Captain Sensible

Who are the best FPL captain options for Gameweek 37+?

There are a number of viable options for the Fantasy Premier League captaincy in Gameweek 37+.

Favourable fixtures for Manchester United, Manchester City, Wolves, Burnley and, according to some, Liverpool, have widened the spread of those considered for the armband by the Fantasy community.

As ever, the Captain Sensible article is here to help you sift through all the different candidates using each player’s underlying statistics from their last four matches compared 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

Manchester United options top the captain poll for Gameweek 37+ with Bruno Fernandes (£9.1m) and Anthony Martial (£8.5m) the two most popular for the armband.

They both face West Ham on Wednesday evening, each asset on a reliable run of form.

The Portuguese international has now hit 105 points across his first 12 Manchester United matches, averaging 8.8 points per outing; good enough to convince 20.9% of our voters to deem him the best captain for the penultimate Gameweek of the season.

FPL lessons learned as Martial and Rashford outscore Fernandes

Meanwhile, Martial has delivered a double-figure haul in every home appearance since the Premier League returned, registering five goals and three assists in just three matches at Old Trafford. Therefore, the Frenchman is not far behind Fernandes for armband support, 17.7% voting for him ahead of Gameweek 37+.

Danny Ings‘ (£7.6m) impressive scoring run was extended against Brighton, his total of five goals more than any other forward since the Premier League restart. During that period, Bournemouth have been breached 15 times, the second-worst in the division. That combination of statistics is clearly enough for 6.9% of our voters to go with the differential tactic of sticking the armband on Ings.

The same number of managers have declared their support for Kevin De Bruyne (£10.7m) as he prepares to face Watford at Vicarage Road. Manchester City options are somewhat problematic in Gameweek 37+ as the next deadline occurs several hours before they play Arsenal in the FA Cup, and roughly three days before their actual Premier League fixture.

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Following a complete rest against Bournemouth, De Bruyne feels the most likely to start at Watford but he could always get injured in the Cup. Either way, the awkward schedule has put paid to much captaincy consideration for Pep Guardiola’s men, the Belgian midfielder the only one of only two Citizens to be selected by more the 2% in this poll.

Completing the top five in the latest vote, Nick Pope (£5.1m) makes a rare appearance in the conversation for the goalkeeper’s union. The 5.7% support for Burnley’s shot-stopper does make a lot sense considering his team’s defensive record this season. He has 14 clean sheets to his name, the joint-highest of any goalkeeper in 2019/20 while Norwich have scored just once since the Premier League restart. 

Raheem Sterling‘s (£11.9m) one-point cameo against Bournemouth will be enough to put some Fantasy managers off, but some are prepared to take the risk on Manchester City’s number seven. Provided he can come through the FA Cup semi-final unscathed, the rest last time out does stand Sterling in good stead of starting at Watford, where he could extend his Project Restart record of six goals and three assists. It is that explosive capability which has convinced 5% of voters to go with the premium midfielder.

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Chris Wood (£6.1m) has been a much-discussed option in the Fantasy community this week as he prepares to face Norwich, the team that has conceded the most since the Premier League returned (16 goals). 4.5% of our voters believe Wood will be the one to make the most of that, as he enjoys his best-ever Premier League season in terms of goals scored (12) and FPL points (120).

There is a similar level of support for Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang (£10.9m) as Arsenal prepare to travel to Aston Villa. Dean Smith’s men have made improvements at the back of late but with the Premier League season winding to a close, they may have to come out of their shell in the final two matches, which could leave room for Arsenal’s Golden Boot chasing striker to exploit.

Perhaps the most striking result of this latest captain poll is the lack of backing for Mohamed Salah (£12.5m), chosen as the best captain by just 4.1%. Yes, the Egyptian has blanked in each of his last two outings, but most would agree he was unlucky to do so on both occasions. With Salah ramping up his shot output in recent games, and Chelsea’s defence conceding an average of 1.8 goals per away match this season, there already appears to be opportunity for big gains offering itself to anyone willing to captain Salah.

Raúl Jiménez (£8.1m) has a favourable fixture in Gameweek 37+ as well, as Wolves host a Crystal Palace side that feels either on the beach, on its last legs, or both. The Eagles have conceded 15 times since the Premier League restart, only Norwich performing worse in that department (16), and they are now short of Patrick van Aanholt (£5.6m), Gary Cahill (£4.4m) and James Tomkins (£5.0m) at the back.

Despite a double-figure haul against that Palace defence on Thursday night, which had been coming for a while, Marcus Rashford (£8.9m) has not received the same attention for the Gameweek 37+ captaincy than Fernandes and Martial, chosen by just 3.6% of our voters. But he is just as reliable as his midfield counterparts at Old Trafford, although less explosive thus far, averaging 7.3 points per game there since the Premier League returned.

