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.

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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. Hotstepper
    • 6 Years
    2 months, 8 days ago

    Bench TAA or Greenwood?

    1. Aussie Rules
      • 8 Years
      2 months, 8 days ago

      Greenwood

    2. FOO FIGHTER
      • 1 Year
      2 months, 8 days ago

      I would not benc TAA. Have Greenwood myself and starting him.

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

      Never bench TAA - 24 points away at Leicester still haunts me!

      1. Triple P
        • 5 Years
        2 months, 8 days ago

        This

  2. CelticBhoy1
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 7 Years
    2 months, 8 days ago

    Best defender for the last two GWs?

    1. Aussie Rules
      • 8 Years
      2 months, 8 days ago

      I'll probably get in Tark. Tierney was my other consideration

    2. FOO FIGHTER
      • 1 Year
      2 months, 8 days ago

      I have punted Dunk 🙂

    3. Dynamic Duos
      • 7 Years
      2 months, 8 days ago

      Tark

    4. CelticBhoy1
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      2 months, 8 days ago

      Got Pope, is a Burnley double too risky?

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

        Good question. Thinking the same thing... On the other hand Norwich havent scores in a long time...

  3. Dybala10
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 3 Years
    2 months, 8 days ago

    Salah for me.

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

    Looking to bring Martial in. Who makes way:
    A) Sterling
    B) KDB

    1. 007 [RoboKlopp]
      • 4 Years
      2 months, 8 days ago

      B

      1. mpk
        • 3 Years
        2 months, 8 days ago

        a

  5. Dynamic Duos
    • 7 Years
    2 months, 8 days ago

    RMT, G2G? BB-4

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

    Fabianski Greenwood Alonso Fernandez

    Rp

    1. Najoman86
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 11 Years
      2 months, 8 days ago

      gtg. My only worry would be the captaincy pick/Pep roulette

      1. Dynamic Duos
        • 7 Years
        2 months, 8 days ago

        Sterling been rested

        1. BeaversWithAttitude
          • 2 Years
          2 months, 8 days ago

          What about Arsenal v. City FA Cup match this afternoon?

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

    Who to bring in?
    A. Ings
    B. Jesus
    C. Auba

    1. flipmode_1
      • 9 Years
      2 months, 8 days ago

      Ings

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

    Will Wes Foderingham be the starting keeper for Sheffield?

    1. Najoman86
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 11 Years
      2 months, 8 days ago

      Would depend on Henderson's situation

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

      Definitely not

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

      If they can't get Hendo on another loan, he just might be.

  8. 007 [RoboKlopp]
    • 4 Years
    2 months, 8 days ago

    A. Keep Mahrez with Bruno (C)
    B. Or replace Mahrez with Martial (C) -4

    Sorry repost.

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

      I did B. Feeling good about it

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

    Start Foden or Jota?

    1. jimmy.floyd
      • 4 Years
      2 months, 8 days ago

      Jota

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

      Jots

    3. Najoman86
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 11 Years
      2 months, 8 days ago

      Foden

  10. Will J 256
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    2 months, 8 days ago

    Bench Foden or Greenwood?

    1. jimmy.floyd
      • 4 Years
      2 months, 8 days ago

      Fod

    2. STONEROSES
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      2 months, 8 days ago

      Greenwood for me

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

      50/50

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

    Bench one please:

    A Nketiah
    B Pulisic
    C Mahrez

    Ta

    1. jimmy.floyd
      • 4 Years
      2 months, 8 days ago

      A

      1. STONEROSES
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 7 Years
        2 months, 8 days ago

        Cheers

  12. Flynny
    • 5 Years
    2 months, 8 days ago

    Hi....anything for a hit here please? 3.6mitb .....Happy to gamble if anything worth it

    Hendo (Mccarthy)
    Taa maguire boly (stephens soy)
    Kdb foden Bruno martial (pulisic)
    Jesus jiminez wood

    Thanks

    1. STONEROSES
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      2 months, 8 days ago

      Nope, looks gd

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

      No

      1. Flynny
        • 5 Years
        2 months, 8 days ago

        Thanks

  13. Slitherene
    • 2 Years
    2 months, 8 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. FOO FIGHTER
      • 1 Year
      2 months, 8 days ago

      A I would say.

