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. myteamissheeeeeeeet
    • 11 Years
    9 months, 19 days ago

    Sorry I’m being really thick! I’ve made my 2 transfers as I didn’t want to lose them.
    I’m about to press the FH button when my team reverts, will I have Cancelo & Coufal who I have brought in? Thanks in advance!

    1. jason_ni
      • 5 Years
      9 months, 19 days ago

      No, you will have the team you had at the start of the gw, and 1ft.

    2. Garam MOSALAH
      • 8 Years
      9 months, 19 days ago

      If brought in this GW then they won't revert to your GW 19 squad.

    3. popcoin
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      9 months, 19 days ago

      No you won’t. After the gameweek 18 deadline, your squad will revert to exactly as it was submitted for gameweek 17

    4. FantasyHero
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      9 months, 19 days ago

      Will lose your extra free transfer so will only have 1.
      Plus wont have cancelo & coufal

  2. Garam MOSALAH
    • 8 Years
    9 months, 19 days ago

    Is 6 good players enough for BGW 18 ?
    or should I take a -4 hit ?

    1. FantasyHero
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      9 months, 19 days ago

      FH or take a hit or two

    2. Tony Moon
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 12 Years
      9 months, 19 days ago

      If you want the players for GW19, bring them in now. At least they will only cost 2 pts each this GW!

  3. AF90
    • 9 Years
    9 months, 19 days ago

    What's the latest on Leeds v Southampton? Likely to be off?

  4. HD7
    • 4 Years
    9 months, 19 days ago

    FH18 team:
    A)
    Lloris
    Cancelo Stones Holding
    KDB Bruno Son Rashford Saka
    Kane Wilson

    Bench: Brewster, Mitchell

    B)
    Lloris
    Dias Cancelo Holding
    KDB Bruno Son Saka
    Kane Laca Wilson

    Bench: Mctom, Mitchell

  5. Gandalf
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 11 Years
    9 months, 19 days ago

    Lloris
    Cancelo Tierney X
    Bruno KDB Son X
    Kane Laca Wilson

    4.0 Kilman, Anguissa, Mitchell

    A. Saka + Dias
    B. Gundogan + AWB/Saiss

  6. arndff_
    • 9 Years
    9 months, 19 days ago

    Would you FH this team?

    Dias Taylor*
    KDB Bruno Son

    0FT 😀

    1. Coys96
      • 4 Years
      9 months, 19 days ago

      Absolutely 😀

    2. jason_ni
      • 5 Years
      9 months, 19 days ago

      Looks like a fh to me!

    3. Tony Moon
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 12 Years
      9 months, 19 days ago

      Tricky one!!

    4. Gandalf
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 11 Years
      9 months, 19 days ago

      Without doubt

  7. Teahupo'o
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 9 Years
    9 months, 19 days ago

    Last FH decision. Best option to go along with double City def?

    A) DDG Dier
    B) Darlow Tierney
    C) Leno AWB

    1. shapply
      • 8 Years
      9 months, 19 days ago

      A

      1. Teahupo'o
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 9 Years
        9 months, 19 days ago

        Thanks

  8. Muscout
    • 2 Years
    9 months, 19 days ago

    FH team finalised I think!

    Leno
    Cancelo, AWB, Stones
    KDB, Bruno, Son, Rash, Saka
    Kane (C), Wilson

    Steer, Mitchell, Brewster, Kilman

    0.2 itb, change anything? Captain correct?

    1. shapply
      • 8 Years
      9 months, 19 days ago

      looks good

  9. shapply
    • 8 Years
    9 months, 19 days ago

    ok, so this is my FH:

    Patricio
    Stones, Cancelo, Tuanzebe
    ESR, KDB, Son, Fernandes, Rashford
    Kane, Lacazette

    1. JJeyy
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      9 months, 19 days ago

      Tuanzebe? what about Lindelof playing

      1. shapply
        • 8 Years
        9 months, 19 days ago

        saw leaked team on twitter and there was Tuanzebe

        1. JJeyy
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 5 Years
          9 months, 19 days ago

          what was the team fully

        1. jason_ni
          • 5 Years
          9 months, 19 days ago

          If bailly is fit, he plays ahead of tuanzebe.

