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

    Is triple Chelsea too much at the back? What would you change here? Won’t play West Brom every week will they!

    Mendy. Forster
    Dias. Rudiger. Alonso. Holding. Shaw
    Salah. Bruno. Son. Lingard. Jota
    Kane. Iheanacho. Vydra

    1. Finding Timo
        2 months, 16 days ago

        Ha ha I just asked that at same time

      • The Knights Template
        • 7 Years
        2 months, 16 days ago

        Live dangerously and go for it.

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

        I'd take Martinez over Mendy and keep the double up.

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

        It's not too much as they get rotated and there's not really an attacker that'll really stands out so it's not like you're waisting a placeholder

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

        Not really

        You won't be getting Alonso every week and the likelihood is that the triple up only happens in very green fixtures. I'd be comfortable playing it for the next few on the understanding that Alonso might well move on when Chelsea fixtures turn a bit around 35 - perhaps to a Liverpool premium defender who have a super tasty defensive run in.

    2. Finding Timo
        2 months, 16 days ago

        Mendy, rudiger plus Alonso too much?

        1. The Knights Template
          • 7 Years
          2 months, 16 days ago

          Live dangerously and go for it.

          1. Finding Timo
              2 months, 16 days ago

              Cheers mean taking out shaw though ?

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

          who to bench out of

          A. Lingard
          B. Nacho (playing vardy)
          C. Kane
          D. Bruno

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

            B

          2. Utopsis
            • 1 Year
            2 months, 16 days ago

            Yeah B

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

          Martinez,
          Shaw, Dias, Coufal, Dallas, Veltman
          Son, Lingard, Jota, Fernandes, Gundogan
          Kane, Antonio, Bamford

          1ft - 4.7 itb

          Just Bamford to Vardy this week? Or get Salah or Trent?

          1. matiakez
            • 10 Years
            2 months, 16 days ago

            Trent this week, vardy next?

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

              Can’t afford both moves but still got my wildcard

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

          Which option please?

          A) One week punt on Mount (vs cry). Switch to Son for the DGW.
          B) One week punt on Maddison (vs whu). Switch to Son for the DGW.
          C) Go straight to Son but have 4 players in MUN v TOT.

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

            B

          2. matiakez
            • 10 Years
            2 months, 16 days ago

            I think I'd just go Son now and have two transfers for after 32.

            That spurs double is a pain though.

        5. Peter Ouch
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 2 Years
          2 months, 16 days ago

          Is there anywhere to check the average goals per gameweek?

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

            Good Q, would be interested in to see myself

        6. b91jh
          • 3 Years
          2 months, 16 days ago

          Rudiger or Coady? Have Mendy if it matters.

          1. b91jh
            • 3 Years
            2 months, 16 days ago

            On WC***

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

            Rudi

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

            Rudiger for me

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

            Rudiger easily if it's a straight choice

        7. The Red Devil
          • 6 Years
          2 months, 16 days ago

          Not quite sure who all to start in my backline
          Martinez/Sanchez
          Phillips/Shaw/rudiger/stones/dunk

          Stones might be benched anyways
          Thoughts?

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

            Martinez
            Stones Shaw Rudiger

        8. Danno - Emre Canada
          • 6 Years
          2 months, 16 days ago

          A nice boring question for you my good people... Phillips or Holding or any other defender 4.7 or under

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

            Nat

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

            Phillips. Maybe Masuaku?

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

            Phillips if you don't already have 3 Liverpool

            1. Danno - Emre Canada
              • 6 Years
              2 months, 16 days ago

              Thanks all, was on Phillips not much difference in attacking three either I guess..

        9. Tmel
          • 10 Years
          2 months, 16 days ago

          Best move this week (no WC left)

          a) White > Phillips
          b) Trossard > Jota
          c) Raphina > Jota
          d) Bamford > Ihenacho
          e) DCL > Ihenacho

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

            B

          2. Peter Ouch
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 2 Years
            2 months, 16 days ago

            B

          3. La Roja
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 9 Years
            2 months, 16 days ago

            C

        10. Ohh1454
          • 3 Years
          2 months, 16 days ago

          Is odegaard injured ?

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

            Must be, didn’t even make bench

            1. Utopsis
              • 1 Year
              2 months, 16 days ago

              Not cup tied?

        11. GE
          • 4 Years
          2 months, 16 days ago

          Vydra on WC?
          Or any better at similar price to ‘cover’ Kane for GW33?

          Or would you instead drop Dias and only have Kane and Son and just have a fodder like Davis at 4.2?

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

            I like him for his value. Only other player that comes close that’s cheap is either Mitro or Welbeck but don’t see either being as good. Welbeck does have shu in 33 so good fixture but who knows if he’ll still be starting.
            Would try keep dias if possible

            1. GE
              • 4 Years
              2 months, 16 days ago

              Thanks mate 🙂
              Welbeck is so injury phrone as well, Mitro could come good.
              Isn’t Vydra a risk from Barnes?

