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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  1. g40steve
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 3 Years
    4 months, 5 days ago

    Was going to go with just six,

    Stones, Cancelo
    Bruno, Son, KDB
    Kane,

    Played around with a FH

    Leno,
    Stones, Cancelo, Saiss
    Rashford, Bruno, Son, KDB
    Kane, Laca, Wilson

    Sanchez, ASR, Mitchell, 3.9

    1. BeWater
        4 months, 5 days ago

        The FH looks like it's worth 10 points to you without any returns. Wilson, Laca, Rashford, Leno and Saiss could easily give you another 10-15 on top of that.

        1. g40steve
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 3 Years
          4 months, 5 days ago

          That’s what I thought could hammer rank this week with only six?

          1. BeWater
              4 months, 5 days ago

              I'm in a similar spot. Could get to 6 players with a -4 (one of which will be Lowton) so FH makes a lot of sense. Not hitting the button until tomorrow though.

        2. Phil's Stamps
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 10 Years
          4 months, 5 days ago

          I have almost the same, just Dias instead of Cancelo. No way am I FH-ing now -I was even considering rolling with just 5 for a hit if the Spurs game was off.

          For what it's worth the FFix projection thinks I'll get 44 points with those 6, with Cancelo yours will probably be higher. Save it.

          1. g40steve
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 3 Years
            4 months, 5 days ago

            Cheers, decisions for tomorrow 🙂

      • sminkypinky
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 9 Years
        4 months, 5 days ago

        Best goalie on FH?

        1. Hot Toddy
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 2 Years
          4 months, 5 days ago

          Lloris or Leno I think.

          1. sminkypinky
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 9 Years
            4 months, 5 days ago

            I'm leaning towards Lloris too. Think Palace might pop one in.

            1. Hot Toddy
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 2 Years
              4 months, 5 days ago

              Yeah, he's in my team too.

        2. jonnybhoy
          • 8 Years
          4 months, 5 days ago

          Darlow

        3. Manani
          • 9 Years
          4 months, 5 days ago

          i went with darlow.

          1. sminkypinky
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 9 Years
            4 months, 5 days ago

            Not a sure starter though?

      • House Frey Wedding Planner
        • 2 Years
        4 months, 5 days ago

        Was planning to carry 11 players into gw18 now I'm down to 8.

        Holding Mitchell Cancelo Dias
        Son Bruno KDB
        Kane

        Subs - Martinez, Peacock-Farrell, KWP, Grealish, CJones, DCL, Bamford

        Have 1 FT and 1.1 itb.

        Did want to carry this over as I could make 2-3 changes for dgw19. Now my team looks a bit light and feel I need to make the change now.

        Would prefer to bring in a player that I'd play for gw18 and gw19. Should I:

        A - KWP to AWB
        B - DCL to Laca
        C - other
        D - hold my transfer and go with 8 players

        Cheers

        1. sminkypinky
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 9 Years
          4 months, 5 days ago

          I would go B just for the chance of a haul

      • tommo1989
        • 4 Years
        4 months, 5 days ago

        Saka or Wilson on free hit?

        1. Manani
          • 9 Years
          4 months, 5 days ago

          i like wilson more

          1. JabariParkersEyelid
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 1 Year
            4 months, 5 days ago

            Yes for pens.

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

          Wilson all day

      • JJeyy
        • 5 Years
        4 months, 5 days ago

        Guess I will just have to roll with my Leeds players for Brighton, not a bad fixture at least

      • 1justlookin
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 10 Years
        4 months, 5 days ago

        Anyone know if Fulham have Covid missing players tomorrow?

        Was set to have Kane as my skipper but looking at this article is making me think I should go for KDB instead.

      • fcsaltyballs
        • 5 Years
        4 months, 5 days ago

        Repost, pages are moving fast!

        FH18 draft... thoughts please?

        DDG
        Cancelo Stones Tierney
        KDB Son Fernandes Rashford Saka
        Kane Wilson

        Sondergaard Brewster Mitchell Buur

        Good to go?

        Thanks guys

        1. JabariParkersEyelid
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 1 Year
          4 months, 5 days ago

          Yeah this is class. Wish I could afford it myself.

