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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Manchester City v Brighton and Hove Albion

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3,604 Comments Post a Comment
  1. camarozz
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 6 Years
    1 month, 16 days ago

    Okay used my 2fts.

    No hits no chips

    Stones/Holding

    Kdb/Bruno/Son

    Kane(c) Brewster

    Gonna be horrible probably but should I just roll with it?

    (Could take a hit but there's nobody I want to lose tbh)

    1. ⭐ Bemba_Da ⭐
      • 10 Years
      1 month, 16 days ago

      wow

    2. AdamJ91
      • 5 Years
      1 month, 16 days ago

      Ouch.

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

      Similar. I’ve taken one hit to get out 6 players.

      Stones / Lowton
      Son / KdB (C) / Fernandes
      Kane

      Trying not to burn my chips as I know I will kick myself when I need them more in a future GW. Like you there’s no one I want to bring in really that I also want for the DGW. I’ve got the main ones so I’ll settle for that and hide behind the biggest thing I can find...

      1. Aeu96197
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 1 Year
        1 month, 16 days ago

        I would FH here, Jabba. IMHO, you're holding it for a better GW that may or may not arrive.

        GL to you tho, it's a brave call and I wish you well with it

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

          I hear you. But I’m just not feeling it.

          I’m not convinced that any of the teams I don’t have players from will go crazy this week. Only one I think could do some damage is Arsenal. Burnley will be resilient, Wolves and Everton have their main strikers out and Newcastle are just highly unreliable.

          I am convinced there’ll be a more prosperous way of playing the FH and I want to combine the wildcard with the BB for a future DGW. Think I’ve made my mind up but happy to be convinced otherwise.

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

        Yeah I have full 11 dgwers so don't want to lose any.

    4. Leif Erikson-Formerly of La…
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      1 month, 16 days ago

      Do you have FH?

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

        I have all my chips still.

        1. Leif Erikson-Formerly of La…
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 8 Years
          1 month, 16 days ago

          I'd play the FH

    5. Major League Shocker
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 16 days ago

      Let them sneer at you. When you use your FH, they will all have awful teams and yours will be good.

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

      Oof. No Lacazette could kill you.

    7. Mr. O'Connell
      • 8 Years
      1 month, 16 days ago

      You have all the players you need to avoid a huge rank drop anyway.

      KDB, Bruno, Kane, Son, Arsenal def, City def.

      If your captain fires, you'll be fine.

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

        Thank u Mr o'Connell

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

    Safe to hit my FH now?

    1. Disturbed
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      1 month, 16 days ago

      Yes

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

    Will Taylor play?

    1. Mr Frost
      • 10 Years
      1 month, 16 days ago

      60/40

  4. George Agdgdgwngo
    • 11 Years
    1 month, 16 days ago

    Help with my last transfer decision

    A. Lewis unlikely to play. Best possible points gw18 & gw 19 2–4.

    B. AWB for a -4 hit. Best possible points gw18 2-6 & gw 18 2-8.

    Surely it’s worth bringing him in?

  5. Wild Rover
    • 10 Years
    1 month, 16 days ago

    Did Moyes say anything about Flappy tonight?

  6. 007 [RoboKlopp]
    • 4 Years
    1 month, 16 days ago

    Not FH. Who is better options?
    A. Cancelo
    B. Stones.
    Already have Diaz.
    Ta.

    1. I Must Break You
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 16 days ago

      I like Cancelo. Best underlying stats in the league thus far

    2. Mr Frost
      • 10 Years
      1 month, 16 days ago

      A

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

    A) Sterling, Saka, Maguire, Dier (4-5-1)
    B) Lacazette, Rashford, Smith-Rowe, Diaz (3-5-2)

    1. OptimusBlack
      • 7 Years
      1 month, 16 days ago

      B

    2. Mr Frost
      • 10 Years
      1 month, 16 days ago

      A

    3. Mr Frost
      • 10 Years
      1 month, 16 days ago

      if sterling is fit

  8. OptimusBlack
    • 7 Years
    1 month, 16 days ago

    So Which is the best ?
    A- Tierney - AWB - Dias - Saka - Wilson

    B- Holding - Fernández - Stones - Gündogan - Lacazette

    1. jonnybhoy
      • 8 Years
      1 month, 16 days ago

      A

    2. OptimusBlack
      • 7 Years
      1 month, 16 days ago

      Any help

    3. Disturbed
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      1 month, 16 days ago

      Close but B for me

    4. Mr Frost
      • 10 Years
      1 month, 16 days ago

      A

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

    If this was your front 8, who would you bench this week?!

    KDB, Bruno, Son, Gundogan, Saka
    Kane, Laca, Wilson

    1. Tsparkes10
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 16 days ago

      Exact same dilemma. Thinking Saka or Wilson :/ double Arsenal attack scares me but so does Wilson as I think we’ll keep a cleanie.

