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. Nice to Finally Michu
    • 7 Years
    2 months, 9 days ago

    Any reason not to bench DCL this week? He is play villa after all...

    1. jamiejoe
      • 5 Years
      2 months, 9 days ago

      Almost any reason to have him in your squad but if there could give him a whirl!

  2. MattysFantasyFooty
    • 7 Years
    2 months, 9 days ago

    Saka to

    David Silva
    Willian

    For a hit

    Already have Pulisic and KDB in my team

    1. _figu
      • 3 Years
      2 months, 9 days ago

      I'd go for D. Silva, expecting him to start at least this GW and vs Norwich.

      1. JoeSoap
        • 7 Years
        2 months, 9 days ago

        Dilva

    2. Wxdz
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      2 months, 9 days ago

      Silva

  3. HMC
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 10 Years
    2 months, 9 days ago

    1ft with this attack. Please help with priorities, not opposed to -4. Would probably be in hiding but could also bank transfer (unlikely)

    Kdb salah mahrez Bruno Willian
    Rashford vardy

    Salah to sterling
    Mahrez to dsilva
    Mahrez to Antonio
    Vardy to Jesus

    1. Wxdz
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      2 months, 9 days ago

      I did mahrez to D silva
      Antonio is very tempting As well

      1. HMC
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 10 Years
        2 months, 9 days ago

        Can’t have them all!
        Did you make the move with the focus on this week or you think Silva outscores mahrez over 3 games?

        1. Wxdz
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 1 Year
          2 months, 9 days ago

          Yes and yes. Mahrez might be due a rest plus it’s D.Silva’s last 3 league games with City, and last home game he was at the center of it all.

  4. davies
    • 6 Years
    2 months, 9 days ago

    It probably won’t matter, but.... start one:

    A) Aurier
    B) Saiss (w/ Doherty)
    C) Taylor (w/ Pope)

    1. Crump
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      2 months, 9 days ago

      B

  5. Benditlike
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 6 Years
    2 months, 9 days ago

    2 FT.

    Jimenez and Son to Jesus and Pulisic?

    Have KDB and Foden. No one from Chelsea.

    1. _figu
      • 3 Years
      2 months, 9 days ago

      Good moves

    2. JoeSoap
      • 7 Years
      2 months, 9 days ago

      Looks good

  6. toxik
    • 7 Years
    2 months, 9 days ago

    How likely are Alonso and Giroud to play?

    1. Bobby_Baggio
      • 9 Years
      2 months, 9 days ago

      Giroud likely ALonso 50/50. Hopefully we find out before deadline

  7. LC1
    • 5 Years
    2 months, 9 days ago

    Lets get it!

    FH team;

    De Gea
    TAA Digne Azpi
    Sterling(c) Dilva Willian Puli Richarlison
    Ings Jesus

    Need a few differentials to make ground!

    Good luck all

    1. JJeyy
      • 4 Years
      2 months, 9 days ago

      Im tempted by no united, but palace are dreadful

      1. LC1
        • 5 Years
        2 months, 9 days ago

        They are indeed.. Just wouldn't know who to rid of for Martial or Bruno (They're the only two I'd potentially like in).

        1. JJeyy
          • 4 Years
          2 months, 9 days ago

          bruno over rich

    2. _figu
      • 3 Years
      2 months, 9 days ago

      Martial/Antonio ahead of Richarlison?

      1. LC1
        • 5 Years
        2 months, 9 days ago

        Yeah it is tempting. But I'm chasing and the team winning my league has Martial.

      2. HMC
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 10 Years
        2 months, 9 days ago

        Antonio over Rich
        Digne is enough

    3. Wxdz
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      2 months, 9 days ago

      Antonio for Richarlison

  8. The Mantis
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 4 Years
    2 months, 9 days ago

    I don't really want to bench Foden, what do you think?

    Pope (button)
    TAA / Taylor / Doherty (Holgate / Lamptey)
    Willian (c) / KDB / Bruno / Salah (Foden!)
    Kane / Greenwood / Rash

    Help required, TIA

    1. toxik
      • 7 Years
      2 months, 9 days ago

      Bench Greenwood

      1. The Mantis
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        2 months, 9 days ago

        maybe maybe maybe, could live to regret though

    2. _figu
      • 3 Years
      2 months, 9 days ago

      Bench Greenwood, due for a rest.

