Captain Sensible

Who is the best FPL captain for Gameweek 1?

Fantasy Premier League (FPL) managers are mainly looking to Liverpool and Tottenham Hotspur for the Gameweek 1 captaincy, and for the first time this season, 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 Friday’s 18:30 BST deadline.

THE CAPTAIN POLL

Mohamed Salah (£13.0m) is the clear winner of the captain poll, with just over 60% of total votes from users in the inaugural vote of the season. 

No other player has garnered more than 12% of votes at this stage, with Harry Kane (£11.5m) currently in second place.

Gabriel Jesus (£8.0m) occupies third place with just under 10% of votes, followed by Son Heung-min (£12.0m) and Erling Haaland (£11.5m), with 4.74% and 4.53% respectively. 

THE CANDIDATES

MOHAMED SALAH

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Mohamed Salah underlined his captaincy credentials by scoring 23 goals and providing 14 assists last season cementing his status as the highest point scorer (265) in Fantasy Premier League.

The Egyptian started in an empathetic fashion, and temporarily ended the captaincy conversation, by registering six double-digit hauls in his first nine matches. 

Early-season verve was replaced by late-season lethargy as the performances of Salah slumped below his gold standard levels. 

Following Double Gameweek 26, Salah blanked in six of his 11 Premier League matches, registering a solitary double-digit haul. 

Despite the peaks and troughs, Mohamed Salah produced division-leading underlying numbers, ranking first for non-penalty expected goal involvement (26.40) last season.  

Salah produced his vintage best against defensive-juggernaut Manchester City in the Community Shield, providing an assist before expertly dispatching from the spot. 

A visit to newly-promoted Fulham provides the perfect opportunity for Salah to continue an opening day goal-scoring record which dates back to 2017. 

Fulham boasted the third-best defensive record in the Championship last season, registering a respectable 17 clean sheets, and allowed the least open-play expected goals conceded (xGC).

But in terms of playstyle, the Cottagers ranked best in the division for build-up attacks and produced the second-most goals scored from high turnovers. 

Should Fulham stay true to their football philosophy and try to outplay Liverpool then expect goals, and a Mohamed Salah haul.

HARRY KANE

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1,189 Comments Post a Comment
  1. Nightf0x
    • 7 Years
    13 days, 2 hours ago

    Which in each ?

    A) toney bsilva or mahrez mbuemo (walker only from city)
    B) jonny or janson or other 4.5
    C) rodrigo or martineli (have jesus)

  2. Nightf0x
    • 7 Years
    13 days, 2 hours ago

    Thninking of getting julian alvarez from the beginning will surely come on from bench, massively under the radar

    1. Freshy
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 12 Years
      13 days, 2 hours ago

      6.5 waste

    2. klopptimusprime
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      13 days, 2 hours ago

      agree he's under the radar and underpriced, but would a week or so to see how city are lining up

      1. AndyLet'sNotTalkSocial
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 10 Years
        12 days, 20 hours ago

        Just finished a video (Net the Haul) where the guy (Fergi) has done just that. Not seen anyone else take the punt.

  3. billnats
    • 11 Years
    13 days, 2 hours ago

    A) Ramsdale & James
    B) Mendy & Dias

    I have Cancelo already

    1. klopptimusprime
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      13 days, 2 hours ago

      a

  4. klopptimusprime
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 6 Years
    13 days, 2 hours ago

    a: Saka, James, Aaronson
    b: Perisic, Mount, Martinelli

    1. Hubert
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      12 days, 22 hours ago

      B

  5. Ninjaa
    • 11 Years
    13 days, 2 hours ago

    Latest draft. Thoughts please guys

    Sanchez Ward
    TAA Cancelo James Trippier Neco
    Salah Diaz Rashford Martinelli A.Pereira
    Haaland Jesus Greenwood

    1. The Units
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 12 Years
      13 days, 1 hour ago

      g2g

  6. Disturbed
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 8 Years
    13 days, 1 hour ago

    Anything worth changing here?

