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. jdogg
    • 9 Years
    1 month, 19 days ago

    Free hit worth it to add

    Ddg
    Cancelo dier
    Rashford saka

    To my team or stick with 6 plus hopefully taylor?x
    ?x

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

      FH i think

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

      FH

  2. fcsaltyballs
    • 5 Years
    1 month, 19 days ago

    Best option:

    1. Saka Rashford Wilson (play 442)
    2. Smith-Rowe Martial Lacazette (play 433)

    Cheers

    1. Super Saints
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 19 days ago

      1

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

    DCL injury and Villa game off has pushed me towards FH, Thoughts on the below?

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

    Brewster Mitchell Kilman

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

      Sorry Saka would be ESR to afford the above.

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

        Template, same as mine.
        Good.

    2. jason_ni
      • 5 Years
      1 month, 19 days ago

      Yep...looks solid.

  4. Il Capitano
      1 month, 19 days ago

      On FH. Stretching my TV for all it's worth, drafted up a couple of teams. What're your thoughts?

      A)
      DDG
      Cancelo Stones Tierney
      KDB ESR Bruno Son Rash
      Kane Wilson

      B)
      Lloris
      Cancelo Stones Tierney
      KDB Saka Fernandes Son
      Kane Laca Wilson

      Tierney and ESR can become Holding and Saka in A. Bench is Mitchell plus fodder in both

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

        Same. Flip a coin. I'm currently on B.

    • jonnybhoy
      • 8 Years
      1 month, 19 days ago

      Hi guys which one?

      A) DDG, Dier/Holding Stones
      B) Darlow Holding Cancelo

    • estheblessed
      • 6 Years
      1 month, 19 days ago

      Anyone going these front 3

      Kane, Wilson, Laca

      1. chrismoo75
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        1 month, 19 days ago

        I am

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

      A) Saka&Martial
      B) Smith-Rowe&Rashford

      1. Part-time Scout
        • 5 Years
        1 month, 19 days ago

        B

    • stu92
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 19 days ago

      On a FH, is Saka worth the extra 0.9 over Smith Rowe? Downgrading would allow me to strengthen my bench a bit.

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

        I fink he is if can afford

    • pricycle
      • 7 Years
      1 month, 19 days ago

      No love for Gundogan on a FH?

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

        Is it mostly concern over rotation?

        Straight choice between Gundo or Saka.

        Go!

        1. Feed tha Sheep
          • 8 Years
          1 month, 19 days ago

          I’m on Gund at the minute

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

          On Gundo with ESR first on bench

    • Footieboot
        1 month, 19 days ago

        Guys really struggling with my moves here

        Martinez - Forster
        Stones - Dier - Coufal - Justin - Mitchell
        Salah - KDB - Son - Grealish - ESR
        Kane - DCL - Bamford

        2FT - Currently 7 Players active for GW18

        a) Free hit
        b) Salah --> Bruno bank 1 ft to have 2 ft and more info to plan the dgw
        c) Salah + DCL --> Bruno + Martial to maximise GW18 points but then I would struggle to bring Salah back for GW19
        d) Salah + Justin --> Bruno + Dias again good GW18 but hard to bring Salah after that

        1. jonnybhoy
          • 8 Years
          1 month, 19 days ago

          B or D

      • AF90
        • 8 Years
        1 month, 19 days ago

        Is Dias worth the extra money over Stones?

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

          Only because he is slightly more likely to start.

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

          Paying the extra to be gaurenteed starter

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

          I'd say so, slightly more aereal threat?

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

            *aerial

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

        FH. G2G?

        DDG
        Cancelo Stones Dier
        KDB Son Bruno Rashford Saka
        Kane Laca

        (Forster, Davis Mitchell Douglas)

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

          Oh yeah baby

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

            Cheers

      • Trovsmash
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 7 Years
        1 month, 19 days ago

        Wolves supporters, is Ait Nouri likely to start the next 2?

