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

KEY MATCHES

Manchester City v Brighton and Hove Albion

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  1. nelluckram
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 5 Years
    1 month, 19 days ago

    Anyone considering Cavani on FH?

    1. Gazza2000
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      1 month, 19 days ago

      Not nailed is he?

    2. MuelNado
        1 month, 19 days ago

        Yep. Feel like it's a game suited to him but he'll probably end up starting on the bench.

      • JabariParkersEyelid
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 1 Year
        1 month, 19 days ago

        Too risky.

        1. Daniel - WC Active
          • 11 Years
          1 month, 19 days ago

          isn't he suspended ?

          1. Black Knights
            • 9 Years
            1 month, 19 days ago

            No.

    3. Mane Mane Mane
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      1 month, 19 days ago

      Thoughts on this
      Lloris (Darlow)
      Cancelo Tierney Alderweireld (Clark and Douglas)
      KDB Gundogan Neto Fernandez (Burke)
      Kane Wilson Lacazette

      Gone for a slightly different team to others - not too dissimilar though

      1. dylano21
        • 3 Years
        1 month, 19 days ago

        Dier over alderweireld
        Not so Different but looks solid

    4. C_G
      • 5 Years
      1 month, 19 days ago

      FH this team? 0.1 ITB

      Mendy Forster

      Cresswell Holding KWP Mitchell Lamptey

      KDB Salah Soucek Fernandes Riedwald

      Kane DCL Bamford

      1. nelluckram
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        1 month, 19 days ago

        Yep

      2. dylano21
        • 3 Years
        1 month, 19 days ago

        Yes, you probably have 5 Players with Mitchell being one of them

      3. Don Kloppeone
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        1 month, 19 days ago

        Afraid so

    5. Buck The Trent
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      1 month, 19 days ago

      Bottomed

      Cancelo or Dias?

      1. Zladan
        • 3 Years
        1 month, 19 days ago

        Cancelo so threatening. Easy pick.

      2. JabariParkersEyelid
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 1 Year
        1 month, 19 days ago

        Cancelo.

      3. dylano21
        • 3 Years
        1 month, 19 days ago

        Cancelo

      4. Don Kloppeone
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        1 month, 19 days ago

        Cancelo 100%

    6. JabariParkersEyelid
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 19 days ago

      Any feedback on FH appreciated, know that pages flying. Bit of a thin bench.

      Lloris (4.0)
      Dias Stones Tierney (Yedlin mitchell)
      Rash Son Bruno KDB Smith-Rowe
      Wilson Kane (brewster)

      1. Zladan
        • 3 Years
        1 month, 19 days ago

        Enough cover on the bench.

        Good team.

        Make sure captain and vice are in different matches.

        1. Don Kloppeone
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 3 Years
          1 month, 19 days ago

          Looks good

      2. JabariParkersEyelid
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 1 Year
        1 month, 19 days ago

        Thanks both, appreciated.

    7. Zladan
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 19 days ago

      Thoughts?

      Decided to take a -4: TAA & Lamptey to Cancelo & Stones.

      Cancelo Stones Mitchell
      KDB Bruno Son
      Wood Brewster

      Martinez Button Justin Salah Raphinha Bamford.

      A) GTG
      B) FH - have to take a hit for Cancelo and stones next week
      C) Take another hit - Raphinha/Button upgrade (£6.6/£5/2m respectively)

      1. JabariParkersEyelid
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 1 Year
        1 month, 19 days ago

        I'd free hit personally.

    8. how now brown cow
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      1 month, 19 days ago

      RMT tool is still showing Spurs v Villa this gw which isn't too helpful

      1. how now brown cow
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 6 Years
        1 month, 19 days ago

        *Player projections for gw18

    9. FF Dirtbag
      • 9 Years
      1 month, 19 days ago

      How does the FH look? Like everyone else's I suspect?

