Captain Sensible

Who are the best FPL captain options for Gameweek 35?

Fantasy Premier League (FPL) managers are looking to Liverpool, Tottenham Hotspur and Manchester City for the Gameweek 35 captaincy, and as per usual, the Captain Sensible article is here to highlight which assets have the best chance of hauling.

First, we will assess the fallout of the captain poll, before then analysing the best options, Rate My Team (RMT) and the Premier Fantasy Tools ratings ahead of Saturday’s 11:00 GMT deadline.

THE CAPTAIN POLL

Mohamed Salah (£13.3m) is the leader of the captain poll in Gameweek 35, with 39.94% of total votes from our users at the time of writing.

Harry Kane (£12.5m) is in second place, backed by 17.3%, ahead of his home fixture against Leicester City.

Son Heung-min (£11.0m) occupies third place with 8.71%, followed by Kevin De Bruyne (£11.9m) and Philippe Coutinho (£7.0m), with 8.03% and 5.77% respectively.

MOHAMED SALAH

Salah's brace, Mane's form and United's change of shape: FPL notes 2

Mohamed Salah ended his recent goal drought with a brace against Manchester United in Gameweek 33, but has since turned provider with assists against Everton and Villarreal.

As a result, the Egyptian is now up to 14 FPL assists for the season, more than any other player bar Jarrod Bowen (£6.9m).

Exclude his penalties against Leeds United and Brighton and Hove Albion, however, and Salah has managed just two goals in his last 14 appearances for Liverpool in all competitions.

Despite that, his underlying numbers have remained good.

SALAH – LAST SIX MATCHES
Total
Goals3
Assists3
Double-digit hauls1
FPL points43
FPL points per start8.4
Non-pen xG2.26
xA2.24

Last six matches: EVE/MUN/mci/WAT/ars/bha


The main nagging doubt with captaining Salah in Gameweek 35 is that Liverpool have the second leg of their Champions League semi-final against Villarreal on Tuesday.

The schedule hasn’t been kind, either, with the Reds first up in Saturday’s early kick-off, a fixture Jurgen Klopp unsuccessfully tried to push back.

Given the magnitude of the tie, and the fact Liverpool – who are in excellent form – are gunning for the title, it’s hard to see Salah not starting, but there is the very real potential for some minute management on Saturday if they are comfortably ahead.

But what about their opponents, Newcastle United?

The Magpies have lost only three matches in the Premier League this calendar year, going from deep in relegation trouble to sitting in the top half of the table.

In fact, in 2022, only Liverpool have accumulated more points than Newcastle’s 32.

Above: Premier League annual table 2022, via Transfermarkt

Manager Eddie Howe has been a real success story so far, and with three clean sheets in their current run of four consecutive league wins, he has his troops performing with confidence from back to front.

Defensively, they have conceded 13 goals across those 15 outings in 2022, with an expected goals conceded (xGC) tally of 15.29.

However, top tier attacks can trouble them, as evidenced by Tottenham Hotspur’s 5-1 win in Gameweek 31, and the arrival of title-chasing Liverpool will surely make life uncomfortable for pivot Jonjo Shelvey (£5.3m), plus the full-backs with the Reds so dominant in wide areas.

SON HEUNG-MIN/HARRY KANE

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1,173 Comments Post a Comment
  1. Dark Side Of The Loon!
    • 6 Years
    3 months, 10 days ago

    Chasing. Play:

    A) Matip
    C) Gordon

    I have TAA

    1. Van der Faart
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      3 months, 10 days ago

      Matip

    2. LLoris
      • 3 Years
      3 months, 10 days ago

      A

  2. Hunting for points
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 1 Year
    3 months, 10 days ago

    Pick one option:

    A) TAA, Havertz and Nkeitah

    B) TAA, Coutinho, Nkeitah

    C) Robbo, Coutinho and Watkins

    D) Robbo, Coutinho and Richarlison

    E) Robbo, Havertz and Nkeitah

    F) Robbo, Saka, Richarlison and Nkeitah

    1. MGD
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      3 months, 10 days ago

      D

  3. MGD
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 6 Years
    3 months, 10 days ago

    First on bench:
    A) PukkI
    B) Emerson

    1. JBG
      • 4 Years
      3 months, 10 days ago

      A

  4. JBG
    • 4 Years
    3 months, 10 days ago

    What combo looks best for -8?

    A)Coutinho+Tavares+Schmeichel+Nketiah

    B)Ramsey+Laporte+Schmeichel+Nketiah**

    ** Ramsey can be Gordon and Nketiah can be Dennis in this scenario if that is better

  5. Hazz
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 5 Years
    3 months, 10 days ago

    Can't decide if it's a good idea. Already have Ramsey playing.

    Havertz to:
    A) Nobody. Hold.
    B) Saka
    C) Coutinho

  6. trafalgarlaw
    • 3 Years
    3 months, 10 days ago

    Who to captain ?

    A. Salah
    B. KDB
    C. Kane

    On B but feel better play safe A

    1. Steve McCroskey
      • 8 Years
      3 months, 10 days ago

      If I had B I would captain him. Feel that Liverpool might drop points against Newcastle

      1. Warby84
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 7 Years
        3 months, 10 days ago

        2/3-0 Liverpool easy

    2. Bavarian
      • 4 Years
      3 months, 10 days ago

      A

    3. Juande
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 11 Years
      3 months, 10 days ago

      KDB if you're chasing. Salah if you're protecting.

  7. Miniboss
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 3 Years
    3 months, 10 days ago

    Havertz & Doherty -> Coutinho & Alonso (-4)?

    Sa Ramsdale
    TAA Robbo Laporte Saiss Doherty
    Havertz Salah Ramsey Saka
    Kane Broja Gelhardt

    1. Warby84
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      3 months, 10 days ago

      Have are you playing in goal? I’m currently on Ramsdale but keep have 2nd thought..

      1. Miniboss
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        3 months, 10 days ago

        Probably go Sa

  8. Steve McCroskey
    • 8 Years
    3 months, 10 days ago

    1 FT.

    A. James > Cash
    B. Havertz > Coutinho
    C. Roll FT

    1. eskild
      • 6 Years
      3 months, 10 days ago

      C

  9. Warby84
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 7 Years
    3 months, 10 days ago

    Play Broja or Maddison?

  10. Juande
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 11 Years
    3 months, 10 days ago

    Am I being mad here? Arteta basically gave Saka thumbs up yesterday in the press conference. He's on red hot form scoring plenty of points. High up the charts for XG and shots on target over last few weeks with delta showing there's still head room to improve that. Both team stats AND the European factor have Leicester and West Ham in an equally likely position to concede a few with a weakened team this week.

    Arsenal as a team are in a purple patch fighting for top 4 where as Spurs are miles behind statistically and seem to be in classic 'choke mode' right now.

    And yet EVERYONE is so sure Kane / Son vs Leicester is the captain pick over Saka? How so? Saka looks like a clear captaincy choice to me but I am having a bad end of season and don't trust my own judgement any more.

    1. Gurneybird
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      3 months, 10 days ago

      Do it I agree. I'm captaining him too.

  11. eskild
    • 6 Years
    3 months, 10 days ago

    Who to captain?
    A) KDB
    B) Kane

    Chasing in ML - opponent has Son and Salah

  12. Baron Saturday
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 11 Years
    3 months, 10 days ago

    Havertz to either A. Foden or B. Mahrez?

    Cheers

  13. lankdog
    • 6 Years
    3 months, 10 days ago

    saka for s. armstrong for a hit?

  14. Scots Gooner
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 6 Years
    3 months, 9 days ago

    Just realised Kulu benched. Annoying