Captain Sensible

Who are the best captain options for FPL Gameweek 36+?

Fantasy Premier League managers have been invited to take risks with left-field captaincy choices in Gameweek 36+.

That’s according to the latest figures from our recent poll, which features no clear standout candidate.

In Gameweeks like this, the risks attached to going with your gut rather than the crowd are much lower than usual. So now is the time to be as pragmatic as possible with your decision.

To help you make this tough choice, the Captain Sensible article is back once again, here to analyse the form of the individual options on offer and compare them against the defences they are about to face.

As this uses data from the Fantasy Football Scout Members Area, only those with a valid subscription can access it in full.

Captain Poll

Christian Pulisic (£7.3m) is the current leader of the Gameweek 36+ captain poll, although it has been a close-run thing since we published the options on our site.

It was not until late on Monday evening and into the early hours of Tuesday morning that the Chelsea man climbed to the top of the pile and even now, he has the support of just 18.8%.

The American and his Chelsea colleagues have the most favourable fixture of the Gameweek as they host Norwich on Tuesday evening.

Pulisic may have blanked last time out but, since Project Restart began, he has produced an attacking return in all but one match while Norwich have conceded 15 goals in that time, more than any other side.

However, that is not enough to hand Pulisic any kind of large majority, Raheem Sterling (£11.8m) sitting just a few percentage points below him in the poll.

The Manchester City man currently sits on 16.6% support, although he led the standings until late last night.

It has been an explosive few rounds of action for Sterling who recorded double-figure hauls in three outings since Gameweek 32+. Crucially, he has been in devastating form at the Etihad Stadium, averaging 12 points per appearance there since the Premier League returned.

Norwich are the only side to concede more goals than Bournemouth (13) in that time, which is probably why Kevin De Bruyne (£10.8m) also finds himself in the captaincy conversation, backed by 13.9% of the voters.

These managers will be hoping for an upturn in the Belgian’s fortunes after a recent distancing from Manchester City’s attacking exploits. De Bruyne has managed just one assist in connection with the former champions’ last nine league goals.

Willian (£7.4m) will also play a part in the Gameweek 36+ debate with his 10.9% support from the captain poll. Obviously, he also gets to face that obliging Norwich defence on Tuesday night and has outscored Pulisic since the restart by 48 points to 39.

Bruno Fernandes (£9.0m) rather let down his horde of backers in Gameweek 35+ with just an assist against Southampton but the Manchester United man has a decent record on the road ahead of a trip to Crystal Palace.

The Portuguese international has produced attacking returns in every away match since the Premier League restart, averaging 12.7 points across the three he has played in that time so far.

Even though only Norwich have conceded more goals than Palace since Gameweek 30+ too, only 9% are looking to captain Fernandes in Gameweek 36+.

Gabriel Jesus (£9.8m) and Phil Foden (£5.5m) are the differential captain options for those backing Manchester City, boasting 5.9% and 2.9% of the vote respectively. 

The Brazilian has four attacking returns in the last two matches, while Foden has delivered in all but one home appearance made since Project Restart began.

With Norwich scoring just once in that time, Cesar Azpilicueta (£6.1m) has been considered by 2.7% while Olivier Giroud (£6.7m) netting four goals in his last five outings is enough to earn the support of 2.5% in the captain poll.

Mohamed Salah (£12.6m), David Silva (£7.3m), Danny Ings (£7.5m), Anthony Martial (£8.4m) and Michail Antonio (£7.0m) are the only other options chosen by more than 1%.

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1,724 Comments Post a Comment
  1. No Totti No Party
    • 9 Years
    21 days, 20 hours ago

    Any comments pls.
    My team is
    Pope
    Digne TAA Doherty
    Sterling KDB Bruno Willian
    Vardy Jimmy Green

    My imaginary FH team is
    Mccarthy
    Digne Azpi Fredericks
    Willian Pulisic Sterling Bruno
    Jesus Ings Vardy

    Save FH for last GW or go now ?

    1. valurth
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      21 days, 19 hours ago

      You already have a benching headache so save FH

  2. shady4revr
    • 6 Years
    21 days, 20 hours ago

    Help.
    One free transfer

    Patricio
    Stevens TAA Baldock
    Salah Antonio Martial KDB
    Greenwood DCL Kane

    Button Norwood Kelly Williams

    0.7 in the bank

    1. Wxdz
      • 1 Year
      21 days, 20 hours ago

      Kane to jesus

    2. Darnell
      • 8 Years
      21 days, 19 hours ago

      Kane to Lacazette

  3. Mike82
    • 3 Years
    21 days, 20 hours ago

    Who scores most this week;
    Salah
    Auba
    Vardy

    1. Darnell
      • 8 Years
      21 days, 18 hours ago

      Giroud

  4. JonKnow
    • 2 Years
    21 days, 20 hours ago

    Playing Free Hit :

    Ederson
    Azpi - Bertrand - Digne
    KDB (C) - Son - Willian (VC) - Fernandes - Richarlison
    Ings - Jesus

    Bench: 1: Giroud (and 3 cheap fillers)

    Suggestions? 2 Everton players maybe a doubt since they have been quite dreadful?

    1. olelukoje
        21 days, 20 hours ago

        I'd swap Giroud with Richarlison

      • Wxdz
        • 1 Year
        21 days, 20 hours ago

        Antonio in richarlison out
        Son to salah

    2. olelukoje
        21 days, 20 hours ago

        Which of the City defenders do you think will play against BOU in GW36?

