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. Kun Tozser
    • 5 Years
    2 months, 16 days ago

    Laca or Ings for DCL for free?

    1. Rasping Drive
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 11 Years
      2 months, 16 days ago

      Lacazette (if you're selling DCL, that is; it's not 100% clear)

      1. Kun Tozser
        • 5 Years
        2 months, 16 days ago

        Yep selling DCL, Laca was pencilled originally but Ings has caught the eye

        1. Rasping Drive
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 11 Years
          2 months, 16 days ago

          Fixtures say Arsenal big time. Plus they play in 33. And Laca was in great form prior to the Pool game.

    2. bso
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      2 months, 16 days ago

      I had Laca, but I see he starts this evening, so he may not start next gw. Ings has one good game, DCL out of form...not trying to be negative, have the same issue here with my WC.

    3. pingissimus
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      2 months, 16 days ago

      Ings

      Don't think Laca starts in 31 now

  2. sirmorbach
    • 5 Years
    2 months, 16 days ago

    Mendy
    TAA, Dias, Holding
    Salah, Bruno, Son, Gündogan, Lingard
    Kane, Wood

    Forster, Iheanacho, Rüdiger, Coufal

    Good to go? Any changes needed— including transfers, since WC activated?

    1. Hulk Smash
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      2 months, 16 days ago

      I'd be playing Iheanacho. I'm not sure who for though.

    2. bso
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      2 months, 16 days ago

      Is Holding a regular now? Or at least for 5 weeks?

  3. bso
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 6 Years
    2 months, 16 days ago

    Is Holding a regular starter now? I see him in many teams.

    1. Kun Tozser
      • 5 Years
      2 months, 16 days ago

      2 weeks without big hair

    2. Rasping Drive
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 11 Years
      2 months, 16 days ago

      Until Luis is back, he should be although there is competition from Mari. Even if he doesn't start regularly, he's a decent option providing you have bench back-up.

    3. HaveYassineChikhaoui
        2 months, 16 days ago

        Yes, he's nailed on in that RCB position, Luiz set to be out for a few weeks, and knowing Arsenal's medical team it will be for the rest of the season.

    4. Hulk Smash
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      2 months, 16 days ago

      Thoughts on Maddison this week, with the option to switch to Son next week?

      1. Flynny
        • 6 Years
        2 months, 16 days ago

        Chance he will still be eased in and on bench??

      2. footballcandy
        • 4 Years
        2 months, 16 days ago

        If Maddison should start, who is out? Ihenacho? I'm thinking about this...

        1. Hulk Smash
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 5 Years
          2 months, 16 days ago

          Perez I would think.

        2. TheBiffas
            2 months, 16 days ago

            Ayoze Perez

      3. Flynny
        • 6 Years
        2 months, 16 days ago

        Hi....final tweaks to the wildcard now. Which defensive set up do you prefer please?

        Xxx forster
        Taa shaw xxx rudiger xxx

        A..... mendy castagne holding

        B.....Leno alonso coady/ 4.8m

        Thanks

        1. RAFA THE GAFFA
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 5 Years
          2 months, 16 days ago

          A with Mendy fofana Coady?

          1. Flynny
            • 6 Years
            2 months, 16 days ago

            Also an option. But think I prefer holding to coady....thanks

            V tempted with alonso as I can squeeze him in now

            1. RAFA THE GAFFA
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 5 Years
              2 months, 16 days ago

              Why don’t you have holding in B then?

              1. Flynny
                • 6 Years
                2 months, 16 days ago

                Cos I do not want to double up on arsenal defence

                1. RAFA THE GAFFA
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 5 Years
                  2 months, 16 days ago

                  Mendy Alonso holding

                  1. Flynny
                    • 6 Years
                    2 months, 16 days ago

                    Cheers....

      4. RAFA THE GAFFA
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        2 months, 16 days ago

        Would you WC this team? I would probably Bench boost 32 If so.

        Martinez
        Dias. Alonso. Digne. Coufal
        Bruno. Son. Lingard. Jota
        Kane. DCL
        (McCarthy. Raph. Bamford. Dallas)

        1. Hulk Smash
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 5 Years
          2 months, 16 days ago

          Probably yes. I'd be wanting Salah, Trent, some Leicester and lose some Leeds.

          1. RAFA THE GAFFA
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 5 Years
            2 months, 16 days ago

            How essential is Trent?

            1. Hulk Smash
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 5 Years
              2 months, 16 days ago

              Not essential but I want him. I think most will have either Alonso or Trent on WC and I prefer Trent's security of starts.

              1. RamaJama
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 8 Years
                2 months, 16 days ago

                Worth getting Trent for A hit?

                1. PompeyUpNorth!
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 8 Years
                  2 months, 16 days ago

                  I’m tempted tbh. Can easily haul n an exciting player to have tbh

                2. Hulk Smash
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 5 Years
                  2 months, 16 days ago

                  It could probably wait a week but he has the potential to repay a hit in one game.

        2. DA Minnion (In Bielsa we tr…
          • 8 Years
          2 months, 16 days ago

          I don't think so.

