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. LordEllison
    • 5 Years
    3 months, 8 days 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

    1. GreennRed
      • 9 Years
      3 months, 8 days ago

      Roll the transfer.

    2. RAFA THE GAFFA
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      3 months, 8 days ago

      Almost the same question below. Wish I could help. Both nice moves

    3. JBG
      • 2 Years
      3 months, 8 days ago

      Jimenez to Ings more safe, Pep could easily rest Jesus for the FA Cup tie.

    4. LordEllison
      • 5 Years
      3 months, 8 days ago

      Juat lost on what to do

  2. RAFA THE GAFFA
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 4 Years
    3 months, 8 days ago

    HELP! 😀

    Best move if I don’t FH? Not sure who I would captain in B and C.

    A. KDB >> Pulisic(C) / Sterling(C)
    B. Vardy >> Jesus
    C. Jimenez >> Giroud / Ings

    Martinez
    TAA • Doherty • Holgate
    Salah • Martial • KDB • Bruno • Foden
    Vardy • Jimmy
    (3.9, Greenwood, Lascelles, Kiko)

    1. GreennRed
      • 9 Years
      3 months, 8 days ago

      A. Sterling if you're sure he'll start.

      1. RAFA THE GAFFA
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        3 months, 8 days ago

        How on earth can I be sure he starts 🙂

    2. Zladan
      • 3 Years
      3 months, 8 days ago

      B and captain. That’s my move

      1. Neo-Viper
        • 5 Years
        3 months, 8 days ago

        I am with you too

    3. Slitherene
      • 2 Years
      3 months, 8 days ago

      B

    4. Big Hands Barry
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      3 months, 8 days ago

      C ings

  3. super zlatan
    • 9 Years
    3 months, 8 days ago

    Pick one.

    A) digne and dilva

    B) azpi and Foden.

    Not a FH team so will be stuck with them rest of season.

    1. Slitherene
      • 2 Years
      3 months, 8 days ago

      A

    2. GreennRed
      • 9 Years
      3 months, 8 days ago

      A but only assuming Silva will play his last 3 City games.

    3. Pat Bonner
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      3 months, 8 days ago

      Good to see you on here Zlatan. Hope season is going well, been a tough slog for me!

      I'd go A out of those but imagine Silva will maybe miss one of the last 3gws

      1. super zlatan
        • 9 Years
        3 months, 8 days ago

        Cheers PB.
        Having a crap season. My worst I have had.

        But sure. How’s yours going pal?

  4. Slitherene
    • 2 Years
    3 months, 8 days ago

    Bench which one?

    A) AWB (cry)
    B) VvD (ars)

  5. faux_C
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 7 Years
    3 months, 8 days ago

    How's my FH looking?

    Ederson
    Azpi, TAA, Maguire
    Salah, KDB, Dilva, Pulisic, Fernandes
    Ings, Giroud

    (Pope, Greenwod, Pieters, Kelly)

    1. Slitherene
      • 2 Years
      3 months, 8 days ago

      Better than most

    2. Zanainem
      • 3 Years
      3 months, 8 days ago

      Why no willian?
      Sure KdB is playing?

  6. Manumana
    • 4 Years
    3 months, 8 days ago

    So who is your captain then ?

    1. Zladan
      • 3 Years
      3 months, 8 days ago

      It will be Jesus when I buy him for Vardy.

      VC Pulisic

    2. Hot Toddy
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      3 months, 8 days ago

      Jesus (c) Fernandes (v)

      1. Neo-Viper
        • 5 Years
        3 months, 8 days ago

        Jesus c
        Willian VC

    3. GreennRed
      • 9 Years
      3 months, 8 days ago

      Bruno. Pulisic VC.

    4. Ron_Swanson
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      3 months, 8 days ago

      Currently on KdB but am seriously considering Willian

    5. Slitherene
      • 2 Years
      3 months, 8 days ago

      Dilva

    6. DA Minnion
      • 8 Years
      3 months, 8 days ago

      Probably bruno

    7. what's my name
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      3 months, 8 days ago

      (S)alah, v(P)uli

  7. EL tridente
    • 2 Years
    3 months, 8 days ago

    Who to captain?
    A) Salah
    B) De Bruyne
    C) Ings
    D) Rashford

    1. Zladan
      • 3 Years
      3 months, 8 days ago

      B

    2. Coys96
      • 3 Years
      3 months, 8 days ago

      C

    3. what's my name
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      3 months, 8 days ago

      a

  8. Jones Town
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 8 Years
    3 months, 8 days ago

    Free hit this week or 38 with the below?

    Patricio
    TAA - Saiss - Holgate - Lascelles - Kiko
    Mane - Sterling - Mahrez - Pulisic - Bruno
    Rashford - Ings - Greenwood

    Thanks!