          1. fcsaltyballs
            • 5 Years
            4 months, 5 days ago

            Thanks sir

        2. Eliano
            4 months, 5 days ago

            Team looks good was thinking similar myself but decided on laccazette up top, risking it with Mahrez over Rashford myself

            1. fcsaltyballs
              • 5 Years
              4 months, 5 days ago

              Nice yeah I just saw your team. Looks good. I mean there is not much in it hey

        3. Eliano
            4 months, 5 days ago

            Alright lads, played my free hit this week and am looking like this

            Leno
            Dier cancelo lascelles (Mitchell)
            KDB Fernandes Son Mahrez (smith Rowe)
            Laccazette Kane Wilson

            Thoughts on Mahrez as I know he’s a risk
            Could get Rashford instead and downgrade Wilson or is it worth a risk

            O in the bank

            1. Tonyawesome69
              • 2 Years
              4 months, 5 days ago

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              1. Tonyawesome69
                • 2 Years
                4 months, 5 days ago

                Apologies wrong post. Good team but not sure on lascelles and Mahrez pick. If you are going to gamble on the 3rs city spot, I prefer Foden. You can use the funds to bring in Tierney. I can't see Newcastle keeping a CS against SHU

            2. JabariParkersEyelid
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 1 Year
              4 months, 5 days ago

              I'd be worried about lascelles. Bruce was saying he was really tired in his presser

            3. Eliano
                4 months, 5 days ago

                Yeah I agree Mahrez is a gamble I’ve had him in and out 5 times or more

                Lacelles only in due to low funds, do yous think Gideon more likely to start than Mahrez?

                1. Eliano
                    4 months, 5 days ago

                    Foden

              • Tonyawesome69
                • 2 Years
                4 months, 5 days ago

                Bottomed - Is this enough without having to use FH or transfer Balbuena to Shaw/Lindeloff for a 2nd hit? (can't afford Maguire or AWB and both Shaw and Linedloff trained today)

                0FT 3.3itb
                Holding Cancelo Stones
                Son Bruno KDB
                Kane

                Non-GW18 players
                Martinez Johnstone Coufal Balbuena Soucek Raphinha Rodrigo Bamford

                1. Eliano
                    4 months, 5 days ago

                    I wouldn’t take second hit for a defender, hard to say if you have enough you kind of have to go with it if you have other plans for your fh

                2. drughi
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 11 Years
                  4 months, 5 days ago

                  Dias or cancelo ?

                  1. fcsaltyballs
                    • 5 Years
                    4 months, 5 days ago

                    Cancelo more attack threat

                  2. Eliano
                      4 months, 5 days ago

                      Cancelo

                    • Tonyawesome69
                      • 2 Years
                      4 months, 5 days ago

                      Cancelo

                  3. FPL Kaka
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 5 Years
                    4 months, 5 days ago

                    Who is more nailed to start Gw18 for Sheffield?

                    A) Ampadu

                    B) Bogle

                    1. fcsaltyballs
                      • 5 Years
                      4 months, 5 days ago

                      Would you rather a Newcastle defender?

                  4. IN SANE IN DE BRUYNE
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 4 Years
                    4 months, 5 days ago

                    How's this FH draft lookin?

                    Leno
                    AWB Dier Stones
                    KDB Bruno Son Foden
                    Kane Martial Laca

                    (4.0 ESR Yedlin Mitchell)

                    1. JabariParkersEyelid
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      • 1 Year
                      4 months, 5 days ago

                      Martial risky but your bench can cover it.

                      1. IN SANE IN DE BRUYNE
                        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                        • 4 Years
                        4 months, 5 days ago

                        Is he really, though?
                        You reckon Cavani is gonna start?

                        1. JabariParkersEyelid
                          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                          • 1 Year
                          4 months, 5 days ago

                          I don't know!

                          That's why I think it's risky.

                  5. No Totti No Party
                    • 9 Years
                    4 months, 5 days ago

                    Wilson or Gundogan 1 week punt ?

                    1. waldo666
                      • 10 Years
                      4 months, 5 days ago

                      Wilson

                    2. fcsaltyballs
                      • 5 Years
                      4 months, 5 days ago

                      Gundo

                  6. Inazuma X1
                    • 3 Years
                    4 months, 5 days ago

                    When is Blackbox tonight?