Harry Kane (£10.9m), Son Heung-min (£9.6m), Gabriel Jesus (£9.8m) and Jamie Vardy (£9.8m) are the only other assets considered by more than 1% in the captain poll.

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1,634 Comments Post a Comment
  1. Steve The Spud
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    2 months, 4 days ago

    Wood be a shame if Burnley didn’t score today

    1. Rinseboy
      • 8 Years
      2 months, 4 days ago

      they will probably be Long !

  2. Team Cruel
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 5 Years
    2 months, 4 days ago

    The answer this week is the guy with 47 points in his last 3 home games

    1. ChickenTikkaMoSalah
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      2 months, 4 days ago

      Toniii

      Also think he’ll be rested vs Chelsea

      1. jamiejoe
        • 5 Years
        2 months, 4 days ago

        This is likely.

        Where as Man City play premium players tonight and rest for squad players on Tuesday.

        People still heavy into KdB, Mahrez, Sterling etc even with free hit left.

        I guess they all got minutes last week except KdB. But the rest was for Arsenal not Watford so rotation risk still highly likely.

  3. Tsparkes10
    • 2 Years
    2 months, 4 days ago

    Armstrong or Trossard and why?

    1. Kun Tozser
      • 5 Years
      2 months, 4 days ago

      Not fancy McNeil?

      1. Tsparkes10
        • 2 Years
        2 months, 4 days ago

        Nah

    2. Rinseboy
      • 8 Years
      2 months, 4 days ago

      Tross

    3. EmreCan Hustle
      • 8 Years
      2 months, 4 days ago

      Trossard

  4. Jellyfish
    • 8 Years
    2 months, 4 days ago

    Armband currently on Bruno but Ings. is tempting me

    1. Rinseboy
      • 8 Years
      2 months, 4 days ago

      Go Bruno..Bourenmouth looking better now

  5. Gunner Boy
    • 5 Years
    2 months, 4 days ago

    Which is better?

    A-Alonso > Pieters and play Foster
    B- Foster > Pope and play Alonso

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

      yikes - B

    2. jomikijiq
      • 5 Years
      2 months, 4 days ago

      B for sure

  6. Bruno Commando
    • 6 Years
    2 months, 4 days ago

    Going for FH in 38+ so this is my last FT. Which is my best option?

    1) Lord to Tarkowski, have double Burnley defence
    2) Lord to Doherty, have double Wolves defence
    3) Jesus to Ings, to take advantage of Bournemouth match

    Pope
    AWB // Saiss // Egan // Lord*
    Bruno // KDB // Mahrez
    Rashy // Jimenez // Jesus*

    Bench: Krul // TAA // Pulisic // Cantwell

    1. jamiejoe
      • 5 Years
      2 months, 4 days ago

      KdB or Mahrez for David Silva.

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

      2

  7. Rinseboy
    • 8 Years
    2 months, 4 days ago

    Right going with and gambling a bit. Chasing down a 15 point lead!
    Next week Foden and Vardy to Dilva and Auba!

    Look OK or mental?

    Pope
    TAA Doherty Aurier
    Sterling (c) Bruno (vc) Martial Pullisic Foden
    Vardy Jesus
    Martinez Greenwood Fernandez Diop

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

      Great moves next GW, good captaincy punt this. Best of luck.

      1. Rinseboy
        • 8 Years
        2 months, 4 days ago

        thanks mate good luck to you. Just hope I get some long overdue luck this week after 3 horendous weeks!

        1. jamiejoe
          • 5 Years
          2 months, 4 days ago

          Do you really think Sterling starts away at Watford with nothing to be gained for Man City?

          1. Rinseboy
            • 8 Years
            2 months, 4 days ago

            Think they will still want to keep momentum going. Plus he has had a few rests now. punting he does

          2. Rinseboy
            • 8 Years
            2 months, 4 days ago

            plus week rest after and he is one player that I trust coming off bench to get something

  8. CrouchDown
    • 8 Years
    2 months, 4 days ago

    Any pressers today?

    1. Team Cruel
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      2 months, 4 days ago

      Ole

      1. jamiejoe
        • 5 Years
        2 months, 4 days ago

        What time please?

          1. Tinkermania
            • 1 Year
            2 months, 4 days ago

            Not very useful that as you can predict Utd team. And it's the cup he will talk about not the league.

      2. MGD
        • 4 Years
        2 months, 4 days ago

        When?

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

    Pulisic to Dilva
    or
    Azpi to Tarkowski (Also own Pope)

    1. Going To Win This Year
      • 2 Years
      2 months, 4 days ago

      I'm also thinking of Puli to Dilva.