      1. The Mantis
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        2 months, 9 days ago

        That's what I was thinking, but scary. Surely Utd won't change tactics after last nights result - they'll want their best team out

    3. drughi
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      2 months, 9 days ago

      I'm benching greenwood for foden

      1. The Mantis
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        2 months, 9 days ago

        fair enough, looks like that's the right thing to do

    4. JoeSoap
      • 7 Years
      2 months, 9 days ago

      I am benching Greenwood

      1. The Mantis
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        2 months, 9 days ago

        me too, now

    5. el polako
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      2 months, 9 days ago

      From that lot I'd bench Kane.

      1. The Mantis
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        2 months, 9 days ago

        Giving him one last chance

    6. Vimes (No Arsenal Players)
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      2 months, 9 days ago

      Bench Greenwood I reckon

    7. Wxdz
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      2 months, 9 days ago

      Bench greenwood. Start Foden

  9. el polako
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 3 Years
    2 months, 9 days ago

    Lets forget who we think will start, I 'd like to hear from those who watched enough City games who carries more fpl threat ? Foden or David Silva ?
    Not doubting spaniards quality but for me he seems to be the classic assit the assister kind of guy.
    Any City fans around ?

    1. Well you know, Triffic
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      2 months, 9 days ago

      Foden has more goal threat, Silva probably creates more though.

    2. drughi
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      2 months, 9 days ago

      I watched the newcastle game and foden came in scoring positions time after time, were unlucky not to score. I hope he starts and gets 70-80 minutes then he should score well

    3. el polako
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      2 months, 9 days ago

      Cheers guys, on a FH and pretty much settled on Sterling and Jesus so just debating my final City spot.

    4. Wxdz
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      2 months, 9 days ago

      Foden was quite wasteful last 2 games. I’m going with D Silva personally

  10. JoeSoap
    • 7 Years
    2 months, 9 days ago

    Would you do Martial>Pulisic (-4) and captain Pulisic? Would captain Bruno otherwise.

    Can get Martal next wk. ML chaser 9 points behind, doesnt have Martial & has FH. Saved FT so unlikely to play this wk. I am playing FH 38.

    1. drughi
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      2 months, 9 days ago

      I would keep martial and cap bruno, what city players do you have ?

      1. JoeSoap
        • 7 Years
        2 months, 9 days ago

        KDB & Foden. Also doing DCL>Ings tho could do Vardy>Jesus

  11. finnish92
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 3 Years
    2 months, 9 days ago

    Play Maguire or Justin?

    1. Crump
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      2 months, 9 days ago

      Maguire

  12. Firminoooo
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 4 Years
    2 months, 9 days ago

    Captain:

    A) Foden
    B) Pulisic
    C) Jesus
    D) Sterling

    Thinking Foden and Pulisic will get 60+ min. Jesus and Sterling not sure will start. Maybe Foden...or Pulisic..

    1. Wxdz
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      2 months, 9 days ago

      Sterling

      1. JoeSoap
        • 7 Years
        2 months, 9 days ago

        Sterling if he starts which we dont know. Pulisic if not.

  13. Moolaah
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 3 Years
    2 months, 9 days ago

    Will KDB start vs Bournemouth?

    1. LLoris
      • 1 Year
      2 months, 9 days ago

      risky

    2. drughi
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      2 months, 9 days ago

      I think so otherwise why would pep take him off att 63 minutes against brighton

      1. theplayer
        • 6 Years
        2 months, 9 days ago

        The same reason he took off Sterling 59 mins v Southampton and benched him next game. I wouldn't look into the subbed time with Pep too much.

  14. LLoris
    • 1 Year
    2 months, 9 days ago

    FH Team:
    Patricio
    Alonso-Azpi-TAA
    Pulisic-Sterling-Silva--Foden-Bruno
    Rashford-Ings
    What do you guys think? Any changes??
    Anything would help!!

    1. kamdaraji
      • 11 Years
      2 months, 9 days ago

      Jesus safer then Sterling imo. would go AWB over TAA this week

    2. Wxdz
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      2 months, 9 days ago

      Would get Jesus in if i was on a FH

  15. Samwise
    • 1 Year
    2 months, 9 days ago

    would you make any transfers (0.3m in the bank). also would you play Greenwood, if so for who?:

    Pope
    Wan-Bissaka, Doherty, Mendy
    De Bruyne, Fernandes, Salah, Mahrez, Pulisic
    Ings, Jiménez

    subs: Ramsdale, Greenwood, Jack Robinson, Taylor

    1. drughi
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      2 months, 9 days ago

      its between jimenez and greenwood, tough one I think you got it right

  16. Nice to Finally Michu
    • 7 Years
    2 months, 9 days ago

    Thoughts on KdB, Mahrez, and Jimenez to Foden, Sterling, and Jesus? -4

    1. Samwise
      • 1 Year
      2 months, 9 days ago

      good if they play... big risk, big reward imo

      1. Nice to Finally Michu
        • 7 Years
        2 months, 9 days ago

        Yeah wont want to get bitten by pep roulette shipping out kdb

  17. popey
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 2 Years
    2 months, 9 days ago

