on this at the moment. People seem to think Holding is more nailed than Amartey. Although I do prefer Coufal to Masuaku

                1. cigan
                  • 2 Years
                  1 month, 4 days ago

                  prefer B

            2. Voodoo
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 9 Years
              1 month, 4 days ago

              B

          • Hazardous1983
            • 10 Years
            1 month, 4 days ago

            Should i do -4 for

            Dallas to a defender or
            Bamford to ihneacho

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

              neither for a hit

            2. Hazardous1983
              • 10 Years
              1 month, 4 days ago

              How does this look

              Areola (sanchez)
              Rudiger dawson stones (targett dallas)
              Jota gundo salah son bruno
              Watkins kane (bamford)

              0.3m in bank 0 ft

          • Voodoo
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 9 Years
            1 month, 4 days ago

            Would you:

            A) Take out Raphinha for Jota
            B) Take out Aubamayang for Salah and captain.

            Not sure about Aubameyang coming out ahead of Sheff U!

          • Oh Mane Mane
            • 4 Years
            1 month, 4 days ago

            Is Dias worth keeping on the wildcard? Surely we’ll see City rotate even more than usual with them going for the quadruple.

            Safer freeing up funds elsewhere and going for TAA?

            1. Tomas_brolin
              • 2 Years
              1 month, 4 days ago

              I got rid. Ceiling is only really 6 plus the odd bonus

              1. Zlatan F.C
                  1 month, 4 days ago

                  6 is good enough for me. I'm keeping

            2. drughi
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 11 Years
              1 month, 4 days ago

              Wildcard draft #2, any opinions ?

              Mendy
              Rudiger Shaw Dias
              Gundogan Salah (C) Jota Fernandes
              Kane Vardy Nacho

              forster lingard phillips holding

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

              What are Laca's chances of being a regular starter? On WC

            4. Etonmessi
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              1 month, 4 days ago

              Martinez or Johnstone this week? Thanks!

              1. cigan
                • 2 Years
                1 month, 4 days ago

                One thing I learned this season is always play Martinez

            5. cigan
              • 2 Years
              1 month, 4 days ago

              Hi, I've got WC, FH and TC left. I'll TC Kane in gw32. Would you use the WC now or after the Spurs double?

              Martinez (Johnstone)
              Dias James Digne (Coufal Dallas)
              Salah Bruno Lingard Gundo Raphinha
              Kane DCL (Bamford)

              It's basically between:
              A) Digne&Raphinha > Rudiger&Jota (-4)
              B) Wildcard

              Any feedback would be appreciated greatly. Thanks!

              1. AD2110
                • 3 Years
                1 month, 4 days ago

                I’d probs save it for 33 I think. That way you can make the most of the double by getting in 2/3 spurs players?

                1. cigan
                  • 2 Years
                  1 month, 4 days ago

                  Thanks - not sold on any Spurs apart from Son & Kane tho. Bruno > Son next week?

                2. cigan
                  • 2 Years
                  1 month, 4 days ago

                  Bamford & Raphinha > Jota & Vydra (-4) also a (punty) option I guess

            6. n-doggg
              • 8 Years
              1 month, 4 days ago

              On WC

              A. Trent, gundo, vydra
              B. Philips, Maddison, Antonio

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

                A

              2. cigan
                • 2 Years
                1 month, 4 days ago

                A

              3. 12steps
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 3 Years
                1 month, 4 days ago

                A

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

              What would you improve on this WC?

              (0.0 itb)

              Martinez
              TAA/Dias/Azpi
              Salah/Bruno/Son/Lingard/Jota
              Kane/Nacho

              Bench: Button, Shaw, Lascelles, Davis

              1. cigan
                • 2 Years
                1 month, 4 days ago

                Azpi > Rudiger; upgrade bench & keepers

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

                  Thanks, but why do I need 2 keepers? Will Martinez be benched anytime?

                  1. cigan
                    • 2 Years
                    1 month, 4 days ago

                    I just prefer Mendy/Schmeichel at the moment (although Martinez could be great as well), while having a playing 2nd keeper for 4.0 is a no-brainer for me

              2. Peteski29
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 3 Years
                1 month, 4 days ago

                I like it, 11 players the same as my WC team. Only differences are I've gone Rudiger, Forster, Holding and Vydra instead of your Azpi, Button, Lascelles and Davis

                1. Zlatan F.C
                    1 month, 4 days ago

                    Forster instead of Button. Forster might have a double GW coming up

              3. Pep Roulette
                • 3 Years
                1 month, 4 days ago

                A. DCL & Raphinha to Iheanacho & Jota (-4)

                B. DCL to Iheanacho & play one of Watkins/Raphinha

                C. DCL & Maguire to Iheanacho & TAA(-4)

                D. DCL & Watkins to Jesus(C) & Iheanacho

                E. Save FT

                Areola
                Cancelo Alonso Dunk
                Salah(C) Son Gundogan Lingard
                DCL Watkins Kane

                Martinez Raphinha Maguire Targett

                1. Pep Roulette
                  • 3 Years
                  1 month, 4 days ago

                  D is for -4

              4. Vazza
                  1 month, 4 days ago

                  Ok so it comes down to this

                  Struijk, Antonio => TAA, Iheanacho

                  For a 4 point hit

                  A. Yes, good move
                  B. No, don’t bother

                  Thoughts?

                  1. cigan
                    • 2 Years
                    1 month, 4 days ago

                    Looks good imo

                • Horlicks esq.
                  • 11 Years
                  1 month, 4 days ago

                  Wild punt on

                  Jesus
                  Werner

                  Or

                  Just do Struijk to Phillips.

                • Wigg_1992
                  • 2 Years
                  1 month, 4 days ago

                  Help! Any suggestions?
                  WC team. £0 ITB

                  Mendy Forster
                  Shaw Rudiger Coady Holding Phillips
                  Son Salah Jota Gundo Bruno
                  Kane Nacho DCL

                  1. cigan
                    • 2 Years
                    1 month, 4 days ago

                    Like it a lot

                  2. cigan
                    • 2 Years
                    1 month, 4 days ago

                    I'm not decided on WC yet but if I do it, it should look a lot like this. Possibly Trent&Lingard instead of Son&Phillips

                    1. 12steps
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      • 3 Years
                      1 month, 4 days ago

                      Keeping DCL?

                      1. cigan
                        • 2 Years
                        1 month, 4 days ago

                        Probably. Don't like any strikers right now, apart from Kane tbf

                      2. Wigg_1992
                        • 2 Years
                        1 month, 4 days ago

                        Would of had Antonio but he’s a doubt. Everton will have a possible double to come as well I think?

                    2. Wigg_1992
                      • 2 Years
                      1 month, 4 days ago

                      I feel that Trent would change the whole team because of price.
                      Put possibly could do JLingz,
                      Thoughts on the below?

                      Gundo to JLings
                      Coady to Dawson

                • S.Kuqi
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 8 Years
                  1 month, 4 days ago

                  I know its a risk but anyone here still captaining Kdb?

                  For me I might cap him or sell him. Undecided.

                  1. AlpoShearer
                    • 3 Years
                    1 month, 4 days ago

                    Same, i think i sell..

                • Holmes
                  • 7 Years
                  1 month, 4 days ago

                  Aubameyang benched, Lacazette starts.