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FPL Captain Picks: Who is the Best Captain for GW23?

Choosing the best captain in FPL can make or break a Gameweek and even a season. You won’t always get your captain choice right but it’s important you do so as much as possible.

That’s why we have set up this Fantasy Premier League captain tips page. Consequently, it is absolutely worth putting in the time to make sure you pick the best captain.

Best FPL Captain Gameweek 23

Firstly, it’s important to note DGW fixtures are expected to be announced for DGW23. This will naturally alter who the best captain is.

For the moment though, Cristiano Ronaldo is the most likely goalscorer. A fixture against high-flying West Ham is far from ideal but given the absence of Salah, and tight fixtures this week, Ronaldo tops the list.

Given the lack of options, many FPL managers will look to Joao Cancelo and Trent Alexander-Arnold who continue to produce plenty of points. Respectively, they have a 48% and 40% chance of a clean sheet.

Most Likely Premier League Goal Scorers – Anytime

Page Last Updated: 19 January 2022

PlayerFixturePricePick %Points (Season)Previous GW Points% Chance Starting% Chance Scoring/Clean Sheet
Cristiano RonaldoWest Ham (H)£12.5m31%82080%48%
Diogo JotaCrystal Palace (a)£8.4m37%104390%44%
Bruno FernandesWest Ham (H)£11.7m18%86+14+80%33%
Joao CanceloSouthampton (a)£12.2m16%53280%13%/48%
Trent Alexander-ArnoldCrystal Palace (a)£8.4m45%1421090%11%/40%

Odds are subject to change and will be updated where necessary

The above table takes the most viable captains from each Gameweek, showing the key stats you need to know:

  • Fixture (opponent)
  • Pick percentage
  • % chance of starting
  • % chance of scoring (Anytime Goalscorer Odds)
  • Total points
  • Point over the last x games

It is sorted by % chance of scoring.

The percentage chance of scoring is based on a compilation of official odds and made upon the assumption the player starts. Therefore it isn’t something we’ve calculated, meaning there is zero bias attached to it.

You can find every player’s percentage chance of starting on our Fantasy Premier League Team News page, which is also regularly updated.

Total points and points over the last x games will be introduced when the season starts. We would include points over the last 6 games but form from the end of last season isn’t relevant enough.

Generally 20% of your total points for a Fantasy Premier League season come from captains. In some cases this number can reach nearly 30%!

In depth best captain analysis for each Gameweek can be found on the Fantasy Football Pundit FPL Tips page.

Vice Captain

As many of you will know, the vice-captain is used in the event your captain plays zero minutes. So, if you captain Mohamed Salah, for example, and have your vice captain set as Bruno Fernandes, should Salah not be in the Liverpool squad, Fernandes would get double points.

This often seems an after-thought given how likely it is for your captain to get some form of minutes. However, now more than ever with last minute omissions coming into play, setting your preferred vice captain is well worth the small amount of time it takes to do so.

Additionally, in case one fixture is postponed at the last minute, it would be sensible to make sure your vice captain is from an entirely different fixture.