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. JoeSoap
    • 7 Years
    3 months, 8 days ago

    Which scores more this week in your opinion?

    A. Martial (Capt Bruno)
    B. Pulisic -4 (Capt Pulisic)

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

      B

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

      A

  2. Bobby Digital
    • 3 Years
    3 months, 8 days ago

    Pulisic hat-trick coming

    1. Nedvěd11
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      3 months, 8 days ago

      Puli 2 goals, 1 assist
      Salah - Blank
      Sterling - 1 goal, 20 min cameo
      Fernandes blank

      Lets go!

    2. V-2 Schneiderlin
      • 10 Years
      3 months, 8 days ago

      why all the love for Pulisic over Willian? Willian has had 4 double digit scores (and one 9) in recent weeks - Pulisic has had none...

  3. Tsparkes10
    • 2 Years
    3 months, 8 days ago

    Exact money for Mahrez, Jimenez, Aurier to Sterling, Ings, Egan?

  4. The Train Driver
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 5 Years
    3 months, 8 days ago

    Pep biting back..

    "Yeah, like we have done every game in every competition the last three or four years. People cannot forget we were damaged. Our reputation was damaged with accusations that show they were not true. That’s why they have to be both happy or at least accept because we should complain and we don’t so the other ones shouldn’t say much more than this."

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

    Still can't decide... need to bench one of these three...
    a) AWB
    b) TAA
    c) Doherty

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

      Leaning towards AWB first sub

      1. Spartac Mac
        • 4 Years
        3 months, 8 days ago

        I would go Doherty.

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

      A or C

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

      C then TAA

  6. Oh Dear
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 8 Years
    3 months, 8 days ago

    Anyone chasing in their MLs looking at FH this week rather than 38+?

    1. denial
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 11 Years
      3 months, 8 days ago

      It's a good week to FH. Teams playing for something.

    2. Siggy in the Middle
      • 5 Years
      3 months, 8 days ago

      Leading my MLs except one and I'll almost certainly play it this week

    3. the dom 1
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      3 months, 8 days ago

      FH chip activated here fam

      1. Oh Dear
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 8 Years
        3 months, 8 days ago

        my guy

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

      5 hours till deadline.

      Line that free hit up but choose wisely!!

  7. COW
    • 8 Years
    3 months, 8 days ago

    Is anyone else caught in a catch 22 situation?

    I have a FH available however im 100% scared that if i change things so much this week to the better fixtures and things dont go to plan, my ML 2nd place person could really catch up!

    Should a FH and change most players? Or FH and change to something close to his team with a few of the better suited players this week?

    Thoughts?

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

      Should i maybe stick to what ive got with maybe a -4 and FH 38+ when i know more of the other teams around me?

    2. Mr. O'Connell
      • 8 Years
      3 months, 8 days ago

      go for the kill. you must be top for a reason.

    3. JoeSoap
      • 7 Years
      3 months, 8 days ago

      Depends if he has FH and what lead you have. My ML chaser has FH and I am leaving mine to GW38. Team is ok this wk and changing too much could backfire.

  8. TorresMagic™ - 48n69x
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • Has Moderation Rights
    • 11 Years
    3 months, 8 days ago

    Any of these worth a -4?

    a) Jimmy to Ings
    b) Mahrez to Dilva/Foden
    c) KDB to Dilva/Foden
    d) Sarr to Pulisic

    1. denial
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 11 Years
      3 months, 8 days ago

      D probably is

    2. Spartac Mac
      • 4 Years
      3 months, 8 days ago

      I would do d) if you don't have any other Chelsea cover.

    3. COW
      • 8 Years
      3 months, 8 days ago

      B and D, id say.

    4. Zilla
      • 3 Years
      3 months, 8 days ago

      D might be

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

      B or c?

