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%.

Player statistics – Last four matches

Become a Member and get unrestricted access to our data and articles

Full-year memberships are now available for the price of £19.99. Monthly subscriptions also cost just £2.99.

Join now to get the following:

  • Plot your transfer strategies using the fully interactive Season Ticker.
  • Get projections for every Premier League player provided by the Rate My Team statistical model.
  • Use Rate My Team throughout the season to guide your selections and transfers.
  • Get access to over 150+ exclusive members articles over the season.
  • Analyse our OPTA-powered statistic tables specifically tailored for Fantasy Football Managers.
  • Use our exclusive tool to build custom stats tables from over 100 OPTA player and team stats.
  • Enjoy our brand NEW Flat-Track Bully feature which introduces an opposition filter to your tables.
  • View heatmaps and expected goals data for every player.
  • Use our powerful comparison tool to analyse players head-to-head.

ALREADY A USER? CLICK HERE TO UPGRADE YOUR FREE ACCOUNT

NEW TO SCOUT? CLICK HERE TO START A MEMBERSHIP ACCOUNT

1,724 Comments Post a Comment
  1. The Vindaloovian
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 2 Years
    3 months, 8 days ago

    Is Taa really abetter option against ARS away than Boly at BUR?

    A) TAA (ARS a)
    B) Boly (BUR a)

    1. antis0cial
      • 4 Years
      3 months, 8 days ago

      Yes, Arsenal can’t defend crosses/corners and TAA takes most and is one of best crossers of ball in prem

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

      Play TAA

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

      United better defensively away, I've regretted having Wolves, albeit with having the expensive Doherty

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

        *Read AWB my bad

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

      Thanks lads. Think I'm GTG then. Good luck all!

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

      Im playing both

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

    Anything wrong here? (FH)

    Ederson
    TAA - AWB - Azpi
    Salah - Sterling - Dilva - Pulisic - Bruno
    Ings - Giroud

    3.9 - 3.9 - 3.9 - 4.2

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

      Personally I'd look at AWB and Sterling too.

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

    FH team. OR 4k! GTG??

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

    4.0/ Greenwood / Cresswell / Lampty

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

      Lovely attacking team - good luck

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

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

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

    1. antis0cial
      • 4 Years
      3 months, 8 days ago

      No

    2. Shark Team
      • 3 Years
      3 months, 8 days ago

      Can't help you but I think your team will revert back to how it was in gw 35+

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

        Hummm....Would be great to find out

        But i mean i loose the 2 Free trasnfers anyways so i might just try it

        1. Shark Team
          • 3 Years
          3 months, 8 days ago

          Listen to me and keep the FH for the last gw .... Do 3 transfers for -4 this gw

  5. LucasPodolski
    • 1 Year
    3 months, 8 days ago

    FH team:

    De Gea
    Doherty TAA Azp
    Willian Pulisic Rich Foden Dsilva
    Vardy Jesus

    Too many differentials?

    1. Lucky Z
      • 3 Years
      3 months, 8 days ago

      No differentials I think. Would have other keeper than DDG. McCarthy is cheaper option for FH

  6. Shark Team
    • 3 Years
    3 months, 8 days ago

    IN Digne D.Silva Jesus
    OUT Van Dijk Mane Connolly
    For -8 worth or no? I mean if you don't risk now then when?

  7. Mike132
    • 11 Years
    3 months, 8 days ago

    Martinez
    TAA Doherty Taylor
    Salah KDB Mahrez Fernandes Martial
    Jesus Greenwood

    Subs: Button Kiko Aurier Connoly

    Would you guys do Salah + Mahrez out for Pulisic + Sterling or too risky? Any other suggestions?

    Thanks

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

      Sterling playing 90 scares me

  8. Lucky Z
    • 3 Years
    3 months, 8 days ago

    Why Pulisic over Willian to cap? Have both, just wondering. Willian has pens in his pocket.

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

      Not necessarily if Jorginho plays

      1. Lucky Z
        • 3 Years
        3 months, 8 days ago

        Good point. Thank you.

  9. wilson007
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 1 Year
    3 months, 8 days ago

    Who to captain

    a) Sterling
    b) Bruno
    c) Pulisic
    d) Foden

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

      B
      C
      D

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

      C

    3. Coys96
      • 3 Years
      3 months, 8 days ago

      A

      1. Vazza
          3 months, 8 days ago

          Mate, you’re absolutely adamant with Sterling captaincy shout this week aren’t you? Haha

      2. wilson007
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 1 Year
        3 months, 8 days ago

        I was really starting to lean towards Foden...

