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. K_UN_DE_BRU_YNE
    • 3 Years
    3 months, 2 days ago

    Who will score more:
    A) Bruno(lei)+ 4
    B) Salah(new)

    1. Seamy
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      3 months, 2 days ago

      It could go either way.
      If you feel like rolling the dice I like Salah. Playing it safe keep Bruno

    2. KAPTAIN KANE
      • 3 Years
      3 months, 2 days ago

      B

    3. Opie220
        3 months, 2 days ago

        B

    4. Seamy
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      3 months, 2 days ago

      Which combination would you prefer on a FH?

      A) Mahrez, Antonio & Robbo
      B) KdB & Greenwood & TAA

      1. KAPTAIN KANE
        • 3 Years
        3 months, 2 days ago

        B

      2. K_UN_DE_BRU_YNE
        • 3 Years
        3 months, 2 days ago

        B

      3. Releasebreaks
        • 2 Years
        3 months, 2 days ago

        B

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

        A

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

      Expecting a lot of fake news tomorrow

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

      A - TAA + wood
      B - Digne + Inga

      Ta

      1. KAPTAIN KANE
        • 3 Years
        3 months, 2 days ago

        B

      2. Seamy
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 9 Years
        3 months, 2 days ago

        I like Ings this week so B

      3. Releasebreaks
        • 2 Years
        3 months, 2 days ago

        B

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

        A

    7. KAPTAIN KANE
      • 3 Years
      3 months, 2 days ago

      Anything worth a hit? On BB

      McCarthy
      Saiss | Pieters | Kiko
      Salah | Sterling | KdB | Martial | Antonio
      Kane | Ings | Greenwood

      Button | Lascelles | El Mohamady

      (Playing BB [aka All Out Attack for me] hence the layout)

      0ITB, 0FT

      Thanks

      1. Seamy
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 9 Years
        3 months, 2 days ago

        No I like it. The front 8 are all players I was inclined to target on my FH. Good looking attack

        1. KAPTAIN KANE
          • 3 Years
          3 months, 2 days ago

          Thanks pal

          1. Seamy
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 9 Years
            3 months, 2 days ago

            Shocking back line. But I’m sure you are aware

            1. KAPTAIN KANE
              • 3 Years
              3 months, 2 days ago

              Yeah don’t think any of them are worth a hit

    8. Reddonkeyham 42
      • 6 Years
      3 months, 2 days ago

      Best sauce for leaks?

      Talking of sauces, mustard in an egg and bacon sarny, gamechanger

      1. Weasel Boy
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 8 Years
        3 months, 2 days ago

        Someone mentioned Scarface fpl on Twitter

      2. KAPTAIN KANE
        • 3 Years
        3 months, 2 days ago

        Fpl scarface on Twitter.

        Fpl rockstar’s new profile

      3. Would Ed Woodward
        • 1 Year
        3 months, 2 days ago

        That seems very wrong, what kind of mustard?

    9. BENOIT
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      3 months, 2 days ago

      Liverpool are giving me a headache.

      Potbetisl to score a few, but what team will Klopp put out?

      1. Ajax Hamsterdam
        • 6 Years
        3 months, 2 days ago

        He should put his strongest shouldn't he ?

        1. BENOIT
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 4 Years
          3 months, 2 days ago

          Why?

          1. KAPTAIN KANE
            • 3 Years
            3 months, 2 days ago

            Going for the 99 points and Salah Golden Boot

            1. BENOIT
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 4 Years
              3 months, 2 days ago

              'Going for 99 points'... that's not a thing?

              1. Twisted Saltergater
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 11 Years
                3 months, 2 days ago

                I got 99 points but the golden boot isn’t one.

              2. KAPTAIN KANE
                • 3 Years
                3 months, 2 days ago

                Beats City last season

          2. Ajax Hamsterdam
            • 6 Years
            3 months, 2 days ago

            Haven't read anything to suggest otherwise

        2. Sailboats
          • 5 Years
          3 months, 2 days ago

          No? He can put out any team

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

        They have me since i could remember!

