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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Manchester City v Brighton and Hove Albion

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3,604 Comments Post a Comment
  1. Manani
    • 9 Years
    1 month, 16 days ago

    likelihood of reguilon to start?

    thinking about him over Dier

    1. Street Friend
      • 9 Years
      1 month, 16 days ago

      I’m on dier simply because no risk of him being dropped/rested

  2. Street Friend
    • 9 Years
    1 month, 16 days ago

    Looking for some feedback on my defence. Planning to start all of them

    DDG 4.0
    Maguire cancelo Dias dier Keane

    I want a double defence other than City somewhere as a ‘differential’

    Double United or Newcastle or arsenal or spurs??

    1. Hot Toddy
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 16 days ago

      Not a fan of it myself. When using chips I prefer to pick a solid 11 rather than try to find funky differentials or play a weird formation. The chip usage and a strong team is itself a differential and a strong one at that.

  3. Bounce
      1 month, 16 days ago

      Dare you to name a more attacking team than this, I'll wait lol.

      Lloris
      Digne Cancelo Tierney
      KDB Bruno Son Gündogan Saka
      Kane Lacazette

      1. Street Friend
        • 9 Years
        1 month, 16 days ago

        Do you think digne plays?

      2. BERGKOP
        • 9 Years
        1 month, 16 days ago

        It's close to template

      3. John Nerdelbaum
        • 8 Years
        1 month, 16 days ago

        Looks good but I don't think I would go Digne. He was terrible by all accounts at the weekend on his return

      4. XabiAlonso
        • 5 Years
        1 month, 16 days ago

        Similar but I have rashford over gundogen and Wilson instead of lacazette

    • John Nerdelbaum
      • 8 Years
      1 month, 16 days ago

      Martinez
      Mitchell Stones Taylor (Coufal Dallas)
      Son Bruno KDB Burke (Salah)
      DCL* (Bamford Vardy)

      2 frees

      a) Salah DCL Vardy > KDB Lacazette Kane
      b) Salah Grealish DCL > KDB Saka Kane

      Vardy & Saka or Grealish & Laca

    • Right In The Stanchion
        1 month, 16 days ago

        Am I the only one getting Auba on free hit??

        1. MattysFantasyFooty
          • 7 Years
          1 month, 16 days ago

          I think I will, just fancy him got to take some risk, most just going for the same template big hitters

          1. Right In The Stanchion
              1 month, 16 days ago

              Who are you leaving out of the big hitters?

          2. Gudjohnsen
            • 4 Years
            1 month, 16 days ago

            If ever you were gonna get hm it's on a FH at home against Palace.

          3. Kane Lane
            • 6 Years
            1 month, 16 days ago

            No currently got him thinking cap him as well.

            My head tho saying go Kane over him, but we all can't have the same teams we wouldn't move up the ranks

        2. Ronnies
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 5 Years
          1 month, 16 days ago

          Best option:

          On FH.

          A) DDG

          B) Lloris

          Cheers.

          1. BERGKOP
            • 9 Years
            1 month, 16 days ago

            B for me

            1. Hadebayor Mum
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              1 month, 16 days ago

              B

        3. Fernandito
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 2 Years
          1 month, 16 days ago

          Lloris Steer
          Dias Telles XXX Mitchell Ampadu
          KDB Bruno Son Smith Rowe XXX
          Kane Wilson XXX

          A Tierney Gundogan Lacazette (343)
          B Stones Rashford Brewster (352)

          1. BERGKOP
            • 9 Years
            1 month, 16 days ago

            A

          2. John Nerdelbaum
            • 8 Years
            1 month, 16 days ago

            A

        4. Millie7
          • 7 Years
          1 month, 16 days ago

          Mccarthy
          MITCHELL - DIAS - HOLDING
          Salah - SON - FERNANDES - REIDEWALD - Grealish
          Bamford - DCL

          Nyland - Targett - Robertson - Adam’s

          Tempted by FH, but even more tempted by WC looking at the shambles of a team I’ll have for gw19???

          1.3ITB
          1FT

          1. Salarrivederci
            • 4 Years
            1 month, 16 days ago

            WC it.

          2. Salarrivederci
            • 4 Years
            1 month, 16 days ago

            You have 5 (5 with Bamford you'd be happy to own next GW)

            1. Salarrivederci
              • 4 Years
              1 month, 16 days ago

              6 with Bamford*

              1. Millie7
                • 7 Years
                1 month, 16 days ago

                Thank you, don’t even know where to start

              2. John Nerdelbaum
                • 8 Years
                1 month, 16 days ago

                Not sure if it's that bad
                Robertson, Dias, Holding, Salah, Son, Bruno, Grealish, Bamford are all OK for next week

                1. Would Ed Woodward
                  • 2 Years
                  1 month, 16 days ago

                  I'm going off the assumption that Grealish only plays City away in 19 which is probably a mistake.