                  7. Pompel
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 7 Years
                    4 months, 5 days ago

                    I got KDB in for the FT this GW - if I activate FH chip, does he still remain in team at the price I bought him for ?

                    1. That Was Easy!
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      • 6 Years
                      4 months, 5 days ago

                      Yes.

                      1. Wild Rover
                        • 10 Years
                        4 months, 5 days ago

                        Change your name

                    2. JabariParkersEyelid
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      • 1 Year
                      4 months, 5 days ago

                      No you get your 17 team back.

                      1. Pompel
                        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                        • 7 Years
                        4 months, 5 days ago

                        that's a bummer...

                    3. 1966 was a great year for E…
                      • 10 Years
                      4 months, 5 days ago

                      He stays in your team for GW18 at the price you bought him, then your team goes back to where it was at the start of GW17.

                      1. Pompel
                        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                        • 7 Years
                        4 months, 5 days ago

                        ok, then jabalg*&gnthjmt hopefully misunderstood my question

                  8. Finding Timo
                      4 months, 5 days ago

                      Hi looking at peoples FH, is there a risk that everyone will have same team?!

                      1. JabariParkersEyelid
                        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                        • 1 Year
                        4 months, 5 days ago

                        We are a very small percentage of actual players, but yes free hits on this forum will look similar.

                        1. Finding Timo
                            4 months, 5 days ago

                            If I play FH, I Seem to have very similar team to everyone although I am torn between rashford or Saka? Which is more likely to return ? Cheers

                        2. Art Vandelay
                          • 10 Years
                          4 months, 5 days ago

                          There will always be a high degree of commonality with FH teams. It’s just the way it is, particularly in a reduced gameweek.

                          It’s not necessarily a bad thing IMO. You are competing against future FHers as much as you are against fellow FHers this week.

                          1. Finding Timo
                              4 months, 5 days ago

                              Blimey I am torn between playing or holding my FH!! Really hard to decide !

                              1. Art Vandelay
                                • 10 Years
                                4 months, 5 days ago

                                It’s a tricky call and the recent news has made my gw18 team even worse than it was looking before. I had been leaning towards trying to get away with a 8 point hit but now am strongly considering a FH. The thing is my hits improve my GW19 team too, so if I FH I actually weaken my DGW19 team too..

                                Luckily I am having a shocking season so not that bothered, otherwise this season’s randomness would be very vexing.

                                1. Finding Timo
                                    4 months, 5 days ago

                                    I think I am going to FH now to make gameweek more exciting as otherwise only 7 players

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

                            Dawson nailed?

                            1. Tonyawesome69
                              • 2 Years
                              4 months, 5 days ago

                              Yup and Balbuena is isolating

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

                            Rate my FH team please,

                            darlow
                            tierney, cancelo, fernandez
                            kdb, son, bruno, saka
                            kane, laca, wilson

                          4. Hazardous1983
                            • 10 Years
                            4 months, 5 days ago

                            Tierney and and de gea or

                            Reguillon and leno

                            1. Gudjohnsen
                              • 4 Years
                              4 months, 5 days ago

                              A

                          5. MattysFantasyFooty
                            • 7 Years
                            4 months, 5 days ago

                            Whats scores more this GW?

                            A. Auba, Wilson
                            B. Rashford, Laca

                            1. Pariße
                              • 6 Years
                              4 months, 5 days ago

                              I'd say B. Lacazette is in better form than Auba and Rashofrd is better than Wilson.

                            2. Gandalf
                              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                              • 10 Years
                              4 months, 5 days ago

                              B

                          6. That Was Easy!
                            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                            • 6 Years
                            4 months, 5 days ago

                            Don't have my FH left and currently have this for BGW18...

                            Cancelo Stones Mitchell
                            KDB Bruno Son
                            Kane

                            If I WC, I'll likely have 10/11 this week, then 13/14/15 DGWers for a BB. Is it worth using the WC now, or take a -8 to field some more players this week? (Wilson, Maguire would come in for a -8)

                            1. Ady87
                              • 7 Years
                              4 months, 5 days ago

                              If you take hits this week would you WC next week? If so, just WC this week.

