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. n14mul
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 3 Years
    3 months, 8 days ago

    Kdb & vardy 》pulisic & jesus for -4 worth it? I'm in a ml.where the top 5 are covered by 10 points!!! Fine margins or be brave

    1. Soto Ayam
      • 1 Year
      3 months, 8 days ago

      Nah, don't think Jesus will cover the -4 over vardy

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

      Be brave. If Jesus hauls you’ll kick yourself. Not convinced with Vardy

      1. n14mul
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        3 months, 8 days ago

        Vardy to jesus I am confident of i see him playijg and getting some time.

        Kdb to pulisic is my concern....I've had kdb from the start so its not easy parting ways....a kdb back lash is the fear but i want chelsea cover

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

    to FH this week or not? Thoughts appreciated.

    Pope
    TAA AWB Doherty (Kiko, Simpson)
    Salah KDB Mahrez Bruno Pulisic
    Jimenez Greenwood (DCL)

    Players that I'd get rid of/get in for FH36:
    Sterling, Jesus, Foden, Azpi, Ings. Possibly Kepa

    Compared to using FH in 38:
    Auba, Son, Richarlison, Digne(?), and choosing the correct 3 City assets

    So it seems I'd make more changes if I were to use the FH now. Alternatively I can just a hit to do Mahrez, DCL > Foden, Jesus (-4).

    Hope this is helpful for some other people in a similar situation.

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

      FH

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

      Ah, apologies for the double post. The formatting messed up:

      to FH this week or not? Thoughts appreciated.

      Pope
      TAA AWB Doherty (Kiko, Simpson)
      Salah KDB Mahrez Bruno Pulisic
      Jimenez Greenwood (DCL)

      Players that I'd get rid of/get in for FH36:
      Out: KDB, Mahrez, Doherty, Jimenez, maybe Greenwood and Pope
      In: Sterling, Jesus, Foden, Azpi, Ings. Possibly Kepa

      Compared to using FH in 38:
      Out: Doherty, Jimenez, AWB
      In: Auba, Son, Richarlison, Digne(?), and choosing the correct 3 City assets

      So it seems I'd make more changes if I were to use the FH now. Alternatively I can just a hit to do Mahrez, DCL > Foden, Jesus (-4).

      Hope this is helpful for some other people in a similar situation.

  3. Athletic Nasherbo
    • 3 Years
    3 months, 8 days ago

    Henderson
    TAA Doherty Egan
    KdB Fernandes Willian Pulisic Foden
    Vardy Rashford

    Nyland DCL Lundstram Aarons

    Aarons > Alonso
    KdB > Sterling(C)
    Vardy > Jesus/Ings
    (-8)

    Worth it?

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

    Any early line up news yet?

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

    Playing BB so need to max out my team. Worried about Kdb getting benched. Worth taking a punt and ditching him for Dilva who is pretty certain to start? Other two City are Ederson and Jesus.

    1. Soto Ayam
      • 1 Year
      3 months, 8 days ago

      Yeah, I would

  6. kamdaraji
    • 11 Years
    3 months, 8 days ago

    Rashford or Ings on FH (already have Fernandes and WB)?

    1. Athletic Nasherbo
      • 3 Years
      3 months, 8 days ago

      Ings by far

  7. sandman58
    • 1 Year
    3 months, 8 days ago

    Andy on Scoutcast talkin about early Chelsea team news....can somebody please tell me where i can get this info and at what time?

    1. Boss Hogg
      • 11 Years
      3 months, 8 days ago

      Twitter FPLrockstar.
      He’ll (hopefully) announce team news about 5 minutes before the deadline.

      1. sandman58
        • 1 Year
        3 months, 8 days ago

        Thank you

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

    Martinez
    TAA Doherty Holgate
    Salah KDB Mahrez Bruno Foden
    Rashford Greenwood
    (Jimi Saiss Lascelles)

    a) FH to get in triple Chelsea, Ings and switch City assets
    b) Save FH for GW38

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

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

    1. The Littlest Robbo
      • 5 Years
      3 months, 8 days ago

      Gw38 with differtials to catch up

    2. tokara
      • 6 Years
      3 months, 8 days ago

      Gw38

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

    Sterling + VVD
    or
    Willian/Dilva + Jesus (-4)
    And who to C out of these?

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

    Current Team vs FH team: Think im going to FH to the second team. OR 4k!
    Would you?

    CURRENT TEAM:
    Martinez
    TAA / Doc / Wan-bas
    Mane / Son / KDB / Fernandez / Foden
    Vardy / Jimi
    4.0 /Greenwood / Lamptey / Lasa

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

    4.0/ Greenwood / Cresswell / Lampty

  12. Sterling Archer
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 3 Years
    3 months, 8 days ago

    been mentioned a lot but...

    Salah to sterling -4

    salah probs wouldn't be captain and I have a fear of a sterling haul and lots in ML's will be captaining him!

    1. TONY123
      • 5 Years
      3 months, 8 days ago

      Well it can go both ways. Liverpool could thrash Arsenal with a Salah haul and Sterling could be benched and come on for a 20 min 1-point cameo.

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

    We getting early team news today or what?

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

    "First half of press conference done"

    Guess we'll get some team news in the 2nd...

