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. jamiejoe
    • 5 Years
    3 months, 4 days ago

    Captain:

    A) Bruno
    B) Martial
    C) Silva

    Thanks

    1. Werner Bros
      • 5 Years
      3 months, 4 days ago

      A

    2. The Red Devil
      • 5 Years
      3 months, 4 days ago

      B

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

      A if leading
      B if chasing
      C for 38+

    4. Dele
      • 4 Years
      3 months, 4 days ago

      A

    5. BNMC
      • 1 Year
      3 months, 4 days ago

      I own all 3 and will captain B

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

        Agree...

        VC on David Silva.

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

        Me too, but sticking with Bruno.

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

      B

    7. There's Always One!
      • 10 Years
      3 months, 4 days ago

      B

  2. tommo1989
    • 4 Years
    3 months, 4 days ago

    With a free hit can you make as many changes as you want for free until the deadline? So if I want to use mine for the last week, is it best to activate it this evening then tinker until next Sunday?

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

      Maybe catch some price rises first

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

        Good call... In the morning then

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

      Yes

      1. tommo1989
        • 4 Years
        3 months, 4 days ago

        Thank you both

    3. RAFA THE GAFFA
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      3 months, 4 days ago

      Yes. But if you sell Sterling tonight for example and you decide you want him back later in the week you’ll pay the price then

  3. Werner Bros
    • 5 Years
    3 months, 4 days ago

    Martinez
    Doherty Saiss AWB
    Bruno KDB Mane Pulisic Son
    Vardy Jimi

    Martin Greenwood Aurier Lascelles

    1FT

    Would you use a FT for anything here or save to have 2FT before GW38?

    1. Steve The Spud
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      3 months, 4 days ago

      Mane or puli > dilva possibly but a bit of a gamble, save might be best

      1. Werner Bros
        • 5 Years
        3 months, 4 days ago

        I was going to bring Dilva in for 38. Might be better saving and doing it as part of a double move

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

    Any presses today???

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

    Bruno vs Bruyne next season
    KDB is KDB but I guess FPL wise if they are priced at say 11 we might only want one.

    1. Zim0
      • 2 Years
      3 months, 4 days ago

      Bruno, DeBruyne, Rashford, Salah i need ._.

    2. Zim0
      • 2 Years
      3 months, 4 days ago

      Think u can have 3 big hitters without disrupting the team. The fourth one messes it up. Who do i leave out ._. Cuz i really want rashford

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

        I wouldn't quite put Rashford in the elite league...

        So you can fit him in especially with Greenwood or Nketiah etc.

        1. Zim0
          • 2 Years
          3 months, 4 days ago

          He will be next season

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

      Id go Bruno for game time

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

        And Martial too.

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

        Yes but depends how United starts the next season

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

    Pep roulette. So here's my plan.

    I'm going to set up a website to help us all have a stab at predicting pep's lineups for mids and forwards only.

    You simply join, predict the minutes for each player and receive an accuracy score after the game.

    Then, over time, as a history builds up, the people who do best will rise to the top of the chart that is visible to all members.

    Most of us will do okay with predictions, some will do awfully, but there will be a small number that will do a good job. Then we can opt to use them as guidance for our FPL selections.

    I hope to have the coding finished for 2023. Just need a sponsor.

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

      2023? Maybe count me in...

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

      Would be funny if pep leaves as soon as you complete the web

    3. teddypicker
      • 10 Years
      3 months, 4 days ago

      Interesting idea but the people at the top will just happen to predict Pep's lineup by chance and there's nothing to support why we should use them as guidance.

      Imo it's better atm where we discuss it here on a week-by-week basis ie. people saying why * will be/not be likely to start

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

        Well this week then let's say David Silva and Foden more likely to start than any of...

        KDB, Sterling or Mahrez.

        Jesus is harder to call.

        But none of that says who will actually return points and when!!

      2. teddypicker
        • 10 Years
        3 months, 4 days ago

        Also just saw the 2023.. think I was missing the sarcasm xD

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

          😉

  7. Hawkies7
    • 4 Years
    3 months, 4 days ago

    For this GW...

    Start Pulisic or Foden?

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

      Foden

      1. Hawkies7
        • 4 Years
        3 months, 4 days ago

        Thanks

  8. D.Glynn
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 1 Year
    3 months, 4 days ago

    Level on points at top of money ML, 1 ft and FH in 38.
    Advice on transfers
    Patricio
    TAA Doherty Digne
    Salah KDB Bruno Martial Pulisic
    Vardy Greenwood
    3.9 Ayew Lascelles Robinson

    1. Najoman86
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 11 Years
      3 months, 4 days ago

      Any cash?