  9. Gomolon
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 6 Years
    3 months, 8 days ago

    Is it time to sell Salah? (for Sterling, for rest of season)

    1. Slitherene
      • 2 Years
      3 months, 8 days ago

      Nope

    2. Klopp For The Kopps 😆
      • 4 Years
      3 months, 8 days ago

      Might consider losing KDB for Sterling but definitely not Salah. You can see how badly he wants the Golden Boot. Would have hauled against Burnley if it wasn't for Pope and we wouldn't even be having this discussion.

      1. DA Minnion
        • 8 Years
        3 months, 8 days ago

        Is that not what goal keepers are for.

    3. IRBOX ⚽
      • 3 Years
      3 months, 8 days ago

      Should have done it last week. Wouldn’t do it this week, maybe next depending on City rotation

  10. b91jh
    • 3 Years
    3 months, 8 days ago

    Fh or not? Gw38 could be the another week to use it.
    Non fh team

    Hendo
    Taa Doc Azpi
    KDB Mahrez Pulisi(c) Bruno Martial
    Jesus Greenwood

    Martin Jimenez Egan Lascelles

    Fh team

    Fab
    Azpi Alonso(or James) Tarkowski
    Sterling Dilva Antonio Bruno Pulisi(c)
    Jesus Rashford

    Martin Greenwood Long Lamptey

  11. The Trentminator
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 8 Years
    3 months, 8 days ago

    Is Salah a viable captain option for this GW?

    1. Traction Engine Foot
      • 2 Years
      3 months, 8 days ago

      Yes imo.

    2. Slitherene
      • 2 Years
      3 months, 8 days ago

      Yes

    3. Sterling Archer
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      3 months, 8 days ago

      Yes, one of my main options as I don't have Sterling.

      either Salah or KDB for me

  12. PukkiBlinder
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 6 Years
    3 months, 8 days ago

    Start Greenwood or Foden??

    1. Traction Engine Foot
      • 2 Years
      3 months, 8 days ago

      Foden

    2. Slitherene
      • 2 Years
      3 months, 8 days ago

      F

  13. Strchld
    • 4 Years
    3 months, 8 days ago

    Really cant decide what to do. Any helps?

    A) Mahrez > Pulisic
    B) Mahrez > Dilva
    C) Mahrez and Vardy > Pulisic and Jesus -4

    1. Slitherene
      • 2 Years
      3 months, 8 days ago

      C

    2. Smudger’s Dirty Dozen
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      3 months, 8 days ago

      See below...edging towards Dilva atm

    3. Smudger’s Dirty Dozen
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      3 months, 8 days ago

      Now....C...hmmmmm

  14. Smudger’s Dirty Dozen
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 9 Years
    3 months, 8 days ago

    Squad is...

    Pope/Martinez
    TAA Digne Doherty Mendy Lamptey
    Bruno KDB Mahrez Martial Willian Greenwood Vardy Ings

    1FT 1.1m ITB

    Mahrez to?
    A Dilva
    B Pulisic
    C Antonio
    D Foden
    E Save FT

  15. Maddamotha
    • 4 Years
    3 months, 8 days ago

    Yey or ney, for free :

    Mahrez, Jimenez > Pulisic, Ings

    1. Big Hands Barry
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      3 months, 8 days ago

      Y

  16. Gunner Boy
    • 5 Years
    3 months, 8 days ago

    Which is better?

    A- Jesus + Foden (have KDB)
    B- Ings + Pulisic (have Willian)

    1. FC Hakkebøf
      • 3 Years
      3 months, 8 days ago

      Over three gw's A

  17. FC Hakkebøf
    • 3 Years
    3 months, 8 days ago

    What to do here? I'm clueless. Help is appreciated. Still have BB that I plan to use in gw 37. Aurier and Lundstram prolly needs to go before gw37. Only got 2 city players which is not ideal. Main problem is: 0 FT.

    Dubravka
    TAA Boly Taylor
    Salah KDB Bruno Martial
    Jesus Jimenez Gwood
    ___
    Martinez Traore Lundstram* Aurier*

    Anything worth a hit as I need to BB in 37? Considering Lundstram to Tarkowski. Then reaccess the situation of Aurier before BB37.

  18. vwfiesta
    • 9 Years
    3 months, 8 days ago

    Do we know if Giroud is gonna start? It's preferably him for me - otherwise Ings.

    1. FC Hakkebøf
      • 3 Years
      3 months, 8 days ago

      Ings a better move over three gameweeks

      1. IRBOX ⚽
        • 3 Years
        3 months, 8 days ago

        Surprised he isn’t injured yet

  19. Athletic Nasherbo
    • 3 Years
    3 months, 8 days ago

    Is this move madness?