        3. PompeyUpNorth!
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 8 Years
          2 months, 16 days ago

          I wouldn’t WC that team now, no..other doubles to be announced yet plus its fine this week

      5. bso
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 6 Years
        2 months, 16 days ago

        Arsenals fans...is Holding a regular starter now?

      6. BigKeith
          2 months, 16 days ago

          1ft 3.4mitb Any ideas or should I save a ft?

          Martinez (Sanchez)
          Shaw, Stones, Digne (Targett, Struijk)
          Bruno, Lingard, Son, Gundo (Raphina)
          DCL, Watkins, Kane

          Cheers

        • RamaJama
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 8 Years
          2 months, 16 days ago

          Will Nacho continue to start when Barnes and Maddison are back?

          1. Pukki Party
            • 3 Years
            2 months, 16 days ago

            Doubt it

          2. Rasping Drive
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 11 Years
            2 months, 16 days ago

            Maddison yes, Barnes maybe not. However, if he keeps banging in the goals, I can't see Rogers dropping him.

          3. pingissimus
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 2 Years
            2 months, 16 days ago

            Barnes is a way off likely no - suspect he starts with Maddison. He's the best finisher there right now.

          4. Hulk Smash
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 5 Years
            2 months, 16 days ago

            I think Maddison plays behind Nacho and Vardy for now. But when Barnes returns it's anyone's guess. Rodgers is probably hoping Vardy is firing and Nacho is off the boil by then so he can easily drop him!

        • gomez123
          • 7 Years
          2 months, 16 days ago

          Got Kane & Watkins....Antonio to who??....was thinking Jesus??

          1. Pukki Party
            • 3 Years
            2 months, 16 days ago

            Can u afford Vardy?

            1. gomez123
              • 7 Years
              2 months, 16 days ago

              only if i take a hit

          2. Hulk Smash
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 5 Years
            2 months, 16 days ago

            I like the Jesus pick. He seems almost nailed to start in the league at the moment.

        • Pukki Party
          • 3 Years
          2 months, 16 days ago

          Any draft mode players, shouldn't the waiver deadline be today since the gw deadline is tomorrow? Says it's tomorrow 2:30?

        • RAFA THE GAFFA
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 5 Years
          2 months, 16 days ago

          Best back line on WC? Will BB32.

          A. TAA. Rudiger. Coady. Holding. Masuaku
          B. Dias. Rudiger. Coady. Shaw. Fofana

          1. JBG
            • 3 Years
            2 months, 16 days ago

            B

          2. xiMoxiee
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 6 Years
            2 months, 16 days ago

            A for me

          3. Hulk Smash
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 5 Years
            2 months, 16 days ago

            B

          4. TheBiffas
              2 months, 16 days ago

              A

          5. xiMoxiee
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 6 Years
            2 months, 16 days ago

            Is it too much to have Mitchell (3.8) and Davis (4.2)?

            1. Pukki Party
              • 3 Years
              2 months, 16 days ago

              Maybe Holding better option for 4.2? Could get gametime now

              1. xiMoxiee
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 6 Years
                2 months, 16 days ago

                I'm doing my best to try stretch to him

            2. TheBiffas
                2 months, 16 days ago

                I've got these two on WC

            3. Catastrophe
              • 10 Years
              2 months, 16 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. Hulk Smash
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 5 Years
                2 months, 16 days ago

                Salah looks more promising to me (but you would have to stomach it if KDB plays and hauls!)

              2. FPL_Motty
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                2 months, 16 days ago

                Pretty much same dilemma, will suck if kdb actually plays and hauls, but would suck more if kdb doesn't play and salah hauls. So I'm probably going kdb to salah

              3. BrockLanders
                • 6 Years
                2 months, 16 days ago

                I really fancy Salah this week. Hungry for the Golden boot

              4. Catastrophe
                • 10 Years
                2 months, 16 days ago

                Cheers all. Think I will go for Salah!

            4. BobB
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 11 Years
              2 months, 16 days ago

              Does Auba missing out tonight impact on Lacazette's prospects going forward?

              1. pingissimus
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 2 Years
                2 months, 16 days ago

                You'd think so

                Even EL qualification next season from their league position looks tricky/unlikely so assuming Laca is number 1 now rests in the PL for EL games seems probable.

            5. Fantasy123456
                2 months, 16 days ago

                A bit of tinkering, but this is the team I think I’m going for, what’s everyone’s opinions?

                Mendy, Forster
                Fofana, Rudiger, TAA, Holding, Michell
                Lingard, Sterling, Son, Fernandez, Jota
                Kane, Nacho, Davis

                What’s everyone’s opinions??

                1. BrockLanders
                  • 6 Years
                  2 months, 16 days ago

                  Looks good. Sterling proper differential

              • Tmel
                • 10 Years
                2 months, 16 days ago

                Who to transfer out for Jota?

                a) Trossard (EVE, che, shu)
                b) Raphina (mci, LIV, MUN)

                1. BrockLanders
                  • 6 Years
                  2 months, 16 days ago

                  Trossard

                2. Hulk Smash
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 5 Years
                  2 months, 16 days ago

                  Trossard easily

              • SwissWavey
                • 7 Years
                2 months, 16 days ago

                Would you do
                Mings, Watkins and Bale to
                Coady, Vardy and Salah for a -8?
                Or stagger them over 3 weeks?

