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. ⭐ Bemba_Da ⭐
    • 10 Years
    3 months, 5 days ago

    Burnley only 3 goals conceded since start of December, not sure i'd hang my hat on a goal fest

    1. iL PiStOlErO
      • 1 Year
      3 months, 5 days ago

      This. For that reason I went Lacca instead of Rash. In form and if I am going to punt on Ars time is now imho

    2. Coys96
      • 3 Years
      3 months, 5 days ago

      That's why you own but don't captain 🙂

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

      As a united fan I don’t imagine there will be a goalfest. I will take a 1-0 happily

    4. jdp219
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      3 months, 5 days ago

      Those goals allowed at home, fwiw.

    5. The Train Driver
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      3 months, 5 days ago

      And the game before that they lost 5-0.

      1. The Train Driver
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        3 months, 5 days ago

        To another Manchester club 😉

        1. Milkman Bruno
            3 months, 5 days ago

            And United are the only team left in the league undefeated away from home. I think united will get 2

      2. Little Frank
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 10 Years
        3 months, 5 days ago

        Last five PL games between Burnley and Man Utd at Turf Moor:
        Aggregate score 0-7

        Stack up on United's defence.

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

        Not only december even if you go further back, burnley don't concede much. But they concede more from good attacking teams like city chelsea and Leicester.

        Is united a good attacking team? Thats the real debate

    6. Gabbiadini
      • 3 Years
      3 months, 5 days ago

      Already on a -4 (10 players no FH).

      What do I do with DCL, 1.8 itb?

      1. Kuzser
        • 4 Years
        3 months, 5 days ago

        Depends who your 10 are, but personally shipping Dcl. No dgw as well

        1. Gabbiadini
          • 3 Years
          3 months, 5 days ago

          Essentially the best fwd 8.5 under with best 18 and 19 fixtures.

          1. George Agdgdgwngo
            • 11 Years
            3 months, 5 days ago

            Who’s that?

            1. Gabbiadini
              • 3 Years
              3 months, 5 days ago

              That's what I am asking

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

              If he means dcl I think he's missed the hammy news.

              1. Gabbiadini
                • 3 Years
                3 months, 5 days ago

                Not playing hence why I need to trade.

      2. Boly Would
        • 4 Years
        3 months, 5 days ago

        I'm in a very similar position but only 8 players. Plan was to ship DCL to Ings for free next week, think I'm going to stick with that and just play my 8.

        1. Gabbiadini
          • 3 Years
          3 months, 5 days ago

          Ings would be my choice but Leeds game looks like being postponed.

    7. davies
      • 6 Years
      3 months, 5 days ago

      Feel like I’m going to regret not going both KDB + Sterling on FH this week...

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

      First to 5...Dias or Gundagon as third city? (I have KDB & Cancelo)
      GO

      1. Kuzser
        • 4 Years
        3 months, 5 days ago

        Dias

      2. iL PiStOlErO
        • 1 Year
        3 months, 5 days ago

        Gundo

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

        Dias

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

        Gundo

    9. Chilli Heatwave
      • 2 Years
      3 months, 5 days ago

      Has anyone got any useful wildcard articles for me to have a read over? TIA

    10. Kuzser
      • 4 Years
      3 months, 5 days ago

      -2 bgw players in the last 24 hours, but still not keen to FH.
      What would by the best way to approach both gw18 and 19?
      1) gw18: Salah Dcl -> Sterling Laca for -4
      gw19: Saka Brewster-> Souchek Adams/Antonio for -4. Play BB (no Salah for dgw)
      2) gw18: Salah Dcl -> Sterling Laca for -4
      gw19: Son Laca-> Salah Adams/Antonio for -4. No BB
      3) gw18: Dcl-> Laca
      gw19: Laca Saka Brewster-> Souchek Adams Antonio for -8 and BB
      4) gw18: Dcl-> Laca
      gw19: Laca Saka-> Souchek Adams/Antonio for -4. No BB

      Team atm:
      (Johnstone Martinez)
      Dier Stones (Dallas Coufal Justin)
      Son KdB Bruno Saka (Salah)
      Brewster (Dcl, Bamford)

    11. yalala
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      3 months, 5 days ago

      Did they say who got the virus

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

        For who

      2. jdp219
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        3 months, 5 days ago

        need more context

      3. DA Minnion (In Bielsa we tr…
        • 8 Years
        3 months, 5 days ago

        Yeah loads.