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

        0 itb. Sorry

    2. Steve The Spud
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      3 months, 4 days ago

      Great team I guess your transfer would depend on what your rival is sitting with chips and team wise

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

        He has no chips, would you get s player he has or go for a punt

    3. RAFA THE GAFFA
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      3 months, 4 days ago

      Greenwood >> Ings/Wood if money allows

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

      Digne -> Tarkowski
      Whos your captain?

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

        Thinking Martial

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

      You're OK there.

    6. jamiejoe
      • 5 Years
      3 months, 4 days ago

      1 week punt on KdB into anyone you fancy like David Silva.

  9. Najoman86
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 11 Years
    3 months, 4 days ago

    Gtg? Save and roll the FT?

    Pope
    TAA Maguire Saiss
    KDB Sterling(vc) Martial(c) Pulisic
    Vardy Jimenez Greenwood
    (Martin Alonso Saka Lascelles)

    1. RAFA THE GAFFA
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      3 months, 4 days ago

      I like it boss

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

      id get ings for vardy

  10. gomez123
    • 7 Years
    3 months, 4 days ago

    Any news on Aurier??..my bench is Nketiah Aurier & Lascelles...got 1 FT

  11. timawflowers
    • 2 Years
    3 months, 4 days ago

    Sterling out for son worth a 4pt hit?

    1. Ajax Hamsterdam
      • 6 Years
      3 months, 4 days ago

      No 100%

    2. Steve The Spud
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      3 months, 4 days ago

      Na G

    3. RAFA THE GAFFA
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      3 months, 4 days ago

      No

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

      If you don't think he starts and may not get many minutes you may want to look elsewhere

  12. Ajax Hamsterdam
    • 6 Years
    3 months, 4 days ago

    Is tarkowski the best Burnley defence option ? ( Can't get pope)thanks

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

      Threat from corners, yes

    2. RAFA THE GAFFA
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      3 months, 4 days ago

      Yes. I’m going Pieters as that’s all I can afford though

    3. Ajax Hamsterdam
      • 6 Years
      3 months, 4 days ago

      Thanks all and gl

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

      He has the most aerial threat, yes, but Bardsley also a good shout

  13. RAFA THE GAFFA
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 4 Years
    3 months, 4 days ago

    G2G? Will FH38+! Thanks 🙂

    Martinez
    TAA • Doherty • Pieters
    Salah • Martial(C) • Sterling • Bruno(v)
    Vardy • Jimenez • Greenwood
    (3.9, Foden, Holgate*, Lascelles*)

    1. Rolls-Royce
      • 6 Years
      3 months, 4 days ago

      Looks good Rafa!

      1. RAFA THE GAFFA
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        3 months, 4 days ago

        Cheers Rolls

    2. Young Lingard
      • 1 Year
      3 months, 4 days ago

      That’s really good
      I’d think about Foden starting over greenwood but it’s preference and who you think starts
      And I’d go salah on captain as I feel many are neglecting this
      But great team

      1. RAFA THE GAFFA
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        3 months, 4 days ago

        Thanks matey. Yeah I was on Foden and switched to Greenwood. Very tough call. Might switch back. Salah(c) I agree could be great. Tony is the form player in the league though with a sloppy defence

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

      I guess Foden could come in for Sterling if he is rotated completely.

  14. jb1985
    • 2 Years
    3 months, 4 days ago

    Play Ederson or Pope?

    1. Ajax Hamsterdam
      • 6 Years
      3 months, 4 days ago

      You have both !? Popr

    2. Van der Faart
      • 8 Years
      3 months, 4 days ago

      Expensive goalkeepers! Shift one out and upgrade elsewhere!

      1. BeaversWithAttitude
        • 2 Years
        3 months, 4 days ago

        Not much time left for shifting and upgrading. Play Pope.

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

      Watford bigger goal threat than Norwich and Burnley tighter at the back.

      1. jb1985
        • 2 Years
        3 months, 4 days ago

        Current team:

        Ederson,
        TAA, Boly, AWB,
        Sarah (c), KDB, Son, Fernades,
        Wood, Greenwood, Auba

        Pope, Forden, Taylor, Lamptey

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

    If I had FH left I would go

    532

    Triple Wolves defence, triple UTD attack and Wood with double Burnley defence.

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

      Or 442, Pope in goal.

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

      I would trust wolves defence for a triple

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

        *Wouldn’t

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

    Just taken a minus 8. TAA William and Nkeitah to Tarkowski Martial and Wood. Going nowhere in my mini league and sitting at 83000. May as well have a bit of fun.

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

      Solid moves. Tony C?

