Captains

Who is the best captain for FPL Gameweek 12?

Deputy Editor Tom joined Scoutcast regular Joe earlier today to look at the best captaincy candidates for Fantasy Premier League (FPL) in Gameweek 12.

You can watch the video either embedded in this article below or on our YouTube channel.

A certain Mohamed Salah (£13.0m) once again looks like the leading armband option, as Liverpool host Arsenal on Saturday evening.

However, is there a case to be made for Tottenham Hotspur duo Son Heung-min (£10.3m) and Harry Kane (£12.2m), especially given the latter’s fine form for England during the international break?

In our video, we also discuss some of the less considered options, such as Cristiano Ronaldo (£12.4m) – who arguably has the most appealing fixture of the round, Michail Antonio (£8.2m), Phil Foden (£8.3m) and Joao Cancelo (£6.5m).

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722 Comments Post a Comment
  1. Scotty84
    • 3 Years
    8 months, 26 days ago

    Which WC team looks best,

    A) Guaita/Foster
    Taa/James/Cancelo/Duffy/Omoba
    Salah/Jota/Esr/Gallagher/Mbeum
    Kane/Antonio/Wilson 0.0ITB

    B) Guaita/Foster
    Taa/James/Cancelo/Duffy/Reguilo
    Salah/Jota/Son/Gallagher/Foden
    Toney/Antonio/Davis 0.01ITB

    A) Wilson/Kane > Cr7/Hwang
    Or 4.4 fwd upgrade mbeumo to Foden

    B) Toney/Son/Reguilon > Cr7/Esr/Omoba

    1. McSauce
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 12 Years
      8 months, 26 days ago

      A is good

    2. Scotty84
      • 3 Years
      8 months, 26 days ago

      I'm leaning towards A. The fact I have exactly zero in the bank feels right and it allows me to keep some discount on the likes if esr.

  2. MattyW
    • 6 Years
    8 months, 26 days ago

    Thoughts on this wildcard guys and girls?

    Guaita (Foster)
    TAA, James, Livra (Lamptey) (Ait-Nouri)
    Salah, Bowen, Foden, Buendia (ESR)
    Kane, Édouard, Wilson

    Slightly different, Buendia goes back to Raphinha next week

    1. Dammit_182
      • 1 Year
      8 months, 26 days ago

      I like seeing WC’s ‘a bit different’ but booking in a transfer after 1 week tends to end badly in my experience. Great thing following a WC is having a good chance to roll a transfer if your can.

      Him or Bailey could do well under Stevie G but it is a bit of a punt - maybe give him a run of games if your set on keeping?

      In that bracket I like cornet for the next couple who could easily swop to another similar priced asset if not performing/fixtures change.

      Also moving away from ‘big back 4’ so a different strategy which might be ok with TAA and James in anyway.

      Good luck

      1. MattyW
        • 6 Years
        8 months, 26 days ago

        Thanks for the helpful response mate

  3. Sz21
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 10 Years
    8 months, 26 days ago

    Not sure on the best choice here.
    1. Bachmann/Gray -> Steele (or Foster) + Gallagher. Safe moves.
    2. Sanchez/Jimenez-> Guaita/Wilson and just prob WC next GW if need.
    3. WC now and be done with it to get on the likes of Jota, Son, James.

    Sanchez.
    TAA, Chilwell, Cancelo, Livramento.
    Salah, Raphinha, Benrahma.
    Vardy, Jimenez, Antonio.
    Bachmann, Rudiger, Gray, Bissouma.
    2ft, 1.1 ITB. WC. OR about 45k.

    WC Team-potential
    Sanchez, Steele.
    James, Royal, TAA, Cancelo, Livramento.
    Son, Raphinha, Jota, Salah, Bowen.
    Wilson, Antonio, Davis.
    0.8m ITB with this.

  4. Weak Become Heros
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 4 Years
    8 months, 26 days ago

    How was BlackBox last night?

    1. Miguel Sanchez
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      8 months, 26 days ago

      It was ride on time

    2. Cok3y5murf
      • 5 Years
      8 months, 26 days ago

      No Mark = boring

      1. The Mentaculus
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 1 Year
        8 months, 26 days ago

        Agreed, skipped through a lot of it. Really missed Sutherns. FPL General a bit dull.

