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. vandebeek
    • 3 Years
    3 months, 4 days ago

    What do you think about gw 38 transfer Foden+KDB to Dilva, Sterling (-4)?
    Depending on this I'm choosing whether to transfer in Tarkowski or Pieters

    1. Limbo
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      3 months, 4 days ago

      Definitely Dilva for GW38 - last game for him.

      I've just brought him in. Watford look whipped.

      1. Bruno Commando
        • 6 Years
        3 months, 4 days ago

        Thinking of getting Dilva too but I'm not sure if he will start against Watford!

        1. jason_ni
          • 4 Years
          3 months, 4 days ago

          don't think he will start watford tbh, kept fresh for his final swan song at etihad

  2. sully29
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 6 Years
    3 months, 4 days ago

    For this week only:

    A) Vardy > Auba
    B) Mahrez > Salah

    1. FC Hakkebøf
      • 3 Years
      3 months, 4 days ago

      Both great options. B is the safe pick. A prolly higher ceiling if Mahrez starts

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

      I did B, no time left to risk Mahrez's no-shows, we need sure starters.

  3. Laen
    • 1 Year
    3 months, 4 days ago

    Chances Mendy starts vs watford??

    1. Smudger’s Dirty Dozen
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      3 months, 4 days ago

      Hmmm...I would say no...as he may start in FA Cup

      1. Laen
        • 1 Year
        3 months, 4 days ago

        I was thinking the same about bournmouth game then he got 6 points

  4. FC Hakkebøf
    • 3 Years
    3 months, 4 days ago

    Salah (C). Anyone with me?

    1. yakirh
      • 4 Years
      3 months, 4 days ago

      Good shout!

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

      I'm thinking maybe rashford as different choice.. salah capt last week has hurt me!

      1. FC Hakkebøf
        • 3 Years
        3 months, 4 days ago

        Same. But he could be a huge rank booster.

    3. Warby84
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      3 months, 4 days ago

      I am

      1. FC Hakkebøf
        • 3 Years
        3 months, 4 days ago

        My man!

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

      He is due, no doubt, armband on him o/.

  5. Alli
    • 3 Years
    3 months, 4 days ago

    What to do here? FH GW 38

    Pope - Martin
    TAA - Doherty - Digne - Saiss - Lascelles
    Mané - KDB - Mahrez - Fernandes - Foden
    Rashford - Ings - Greenwood

  6. Maximus Bonimus Pointimus
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 10 Years
    3 months, 4 days ago

    Pretty sure I’m Sticking with Rashford (C) here

    Just Deliberating Giroud > Wood

    But would lead to benching Pulisic this week, and then benching Jimmy next week

    Whereas I have an injured Charlie Taylor who might be a better use of a FT - albeit his replacement whoever that would be, would only play next week

    Decisions decisions

    One thing is for (Almost!) sure - Pulisic > Dilva next week & Dilva TC 🙂

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

    Hi guys,

    Any advice for my team? What do you think about capitaining Jimenez?

    Pope
    Alexander-Arnold / Doherty / Saiss
    Salah / De Bruyne / Bruno Fernandes / Martial
    Gabriel Jesus / Jimenez (c) / Ings

    Button / Tanganga / Williams / Saka

    1. STONEROSES
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      3 months, 4 days ago

      Good side. I’d prob just go Bruno or martial Capt tho

  8. mr messi
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 10 Years
    3 months, 4 days ago

    Keep Greenwood or get Ings?

    1. CelticBhoy1
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      3 months, 4 days ago

      For free I'd get Ings

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

        This

    2. Limbo
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      3 months, 4 days ago

      Ings. Greenwood's purple patch is now Rashfords. (could backfire as I'm benching him).

  9. The Man Pastore
    • 6 Years
    3 months, 4 days ago

    What would you do?

    Patricio
    Doherty Tarko Keane
    Salah Bruno Martial KDB Mahrez
    Greenwood Vardy

    Bench: Martin Nketiah Kiko Lascelles

    1FT / 0.3ITB

    A) Save FT
    B) Vardy --> Ings

    Cheers!

    1. Smudger’s Dirty Dozen
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      3 months, 4 days ago

      Save...mini WC in GW38

    2. sully29
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      3 months, 4 days ago

      Probably Vardy > Ings. Better last two fixtures and frees up money too.

  10. CelticBhoy1
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 7 Years
    3 months, 4 days ago

    Thoughts on Aurier > Tierney?

    1. FC Hakkebøf
      • 3 Years
      3 months, 4 days ago

      Prefer Burnley defender

      1. CelticBhoy1
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 7 Years
        3 months, 4 days ago

        Got Pope and thinking a double is too much

    2. STONEROSES
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      3 months, 4 days ago

      Could be good call. Good fixtures for Arsenal.

