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

    Not sure where to even start with the below, any thoughts appreciated!

    1FT 3m ITB
    DDG (fodder)
    TAA Doherty *Aurier* (Holgate Lascelles)
    Mane KDB Mahrez Pulisic Bruno
    Vardy Greenwood (Connolly)

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

      Save.Solid team.

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

        Really! I've been thinking the very opposite with various different hits being contemplated. Vardy > Ings or Jesus is tempting..

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

      I have similar team. Aurier has pushed me over the line to FH

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

        Yeah I feel that, although reckon he could be out for the season if he doesn't play this weekend

  2. Stupendous
    • 8 Years
    2 months, 9 days ago

    Set or need a FH? I'm stuck!

    Patricio
    Doherty TAA VVD
    Salah Foden(c) Silva Pulisic KDB
    Vardy Ings

    Martin Aurier Gayle Holgate

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

      Gtg I reckon. Wouldn’t FH that Team.

    2. Ceebes
      • 6 Years
      2 months, 9 days ago

      Set - good team.

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

      Strong side

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

      Not worth a FH - you'd want 7 of those players anyway probably.

    5. Stupendous
      • 8 Years
      2 months, 9 days ago

      Thanks everyone!

  3. Marc Jobling
    • 8 Years
    2 months, 9 days ago

    A few days ago, I'd planned for a differential Sterling to replace Salah in GW36 - a calculated risk for someone who is chasing.

    Now Sterling is the predictable move that isn't so differential.

    What would you do to this:

    Salah - KDB - Martial - Fernandes
    Ings - Jimenez - DCL

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

      Nothing.Save.

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

      DCL hurts

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

    A) Free Hit
    B) Rash -> Giroud (1FT)
    C) Rash -> Jesus

    Patricio
    TAA Maguire Doc
    Salah KdB Foden Bruno Pulisic
    Rash Ings
    (Button - Lascelles Nketiah Kiko) 1.4itb

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

      Chasing 35 points in my ML, need to do something

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

      C

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

      B

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

    Any need to FH this team?

    Martinez (LIV)
    TAA (ars) - Doherty (bur) - Maguire (cry)
    Salah (ars) - KDB (BOU) - Bruno (cry) - Martial (cry) - Antonio (WAT)
    Jimenez (bur) - Giroud (NOR)

    No Pulisic and just KDB from City might be a concern.

    Got 2 free transfers too.

    1. Gooner Kebab
      • 8 Years
      2 months, 9 days ago

      If you have 2 FT, i reckon dont waste FH

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

        this

  6. Gooner Kebab
    • 8 Years
    2 months, 9 days ago

    Having an Auba-mare, pls help me pick one

    1) FH and can keep Auba for the last 2 fixtures (avl, WAT)
    2) Auba to Jesus
    3) Auba, Mahrez to Ings, Sterling

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

      Looking to bring Auba in for the last 2 myself. 1.

    2. Atwood
      • 10 Years
      2 months, 9 days ago

      This isn't going to be much help, but do you really not fancy him this week? Liverpool are quite strange at the minute, could be high scoring.

      Out of those options, number 2.

      1. Atwood
        • 10 Years
        2 months, 9 days ago

        Actually, number 1. Didn't realise the fixtures were quite so good.

    3. A Fat Spanish Waiter
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      2 months, 9 days ago

      FH this week is tasty, but I’m holding mine to 38. I’d probably do 2, but you may want Auba back for 38.

      1. Gooner Kebab
        • 8 Years
        2 months, 9 days ago

        I can get him back by FH GW38

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

      2 probably

  7. Scholes Out Forever
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 7 Years
    2 months, 9 days ago

    Is KDB benchable if I have:

    Foden Silva Bruno Pulisic
    Vardy Rashford Ings

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

      In theory yes but I still could t bring myself to do it

      1. Scholes Out Forever
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 7 Years
        2 months, 9 days ago

        I think I have to - no one else to bench there right?

    2. A Fat Spanish Waiter
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      2 months, 9 days ago

      I cant imagine benching him for Foden. Even if KDB has his minutes managed, I’d rather start him.

      1. Scholes Out Forever
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 7 Years
        2 months, 9 days ago

        Im low key thinking about captaining Foden....

