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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3,604 Comments Post a Comment
  1. Muscout
    • 1 Year
    1 month, 16 days ago

    How’s this FH looking guys

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

    Steer, Mitchell, Brewster, Kilman

    0.2 itb, change anything?

    1. DV8R
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      1 month, 16 days ago

      Looks solid

      1. Muscout
        • 1 Year
        1 month, 16 days ago

        Cheers!

  2. Surfeit of Lampteys
    • 3 Years
    1 month, 16 days ago

    Absolute state of that fireworks display interrupting the game.

  3. DannyDrinkVodka
    • 1 Year
    1 month, 16 days ago

    Seriously though:

    A) Rashford
    B) Foden

    B allows Lacazette

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

      Lacazette over who?

      Obviously this matters....?

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

        Probably Wilson if A?

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

          I'd go A then. Wouldn't trust Foden, or even Lacazette. The other two seem a clear sensible choice imo.

          1. DannyDrinkVodka
            • 1 Year
            1 month, 16 days ago

            It would be a fourth defender

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

              Ooooo more mystery!

    2. kennethrhcp
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      1 month, 16 days ago

      who is the 2nd player with Rash?

    3. DV8R
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      1 month, 16 days ago

      Who would you have instead of Lacazette for A?

      1. DannyDrinkVodka
        • 1 Year
        1 month, 16 days ago

        4 in the back, so AWB

    4. AC/DC AFC
      • 5 Years
      1 month, 16 days ago

      B

  4. The Mighty One
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 11 Years
    1 month, 16 days ago

    A. Kane & Brewster
    vs
    B. Martial & Wilson

    On A right now but B seems stronger. Not captaining Kane anyway.

    1. AC/DC AFC
      • 5 Years
      1 month, 16 days ago

      Kane good
      Others so so
      Brewster no

    2. Hansel
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      1 month, 16 days ago

      Laca and Wilson?

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

      Cant look at it this way since no way you would start Brewster

  5. AC/DC AFC
    • 5 Years
    1 month, 16 days ago

    Advice please ... I've been locked down with work for 11 days and home schooling for 7.

    Which are the best strikers to play into this week and the double game week?

    I think Forden looks a good pick alongside KDB and a Man City defenders.

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

      Depends on how many days you've been cleaning your house

    2. Steve The Spud
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 16 days ago

      18 - Kane, Lacazette, Wilson

      19 - Kane, Lacazette, bamford double pending, Watkins, vardy, Antonio

      Imo

      1. AC/DC AFC
        • 5 Years
        1 month, 16 days ago

        Cheers ... also tempted by Arsenal with fixtures and some form.

        I have a couple of Man City and Bruno so Manchester clubs look decent too if u can pick the right ones. As ever it always was!

    3. Deulofail
      • 5 Years
      1 month, 16 days ago

      If you want players for both weeks together, then I'd go for the Manchester teams, so that's Jesus and Martial. People are concerned about Martial rotation with Cavani, but he's still a good bet imo. Aguero is currently isolating. I have no idea for how long.

      1. AC/DC AFC
        • 5 Years
        1 month, 16 days ago

        Thanks

  6. 1314
    • 6 Years
    1 month, 16 days ago

    any presser from Spurs ? no injury for Kane right ?

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

    Wilson or Lacazette?

    Got Tierney and Saka

    1. Hansel
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      1 month, 16 days ago

      Laca

  8. Hansel
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 10 Years
    1 month, 16 days ago

    On FH

    A) Saka
    B) Smith Rowe

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

      What would you do with the spare?

      1. Hansel
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 10 Years
        1 month, 16 days ago

        Saiss over cheap defender on the bench

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

          Saka if you only imorove your bench.

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

            *improve

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

      A - loadsa shots in the box recently

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

      Cheers!

  9. AgentFern
    • 3 Years
    1 month, 16 days ago

    FH team

    Darlow
    Cancelo, Dias, AWB
    KDB, (C) Fernandes, Rashford, Son, Saka
    Kane, Wilson

    A) darlow + cancelo > Lloris + stones
    B) darlow + Dias > Lloris + stones
    C) leave as is?

    Also any news on Wilson?

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

      Wilson was seen in training i believe

  10. Sun Jihai
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 9 Years
    1 month, 16 days ago

    Back of the envelope it looks like these are the most likely BGW29 fixtures:

    BHA-NEW
    FUL-LEE
    WBA-EVE

    CRY-MUN if Liverpool beat Man Utd in the 4th round

    Not looking the best GW!

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

      Not worth using FH either then

    2. Pukki Party
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 16 days ago

      Easy to navigate with transfers, will be more fixtures probably.

    3. DK_13
      • 5 Years
      1 month, 16 days ago

      That's it? Only 3-4 fixtures?

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

        Depends if there are upsets, but here is the magic spreadsheet:

        https://pbs.twimg.com/media/ErefTAWW4AoGDI1?format=png&name=medium

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

      Looks perfect for a FH to me.

