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. J to the T
    • 4 Years
    1 month, 9 days ago

    Yet another wildcard draft. What do we think? Warning. Contains Aguero!!!

    Martinez Forster
    Rudiger Saiss Phillips Shaw Regulion
    Salah Bruno Jota Lingard Raphina
    Kane Iheanacho Aguero

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

      Wow ithat's not bad actually

      1. Daniel Jebbison
        • 11 Years
        1 month, 9 days ago

        I prefer Jesus to Aguero

        1. J to the T
          • 4 Years
          1 month, 9 days ago

          Hmm. Not for me but I grant you it is a gamble

    2. Life_Ban
        1 month, 9 days ago

        Prefer Mendy or Ederson

        1. J to the T
          • 4 Years
          1 month, 9 days ago

          Yeah I can save 0.1 and have Mendy and double Chelsea defence. But Martinez is a saves point monster

      • Deadeye367
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 8 Years
        1 month, 9 days ago

        I like it, quite similar to mine but I have Sterling rather than Aguero.

      • IN SANE IN DE BRUYNE
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        1 month, 9 days ago

        Really like the look of that!
        Would look even better with
        Son + TAA over Bruno + Shaw

        1. J to the T
          • 4 Years
          1 month, 9 days ago

          I’d love Trent but budget and 3 Liverpool means can’t get him in.

          Bruno is going nowhere. Season keeper

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

      Lovely control and goal from Rashford

      1. Maximus Bonimus Pointimus
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 11 Years
        1 month, 9 days ago

        His first touch whilst simultaneously sprinting full pelt, switching between looking over his shoulder, holding off defender and looking at goalkeeper was absolutely god-tier

        If Haaland or Mbappe did that we’d never stop seeing the highlight & would never hear the end of it

        He’s been brutal all game up to that point mind you, but hey-ho

      2. dansully3
        • 4 Years
        1 month, 9 days ago

        Nobody cares

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

          Who pissed in your cereal?

      3. ‘Tis the Season
        • 2 Years
        1 month, 9 days ago

        No one watches Thursday night football bud 😀

        1. dansully3
          • 4 Years
          1 month, 9 days ago

          Exactly

    4. Tmel
      • 10 Years
      1 month, 9 days ago

      Biggest priority to transfer in this week?

      a) Jota (AVL)
      b) Salah (AVL) - means losing Bruno
      c) TAA (AVL)
      d) Nacho (whu)

      1. Daniel Jebbison
        • 11 Years
        1 month, 9 days ago

        A

      2. Deadeye367
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 8 Years
        1 month, 9 days ago

        I think A and C for a -4 will pay off big for the rest of the season.

      3. Disco Volante
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 8 Years
        1 month, 9 days ago

        Don’t lose Bruno you’ll be punished. Maybe C?

      4. Warby84
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        1 month, 9 days ago

        B

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

      On Wildcard and have no idea what to do.
      Could this work?
      0.5 m in bank

      Martinez Forster
      Coufal Dias Phillips Rudiger Veltman
      Salah KDB Jota Fernandes Madison
      Kane Iheanacho Vydra

    6. Daniel Jebbison
      • 11 Years
      1 month, 9 days ago

      The team would be

      Martinez
      Cancelo TAA Rudiger
      Son Jota Salah Mount Bruno
      Kane Vydra

      Bench: Shaw Regulion Davis

      That means 16 pts hit

      Gundo --> Salah
      DCL --> Vydra
      Dias --> TAA
      Digne --> Regulion

      Thoughts? Have to do it tonight since don't have money in the bank

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

        It's mad, but do you think it will pay off long-term? You have to decide that yourself I think

        1. Daniel Jebbison
          • 11 Years
          1 month, 9 days ago

          I am fed up of being static. If City boys are rotated as expected I won't get 11

          I have to make hits for the blank anyway

          1. Daniel Jebbison
            • 11 Years
            1 month, 9 days ago

            Anyone else? Mini crazy WC with hits ? Top 50K atm so make it or break it kind off

            1. ktk_interista
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 10 Years
              1 month, 9 days ago

              16 point hit probably knocks you back to just inside or maybe even outside the 100k even before the GW starts. I wouldn't. You are selling 4 players with good or ok fixtures. I can easily see it backfire

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

        16 point hit is insane, I get why you’re moving out the city players (but they both might start - it’s Pep) but Reguilon won’t start both DGW games with the final imminent and DCL could haul and decimate this entire plan.