      3. RECKLESS
        • 7 Years
        3 months, 2 days ago

        I am only sure on Salah starting as i good form wrt stats and hungry

    10. Wiseman Resistant ⚽⚠
      • 8 Years
      3 months, 2 days ago

      Bottomed on the last page. Who is the best pick as a defender this gw:

      1. Reece James
      2. Bednarek
      3. Pieters or Bardsley
      4. Holding

      ?

      1. KAPTAIN KANE
        • 3 Years
        3 months, 2 days ago

        3 Pieters

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

          Don’t think that’s allowed

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

        Pieters

    11. fr3d
      • 3 Years
      3 months, 2 days ago

      Magnus Carlsen needs a quick draw with Ding Liren tomorrow to make the 3pm deadline 😆

      1. TheDragon
        • 2 Years
        3 months, 2 days ago

        Surely his chess will be impacted by his FPL position

    12. RECKLESS
      • 7 Years
      3 months, 2 days ago

      Have a good feeling on these guys helping me to break HOF 500
      Hoping to get close to 1k from current 5k with just 2 of them in high ownership in top 10k
      Changes dependent on Mahrez vs Foden to start

      Martinez
      Aurier Pieters Long
      Sterling Salah DSilva Mahrez*
      Kane Aubameyang Ings

      Have rationale for all selections except Mahrez as just selecting as its Norwich

      1. Amey
        • 2 Years
        3 months, 2 days ago

        Solid team.
        Template FH team this is Actually

        1. RECKLESS
          • 7 Years
          3 months, 2 days ago

          Only 30% have it out of that some would put trust in Manutd/LEI/Chelsea so still a good upside possible

          1. Amey
            • 2 Years
            3 months, 2 days ago

            For sure
            It was a complement 🙂

      2. Twisted Saltergater
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 11 Years
        3 months, 2 days ago

        That’s an incredible front 7 for this week.

        1. RECKLESS
          • 7 Years
          3 months, 2 days ago

          I personally love the Golden boot contenders. Was set on Vardy over Kane pre Spurs vs Lei but Kane just looks so sharp! Plus Manutd not going to attack Vardy will not get counterattacks to score which is his stength

    13. Stoichkov#8
      • 5 Years
      3 months, 2 days ago

      Best up to 5.5 def (not Bur or Aurier)?

      1. RECKLESS
        • 7 Years
        3 months, 2 days ago

        Mendy. Too bad I cant afford, If by chance Mahrez FOden are benched he is great as 3rd city option

        1. BENOIT
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 4 Years
          3 months, 2 days ago

          Tierney

      2. KAPTAIN KANE
        • 3 Years
        3 months, 2 days ago

        Cresswell

        1. Amey
          • 2 Years
          3 months, 2 days ago

          He's injured bro

          1. KAPTAIN KANE
            • 3 Years
            3 months, 2 days ago

            Sorry, Ben Davies

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

        Tierney

    14. Will J 256
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      3 months, 2 days ago

      ago
      I am going without salah and mane however have Trent as my Liverpool asset. Is that OK?

      1. Ajax Hamsterdam
        • 6 Years
        3 months, 2 days ago

        Very risky imo

      2. Twisted Saltergater
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 11 Years
        3 months, 2 days ago

        Take a look at Newcastle’s defence on the transfers page.

    15. Releasebreaks
      • 2 Years
      3 months, 2 days ago

      BB active

      1 FT, 0.8itb

      Pope Martinez
      TAA Digne Doherty Azpilicueta Aurier
      KBD Bruno Martial Pulisic Foden
      Ings Kane Greenwood

      What transfer to be made ?

      1. FALSE PROFIT
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 6 Years
        3 months, 2 days ago

        Could end up in tears without Sterling (c)

    16. Amey
      • 2 Years
      3 months, 2 days ago

      Can be write Burnley Brighton game down as a 0-0 ??

      Thinking about having 3 assets in that game + a Lamptey on the bench 😀

      I think it'll be a 0-0

      Most boring game of the season.

      1. FALSE PROFIT
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 6 Years
        3 months, 2 days ago

        How many clean sheets can be expected last GW?

        1. Amey
          • 2 Years
          3 months, 2 days ago

          Burnley Brighton City Southampton Villa looks set for me ....

    17. SantaCruz87
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      3 months, 2 days ago

      Like to get some opinion.