                              1. That Was Easy!
                                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                • 6 Years
                                4 months, 5 days ago

                                No, I wouldn't. I would go Kane + Son > Mane + Vardy (-4) and have 10DGWers + Wilson or Bamford.

                          7. Ady87
                            • 7 Years
                            4 months, 5 days ago

                            Plan...WC to this for this week for a 3-5-2

                            Leno
                            Dias Stones Mitchell
                            Rashford Son KDB(c) Bruno Saka
                            Lacazette Wilson

                            Subs: Forster Dallas Coufal Bamford

                            Then I could swap out Lacazette/Mid if I wanted to bring Salah or someone in for the DGW.

                            Thoughts?

                            1. Gandalf
                              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                              • 10 Years
                              4 months, 5 days ago

                              Kane would be very damaging to your score if he does well

                          8. Gudjohnsen
                            • 4 Years
                            4 months, 5 days ago

                            Is Saka worth the outlay over Smith-Rowe?

                            1. JohnnyRev7
                              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                              • 10 Years
                              4 months, 5 days ago

                              I'm debating that very same decision at the moment.

                              Saka 5.3M TSB 12.4%
                              Smith Rowe 4.4M TSB 3.0%

                              In marketing-speak I see a gap in the market.

                          9. Fernandito
                            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                            • 2 Years
                            4 months, 5 days ago

                            Thoughts on this FH draft?

                            Lloris
                            Dias Telles Stones
                            Son Bruno KDB Smith Rowe Rashford
                            Wilson Kane

                            Steer Brewster Kilman Mitchell

                            1. OBAMA
                              • 6 Years
                              4 months, 5 days ago

                              any particular reason you feel the need for double united mid?

                          10. Lev Yashin
                            • 8 Years
                            4 months, 5 days ago

                            So I'm down to:

                            A) 4-4-2 with Holding
                            B) 3-5-2 with EMR

                            Whouda thunk it?

                            1. MattysFantasyFooty
                              • 7 Years
                              4 months, 5 days ago

                              B is more exciting so that

                              1. Lev Yashin
                                • 8 Years
                                4 months, 5 days ago

                                This is pretty much my train of thought.

                                All aboard the EMR Express!

                              2. IN SANE IN DE BRUYNE
                                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                • 4 Years
                                4 months, 5 days ago

                                Agreed

                            2. OleBall
                                4 months, 5 days ago

                                Any other arsenal defence/gk?

                                1. Lev Yashin
                                  • 8 Years
                                  4 months, 5 days ago

                                  Tierney

                              • Ady87
                                • 7 Years
                                4 months, 5 days ago

                                I’m thinking 352 with ESR on WC which allows for a nice upgrade of a BGW player next week.

                              • Manani
                                • 9 Years
                                4 months, 5 days ago

                                A

                            3. jonnybhoy
                              • 8 Years
                              4 months, 5 days ago

                              Laca or wilson?

                              1. MattysFantasyFooty
                                • 7 Years
                                4 months, 5 days ago

                                Laca

                              2. Lev Yashin
                                • 8 Years
                                4 months, 5 days ago

                                Wilson and use the funds to get Rash.

                            4. OleBall
                                4 months, 5 days ago

                                A) Lloris + AWB
                                B) DDG + Dier

                                Not much in it but which would you go for?

                              • Shark Team
                                • 3 Years
                                4 months, 5 days ago

                                If 2 or more of Martinez Taylor DCL are out for GW19 then there is no chance I'm BB despite being my plan at the start. I think I will just maximise my BB potential with a mix of DGW and single gw players in GW26 cause I will WC one week before and I will go inshallah for the blank gw 29

                              • soulsaver
                                • 11 Years
                                4 months, 5 days ago

                                Hey Guys!
                                Last choice FH team...
                                A:Saka
                                B:Foden
                                Have KDB and Laca....

                                1. OBAMA
                                  • 6 Years
                                  4 months, 5 days ago

                                  ive got it on saka atm

                                2. Gandalf
                                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                  • 10 Years
                                  4 months, 5 days ago

                                  Saka, Foden not nailed for this weekend

                              • OBAMA
                                • 6 Years
                                4 months, 5 days ago

                                Rate my FH team please,

                                darlow
                                tierney, cancelo, fernandez
                                kdb, son, bruno, saka
                                kane, laca, wilson

                                Help me chaps!