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

      Considering that he is likely to get 0 minutes, yes.

      1. Scholes Out Forever
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 7 Years
        2 months, 9 days ago

        I dont think he's going to get 0, just maybe 20 to 30

    4. Heres hoping x 6
      • 1 Year
      2 months, 9 days ago

      No way

  8. Atwood
    • 10 Years
    2 months, 9 days ago

    Posted on a couple of pages now, apologies. Got it down to these two though. Which would you do?

    A - Holgate > Azpi (Doherty benched)
    B - Jimenez > Jesus

    Patricio
    TAA - AWB - Doherty
    KDB - Salah - Pulisic - Fernandes
    Jimenez - Gayle - Greenwood

    Holgate - Saka - Basham

    1. Heres hoping x 6
      • 1 Year
      2 months, 9 days ago

      B for rest of season

    2. Coys96
      • 3 Years
      2 months, 9 days ago

      B

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

    First sub in case of Aurier no show...

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

    Already playing Doherty + Pope...

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

      A

  10. A Fat Spanish Waiter
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 6 Years
    2 months, 9 days ago

    Yes or no:

    TAA + Jimmy -> Digne + Jesus

    Would be for 36 and 37 only. I’m using Free Hit in 38.

    1. Scholes Out Forever
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      2 months, 9 days ago

      looks good

    2. Heres hoping x 6
      • 1 Year
      2 months, 9 days ago

      Yes

    3. Ceebes
      • 6 Years
      2 months, 9 days ago

      Not for a hit.

      1. A Fat Spanish Waiter
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 6 Years
        2 months, 9 days ago

        Sorry, I have 2 ft. So no hit.

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

          Then I am with you, decent moves.

  11. HIAFL (Howe to Train your D…
    • 3 Years
    2 months, 9 days ago

    Pick captain:
    A)kdb
    B)Pulisic
    C)Ings

    1. Miguel Sanchez
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      2 months, 9 days ago

      B

    2. Heres hoping x 6
      • 1 Year
      2 months, 9 days ago

      B

  12. The Red Devil
    • 5 Years
    2 months, 9 days ago

    Current midfield
    Sterling mane Martial Fernandes kdb

    Would you sell any of them to get Pulisic/willian/dilva/foden?
    For a hit

    1. Kane Lane
      • 5 Years
      2 months, 9 days ago

      maybe mane

  13. Heres hoping x 6
    • 1 Year
    2 months, 9 days ago

    Got Sterling capt - any logic out there that indicates him being rested?

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

      I don’t think he gets 90 mins with cup at the weekend. I’d hope he starts and is on great form

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

      90 in the last game and likely starter in the FA cup game. Not sure logic and Pep XI goes together though.

      1. Heres hoping x 6
        • 1 Year
        2 months, 9 days ago

        Valid points.

        Got Foden, KDB, Salah Bruno who I could choose from but just think if he starts he will get a brace.

        Pep is such a wind up

  14. Taegugk Warrior
    • 2 Years
    2 months, 9 days ago

    A. Foden + Kane
    B. D. Silva + Giroud (-4)

  15. Slim25
    • 5 Years
    2 months, 9 days ago

    *Repost*
    Current team
    Pope (3.9)
    Taa, Aurier, Holgate (Ritchie, Robinson)
    Mane, Bruno, Marital, Puli, Mahrez
    Vardy, Jiminez (Greenwood)

    What option would be best, cheers!
    A: Free hit
    B: Take -4 hit to do Mane & Ritchie > Sterling & Digne (keep fh for 38)

    1. Kane Lane
      • 5 Years
      2 months, 9 days ago

      keep FH 38

      1. Slim25
        • 5 Years
        2 months, 9 days ago

        Mane > Sterling and Ritchie > Digne for a -4 then?

  16. Hazardous1983
    • 9 Years
    2 months, 9 days ago

    mahrez to sterling fr a ft, wud mean no chelsea, is that a risk, my city assests are foden kdb and mahrez right now

  17. Tcheco
    • 3 Years
    2 months, 9 days ago

    For this GW only-

    A. Ings

    B. Giroud

    1. A Fat Spanish Waiter
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      2 months, 9 days ago

      A.

