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. the dom 1
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 6 Years
    2 months, 11 days ago

    any links to his peps presser?

    1. the dom 1
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      2 months, 11 days ago

      fail* top post lol

    2. It’s gonna Ben Mee
      • 6 Years
      2 months, 11 days ago

      His Pepness

      1. the dom 1
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 6 Years
        2 months, 11 days ago

        haha

  2. OptimusBlack
    • 7 Years
    2 months, 11 days ago

    If u have Mee Martin & Lascelles
    Would u sell two or one of them to upgrade team for BB

  3. LIARS POKER
    • 4 Years
    2 months, 11 days ago

    18 points behind ML leader, do I need to go for a differential captain this week or just stick with Bruno and differentials in the last 2 weeks?

    Also got my FH left for 38 and he has already used it.

    1. TheDragon
      • 2 Years
      2 months, 11 days ago

      Just keep plugging away sensibly

      Given your position don’t think you need to go too crazy yet

    2. Puncheon Guly
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      2 months, 11 days ago

      Differential captain is the best way of climbing the ranks, but you probably only need to do it once

  4. SpagBol
    • 4 Years
    2 months, 11 days ago

    So torn on this one!!

    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. rnrd
      • 6 Years
      2 months, 11 days ago

      Greenwood imo. Just based on its last appearance yesterday that was transparent.

    2. Kellz86
      • 2 Years
      2 months, 11 days ago

      Mahrez - rotation risk highest

    3. LIARS POKER
      • 4 Years
      2 months, 11 days ago

      Mahrez as he's the least likely to start

    4. Puncheon Guly
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      2 months, 11 days ago

      Mahrez or Greenwood

  5. theroadrunner
    • 3 Years
    2 months, 11 days ago

    Nathan Dubious says RLC, Kovacic and Giroud start today. Let's see if he is credible after the frauds FPL_Subscribe and FPL_Driver turned out to be

    1. Lucky Z
      • 3 Years
      2 months, 11 days ago

      Mount and Barkley out?

      1. CostaCoffee
        • 7 Years
        2 months, 11 days ago

        Jorginho and Barkley I'd imagine

        1. theroadrunner
          • 3 Years
          2 months, 11 days ago

          Jorginho and one of Mount/Barkley if this has any accuracy

    2. TheDragon
      • 2 Years
      2 months, 11 days ago

      Who would that mean is benched?

      1. theroadrunner
        • 3 Years
        2 months, 11 days ago

        Will first need to know if there's any truth to this. Bold predictions though!

  6. Zanainem
    • 3 Years
    2 months, 11 days ago

    Pick 2:

    Pulisic
    Foden
    Antonio

    Im getting my brain smashed

    1. Gooner Kebab
      • 8 Years
      2 months, 11 days ago

      Lol, play all 3 mate

      1. Zanainem
        • 3 Years
        2 months, 11 days ago

        If i could.. im on
        Bruno Willian David Silva Antonio/pulis,/fonden

        Ederson/kepa
        Digne/zinchenko also in debate depending who i choose midfield

        1. Gooner Kebab
          • 8 Years
          2 months, 11 days ago

          How do you have 6 mids!?

          1. Zanainem
            • 3 Years
            2 months, 11 days ago

            Original post says pick 2 xD

  7. luqies
    • 9 Years
    2 months, 11 days ago

    I need advice.

    Pope
    AWB, Aanholt, Aurier
    Mane Keita Sterling Saka Soucek
    Vardy Jesus Ihenacho.

    Fabianski, Justin, Garcia

    I have FH , TC & BB

    Not sure which chip to play first.

    1. thomashl
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      2 months, 11 days ago

      Free Hit!

  8. Atimis
    • 4 Years
    2 months, 11 days ago

    Tempted by KDB Rash to Martial Jesus - anything against ?

    1. TheDragon
      • 2 Years
      2 months, 11 days ago

      No way Jose

  9. azahr007
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 4 Years
    2 months, 11 days ago

    Can anyone explain why fernandes isn’t the stand out choice. Averages 12.67 away from home, against palace one of the worst defence in the league. Plays for an attacking team who have champions league to play and want to put things right from yesterday. Don’t understand am I missing something was even considering the triple captain on him. Am I making a major mistake ?