        2. Tony Moon
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 12 Years
          9 months, 19 days ago

          If that's true, at least it means Rashford will be playing down Burnley's weaker side...

  10. Finding Timo
    9 months, 19 days ago

    GTG please? de Gea, Dias,
    Stones, Tierney, Saka, son, Bruno, KDB (vC), Kane (c),
    Subs: Forster, dier, Mitchell & Burke

    1. Finding Timo
      9 months, 19 days ago

      Sorry forgot Wilson !

  11. JJeyy
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 5 Years
    9 months, 19 days ago

    DDG
    Holding, Cancelo, Stones
    KDB, Bruno, Rashford, Son, Smith-Rowe
    Kane, Laca

    Any changes needed to this FH draft?

  12. Dthinger
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 4 Years
    9 months, 19 days ago

    with DCL out, Wolves defenders have to be a good punt for this week, right

  13. Differentiator
    • 5 Years
    9 months, 19 days ago

    who is safer

    stones, dias or cancelo

    1. dunas_dog
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      9 months, 19 days ago

      Dias

    2. RUUD!
      • 9 Years
      9 months, 19 days ago

      Dias

    3. Gandalf
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 11 Years
      9 months, 19 days ago

      All safe imo. Cancelo taken off at half time so he should be on your teamsheet

      1. Gandalf
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 11 Years
        9 months, 19 days ago

        (albeit Dias slightly safer, also taken off at halftime)

  14. stu92
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 2 Years
    9 months, 19 days ago

    Already have Son & Bruno in the FH, who would you go for here as a one week punt?

    A) Son
    B) Rashford

    1. Milkman Bruno
      9 months, 19 days ago

      Get Son again

      1. stu92
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 2 Years
        9 months, 19 days ago

        Sorry, I meant to say I had Kane & Bruno! The option is then for Son or Rashford, but I’m leaning to Son anyway.

        1. Milkman Bruno
          9 months, 19 days ago

          Rashford seems to be getting a lot of opportunities every game at the moment but he just looks off the pace. Son only needs a sniff.

          1. Milkman Bruno
            9 months, 19 days ago

            I think Son edges it

    2. Tony Moon
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 12 Years
      9 months, 19 days ago

      Looking at the defensive stats for Burnley and Fulham, Rashford edges it for me.

  15. Warby84
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 6 Years
    9 months, 19 days ago

    Holding would allow Lacazette to Vardy for 19.. But I really can’t remove Tierney.. Best striker 9.2 under for double, it’s a tough 1 but tempted to take a crazy punt on Werner..

    1. Milkman Bruno
      9 months, 19 days ago

      Antonio

      1. Warby84
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 6 Years
        9 months, 19 days ago

        I’m going Antonio

  16. Powers106
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 6 Years
    9 months, 19 days ago

    It's only a vague memory but wasn't Barry Glendenning suggesting on a recent podcast that Bruno was slowing down from too many matches, or not looking in form, something like that? Anyway, Sterling is flagged and sentiment suggests ManU won't be in a goalfest, so maybe tinker to squeeze in Aubameyang? Has Burnley given up a lot of penalties might be the decider?

    1. Tony Moon
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 12 Years
      9 months, 19 days ago

      Burnley have given away two pens in their last 3 games!

  17. Mufc202020
    • 2 Years
    9 months, 19 days ago

    Kilman or hit?

  18. Mackans
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 3 Years
    9 months, 19 days ago

    Thoughts on my FH team??

    De Gea
    Cancelo Tierny Stones
    KDB Bruno Son Rashford Smith-Rowe
    Kane Laca

  19. Flynny
    • 6 Years
    9 months, 19 days ago

    Anyone still hoping to bb in dgw19?

    I have 3 villa and 3 Leeds

    If 1 of those clubs play twice and the other only once I may chance it.

    Would remove at least 1 of them for a dgw player

    Played bb in single game week last season and did well.

    Could for example have 12 dgw players including martinez and watkins and 3 single Leeds players Brighton

    1. Pulp Minion
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      9 months, 19 days ago

      12 DGW players could be pretty good.
      Considering anything could happen it might be as good a time as any to play it.

      1. Flynny
        • 6 Years
        9 months, 19 days ago

        That's my thinking. Let's see how the fixtures end up. Friday night decision!