        1. The Knights Template
          • 8 Years
          8 months, 26 days ago

          I never understand a word he says, some new-fangled English variant I guess.

        2. Pumpkinhead -
          • 13 Years
          8 months, 26 days ago

          Have you ever seen him smile? I don't think his face muscle work

  5. Sharkytect
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 8 Years
    8 months, 26 days ago

    I am a believer that the new-manager-bounce is a significant factor for a handful of games after they are appointed. Where they are joining relegation-threatened teams, I would normally expect an improvement in defence, even if that means slightly fewer goals conceded.*

    *Note - I have no data to back up this claim.

    It's with this in mind that I think we should be reconsidering the fixture tracker at this immediate moment. Our current juiciest three fixtures all comprise new-manager teams. I expect norwich, Watford and Newcastle to have improved performances over the next few fixtures, so I don't think their rating should be quite so blue on the tracker at the moment. Also - crystal Palace appear to be rated poorly for a team that has shown great defensive stats this season.

    I think now is a good time to take advantage of the customise tool in the fixture tracker and see if it influences your transfer targets.

    1. Ze_Austin
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      8 months, 26 days ago

      New manager bounce is not backed up by data, sadly, especially during the season

      It only comes into play when the manager was the only/main problem: good players but bad tactics (Lampard, Ole) or they lost the dressing room (Mourinho)

      When the problem is from the board or the player quality, the bounce simply doesn't happen. See Spurs with Conte and Watford with Ranieri, two former EPL winners, then West Brom with Big Sam

    2. Weak Become Heros
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      8 months, 26 days ago

      1. Newcastle will still conceded despite and uptick in their attacking intent.
      2. Norwich looking stronger anyway at the back but will still lose most games
      3. Watford remain tosh. Love Ranieri but look at Fulham, similar situation IMO.

    3. The Mentaculus
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      8 months, 26 days ago

      Totally agree on Palace - not a green fixture at all anymore; more than just a 'bounce' under Vieira. Could see a slight improvement in Newcastle's attacking output with these favourable next 4 fixtures. But I dont expect much to change at Watford or Norwich

    4. Dammit_182
      • 1 Year
      8 months, 26 days ago

      I think it’s a wise move to add an addition level of ‘uncertainty’ when playing these new manager clubs for a few weeks. It’s normal if a new manager comes in to any line of work that people might put a bit more effort in etc, change of personnel and roles.

      If you look in championship Forest brought in a new manager and are still riding the crest of a wave despite having relatively poor players. It can happen.

      What’s odd is that we have so many all at once so hopefully this leads to some strange results to mix things up in the next few weeks.

      1. Sharkytect
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 8 Years
        8 months, 26 days ago

        Yeah I think a lot of the replies above have a good point about applying a little scepticism to the size of the bounce, but the fact that there are so many (ok, maybe Watford's has already passed/failed) is the exciting factor. Imagine if Norwich, Newcastle, villa and spurs all suddenly start performing well...

  6. The Reptile
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 11 Years
    8 months, 26 days ago

    Sanchez - Foster

    Chilwell – Cancelo – James (Manquillo Amartey)

    Havertz - Salah -Foden – Gallagher – Mbeumo

    Hwang – Antonio - Ronaldo

    Who to bench HWANG or Mbeumo

    1. The Knights Template
      • 8 Years
      8 months, 26 days ago

      Mbeumo

      1. Dammit_182
        • 1 Year
        8 months, 26 days ago

        Hmm….might be the first time I have to disagree with you sir Knight….if you bench him vs Newcastle you should probably just get rid.

        1. The Knights Template
          • 8 Years
          8 months, 26 days ago

          Yes, get rid. And arise Sir Dammit_182 the Agreeable!

  7. smix
    • 6 Years
    8 months, 26 days ago

    Play which 2?
    A. Jimenez
    B. Raphina
    C. Livramento
    D. Mbeumo

    1. Weak Become Heros
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      8 months, 26 days ago

      Tough, I have B&C and playing Liv. Selling Mbuemo this week for Jota.

  8. tc93
    • 3 Years
    8 months, 26 days ago

    Tough one.. Start Raphinha or Livramento?

    1. Miguel Sanchez
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      8 months, 26 days ago

      Livramento

    2. The Tinkerman
      • 6 Years
      8 months, 26 days ago

      Same problem for me. Starting Raph as it stands but will will wait until close to the deadline, since Livra is flagged and presumably Raph is away with Brazil?