    1. Miguel Sanchez
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      2 months, 11 days ago

      Looked a bit lacklustre yesterday

    2. Kellz86
      • 2 Years
      2 months, 11 days ago

      Because Pulisic plays relegated Norwich

    3. Feed tha Sheep
      • 8 Years
      2 months, 11 days ago

      I’m capt him I think only thing is people think United May be tired due to no rotation

    4. ElliotJHP
      • 8 Years
      2 months, 11 days ago

      Looked tired yesterday. Between him and Pulisic for me.

    5. Bubz
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      2 months, 11 days ago

      Because Man City and Chelsea are playing Bournemouth and Norwich at home

      1. azahr007
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        2 months, 11 days ago

        Ideally would love to triple a Man City but who is worth the risk. I have triple captain Nd free hit left. I’m pritty happy with my team so don’t want to free hit this week rather last gameweek. But struggling as to when to use triple captain and on who ?

    6. rnrd
      • 6 Years
      2 months, 11 days ago

      He had a bad game against SOU tbh and seemed a bit tired but still a very strong option obv

    7. I Member
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      2 months, 11 days ago

      He's my captain. Being seriously overlooked imo.

      1. I Member
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        2 months, 11 days ago

        People saying that he had a bad game against Southampton and he did but that doesn't turn me off, it does the opposite. Fully expect him to bounce back with a better performance.

    8. jamiejoe
      • 5 Years
      2 months, 11 days ago

      Everyone is so last game!

  10. EL tridente
    • 2 Years
    2 months, 11 days ago

    Who to captain?
    A) Salah
    B) KDB
    C) Ings

    1. the dom 1
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      2 months, 11 days ago

      A

    2. OptimusBlack
      • 7 Years
      2 months, 11 days ago

      A

    3. Ceebes
      • 6 Years
      2 months, 11 days ago

      A.

  11. Atwood
    • 10 Years
    2 months, 11 days ago

    Holgate > Azpi

    Sound good?

    1. Jellyfish
      • 8 Years
      2 months, 11 days ago

      yes

    2. Gooner Kebab
      • 8 Years
      2 months, 11 days ago

      no brainer this week, but peep Chelsea's last 2 fixtures

    3. acidicleo
      • 4 Years
      2 months, 11 days ago

      If he is on the wing.

    4. BremerHB
      • 3 Years
      2 months, 11 days ago

      Absolutely

  12. The_Fish
    • 2 Years
    2 months, 11 days ago

    Anyone else on the Foden C train?

    1. BremerHB
      • 3 Years
      2 months, 11 days ago

      I’d love to bring him in but can’t bring myself to get rid of KDB for him...

    2. Zilla
      • 2 Years
      2 months, 11 days ago

      lol might do it

  13. BremerHB
    • 3 Years
    2 months, 11 days ago

    Anything you would change on FH? Foden or Willian are the two I’m swithering on getting in somehow. Lead my ML currently by ca. 40pts.

    Pope
    Azpi AWB Doherty
    KDB Sterling Martial Fernandes Pulisic
    Jesus Giroud
    (Martin, Ings, Boly, Egan)

  14. Ceebes
    • 6 Years
    2 months, 11 days ago

    Thoughts?

    A) Martial, Jimi ---> Sterling, Ings (-4)
    B) Jimi ---> Jesus (free)
    C) other suggestions?

    Thanks.

    1. IN SANE IN DE BRUYNE
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      2 months, 11 days ago

      Martial out for a hit could backfire
      B

      1. Ceebes
        • 6 Years
        2 months, 11 days ago

        Thanks.

    2. BremerHB
      • 3 Years
      2 months, 11 days ago

      A I reckon.

      1. BremerHB
        • 3 Years
        2 months, 11 days ago

        Sorry B I mean!!

        1. Ceebes
          • 6 Years
          2 months, 11 days ago

          Thanks.