      1. Don Kloppeone
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        1 month, 16 days ago

        Other option is to switch Gundo to Foden and Saka to ESR and bench ESR

    2. jonnybhoy
      • 8 Years
      1 month, 16 days ago

      Would downgrade gundogan and upgrade def

      1. Don Kloppeone
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        1 month, 16 days ago

        Gundo is my main punt on FH. Not a fan of doing this sorry

        What about if I switched Gundo to Foden and Saka to ESR and bench ESR?

        1. I Must Break You
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 2 Years
          1 month, 16 days ago

          ESR first off bench not a bad play. I think that's where I'm going to end up.

        2. Tsparkes10
          • 2 Years
          1 month, 16 days ago

          Think gundo more likely to start than Foden. Could easy be Sterling, Kdb and Mahrez?

        3. I Must Break You
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 2 Years
          1 month, 16 days ago

          Incidentally I'd have Saka first off bench in the original lineup you posted anyway

          1. Don Kloppeone
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 3 Years
            1 month, 16 days ago

            Thanks mate

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

      Bench Wilson and it's easy.

      1. Don Kloppeone
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        1 month, 16 days ago

        Or take the punt further to Foden and go ESR over Saka and bench him?

      2. thewakka
          1 month, 16 days ago

          Wilson has really been out of form. Even against the bottom dwellers I think he wont haul.

          1. George Agdgdgwngo
            • 11 Years
            1 month, 16 days ago

            Yeah he’s been out of form but yet he’s still one of tbd highest scoring strikers

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

        Gundogan

    4. jonnybhoy
      • 8 Years
      1 month, 16 days ago

      Hi guys which one this week only

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

      1. OptimusBlack
        • 7 Years
        1 month, 16 days ago

        A with Dier

      2. HD7
        • 3 Years
        1 month, 16 days ago

        A

    5. LLoris
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 16 days ago

      Is 7 players enough to not FH?

      1. DA Minnion
        • 8 Years
        1 month, 16 days ago

        Depends who they are. If you have 3 Fulham 3 Sheffield and 1 Burnley you need to free hit.

      2. waldo666
        • 10 Years
        1 month, 16 days ago

        Depends on the players.

      3. AdamJ91
        • 5 Years
        1 month, 16 days ago

        I would probably FH at 7 but then again that's a better number than I've been seeing.

    6. HD7
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 16 days ago

      Hows she lookin?

      Lloris
      Cancelo Stones Holding
      KDB Bruno Son Saka
      Kane Laca Wilson

      1. MuelNado
          1 month, 16 days ago

          You have pretty much the same team as me so let that be a warning.... 😉

          Any way to get Tierney instead of Holding ?

      2. Ronny Sandstone
        • 6 Years
        1 month, 16 days ago

        Salah out for KDB without overthinking it makes sense right? (saving FH and fielding 9)

        Might still wildcard in 19

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

        Final decision on Free Hit:

        A) Wilson, Saka, Tierney
        B) Rashford, ESR, Holding

        1. Captain Vantastic™
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 9 Years
          1 month, 16 days ago

          A.

        2. Leif Erikson-Formerly of La…
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 8 Years
          1 month, 16 days ago

          B

      4. Pep Roulette
        • 3 Years
        1 month, 16 days ago

        On FH. Have Dias.

        A. Stones
        B. AWB

        1. Wild Rover
          • 10 Years
          1 month, 16 days ago

          Stones and Cancelo

      5. HD7
        • 3 Years
        1 month, 16 days ago

        KDB or Kane/Son as Captain?

      6. AdamJ91
        • 5 Years
        1 month, 16 days ago

        Worth doing Watkins > Laca? (-4)

        Would mean I have 10 BGW players but is he good enough to keep for the week after aswell?

        1. AdamJ91
          • 5 Years
          1 month, 16 days ago

          Team would look like this for this GW;

          Cancelo - Dias - Dier - Holding
          KDB - Son - Bruno - Anguissa
          Kane - Laca

      7. tsm
        • 10 Years
        1 month, 16 days ago

        so maybe an unorthodox approach to bgw/dgw. I have been burnt by overplanning for fixtures in a small week not coming out the way i thought they would. Less games less chance of recovering fixtures going your way. So I opted to use 2 ft + 1 (-4) to build a team with an eye on GW20 and onwards. I will use my my free hit in dgw19. Might not be the in flavour team for this gw but i think will pay off for GW20-23. and took a calculated risk by kickig KdB to the curb, and bringing in the assassin.