        1. Vazza
            3 months, 8 days ago

            Me too - for me it’s a coin toss between Foden and Sterling..

      3. Ian Davis
        • 10 Years
        3 months, 8 days ago

        Iheanacho > Greenwood (-4)

      4. JakeTheRed
        • 6 Years
        3 months, 8 days ago

        Think I'm settled for my FH team.

        Kepa
        Azp - AWB - Digne
        Salah - Sterling - Foden - Fernandes - Pulisic
        Ings - Jesus

        (Greenwood, Fredericks, Fodder, Fodder)

        Next decision, who would you captain in that team?!

        Is it too risky to captain Sterling due to rotation? Is Pulisic the obvious choice, even though he only has 1 big haul this season? Is Salah worth a punt as that fixture usually has goals, even though Pool aren't playing great?

        Thoughts?

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

          If it's too risky to captain Sterling why isn't it too risky picking him on a free hit?

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

            The same way it's risky to gamble your salary on a game but riskier to gamble two salaries...

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

          Are you chasing? I’m very tempted to avoid Fernandes this week and gamble on Ings to rashford.

          Logic being FA cup so I think Fernandes rested / has minutes managed and Rashford on penalty. Antonio or differential midfield pick could make up 5-10 points

          1. JakeTheRed
            • 6 Years
            3 months, 8 days ago

            Currently top of my ML's, sat at 5k overall and trying to push into top 1k.

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

        Kdb and Mahrez > Sterling and Pulisic for free? This would make sterling my only city player...

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

        Salah or Antonio on fh?

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

          Antonio

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

            This!

            But Salah likes scoring against an Arsenal team that could priorities the FA Cup over the Europa league position...

        2. Rhodes your boat
          • 4 Years
          3 months, 8 days ago

          Salahhh

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

        Guys, any advices for my team? What about the captain? I was maybe thinking about Sterling for Salah but Pep rotation is always wory.

        Pope
        Alexander-Arnold / Doherty / Saiss
        Salah / De Bruyne / Martial / Bruno Fernandes
        Vardy / Jimenez / Ings

        Buttn / Hanley / Williams / Saka

        Team value:106.7 M
        In the bank: 0.3 M
        Rank: 153'158

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

          Captain Salah. Guaranteed start. Sterling might not even come on.

      8. Bubz
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 7 Years
        3 months, 8 days ago

        Whats Pep been saying then?

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

          All about the court of sports arbitration decision so far.

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

          CAS and FFP

      9. Zenith UK
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        3 months, 8 days ago

        Need one or two more opinions before my mind is made up;
        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. Zenith UK
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 4 Years
          3 months, 8 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

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

          Why did you take a -8 to activate a 3 man bench boost?

          Why didn’t you use next couple of weeks to get to a bench boost team for GW38?

          Whether you take a -4 for the keeper is probably point neutral - I expect most of those options have an expected point total of about 4 this gameweek

          1. Zenith UK
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 4 Years
            3 months, 8 days ago

            Not feeling a GW38 BB - just felt like now was the time. Players coming in are being held for multiple fixtures as well

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

          Fabianski

          1. Zenith UK
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 4 Years
            3 months, 8 days ago

            Price point

      10. The Vindaloovian
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 2 Years
        3 months, 8 days ago

        Well then. GTG? Big gameweek. I'm neck and neck with number one in my ML

        ---------------Ederson----------------
        ---------TAA Doherty Digne---------
        KDB Bruno Martial Foden Willian (c)
        ------------Vardy Jimi-----------
        -------------------------------------------
        --Henderson - Greenwood Boly Egan--

      11. Reddonkeyham 42
        • 6 Years
        3 months, 8 days ago

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

        Button

        Lascelles, Egan, Connolly

        2 transfers, FH and TC to use, could really do with advise

      12. Tmel
        • 9 Years
        3 months, 8 days ago

        Worth FHing to triple up on Chelsea and get Ings in?

        Or save until GW38?

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

          I am having the exact same thought process and am leaning towards playing free hit...