    3. Holmes
      • 8 Years
      8 months, 26 days ago

      I'm starting Livramento

  9. Miguel Sanchez
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 6 Years
    8 months, 26 days ago

    Great Antonio strike last night for Jamaica vs USA

    1. Weak Become Heros
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      8 months, 26 days ago

      Beast mode activated.

    2. Holmes
      • 8 Years
      8 months, 26 days ago

      Apparently that was his first goal from outside the box in last 7 years

      1. The Knights Template
        • 8 Years
        8 months, 26 days ago

        I like to score in the box, nudge, nudge, wink, wink, say no more, say no more!

  10. Eleven Hag
    • 4 Years
    8 months, 26 days ago

    Is the g2g?

    Foster
    Taa Rudiger Cancelo
    Salah (c) Jota Foden Mbuemo
    Kane Jimenez Toney
    - Livra Duffy Gilmour

    1. Holmes
      • 8 Years
      8 months, 26 days ago

      Yep. Maybe Livra over Jimenez if it looks like he wont start.

      1. The Knights Template
        • 8 Years
        8 months, 26 days ago

        Great minds

      2. Eleven Hag
        • 4 Years
        8 months, 26 days ago

        Cheers mate, do Mexico have a game on Friday?

        1. Holmes
          • 8 Years
          8 months, 26 days ago

          I think Canada was their last game, no more game for any teams

  11. The Knights Template
    • 8 Years
    8 months, 26 days ago

    Do we have an update on Raul Jimenez’ current whereabouts?

    1. Will Kane
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      8 months, 26 days ago

      Sadly he is still to be found in my team

      1. The Knights Template
        • 8 Years
        8 months, 26 days ago

        Mine too so hoping the Wolves F-35 gets him home in time.

  12. bw1892
      8 months, 26 days ago

      i know it's a common dilemma but...
      kane or son?

      1. The Knights Template
        • 8 Years
        8 months, 26 days ago

        Son

      2. The Mentaculus
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 1 Year
        8 months, 26 days ago

        Son for me. At least he's scoring & looking sharp already so not relying on miracle Conte bounce or the delusion that Kane's international form will translate to EPL (not remotely comparable opposition)

    • Will Kane
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      8 months, 26 days ago

      The tedious international break has really scuppered my momentum. Finding it hard to get back into FPL mode....

      1. Weak Become Heros
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        8 months, 26 days ago

        Watch/listen to a few podcasts. Or get sucked into the Harry Kane hype, one of them will sort you out.

        1. Will Kane
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 6 Years
          8 months, 26 days ago

          Not overly excited by Kane, certainly don't think 7 goals against a couple of pub teams is compelling evidence to sign him. But... I do have Vardy who has a bad fixture, £1.9m in the bank and I'm a Leeds fan so it looks like an obvious move and hopefully some compensation if he does score against us....

      2. Weak Become Heros
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        8 months, 26 days ago

        Plus no more IB until March 2022!

        1. Will Kane
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 6 Years
          8 months, 26 days ago

          Yessss!!! Just that thought has perked me up a bit

        2. GreennRed
          • 10 Years
          8 months, 26 days ago

          Bar the AFCON!

        3. Dammit_182
          • 1 Year
          8 months, 26 days ago

          True…and the league starting much earlier next year….then one hell of an international break for the World Cup. Will have to keep my WC for that particular break!

      3. The Knights Template
        • 8 Years
        8 months, 26 days ago

        Come and help me guide the pilgrims toward the template.

    • Van der Faart
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      8 months, 26 days ago

      2FT 0.4 ITB

      Foster (Sanchez)
      TAA Rudiger Dias Livra (Duffy)
      Salah Raph Grealish (Gray Bissouma)
      Antonio Kane Hwang

      Planning Gray, Grealish to Jota, Gallagher, any other thoughts?

      1. Weak Become Heros
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        8 months, 26 days ago

        Good transfers

      2. The Knights Template
        • 8 Years
        8 months, 26 days ago

        All good.

    • circusmonkey
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 11 Years
      8 months, 26 days ago

      Grealish in the news this morning, do you think his personal strife will affect whether he is picked (assuming his minor injury clears up as well)?