      What are other people doing with Puli?

    2. Rinseboy
      • 8 Years
      2 months, 4 days ago

      was tempted but gonna hold a week just in case Foden plays the CM role and Dilva plays the cup

    3. Goro Majima
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      2 months, 4 days ago

      Tempted to keep him this week as Liverpool aren't all that in defence at the minute. Want Martial in but might sell Foden for him as less guarantee of minutes.

  10. jamiejoe
    • 5 Years
    2 months, 4 days ago

    It's a v low count on the captain poll so far as people weigh up their team.

    Mind, more reliable that a couple of responses on here to team selection questions and conundrums!

  11. AC Yew
    • 1 Year
    2 months, 4 days ago

    Can i get some help with my team please. Still got BB to play. Trying to break a 30+ lead:

    Henderson
    TAA Doherty AWB
    KDB Foden Salah Pulisic Fernandea
    Greenwood Jimenez

    Leno Egan Taylor Nketiah

  12. FPL Mario
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 1 Year
    2 months, 4 days ago

    If Sterling was as nailed as Martial, he'd be the standout captain. So basically comes down to 'do you feel lucky?'

    Well do you, ya, punk?

    1. jamiejoe
      • 5 Years
      2 months, 4 days ago

      Yeah... On David Silva or Martial!!

  13. Tinmen
    • 7 Years
    2 months, 4 days ago

    Folks, who is the bigger goal threat?

    Dunk
    Tarkowski

    1. gers23
      • 9 Years
      2 months, 4 days ago

      Dunk imo

    2. EmreCan Hustle
      • 8 Years
      2 months, 4 days ago

      Tarkowski

    3. jomikijiq
      • 5 Years
      2 months, 4 days ago

      Dunk 0.88 Sh90
      Tarkowski 0.56 Sh90

  14. gers23
    • 9 Years
    2 months, 4 days ago

    Giroud to J Rod/Woods or save the transfer?

    1. EmreCan Hustle
      • 8 Years
      2 months, 4 days ago

      Save

    2. yosim
        2 months, 4 days ago

        I'd do it

    3. EmreCan Hustle
      • 8 Years
      2 months, 4 days ago

      Alonso+Pulisic+Foden >>> Egan+KDB+Dendoncker (-8)?

      Thanks.

      1. zon
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        2 months, 4 days ago

        Don't take hits at this stage of the season

        1. EmreCan Hustle
          • 8 Years
          2 months, 4 days ago

          I'm nowhere near where I want to be. Just looking to have some fun. Do you think the transfers make sense?

          1. jamiejoe
            • 5 Years
            2 months, 4 days ago

            I wouldn't be bringing KdB in this week.

            1. EmreCan Hustle
              • 8 Years
              2 months, 4 days ago

              Mahrez maybe? Or keep Foden?

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

      Saiss (have Doc) or Egan (no other Sheff U) for one week?

    5. Pringle
      • 7 Years
      2 months, 4 days ago

      What are you Alonso owners doing this week?

      1. EmreCan Hustle
        • 8 Years
        2 months, 4 days ago

        Alonso+Pulisic+Foden >>> Egan+KDB+Dendoncker (-8)

      2. FOO FIGHTER
        • 1 Year
        2 months, 4 days ago

        I got rid of Azpi and Pulisic.

    6. Adzy
      • 5 Years
      2 months, 4 days ago

      TAA and Pulisic to tarkowski and Dilva -4

      Yes or no?

      1. Rinseboy
        • 8 Years
        2 months, 4 days ago

        just Tark..Wait and see on Dilva.

    7. FOO FIGHTER
      • 1 Year
      2 months, 4 days ago

      Salah will be the biggest differential if you cap him this week?

      If he hauls, BOOM!

      1. Rinseboy
        • 8 Years
        2 months, 4 days ago

        decided I just couldn't trust him and Chelsea need a big game there.

      2. Dynamic Duos
        • 7 Years
        2 months, 4 days ago

        Sterling even bigger

        1. FOO FIGHTER
          • 1 Year
          2 months, 4 days ago

          Bournemouth.

          Pep is a troll.

      3. Qaiss
        • 4 Years
        2 months, 4 days ago

        Wasn't he meant to haul against Arsenal who benched our best player?

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

        Chelsea play pool 72h after Utd. Tired legs vs rested pool + Salah very very unfortunate not to haul on last two games. Salah (c) locked.

        1. yosim
            2 months, 4 days ago

            he had that one chance i remember against David Luiz, didn't look like a potential haul to me, I'm going Martial

      5. Pringle
        • 7 Years
        2 months, 4 days ago

        What option would you go for?