    7. Scots Gooner
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 9 days ago

      Arteta's Arsenal are an awful team to watch

      1. Daniel Jebbison
        • 11 Years
        1 month, 9 days ago

        He'll probably play Messi as a defensive mid and Suarez as a full back. He is clueless from strategy pov imo

        1. Scots Gooner
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 4 Years
          1 month, 9 days ago

          Clueless. Negative. Cowardly.

          As soon as fans are back, the pressure is going to mount.

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

            He plays for Chelsea.

            1. Scots Gooner
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 4 Years
              1 month, 9 days ago

              I'm logging off now...

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

                Are you looking forward to the possibility of Arteta's Arsenal v Emery's Villarreal?

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

        How's Saka?

        1. Scots Gooner
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 4 Years
          1 month, 9 days ago

          Not terrible.

          Put a few decent balls onto the box for every player in red and white to avoid.

    8. Deadeye367
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      1 month, 9 days ago

      WC team. Am at 18k OR, looking to push for my first top 10k finish.

      Leno/Forster
      Reguilon/Saiss/Rudiger/Dawson/Holding
      Salah/Fernandes/Sterling/Maddison/Jota
      Kane/Ihenacho/Welbeck

      Plan is cap Sterling this week then ship him for Son in 32 and Reguilon to TAA in 33.

      Any comments welcome!

      1. ‘Tis the Season
        • 2 Years
        1 month, 9 days ago

        Why welbeck?

        1. Deadeye367
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 8 Years
          1 month, 9 days ago

          8th attacker and I only need him for 33 when he play SHU.

          1. ‘Tis the Season
            • 2 Years
            1 month, 9 days ago

            Have you got BB left?

            1. Deadeye367
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 8 Years
              1 month, 9 days ago

              No, wildcard is my last chip.

              1. ‘Tis the Season
                • 2 Years
                1 month, 9 days ago

                Can you afford Watkins (for shitbeck) as his 33 is against west brom and Villa are a far better team

                1. ‘Tis the Season
                  • 2 Years
                  1 month, 9 days ago

                  And grealish will be back

                2. Deadeye367
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 8 Years
                  1 month, 9 days ago

                  No, I only have 0.3m in the bank so would have to find 0.8m more from somewhere.

                  1. ‘Tis the Season
                    • 2 Years
                    1 month, 9 days ago

                    Then I would go Vydra and upgrade holding or Dawson

      2. Life_Ban
          1 month, 9 days ago

          Wow double arse defence!!!

          1. ‘Tis the Season
            • 2 Years
            1 month, 9 days ago

            Lol it’s a family show mate ❗

      3. Ajax Hamsterdam
        • 6 Years
        1 month, 9 days ago

        a stones to philipps
        b dias to fofana

        need cash 🙂

        thanks

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

          A

        2. Deadeye367
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 8 Years
          1 month, 9 days ago

          A

      4. Sloane426
        • 1 Year
        1 month, 9 days ago

        Jota or Trent?

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

        Hi.....which wildcard set up is best here please?

        Xxx forster
        Taa alonso shaw xxx coady

        A.....mendy  holding

        B.....Leno  rudiger

        Worry I may have too much rotation with holding option.

        But option B means I play arsenal keeper every week and probably only 1 Chelsea defender......thanks

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

        Can I just be honest and say I have my wildcard, bench boost and free hit left but I really can’t be arsed to pick a team or look at strategy etc.

        Can someone just tell me what to do so I can copy it and save myself the hassle.

        Thanks

        1. Life_Ban
            1 month, 9 days ago

            Hit wildcard straight away, play bench boost next week (ensuring you have some spurs).

            Then FH the following week

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

              Or GW35 if it is a big double

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

            😆

            Just have a look around on here, there's a nice WC draft two pages back 😉

          • ‘Tis the Season
            • 2 Years
            1 month, 9 days ago

            WC now ❗
            BB next gameweek
            FH last game of the season

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

          Any Sterling cappers?

          1. ‘Tis the Season
            • 2 Years
            1 month, 9 days ago

            o/

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

              Who’s your VC?

              1. ‘Tis the Season
                • 2 Years
                1 month, 9 days ago

                Salah

          2. Big Al Stankovic
            • 9 Years
            1 month, 9 days ago

            Me aswell. Going with Taa as VC. Could easily be Salah.

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

          On WC. Low team value. Gtg?

          Mendy
          Rudiger Trent Dias
          Salah Jota Maddison Fernandes j.ling
          Kane Nacho

          Forster Veltman Coufal davies

          1. Life_Ban
              1 month, 9 days ago

              What's the reason you chose Rudiger?

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

                Isn't he safe?