        5. McSauce
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 11 Years
          1 month, 16 days ago

          Right A or B

          A) Darlow Saiss Rashford
          B) Lloris Tierney Lacca

          1. Hadebayor Mum
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            1 month, 16 days ago

            B

          2. BERGKOP
            • 9 Years
            1 month, 16 days ago

            B

        6. Feed tha Sheep
          • 8 Years
          1 month, 16 days ago

          Darlow or DDG on FH?

          1. McSauce
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 11 Years
            1 month, 16 days ago

            ddg

          2. BERGKOP
            • 9 Years
            1 month, 16 days ago

            Ddg

        7. Chilli Heatwave
          • 2 Years
          1 month, 16 days ago

          Can only field 6 players this week and no FH... would you take minuses or hold

          1. Mr. O'Connell
            • 8 Years
            1 month, 16 days ago

            Need to see team. I'd say City defenders may be worth it.

            1. Chilli Heatwave
              • 2 Years
              1 month, 16 days ago

              Martinez (4.00)

              cancelo Mitchell Mina (zouma, Robertson)

              Son Bruno Burke (salah, grealish)

              (DCL, Watkins, Bamford)

        8. Nightf0x
          • 5 Years
          1 month, 16 days ago

          Got 6 playing players in gw18, dier dias son bruno neto saka, do johnstone kilman -4 to

          A) leno or guaita
          B) sais or tierney or holding or other def.
          C) dcl -8 to guaita holding laca
          D) FH

          If a) or b) gw19 FH.

        9. Hadebayor Mum
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          1 month, 16 days ago

          On FH

          A - Stones, Saka
          B - Cancelo, ESR

          1. John Nerdelbaum
            • 8 Years
            1 month, 16 days ago

            B

        10. Kane Lane
          • 6 Years
          1 month, 16 days ago

          Auba captain nuts? Chasing 100pt gap.

          1. Miguel Sanchez
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 4 Years
            1 month, 16 days ago

            Yes - he’s not taking many shots

          2. AK_FC
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 6 Years
            1 month, 16 days ago

            You will be chasing 110pt gap if you caption Auba

            1. Kane Lane
              • 6 Years
              1 month, 16 days ago

              Sometimes we have to take a risk. KDB Fernandez, Kane, can all blank.

        11. Liastro ⭐️
          • 8 Years
          1 month, 16 days ago

          Saka or Gundogan on FH?

          1. Lallana
            • 7 Years
            1 month, 16 days ago

            Gundogan or a defender

        12. Lallana
          • 7 Years
          1 month, 16 days ago

          Why does nobody have Sterling in their teams? Too risky?

          1. JabariParkersEyelid
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 1 Year
            1 month, 16 days ago

            Possible injury, and going without Kane or Son could kill you. Don't want to take the risk.

        13. Bury94
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 3 Years
          1 month, 16 days ago

          Just bought McGoldrick, never thought I'd be doing that..

          1. AK_FC
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 6 Years
            1 month, 16 days ago

            But why?

            1. Bury94
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 3 Years
              1 month, 16 days ago

              Will only be in my first XI for this week, benching him every week after. Just needed a cheap striker that plays in GW18 and he fit the bill

        14. AK_FC
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 6 Years
          1 month, 16 days ago

          Please. What do I do with this team? Was set for no FH this week, BB next week. Now down to 5 + Brewster this week. Any suggestions? 1 FT, 0.4 ITB

          (Martinez, Steer)
          Cancelo, Stones, (Robbo, Dallas, Coufal)
          KDB, Bruno, Son (Salah, Soucek)
          Brewster (DCL, Bamford)

          1. BERGKOP
            • 9 Years
            1 month, 16 days ago

            That's a FH for me

          2. wattalowz
            • 3 Years
            1 month, 16 days ago

            Virtually same team, and I am free hitting.

            DCL news swayed the decision.

        15. Hazz
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 3 Years
          1 month, 16 days ago

          What's your favourite strategy?

          A) WC18, BB19, save FH for 29
          B) FH18, no chip 19 (lots of DGW-ers), BB later
          C) FH18, WC19, save BB for later

          I've omitted B with BB in 19 as probably not relevant to me now, but I'd rate that best if you still have DGW-ers on your bench.

          Saving the FH for 29 a very real benefit of Wildcarding now?

          1. Yankee Toffee
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 6 Years
            1 month, 16 days ago

            No chip 18, TC 19

        16. damiang2233
          • 11 Years
          1 month, 16 days ago

          Callum Wilson for DCL? Thoughts?

          1. Feed tha Sheep
            • 8 Years
            1 month, 16 days ago

            DCL injured

            1. damiang2233
              • 11 Years
              1 month, 16 days ago

              Yeah thats why im replacing him. Wilson good choice though?