    12. HD7
      • 4 Years
      3 months, 5 days ago

      FH18 team:

      Lloris
      Cancelo Stones Holding
      KDB Bruno Son Rashford Saka
      Kane Wilson

      Bench: Brewster, Mitchell

      Rashford or Lacazette?

      1. iL PiStOlErO
        • 1 Year
        3 months, 5 days ago

        Lacca

      2. Yes Ndidi
        • 1 Year
        3 months, 5 days ago

        IMO Laca.
        Better option anyway this week, but can the extra cash get you from Holding to someone a bit more exciting like Tierney?

      3. Super Saints
        • 4 Years
        3 months, 5 days ago

        Rashford has returned in every away game this season

    13. Right In The Stanchion
      • 1 Year
      3 months, 5 days ago

      Here’s a list of referees for GW18

      https://www.premierleague.com/news/1966354

      City v Brighton ref - https://www.whoscored.com/Referees/132/Show/Darren-England

      Arsenal v Crystal Palace ref - https://www.whoscored.com/Referees/107/Show/Andre-Marriner

      Spurs v Fulham ref - https://www.whoscored.com/Referees/95/Show/Paul-Tierney

      Burnley v Man Utd ref - https://www.whoscored.com/Referees/120/Show/Kevin-Friend

      Andre Mariner has given the most pens recently, also note Mike Dean is doing the VAR for the City game. Not sure if these stats matter much but always worth checking the refs.

    14. jason_ni
      • 5 Years
      3 months, 5 days ago

      Is this worthy of a bb in 19?
      Ddg - martinez
      Cancelo -Dias - Zouma - Awb - dier
      Kdb - Bruno f - son - saka - Smith rowe
      Kane - wilson - Bamford

      A)yes
      B) no

      Trying to create a wc in 18, which is decent for 19 bb.
      Wilson would become Antonio in 19.

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

        Not a fan of both Saka and smith row

        1. jason_ni
          • 5 Years
          3 months, 5 days ago

          Thinking is smith rowe is bench fodder most weeks.
          And saka seems decent value at 5.2.

          I do have 1.5 that could be used to upgrade either down the road.

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

            To confirm, is this WC? If so, I’d agree looks good

            1. jason_ni
              • 5 Years
              3 months, 5 days ago

              Yea, its a wc, that gives me a decent team for 18, and solid basis for 19(possible bb)
              Obvs drawbacks is no salah(or robbo).

      2. _Ninja_
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 10 Years
        3 months, 5 days ago

        Think of it as Martinez, Saka, Smith-rowe, dier, not sure its worth a BB over other weeks

        1. jason_ni
          • 5 Years
          3 months, 5 days ago

          True, arsenal and spurs have decent fixtures, even if they are single which is whats tempting me.

          Hard to know what way the season will unravel!

    15. Ibra
      • 2 Years
      3 months, 5 days ago

      Is this FH team gtg?

      Darlow
      Cancelo - Stones - Tierney
      KDB - Bruno - Son - Rashford - Saka
      Kane - Wilson

      Sanchez - Brewster - Mitchell - 3.8

      1. iL PiStOlErO
        • 1 Year
        3 months, 5 days ago

        I would maybe go Lacca instead of Rash but cant blame you. Gtg.

    16. SerieD
      • 3 Years
      3 months, 5 days ago

      How about this FH team:

      De Gea
      Tierney, cancelo, fernandez(Mitchell)
      Smith-rowe, Son, KDB, Rashford, Bruno
      Laca, kane(Davis)

      Bench and defence is weaker because i want to get kane and laca.

    17. FF Dirtbag
      • 9 Years
      3 months, 5 days ago

      GK and defender combos. Which one? Best combo for 10.5 mill. No City.

      A) DDG + Bellerin
      B) DDG + dier
      C) lloris + shaw
      D) Leno + AWB
      E) darlow + Tierney

      1. jason_ni
        • 5 Years
        3 months, 5 days ago

        Just for this gw on a fh?

        Id say they will all be very very close!

        1. FF Dirtbag
          • 9 Years
          3 months, 5 days ago

          Just this GW on a FH yeah

          1. jason_ni
            • 5 Years
            3 months, 5 days ago

            B.. but its a coin toss!

      2. Milkman Bruno
          3 months, 5 days ago

          E

      3. BDA Shadow
        • 6 Years
        3 months, 5 days ago

        Ederson or Steffen, who starts tomorrow?

        Currently on Steffen in FH and will have to downgrade a premium to change it around. I don't think it's really worth risking him not playing though.