        What ya think, madness or a stroke of genius? OR:200kish

        Welbeck > Aguero
        Tammy > Wilson
        KdB > Zaha

        *=GW18
        McCarthy(Forster)
        Dier*/Dias*/Lewis*/Zouma/Dallas
        Zaha*/Fernandes*/Son*/Salah/Soucek
        Aguero*/Wilson*/Bamford

      8. Olson
        • 6 Years
        1 month, 16 days ago

        https://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/football/55615893

        All eyes on the next couple of rounds of testing then.

      9. toerag
        • 10 Years
        1 month, 16 days ago

        choices choices...

        A. Gundogan
        or
        B. Rashford

        A or B chaps

        1. waldo666
          • 10 Years
          1 month, 16 days ago

          B

      10. Gabbiadini
        • 3 Years
        1 month, 16 days ago

        Does Randolph play the double or does Fabianski return from injury?

      11. Bobby_Baggio
        • 9 Years
        1 month, 16 days ago

        Evening all. How's my FH team? Suggestions welcome. Cheers.

        Darlow
        Tierney - Stones - Cancelo
        Son - Bruno - Saka - Grealish - Sterling
        Kane - Wilson

        4m - AWB - Mitchell - Davis

        1. Bobby_Baggio
          • 9 Years
          1 month, 16 days ago

          Shoot, Grealish should be bench and Davis is Laca

        2. Stand By Mee
          • 4 Years
          1 month, 16 days ago

          Grealish??

          1. Bobby_Baggio
            • 9 Years
            1 month, 16 days ago

            Grealish should be bench fodder and Davis is Laca.

        3. ⭐ Bemba_Da ⭐
          • 10 Years
          1 month, 16 days ago

          get rid of grealish

      12. Stand By Mee
        • 4 Years
        1 month, 16 days ago

        Thoughts on Mahrez as a FH punt? With Sterling flagged he should be up for something right?

        1. Leif Erikson-Formerly of La…
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 8 Years
          1 month, 16 days ago

          I think Sterling is fit - Pep just resting for cup.

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

          Mahrez biggest fpl scam ever

      13. 8ball
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 6 Years
        1 month, 16 days ago

        What time does the price change happen?

        1. TorresMagic™
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • Has Moderation Rights
          • 11 Years
          1 month, 16 days ago

          70 minutes

      14. Labile
        • 2 Years
        1 month, 16 days ago

        -4 no FH thoughts?

        Cancelo Stones Mitchell 5.0 defender (still deciding)
        KDB Bruno Son Burke
        Kane

      15. gauzah
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        1 month, 16 days ago

        Is it worth paying the .8m for Dias rather than John Stones?

        1. Leif Erikson-Formerly of La…
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 8 Years
          1 month, 16 days ago

          I'd say no if you're just taking one City def

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

            Already have Cancelo. I'm not free hitting and this is going to be a longer term move.

            1. Leif Erikson-Formerly of La…
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 8 Years
              1 month, 16 days ago

              Stones place to lose - Also according to City fans forum

        2. 8ball
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 6 Years
          1 month, 16 days ago

          I went with Stones. Cancelo is worth the .8m upgrade.

      16. Tsparkes10
        • 2 Years
        1 month, 16 days ago

        A) Lloris, AWB, Tierney, Gundogan, Wilson
        B) De Gea, Yedlin, Holding, Rashford, Smithrowe

      17. Atwood
        • 10 Years
        1 month, 16 days ago

        I would've thought 103.8 was a decent enough Team Value to afford more than one sub but apparently not.

        Thoughts on this? Very template I imagine.

        Leno
        Stones - Cancelo - Dier
        Bruno - Rashford - KDB - Son - Saka
        Kane - Wilson

        Bench - Mitchell

        1. Yes Ndidi
          • 1 Year
          1 month, 16 days ago

          The only thing I can see is would dropping Rash to Laca give you a better bench option?

      18. Must.Go.Faster.
          1 month, 16 days ago

          Ugh (balls on toast), pulled the WC to earlier and now i feel i'm stuck. Was/am planning for GW19BB...
          Any super clear minds out there or am i still in decent shape?

          Meslier/ Martinez
          *Diaz / *Cancelo / *Wan-Bissaka (Coufal, Dallas)
          *KDB / *Bruno / *Son(C) (El Ghazi, Soucek)
          *Wilson / *Lacazette (Bambie)

          *Expect 8 players to play GW18

          3.1ITB to do Son to Salah and maybe Wilson to Antonio (-4) for G19 and then the hope/plan is, to have 14DGW players.

        • ⭐ Bemba_Da ⭐
          • 10 Years
          1 month, 16 days ago

          best bench fodder in midfield 4.5 and below not smith rowe this week?

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

            Burke

          2. MuelNado
              1 month, 16 days ago

              Anguissa at Fulham? I can't think of any others likely to get close to a pitch.