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
    5 months, 2 days ago

    likelihood of reguilon to start?

    thinking about him over Dier

    1. Street Friend
      • 9 Years
      5 months, 2 days ago

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

  2. Street Friend
    • 9 Years
    5 months, 2 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
      5 months, 2 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
      5 months, 2 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
        5 months, 2 days ago

        Do you think digne plays?

      2. BERGKOP
        • 9 Years
        5 months, 2 days ago

        It's close to template

      3. John Nerdelbaum
        • 8 Years
        5 months, 2 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
        5 months, 2 days ago

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

    • John Nerdelbaum
      • 8 Years
      5 months, 2 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 Year
      5 months, 2 days ago

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

      1. MattysFantasyFooty
        • 7 Years
        5 months, 2 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 Year
          5 months, 2 days ago

          Who are you leaving out of the big hitters?

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

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

      3. Kane Lane
        • 6 Years
        5 months, 2 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

    • Ronnies
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      5 months, 2 days ago

      Best option:

      On FH.

      A) DDG

      B) Lloris

      Cheers.

      1. BERGKOP
        • 9 Years
        5 months, 2 days ago

        B for me

        1. Hadebayor Mum
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          5 months, 2 days ago

          B

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

        A

      2. John Nerdelbaum
        • 8 Years
        5 months, 2 days ago

        A

    • Millie7
      • 7 Years
      5 months, 2 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
        • 5 Years
        5 months, 2 days ago

        WC it.

      2. Salarrivederci
        • 5 Years
        5 months, 2 days ago

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

        1. Salarrivederci
          • 5 Years
          5 months, 2 days ago

          6 with Bamford*

          1. Millie7
            • 7 Years
            5 months, 2 days ago

            Thank you, don’t even know where to start

          2. John Nerdelbaum
            • 8 Years
            5 months, 2 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
              5 months, 2 days ago

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

    • McSauce
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 11 Years
      5 months, 2 days ago

      Right A or B

      A) Darlow Saiss Rashford
      B) Lloris Tierney Lacca

      1. Hadebayor Mum
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        5 months, 2 days ago

        B

      2. BERGKOP
        • 9 Years
        5 months, 2 days ago

        B

    • Feed tha Sheep
      • 8 Years
      5 months, 2 days ago

      Darlow or DDG on FH?

      1. McSauce
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 11 Years
        5 months, 2 days ago

        ddg

      2. BERGKOP
        • 9 Years
        5 months, 2 days ago

        Ddg

    • Chilli Heatwave
      • 2 Years
      5 months, 2 days ago

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

      1. Mr. O'Connell
        • 9 Years
        5 months, 2 days ago

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

        1. Chilli Heatwave
          • 2 Years
          5 months, 2 days ago

          Martinez (4.00)

          cancelo Mitchell Mina (zouma, Robertson)

          Son Bruno Burke (salah, grealish)

          (DCL, Watkins, Bamford)

    • Nightf0x
      • 5 Years
      5 months, 2 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.

    • Hadebayor Mum
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      5 months, 2 days ago

      On FH

      A - Stones, Saka
      B - Cancelo, ESR

      1. John Nerdelbaum
        • 8 Years
        5 months, 2 days ago

        B

    • Kane Lane
      • 6 Years
      5 months, 2 days ago

      Auba captain nuts? Chasing 100pt gap.

      1. Miguel Sanchez
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        5 months, 2 days ago

        Yes - he’s not taking many shots

      2. AK_FC
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 6 Years
        5 months, 2 days ago

        You will be chasing 110pt gap if you caption Auba

        1. Kane Lane
          • 6 Years
          5 months, 2 days ago

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

    • Liastro ⭐️
      • 9 Years
      5 months, 2 days ago

      Saka or Gundogan on FH?

      1. Lallana
        • 7 Years
        5 months, 2 days ago

        Gundogan or a defender

    • Lallana
      • 7 Years
      5 months, 2 days ago

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

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

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

    • Bury94
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      5 months, 2 days ago

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

      1. AK_FC
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 6 Years
        5 months, 2 days ago

        But why?

        1. Bury94
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 3 Years
          5 months, 2 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

    • AK_FC
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      5 months, 2 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
        5 months, 2 days ago

        That's a FH for me

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

        Virtually same team, and I am free hitting.

        DCL news swayed the decision.

    • Hazz
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      5 months, 2 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
        5 months, 2 days ago

        No chip 18, TC 19

    • damiang2233
      • 11 Years
      5 months, 2 days ago

      Callum Wilson for DCL? Thoughts?

      1. Feed tha Sheep
        • 8 Years
        5 months, 2 days ago

        DCL injured

        1. damiang2233
          • 11 Years
          5 months, 2 days ago

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

    • Feed tha Sheep
      • 8 Years
      5 months, 2 days ago

      We expect Gundagon to start? He a decent option?

    • Sickboy
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 11 Years
      5 months, 2 days ago

      Any love for Martial over Rashford?

      1. Feed tha Sheep
        • 8 Years
        5 months, 2 days ago

        Cavani may start

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

          Good points guys thank you.

    • Starskyb
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      5 months, 2 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
        5 months, 2 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).

    • sminkypinky
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      5 months, 2 days ago

      Who are you capping? Options galore.

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

        Probably De Bruyne but I am tempted by Kane.

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

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

        1. sminkypinky
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 9 Years
          5 months, 2 days ago

          Snap to both! Kane it is!

    • flynner25
      • 10 Years
      5 months, 2 days ago

      Is Martial the optimum replacement for DCL?

      1. McSauce
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 11 Years
        5 months, 2 days ago

        Lacca

        1. flynner25
          • 10 Years
          5 months, 2 days ago

          Doesn't have DGW

          1. damiang2233
            • 11 Years
            5 months, 2 days ago

            Wilson?

    • McSauce
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 11 Years
      5 months, 2 days ago

      Final call for me;

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

      1. Starskyb
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        5 months, 2 days ago

        I like A v much

    • Donny_Rover
      • 5 Years
      5 months, 2 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
        5 months, 2 days ago

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

        1. Donny_Rover
          • 5 Years
          5 months, 2 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
        5 months, 2 days ago

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

        1. Donny_Rover
          • 5 Years
          5 months, 2 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.

    • Ruinenlust
      • 3 Years
      5 months, 2 days ago

      Got KDB and Cancelo.

      Dias or Gundogan?

    • XX SMICER XX
      • 3 Years
      5 months, 2 days ago

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

      1. fakelund
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        5 months, 2 days ago

        A

    • fakelund
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      5 months, 2 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
        5 months, 2 days ago

        Looks good, only miss Tierney