      Darlow
      Cancelo Tierney Stones
      KDB Fernandes Son Rashford Saka
      Kane Lacazette

      Mitchell as sub.

      1. Zladan
        • 3 Years
        1 month, 19 days ago

        Is Darlow + Tierney better than Leno + Wilson?

        I wouldn’t have thought so.

        1. FF Dirtbag
          • 9 Years
          1 month, 19 days ago

          Leno and Wilson??

        2. FF Dirtbag
          • 9 Years
          1 month, 19 days ago

          Tierney passes the eye test more than lost at the moment.

      2. Gandalf
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 10 Years
        1 month, 19 days ago

        Looks good, would be going for similar if had the team value

      3. Don Kloppeone
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        1 month, 19 days ago

        Decent. Be aware Darlow’s start is in question because of Bruce’s comments on Dubravka

        1. FF Dirtbag
          • 9 Years
          1 month, 19 days ago

          Ahh didn't know that. Leno and dier might be the way then.

    10. farmerfat
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      1 month, 19 days ago

      Trying to dodge Pep roulette.
      Whos the best option here:
      Mahrez
      Foden
      B.silva

      1. Right In The Stanchion
          1 month, 19 days ago

          You know the risks. None are safe.

        • Don Kloppeone
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 3 Years
          1 month, 19 days ago

          Foden best punt out of those for this week imo

        • FF Dirtbag
          • 9 Years
          1 month, 19 days ago

          Gundogan...

        • Zladan
          • 3 Years
          1 month, 19 days ago

          Not worth the risk.

          Go KDB & double defence

      2. Don Kloppeone
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        1 month, 19 days ago

        Lost on last page. Trying to now work back and reply to others!

        Which combo on FH?

        A) AWB/ Saiss, Gundogan, Saka
        B) AWB/ Saiss, Foden, ESR
        C) Dias, (McTominay), Saka

        In A + B I will have to bench either Saka/ ESR or Wilson.

        Lloris
        XXXX, Cancelo, Tierney
        KDB, Bruno, Son, XXXX, XXXX
        Kane, Laca, Wilson
        (Steer) ( , Yedlin, Mitchell)

        Cheers!

        1. Zladan
          • 3 Years
          1 month, 19 days ago

          A AWB

          1. Don Kloppeone
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 3 Years
            1 month, 19 days ago

            Thanks mate

        2. dylano21
          • 3 Years
          1 month, 19 days ago

          A

          1. Don Kloppeone
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 3 Years
            1 month, 19 days ago

            Cheers

        3. Kuzser
          • 3 Years
          1 month, 19 days ago

          like A with AWB and C

          1. Don Kloppeone
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 3 Years
            1 month, 19 days ago

            Thanks mate

      3. Kay317
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 1 Year
        1 month, 19 days ago

        Free Hit team comes down to:
        A) Rashford 3-5-2
        B) Lacazette 3-4-3

        1. KDB4PREZ
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 1 Year
          1 month, 19 days ago

          Rashford for me

        2. dylano21
          • 3 Years
          1 month, 19 days ago

          A

        3. kennethrhcp
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 10 Years
          1 month, 19 days ago

          a

      4. jayjay2411
        • 5 Years
        1 month, 19 days ago

        Which do you guys prefer;

        A) Cancelo/Shaw
        B) Maguire/Stones

        I'm undecided

        1. KDB4PREZ
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 1 Year
          1 month, 19 days ago

          A if shaw plays lol

        2. boroie
          • 2 Years
          1 month, 19 days ago

          A

        3. iL PiStOlErO
          • 1 Year
          1 month, 19 days ago

          A

      5. Daniel - WC Active
        • 11 Years
        1 month, 19 days ago

        Smith Rowe or Saka? It is a transfer. I prefer Smith Rowe because of the balance of the team he can be a bench fodder, but Saka stats on the other hand are excellent

        1. jayjay2411
          • 5 Years
          1 month, 19 days ago

          I'd echo your sentiments with Smith Rowe, so that would edge it for me

        2. Gazza2000
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 9 Years
          1 month, 19 days ago

          Saka for me

        3. Zladan
          • 3 Years
          1 month, 19 days ago

          Saka has had one good game all season and his goal v Chelsea was a fluke lol

          Smith Rowe a better option for many reasons. The fact he can become a 4.4 bench fodder seals the deal.

