Captain Sensible

Who are the best FPL captain options for Gameweek 38+?

Fantasy Premier League managers are faced with a wealth of viable choices for the captaincy on the final day of the 2019/20 season.

With so much riding on the Gameweek 38+ fixtures, knowing that any number of armband candidates stand a chance of exploding may take the pressure off the decision and allow more focus on the ownership of each asset.

To help you pick the best captain for your team, the Captain Sensible article is back for one last hurrah, analysing the statistical form of players over their last four matches and comparing them with 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

Raheem Sterling (£12.0m) is the clear winner of the captain poll for Gameweek 38+ pulling in the support of 35.6% in the final vote of the season.

There is very little surprise about the Manchester City midfielder topping the charts here, considering he has five double-figure hauls since the Premier League returned and recently claimed penalty-taking duties from Kevin De Bruyne (£10.6m), who is backed by just 6.6% of our readers.

David Silva (£7.5m) is also set to play a part in the captaincy conversation after 13% of our voters deemed him the best option for the final Gameweek of the season. It also happens to be the Spaniard’s last Premier League game for Manchester City, suggesting he could go out with a bang. That seems likely when we consider he has averaged 10.5 points per appearance at home during Project Restart.

De Bruyne and Foden unlucky as Silva and Sterling score big for Man City

The backing for both Sterling and Silva is, of course, underpinned by Norwich’s obliging defence. The Canaries have let in 18 goals since Gameweek 30+, an average of 2.3 per game.

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang (£10.9m) may have blanked in each of his last three outings, but there is still an outside chance he can wrestle the Golden Boot trophy away from Jamie Vardy (£9.7m). Watford come to the Emirates Stadium having conceded three goals in three of their last five away matches, while Aubameyang has scored six times in as many home Premier League appearances.

With the same amount of the support in the poll (11%), Harry Kane (£10.9m) comes into Gameweek 38+ with a brace in each of his last two games. That has convinced a portion of the Fantasy community that the Spurs forward will have an enjoyable trip to Selhurst Park on Sunday afternoon. 

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Crystal Palace have found themselves in the middle of a rotten defensive crisis as the 2019/20 campaign comes to a close. They have at least two goals in each of their last five Premier League matches, and will face Spurs short of Patrick van Aanholt (£5.6m), Gary Cahill (£4.3m), James Tomkins (£4.9m) and, most likely, Mamadou Sakho (£5.0m).

Another team in disarray at the back are Newcastle, who have flags against seven different defenders ahead of hosting Liverpool on Sunday. That could be good news for Mohamed Salah (£12.5m), who clearly has a been under his bonnet having not scored in each of his last three despite a whole host of opportunities. The Egyptian has arguably been the most exciting Liverpool player recently and a beleaguered Newcastle defence could be exactly what he needs to get that explosive haul he has been promising.

Christian Pulisic (£7.4m), Bruno Fernandes (£9.1m), Riyad Mahrez (£8.6m), Gabriel Jesus (£9.9m) and Anthony Martial (£8.5m) are the only other options with more than 1% support in the poll.

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2,265 Comments Post a Comment
  1. dornishviper
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    9 days, 14 hours ago

    i have a 30 pt lead in my mini league. But both the joint 2nd players have a TC left. Feel like i will need to get in a large point haul to be safe.

    Pope
    TAA / AWB / Doh
    Mo / Pulisic / KdB / Bruno
    Jesus / Mason / Ingsy

    A) (bigger hit) -- Pulisic + Bruno + Jesus >>> Sterling + Dilva + Wood (-8)
    B) (No Sterling) -- Jesus >>> Kane (FT)
    C) (No Dilva) -- Jesus + Bruno >>> Sterling + Jimenez (-4)

    Do give us your thoughts guys. Would appreciate massively. TIA!

    1. adamtheyido
      • 5 Years
      9 days, 14 hours ago

      Personally would just do Doherty to aurier or tark.
      If you really want Sterling( i guess its to cover their TC) then Jesus and Bruno to Sterling and Wood

    2. JfA
      • 1 Year
      9 days, 14 hours ago

      You've got Salah in, Jesus to Kane 100%. Unfortunately for us toon fans Salah is going to tear us a new one tomorrow, our shite defence and shattered moral coupled with his frustration at three blanks despite all his shots. If he has a couple at half time and finds out Vardy hasn't scored, it could get very messy for us. I wouldn't worry about no Sterling as Kane will get another Brace +2/3 BP.