      Mahrez seems major doubt and KDB similar. If city knock Bournemouth for 5 then one or both of D Silva and Foden are getting double digit hauls

    6. No Professionals
      • 3 Years
      3 months, 8 days ago

      d looks nice

    7. JJeyy
      • 4 Years
      3 months, 8 days ago

      d

    8. MOZIL
      • 4 Years
      3 months, 8 days ago

      B, because mahrez is not gonna start and Sarr have a chance of scoring

    9. TorresMagic™ - 48n69x
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • Has Moderation Rights
      • 11 Years
      3 months, 8 days ago

      Interesting, cheers all.

    10. jamiejoe
      • 5 Years
      3 months, 8 days ago

      B and C

    11. Rinseboy
      • 8 Years
      3 months, 8 days ago

      B

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

        Foden

    12. DandyDon
      • 2 Years
      3 months, 8 days ago

      D the only one for me. From what I have seen of Watford they will not get many goals

    13. French Gooner
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      3 months, 8 days ago

      D

    14. Tcheco
      • 3 Years
      3 months, 8 days ago

      D

    15. g40steve
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      3 months, 8 days ago

      A Ings has Brighton, Bournemouth, Sheffield what’s not to like?

      1. TorresMagic™ - 48n69x
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • Has Moderation Rights
        • 11 Years
        3 months, 8 days ago

        Tight schedule.

  9. BBC_TF
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 10 Years
    3 months, 8 days ago

    Nketiah -> Giroud on a FT?

    Would get me:
    Sterling / KDB / Pulisic / Bruno / Martial
    GIROUD / Vardy

    Bench: Greenwood - to cover for Pep roulette

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

      yep

  10. FPL Kaka
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 5 Years
    3 months, 8 days ago

    Has the City presser finished?

    1. jamiejoe
      • 5 Years
      3 months, 8 days ago

      Yep... No team news or discussion.

      I've only seen local print media and twitter.

      They may be writing that part now.

  11. Zilla
    • 3 Years
    3 months, 8 days ago

    "No questions on Bournemouth for Pep today."

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

      We need to get someone from FFS represented at these press conferences

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

        True 😀

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

        This

    2. Firminoooo
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      3 months, 8 days ago

      WHAT. NOOOoooooooooooooooooooo

  12. _sidney_will
    • 4 Years
    3 months, 8 days ago

    Good to go?

    Pope
    Jonny Maguire Boly
    Salah Sterling KDB Fernandes Pulisic
    Jimenez Ings

    (Greenwood, Kiko)

  13. the dom 1
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 6 Years
    3 months, 8 days ago

    Salah or Stirling on FH?

    1. Teror
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      3 months, 8 days ago

      I'll have both. But I think if I had two I'd go with Salah. You can cover City with cheaper options: Dilva, Foden, Jesus.

      1. the dom 1
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 6 Years
        3 months, 8 days ago

        Got Jesus, who is better pick between Foden & DSilva?

        1. Teror
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 5 Years
          3 months, 8 days ago

          Dilva

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

      I salah scores more this week

  14. JJeyy
    • 4 Years
    3 months, 8 days ago

    De Gea
    Alonso/James Azpi Doherty
    Sterling, Foden, Fernandes, Pulisic, Antonio
    Jesus, Rashford

    Final Free Hit Draft, any major issues?

    1. Teror
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      3 months, 8 days ago

      Rash has been uninspiring. I'd honestly rather Greenwood and use funds elsewhere.

      1. JJeyy
        • 4 Years
        3 months, 8 days ago

        I can go anyone no need for funds. Ings/Giroud an option, Just think Palace will get thrashed

        1. Teror
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 5 Years
          3 months, 8 days ago

          I guess because I'm a Rash owner I'm more inclined to pick Greenwood. Rash isn't really being value for money lately.

        2. CostaCoffee
          • 7 Years
          3 months, 8 days ago

          I think Ings is a better option

  15. LLoris
    • 1 Year
    3 months, 8 days ago

    This is my current team
    Is it worth it to use the FH chip?
    Should I save it for 38?