        A. Garcia
        B. Otamendi
        C. Stones
        D. Laporte
        E. Zinchenko
        F. Mendy
        G. Walker
        H. Cancelo
        I. Fernandinho (not a Def)

        I suspect Laporte and Walker to be rested but the risks of Pep roulette are probably higher than ever.

        1. Nedvěd11
          • 4 Years
          21 days, 18 hours ago

          BCEH

      • FPL Kakarot
        • 4 Years
        21 days, 20 hours ago

        I am 6 points behind in my ML, my rival also owns Sterling and Pulisic if that helps, who should I captain?

        a) Jesus

        b) Pulisic

        c) Sterling

        1. Darnell
          • 8 Years
          21 days, 19 hours ago

          D) Bruno

      • Teror
        • 5 Years
        21 days, 20 hours ago

        Silva or Foden on FH?

      • Sun Jihai
        • 8 Years
        21 days, 20 hours ago

        The two latest posts on Man City's instagram today giving hints about who is starting? 😉

        1. pingissimus
          • 1 Year
          21 days, 20 hours ago

          Captain Dilva as at now 🙂

      • g40steve
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 2 Years
        21 days, 20 hours ago

        Any updates on Aurier?

        1. yakirh
          • 4 Years
          21 days, 19 hours ago

          They are letting him decide, I don't think he will play

      • LordEllison
        • 5 Years
        21 days, 19 hours ago

        1 FT and 0.8 ITB, was thinking either
        Vardy > jesus
        Or Jimenez > ings or should i just FH

        Martinez Martin
        TAA Doherty Aurier Kiko Lascelles
        Salah Martial KDB Fernandes Guendouzi
        Greenwood Vardy Jimenez

      • yakirh
        • 4 Years
        21 days, 19 hours ago

        Who to captain here?

        DDG
        Alonso TAA Doherty
        Sterling KDB Bruno Martial Pulisic
        Giroud DCL

        1. Bushyzor
          • 7 Years
          21 days, 19 hours ago

          Apparently the highest % captaincy at the moment is Pulisic

        2. Darnell
          • 8 Years
          21 days, 19 hours ago

          Giroud

        3. JurgenRocks
          • 5 Years
          21 days, 18 hours ago

          Bruno

      • De Gea is GOAT
        • 3 Years
        21 days, 19 hours ago

        Tempted to go Foden over KDB?

        Current FH

        Pope
        Azpi Digne Bednarek
        Willian Puli Sterling KDB Martial
        Ings Jesus

        Thanks all

        1. Bushyzor
          • 7 Years
          21 days, 19 hours ago

          I've done that. Plus I swopped Grealish (can't believe I still had him) for DSilva.

      • Sj3451
        • 2 Years
        21 days, 19 hours ago

        A)Salah/Ings
        B)Bruno/Rashford

        1. Darnell
          • 8 Years
          21 days, 18 hours ago

          Salah and Bruno

      • valurth
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 9 Years
        21 days, 19 hours ago

        Salah, KDB, Martial, Bruno, Foden
        Vardy, Greenwood, Jimi

        1) KDB > Sterling
        2) Jimi > Jesus (bench Greenwood)
        3) Pulisic but for whom
        4) Jimi > Giroud

      • Top Lad Dakes.
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        21 days, 19 hours ago

        Who’s captaining Sterling? Why? Convince me

      • Johnny too hotty
        • 8 Years
        21 days, 18 hours ago

        well that was silly, i just did vardy and jiminez to jesus and Ings.

        My theory was they will still outscore them this week even with the -4 hit.

        thoughts?

        1. Darnell
          • 8 Years
          21 days, 18 hours ago

          Jesus benched. Ings 1 goal.

        2. Nedvěd11
          • 4 Years
          21 days, 18 hours ago

          They will..:)

      • Zolaaaaaaaaa!!!
          21 days, 18 hours ago

          Salah -> Sterling for a 4 point hit. Worth it?

          I took a pasting last week not having sterling but rest of mini league do.

          Now 20 points off leader.

          1. Darnell
            • 8 Years
            21 days, 18 hours ago

            If you captain him yes

        • United10
          • 3 Years
          21 days, 18 hours ago

          Will Sterling be rested against Bournemouth for the FA cup ?

        • JurgenRocks
          • 5 Years
          21 days, 18 hours ago

          Digne or Egan?

        • GoonerGirl
            21 days, 16 hours ago

            Hi guys,

            What do you think?

            Saiss or Egan?

          • FC Hakkebøf (Chopped…
            • 3 Years
            21 days, 16 hours ago

            Quick captain poll:

            A) Jesus
            B) Bruno
            C) Martial
            D) Salah

          • Maximus Bonimus Pointimus
            • 10 Years
            21 days, 16 hours ago

            Oops

            Went in heavy on Chelsea

            Couldn’t resist it with the Rockstar news

            Vardy & Guendouzi > Giroud & Pulisic... JImmy benched...

            *GULP*

            1. George Agdgdgwngo
              • 10 Years
              21 days, 16 hours ago

              What about next week??

              1. Maximus Bonimus Pointimus
                • 10 Years
                21 days, 16 hours ago

                Pulisic > Foden FT, bench Giroud for below:

                Pope
                TAA, Taylor, Boly
                KDB, Sterling, Foden, Bruno, Martial
                Rashford, Jimmy
                (Martin, Saiss, Lundy, Giroud)

                Foden > Dilva Triple Captain GW38 then it's onwards to GW1 🙂

                1. George Agdgdgwngo
                  • 10 Years
                  21 days, 16 hours ago

                  Nice. I’ll probably keep and bench puli. I’ll do alonso to a Burnley defender