  2. Teror
    • 5 Years
    9 days, 13 hours ago

    Keep Pulisic or Bruno?

    1. nicksilver
      • 11 Years
      9 days, 2 hours ago

      Bruno!!

  3. SHPARKY
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    9 days, 13 hours ago

    I'm 38 points ahead with and still have my bench boost, I'm nervous because I don't have sterling or and city outfield players. Should I take a 4 or 8 point hit to get them in???

    Pope ederson

    Tarkowski azpi Robertson TAA aurier

    Pogba pulisic martial Bruno Oriolromeo

    Ings jiminez woods

    What you think am I safe or should I take a hit and get them in. Player below me has sterling kdb foden. Advice please

    1. Emm7980
      • 5 Years
      9 days, 13 hours ago

      Waaaay too much cash in defence. Damn I know your on BB but still..
      Lose a utd mid for dilva at least, 38 points is healthy but 38 without any city isn't quite as comfortable.
      Bruno to dilva and jimi to jesus? Funds permitting

      1. Emm7980
        • 5 Years
        9 days, 13 hours ago

        I missed the last line of your post, get some cover for sterling at least , should see you safe.

    2. SHPARKY
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      9 days, 13 hours ago

      The defense has git me some good points though. Im thinkin of gettin rid of pogba and Romeo for dilva and foden. Have to take an 8 point for sterling.

      1. SHPARKY
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        9 days, 12 hours ago

        Sterlings got me worried but taken an 8 point hit at this stage seems mad

        1. Emm7980
          • 5 Years
          9 days, 12 hours ago

          Yea prob no need, but of all the players that could seriously dent that 30point lead it's sterling for me.
          38 +BB should be grand though.

          1. SHPARKY
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            9 days, 12 hours ago

            I might take the 4 point hit and get rid of pogba and Romeo for dilva and foden. So 34 lead plus BB. Dilva captain ya think?

            1. Emm7980
              • 5 Years
              9 days, 12 hours ago

              Yes, from those he's the safest.

  4. Lindelol
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 2 Years
    9 days, 13 hours ago

    Salah Sterling Martial Bruno Foden

    Have one FT and will do following
    Foden to Dilva
    But is it worth doing the following transfer with a hit
    KDB in for any of the following
    1. Salah
    2. Bruno
    3. Martial

  5. gellinmagellan
    • 2 Years
    9 days, 2 hours ago

    Is it worth it to get Son in for a -4 and if yes for whom? 2.3 ITB Current MF:
    Mahrez, Dilva, Salah, Bruno

  6. LeytonOrient
    • 5 Years
    9 days, 2 hours ago

    Pope
    TAA Tark Aurier
    Bruno Martial KDB Pulisic
    Vardy Jimmy Greenwood
    (3.9, Doherty, guendouzi, Simpson)

    28 points ahead in ML. 4.5m ITB

    A) Vardy > Kane
    B) Sterling in - but who comes out?
    C) Something else

  7. FFVirgin
    9 days, 1 hour ago

    I'm 29 pts clear of rival (bro-in-law who will hate if I win) and need help, please. Neither of us has a chip left to play, he's suggesting he has taken FIVE hits in a bid to win, but I'm not convinced.

    Current team -

    Pope
    Doherty TAA Egan AWB
    Martial Sterling KDB
    Jimi Vardy Greenwood
    (Martin-Lascelles-Guendouzi-Hayden)

    1 FT, 0.5 ITB

    Thinking either Tarkowski, Pieters, Bardsley or Aurier for Doherty, Egan or AWB.
    Also maybe take a hit and ditch Jimi/Vardy for Ings/Jesus....

    Advice please

    1. nickybwild
      • 10 Years
      9 days, 31 mins ago

      A) Pieters, Walker, Bruno
      B) Egan, Van Dijk, DSilva

      H E L P !

  8. Doug McCasual
    8 days, 22 hours ago

    Dilva 13% in the captaincy poll and only 10% ownership, bit of an anomoly

    1. Holmes
      • 6 Years
      8 days, 22 hours ago

      13% of 10% ownership

      1. Doug McCasual
        8 days, 22 hours ago

        ah gotcha, so bugger all then

  9. Rammerintet
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 8 Years
    8 days, 19 hours ago

    On FH - just had to g’et Salah instead of Auba as a last hour change, story of my season