    1. Siggy in the Middle
      • 5 Years
      3 months, 8 days ago

      Any mention when that'll be?

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

        I assume right after

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

    Do this make sense?: Iheanacho > Greenwood (-4)

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

      not for -4

  16. wanaj84
    • 5 Years
    3 months, 8 days ago

    help me

    kdb, taa > sterling, azpi (-4)

    or salah > Sterling

    captain sterling

    1. Nedvěd11
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      3 months, 8 days ago

      Captain Salah

  17. JamieC180
    • 2 Years
    3 months, 8 days ago

    Never struggled so much with a transfer:

    My defense is currently: Soyuncu, Aurier, Basham, Baldock, 3.9

    I'm thinking:
    Soyuncu -> Sais
    Aurier -> Kyle Walker / Alderweireld

    any help rewarded monetarily

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

      You have been unlucky

      I’d go Saïss - is trust wolves defence over spurs and while Soyuncu, the sad situation with Aurier doesn’t mean he definitely will not play

  18. Drogba Legend
    • 3 Years
    3 months, 8 days ago

    FH draft:

    Kepa
    Azpi - Digne - AWB
    Sterling - Dilva - Bruno - Willian - Antonio
    Jesus (C) - Ings

    3.9 - Rashford - 4.0 - 3.9

    Thoughts?

    1. More Cowbell
      • 10 Years
      3 months, 8 days ago

      no pulisic is risky!

  19. Ruinenlust
    • 2 Years
    3 months, 8 days ago

    Which?

    A) Mane -> Pulisic

    B) Martial -> Pulisic

    C) Greenwood -> Giroud

    1. Luton_Fan
      • 10 Years
      3 months, 8 days ago

      C

  20. Alli
    • 3 Years
    3 months, 8 days ago

    Play Mahrez or Greenwood?

    Pope
    TAA - Doherty - Digne
    Mané - KDB - Mahrez - Fernandes - Foden
    Rashford - Ings

    Martin - Greenwood - Saiss - Lascelles

  21. Captain Warlock
    • 4 Years
    3 months, 8 days ago

    Willian or Salah on free hit currently on Willian

    1. Nedvěd11
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      3 months, 8 days ago

      Both

  22. Bucket Man
    • 2 Years
    3 months, 8 days ago

    Trying to keep in the top 5k for the first time ever. No chips left 1FT 2.1ITB
    Pope
    TAA, Aurier*, Boly
    Salah, KDB, Mahrez, Fernandes
    Vardy, Ings, Greenwood
    Stevens, Lascelles, Luiz

    A) Mahrez to Pulisic
    B) Luiz to Foden(bench Greenwood)
    C) Save

    1. Boss Hogg
      • 11 Years
      3 months, 8 days ago

      A and B and Aurier to Alonso.
      -8.

      1. Boss Hogg
        • 11 Years
        3 months, 8 days ago

        Balls out.

  23. royals forever
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 11 Years
    3 months, 8 days ago

    For this front 8

    KDB Martial Foden Fernandes Mane

    Greenwood Ings Jimenez

    Should I do

    Jimenez > Jesus

    or

    Save

    Any ideas would be welcomed

  24. michaelington
    • 10 Years
    3 months, 8 days ago

    This free hit chip is more trouble than its worth. I know exactly what will happen, my normal team will outscore it.

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

      I just did a mock FH38 draft and think I prefer my current team

  25. NOSLEEPTILLBROOKLYN
    • 2 Years
    3 months, 8 days ago

    Is this good for a FH team?

    Ederson
    Azpi Digne Doherty 4.2 4.2
    Sterling KDB(c) Martial Bruno Pulisic
    Greenwood Vardy 4.2

  26. Jòse
    • 4 Years
    3 months, 8 days ago

    Vardy or Ings on free hit?

    1. Bobby_Baggio
      • 9 Years
      3 months, 8 days ago

      Ings

    2. JoeSoap
      • 7 Years
      3 months, 8 days ago

      Ings

    3. Test Eagles
      • 9 Years
      3 months, 8 days ago

      Ings

  27. Jon Walter's Hatty
    • 7 Years
    3 months, 8 days ago

    Frank could easily freshen up that front 6 after getting hammered. Awful lot of options in the midfield...

  28. Bobby_Baggio
    • 9 Years
    3 months, 8 days ago

    Last few tweaks of my FH team. Which ones for the last spots please? Azpi will be Alonso if news is leaked early that he starts. Thanks.
    _____
    Azpi - AWB - Digne
    Sterling - DSilva - Willian - Antonio - Bruno
    _____ - Jesus

    (Reina) - Greenwood - TAA - Taylor

    A) McCarthy or B) Pope
    1) Ings or 2) Giroud

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

      McCarthy and Giroud

    2. joshphillips465
      • 6 Years
      3 months, 8 days ago

      Pope and Ings 100%

  29. Indio
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 8 Years
    3 months, 8 days ago

    Is either Mahrez and DCL, or Saka and Vardy out to bring in Pulisic and Jesus worth it for a hit? Or should I just stick with my original plan of Saka > Pulisic for free? Thanks.

  30. spamking
      3 months, 8 days ago

      A. Mahrez > Foden
      B. Mahrez > Dilva

      1. JoeSoap
        • 7 Years
        3 months, 8 days ago

        B