      A. Pulisic or Antonio?

      B. D. Silva or KDB?

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

      Getting cold feet about Martínez now. What are fellow FHs thinking?

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

        I'd stay away, Arsenal too much hot and cold for me.

      2. Twisted Saltergater
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 11 Years
        3 months, 2 days ago

        I have a choice between Henderson and Martinez. Think I’m going to go with Martinez.

    19. tomasjj
      • 6 Years
      3 months, 2 days ago

      a) Jesus to Kane
      b) Keep Jesus and only do Taylor to a playing defender.

      On a BB.

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

        The Taylor move

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

        Cheers!

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

          You reckon Jesus is nailed on to start?

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

            There's no way you didn't intend that pun

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

              Ha!

    20. Trophé Mourinho
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      3 months, 2 days ago

      Could the website crash just before the deadline?
      Yes

      Those relying on early team news are playing with fire IMO. Its unlikely it will crash but not inprobable.

      It will be one of the busiest moments on the site as it is, let alone with people adjusting teams due to early team news.
      Its even possible someone commits a DOS attack on the site at this time as well.
      Why would someone do that? Well some people dont even need a reason other than to disrupt others, or maybe someone just has a chip on their shoulder.
      Look at the hacking early on in the season, why would someone do that?
      Most of the people they targetted were good people, so a real motive for that was never clear.

      It will probably be fine and it wont go down, but is it a risk you really want to take?

      If it did go down, I dont think people would get much sympathy either as they are using early team news to get an unfair advantage over their rivals in cash leagues, which essentially amounts to poor sportsmanship at best or cheating at worst.

      1. THE WERNER DELUSION
        • 5 Years
        3 months, 2 days ago

        I'd be more worried by fake team news, also the very real prospect that a super-sub for City can quite easily outscore a starter - seen it a few times recently - I'm staying well away from here and twitter

        1. Trophé Mourinho
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 1 Year
          3 months, 2 days ago

          Yea thats a good point as well. And yea once I did Kun>Jesus because Kun wasnt starting.
          Kun came off the bench for a brace...

          I have Dilva, Sterling im pretty certain they both start, im not making any changes now

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

          This

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

        Hot Topic this GW IMO

      3. Twisted Saltergater
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 11 Years
        3 months, 2 days ago

        I would not leave you transfers til the last minute, this week. It’s playing with fire.

    21. popcoin
      • 8 Years
      3 months, 2 days ago

      A) Foden & Sterling (-4)

      B) Martial & Mahrez/Dilva

      Chasing a Martial-owner 20 points ahead so need hauls or nothing

      1. Weasel Boy
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 8 Years
        3 months, 2 days ago

        Think I'd prefer Sterling but Foden might be benched

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

      Best combo?

      A. Pope+KDB+Martial+Greenwood
      B. Martínez+Mahrez+Martial+Ings
      C. Pope+Mahrez+Pulisic+Ings

      1. FALSE PROFIT
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 6 Years
        3 months, 2 days ago

        Best go to a soothsayer.

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

          Helpful! Thanks

          1. FALSE PROFIT
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 6 Years
            3 months, 2 days ago

            Only kidding bud. But who the hell knows on the dodgiest day of the season?

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

              Yeah. Just trying to predict the best possible outcome. It’s tricky like you say but gotta try put some logic to it

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

        A for me, but how about Pope, Silva, Martial Ings? Too expensive?

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

          Got silva already sorry

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

            No worries.

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

      Biggest trap this week?
      Mine is a triple Burnley clean sheet. They get their fair share but it is still about 2-1 with the bookies.

      1. Amey
        • 2 Years
        3 months, 2 days ago

        Burnley won't score 2 for sure 😀

        1. Ajax Hamsterdam
          • 6 Years
          3 months, 2 days ago

          Loading up on city attack

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

          Nice to see you are on the same page as me. (smile)

      2. Twisted Saltergater
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 11 Years
        3 months, 2 days ago

        A team gets clean sheets when the intensity is there. Not sure I’d double up on the last day of the season - the players might be given the freedom to go enjoy themselves.