        Pep made comments about Steffen being real competition for Ederson now but I think that was just a little smokescreen.

      4. How I met your Mata
        • 5 Years
        3 months, 5 days ago

        Darlow to start yea or no?

      5. Bobby
        • 11 Years
        3 months, 5 days ago

        Is it now safe to hit the free hit button now!?

        1. yalala
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 9 Years
          3 months, 5 days ago

          hit me

      6. Camzy
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 10 Years
        3 months, 5 days ago

        United haven't conceded a goal at Turf Moor since 2009.

        5 straight clean sheets. I want at least 1 United defender.

        1. _Ninja_
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 10 Years
          3 months, 5 days ago

          I prefer Spurs, Arsenal and double city but yeah decent cleanie chance i suppose.

          1. Camzy
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 10 Years
            3 months, 5 days ago

            Definitely don't prefer Arsenal defense vs a pretty good attacking side in Palace.

            But yes to Spurs and City being better.

            1. _Ninja_
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 10 Years
              3 months, 5 days ago

              Yeah i guess, i just like Tierneys ceiling on a FH v a Utd defender.

        2. George Agdgdgwngo
          • 11 Years
          3 months, 5 days ago

          I’m looking at Awb. Who u thinking?

          1. Camzy
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 10 Years
            3 months, 5 days ago

            Yeah AWB right now. I like that he's nailed and can pick up baps. Especially good if the game is low scoring.

        3. Milkman Bruno
            3 months, 5 days ago

            Maguire to finally get that goal from a corner?

            1. jason_ni
              • 5 Years
              3 months, 5 days ago

              As a United fan.. we can dream on.
              The man is useless at attacking corners.

        4. C_G
          • 5 Years
          3 months, 5 days ago

          Saka and Foden

          Or

          Smith Rowe and Rash

          1. EgyptianKing
            • 2 Years
            3 months, 5 days ago

            B imo

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

            B

        5. Lucky Z
          • 3 Years
          3 months, 5 days ago

          Worth to keeo Grealish?

          Considering Grealish + DCL => Rashford + McGoldrick

          Then McG to Antonio in 19

          1. George Agdgdgwngo
            • 11 Years
            3 months, 5 days ago

            Surely someone better than Mg???

            1. Lucky Z
              • 3 Years
              3 months, 5 days ago

              who for 5.4?

        6. Cometh The Aouar...
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 8 Years
          3 months, 5 days ago

          When reverting back to a non-free hit squad for the next GW, do you get your original budget back too?

        7. George Agdgdgwngo
          • 11 Years
          3 months, 5 days ago

          Lewis > AWB -4

          Yay or nay?

        8. Warby84
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 5 Years
          3 months, 5 days ago

          Is Werner likely to play both games in 19.. Is he worth bringing back in as a differential..

          Tempted by Son/Lacazette to Salah Werner...

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

          A) Cancelo + Darlow
          B) DDG + Stones

        10. JasonG123
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 7 Years
          3 months, 5 days ago

          Is Wilson safe on FH? He didn’t play in the FA Cup as a precaution and seemingly no word on him in Bruce’s presser.

          1. Super Saints
            • 4 Years
            3 months, 5 days ago

            Avoiding because of this

        11. Gunner1290
          • 5 Years
          3 months, 5 days ago

          A) De Gea and Saka
          B) Ederson and Rowe

          1. Coys96
            • 3 Years
            3 months, 5 days ago

            A. Ederson as one of your city spots.... ha

        12. I SPEAK ENGELS AND DRINK GI…
          • 1 Year
          3 months, 5 days ago

          Anyone going without Bruno @ FH?

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

            Maybe you, don’t know about anyone else, I seriously doubt it. Why would you risk this - go find a punt somewhere else would be my advice. Lots will C too and EO will be high - too risky for me.

        13. FantasyHero
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 4 Years
          3 months, 5 days ago

          So antonio played 90 mins today. Anyone watch the game? Did he look sharp?

          Considering him for DGW19

        14. Albrightondknight
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 5 Years
          3 months, 5 days ago

          I had Sterling as C but is this too risky now and should I revert to KDB either way I will VC Bruno just to spread the risk across two teams in the current environment

        15. Arsenal USA FC
          • 8 Years
          3 months, 5 days ago

          McCarthy - 4.0
          Stones Lowton - **Targett KWP Dallas**
          BFern Son ESR KDB - **Salah**
          Wilson - **DCL Bamford**
          _______
          1 FT - Should I play my FH?

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

          + or - changes