    Aarons, KdB, Vardy > Alonso, Sterling(C), Jesus (-8)

    1. Bunk Moreland
      • 5 Years
      3 months, 8 days ago

      First two are fine, don’t think Vardy to Jesus is worth a hit .

  20. SpagBol
    • 4 Years
    3 months, 8 days ago

    Keen for some thoughts

    Pick 1 to bench this week and why?:

    Salah (ars)
    KDB (BOU)
    Fernandes (cry)
    Mahrez (BOU)
    Willian (NOR)
    Jesus (BOU)
    Ings (BHA)
    Greenwood (cry)

    1. FISSH
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      3 months, 8 days ago

      Mahrez because he played 90 last game

    2. Shark Team
      • 3 Years
      3 months, 8 days ago

      Greenwood ofc and put him first sub. Even if some of City assets are benched by Pep they can return big even if they play 30mins Vs bournemouth

  21. FISSH
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 7 Years
    3 months, 8 days ago

    For those on FH... Who are you captaining? I'm either salah or jesus.

    1. xHaTr
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      3 months, 8 days ago

      Sterling for me! But it could change!

      1. FISSH
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 7 Years
        3 months, 8 days ago

        I'd be worried he wouldn't start!

        1. xHaTr
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 2 Years
          3 months, 8 days ago

          I think people are overexaggerating how much rotation there will be

  22. xHaTr
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 2 Years
    3 months, 8 days ago

    Pick 2 of these 4 defenders on free hit:

    A: Trent
    B: Digne
    C: Wan-Bissaka
    D: Doherty

    1. Hot Toddy
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      3 months, 8 days ago

      AD

  23. Shark Team
    • 3 Years
    3 months, 8 days ago

    My current team is: (0.3itb 1ft)
    Ederson
    TAA VVD Doherty Saiss
    Mane KDB Bruno Martial Pulisic
    Rashford

    Which 2+1 players for the next two?
    Digne(VVD out)
    Willian or Sterling (Mane out)
    Ings (Connolly out and play with 3 defs)

    I want to make 3 transfers in the next 2gws and FH in gw 38

    1. DIMITRIS
      • 2 Years
      3 months, 8 days ago

      Digne and Sterling

  24. Jellyfish
    • 8 Years
    3 months, 8 days ago

    Best sub 5.2 defender (exc Greenwood)?

    Currently on Connolly

    1. feedpony
      • 2 Years
      3 months, 8 days ago

      ...

  25. DIMITRIS
    • 2 Years
    3 months, 8 days ago

    Captaincy?

    A) DSilva
    B) Foden
    C) Jesus

    1. Shark Team
      • 3 Years
      3 months, 8 days ago

      Gabriel Jesus will have his chance to score I think even if he plays less than an hour

      1. DIMITRIS
        • 2 Years
        3 months, 8 days ago

        Cheers

  26. FIRMINOLOOKGOAL
    • 6 Years
    3 months, 8 days ago

    Help! How's this FH 11?
    0.3ITB

    McCarthy
    Alonso Dunk Holgate
    KDB Mo Puli Martial Antonio
    Jesus Auba

    3.9 Taylor Saiss Greenwood

  27. davies
    • 6 Years
    3 months, 8 days ago

    Vardy > Ings

    Y or N?

    1. super zlatan
      • 9 Years
      3 months, 8 days ago

      N

  28. TheTinman
    • 5 Years
    3 months, 8 days ago

    Kane captain against a toon side with 6-8 players missing? It’s a safe pick because he guaranteed to play.

    1. IRBOX ⚽
      • 3 Years
      3 months, 8 days ago

      When will people learn. Kane and Spurs are rubbish and form over fixtures

    2. Hot Toddy
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      3 months, 8 days ago

      Wild pick. Good luck!

    3. Bunk Moreland
      • 5 Years
      3 months, 8 days ago

      Nothing safe about captaining an out of form Spurs midfielder earning only 4 points per game and no clean sheet points.

    4. Sun Jihai
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      3 months, 8 days ago

      Rather have Son

  29. slove
    • 3 Years
    3 months, 8 days ago

    Rashford or Jiminez to Ings worth it?

  30. willevete
    • 4 Years
    3 months, 8 days ago

    Any ideas how to best manage my team for this GW?
    1FT with 1.3 ITB

    Jimenez needs to go. But for who?
    I need a 3rd city asset obv, so Jesus/Foden?
    Ings is a must aswell.
    Any ideas?
    Hits will be taken this GW.

    Martinez

    Doherty, AWB, TAA

    Mahrez, Bruno, Antonio, Pulisic. KDB

    Jimenez, Rashford