  11. STONEROSES
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 7 Years
    3 months, 4 days ago

    Is Eric Pieters nailed for last 2? Ta

    1. Limbo
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      3 months, 4 days ago

      I hope so. Using BB next week and got him and bardsely. With Taylor out I'd say 90%

      1. STONEROSES
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 7 Years
        3 months, 4 days ago

        Bracelet more nailed would you say?

        1. PartyPooper
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 1 Year
          3 months, 4 days ago

          Say what now? 🙂

          1. STONEROSES
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 7 Years
            3 months, 4 days ago

            Auto correct! Is bardsley more nailed than Pieters

            1. Limbo
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 10 Years
              3 months, 4 days ago

              Pieters offers more threat. Bardsley more minutes. Both offer CS.

        2. STONEROSES
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 7 Years
          3 months, 4 days ago

          *bardsley - not bracelet!

        3. Limbo
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 10 Years
          3 months, 4 days ago

          Yeah. I've both for last game I've benched Pieters at no.2 - Still think he's nailed.

          1. STONEROSES
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 7 Years
            3 months, 4 days ago

            Cheers

  12. dshv
    • 3 Years
    3 months, 4 days ago

    Patricio
    Awb doherty tarkowski
    Kdb sterling bruno willian pulisic
    Rashford ings

    Captain for differential????

    1. Martial Matas
      • 4 Years
      3 months, 4 days ago

      Rash

  13. Smudger’s Dirty Dozen
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 9 Years
    3 months, 4 days ago

    Sell
    A Willian
    Or
    B Pulisic

    For Dilva?

  14. Colonel Shoe 肝池
    • 9 Years
    3 months, 4 days ago

    barnes to saka worth it?

  15. Bruno Commando
    • 6 Years
    3 months, 4 days ago

    Which team more likely to CS? 1-week punt as I'm going FH next gw..

    1) Burnley playing away against Norwich - Have Pope + Bring in Tark
    2) Wolves playing home against Palace - Have Saiss + Bring in Doh
    3) Both are not worth the risk!!

    1. Limbo
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      3 months, 4 days ago

      Doherty is a better choice surely?

      1. Bruno Commando
        • 6 Years
        3 months, 4 days ago

        Palace looked pretty good against United, that's why the hesitation!

        1. Limbo
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 10 Years
          3 months, 4 days ago

          Yeah, but Doherty has far more attacking threat.

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

        My ML rival has the Wolves double up. I will be doing the Burnley double up. Norwich are unlikely tot score I would say

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

      I'd bet that both will get clean sheets, but this is football...
      I've got Pope & 2 WOL defs.

      1. Bruno Commando
        • 6 Years
        3 months, 4 days ago

        Haha yea I think so too but like you said..this is football...Probably going with Doherty!

  16. FPLShaqiri
    • 2 Years
    3 months, 4 days ago

    Any press conferences today? Would like some Holgate news before deadline

  17. jimmy.floyd
    • 4 Years
    3 months, 4 days ago

    Captain:
    A Bruno
    B Rashford

    Play one:
    1 Pulisic
    2 Foden

    1. Dont choose VW. Pickford
      • 2 Years
      3 months, 4 days ago

      A and 2 for me, Bruno just more safe than Rash and Foden strong starting chance again.

  18. fuzzymike
    • 2 Years
    3 months, 4 days ago

    Got to bench 2 of these, all potential point earners:
    TTA, AWB, Foden & Saka
    What you reckon??

  19. Dont choose VW. Pickford
    • 2 Years
    3 months, 4 days ago

    A Vardy to Ings
    B Pulisic to D Silva

    1. jimmy.floyd
      • 4 Years
      3 months, 4 days ago

      A

    2. Klopp For The Kopps 😆
      • 4 Years
      3 months, 4 days ago

      B

      1. Munchen KFC
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 6 Years
        3 months, 4 days ago

        B

    3. mr messi
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      3 months, 4 days ago

      B

  20. Kiyoshi
    • 1 Year
    3 months, 4 days ago

    anyone TC Martial this week? or should I buy city player for last GW against Norwich and TC then?

    1. sully29
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      3 months, 4 days ago

      I wouldn't TC this week, simply because of the way the fixtures fall. You'd be depending on Martial to make it through the FA Cup game unscathed before he plays for you.

      1. tokara
        • 6 Years
        3 months, 4 days ago

        If martial injured, that y u have a VC!

    2. Kiyoshi
      • 1 Year
      3 months, 4 days ago

      The other option is BB this week which is even riskier with the fixtures

    3. Wild Card this...
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 11 Years
      3 months, 4 days ago

      I can’t see Utd trashing WH. No way.