          1. Daniel - WC Active
            • 11 Years
            1 month, 19 days ago

            Saka has 11 SoT, Smith Rowe has 1

      6. Winners900
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        1 month, 19 days ago

        Safe to active the FH ? Cheers

      7. KDB4PREZ
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 1 Year
        1 month, 19 days ago

        Repost***
        Tough spot as have 3 villa and 2xfrs as planned to not play chips this week, but now idk so help would be appreciated.

        Roll with this for -4 or FH

        Diaz Cancelo Colman
        Son KDB Bruno Saka
        Kane Brewster

        1. iL PiStOlErO
          • 1 Year
          1 month, 19 days ago

          Roll

      8. boroie
        • 2 Years
        1 month, 19 days ago

        Got £8.6m to spend on 2 defenders who will be my 2nd and 3rd sub. Would you go...

        A - Fernandez(New) and Mitchell
        B - Shaw and Douglas

        1. jayjay2411
          • 5 Years
          1 month, 19 days ago

          If for subs Shaw & Douglas

      9. Mackans
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        1 month, 19 days ago

        Cancelo or Dias?

        1. iL PiStOlErO
          • 1 Year
          1 month, 19 days ago

          Cancelo

        2. Fantabulous KdB
          • 2 Years
          1 month, 19 days ago

          Cancelo on a FH, Dias long term on FT

        3. Zladan
          • 3 Years
          1 month, 19 days ago

          Cancelo

      10. Gazza2000
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 9 Years
        1 month, 19 days ago

        Anyone brave enough to pull the trigger on their transfer(s) tonight?

        1. Keeptrying
          • 7 Years
          1 month, 19 days ago

          Yes, transfers (within reason) are worth the risk. A chip not so much.

      11. Fantabulous KdB
        • 2 Years
        1 month, 19 days ago

        Who would you bench and play other 2?

        a) ESR
        b) Shaw
        c) Tierney

        1. iL PiStOlErO
          • 1 Year
          1 month, 19 days ago

          B

          1. Fantabulous KdB
            • 2 Years
            1 month, 19 days ago

            You reckon ESR can score over 6 points. Feels like Shaw will get a clean sheet against Burnley

            1. iL PiStOlErO
              • 1 Year
              1 month, 19 days ago

              Maybe Shaw wont start so thats why mainly. And ESR could score yes.

              1. Fantabulous KdB
                • 2 Years
                1 month, 19 days ago

                I'll get ESR as first sub if Shaw don't play. He normally doesn't come as a sub

      12. Chilli Heatwave
        • 2 Years
        1 month, 19 days ago

        Is there any articles to compare my wildcard team to a draft? Want to see how draft it has become

      13. BW25
          1 month, 19 days ago

          Any reason Ederson won't play?

          1. Zladan
            • 3 Years
            1 month, 19 days ago

            Recovered from COVID yet?

            1. BW25
                1 month, 19 days ago

                On bench Saturday

          2. Ibra
            • 2 Years
            1 month, 19 days ago

            Anyone considering Aguero on FH? He could be a great differential. My current draft is:

            Lloris
            Tierney - Stones - Fernandez
            Bruno - KDB - Son - Saka
            Kane - Aguero - Wilson

            4.0 - Smith Rowe - Mitchell - 3.8

            1. Zladan
              • 3 Years
              1 month, 19 days ago

              It’s confirmed he misses the next two matches as he is in isolation.

          3. Camzy
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 10 Years
            1 month, 19 days ago

            I'm split on two drafts atm.

