Captain Sensible

Who are the best FPL captain options for Blank Gameweek 18?

Fantasy Premier League managers face a difficult choice for the Blank Gameweek 18 captaincy.

Even before Monday’s fixture rearrangements for Spurs, Fulham and Aston Villa, differentiating between Kevin De Bruyne (£11.7m) and Bruno Fernandes (£11.3m) was proving challenging for many.

Now that Harry Kane (£11.0m) and Son Heung-min (£9.8m) have been handed a favourable home fixture against underprepared opposition the debate has been thrown wide open.

More than ever, Fantasy managers need some help with the armband, which is where the Captain Sensible article comes in.

As always, we will look into the best options’ underlying statistics, comparing them against the defensive data of their upcoming opponents using the Fantasy Football Scout Premium Members Area.

CAPTAIN POLL

Poll results before Spurs’ Aston Villa fixture was replaced with hosting Fulham

Captain poll results after Monday’s fixture rearrangements

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3,604 Comments Post a Comment
  1. FantasyClub
      11 days, 2 hours ago

      Anyone thinking of bypassing a Liverpool player all together for DGW? The fixtures aren’t the greatest imo...Man Utd first fixture obviously isn’t easy and Burnley if anything can defend, Burnley as you know will be the second fixture so Pool players won’t be fresh if not rotated and not in form, Pope In form don’t forget...any thoughts on this lads?

      1. rokonto
        • 5 Years
        11 days, 2 hours ago

        Yes, I am set up for dgw19 with no Liverpool.

        1. FantasyClub
            11 days, 2 hours ago

            Is that because you had to make that compromise to work with your chip strategy or you made that conscious decision based on similar reasons to mine?

            1. rokonto
              • 5 Years
              11 days, 2 hours ago

              Similar reasons.
              Did Robbo and Salah out for Cancelo and De Bruyne -4.
              Rather have kdb and Cancelo for 3 games (potentially) than the other 2 for 2 (and those fixtures).
              Could downgrade Vardy to get one back in but with your reasoning I'm not going to atm.

              1. FantasyClub
                  11 days, 2 hours ago

                  Yeah I’m on the verge of completely bypassing too. It’s always scary not to have either Salah or Mané (a Pool player in general) but if we’ve learnt anything this year it’s to go with form.

                  1. rokonto
                    • 5 Years
                    11 days, 1 hour ago

                    I'm only scared of Salah and Robbo but after being let down last game I'm prepared to risk it.
                    Might end in tears lol but we can't cover all bases.

                    1. FantasyClub
                        11 days, 1 hour ago

                        I guess just go with your gut eh! My guts telling me to decide based on form etc

                  2. Krionos
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 10 Years
                    9 days, 23 hours ago

                    Wow, what a crazy transfer...

            2. Sanchit
              • 5 Years
              11 days, 11 mins ago

              So because of the same factos United have a difficult fixture in 18?

              1. FantasyClub
                  11 days, 5 mins ago

                  Well first of all Fernandes is in form along with Rashford and probably Martial and secondly Fulham are weaker defensively so it’s not the same in my opinion

                • FantasyClub
                    11 days, 4 mins ago

                    Fulham are weaker defensively than Burnley I mean

                  • 1314
                    • 6 Years
                    10 days, 23 hours ago

                    player's price & value is a factor too..

              2. makisss99
                  11 days, 2 hours ago

                  Opinions on these fh teams?
                  A 4-4-2
                  Lloris,Cancelo,Dias,Tierney,Wan-Bissaka
                  De Bruyne,Bruno,Son,Saka
                  Kane,Laca

                  B 3-4-3
                  Lloris,Cancelo,Dias,Tierney
                  De Bruyne,Bruno,Son,Smith-Rowe
                  Kane,Laca,Wilson

                  1. FantasyClub
                      11 days, 2 hours ago

                      I prefer A bit maybe swap either AWB or Tierney with another mid

                      1. makisss99
                          11 days, 2 hours ago

                          The only affordable 5th mids would be either Neto or Traore and I'm not so tempted to Wolves-Everton match..

                          1. FantasyClub
                              11 days, 1 hour ago

                              ESR?

                              1. makisss99
                                  11 days, 1 hour ago

                                  So you say Saka+Smith-Rowe instead of Tierney?

                                  1. FantasyClub
                                      11 days, 1 hour ago

                                      ESR and Gündogan both in form, Man City have the easier fixture, ESR allows funds else where...dunno dude hard decision, take a punt, go with your gut

                                      1. makisss99
                                          11 days, 1 hour ago

                                          Definitely hard decision,I don't trust Arsenal defence but I hope for Tierney attacking returns lol

                                  2. FantasyClub
                                      11 days, 1 hour ago

                                      Gündogan

                                      1. Tigers Time
                                        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                        • 5 Years
                                        11 days, 1 hour ago

                                        I've had a punt on Gündogan - why not it's a one off.

                                        1. FantasyClub
                                            11 days, 1 hour ago

                                            Yeah that’s what I was thinking...it’s a one off and he’s in form as you probably know...I’m just not confident in Arsenal keeping a clean sheet so you’d be banking on an attacking return from Tierney...dunno dude, hard decisions eh!

                                • makisss99
                                    11 days, 1 hour ago

                                    Saka+Smith-Rowe instead of Tierney is a move I didn't think of..

                                  • FantasyClub
                                      11 days, 1 hour ago

                                      So torn between using free hit and WC, I got KDB for 11.6 using my free transfer coz I knew using a chip would remove it anyway but he’s at 11.8 now!!! Aaargh and like I said earlier, contemplating bypassing Pool all together...my heads done in lmao

                                    • Sanchit
                                      • 5 Years
                                      11 days, 13 mins ago

                                      Captain KdB or Bruno?

                                      1. FPL-(VAR)dy
                                        • 3 Years
                                        10 days, 22 hours ago

                                        kdb..Bissouma will be a big miss.

                                    • LochineFDC
                                      • 8 Years
                                      10 days, 22 hours ago

                                      I have 6 active players with sterling this week. Is it worth it to freehit?

                                      1. rokonto
                                        • 5 Years
                                        10 days, 22 hours ago

                                        Nah

                                    • Dbz91
                                      • 4 Years
                                      10 days, 21 hours ago

                                      I've gone triple City for the first time in a long time, currently KDB (c)

                                      With that in mind, i'm thinking spread the risk and cap Fernandes instead

                                      Fernandes is on a better run but i'm just not sure. Why is everyone so nailed on KDB?

                                    • LFCJD90
                                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                      10 days, 20 hours ago

                                      Darlow or Lloris in goal? Was orginally going to go with Darlow but now with the fixture change maybe Lloris is the best bet?

                                    • SE6
                                      • 2 Years
                                      10 days, 19 hours ago

                                      sterling or KDB?

                                    • Sickboy
                                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                      • 11 Years
                                      9 days, 16 hours ago

                                      What’s the secret to this season then? Spread squad value as much as possible and around players from different clubs?

                                      I suppose you have to ditch your usual approach and play this season as a one off.

                                    • Purefection
                                      • 6 Years
                                      8 days, 4 hours ago

                                      Salah and Saka to KDB and Soucek for a -8 hit?