  20. Pulp Minion
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 10 Years
    9 months, 19 days ago

    How does this look for FH team? (0.2 ITB)

    DDG (Pickford)
    Cancelo, Dias, Tierney, Dier (Yedlin)
    DeBruyne, Fernandes, Rashford, Son, Saka
    Lacazette (Wilson, Brewster)

    1. Tony Moon
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 12 Years
      9 months, 19 days ago

      Would play Wilson ahead of Dier - much bigger upside.

  21. La Roja
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 9 Years
    9 months, 19 days ago

    Anybody else think Cancelo could be rotated?

    Walker is back and Mendy, Zinchenko available for left back

    1. ⭐ Bemba_Da ⭐
      • 11 Years
      9 months, 19 days ago

      always a chance

    2. iL PiStOlErO
      • 2 Years
      9 months, 19 days ago

      Lets hope not but choose reliable first sub

    3. jdp219
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      9 months, 19 days ago

      It's in the back of my mind, yes. But wonder if Pep is willing to risk messing with PL success (even if it is Brighton next).

    4. jason_ni
      • 5 Years
      9 months, 19 days ago

      Chance.. but its always been cancelo as one of the fbs, and the others are rested.
      So if he plays rb, Walker gets his rest, lb, mendy gets his rest.

      He is their best fb this season.

    5. _Ninja_
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 11 Years
      9 months, 19 days ago

      Subbed off at HT with KDB on Sunday so safe for now.

    6. Yes Ndidi
      • 2 Years
      9 months, 19 days ago

      Just going on the cup game at the weekend, Cancelo was the one who had his minutes managed. Although giving Walker and Mendy the full 90 would have been building their match fitness. So possibly, but probably not yet.

  22. dunas_dog
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 6 Years
    9 months, 19 days ago

    Best option between

    A Saka Dias
    B Gundogan Maguire

  23. OptimusBlack
    • 8 Years
    9 months, 19 days ago

    Which is better for FH ?
    A- Leno - AWB - Dias - Saka
    B- DDG - Dier -Cancelo- Smith Rowe

    1. R0BINALD0
      9 months, 19 days ago

      A

  24. RUUD!
    • 9 Years
    9 months, 19 days ago

    Would you Free Hit or WC this team? No City worries me for 19 if I only Free Hit this week.

    Mendy (4.0)
    Robbo Justin Coufal Konsa Branthwaite
    Salah Bruno Son Grealish Bissouma
    Vardy Adams Bamford

  25. asquishypotato
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 8 Years
    9 months, 19 days ago

    No one fancying a tickle with Jesus? If Aguero ruled out he could be a good option for a one week punt

  26. jonnybhoy
    • 8 Years
    9 months, 19 days ago

    Any newcastle fans? Darlow to start tomorrow?

  27. Trovsmash
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 8 Years
    9 months, 19 days ago

    Wolves knowledge - is Ait Nouri likely to start the next two at LWB / LB?

  28. DA Minnion (Legendary manag…
    • 9 Years
    9 months, 19 days ago

    Are arsenal so good now that Zaha has no chance of doing anything points wise?

    1. Milkman Bruno
      9 months, 19 days ago

      Not at all. Palace to win 1-0

    2. jdp219
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      9 months, 19 days ago

      Oh, yeah. Arsenal winning the league now.

    3. iL PiStOlErO
      • 2 Years
      9 months, 19 days ago

      He can always do the damage

    4. Yes Ndidi
      • 2 Years
      9 months, 19 days ago

      Always a chance of points with Wilf in a transfer window

  29. VIVA_RONALDO
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 5 Years
    9 months, 19 days ago

    Would you do DCL to Laca for a -4? Decent short term pick?

    1. iL PiStOlErO
      • 2 Years
      9 months, 19 days ago

      Yes

  30. jdp219
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 4 Years
    9 months, 19 days ago

    Pretty standard FH template elsewhere, but need to fill in a couple blanks.

    1) 343 --- Holding, Laca, Saka (McTom as bench 1)
    2) 352 --- Holding, Rashford, ESR (Brewster as bench 1)
    3) 352 --- Tierney, Saka, Siggy/Neto/Zaha (Brewster as bench 1)

    (pretty much between 1 and 2, but wanted to see how Tierney looked in the team)