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

        Not seeing sterling in many free hit teams, is he definitely out or just too much of a risk?

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

          Too much risk

        2. Milkman Bruno
            1 month, 19 days ago

            Press conference tomorrow. Hopefully we will get an update then.

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

          What's the latest on Villa? Chances of their games in GW19 going ahead?

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

          How about this FH team? Everything ok here?

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

          4.0 Lowton Mitchell 4.3

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

            G2G

        5. Milkman Bruno
            1 month, 19 days ago

            My gw18 squad looks like this now that the Villa game is off.

            Cancelo, Dias, Mitchell
            Sterling*, Fernandes, Son
            Kane

            Need something from Pep to say Sterling is fit.

          • The Wizard of Ozil
            • 11 Years
            1 month, 19 days ago

            How’s this fh team looking, anything need changed? Saka looks weaseled on the bench

            DDG
            Cancelo - Dias - Dier - Tierney (Mitchell)
            KDB - Son - Bruno (Saka,Burke)
            Wilson - Kane(c) - Laca

            1. DA Minnion
              • 8 Years
              1 month, 19 days ago

              Nice

            2. OptimusBlack
              • 7 Years
              1 month, 19 days ago

              Great and different

          • C_G
            • 5 Years
            1 month, 19 days ago

            FH, GTG?

            DDG, 4.0

            Cancelo Dier Tierney Yedlin Mitchell

            Bruno KDB Saka Son

            Kane Laca Wilson

            1. FPL-(VAR)dy
              • 3 Years
              1 month, 19 days ago

              yep

          • FPL-(VAR)dy
            • 3 Years
            1 month, 19 days ago

            Have Leno as my keeper. Who do I start
            Holding or
            Zaha?

            1. DA Minnion
              • 8 Years
              1 month, 19 days ago

              Zaha if you have him.

          • DA Minnion
            • 8 Years
            1 month, 19 days ago

            Lads genuinely don't know what to do. I used my 2 free transfers during the week to get Son and Cancelo in for Salah and Taylor.
            So I have currently

            Cancelo Dier Kilman
            KDB Son Bruno Stephens
            Kane

            Kilman and Stephens unlikely to start.
            Should I free hit to basically get 5 players in and have Salah back for next week?

            1. jdp219
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 4 Years
              1 month, 19 days ago

              fwiw - When I dropped Salah earlier this season, I wanted (needed?) him back maybe two weeks later. So...

            2. COVID-CASUAL
                1 month, 19 days ago

                Will Taylor play? I think given you've got the big 4 for the GW and 2 strong DEF, you could get away with this?

              • JohnnyRev7
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 10 Years
                1 month, 19 days ago

                yes.

            3. T88MYE
              • 5 Years
              1 month, 19 days ago

              In a pickle. I have 2FT & .2 ITB

              Is 7 ok for 18? I think with 2FT..(Perhaps McCarthy & Chillwell to DDG & Stones) team could be ok for 18 and a BB on 19.

              DDG (4.0)
              Dier, Dias, Stones (Justin Dallas)
              KDB, Son, Bruno (Salah, Soucek)
              (Bamford, Adams, Watkins)

              Or a -4 somewhere ??

            4. jdp219
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 4 Years
              1 month, 19 days ago

              Fill in some FH blanks.

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

              Just between 1 and 2, really, but curious how Tierney looked in the team.

            5. MuelNado
                1 month, 19 days ago

                Thoughts on team? Not sure on Rashford TBH.

                Lloris
                Tierney Stones Cancello
                Son Foden Fernandes Saka Rashford
                Kane Wilson

                Bench: Saiss, Cavani (That will probably change) and Mitchell with Forster as a cheap 4 mill throwaway.

                1. Davros
                  • 11 Years
                  1 month, 19 days ago

                  No KDB?

                  1. MuelNado
                      1 month, 19 days ago

                      I've been putting him in and taking him out for the last hour. I've backed him twice this year and he's done nothing so I'm a little hesitant.

