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. LLoris
    • 1 Year
    2 months, 9 days ago

    This is my current team
    Is it worth it to use the FH chip?

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

    1. Shark Team
      • 3 Years
      2 months, 9 days ago

      No it's not

  2. Shark Team
    • 3 Years
    2 months, 9 days ago

    How did Bournemouth Def looked Vs Leicester? Because that conceded 5 Vs Man Utd and they were poor but they kept the cs vs Spurs in the next game

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

    Am I being too risky having Sterling & KDB ahead of Salah & KDB given the rotation risks

    1. Boom Boom's Loveshack
      • 3 Years
      2 months, 9 days ago

      I think it's a case of don't buy don't sell when it comes to Sterling this week

  4. super zlatan
    • 9 Years
    2 months, 9 days ago

    Anyone bench boosting care to share their team?

    1. Steve Stiffler
      • 4 Years
      2 months, 9 days ago

      I’m thinking of using it this week or TC, in two minds really.

      My bench is Martinez Greenwood, Aurier and Kiko. TC choices are Jesus or Pulisic

      1. super zlatan
        • 9 Years
        2 months, 9 days ago

        I have Aurier on a BB.

        Worth shipping for a hit ?

        1. Steve Stiffler
          • 4 Years
          2 months, 9 days ago

          I have him aswell wasn’t planning on hitting though, you think he’ll defo not play

          1. super zlatan
            • 9 Years
            2 months, 9 days ago

            It’s hard to know.
            I might take the gamble and hope he plays.

            Last q.

            Willian or pulasic ?

            1. Steve Stiffler
              • 4 Years
              2 months, 9 days ago

              Yeah I’m gonna risk it mate need to use it before the end and I’d go pulisic

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

      Not prefer waiting for GW37? Burnley and Saints defence looks good for that week

  5. Boom Boom's Loveshack
    • 3 Years
    2 months, 9 days ago

    Lundstram to

    A) Digne
    B) Tarkowski

    BB37 so the player I pick will be starting the next three gw's

    1. gers23
      • 9 Years
      2 months, 9 days ago

      B

  6. Bruno Commando
    • 6 Years
    2 months, 9 days ago

    Best option?

    A) Vardy -> Ings
    B) Vardy -> Jesus
    C) Vardy + Mahrez -> Salah + Giroud/Rodriguez
    D) Vardy + Mahrez -> Mane + Ings

    1. Boom Boom's Loveshack
      • 3 Years
      2 months, 9 days ago

      I like B. Should pay off over three gw's

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

      A i think

  7. COLLIN QUANER
    • 4 Years
    2 months, 9 days ago

    Hi guys,

    I wanted to get rid of Son last gameweek but kept him as I didn't want to take a -4. It paid off with his goal and assist.

    Problem I have now is, I would like Willian and Jesus.

    Would you do Son, Vardy > Willian, Jesus (-4)

    Or one of the other?

    Thanks

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

      Vardy to Jesus, I think keep Son

  8. BinManJack
    • 4 Years
    2 months, 9 days ago

    What do we think of this free hit team?

    McCarthy
    Alonso / Azpi / Digne (Holgate - Femenia)
    Sterling Dilva Pulisic (C) Bruno (Guendouzi)
    Ings Vardy Jesus

    Any changes / suggestions? Thanks

    1. Boom Boom's Loveshack
      • 3 Years
      2 months, 9 days ago

      Rashford over Vardy imo

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

        would tend to agree but i am first in my ML and second place has Vardy so playing risk averse

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

      nice ............

      Foden ? giroud ? willian for anyone...................

      I am pretty much on the same as you

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

    Struggling what to do with my 2 fts!!

    0.9 in bank

    Ederson

    Taa Seiss Maguire

    Kdb Traore Foden Bruno

    Jiminez Auba Rashford

    Leno Cantwell Lascelles Lund

    1. Tonyawesome69
      • 1 Year
      2 months, 9 days ago

      Auba to Jesus and upgrade Traore

  10. Andre_The_Giant
    • 1 Year
    2 months, 9 days ago

    Thoughts on this FH team?

    Pickford

    AWB, Azpi, Digne

    Puli (C), Salah, Sterling, Foden, Bruno

    Jesus, Ings

    Subs: Greenwood, Reece, fodder

    1. gers23
      • 9 Years
      2 months, 9 days ago

      Looks great

    2. n14mul
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      2 months, 9 days ago

      Nice team

    3. Tonyawesome69
      • 1 Year
      2 months, 9 days ago

      Everton poor form and I can see Villa scoring

    4. fridge
      • 8 Years
      2 months, 9 days ago

      Double Everton defence seems pretty risky...