    Ward
    Taa robbo cancelo cash
    Salah Mahrez martinelli Neto
    Kane Jesus

    Sanchez neco andreas archer

    1. The Units
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 12 Years
      13 days, 1 hour ago

      Just the Mahrez punt but g2g

      1. Disturbed
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 8 Years
        13 days, 1 hour ago

        Think he starts the first two gws?

        1. The Units
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 12 Years
          13 days, 1 hour ago

          its hard to say, he could start/come on and bang, but its not certain. My preference is to go for nailed on players.

  7. The Units
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 12 Years
    13 days, 1 hour ago

    Ward Iverson
    TAA James Walker Cash Neco
    Salah Son Martinelli Bailey Andreas
    Haaland Jesus Archer

    Threemium cracked.

    1. Disturbed
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      13 days, 1 hour ago

      Looks great. No cancelo the only negative

      1. Weeb Kakashi
        • 6 Years
        13 days, 1 hour ago

        No Robertson/Diaz* too

  8. Kingdave1900
    • 1 Year
    13 days, 26 mins ago

    Salah is obviously the go-to man for captaincy. Let's hope he keeps the form. (smiles)

    1. Exeterslowly
      • 6 Years
      12 days, 20 hours ago

      He is but Kane also has a great record against saints

  9. CoKane & Zohores
    • 6 Years
    12 days, 23 hours ago

    I'm taking a risk against Jesus ownership by having Kane as my only striker with B. Johnson backup on the bench and spending big at the back.

    I'm also tempted to drop Kane and go with Wilson and Jesus to curtail the extreme risk somewhat and that would involve having Kulu in midfield as Spurs cover. This tinkering is killing me.

    1. Exeterslowly
      • 6 Years
      12 days, 20 hours ago

      You must have balls the size of church bells with that risk!

    2. AndyLet'sNotTalkSocial
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      12 days, 20 hours ago

      Kane as sole striker is fair enough - he's a 38 Game, 80+ mins sort.

  10. Exeterslowly
    • 6 Years
    12 days, 20 hours ago

    Any thoughts on Undov? Obviously he is no premium but wondered what his chances are on starting or even minutes. If slim I may go for a 4.5m fodder

  11. Matr1xOne
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 1 Year
    12 days, 20 hours ago

    Thought on B Johnson? I think he's a good bet at 6.0?

    But again I'm Welsh...

    1. AndyLet'sNotTalkSocial
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      12 days, 20 hours ago

      I hate him because my wife accuses me of copying his mushy hair.

      1. Matr1xOne
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 1 Year
        12 days, 20 hours ago

        Not sure that helps

  12. Amanda Staveley
    • 5 Years
    12 days, 20 hours ago

    Any 4.5 mid guaranteed minutes?

    1. AndyLet'sNotTalkSocial
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      12 days, 20 hours ago

      Pair of Cottagers

  13. Matr1xOne
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 1 Year
    12 days, 20 hours ago

    Best 4.5 or less def (not nico)?

    Dalot?

  14. Jet5605
    • 8 Years
    12 days, 20 hours ago

    Getting in before the flying pages. G2G?

    Ramsdale
    TAA - Robbo - Cancelo - Perisic - Trippier
    Salah - Saka - Bailey
    Haaland - Jesus

    Ward - Andreas - Murphy - Plange

  15. Samantuka
    • 5 Years
    12 days, 19 hours ago

    Guys auto join to my mini league please

    https://fantasy.premierleague.com/leagues/auto-join/imyrz3

  16. Every Point Matters
    • 3 Years
    12 days, 18 hours ago

    help please....

    sanchez+perisic or ramsdale+digne

    thanks in advance

  17. Tiki-Taka
    • 11 Years
    12 days, 13 hours ago

    Who are the best:

    4.5 mids - guaranteed to start + possibly deliver odd assist/goal
    4.5 strikers - same thing (if any)