    3. ElliotJHP
      • 8 Years
      2 months, 11 days ago

      B is an absolute goer

      1. Ceebes
        • 6 Years
        2 months, 11 days ago

        Thanks.

    4. Walcoff life
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      2 months, 11 days ago

      B

      1. Ceebes
        • 6 Years
        2 months, 11 days ago

        Thanks.

    5. TwiggsJameson
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      2 months, 11 days ago

      B, or just Jimi-> Ings

  15. IN SANE IN DE BRUYNE
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 3 Years
    2 months, 11 days ago

    'safe' to make transfers now or any pressers left to wait for?

    1. Walcoff life
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      2 months, 11 days ago

      still some

    2. jamiejoe
      • 5 Years
      2 months, 11 days ago

      Man City in progress

    3. IN SANE IN DE BRUYNE
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      2 months, 11 days ago

      Thanks both

  16. JakeTheRed
    • 6 Years
    2 months, 11 days ago

    A) D.Silva & Antonio
    B) Salah & Foden

    1. Walcoff life
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      2 months, 11 days ago

      A

    2. Ceebes
      • 6 Years
      2 months, 11 days ago

      B for me.

    3. RamaJama
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      2 months, 11 days ago

      B

  17. Walcoff life
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 2 Years
    2 months, 11 days ago

    FH:
    A) Ings + Willian
    B) Giroud (if starts) + Antonio

    1. RamaJama
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      2 months, 11 days ago

      B

    2. Kellz86
      • 2 Years
      2 months, 11 days ago

      How will you know if he starts?

    3. Forgetmeknot
      • 1 Year
      2 months, 11 days ago

      B hust

    4. acidicleo
      • 4 Years
      2 months, 11 days ago

      A

  18. RamaJama
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 7 Years
    2 months, 11 days ago

    Would you have Willian over Pulisic on FH?

    1. Walcoff life
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      2 months, 11 days ago

      no, but close

      1. RamaJama
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 7 Years
        2 months, 11 days ago

        Who would you choose between Willian and Giroud if starts?

        1. Walcoff life
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 2 Years
          2 months, 11 days ago

          G i think

        2. Veezeeboy
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 8 Years
          2 months, 11 days ago

          Giroud, norwich seem to conceed points to the strikers.

    2. acidicleo
      • 4 Years
      2 months, 11 days ago

      Yes..look at their recent scores...puli may win a pen for willian..

    3. CostaCoffee
      • 7 Years
      2 months, 11 days ago

      No chance

  19. Lucky Z
    • 3 Years
    2 months, 11 days ago

    Guys, any changes to suggest for this BB team with 1 FT, 0.0ITB?

    Ederson (BOU)
    Azpi (NOR) | Doherty (bur) | TAA (ars)
    Martial (cry) | B.Fernandes (cry) | KDB (BOU) | Willian (NOR) | Pulisic (NOR)
    Vardy (SHU) | Ings (BHA)

    McCarthy (BHA) Digne (AVL) Greenwood (cry) Justin (SHU)

    1. BremerHB
      • 3 Years
      2 months, 11 days ago

      Justin would be the only one I’d want to change I think. With that budget though no alternatives really come to mind. Otherwise looks good!

      1. Lucky Z
        • 3 Years
        2 months, 11 days ago

        Thanks. Bought Justin on WC as a cheap option for BB to bench him in other fixtures

  20. yalala
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 9 Years
    2 months, 11 days ago

    So (c)...

    a. Sterling
    b. Pulisic
    c. Fernandes

    1. RamaJama
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      2 months, 11 days ago

      A

    2. Nedvěd11
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      2 months, 11 days ago

      B

    3. Walcoff life
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      2 months, 11 days ago

      B

  21. Scholes Out Forever
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 7 Years
    2 months, 11 days ago

    Who to bench:

    KDB
    Vardy

    Has to be KDB right? Will have Silva and Foden

    1. Cricket_Badger
      • 8 Years
      2 months, 11 days ago

      I wouldn't like to bench KDB but in isolation between those two it is the right move.

  22. Jellyfish
    • 8 Years
    2 months, 11 days ago

    City midfield triple up of Dilva, KDB, Foden

    Madness or inspired?