      1. GreennRed
        • 10 Years
        8 months, 26 days ago

        No. If every player with girfriend/marital strife was left out there'd be a lot of 7-a-side games.

    • kysersosa
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      8 months, 26 days ago

      Bring in Jota?

      Rams
      TAA, James, Christensen, Cancelo
      Salah, Mount*, Raphina*, ESR
      Toney, Kane

      Foster, Liv, Armstrong, Brownhill

      1.7 ITB, 1FT

      *
      A) Jota for Mount
      B) Jota for Raph
      C) other

      Currently leaning towards A

      1. GreennRed
        • 10 Years
        8 months, 26 days ago

        Roll

      2. The Knights Template
        • 8 Years
        8 months, 26 days ago

        A

    • Iceball
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      8 months, 26 days ago

      Ramsdale Foster
      TAA Cancelo Chilwell White Livramento
      Salah Foden Raphinha Mbuemo Brownhill
      Kane Antonio Toney
      2ft. 0.8 itb
      A) White+Raphinha to James+Gallagher
      B) White+Toney to James+Pukki(rotate with Mbeumo)
      C) Raphinha+Toney to Jota+Pukki
      D) Toney to Pukki
      E) Burn transfer!
      Leaning towards B or C, what do you think?

      1. The Knights Template
        • 8 Years
        8 months, 26 days ago

        B

    • wulfrunian
      • 5 Years
      8 months, 26 days ago

      Do you think that Antonio might not start vs Wolves?

      1. The Knights Template
        • 8 Years
        8 months, 26 days ago

        No I don’t think that

        1. The Knights Template
          • 8 Years
          8 months, 26 days ago

          Because it’s negative Nellie thinking.

      2. GreennRed
        • 10 Years
        8 months, 26 days ago

        Should start. Hammers need him.

      3. Weak Become Heros
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        8 months, 26 days ago

        He will start.

      4. Ze_Austin
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        8 months, 26 days ago

        He'll start if he's limping

        He might be subbed on if he rolls his ankle *before* the match

        He'll play 85+ minutes if fit, even if he just got off the plane

        ...and he's fit

    • tbos83
      • 1 Year
      8 months, 26 days ago

      Do we reckon Havertz is worth keeping one more week?

      1. The Knights Template
        • 8 Years
        8 months, 26 days ago

        Cargo cult mentality, next week, the plane is coming next week….

      2. GreennRed
        • 10 Years
        8 months, 26 days ago

        No.

      3. Atimis
        • 5 Years
        8 months, 26 days ago

        Probably keeping him one more, should start and hope Lei game to be goals.

    • jose1
      • 8 Years
      8 months, 26 days ago

      Any advice on below? For a -4

      Vardy > Kane (C)
      Jiminez > Hwang

      1. The Knights Template
        • 8 Years
        8 months, 26 days ago

        Cross your fingers?

        1. jose1
          • 8 Years
          8 months, 26 days ago

          Yep one of those ones

    • Atimis
      • 5 Years
      8 months, 26 days ago

      Who would you be your priority to get right now?

      TAA to play 4 at the back with Cancelo, James and Chilwell? Or rather focus on mid upgrade and get Jota?

      1. My heart goes Salalalalah
        • 5 Years
        8 months, 26 days ago

        Surely TAA. Clean sheets, attacking points, bonus magnet

      2. Mr. O'Connell hates DG…
        • 10 Years
        8 months, 26 days ago

        TAA top of my list. But waiting on Robbo news.

      3. internal error
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 9 Years
        8 months, 26 days ago

        TAA. Jota will be a very frustrating player to own. i expect to see plenty of moaning from new owners

    • My heart goes Salalalalah
      • 5 Years
      8 months, 26 days ago

      Jota sooo tempting!

      Good morning. Need some input here please. 2FT 0.1itb

      Ideally looking for a route to CR7 in gw14.