        17. Feed tha Sheep
          • 8 Years
          1 month, 16 days ago

          We expect Gundagon to start? He a decent option?

        18. Sickboy
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 11 Years
          1 month, 16 days ago

          Any love for Martial over Rashford?

          1. Feed tha Sheep
            • 8 Years
            1 month, 16 days ago

            Cavani may start

          2. Silecro
            • 3 Years
            1 month, 16 days ago

            I was all day on Martial but somehow found the money for Rashford mainly due to fact that Martial will play only 65-ish minutes while Rashford is guaranteed all 90

            1. Sickboy
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 11 Years
              1 month, 16 days ago

              Good points guys thank you.

        19. Starskyb
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          1 month, 16 days ago

          LLoris (Sanchez)
          Wan-Bissaka, Holding, Dias (yedlin, Mitchell)
          Saka, Fernandes, Son, KDB (Gungogan)
          Kane, Wilson, Lacazette.

          Am I g2g? Bit worried about the back up defence and maybe want to play gungogan over wilson??

          1. Donny_Rover
            • 5 Years
            1 month, 16 days ago

            I think if you’re going to leave Gundogan on the bench there’s no point having him - if he won’t start I’d swap him for a cheapo and upgrade Yedlin to Stones (and start him).

        20. sminkypinky
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 9 Years
          1 month, 16 days ago

          Who are you capping? Options galore.

          1. Hot Toddy
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 2 Years
            1 month, 16 days ago

            Probably De Bruyne but I am tempted by Kane.

          2. Gudjohnsen
            • 4 Years
            1 month, 16 days ago

            Was gonna captain KDB but suddenly I'm thinking of giving it to Kane.

            1. sminkypinky
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 9 Years
              1 month, 16 days ago

              Snap to both! Kane it is!

        21. flynner25
          • 9 Years
          1 month, 16 days ago

          Is Martial the optimum replacement for DCL?

          1. McSauce
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 11 Years
            1 month, 16 days ago

            Lacca

            1. flynner25
              • 9 Years
              1 month, 16 days ago

              Doesn't have DGW

              1. damiang2233
                • 11 Years
                1 month, 16 days ago

                Wilson?

        22. McSauce
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 11 Years
          1 month, 16 days ago

          Final call for me;

          A) Lloris & Tierney
          Or
          B) De Gea & Regulion

          1. Starskyb
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            1 month, 16 days ago

            I like A v much

        23. Donny_Rover
          • 5 Years
          1 month, 16 days ago

          Free hit more or less sorted, think the only things I’m slightly unsure of is Rashford with Son waiting in the wings, and whether having Wilson 1st sub is a bit of a waste of money. I have £0.1m to play with so could switch Rash, but feel like Fulham have tightened up and Spurs aren’t so high scoring, whereas Utd look quite threatening at the mo and like a couple of differentials in him and Laca. Wilson’s there to help a niggling concern that someone might be lost to rotation so I like a bit of comfort there.

          De Gea
          Cancelo Dias Tierney Reguilon
          KDB (c) Fernandes Rashford Saka
          Kane Laca
          (Steer Wilson Mitchell Burke)

          Too much on the bench? Leaving Son out too risky?

          1. JabariParkersEyelid
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 1 Year
            1 month, 16 days ago

            Would rather have Son, his ownership so high not having him could negate your Free hit.

            1. Donny_Rover
              • 5 Years
              1 month, 16 days ago

              On the flip side if he blanks I’m laughing. Always think a free hit is there to be attacked rather than played too conservatively.

          2. chonks
            • 6 Years
            1 month, 16 days ago

            why are so many picking DDG over Darlow with FH team?

            1. Donny_Rover
              • 5 Years
              1 month, 16 days ago

              Probably not much in it given how hopeless Sheff Utd are but I’d rather target the better, in form teams on a free hit. Darlow’s kept 3 CS in 17 games, DDG 4 in 15.

        24. Ruinenlust
          • 3 Years
          1 month, 16 days ago

          Got KDB and Cancelo.

          Dias or Gundogan?

        25. XX SMICER XX
          • 2 Years
          1 month, 16 days ago

          What trio scores more?
          A. Lloris Saka Wilson
          B. Leno Reguilon Foden

          1. fakelund
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 3 Years
            1 month, 16 days ago

            A

        26. fakelund
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 3 Years
          1 month, 16 days ago

          FH Sorted... I think

          Darlow
          Saiss, Cancelo, Dias
          Neto, Bruno, KDB (c), Son, Saka
          Lacazette, Kane

          (4.0, Kilman, Brewster, Mitchell)

          1. Drogo
            • 8 Years
            1 month, 16 days ago

            Looks good, only miss Tierney