    2ft & 4.2m in bank - fh38 so just a 2 game horizon

    0.2m short of connolly/mahrez > jesus/Pulisic, where is best to get the extra 0.2m

    Foster
    Mendy, Doherty, Aurier
    Salah, KDB, Martial, Bruno, Mahrez
    Jimi, Green

    subs: Fodder, Saiss, Connolly, Fodder

    a) Foster > Ryan (sou NEW) /McCarthy (BHA bou) and hope one of Aurier/Mendy starts
    b) Aurier > Dunk / Bertrand

    1. shawry
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      2 months, 9 days ago

      B) to Tarks?

      1. popey
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 2 Years
        2 months, 9 days ago

        great option (and my namesake in goal) but max 4.8 def and 4.7m GK

  18. Pickle juice
    • 4 Years
    2 months, 9 days ago

    Which 2 Would LEAVE OUT you take out of the below

    A. sterling
    B. Foden
    C. dsilva
    D.Bruno
    E.WIllian
    F.Jesus
    G.giroud
    H. ings

    Thanks for the help, really need the advise

    1. Pickle juice
      • 4 Years
      2 months, 9 days ago

      sorry the English was awful

      Let me try again.........Which 2 would you Leave out

      1. Vimes (No Arsenal Players)
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 2 Years
        2 months, 9 days ago

        GH

    2. InvertedWinger
      • 5 Years
      2 months, 9 days ago

      C, E

      1. Vimes (No Arsenal Players)
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 2 Years
        2 months, 9 days ago

        Can i ask why you would drop willian? I'm planning on cataining him. NOR at home and chelsea with a point to prove.

        1. Andy_Social
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 8 Years
          2 months, 9 days ago

          I'm in a similar situation. I can only play 7 of 8 key attackers. Last time (GWs 33&34)I left out Vardy and was badly bitten.
          If Willian steps up from 1st sub, who do I drop: KDB, Foden, Salah, Fernandes, Rashford, Greenwood, Ings?

    3. shawry
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      2 months, 9 days ago

      CG

      Can you not play 3-5-2?

      1. Pickle juice
        • 4 Years
        2 months, 9 days ago

        I can but I got puli not in that list that I am playing and captaining

  19. yiidddoo
    • 3 Years
    2 months, 9 days ago

    Captain foden Willian or jesus?
    Worth a triple cap?

    1. Hect.OR 98th
      • 10 Years
      2 months, 9 days ago

      this late in the season, I'd go for it. You're not going to get much more of a certain start than Willian, or a much more compliant opponent than Norwich. Looks set for a differential captain choice.

  20. Visionaries
    • 4 Years
    2 months, 9 days ago

    Only have 2 playing defenders this week, so will take the hit.

    Lascelles >
    A Egan (lei, EVE, sou) -4
    B Bednerak (BHA, bou, SHU) -4

  21. Sondre van Bank
    • 7 Years
    2 months, 9 days ago

    Might actually captain Ings. Anyone else?

    1. el polako
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      2 months, 9 days ago

      Not a worst shout, they do though have less rest between games than Brighton.

    2. drughi
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      2 months, 9 days ago

      I would also if it wasnt for that southampton only have 2 days rest between the games and we know ings injury history

    3. _figu
      • 3 Years
      2 months, 9 days ago

      Considered it. In my situation playing purely for ML, owning is enough.

  22. ChipsnGravy
    • 3 Years
    2 months, 9 days ago

    A. Rashford/Vardy to Jesus/Greenwood
    B. Vardy/TAA to Jesus/Tark or Stevens
    C. Leave alone

    All will play as playing BB this week

    1. _figu
      • 3 Years
      2 months, 9 days ago

      I'd do just Vardy to Jesus

      1. RamaJama
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 7 Years
        2 months, 9 days ago

        This

      2. shawry
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 9 Years
        2 months, 9 days ago

        Agreed

  23. Kuzser
    • 3 Years
    2 months, 9 days ago

    What is the best move here guys?
    1.1 itb, 1ft

    1) Leno Sarr-> McCarthy Willian/Puli for-4
    2) Vardy Sarr-> Ings Willian/Puli for -4
    3) Mahrez -> Willian/Puli, bench Sarr
    4) Mahrez Sarr -> Dilva Willian/Puli for -4 (benching headache)
    5) Mahrez Vardy ->Sterling Ings for -4, bench Sarr

    Krul
    TAA - Doherty - Baldock
    KdB - Fernandes - Martial-Mahrez
    Greenwood - Jimenez -Vardy

    Subs: sarr Lascelles Lund. Leno

    1. shawry
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      2 months, 9 days ago

      3 for me

    2. jamiejoe
      • 5 Years
      2 months, 9 days ago

      4

  24. shawry
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 9 Years
    2 months, 9 days ago

    Hi all,

    Thoughts on BB this week? Or potentially wait until GW38?