    Foster
    AwB-Doh-Saiss-TAA
    Bruno-Sterling-KDB-Mahrez
    Vardy-Greenwood

    1. Tsparkes10
      • 2 Years
      3 months, 8 days ago

      Sabe

  16. Spartac Mac
    • 4 Years
    3 months, 8 days ago

    5 midfield spots, so many choices...

    How are people deciding on where to double up with the likes of Chelsea/ City / Man U having a great fixture?

    1. Test Eagles
      • 9 Years
      3 months, 8 days ago

      2 x city, 2 x chelsea

    2. Teror
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      3 months, 8 days ago

      Pulisic for Chelsea and Bruno for Manure for me. You can get Greenwood in for Manure cover. Bruno is most consistent of the Manure mids and has most routes to points. Chelsea you can cover with Giroud so you don't need two of their mids.

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

      if I was FHing Bruno, 2 city, Pulisic and Antonio

  17. Test Eagles
    • 9 Years
    3 months, 8 days ago

    Would you rather

    a) Salah & Jesus
    b) Antonio & Rashford

    1. the dom 1
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      3 months, 8 days ago

      A

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

      A all day and especially this gw

  18. theBoose
    • 8 Years
    3 months, 8 days ago

    Best remaining time to use TC?

    A) Sterling - 36
    B) Pulisic - 36
    C) KDB - 37
    D) KDB/Sterling - 38
    E) Salah/Mane - 38
    F) Other

    1. jackx13
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      3 months, 8 days ago

      Either 36 or 37 for me. 38 is way too unpredictable imo.

      1. Teror
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        3 months, 8 days ago

        I'm using it in 38 because I think it's more predictable than the next two. You'll want to captain a City player in 38. They have another week til the FA cup final. Next two fixtures fall on the other side of the FA cup semi and will probably carry the biggest risk of rotation. Also Bourenmouth look much better than Norwich.

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

      E or D
      Or B

      What do you think?

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

      city or pool in 38

    4. Shineonme
      • 4 Years
      3 months, 8 days ago

      V

      1. Shineonme
        • 4 Years
        3 months, 8 days ago

        B#

  19. gers23
    • 9 Years
    3 months, 8 days ago

    Any chance Auba is rested v Liverpool?

    1. LLoris
      • 1 Year
      3 months, 8 days ago

      nah

    2. jackx13
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      3 months, 8 days ago

      Don't think so.. Pool have only a record to play for while Auba and Arsenal have more at stake

      1. Berbs
        • 10 Years
        3 months, 8 days ago

        What are Arsenal playing for?

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

        We don’t really have anything at stake, Europe is gone

    3. Qaiss
      • 4 Years
      3 months, 8 days ago

      I thought he could but he wants the golden boot and is the fittest player at Arsenal.

    4. Nedvěd11
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      3 months, 8 days ago

      Nketiah still suspended.
      May go off for Willock, Nelson for resting towards FA.

  20. jackx13
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 8 Years
    3 months, 8 days ago

    Saka to Puli for -4 worth it?

    1. jackx13
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      3 months, 8 days ago

      Would mean benching Greenwood as well

    2. gers23
      • 9 Years
      3 months, 8 days ago

      I think it is yes

    3. Zim0
      • 2 Years
      3 months, 8 days ago

      If u captain

      1. jackx13
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 8 Years
        3 months, 8 days ago

        Definitely considering also quite tight between him and Sterling ...

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

    Which is better?

    A- Hayden + Aurier + Jimenez > Foden + Bertrand + Jesus -4
    B- Hayden + Aurier + Jimenez > Pulisic + Cancelo/Bertrand + Ings -4

  22. Berbs
    • 10 Years
    3 months, 8 days ago

    Sterling mins prediction?

    1. Miguel Sanchez
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      3 months, 8 days ago

      60

    2. Zim0
      • 2 Years
      3 months, 8 days ago

      69

    3. TorresMagic™ - 48n69x
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • Has Moderation Rights
      • 11 Years
      3 months, 8 days ago

      60 if the job is done. If on 2 goals, until the hatty.