    1. TheDragon
      • 2 Years
      2 months, 11 days ago

      Certainly not madness

    2. Holmes
      • 6 Years
      2 months, 11 days ago

      Worth trying

    3. Rt505
      • 2 Years
      2 months, 11 days ago

      Same as me. Are you captaining any of them? I can’t decide between Foden and Dilva. Currently on Dilva. Put this article is making me think Fernandes!

      1. Jellyfish
        • 8 Years
        2 months, 11 days ago

        No probably going to cap Pulisic

      2. Jellyfish
        • 8 Years
        2 months, 11 days ago

        Out of Dilva or Foden I would captain Dilva out of those 2

  23. Shark Team
    • 3 Years
    2 months, 11 days ago

    Good or bad:
    IN: Sterling Ings (Lamptey)
    OUT: VVD Mane (Connolly)
    (maybe I make the Ings move next gw in order not to go -8)

  24. flippetyflop
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 7 Years
    2 months, 11 days ago

    Guys I'm 70 points behind the leader in My ££ Mini League.

    I'm using my FH this week.

    What's the best way of catching him?

    A - Differential captaincy option?
    B - Going with a defensive block from one team - Southampton/Leicester/Chelsea?
    C -Both of the above?

  25. davies
    • 6 Years
    2 months, 11 days ago

    First sub in case of Aurier no show...

    A) Saiss
    B) Taylor
    C) Sell for James (-4)

    Already playing Doherty + Pope, fwiw...

    1. TheDragon
      • 2 Years
      2 months, 11 days ago

      A based on probabilities

  26. Forgetmeknot
    • 1 Year
    2 months, 11 days ago

    Which combo to complete FH?

    1) Jesus & Bruno
    2) Rashford & Sterling

    Ta

    1. Coys96
      • 3 Years
      2 months, 11 days ago

      Sterling is essential so 2

      but prefer Bruno to Rashford

      1. Forgetmeknot
        • 1 Year
        2 months, 11 days ago

        My only concern is Sterling minutes but seeing as I have had him for his hauls the last two weeks would feel a bit disloyal ditching him this week - think you are right

  27. Coys96
    • 3 Years
    2 months, 11 days ago

    Lose to Sterling

    1) Salah (only Pool attacker)
    2) KDB (would leave me with Sterling as only attacker)

    1. Ceebes
      • 6 Years
      2 months, 11 days ago

      Are you that confident Sterling will start?

      1. Coys96
        • 3 Years
        2 months, 11 days ago

        Yes

    2. Cricket_Badger
      • 8 Years
      2 months, 11 days ago

      I'd hold for this week as I wouldn't want to lose either of those two. Think both KDB and Sterling are benched but see minutes..

  28. Blue Gaffer
    • 10 Years
    2 months, 11 days ago

    Laporte & McGinn to C.Taylor & Willian/ D.Silva -4 yes or no?

    1. Cricket_Badger
      • 8 Years
      2 months, 11 days ago

      Yes, I think Laporte gets a rest tonight too.

  29. Cricket_Badger
    • 8 Years
    2 months, 11 days ago

    Chasing and thinking: Mahrez + Vardy --> Jesus + Pulisic (FT)

    De Gea
    TAA - Doherty - Holgate
    Mane (c) - KDB - Mahrez - Fernandes - Foden
    Greenwood - Vardy

    DCL - Lascelles - J.Robinson [2FT + 0.0m ITB]

    1. aleksios
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      2 months, 11 days ago

      Go for it.

  30. aleksios
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 5 Years
    2 months, 11 days ago

    Gtg and bench right?

    --Patricio
    --TAA--Alonso--Doherty
    --Sterl(c)--KDB--Foden--Martial--Pulisic
    --Rash--Jota

    ---Nyland--Greenwood--Egan--Lund.

    Thanks guys.

    1. TheDragon
      • 2 Years
      2 months, 11 days ago

      I’d play Greenwood over Jota

    2. Cricket_Badger
      • 8 Years
      2 months, 11 days ago

      Good side than - correct bench order too.