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. bombayblues
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 7 Years
    2 months, 6 days ago

    My team:

    Pope (McCarthy)
    Doherty. Saiss. TAA (Taylor. Baldock)
    Salah. KDB. Martial. Bruno (Hayden)
    Ings. Jesus. Greenwood

    1FT. 0 ITB
    1. Roll over FT (Looking to BB in 38 so will need to take out Hayden next week to field a team of 15)
    2. Taylor - Pieters and play him against NOR
    3. Double Wolves defence or play Baldock ahead of Saiss?

    1. Aussie Rules
      • 8 Years
      2 months, 6 days ago

      Definitely roll.
      Can't see Palace scoring, so Saiss

      1. bombayblues
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 7 Years
        2 months, 6 days ago

        Thanks buddy!

    2. BeaversWithAttitude
      • 2 Years
      2 months, 6 days ago

      B, for me. I doubt Taylor will be back for one match with a nagging hammy, Burnley has nothing in the balance, so why risk it?

      1. bombayblues
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 7 Years
        2 months, 6 days ago

        True. Makes sense. Only means a -4 in GW38 to be able to upgrade Hayden to someone meaningful

  2. mr messi
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 10 Years
    2 months, 6 days ago

    Has Wood actually looked good or are people getting him purely for the fixtures?

    1. There's Always One!
      • 10 Years
      2 months, 6 days ago

      fixture I think

    2. Rolls-Royce
      • 6 Years
      2 months, 6 days ago

      Fixture and stats pre lockdown

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

      His xG has been promising

    4. Forza
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      2 months, 6 days ago

      His stats aren't great, but that's partially due to a lack of minutes, and we might get an early team sheet showing him starting.

    5. FPL Pillars
      • 4 Years
      2 months, 6 days ago

      More the fixture really, Burnley hardly a goal scoring machine and he’s good with his head

      1. BeaversWithAttitude
        • 2 Years
        2 months, 6 days ago

        Why not JayRod?

  3. MichalChim
    2 months, 6 days ago

    Forward to 10.5 --> Jesus, Vardy or Laca ?

    1. Shark
      2 months, 6 days ago

      Jesus

    2. HD7
      • 3 Years
      2 months, 6 days ago

      Auba?

    3. There's Always One!
      • 10 Years
      2 months, 6 days ago

      Jesus for his last
      game

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

    Bit of a head wrecker trying to use 2 FTs this week

    Pope (Martin)
    TAA Aurier Saiss (Holgate, Robinson)
    Mané KDB Martial Bruno Son
    Jiménez Greenwood (Nketiah)

    0.2 ITB, any ideas appreciated!

    1. Aussie Rules
      • 8 Years
      2 months, 6 days ago

      Probably going to be a defender short. Burnley defender in maybe

    2. waltzingmatildas
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      2 months, 6 days ago

      Looks good. Maybe aurier to tark?

      1. FantasyMug
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        2 months, 6 days ago

        Good shout that, cheers, was hesitant to do a defensive transfer with FH next week but probably the smart move

  5. HD7
    • 3 Years
    2 months, 6 days ago

    To all United fans:

    I have usually been able to play the game without putting fanhood in it.
    Having said that seeing Vardy in my team right now... makes me want to take a hit and do Vardy do Auba

    1. There's Always One!
      • 10 Years
      2 months, 6 days ago

      I sold vardy for ings simply because of fixtures

    2. Zim0
      • 2 Years
      2 months, 6 days ago

      How many times will you post this ._.

      1. There's Always One!
        • 10 Years
        2 months, 6 days ago

        zimo.. why don't you just say nothing?

        1. Zim0
          • 2 Years
          2 months, 6 days ago

          What?

          1. There's Always One!
            • 10 Years
            2 months, 6 days ago

            why are you asking how many times someone is going to ask a question.

            Its really none of youre business is it.

            1. Zim0
              • 2 Years
              2 months, 6 days ago

              Why are you getting so worked up about it? It feels like I've seen this exact post 3 times already. That's why i was asking

              1. There's Always One!
                • 10 Years
                2 months, 6 days ago

                I'm not one bit worked up mate. Just saying its none of you're business what anyone asks so don't worry about it and say nothing. Its quite simple

                1. Zim0
                  • 2 Years
                  2 months, 6 days ago

                  With that logic i can say its none of your business what i post too. You don't have to worry about it either mate. Just say nothing.