        A. Alonso + Wood
        B. Tarkowski + Greenwood

        1. Rinseboy
          • 8 Years
          2 months, 4 days ago

          Tark and Wood?!

        2. Adzy
          • 5 Years
          2 months, 4 days ago

          B, Chelsea to concede I reckon

        3. EmreCan Hustle
          • 8 Years
          2 months, 4 days ago

          B

      6. Alexanderjg23
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 1 Year
        2 months, 4 days ago

        Any of these worth it for a -4?

        Fernandes to Martial?
        Foden to D. Silva?
        KDB to Sterling?
        Jiminez to Ings / Jesus?

        1. Powers106
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 5 Years
          2 months, 4 days ago

          Can you do Foden to Antonio? I don't think Manu keeps a cleanie as WHU seem to be improving.

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

          Nope

        3. Triple P
          • 5 Years
          2 months, 4 days ago

          not really

      7. JollyGoodYellows
        • 1 Year
        2 months, 4 days ago

        Worth doing Foden + AWB > Martial + Tarkowski (-4)?

        1. EmreCan Hustle
          • 8 Years
          2 months, 4 days ago

          Yes

      8. Little Red Lacazette
        • 3 Years
        2 months, 4 days ago

        0FT. Gtg? Saka bench player that might play.

        Pope
        TAA AWB Saiss
        Salah KDB Bruno(C) D.Silva
        Auba(V) Greenwood Jimi

        Martinez Saka Cathcart C.Taylor*

      9. ATHEROMA123
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 1 Year
        2 months, 4 days ago

        Vardy or Jimi 》Wood

        1. EmreCan Hustle
          • 8 Years
          2 months, 4 days ago

          Vardy

        2. Powers106
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 5 Years
          2 months, 4 days ago

          I would keep Jimi if I had him

        3. Triple P
          • 5 Years
          2 months, 4 days ago

          I have both and keeping, Vardy looked really good last game

      10. Powers106
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        2 months, 4 days ago

        Coming off a FH, I now have 1 FT and .6 itb, but a little bit of a pickle for defenders with red Taylor and red Lascelles and yellow Aurier. I had wanted to go Vardy to Ings but will Aurier take time off (understandable though he did play last match).

        1) Vardy to Ings, take the chance Aurier starts
        2) Vardy to Ings, -4 to up a defender to a sure starter
        3) Keep Vardy, use FT on a defender

        Patricio (Martin)
        TAA - Saiss - Aurier (Taylor - Lascelles)
        Willian - Salah - KDB - Fernandes (Foden)
        Vardy - Rashford - Greenwood

        Thanks in advance!

        1. Triple P
          • 5 Years
          2 months, 4 days ago

          3, and put the armband on Vardy 😉

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

          3, I did Lascelles -> Pieters. Has been playing as a winger, plays vs Norwich today

        3. WALOR
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 11 Years
          2 months, 4 days ago

          Keep Vardy

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

        Which pair scores more next GW?

        A) VvD + Martial
        B) AWB + Jimenez/Wood
        C) Doherty + Antonio

        Already have Saiss.
        Not gonna (c) Martial, if I get him.

        1. Triple P
          • 5 Years
          2 months, 4 days ago

          C for me

      12. Ritchies Magic Hat
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 2 Years
        2 months, 4 days ago

        Punt on Stanislas or Westwood for 5th midfielder(bench Giroud) ?

      13. Triple P
        • 5 Years
        2 months, 4 days ago

        Who would you rather have?

        A) KdB versus Watford (also considering the FA cup match before this game)
        B) Kane versus Leicester

        1. zon
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 5 Years
          2 months, 4 days ago

          Still KDB

      14. Dynamic Duos
        • 7 Years
        2 months, 4 days ago

        RMT, G2G? BB-4

        McCarthy
        Boly TAA Long
        Sterling (c) Salah(vc) Bruno Martial Pulisic
        Wood Ings

        Fabianski Greenwood Alonso Fernandez

        1. Triple P
          • 5 Years
          2 months, 4 days ago

          i would play Alonso over Long

      15. jimmy.floyd
        • 4 Years
        2 months, 4 days ago

        Captain one:
        A Bruno
        B Rashford

        Play one:
        1 Pulisic
        2 Foden

        1. Dynamic Duos
          • 7 Years
          2 months, 4 days ago

          A1

          1. Triple P
            • 5 Years
            2 months, 4 days ago

            a1

        2. EmreCan Hustle
          • 8 Years
          2 months, 4 days ago

          B1

        3. The Mighty Hippo
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 4 Years
          2 months, 4 days ago

          B1