            • Big Al Stankovic
              • 9 Years
              1 month, 9 days ago

              No son for dgw?
              Maybe get holding and masuaku as your 4th and 5th defender. Will save some cash for upgrade elsewhere.

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

            Chances of below players starting?

            Jota
            KDB
            Nacho
            Gundo
            Antonio

            1. ‘Tis the Season
              • 2 Years
              1 month, 9 days ago

              50%
              10%
              90%
              25%
              0%

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

            YC's for Shaw and Mctominay means they won't play Europa next week. Good news for Shaw buyers.

            1. Daniel Jebbison
              • 11 Years
              1 month, 9 days ago

              Excellent

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

            Who to captain?

            A) Gundo
            B) Salah
            C) Jota

            Tempted by Gundo and I think he will start, but seems that Salah's minutes are more secure.....

            1. Big Al Stankovic
              • 9 Years
              1 month, 9 days ago

              Salah

          5. Big Al Stankovic
            • 9 Years
            1 month, 9 days ago

            Down to my last spot in my wc defence. Help me pick one.

            A) Alonso
            B) Reece
            C) Coady
            D) Fofana
            E) Shaw

            Have Taa, Rudiger, Holding, Masuaku for the other spots, with Leno or Mendy as gk.

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

              A

          6. Fuddled FC
            • 9 Years
            1 month, 9 days ago

            would you have

            a) Shaw
            b) Fofana

            1. Big Al Stankovic
              • 9 Years
              1 month, 9 days ago

              Fofana better fixtures, Shaw better player and could face some rotation.
              Probably Fofana for me, barely.

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

              Fofana. Can only see one CS for united in the next 4

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

            Blimey, if fplstatistics are to be believed , I'm in for a £0.5m TV loss tonight. Lot's of WC's being played though, so hopefully won't be that bad

          8. Alisson WondHaaland
            • 5 Years
            1 month, 9 days ago

            Saka looks sooo good. With the amazing fixtures Im pretty tempted to pick him over Lingard

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

              Love the guy, but wouldn't bet on him starting Sheffield as he just returned to full training

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

            Chances of Shaw rested v Burnley after playing the EL games?

            On WC and BB32 and only want nailed players.

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

              Shaw just got a YC which means he won't play next week's return EL game.

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

                Perfect thanks.

                Watching the arsenal game unfortunately.

            2. mynameisq
              • 7 Years
              1 month, 9 days ago

              Didn't he just get banned for the second leg

          10. Lord Flashheart
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 9 Years
            1 month, 9 days ago

            A white + raphinia to philips and jota -4
            B raphinia+ watkins to jota + ihenacho -4
            C forget jota if -4 is onvolved

          11. unitednations
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 9 Years
            1 month, 9 days ago

            Which defence on WC

            Mendy Forster
            TAA Rudi xxx xxx xxx

            A: Shaw Holding Masuaku
            B: Coady Veltman Coufal

          12. Dark Side Of The Loon!
            • 4 Years
            1 month, 9 days ago

            Have Salah. Who would you agg:

            a) TAA
            b) Jota

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

              TAA I guess

              Think immediately cs prospects look a bit better than multiple goal wins. Mindful that it's been a right old time since Liverpool put away a low-lying team and home form doesn't exist. You still get chance of additional attacking returns of course.

              1. Dark Side Of The Loon!
                • 4 Years
                1 month, 9 days ago

                Exactly what I was thinking I should do. Thanks. Planning this for a -4. Does it make sense?

                Stones + Lewis + KDB to TAA + Coady + Maddison this GW
                Gundo + Bamford to Son + Davis in 32 to give me this:

                Martinez Forster
                TAA Coady Rudiger Konsa Struijk
                Salah Bruno Son Maddison Raphinha
                Kane DCL Davis

                0.4 ITB.

          13. Henning
            • 6 Years
            1 month, 9 days ago

            Best combo?

            1. Rudiger and Madison
            2. Azpilicueta and Lingard

            1. Big Al Stankovic
              • 9 Years
              1 month, 9 days ago

              1

          14. Tshelby
            • 6 Years
            1 month, 9 days ago

            Wildcard time?

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

            1ft - 4.7 itb

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

          15. Gudjohnsen
            • 4 Years
            1 month, 9 days ago

            A. Start Coufal
            B. Dallas to TAA for -4, bench Coufal

            1. Big Al Stankovic
              • 9 Years
              1 month, 9 days ago

              B

          16. The Red Devil
            • 6 Years
            1 month, 9 days ago

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

          17. beric
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 9 Years
            1 month, 9 days ago

            Didn't nacho come off for middison? are people not worried about his game time?

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

              Whats happened to the Simply Fpl guy?