      13. Rhodes your boat
        • 4 Years
        3 months, 8 days ago

        FH thoughts? 0.0itb

        McCarthy
        Taa azpi jonny
        Salah(c) sterling fernandes pulisic Foden
        Jesus ings

        Button greenwood kiko 3.9

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

        Am I the only one concerned that early season Norwich turn up v Chelsea?

        Pressure of relegation gone and just enjoy last few games. Players putting themselves in shop window too

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

          Perhaps, but would he not now give some younger guys a chance?

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

            Not sure, possibly. Just feel anecdotally that some relegated teams finish strongly. Cardiff beat united on last day in 18/19

      15. Mattious8
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        3 months, 8 days ago

        Pope
        TAA Doh, Jonny, Lasc, Rob
        KDB, Ster, Fern, Mart, Will
        Var, Green, DCL

        I have FH, triple C left, up 28 points in my league.
        1 free transfer for the week

        A) Do free hit
        B) Triple C
        C) Make 1 transfer
        D) Nothing

        1. zotter
          • 11 Years
          3 months, 8 days ago

          Can you upgrade DCL to Giroud

          1. Mattious8
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 5 Years
            3 months, 8 days ago

            I could, but who do I bench, Greenwood?

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

          There is no standout fixutre next week for TC I feel other than maybe Fernandes / Martial vs. West Ham. You'd want FH for GW38+ so would make sense to TC this week but again, minutes are a problem this GW .

          What chips do your rivals have left?

          1. Mattious8
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 5 Years
            3 months, 8 days ago

            None have triple C, all have FH

            I would triple this week but who is the question...many risks.

      16. Slitherene
        • 2 Years
        3 months, 8 days ago

        Better option for this week?

        A) AWB (cry)
        B) VvD (ars)

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

          AWB - I think Arsenal will score but will lose the match or a high-scoring draw 2-2.

        2. Kane Lane
          • 5 Years
          3 months, 8 days ago

          tough B

      17. Kane Lane
        • 5 Years
        3 months, 8 days ago

        Hi All,

        Narrowed it down to following moves which one should I do. Playing my Bench Boost last roll dice to catch my rival.

        A) Rashford > Giroud Free
        B) Foster Rashford > McCarthy Jesus -4
        C) Rashford Kiko > Giroud Alonso -4 Depend on team news.
        D) Punt Bruno Greenwood > Giroud DSilva Keep Rashford

        I would appreciate feedback.
        Thanks!

      18. Henning
        • 6 Years
        3 months, 8 days ago

        Kdb out for Sterling for a hit not worth it right?

        Pope
        TAA Boly Azpilicueta
        KDB Fernandes D.Silva Martial William
        Jesus Ings

        Leno Greenwood Stevens Fermandez

        1. zotter
          • 11 Years
          3 months, 8 days ago

          Risky but could pay off if you captain him

      19. zotter
        • 11 Years
        3 months, 8 days ago

        A. Vardy and DCL to Ings and Giroud for a -4? (Bench greenwood)
        B. Just vardy to one of them (who?) (bench DCL)
        C. Aurier to Zouma (bench Saiss)
        D. Vardy to Ings and Aurier to Alonso / Azpi -4 (bench Saiss)

        1. Henning
          • 6 Years
          3 months, 8 days ago

          Maby , think Giroud can do well.

      20. Kun Tozser
        • 5 Years
        3 months, 8 days ago

        Choose 2 to transfer in

        Jesus
        DSilva
        Giroud

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

          A&B for me.

      21. davies
        • 6 Years
        3 months, 8 days ago

        GTG lads?

        Pope
        TAA Doherty Aurier
        Salah KDB Bruno Mahrez Pulisi(c)
        Vardy Greenwood

        Reina DCL Saiss Taylor

        Cheers - good luck all!

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

        Who is the better captaincy pick?

        a) Pulisic

        b) Jesus

        1. Kane Lane
          • 5 Years
          3 months, 8 days ago

          B

        2. Coys96
          • 3 Years
          3 months, 8 days ago

          A

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

          a

      23. cescpistols111
        • 5 Years
        3 months, 8 days ago

        1FT, 1.4 ITB. Chasing a big ML lead.

        A. DCL -> Ings
        B. DCL + Mane -> Vardy + Son (-4)
        C. Mane -> Sterling
        D. Davis -> Foden
        E. Save FT

        Current team is:
        Martinez Stekelenburg
        Doherty AWB Garcia Kabasele Simpson
        Mane KDB Martial Pulisic Davis
        Rashford Jimenez DCL