    Hendo (McCarthy)

    TAA - Boly - AWB (Taylor - Stephens)

    Salah - KDB - Dilva - Pulisic - Bruno

    Ings - Vardy (Greenwood)

    Cheers!

    1. drughi
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      2 months, 9 days ago

      Looks good for a BB

    2. popey
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      2 months, 9 days ago

      Looks as good as you will get for a BB this late in season - decent fictures for all 4 subs and probably only big rotation risk in first 11 is kdB

  25. 03farmboy
    • 1 Year
    2 months, 9 days ago

    How do you find out the team news before the transfer deadline finishes?

    1. jamiejoe
      • 5 Years
      2 months, 9 days ago

      The first game team sheets this week will be on Twitter and posted hwrw

      1. jamiejoe
        • 5 Years
        2 months, 9 days ago

        Here...

        But the 100% reliable rockstar has said no early team news for gw38.

        If he has it in time he will do so tonight at about 7.10 pm

      2. 03farmboy
        • 1 Year
        2 months, 9 days ago

        Where on Twitter and what time?

  26. jamiejoe
    • 5 Years
    2 months, 9 days ago

    All those looking for Pep's thoughts on rotation this is what we were told after the last game...

    Logic applies for the next few.

    https://www.google.com/amp/s/www.manchestereveningnews.co.uk/sport/football/football-news/man-city-team-news-bournemouth-18583023.amp

  27. G Banger
    • 2 Years
    2 months, 9 days ago

    Any comments on the following FH Team? (0.8 ITB)

    Patricio
    Digne / Azpi / AWB
    Pulisic (C) / Sterling / Foden / Bruno / Salah
    Jesus / Ings

    (3.9 / 3.9 / Cresswell / Greenwood)

    1. jamiejoe
      • 5 Years
      2 months, 9 days ago

      Punting on Sterling and Jesus.

      Not convinced on AWB clean sheet or attacking returns either.

      1. G Banger
        • 2 Years
        2 months, 9 days ago

        Yeah they are what I'm most unsure about.

        It's a lot of money, just not sure what better to do with it!

  28. pingissimus
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 1 Year
    2 months, 9 days ago

    Pop quiz - who’s let in more in the last 5 - Norwich or Palace?

    Palace have let in 13 in the last 5 including the might of Burnley and Villa. Flip flops

    Triple United attack to the fore

    1. jamiejoe
      • 5 Years
      2 months, 9 days ago

      Minutes?

      1. pingissimus
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 1 Year
        2 months, 9 days ago

        Yep Puli and Willian very likely to rest 🙂

    2. Maximus Bonimus Pointimus
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      2 months, 9 days ago

      Yeah Rashford Captain looking likely tbh - Palace are leaking goals like mad since Liverpool

      In a way, the profligacy from Rashford last night mightn't have been the worst thing, as if he'd gotten that second goal or assist he'd be much higher in the poll

      Good diffferential - like Sterling last week!

  29. Let's Talk About Cesc
    • 6 Years
    2 months, 9 days ago

    FH G2G?

    Ederson
    Digne Azpi Doherty
    Dilva (c) Bruno Martial Willian (vc) Pulisic
    Ings Jesus

    Wondering:
    TAA over Doherty?
    Is it dumb to ditch Antonio after a 26 point monster?

    1. jamiejoe
      • 5 Years
      2 months, 9 days ago

      Similar...

      I think Antonio is a better pick than Jesus personally.

      I know midfield is a premium slot v Ings or Vardy or Rashford even.

      1. Let's Talk About Cesc
        • 6 Years
        2 months, 9 days ago

        So which midfielder would you ditch for Antonio and who would you bring in for Jesus?

  30. FPL Kaka
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 4 Years
    2 months, 9 days ago

    I am currently 2 points behind my ML rival who already owns Sterling, do I ...

    a) Get Sterling (-4)

    b) Go Dilva (-4) and hope he beats Sterling over the next 3

    1. jamiejoe
      • 5 Years
      2 months, 9 days ago

      B