                  1. There's Always One!
                    • 10 Years
                    2 months, 6 days ago

                    Difference is im standing up for someone's right to do what they want without the likes of you going to the trouble of being a smart ass.

                    I'm done with you. Good day to you

                    1. Zim0
                      • 2 Years
                      2 months, 6 days ago

                      I'm not being a smartass darling. I thought this guy was spamming. He's already said he wasn't and i apologized to him. You really didn't need to involve yourself in it.

                      1. There's Always One!
                        • 10 Years
                        2 months, 6 days ago

                        Just mind you're own business in future Darling. Its really quite simple. Me, ill continue to call out a smartass when I see one. Spamming? Don't make me laugh

                      2. Zim0
                        • 2 Years
                        2 months, 6 days ago

                        You really do seem like the kind of person to escalate a mundane situation into a big problem. I hope no one gets hurt because of you.

                      3. There's Always One!
                        • 10 Years
                        2 months, 6 days ago

                        Says the person that's keeps replying. You really don't like getting called out do you. As I said leave what other's post to be their own business and nothing to do with you. Then neither me or anyone else will call you out. Simples

                      4. Zim0
                        • 2 Years
                        2 months, 6 days ago

                        I think you've mistaken me for someone who trolls others and stuck me in that category without even trying to look at it in any other way. I really wasn't trying to start anything. How about we call it a truce yeah?

            2. HD7
              • 3 Years
              2 months, 6 days ago

              Thanks for input, mates:)
              I asked a few times because I didnt receive a lot of replies and it was interesting for me how the United fan deals with this situation

              1. Zim0
                • 2 Years
                2 months, 6 days ago

                Alright. My apologies HD7. Yeah i don't like it but Vardy seemed on form against Sheffield. Could have gotten way more points if players around him finished the chances he created

              2. There's Always One!
                • 10 Years
                2 months, 6 days ago

                Hd7. Ask whatever question you want however many times you want.

                As i said I sold vardy for ings as I thought Southampton looked very good against us and they have decent fixtures

                1. HD7
                  • 3 Years
                  2 months, 6 days ago

                  Thanks:)
                  I think I will go with Auba though. Ings has been far more loyal to me this season. But I think Bmouth should put a real fight

                  1. Zim0
                    • 2 Years
                    2 months, 6 days ago

                    I don't think for a hit it's a good idea though.

                  2. There's Always One!
                    • 10 Years
                    2 months, 6 days ago

                    Good luck!

                    1. HD7
                      • 3 Years
                      2 months, 6 days ago

                      Same to you, bro 🙂

    3. Zim0
      • 2 Years
      2 months, 6 days ago

      I'd keep vardy and switch after spurs game even tho i want leicester to lose

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

    I want Salah.

    Who to get rid :

    A : KDB
    B : Mahrez
    C : Bruno
    D : Neither

    1. There's Always One!
      • 10 Years
      2 months, 6 days ago

      if you are definitely getting him then A

    2. OO
      • 3 Years
      2 months, 6 days ago

      KDB

  7. Freund88
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 4 Years
    2 months, 6 days ago

    Vardy to Kane for a hit?

  8. timawflowers
    • 2 Years
    2 months, 6 days ago

    keep vardy or bring jimenez in for a hit, rival has him so worried about losing ground

  9. liboo
    • 2 Years
    2 months, 6 days ago

    A ) willian + TAA out martial + Tarkwski inn

    B ) willian + Pulisic out martial + Stansilas inn

    ???

    1. waltzingmatildas
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      2 months, 6 days ago

      B

  10. HD7
    • 3 Years
    2 months, 6 days ago

    Captain Martial or Salah?
    Bruno is Vc

    1. There's Always One!
      • 10 Years
      2 months, 6 days ago

      Martial

    2. Boom Boom's Loveshack
      • 3 Years
      2 months, 6 days ago

      Martial is the ''shield" and Salah is the "sword". In other words: If you are chasing then Salah. If you are leading then Martial

      1. Luton_Fan
        • 10 Years
        2 months, 6 days ago

        This shield and sword stuff. Don't get it, surely you captain who you think will get most points?