    2. Steve The Spud
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      3 months, 4 days ago

      Yea, Cap wood?

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

        Rashford

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

      Enjoy...

  17. Van der Faart
    • 8 Years
    3 months, 4 days ago

    Going without Wood and holding Greenwood.

    Taylor to max 5.4 defender? Tarkowski best for this week with FH next? Got 2FT so wanted to use them but cant see anything else to do?

    Ederson (Martinez)

    TAA Tark Egan (Boly, Kiko)

    Salah(C) KDB Bruno Foden (Puli)

    Greenwood Ings Rash

    G2G or use the 2nd FT? Chasing so willing to punt

  18. Young Lingard
    • 1 Year
    3 months, 4 days ago

    Mahrez or david Silva for this game week
    To complete my triple city

    Ahh the fa cup time is really annoying

    1. Steve The Spud
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      3 months, 4 days ago

      Personally I think dilva will play the league and sit the cup out

    2. RAFA THE GAFFA
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      3 months, 4 days ago

      Dilva, just

  19. FPL ElasticO
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 6 Years
    3 months, 4 days ago

    Are these transfers worth doing for -4 or only for free??

    A. TAA & Gordon >>> Tarkowski & Wood
    B. TAA >>> Tarkowski also have Pope

    1. Van der Faart
      • 8 Years
      3 months, 4 days ago

      A. Who even is Gordon?

      1. Luton_Fan
        • 10 Years
        3 months, 4 days ago

        Everton mid

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

        Cheap Everton striker, who's had a couple of games on the wing

  20. otisss
    • 5 Years
    3 months, 4 days ago

    Brighton fans,

    Will Connolly play against Newcastle?

    All my subs are injured and I think I have to start him...

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

      Im in same boat. If Aurier misses sunday game, my only possible playing sub is connolly.

  21. Pukkipartyy
    • 1 Year
    3 months, 4 days ago

    Play Pulisic or Greenwood?
    Allready playing Bruno and Martial (c)

    Thx!

    1. Luton_Fan
      • 10 Years
      3 months, 4 days ago

      Greenwood

  22. Badger Badger Mushroom Mush…
    • 4 Years
    3 months, 4 days ago

    Play:

    Henderson EVE
    or
    McCarthy bou

    1. Goonerly
      • 2 Years
      3 months, 4 days ago

      Henderson

  23. Champions united
    • 3 Years
    3 months, 4 days ago

    1.Greenwood >wood, Play Antonio +wood
    2.aurier >Doherty play Doherty and grenwood,
    bench antonio
    3.play Antonio and greenwood (can't roll my trnsfer FH 38)

  24. Luton_Fan
    • 10 Years
    3 months, 4 days ago

    Who best for 1 gw punt? Im free hitting in 38.

    A. Kdb -4
    B. Sterling -4
    C. Son -4
    D. Play Foden (0 hits)

    1. Ajax Hamsterdam
      • 6 Years
      3 months, 4 days ago

      D for sure

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

      C

  25. Aftermath
    • 4 Years
    3 months, 4 days ago

    Anything worth a hit here? GTG?

    Patricio
    TAA Doherty Long
    Salah (C) KDB Mahrez Bruno
    Vardy Rashford Wood

    Button Kiko Hayden 3.9

    0.5 itb

  26. Rolls-Royce
    • 6 Years
    3 months, 4 days ago

    Where 'em scout picks at?

  27. Khalico
    • 5 Years
    3 months, 4 days ago

    Team GTG?
    Pope
    TAA, Doherty, Digne
    Pulisic, Martial, Fernandes, Son, KDB
    Ings (C), Rashford
    Subs: McCarthy, DCL, Kiko, C.Taylor
    Chasing a 50 point gap to first. Who would you have captain as rival has Fernandes

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

      Looks gtg. I'd captain Martial or Rash though

      1. Khalico
        • 5 Years
        3 months, 4 days ago

        yeah will change captain, split between them but think Martial captain just edges if i do

  28. Strchld
    • 4 Years
    3 months, 4 days ago

    Ings or Auba for Vardy?

  29. There's Always One!
    • 10 Years
    3 months, 4 days ago

    A, Henderson

    Or

    B, McCarthy

  30. It’s gonna Ben Mee
    • 6 Years
    3 months, 4 days ago

    Help appreciated! What to do with this lot? Will FH 38.

    Pat
    AWB TAA Doherty
    Martial Bruno KDB Dilva
    Jimmy Vardy Ings

    Bench: Pulisic Fernandez Kiko
    0.7m ITB

    A) Vardy > Wood
    B) TAA > Tarkowski
    C) Other. What?
    D) Hold