    5. acidicleo
      • 4 Years
      2 months, 9 days ago

      Everton double defence??

    6. Andre_The_Giant
      • 1 Year
      2 months, 9 days ago

      Cheers lads.

      Yeh double everton defence is probably too much.

      Pickford => McCarthy/Pope maybe??

    7. Shark Team
      • 3 Years
      2 months, 9 days ago

      Ederson GK and Alonso instead of AWB worths the risk as you have good bench in case he doesn't play. I also don't fancy the Salah pick I would personally go for KDB and Willian instead of Salah Foden if money are enough

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

      I have almost the same team.
      Just different Ederson DSilva And Antonio for Salah.

      also u why prefer Puli over Willian?

  11. Tonyawesome69
    • 1 Year
    2 months, 9 days ago

    Start Greenwood or Jimenez? Greenwood has the higher ceiling. How did he perform in the game yesterday?

    Most likely Mahrez to Foden

    1ft 1itb
    Pope
    TAA Doherty Saiss
    Martial KDB Bruno Sterling Mahrez*
    Ings Greenwood
    Martinez Jimenez Aurier Taylor

    1. gers23
      • 9 Years
      2 months, 9 days ago

      Think you have it correct

      1. Tonyawesome69
        • 1 Year
        2 months, 9 days ago

        cheers

  12. Jones Town
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 8 Years
    2 months, 9 days ago

    Any Holgate news??

    1. COLLIN QUANER
      • 4 Years
      2 months, 9 days ago

      Read somewhere last night that he is fit and available to start.

      I own him and will be starting him as Aurier most likely out

      1. n14mul
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        2 months, 9 days ago

        same

  13. n14mul
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 3 Years
    2 months, 9 days ago

    So,

    Kdb & vardy >> pulisic & jesus for -4 worth it?

    Would either capt pulisic or foden..

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

    Captain America

    1. n14mul
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      2 months, 9 days ago

      captain America

  15. Eldon
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 4 Years
    2 months, 9 days ago

    Salah or Sterling on FH?

    1. Steve Stiffler
      • 4 Years
      2 months, 9 days ago

      Sterling

    2. slove
      • 2 Years
      2 months, 9 days ago

      Salah for me

  16. I AM THE FPL MONSTER
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 1 Year
    2 months, 9 days ago

    % KDB starts today?

    1. I AM THE FPL MONSTER
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      2 months, 9 days ago

      * next game

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

        He will feature in some capacity but I think he will definitely play sub 60 minutes so doubt he starts

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

      100%...unknown

    3. n14mul
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      2 months, 9 days ago

      0% he starts today

  17. Feed tha Sheep
    • 8 Years
    2 months, 9 days ago

    First to 5..Which one To buy?
    A. Sterling
    B. Foden
    C.DSilva

    1. Feed tha Sheep
      • 8 Years
      2 months, 9 days ago

      Or D. A Chelsea mid

    2. Steve Stiffler
      • 4 Years
      2 months, 9 days ago

      Sterling

    3. Tonyawesome69
      • 1 Year
      2 months, 9 days ago

      ABC in that order

  18. Steadzz
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 8 Years
    2 months, 9 days ago

    On a FH

    A) Sterling, KDB & Kane
    B) Salah, KDB & Jesus

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

      Sterling KDB Jesus

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

      KdB may well be rested so I would go elsewhere for City. I'm playing my BB and am considering shipping him out for DIlva. Sterling will probably have limited minutes too. Just to throw a spanner in the works.

  19. Tsssst
    • 9 Years
    2 months, 9 days ago

    The immediate vs run in

    A. Willian or Pulisic, Foden, Jesus
    or
    B. Martial, Dilva, Ings

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

    Ditch vardy or Jim to ings? Or save?

    1. Feed tha Sheep
      • 8 Years
      2 months, 9 days ago

      Jimi

  21. Zenith UK
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 4 Years
    2 months, 9 days ago

    The punt of all punts?

    I am chasing ML1 by 41 points and leading ML2 by 26 points.
    I've already taken a -8 by replacing Rashford, Saka and Hayden with Greenwood, Foden and Antonio. I've activated BB.

    My only "non-starter" is Button. If I ditch him I have 4.7M for a GK. Do I risk another -4 (-12 total for the GW) to punt on one of the following getting more than 4 points;

    Ryan (4.7M) v sou - Brighton have been leaking lately but will they tighten up after their 5-0 trashing? I also have Ings :/
    Krul (4.6M) v che - Chelsea haven't looked convincing lately and Norwich can now play without pressure knowing they're down...
    Ramsdale (4.5M) v mci - LOL
    McCarthy (4.5M) v BHA - shut out City at home, BHA not exactly free-scoring.
    Reina (4.2M) v eve - Everton have one goal in their last three. Villa kept a CS (dodgy VAR decision last game) and are desperate to stay up.