        1. There's Always One!
          • 10 Years
          2 months, 6 days ago

          you do! But if you are chasing sometimes you need to take a gamble

    3. Brazilian Gooner
      • 7 Years
      2 months, 6 days ago

      Salah

  11. Bambi
    • 8 Years
    2 months, 6 days ago

    Best defender for 5m or less this game week? Burnley option?

    1. Goonerly
      • 2 Years
      2 months, 6 days ago

      Burnley defender, yeah.
      Or consider Dunk, Egan, Boly

  12. waltzingmatildas
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 10 Years
    2 months, 6 days ago

    Anything worth a hit here? FH38
    Henderson
    TAA Doherty awb
    Kdb foden Bruno martial(c)
    Wood vardy ings
    Leno pulisic egan lund

  13. EL tridente
    • 2 Years
    2 months, 6 days ago

    Who to start?
    A) Bertrand
    B) Saka

  14. Taegugk Warrior
    • 2 Years
    2 months, 6 days ago

    A. Pulisic to Son
    B. Giroud to Wood

    1. There's Always One!
      • 10 Years
      2 months, 6 days ago

      A

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

      B

    3. InvertedWinger
      • 5 Years
      2 months, 6 days ago

      B

  15. Super Saints
    • 4 Years
    2 months, 6 days ago

    Vardy captain, no cup game and loves scoring against the big boys!

    1. There's Always One!
      • 10 Years
      2 months, 6 days ago

      I Sold him. Lol

    2. RAFA THE GAFFA
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      2 months, 6 days ago

      Do it!

  16. Ruinenlust
    • 2 Years
    2 months, 6 days ago

    Maupay or JRod??

    1. JT11fc
      • 1 Year
      2 months, 6 days ago

      Tough, Maupay

      1. JT11fc
        • 1 Year
        2 months, 6 days ago

        Nah Jrod

    2. Conor1
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      2 months, 6 days ago

      JRod

    3. Goonerly
      • 2 Years
      2 months, 6 days ago

      JRod

    4. BeaversWithAttitude
      • 2 Years
      2 months, 6 days ago

      Deffo JayRod

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

    Bench TAA and Pulisic for Doherty? GTG?

    Pope
    AWB // Saiss // Doherty // Egan
    KDB // Mahrez // Bruno
    Rashy // Jimi // Jesus

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

    1. BeaversWithAttitude
      • 2 Years
      2 months, 6 days ago

      Would play Trent over Saiss... not loving double Wolves defence.

  18. Shark
    2 months, 6 days ago

    Ok, Going round in circles here.
    Any advice would be appreciated.
    Chasing in my league.
    Need to bench one of these Vs Liverpool...
    A) Giroud
    B) Pulisic
    C) Willian
    Which one and why please?

    1. Tony Martial
      • 1 Year
      2 months, 6 days ago

      C.

  19. 007 [RoboKlopp]
    • 4 Years
    2 months, 6 days ago

    Play Saiss or Pieters?

  20. FOO FIGHTER
    • 1 Year
    2 months, 6 days ago

    Maupay an option for 37 and 38?

    1. JT11fc
      • 1 Year
      2 months, 6 days ago

      Seems on form

  21. JT11fc
    • 1 Year
    2 months, 6 days ago

    Anyone think Jesus will get a rest in Fa cup? I can see Sterling starting up top

    1. FOO FIGHTER
      • 1 Year
      2 months, 6 days ago

      I have both and fear one of them will be benched for Watford...

      1. JT11fc
        • 1 Year
        2 months, 6 days ago

        Surely Jesus needs a rest. Pointles guessing i know

    2. There's Always One!
      • 10 Years
      2 months, 6 days ago

      Good chance but I wouldn't waste thinking time trying to guess peps team

      1. JT11fc
        • 1 Year
        2 months, 6 days ago

        Ye just wanna cap one

    3. Luton_Fan
      • 10 Years
      2 months, 6 days ago

      I was thinking that but wouldnt put money on it happening. Jesus could as likely play in cup and be sub in 37+

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

      My best guess would be Mahrez Jesus Sterling start in the cup and then Mahrez Sterling Bilva/Foden against Watford

  22. RAFA THE GAFFA
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 4 Years
    2 months, 6 days ago

    Everyone shipping Vardy?