        1. FALSE PROFIT
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 6 Years
          3 months, 2 days ago

          This^

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

        probably Sterling

        1. FALSE PROFIT
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 6 Years
          3 months, 2 days ago

          My captain but it will hurt loads if you are right. A no brainer to miss him out if you are chasing.

    24. Manumana
      • 4 Years
      3 months, 2 days ago

      2 fts. Salah & Vardy to Sterling & kane

      A. Do it
      B. Nah

      Thanks a lot

      1. Ajax Hamsterdam
        • 6 Years
        3 months, 2 days ago

        Which other city asset do you have ?

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

          Only KDB

      2. Gudjohnsen
        • 3 Years
        3 months, 2 days ago

        Yes from me

    25. Ajax Hamsterdam
      • 6 Years
      3 months, 2 days ago

      A auba double Burnley defence Martinez
      B greenwood taa Roberson pope

      Thank you and gl

    26. Will J 256
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      3 months, 2 days ago

      Thoughts on this FH draft:
      Pope
      Trent, Aurier, Pieters
      Salah, Sterling, Mahrez, D Silva
      Ings, Kane, Greenwood

      Chasing a ML victory so any views would be very kind

      1. Ajax Hamsterdam
        • 6 Years
        3 months, 2 days ago

        V nice

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

        Very good IMO

        1. Will J 256
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          3 months, 2 days ago

          Thanks guys

      3. Do I Not Like Orange
        • 8 Years
        3 months, 2 days ago

        Looks good. Only one I'm not convinced by is Aurier, but could pay off.

        1. Ajax Hamsterdam
          • 6 Years
          3 months, 2 days ago

          Why ?

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

        I 'get' the Silva pick, but still going without KDB is very risky

        1. Will J 256
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          3 months, 2 days ago

          Yes you are right. Just feel KDB will play deeper and Silva will be on most set pieces but who am I to judge!

          1. FALSE PROFIT
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 6 Years
            3 months, 2 days ago

            This is my concern. KDB has looked after Foden and Dilva since end of lock down

        2. Twisted Saltergater
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 11 Years
          3 months, 2 days ago

          DSilva play as a CAM and KdB as a CM, when they both start.

          That said, KdB still hauls no matter where he plays.

          1. Will J 256
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            3 months, 2 days ago

            Yes and he is gunning for an assist record so there will be chances for him

    27. Do I Not Like Orange
      • 8 Years
      3 months, 2 days ago

      A) KDB > Sterling
      B) Foden > Dilva
      C) Salah/Foden > Sterling/Dilva (-4)

      Martinez
      TAA Doherty Long
      Salah KDB Martial Pulisic
      Vardy Ings Greenwood

      Foden + fodder

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

        C

    28. Visionaries
      • 4 Years
      3 months, 2 days ago

      Prefer Kane bit wanted the City triple.

      Pulisic, Sterling, KDB, Martial, Bruno*
      Greenwood, Jesus*

      A Bruno (lei) > Son
      B Jesus (NOR) > Kane

      1. Camzy
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 10 Years
        3 months, 2 days ago

        A easily imo.

    29. Steinburg FC
      • 6 Years
      3 months, 2 days ago

      A. KDB to Sterling for free and play Foden over Pulisic B. Pulisic + Foden to Sterling and bench fodder -4

      1. Goooo Rickie
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        3 months, 2 days ago

        A

    30. Goooo Rickie
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      3 months, 2 days ago

      A: Bruno > Son or Dsilva - 4
      B: Pulisic > Dsilva - 4
      C: no hits

      1. Steinburg FC
        • 6 Years
        3 months, 2 days ago

        c

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

      Anyone worried about all Liverpool forums and fan sites predicting 4-6 players rotated?

      1. Trophé Mourinho
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 1 Year
        3 months, 2 days ago

        They have been fairly wrong recently, I have gone against their predicitions twice now and I was right both times.
        Max subs probably, but think they will start largely unchanged

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

          Encouraging! Cheers

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

        If they are the large majority of live teams will be effected anyway

    32. Hitmonlee
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      3 months, 2 days ago

      When are the pressers today?

      I want to get Sterling in as soon as I know there’s no injuries

      1. Camzy
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 10 Years
        3 months, 2 days ago

        No pressers tomorrow. Just the last minute lineup leak scramble.