      1. Berbs
        • 10 Years
        3 months, 8 days ago

        Captain locked in

        1. TorresMagic™ - 48n69x
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • Has Moderation Rights
          • 11 Years
          3 months, 8 days ago

          No idea if I will.

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

      0 unless his colleagues can't beat Bournemouth with 25 mins to go.

  23. cuppatea78
    • 8 Years
    3 months, 8 days ago

    Best move?

    A) Mane >> Pulisic (no Chelsea cover)
    B) Mane >> Salah
    C) Jiminez >> Jesus
    D) Mane >> Willian

    1. cuppatea78
      • 8 Years
      3 months, 8 days ago

      Could also do Saka to Pulisic/Willian but then Jiminez will be on the bench

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

    Current Team vs FH team: Think im going to FH to the second team. OR 4k!
    Would you?

    CURRENT TEAM:
    Martinez
    TAA / Doc / Wan-bas
    Mane / Son / KDB / Fernandez / Foden
    Vardy / Jimi
    4.0 /Greenwood / Lamptey / Lasa

    FH TEAM:
    Fab
    Alonso / TAA / Bertrand
    Stirling / D Silva / Pulisi(C) / Fernandes / Son
    Vardy / Jesus

    4.0/ Greenwood / Cresswell / Lampt

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

      My FH team is much better too but holding until 38 smart move hopefully. Doesn't look like you'd change much. If you'd rather keep TAA, Son etc anyway then I wouldn't - just do a FT to get in Pulisic. Could then FH 38 to bring back in Pool players

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

        KDB risk. Very little city and chelsea cover. Could be a killer

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

    Would you do KDB -> Sterling for free?

    1. Miguel Sanchez
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      3 months, 8 days ago

      Yes please

  26. NilSatisNisiOptimum78
    • 9 Years
    3 months, 8 days ago

    Anyone weeks considering Jesus Capt?

    1. NilSatisNisiOptimum78
      • 9 Years
      3 months, 8 days ago

      *else

    2. Teror
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      3 months, 8 days ago

      Yes. But also torn between Sterling and Bruno and Salah

  27. Jack Burton
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 4 Years
    3 months, 8 days ago

    Aurier to Alonso minus 4 have Kilo sub if not thanks in advance

    1. Berbs
      • 10 Years
      3 months, 8 days ago

      Yes good move. Wait closer to deadline as we may get some rockstar.

      1. Jack Burton
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        3 months, 8 days ago

        Yeah hopefully get some info before deadline cheers

    2. CostaCoffee
      • 7 Years
      3 months, 8 days ago

      Alonso wont start so no

      1. Jack Burton
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        3 months, 8 days ago

        I'll wait until deadline thanks for reply good kuck

        1. Jack Burton
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 4 Years
          3 months, 8 days ago

          luck ha ha

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

        you dont know that

  28. Firebreathinturtle
    • 2 Years
    3 months, 8 days ago

    Willian to Pulisic for free. Too sideways?

    1. Teror
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      3 months, 8 days ago

      Waste of a FT imo

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

      silly move mate - go one or the other. Ive got willian over pulsic and im doing FH

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

      Thanks lads!

  29. Tsparkes10
    • 2 Years
    3 months, 8 days ago

    No point in a FH is there?? Aurier, Mahrez, Jimenez to Egan, Sterling, Ings (-4)

    Ederson
    TAA Doh Egan
    Sterl Puli Willian KDB Bruno
    Rashford Ings
    (Martin, Greenwood, Kiko, Lascelles)

    1. Teror
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      3 months, 8 days ago

      Sure but you haven't got many more opportunities to use it.

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

      38

  30. Obi1Kenobi0
    3 months, 8 days ago

    Jimenez + Mahrez > Ings + Pulisic?