            Rashford:

            Leno
            Cancelo Stones AWB
            KdB Fernandes Son Rashford Saka
            Kane Laca
            (Mitchell and scrubs)

            Foden:

            Lloris
            Maguire AWB Cancelo
            KdB Fernandes Son Foden Saka
            Kane Laca
            (Saiss McGoldrick Mitchell)

            1. Daniel - WC Active
              • 11 Years
              1 month, 19 days ago

              It's more or less the same team.

              I like the Rashford one

            2. Gazza2000
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 9 Years
              1 month, 19 days ago

              Rashford one for me, nailed.

              1. Camzy
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 10 Years
                1 month, 19 days ago

                Yeah but I have the bench to cover Foden if he doesn't play.

            3. Fantabulous KdB
              • 2 Years
              1 month, 19 days ago

              First draft is better, can you do DDG and Tierney instead of Leno/AWB? Gives you more attacking power. I'm thinking Shaw as well, hopefully he plays

              1. Camzy
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 10 Years
                1 month, 19 days ago

                Nope. No money. I've eked out every last bit of juice from that Rashford team.

                1. Fantabulous KdB
                  • 2 Years
                  1 month, 19 days ago

                  I would go Dier instead of AWB in that case. Fulham should be a clean sheet with occasional set piece attack for Dier

                  1. Fantabulous KdB
                    • 2 Years
                    1 month, 19 days ago

                    And that would allow Yedlin as your first sub

          4. boroie
            • 2 Years
            1 month, 19 days ago

            Is there still talk that a circuit breaker could still happen before the midweek games?

            1. Keeptrying
              • 7 Years
              1 month, 19 days ago

              No talk, but just in case it is called off after tomorrow's matches, but before Wednesday's: my VC is on Bruno 🙂

            2. Olson
              • 6 Years
              1 month, 19 days ago

              It seems the PL is intent on pressing on regardless, and with what amounts to the blessing of the government under the guise of keeping 'some sense of nornality'. I've made my feelings about it clear so won't bother with that again, but really just to add that we have seen plenty of terrible decisions and plenty of U Turns. Just assume that absolutely anything could happen and don't do anything unless/until the point you have to. All points towards latter stages of season as more fruitful for moves imo but others disagree

          5. MuelNado
              1 month, 19 days ago

              Do these Free hit transfers count to the price increases overall of players? Will they revert to where they were before the changes this week, next gameweek?

            • Drogo
              • 8 Years
              1 month, 19 days ago

              Already loaded on City, on FH.
              Final piece now:

              A) Alderw
              B) Regulion
              C) Saiss
              D) Wanb

              1. g40steve
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 2 Years
                1 month, 19 days ago

                I went Saiss

            • EgyptianKing
              • 2 Years
              1 month, 19 days ago

              Do you think Smith Rowe starts? Can he be an as decent option as Saka?

              1. Daniel - WC Active
                • 11 Years
                1 month, 19 days ago

                they will both start imo

              2. Zladan
                • 3 Years
                1 month, 19 days ago

                Can Saka be as good an option as Smith Rowe, you mean?

              3. JabariParkersEyelid
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 1 Year
                1 month, 19 days ago

                For me ESR Lloris Tierney better than Saka Leno Dier.

                So yeah I'm playing Smith rowe.

            • Nightf0x
              • 5 Years
              1 month, 19 days ago

              With 10.2, pick 2 from these.

              A) leno guaita ddg darlow
              B) holding tierney awb shaw lindelof sais

              Not for this gw only, for upcoming gws too

            • andymck
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 4 Years
              1 month, 19 days ago

              On a FH, still have 1.0 ITB, where to put it?

              De Gea (Button)
              Dias Dier Tierney (Buur Bernardo)
              KdB Son Fernandes Foden Saka
              Kane Laca (Vassilev)

            • g40steve
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 2 Years
              1 month, 19 days ago

              Thoughts on FH?

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

              Sanchez, ASR, Mitchell, 3.9