      Am probably WC'ing this GW, and the only ones from those teams I am considering on the WC before BB'ing in DGW26 is:

      Wilson
      Areola
      Bamford
      AWB
      Bruno
      Rashford

      Those 6 won't be in my BB DGW26 team. I would probably have something like 2-3 of those for DGW26

    5. Jon Walter's Hatty
      • 7 Years
      1 month, 16 days ago

      I've always thought the more blank and crap the gw the more use is the FH as you don't then need to keep dross going forwards.

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

        +1
        That's why I don't see the point in FH'ing this GW.
        All the WC'ers and all using between 2 and 6 transfers will get the likes of Cancelo/Stones/Dias, KDB, Kane/Son, Tierney/AWB and so on.

        Those without a FH in BGW29 would have to transfer in the likes of Richarlison, Sigurdsson and such just to be able to field a 7 players.

        And those with the WC left to play would not use it to cover BGW29 with those teams playing.

  11. Dirty Harry
    • 5 Years
    1 month, 16 days ago

    FHGTG?
    Bench too thin?

    De Gea
    Cancelo Stones Holding (Mitchell Yedlin)
    KDB Bruno Rashford Son Smith-Rowe
    Kane Laca (Brewster)

    1. iL PiStOlErO
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 16 days ago

      Excellent.

  12. iL PiStOlErO
    • 1 Year
    1 month, 16 days ago

    FH team. Choose one:

    A) 3 5 2 with Lacca

    Lloris
    Cancelo Tierney AWB
    Kdb Bruno Son Saka Neto
    Kane(C) Lacca

    4.0 Lowton Mitchell 4.3

    Or

    B) 4 5 1 team with Rash

    Lloris
    Cancelo Tierney Saiss Shaw
    Kdb Bruno Son Rash Saka
    Kane(C)

    4.0 Brewster Mitchell 4.3

    Leaning on A myself cause not sure about Rash and if I am going to punt on Lacca and Ars the time is now. Cheers.

    1. Dirty Harry
      • 5 Years
      1 month, 16 days ago

      A

  13. ChelseaGuy
    • 4 Years
    1 month, 16 days ago

    A) Dias Holding
    B) Dier Tierney

    Cancelo is my other defender

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

      A

    2. Deulofail
      • 5 Years
      1 month, 16 days ago

      B

    3. ChelseaGuy
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 16 days ago

      Lol totally torn here

    4. iL PiStOlErO
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 16 days ago

      B

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

    Dias more nailed than Stones or no difference?

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

      Is more nailed.

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

      Yes

    3. ChelseaGuy
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 16 days ago

      Longer term I'd think so

  15. pitstop1
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 9 Years
    1 month, 16 days ago

    Anyone changing plans from FH to WC to take account of the likely Leeds Saints single GW in 19?

    1. Pukki Party
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 16 days ago

      Only have Adams Bamford so still on FH i think.

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

      Will probably sell Bamford for Antonio on WC this GW

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

      what happened to leeds southampton game?

  16. Scholes Out Forever
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 7 Years
    1 month, 16 days ago

    So Leeds doesnt have a double anymore correct?

    1. Justin Credibles
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      1 month, 16 days ago

      Why not?

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

        Shropshire Covid

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

        Soton match reschedule

        1. Justin Credibles
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 8 Years
          1 month, 16 days ago

          why would the second match be rescheduled when the first is okay?

  17. abaalan
    • 4 Years
    1 month, 16 days ago

    Best 3rd Man City on FH:
    A) Foden
    B) Gundogen
    C) Stones

    Others KDB, Cancelo

    1. Uncle John from Jamaica
      • 8 Years
      1 month, 16 days ago

      Same here...Thinking a) as one week punt

    2. iL PiStOlErO
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 16 days ago

      B maybe, A played last 3

  18. mr messi
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 10 Years
    1 month, 16 days ago

    A or B

    A
    Leno
    Shaw Stones Saïss
    KDB Bruno Rash Son Gundogan
    Kane Lacazette

    B
    Leno
    Cancelo Stones Saïss
    KDB Bruno Rash Son ESR
    Kane Lacazette

    1. Dirty Harry
      • 5 Years
      1 month, 16 days ago

      So its really?

      A: Gundo + Shaw
      B: ESR + Cancelo

      1. mr messi
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 10 Years
        1 month, 16 days ago

        Yes, which one is better?

        1. iL PiStOlErO
          • 1 Year
          1 month, 16 days ago

          B

  19. Uncle John from Jamaica
    • 8 Years
    1 month, 16 days ago

    So been planning for this game week for six weeks. At one point I had twelve but due to Bissoma being a dirty git, Villa being called off and DCL getting injured down to eight.

    DCL seems a long term one so I am thinking might take a hit of -4 to get someone in. Ideally need a starter this week and have Wilson and Kane already. For £8.9m or less who would you be going for?