    2. STONEROSES
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      2 months, 8 days ago

      A.

  14. gth_81
    • 5 Years
    2 months, 8 days ago

    I've still got both the Triple Captain and Free Hit to play! Can I play them in the same week?

    1. Geezer
      • 9 Years
      2 months, 8 days ago

      No

      1. gth_81
        • 5 Years
        2 months, 8 days ago

        Thanks! Ugh... now I have to think what to do!

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

      No

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

      No

    4. There's Always One!
      • 10 Years
      2 months, 8 days ago

      Show off

      1. gth_81
        • 5 Years
        2 months, 8 days ago

  15. Geezer
    • 9 Years
    2 months, 8 days ago

    FH next week. 1FT, 0,0 m itb and have no idea what to do. So please help.

    Pope
    TAA Saiss Boly
    KDB Salah Bruno Martial
    Greenwood Jesus Ings
    Martin Foden Holgate Lascelles

    I could do Lascelles to Pieters but don’t want to play Pieters over wolves

    1. Najoman86
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 11 Years
      2 months, 8 days ago

      No issues with the team as is. gtg

  16. STONEROSES
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 7 Years
    2 months, 8 days ago

    Most nailed Burnley defender for last 2?
    I can’t afford Tarkowski

    1. Goonerly
      • 2 Years
      2 months, 8 days ago

      Long & Bardsley

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

    Looks like Lingard plays tomorrow so Man Utd rotating key players.

    https://www.manchestereveningnews.co.uk/sport/football/football-news/man-utd-press-conference-live-18619605

    1. STONEROSES
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      2 months, 8 days ago

      Doesn’t look like are rotating. Just that greenwood injured.

      1. Najoman86
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 11 Years
        2 months, 8 days ago

        Greenwood injured?

        1. STONEROSES
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 7 Years
          2 months, 8 days ago

          Ankle knock against So’ton impeded him v Palace. Unlikely to play tmrw.

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

        I bet Martial or Bruno are rested for the Cup.

        Perhaps Lingard and Ighalo play.

        League clear priority... For Champions League place.

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

          Bruno will play

    2. FOO FIGHTER
      • 1 Year
      2 months, 8 days ago

      Means Greenwood could sit out.

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

        Ole just said Greenwood is good and no chance of burn out.

  18. battlecat
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 10 Years
    2 months, 8 days ago

    Lost my lead in £400 mini with 3 weeks to go. Damn Sterling! 15pts behind with FH for next week, what do I do this week?

    Salah in for Pulisic or KDB?

    Pope
    TAA, Doherty, AWB (holgate, Kiko)
    KDB, Dilva, Fernandes, Pulisic (Foden)
    Ings, Vardy, Greenwood

    1FT, 5.4m in bank.

    1. seanie3
      • 9 Years
      2 months, 8 days ago

      GW to Auba

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

      KdB bench risk again on Tuesday

  19. BEEZUS
    • 6 Years
    2 months, 8 days ago

    A) KdB to Martial
    B) Jesus to Ings
    C) Jesus to Rash
    D) Roll the FT

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

      A

    2. Van der Faart
      • 8 Years
      2 months, 8 days ago

      Need to see rest of team to judge whether rolling is good idea

      1. BEEZUS
        • 6 Years
        2 months, 8 days ago

        Pope
        TAA Doc Lamptey
        Salah Kdb Puli Foden Bruno
        Jesus Greenwood Jimi

        1. Van der Faart
          • 8 Years
          2 months, 8 days ago

          Roll FT

  20. Goonerly
    • 2 Years
    2 months, 8 days ago

    Triple Burnley defence too much for this GW?

    Who else do we expect to keep a CS?

    1. jomikijiq
      • 5 Years
      2 months, 8 days ago

      Wolves, City, United, Brighton

      1. Goonerly
        • 2 Years
        2 months, 8 days ago

        You expecting Brighton to keep out Newcastle? With Almiron and ASM, who could play?

    2. Kannbury
        2 months, 8 days ago

        Have gone with Sheff U.

    3. CelticBhoy1
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      2 months, 8 days ago

      Is Aurier defo going to miss the last two games then?

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

      I'm rolling with a hit:

      KDB for Martial
      Mahrez for David Silva
      Greenwood for Ings

    5. boroie
      • 2 Years
      2 months, 8 days ago

      Team is in a bit of a mess this week... what should I do with this?