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

          Who’d you rather on a WC
          A) TAA
          B) Jesus

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

            A, considering the uncertainty of start and BGW33

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

            A

        13. La Roja
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 9 Years
          2 months, 16 days ago

          Is this worth -4?

          Tierney Raphinha ➡ Jota Phillips

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

            Any other option than Raphinha?

            1. La Roja
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 9 Years
              2 months, 16 days ago

              Nope

              1. La Roja
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 9 Years
                2 months, 16 days ago

                Actually, Gundo other option

              2. Magic Zico
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 2 Years
                2 months, 16 days ago

                I would say yes

        14. Magic Zico
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 2 Years
          2 months, 16 days ago

          In isolation, keep Stones this week or Stones > TAA presuming he's uncertain to start ...

          1. La Roja
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 9 Years
            2 months, 16 days ago

            Yeah

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

              Cheers

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

            I'd be reluctant to lose Stones with his set piece threat before Leeds but he is one almighty rotation risk and I see cs odds being fairly even so TAA move makes sense I guess.

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

              Ta, Stones did well in my team but can't afford rotation any longer

        15. Trondero
          • 6 Years
          2 months, 16 days ago

          On WC. What's the best liverpool combo?

          A: Salah, TAA, Robbo
          B: Salah, TAA, Jota

          1. La Roja
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 9 Years
            2 months, 16 days ago

            B

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

            B

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

          Please RMT - WC
          Mendy, Forster
          Rudiger, Shaw, TAA, Masuaku, Holding
          Salah, Lingard, Bruno, Maddison, Jota
          Jesus, Nacho, Kane

          Thanks!

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

            Looks good to me ... ignoring Son DGW I presume?

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

              Son has not been that hot and LEI have some great matches coming up.

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

                Fair enough, hopefully that works out

          2. Whazza
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 9 Years
            2 months, 16 days ago

            Can you stretch to Dawson instead of Masuaku? Think it could be worth it

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

              Not a penny left in the bank mate.

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

                Not worth worrying about then, looks awesome! Jesus C punt I assume?

        17. BigKeith
            2 months, 16 days ago

            Gundo>Jota?

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

              In isolation fort this GW yes based on Gundo possibility of non-starter or limited mins

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

                same goes for jota imo

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

                  Maybe but Pep's rotation is severe

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

            holding likely to start v sheffield ?

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

              Looks likely.

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

                cheers

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

              Worth bringing him in and starting imo

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

                thanks. nice couple of fixtures. can cover if rested.

          • antis0cial
            • 5 Years
            2 months, 16 days ago

            Already done Gundo to Jota.

            A) Digne to TAA (-4)
            B) Antonio to Nacho (-4)
            C) Veltman to TAA (-4) Play TAA over Raph
            D) don’t take a hit. Play Digne+Coufal

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

              d

          • Whazza
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 9 Years
            2 months, 16 days ago

            New crowd(?) How do you like this 352 on WC?

            Mendy
            TAA Alonso Castagne
            Salah Bruno Son Jota J.Lingz
            Kane Nacho

            Forster Veltman Holding Davis
            Playing Holding over Castagne this gw vs SHU. Veltman's purpose is he plays SHU in BGW33.

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

              nice

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

              I like it, looks solid. Few decent punts in there. Only thing maybe if you feel extra punty is Alonso to Mendy (city) for some city coverage but I rate what you got as is

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

                Cheers, I'm done with Pep 😆

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

                  Hahaha can’t blame you tbh

          • ‘Tis the Season
            • 2 Years
            2 months, 16 days ago

            Can’t decide between Laca, DCL, Watkins or Bamford
            Currently have Kane, DCL* & Nacho

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

              No clear option which is why I have gone 352, a lot of option in midfield I feel

              1. ‘Tis the Season
                • 2 Years
                2 months, 16 days ago

                I have BB Next GW so would order 3 playing forwards

            2. Disco Volante
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 8 Years
              2 months, 16 days ago

              Would definitely stick with the three you already have.

              1. ‘Tis the Season
                • 2 Years
                2 months, 16 days ago

                Thanks, that’s my thinking but having second thoughts tonight

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

                  Villa’s fixtures are horrendous, ditto Leeds short term. Forget Watkins and no point getting Bam now if you don’t have value tied. Can see why you might be dubious with Nacho with BB imminent but I would stick.

                  1. ‘Tis the Season
                    • 2 Years
                    2 months, 16 days ago

                    Thanks mate

          • Messiah Hazard
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 9 Years
            2 months, 16 days ago

            Article says: “Ben Chilwell (£5.8m) performed well and scored in Portugal, putting Marcos Alonso’s (£5.7m) minutes at serious risk.”