  21. lankdog
    • 4 Years
    3 months, 4 days ago

    Is TAA + Mahrez >> Jonny + Sterling a really bad move for a hit as a one week punt for this GW? I'm considering it for some reason. Struggling to see other good ways to improve my team

  22. Rashers
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 7 Years
    3 months, 4 days ago

    Trying to climb rank and ML. So for the last 2 weeks:

    A. Wood
    B. Ings

    1. Pep Roulette
      • 3 Years
      3 months, 4 days ago

      A

    2. Blame it on Traore
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      3 months, 4 days ago

      Wood. Much lower ownership

    3. AC Yew
      • 1 Year
      3 months, 4 days ago

      Planning Wood over Ings. In same position as you

  23. Pep Roulette
    • 3 Years
    3 months, 4 days ago

    Good morning everyone!

    1 FT 1.1 ITB

    DDG (Nyland)
    TAA Stevens Saiss (Egan Lascelles)
    Salah Sterling Bruno Pulisic Antonio
    Jesus Greenwood (Nketiah)

    Which option is better?

    A. DDG & Pulisic to Pope & Martial (C)
    B. DDG & Nketiah to Martinez & Wood(C). Bench Antonio.
    C. Save FT

    -If I do A, I'll have to sell one of Martial/Bruno to get Dilva in GW38

    -If I do B, I'll have to bench Greenwood in GW38

    Please help. Thanks in advance!

    1. FC Hakkebøf
      • 3 Years
      3 months, 4 days ago

      Salah (C)

      1. Pep Roulette
        • 3 Years
        3 months, 4 days ago

        And save FT?

        1. FC Hakkebøf
          • 3 Years
          3 months, 4 days ago

          Pulisic to Silva

  24. pakornk
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 4 Years
    3 months, 4 days ago

    Ings or Auba?

    1. Pep Roulette
      • 3 Years
      3 months, 4 days ago

      Auba

    2. Blame it on Traore
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      3 months, 4 days ago

      Ings

    3. Maximus Bonimus Pointimus
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      3 months, 4 days ago

      Wood

  25. flipmode_1
    • 9 Years
    3 months, 4 days ago

    1FT 2.5ITB

    Any changes needed here? Thinking of saving FT to get Dilva in next week.

    Pope
    TAA AWB Saiss Doherty
    Sterling Bruno(c) Willian Foden
    Ings Jesus

    Henderson, Greenwood, Mount, Lascelles

  26. Catastrophe
    • 9 Years
    3 months, 4 days ago

    Who to bench out of:

    A) Digne (shu)
    B) Tarkowski (nor)
    C) Egan (EVE)

    Currently on A as Digne has not been a pleasure to own the last few weeks!!

    Cheers

    1. Blame it on Traore
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      3 months, 4 days ago

      I'd probably bench Digne mate

    2. Limbo
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      3 months, 4 days ago

      I'm an Evertonian and would bench him. We've been shocking. Aside from a few decent passes our intent is pathetic.

    3. FC Hakkebøf
      • 3 Years
      3 months, 4 days ago

      Prolly A yeah. More safe, less fun to watch though.

  27. Blame it on Traore
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 5 Years
    3 months, 4 days ago

    Morning guys.

    Pieters, Bardsley or Long? Just looking for a Taylor replacement at that price point.

    Cheers!

    1. FC Hakkebøf
      • 3 Years
      3 months, 4 days ago

      Went with Long for his (minor) gol threat. Bardsley a baps magnet but also a card magnet. Pieters likely going to play at LB with Taylor out.

      1. Blame it on Traore
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        3 months, 4 days ago

        Cheers pal. Yep - Bardsley loves a booking!

  28. KAPTAIN KANE
    • 3 Years
    3 months, 4 days ago

    If you punted on one of these for the last 2 games, who would it be?

    A) Grealish
    B) Stanislas
    C) Sarr

    Thanks

    1. Blame it on Traore
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      3 months, 4 days ago

      B for me I think

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

      probably stanislas from those

      1. KAPTAIN KANE
        • 3 Years
        3 months, 4 days ago

        Thanks both

    3. FC Hakkebøf
      • 3 Years
      3 months, 4 days ago

      B.

    4. DF
      • 7 Years
      3 months, 4 days ago

      B

  29. HD7
    • 3 Years
    3 months, 4 days ago

    Foster Vardy to Pope Auba (-4) ?

    Foster
    TAA, Doherty, Fernandez
    Salah, Bruno, KDB, Martial,
    Greenwood, Jimi, Vardy

    Button, Robinson, Taylor, Hayden

  30. jason_ni
    • 4 Years
    3 months, 4 days ago

    1ft.
    Foster (city) to Pope(norwich)
    1) hell yes
    2) nope, this is fosters Redemption week.

    Foster
    Taa saiss doh (justin fodder)
    Salah bruno sterling puli foden
    Rashford vardy greenwood

    1. Pep Roulette
      • 3 Years
      3 months, 4 days ago

      Do it!