      DDG
      Gomez Saiss Holgate*
      Fernandes(C) Salah(VC) KDB Mahrez
      Vardy Jimenez Greenwood

      Button; Saka Taylor* Lascelles*

      1. Bruno Commando
        • 6 Years
        2 months, 8 days ago

        How about Holgate to a Burnley defender?

    6. MGD
      • 4 Years
      2 months, 8 days ago

      Bruno most likely to start the PL game with CL spot still up for grabs, yes?

      seems like the safest captaincy bet..

      1. Bruno Commando
        • 6 Years
        2 months, 8 days ago

        Agree

      2. STONEROSES
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 7 Years
        2 months, 8 days ago

        Yep, will start

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

        Yes. And Martial.

    7. DAZZ
      • 6 Years
      2 months, 8 days ago

      Sterling (c) anyone with me?

      1. Boom Boom's Loveshack
        • 3 Years
        2 months, 8 days ago

        Already won ML, chasing top 10k. 45 pts away. Going with a differential captain in Salah alongside my BB (even though it failed last gw).

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

        It’s the rotation that worries me.. but season close to over anyway so should start...

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

          The league is over but the FA Cup and Champions League are Pep's priorities for trophies, not people's fantasy team sheets.

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

            Yeah but Real game not until 7 august and 5 days rest after Watford.

            But who knows

    8. Bruno Commando
      • 6 Years
      2 months, 8 days ago

      What would you do?

      1) Bring in Doh for double Wolves defence [already have Saiss]
      2) Bring in Tark for double Burnley defence [already have Pope]
      3) Mahrez -> Dilva
      4) Jesus -> Ings

      1. Boom Boom's Loveshack
        • 3 Years
        2 months, 8 days ago

        2 if you plan on playing him next week. Then get a city player for gw38

        1. Bruno Commando
          • 6 Years
          2 months, 8 days ago

          I am on FH next week so it's a 1-week punt.

          1. Boom Boom's Loveshack
            • 3 Years
            2 months, 8 days ago

            Definetely A then

            1. Bruno Commando
              • 6 Years
              2 months, 8 days ago

              Thanks!

    9. AdamJ91
      • 4 Years
      2 months, 8 days ago

      Martinez
      TAA - Doherty - Digne - Saiss - Kiko
      KDB - Salah - Bruno - Antonio - Foden
      Vardy - Rashford - Greenwood

      1 FT - 0.3m ITB.

      KDB > D.Silva perhaps? Or should I look at getting a Burnley defender / attacker in first?

      1. Boom Boom's Loveshack
        • 3 Years
        2 months, 8 days ago

        BB? If not then gtg

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

        I agree... Get David Silva in.

    10. RedJive79
      • 1 Year
      2 months, 8 days ago

      Am I GTG??

      Pope
      TAA / Pieters / Doherty
      KDB / Bruno / Martial (c) / Son
      Vardy / Ings / Jimi

      McCarthy / Foden / Lamptey / Holgate

      1. Boom Boom's Loveshack
        • 3 Years
        2 months, 8 days ago

        Yep gtg

    11. There's Always One!
      • 10 Years
      2 months, 8 days ago

      Lol at all the people saying Martial will be rested. 2 more games left to snatch a CL spot and you think he'll rest his most in form goalscorer!!

      1. La Roja
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 8 Years
        2 months, 8 days ago

        maybe they meant rested for FA cup game?

        1. There's Always One!
          • 10 Years
          2 months, 8 days ago

          nah I seen a few stirrers. LOL

      2. Boom Boom's Loveshack
        • 3 Years
        2 months, 8 days ago

        No chance he will get rested. Fatigue might be an issue for United though vs a WHU with a fresh engine, fighting for survival

      3. Maximus Bonimus Pointimus
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 10 Years
        2 months, 8 days ago

        Hopefully ole rests him tomorrow

        Need him for last 2

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

        Rested for the FA Cup on Sunday to play Wednesday and Sunday in the league.

    12. NABIL - 1 season 1der
      • 8 Years
      2 months, 8 days ago

      Salah captain for me

      1. Boom Boom's Loveshack
        • 3 Years
        2 months, 8 days ago

        Same. Fingers crossed for us mate