    1. There's Always One!
      • 10 Years
      2 months, 6 days ago

      I did so its probably the wrong decision

    2. Stormbringer22
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      2 months, 6 days ago

      No, keeping at least for 37

  23. Eastman
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 3 Years
    2 months, 6 days ago

    Willian > Dilva?

  24. Printing Mane
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 8 Years
    2 months, 6 days ago

    Play?

    A Pulisic
    B Greenwood

    1. There's Always One!
      • 10 Years
      2 months, 6 days ago

      B

  25. Rushford
    • 2 Years
    2 months, 6 days ago

    It is likely that Sterling, KDB and Mahrez all start against Arsenal right? Who do you think will start against Watford as well? Is it worth transferring KDB to Sterling or Jiménez to Jesus? Or just roll transfer because pep roulette is just too difficult to bother with?

    1. JT11fc
      • 1 Year
      2 months, 6 days ago

      Im guessing first 3 start and Jesus on the bench for the cup

    2. Goonerly
      • 2 Years
      2 months, 6 days ago

      Think Jesus will keep on playing, DSilva will start last 2 games in the league, KDB as well. Sterling might

  26. Goonerly
    • 2 Years
    2 months, 6 days ago

    Can't decide whether to play BB this GW or next?

    Pope
    Doherty - Boly - Alonso*
    Salah - Martial - KdB - Bruno - Foden
    Jimmy - Greenwood

    Bench: McCarthy - DCL - Gomez - Lascelles*

    Would transfer out Alonso & Lascelles for possibly a triple Burnley defence (or maybe Egan). But that would still leave me with DCL against Sheffield and Gomez playing Chelsea.
    Next GW, however, Wolves would be playing Chelsea and might not keep a cleanie.

    Any advice?

  27. Pep Pig
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 4 Years
    2 months, 6 days ago

    Seems bringing Wood in is a popular move. Though seeing Steve Bruce's comments it's really making me feel Maupay could be an excellent differential...

    Bruce confirms United only have one centre-back fit - Federico Fernandez - academy prospect Kell Watts could come into the squad. "We’ve probably got eight missing [for the game at Brighton]." Danny Rose is back in contention.

    1. RAFA THE GAFFA
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      2 months, 6 days ago

      Not exactly free scoring though are they. Will be 1-0 Brighton

      1. Pep Pig
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        2 months, 6 days ago

        No mate that's true. Certainly worth a punt though. Trossard too

    2. FOO FIGHTER
      • 1 Year
      2 months, 6 days ago

      Salah(C) plus Mane final day could be gold...

  28. Boom Boom's Loveshack
    • 3 Years
    2 months, 6 days ago

    Chasing top 10k - 45 pts off.
    ML already won.
    BB 37 (team listed below)

    Who do I captain?

    A) Salah (C)
    B) Martial (C)

    Team:

    Martinez
    TAA Boly Long
    Salah KDB Fernandes Martial
    Jesus Jimenez Greenwood
    ___
    Dubravka Traore Digne Dunk

    1. Luton_Fan
      • 10 Years
      2 months, 6 days ago

      Martial

      1. Boom Boom's Loveshack
        • 3 Years
        2 months, 6 days ago

        Is he differential enough?

        1. Luton_Fan
          • 10 Years
          2 months, 6 days ago

          Not sure but think he will get more pts than salah 🙂

    2. Khazana
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      2 months, 6 days ago

      I have the same decision to make, I will probably do KDB to Salah and captain Salah.
      Know that it is a high risk, high reward decision. Be prepared for extreme results, either way.

  29. Tony Martial
    • 1 Year
    2 months, 6 days ago

    Help here!

    (C)
    Sterling
    Tony

    Start 1
    Allison
    McCarthy

    Should I bring Wood in for Vardy for a -4?

    1. Boom Boom's Loveshack
      • 3 Years
      2 months, 6 days ago

      Tony

  30. Tonyawesome69
    • 1 Year
    2 months, 6 days ago

    Worth doing Greenwood to Wood or roll the ft? 28 points behind in cash ML

    1ft 4itb
    Pope
    TAA Doherty Saiss
    Martial (c) KDB Bruno Sterling
    Ings Jimenez Greenwood

    Martinez Foden Aurier Taylor