      Foster
      TAA Cancelo James Livra
      Salah Son Mount
      Antonio Vardy Toney
      Ramsdale Townsend Manq D. Luiz

      A) Mount to Jota now and roll.1ft. Then Vardy and Toney to CR7 and fodder gw14
      B) Vardy & Mount to Kane & Gallagher (already have Son)
      C) Vardy & D. Luiz to Wilson & Jota (leaves 0.5itb. Rid of Mount later, and strengthens bench. No CR7 plan)

      1. The Mentaculus
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 1 Year
        8 months, 26 days ago

        C is pretty much what I'm doing. Also holding Mount for a bit longer. Can't decide on Man Utd plans atm, considering Rashford over Ronaldo mainly because I'm not sure I want to commit a premium slot to them with Ole still there

    • internal error
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      8 months, 26 days ago

      The Times reported that Liverpool dont think Andy Robertsons injury is serious but is a doubt for the weekend. Mane and Henderson are fine

    • Miguel Sanchez
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      8 months, 26 days ago

      Bigger priority here? Cancelo, Kane or Jota?

      Ramsdale
      TAA Chilwell James Livramento
      Salah Gallagher Mbeumo
      Vardy Auba Antonio

      Steele Sarr Duffy Sissoko 1FT 2.7 ITB

      A) Auba to Kane
      B) Sarr to Jota
      C) Duffy to Cancelo

      1. internal error
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 9 Years
        8 months, 26 days ago

        Who would you bench if you did Duffy to Cancelo?

        1. Ze_Austin
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 3 Years
          8 months, 26 days ago

          Vardy for me

          1. internal error
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 9 Years
            8 months, 26 days ago

            Agreed

      2. The Knights Template
        • 8 Years
        8 months, 26 days ago

        Need to lose Sarr more than Auba at the moment.

      3. The Mentaculus
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 1 Year
        8 months, 26 days ago

        Sarr begone! Thus B. Dont mind C tho

    • pBelck
      • 1 Year
      8 months, 26 days ago

      Really want to get Jota, Gallagher or rJames for the coming GWs
      My team currently looks like this:

      1FT, 0,8itb
      Sà/4.0
      Trent, Cancelo, Chilwell, Livra, Pinnock
      Salah, Son, Zaha, Raph, Allan
      Antonio, Jimenez, Toney

      thoughts on who to transfer out/when?

      1. The Knights Template
        • 8 Years
        8 months, 26 days ago

        Right smack bang in the middle of this team there’s a troll staring at me, not even trying to hide. Troll to Jota.

        1. The Mentaculus
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 1 Year
          8 months, 26 days ago

          Nooo! Keep Zaha.

          Hard to do with 1 FT but if you dont mind a hit, maybe Pinnock & Raphinha -> James & Gallagher

    • Stimps
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      8 months, 26 days ago

      Bench ONE

      A) Livramento
      B) Hwang
      C) Vardy
      D) Raphina

      1. internal error
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 9 Years
        8 months, 26 days ago

        B

        1. internal error
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 9 Years
          8 months, 26 days ago

          Spurs have Skipp suspended, Romero injured and possibly Hoijberg injured too-good for Raph

          1. griffzinho
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 9 Years
            8 months, 26 days ago

            Plus he plays on Reguilon more attacking side, so maybe an option or will Conte reign Reguilon in.

      2. Ze_Austin
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        8 months, 26 days ago

        When I bought Hwang (got a goal from him too), my exit strategy was to see him as a good sub if his form dried up, until the combined move from Son to Ronaldo involving him in GW16

        I now see him as a good playing sub, except maybe vs Norwich

        So he's not on this list for me atm. If there was someone better to play against a whipping boy defence, I'd have said bench Vardy... But here, it's Hwang

        1. NABIL - FPL otai
          • 9 Years
          8 months, 26 days ago

          Agreed.

          Bought Hwang on WC in GW10 as a very decent 8th attacker with a view of playing him in GW13 and 14 if needed

      3. NABIL - FPL otai
        • 9 Years
        8 months, 26 days ago

        B or C

    • Atimis
      • 5 Years
      8 months, 26 days ago

      Who would you bench this week? I'm between Raph and Vardy as I want to play Livra, crazy times

      Rambo/Foster
      Cancelo/Chilwell/James/Livra/Duffy
      Salah/Son/Havertz/Raph/Mbeumo
      Vardy/Toney/4.4

    • STONEROSES
      • 9 Years
      8 months, 26 days ago

      Am I right to bench Broja, Raphinia, Brownhill and Foster here?

      Starting XI:
      Ramsdale
      TAA Cancelo Dias Chilwell Livramento
      Foden Salah Gallagher
      Antonio Kane