    Thoughts/feedback/opinions? Lets discuss!

    1. gers23
      • 9 Years
      2 months, 9 days ago

      Mccarthy prob

    2. slove
      • 2 Years
      2 months, 9 days ago

      Not worth it, odds on a keeper returning more than the 4 point hit you've taken to get them is so minimal

      1. Sgt Frank Drebin
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        2 months, 9 days ago

        Yeah this.

      2. Zenith UK
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        2 months, 9 days ago

        Hence the first line. It's a punt right? ML2 should be wrapped up really - unless his C bangs and mine blanks for the rest of the season, but if I want to close down ML1 I gotta take risks no?

    3. Sgt Frank Drebin
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      2 months, 9 days ago

      i don't think that's a good idea. Probability of any gains is small (of one of those GKs getting more than 6pts) and probability that he will concede is like 50/50 or probably less.

      1. Zenith UK
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        2 months, 9 days ago

        I mean he only needs four points to break even - could even play McCarthy GW37 vs bou instead of Patricio vs CRY

    4. Zenith UK
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      2 months, 9 days ago

      Team would be;

      Patricio, Button*
      TAA, Doherty, AWB, Egan, Cresswell
      Mane, KDB, Bruno, Antonio, Foden
      Jiminez, Ings, Greenwood

      BB Activated

      *GK subject to above conversation

  22. aapoman
    • 6 Years
    2 months, 9 days ago

    Final free hit decision.

    A. Patricio
    B. Pope
    C. McCarhty

    1. gers23
      • 9 Years
      2 months, 9 days ago

      Pope

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

      B

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

      A

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

    still tinkering with some moves and whether I join the Pep roulette wheel
    My bus captain is Willian, however, I won't be getting up at 4am (AU time) to check team lineups - surely, no reason to change as a result?

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

      The AU time difference is killing me as well.

    2. n14mul
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      2 months, 9 days ago

      apparently willian wasn't amazing tracking back so maybe one to keep eye kn him starting with the fa cup midweek

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

        Own kdb mahrez too just trying to workout or should I say guess whether I’m better off saving transfer or move 1 or 2

  24. SHOOTER MCGINN
    • 5 Years
    2 months, 9 days ago

    Play Pope or McCarthy?

    1. Shark Team
      • 3 Years
      2 months, 9 days ago

      Pope can provide a 10 PTS performance

  25. Shark Team
    • 3 Years
    2 months, 9 days ago

    I'm gonna FH in gw 38 so only for the next 2:
    -Digne OR Alonso
    -Willian + Gabriel Jesus OR Sterling + Ings

  26. AzzaroMax99
    • 3 Years
    2 months, 9 days ago

    Are those two moves worth a hit?

    Son+Jimmy to Willian+Jesus

    Front 7 in that case:

    KDB Willian Bruno Martial Antonio
    Vardy Jesus

    Not sure who to cap also :/

  27. Runaway
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 8 Years
    2 months, 9 days ago

    I have only 1 FT and no FH (I wish I had) and I am not eager to get hits either as all of my front 7 is good enough not to justify a hit. So with 1 FT who would you get from:

    A) Sterling
    B) Jesus
    C) Pulisic
    D) Willian
    E) Antonio
    F) Ings

    and for whom:

    Salah KDB Bruno Martial Foden
    Vardy DCL Greenwood
    3.1 ITB

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

      Can you do DCL to Jesus?

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

        No, unfortunately 🙁

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

    Do we reckon KDB will play?

    1. Shark Team
      • 3 Years
      2 months, 9 days ago

      More than 70% likely

  29. Steve Stiffler
    • 4 Years
    2 months, 9 days ago

    My bench this week is : Martinez, Greenwood, Aurier and Kiko

    I’m have the (C) on Jesus and (VC) On Pulisic.

    Should I bench boost or triple captain this week or save?

    1. Zenith UK
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      2 months, 9 days ago

      Martinez v Liverpool - No
      Aurier - Won't start - google him if you've not seen the news
      Kiko - I'm a WHU fan so I'ma say NAH! Antonio four-piece coming again! 😀

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

    Drop one from:

    KDB, Willian, Pulisic, Martial, Bruno, Rashford

    1. Zenith UK
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      2 months, 9 days ago

      I don't understand the Pulisic hype, and I'm not bringing him in so for me it's him, but if you're not convinced I just dropped Rashford (albeit for Greenwood though)