                1. BrockLanders
                  • 6 Years
                  2 months, 16 days ago

                  Stagger definitely

              • Ajax Hamsterdam
                • 6 Years
                2 months, 16 days ago

                who does amaartey cover for, soy?

                thanks

                1. TheBiffas
                    2 months, 16 days ago

                    Soyuncu

                    1. Ajax Hamsterdam
                      • 6 Years
                      2 months, 16 days ago

                      cheers

                2. bso
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 6 Years
                  2 months, 16 days ago

                  TAA or Dias on WC?

                  1. Ajax Hamsterdam
                    • 6 Years
                    2 months, 16 days ago

                    taa

                  2. antis0cial
                    • 5 Years
                    2 months, 16 days ago

                    TAA

                3. BrockLanders
                  • 6 Years
                  2 months, 16 days ago

                  WC draft

                  Mendy Forster
                  TAA, Shaw, Stones, Saiss, James
                  Salah, Jota, Son, Lingard, Gundo
                  Kane, Laca, Nacho

                  Any late changes??

                  1. bso
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 6 Years
                    2 months, 16 days ago

                    Laca is playing tonight...might be rested for GW

                    1. BrockLanders
                      • 6 Years
                      2 months, 16 days ago

                      Yeah. Proper quandary now

                  2. Hulk Smash
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 5 Years
                    2 months, 16 days ago

                    I'd downgrade Laca and Saiss to afford Bruno

                    1. BrockLanders
                      • 6 Years
                      2 months, 16 days ago

                      Cheap striker??

                      1. SwissWavey
                        • 7 Years
                        2 months, 16 days ago

                        For one week I like Wood or maybe even Vydra. Depends how much you think you'll play that 8th attacker

                4. PP6
                  • 2 Years
                  2 months, 16 days ago

                  Auba captain now looks great

                5. BobB
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 11 Years
                  2 months, 16 days ago

                  Really nervous that Arteta will play Auba in the PL and Laca in the Europa

                6. xiMoxiee
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 6 Years
                  2 months, 16 days ago

                  Has anyone looked at Son replacements for the blank?

                  1. TheBiffas
                      2 months, 16 days ago

                      Maddison

                    • g40steve
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      • 3 Years
                      2 months, 16 days ago

                      Won’t you want him back for SHU?

                  2. Thomas Magnum
                    • 5 Years
                    2 months, 16 days ago

                    2 questions
                    1) how important would you say having TAA is on WC (no one in ML has him)
                    2) better City player punt Jesus or Sterling?
                    Jesus probably lasts longer in the side but Sterling would probz more comfortable in captaining this week then selling for Son next

                    1. TheBiffas
                        2 months, 16 days ago

                        Jesus

                    2. Igz08
                      • 4 Years
                      2 months, 16 days ago

                      Mahrez vs Sterling for this week?

                      1. BrockLanders
                        • 6 Years
                        2 months, 16 days ago

                        Sterling surely

                    3. BobB
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      • 11 Years
                      2 months, 16 days ago

                      Auba should be nailed in the PL - just struggle to justify given his form most of the season

                    4. Dotherightthing
                      • 5 Years
                      2 months, 16 days ago

                      Lingard to De Bruyne with a -4? cheers

                      1. bigwig
                        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                        • 10 Years
                        2 months, 16 days ago

                        De Bruyne to Lingard -4, sure. The other way round, no way

                        1. Dotherightthing
                          • 5 Years
                          2 months, 16 days ago

                          Thats what I meant lol .. Just afraid of Lingard v leicester and without Rice &Antonio ..

                    5. BobB
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      • 11 Years
                      2 months, 16 days ago

                      Kane, Nacho....3rd WC forward if not Laca? Punt on Wilson?

                      1. SMOOTH
                        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                        • 10 Years
                        2 months, 16 days ago

                        vardy?

                        1. BobB
                          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                          • 11 Years
                          2 months, 16 days ago

                          Much prefer Nacho to Vardy now

                      2. BobB
                        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                        • 11 Years
                        2 months, 16 days ago

                        Possibly Ings, I guess

                      3. bigwig
                        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                        • 10 Years
                        2 months, 16 days ago

                        I'm actually thinking about Wilson too. It's a punt because he's not fit and could have a set back but we've seen what he can do when he's fit, he'll be a big differential and Newcastle need points and goals

                    6. SharkyT
                      • 7 Years
                      2 months, 16 days ago

                      (WC Active) 1 from each;

                      A) Mendy
                      B) Keep Martinez

                      Then

                      1) Maddison
                      2) Mount
                      3) Keep Gundo

                      1. antis0cial
                        • 5 Years
                        2 months, 16 days ago

                        A
                        1