                2. OptimusBlack
                  • 7 Years
                  1 month, 19 days ago

                  Pick the best Lot
                  A- Leno - AWB - Dias - Saka
                  B- DDG - Dier -Cancelo- Smith Rowe

                3. Davros
                  • 11 Years
                  1 month, 19 days ago

                  So the big FH question in most RMTs seems to be...

                  Laca or Rashford

                  Wish I knew the answer

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

                    Ikr, absolute coin toss

                  2. OptimusBlack
                    • 7 Years
                    1 month, 19 days ago

                    Yes me too

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

                    Going both i think

                  4. Atletico Junior
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 8 Years
                    1 month, 19 days ago

                    Both

                4. COVID-CASUAL
                    1 month, 19 days ago

                    Early thoughts on the latest scheduling for my situation...

                    1. Do nothing!
                    Play BGW18 with 8 (could FT Grealish for 8.1MID, but no good options. Have KdB/Kane/Bruno, no Son)
                    Play DGW19 with 10DGW plus Kane, assuming Leeds/Soton off (using 2 FT). My initial plan was to push this into BB territory, but no Leeds kills this

                    2. Do everything!
                    BGW18 WC to get 10-11 players for this week.
                    DGW19 - WC would allow BB with 11-12DGW players plus Kane/Son/A.N. Other

                    I think #1 is a rank killer but #2 is a bit too risky in current climate? As much as I'd love to get BB out of the way. Any thoughts appreciated.

                    1. AF90
                      • 8 Years
                      1 month, 19 days ago

                      I'm doing option 2 but not using BB...no idea when I will use it but think it's overrated!

                      1. COVID-CASUAL
                          1 month, 19 days ago

                          I think it is too, but I geared up to use it in 19, and can't see a scenario where I'll be better placed to use it (or even have 15 players again lol)

                      2. Footieboot
                          1 month, 19 days ago

                          #1 does not look like a rank killer at all. Why do you say so?

                          1. COVID-CASUAL
                              1 month, 19 days ago

                              I was rushing the post - 8 includes Brewster and Taylor, so more like 6.

                              1. Footieboot
                                  1 month, 19 days ago

                                  I would not be particularly concerned if you have 4 good big hitters (Bruno, KDB, Kane, Son) and a couple of decent guys plus Brewster and Taylor. Think FH will prove very useful later.

                            • T88MYE
                              • 5 Years
                              1 month, 19 days ago

                              I’m contemplating 7.. maybe a -4 for 8 on 18. Then either FH if Leeds Southampton off, if BB if on?

                              Using 2 over the next 2 weeks could be a killer later in the season.

                          2. AF90
                            • 8 Years
                            1 month, 19 days ago

                            Considering Wildcarding to this team....

                            Leno, Forster
                            Cancelo, Dias, AWB, Coufal, Mitchell
                            KDB, Bruno, Son, Saka, Neto
                            Kane, Bamford, Brewster

                            Would leave money itb to do Son -> Salah GW19. Gives me 11 this week (including Brewster) & 7 DGW players next week if Leeds v Saints is off....4 strong single GW players though with nice fixtures - Kane, Bamford, Neto & Leno. Also sets team up nicely for GW20 with 5 Man City & Utd....

                            Any thoughts please!?...

                          3. Mufc202020
                            • 1 Year
                            1 month, 19 days ago

                            Kilman or hit??

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

                            Crystal ball time!

                            Chances of the following starting this week?

                            A) Gundo
                            B) Foden
                            C) Wilson
                            D) Darlow

                            That covers the main popular bench doubts on FHs I think....

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

                              100
                              75
                              95
                              45

                              I think Dubravka starts this week.

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

                                You still going down the Foden route mate?

                                I quite like the team I get if I drop to Gundo!

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

                              Why Darlow?

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

                                Bruce’s comments praising Dubravka. I’d say they’re both 50:50