            Didn’t Chillwell score in Seville and not Portugal?

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

              Yes

            2. Tambling5
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 2 Years
              2 months, 16 days ago

              It's also confused thinking. Chilwell now very likely to keep his spot for second leg in Seville on Wednesday, increasing chance of Alonso or even Emerson (!) playing on Saturday.

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

            Seeing a lot of Rudiger on here and zero Christensen - anybody care to explain to me why? This is my final WC decision so any info would be much appreciated.

            1. Daniel Jebbison
              • 12 Years
              2 months, 16 days ago

              As a Chelsea fan, my opinion is that chirstensen is a shite defender per se, only benefiting from the team. Always a liability when I watch him. He might improve in the future though

              1. seanie3
                • 10 Years
                2 months, 16 days ago

                As a fellow Chelsea fan I agree, however he is still better and more reliable than zouma who is crap

            2. Whazza
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 9 Years
              2 months, 16 days ago

              The consensus is he is bit more secured to start. Leading figure while Christensen is more of an utility player. They could be close right now as Christensen has been doing fine and they have leaders in Azpi and Thiago

            3. Tambling5
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 2 Years
              2 months, 16 days ago

              Christensen never scored a Prem league goal, and Rüdiger gets the odd one now and again. Rotation makes it all very tricky, but expect Zouma, Silva, and Rudi against Palace.

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

                Silva suspended? Not sure Zouma starts anyway as was horrible vs Wba when there's Azpi and Christensen

                1. Tambling5
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 2 Years
                  2 months, 16 days ago

                  Of course. I'd forgotten suspension. Think Dave will need a rest before Wednesday tho, as shattered when came off the other day.

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

            Okay how’s this WC squad? Tried to retain all the big hitters and some differentials

            Sanchez Forster
            TAA Dias Rudiger Lowton Phillips
            Son Salah Bruno Lingard Raphinha
            Kane C.Wilson Vydra
            0.0itb

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

              Wilson is a wild gamble but there a little alternatives at that price - could be a huge differential go for it!

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

                Thanks! There being so few options at that price is what drives me toward him really. If he gets a set back I can just downgrade him or use him as a building block to upgrade, much easier to do than with say Iheanacho. Needed some differentials also!

          • BeaversWithAttitude
            • 2 Years
            2 months, 16 days ago

            Hope that streaker was wearing a mask, lol.

            1. Isca Extremadura
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 7 Years
              2 months, 16 days ago

              Lol. game behind closed doors..

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

              And had their passport or whatever it is you need now lol

          • Daniel Jebbison
            • 12 Years
            2 months, 16 days ago

            Digne to TAA for a hit, tonight before the TAA potential price rise ?

            1. Daniel Jebbison
              • 12 Years
              2 months, 16 days ago

              Or maybe sell Cancelo / Dias instead?

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

                Yes I think one City def is more than enough with the rotation

                1. Daniel Jebbison
                  • 12 Years
                  2 months, 16 days ago

                  But which one? If I sell the wrong one the other one can run riot against Leeds

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

                    Think Leeds will score myself. Would probably keep Dias long-term but Cancelo with a nice back-up on the bench could be gold

          • La Roja
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 9 Years
            2 months, 16 days ago

            Would you sell KDB for Salah(c)?

            KDB may not start and blank a week after

            1. Daniel Jebbison
              • 12 Years
              2 months, 16 days ago

              Yep

            2. Whazza
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 9 Years
              2 months, 16 days ago

              I would yes

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

              Can't have a 12m player as rotation as 50:50 rotation risk + blank, so yes

          • ow00019
            • 5 Years
            2 months, 16 days ago

            Is Cedric nailed?

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

              No

              1. ow00019
                • 5 Years
                2 months, 16 days ago

                Amy less nailed than holding? If so why?

          • Jinswick
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 10 Years
            2 months, 16 days ago

            Best move here?

            A) Bale -> Jota/Mahrez
            B) Auba & Bale -> Salah & Jota/Mahrez (-4)
            C) Shaw & Bale -> TAA & Jota (-4)
            D) Wildcard

            Pope
            Cancelo, Coufal, Shaw
            Auba, Son, Gundo, Bale, Raphina
            Kane, Watkins

            Martinez, Bamford, Dallas, Targett
            Bank 0.0m, 1FT, WC & FH left

            1. Daniel Jebbison
              • 12 Years
              2 months, 16 days ago

              WC

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

                I know I’m running out of weeks, but who to bring in this week on a WC?

                Tough games for those with good fixtures (TOT/MUN/LEI/WHU) and there will likely be rotation. One last punt on Gundo/Cancelo before offloading on a WC32?