Yes, that’s right, here we are again: Fantasy Premier League Captains.
If the c-word doesn’t make you shudder or cause a twitch of the eye right now then you can’t be human.
For several weeks now, the armband discussion has been a sore point for many of us as a host of options fail to deliver on their promise.
Well, if you thought recent events had deterred us you would be wrong.
We remain just as committed to digging out the best captain option every week and we’re hoping that Gameweek 10 can be when everything returns to normal for us and for the readers.
That still includes weighing up who is most popular with the public, assessing their underlying statistics over the last four weeks and comparing these with the defences of their upcoming opponents.
As this article uses data from the Fantasy Football Scout Members Area, only those signed up for the 2019/20 season can access it in full.
Following a midweek hat-trick Raheem Sterling (£12.1m) has crept to the top of the captain poll.
29.9% of our voters have handed him their backing ahead of Aston Villa’s trip to the Etihad Stadium on Saturday afternoon.
He has nine goals in his last eight in all competitions for club and country outside the Premier League, but FPL returns have dried up recently.
Sterling has scored just once in each of the last six Fantasy Gameweeks but recent displays have encouraged his owners.
As we assessed earlier this week, the return of Benjamin Mendy (£5.9m) could help Sterling return to more central areas, as we saw against Atalanta.
However, there will be some managers concerned about Sterling’s chances of starting in Gameweek 10. He has now played 90 minutes in each of Manchester City’s last two matches, while Riyad Mahrez (£8.6m) was handed a rest in Gameweek 9 and Bernardo Silva (£7.9m) midweek.
Kevin de Bruyne (£10.1m) was leading the Gameweek 10 captain poll before the recent Champions League action and even now sits just two percentage points behind Sterling.
29.7% of you have declared the Belgian midfielder as the best captain for this weekend considering his strong form at the Etihad Stadium this season.
While de Bruyne blanked against Atalanta on Tuesday night, he has double-figure hauls in each of his three appearances at home in the Premier League in 2019/20.
He scored 11 points against Spurs, 13 in the win over Brighton and 17 as Watford were swept aside 8-0.
Those in possession of de Bruyne will still feel aggrieved that he did not get any attacking returns at Crystal Palace, after Gabriel Jesus (£9.5m) refused to square to him for an open goal.
It will be interesting to see which of Sterling and de Bruyne will top the poll come tonight’s Friday Night Deadline.