    Thanks
    Uncle John

    1. Uncle John from Jamaica
      • 8 Years
      1 month, 16 days ago

      Sorry £8.4m not £8.9m

  20. Aurora Borealis?
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 9 Years
    1 month, 16 days ago

    Pages are flying a bit at the moment, so I decided to instead spend 10mins just writing down which teams and players I am actually considering for my FH. I have ranked the teams top to bottom in terms of ease of fixture and then ranked the players for each team first to last.

    TOT - Kane, Son, Dier, Lloris
    MCY - KDB, Cancelo, Dias, Stones
    ARS - Laca, Tierney, Saka, Leno
    MAN - Fernandes, Rashford, Maguire, AWB

    Starting with Kane then KDB then laca etc... This is the best team I could come up with in my budget

    Leno
    Cancelo | Stones | Dier
    KDB | Fernandes | Son | Rashford | Saka
    Kane | Laca

    I would suggest giving it a go as you are probably going to pick about 10 of the 16 players listed above

    1. Uncle John from Jamaica
      • 8 Years
      1 month, 16 days ago

      How confident are you that Laca starts?

      1. Aurora Borealis?
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 9 Years
        1 month, 16 days ago

        Very, he is their main goal threat atm and didnt start last game

    2. Vovhund
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 16 days ago

      Great team

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

      Why not consider Sterling?

      1. Aurora Borealis?
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 9 Years
        1 month, 16 days ago

        I was until he became an injury doubt

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

          Only a yellow and 75% prob. I like those odds

          1. Aurora Borealis?
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 9 Years
            1 month, 16 days ago

            My bench is non existent, so I can’t take that risk, but if you have a decent bench then I would say go for it

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

      Stones Saka Leno to Tierney ESR Darlow is an option

      1. Aurora Borealis?
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 9 Years
        1 month, 16 days ago

        Absolutely it is, I could consider Darlow and Wilson for Newcastle but just wanted to focus on these 4 clubs. Essentially I hope this fills in 90% of the gaps for most people

    5. mr messi
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      1 month, 16 days ago

      You must have some team value!

      1. Aurora Borealis?
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 9 Years
        1 month, 16 days ago

        I guess so. I haven’t consciously been playing to max team value. Maybe I’ve been lucky

    6. abaalan
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 16 days ago

      Pretty much sums up my draft team.
      Also considering Foden and Gundogan in the City crowd.

      1. Aurora Borealis?
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 9 Years
        1 month, 16 days ago

        I like Foden, I think he will start but would only swap him for saka and that would then mean reducing my defensive, which is already the weakest part of my team

  21. greggles
    • 10 Years
    1 month, 16 days ago

    Any good mids for 7.6 or less? DGW preferable

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

      Gundogan

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

    Free hit tonight or still wait for tomorrow? I see Kdb, Wilson likely rises (unless FH teams distort the info).

    1. Pukki Party
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 16 days ago

      Now

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

        Right. Cheers. 🙂

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

    A) Tierney + Smith Rowe
    B) Shaw + Saka

    1. Pukki Party
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 16 days ago

      A

    2. zdrojo187
      • 6 Years
      1 month, 16 days ago

      Shaka

  24. Pukki Party
    • 3 Years
    1 month, 16 days ago

    ManCity has scored 13 goals in last 3 against Brighton, more upside with going double attack on FH? (Yes also 4/5 clean sheets)

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

      You'll probably get the wrong attackers though
      They'll score 5 between Bilva, Mahrez and Jesus probably

      1. Pukki Party
        • 3 Years
        1 month, 16 days ago

        Sterling KDB currently

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

          Fully expecting Mahrez to get his haul-every-six-games this GW!

  25. myteamissheeeeeeeet
    • 11 Years
    1 month, 16 days ago

    No Haller now, is Antonio pretty much going to play barring injury? Might get him for DCL or Watkins

    1. Pukki Party
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 16 days ago

      He'll play when fit, Noble false 9 the other option.

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

        Jesus! Tough times

  26. FantasyClub
      1 month, 16 days ago

      How the heck do we choose a captain now lmao so hard

    • zdrojo187
      • 6 Years
      1 month, 16 days ago

      A) Sterling + Wilson
      B) Laca + Rashford

    • Booked4Dissent
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      1 month, 16 days ago

      I’ve activated FH. Worried about circuit breaker announcement tomorrow now...I just felt like getting it out the way earlier.

    • Kizza_10
      • 6 Years
      1 month, 16 days ago

      Would you make any changes to this free hit team ?

      De Gea
      Stones Tierney Dias Reguilon
      Saka Bruno KDB Son Rashford
      Kane

      Subs:
      Forster, Mitchell, Brewster, Davies

    • Gudjohnsen
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 16 days ago

      WC draft

      Martinez, DDG
      Tierney, Stones, Cancelo, Coufal, Mitchell
      Saka, KDB, Bruno, Son, Soucek
      Lacazette, Kane, Bamford

      Thoughts?