    2. antis0cial
      • 4 Years
      2 months, 9 days ago

      A

  18. the dom 1
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 6 Years
    2 months, 9 days ago

    Better option on FH pls?

    a. Salah & DSilva
    b. Stirling & Antonio
    c. Salah & Foden

    Money no object - Cheers

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

      B

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

      C

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

      B

    4. the dom 1
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      2 months, 9 days ago

      currently on B as well fam,

      cheers for the comments

  19. Reddonkeyham 42
    • 6 Years
    2 months, 9 days ago

    Pope
    Alexander-Arnold, Boly, Wan-Bissaka
    De Bruyne, Fernandes, Salah, Pulisic, Foden
    Greenwood, vardy

    Button

    Lascelles, Egan, Connolly

    What transfers ideally 2, and who to triple captain. Needs to be used. Using FH in 38

  20. Hazardous1983
    • 9 Years
    2 months, 9 days ago

    ings is going ot be restted

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

      How do you know?

      1. Hazardous1983
        • 9 Years
        2 months, 9 days ago

        hes played 90 mins in last 5 games hes due a rest now, and southampton schedule is tight mon thurs sunday

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

      Maybe

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

      Rested for what??

  21. antis0cial
    • 4 Years
    2 months, 9 days ago

    A) Mahrez to Dilva/Foden
    B) Mahrez to Antonio
    C) Mahrez to Willian/Pulisic

    With Lascelles out I have no bench, so Robinson to Alonso for -4 too?

    Cpt
    1) Sterling
    2) Bruno
    3) Salah

    Pope
    TAA AWB Boly
    Salah KDB Sterling Bruno Mahrez
    Greenwood Jime

  22. Vazza
      2 months, 9 days ago

      Who to captain this week -

      1. Mane
      2. KDB
      3. Sterling
      4. Foden
      5. Fernandes
      6. Rashford
      7. Ings

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

        5,3,7

        1. Vazza
            2 months, 9 days ago

            And if you had a choice of one?

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

              3

        2. Coys96
          • 3 Years
          2 months, 9 days ago

          3

      2. Hazardous1983
        • 9 Years
        2 months, 9 days ago

        i have no chelsea midfield

        foden kdb mahrez bruno martial, is this a risk

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

          It’s hazardous

        2. Vazza
            2 months, 9 days ago

            I’m going without Chelsea and hoping for the best but expecting the worst

        3. St. Joseph
          • 4 Years
          2 months, 9 days ago

          Why bruno has less captaincy votes, meanwhile manutd have to win this game vs unmotivated palace side?

          1. Nedvěd11
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 5 Years
            2 months, 9 days ago

            So Chelsea don't need to win?

        4. rilo
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 5 Years
          2 months, 9 days ago

          FH team,

          What u guys think?

          McCarthy
          Wan-Bissaka Azpi Alonso
          Foden Sterling Antonio Bruno Pulisic
          Ings Jesus

          Pope,Greenwood, Cresswell, Doherty

          I know, Alonso is huge risk

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

            Looks great.

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

          Start Giroud or Greenwood? Cheers all!

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

            The one who shoots more, moves faster, can score more than 1. Does that help?

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

              Fair enough. But Norwich!!

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

                What ever the opposition those factors stand.

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

            wait for team news, maybe there will be Chelsea team before deadline

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

              Good shout. Ta

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

          Anything worth a hit with this team? 0 ft 1.9 itb. Could do Saka to Foden but that would leave me with benching problems this gw.

          Patricio
          TAA Doherty Maguire
          Pulisic Fernandes Sterling Willian
          Jesus Rashford Ings

          Martinez Aurier Ritchie Saka

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

          One FT. Do I do Jimi to Ings or Mahrez to Dilva?

          Have KdB and Foden already. Might captain Dilva as chasing

          1. A Fat Spanish Waiter
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 6 Years
            2 months, 9 days ago

            Jimmy to INgs.

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

              Jimi to Ings/Jesus and hope Mahrez nabs something off the bench.

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

          So going to do my FH but i have 2 free transfers.

          Can i make the 2 now (for GW37 plan) and then use my FH for GW36?

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

          If you are far behind in your ML, which gw do you think have the highest ceiling if you are using FH?