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. Viper
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 11 Years
    1 month, 19 days ago

    Which duo looks stronger?

    A. Gundogan & Wilson

    B. Dias & Saka

    1. George Agdgdgwngo
      • 11 Years
      1 month, 19 days ago

      B only because of Dias

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

      B

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

      B

    4. Mr Frost
      • 10 Years
      1 month, 19 days ago

      B

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

      B

  2. Atwood
    • 10 Years
    1 month, 19 days ago

    Which FH attacking lineup do you prefer?

    A
    Neto - KDB - Son - Bruno
    Lacazette - Kane - Wilson

    B
    Saka - Rashford - KDB - Son - Bruno
    Kane - Wilson

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

      B

    2. Aeu96197
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 19 days ago

      B

  3. osceola31909
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 8 Years
    1 month, 19 days ago

    I can field 11 players with a -4. I shouldn't play the FH should I?

    Martinez - Ryan
    Dias - Cancelo - Mitchell - Zouma - Mitchell
    Salah - Bruno - Son - Neto - Anguissa
    Kane - DCL - Bamford
    2 ft. .5 itb

    I am planning to do Salah --> De Bruyne. Not sure what else to do but that may depend on whether I decide to BB GW 19.

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

      How can you field 11?

      You don't have a keeper, double Mitchell? Also DCL is injured.

    2. osceola31909
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      1 month, 19 days ago

      I have Dallas. It was a typo.

      With 2 ft, and a -4, I could hypothetically field

      Areola
      Dias - Cancelo - Mitchell
      KDB - Bruno - Son - Neto - Anguissa
      Kane - Laca

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

        Yeah that's fine I guess. Not a bad team.

      2. 420king
        • 6 Years
        1 month, 19 days ago

        Selling Martinez for -4 looks pretty dumb. Do you really want Laca going forward?

        1. osceola31909
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 8 Years
          1 month, 19 days ago

          No, I wouldn't sell Martinez. Just transfer out Ryan. I am not sure at all about Laca. It was just a hypothetical. I would prefer to have a forward for DGW 19, but I can't easily afford Martial and I don't like Wood as an option.

          1. 420king
            • 6 Years
            1 month, 19 days ago

            Selling Ryan does make sense, but I wouldn't go for a bad keeper choice just because he has a game this round. I'd probably just do the KDB trade and save the other FT, specially since your team isn't looking that hot for GW19 either with Leeds vs Southampton likely being postponed.

            1. osceola31909
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 8 Years
              1 month, 19 days ago

              Thanks

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

    FH template team finally ready:

    Lloris
    Stones - Cancelo - Tierney
    Son(c) - KDB(vc) - Fernandes - Rashford - Smith Rowe
    Kane - Lacazette

    Bench:
    Brewster - Mitchel - Bernardo

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

      Exactly my team lol

      1. Neto
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 9 Years
        1 month, 19 days ago

        Great minds think alike. Good luck!

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

          Same! If possible try to get another cheap playing bench just in case... maybe tuanzebe ?

    2. BERGKOP
      • 9 Years
      1 month, 19 days ago

      Looks good. Really good actually

    3. Prison Mike
      • 5 Years
      1 month, 19 days ago

      Nice team value I have the same team but with Ramsdale... can’t afford lloris unfortunately

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

    Thoughts on this 4-5-1 FH draft with Sterling?

    Leno
    Maguire, Dier, Stones, Shaw
    KDB, Sterling, Fernandes, Son, Saka
    Kane

    4.0, Brewster, Mitchell, 4.3.

    1. BERGKOP
      • 9 Years
      1 month, 19 days ago

      I like it except for double Utd defence

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

        Burnley don't score many.

  6. George Agdgdgwngo
    • 11 Years
    1 month, 19 days ago

    Captain this week?

    A. Kdb
    B. Son
    C. Bruno

    1. Pep Roulette
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 19 days ago

      D. Kane

    2. Neto
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      1 month, 19 days ago

      Son for me.

    3. BERGKOP
      • 9 Years
      1 month, 19 days ago

      Any could haul. I think A or B are the best options. I'm leaning KDB.

    4. Mr Frost
      • 10 Years
      1 month, 19 days ago

      Going Son. Fulham will be all over the place.

  7. Pépé Pig
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 2 Years
    1 month, 19 days ago

    Any Blades fans have any insight into who will start up front for SHU? I have Burke and not sure if he's likely to start

    1. George Agdgdgwngo
      • 11 Years
      1 month, 19 days ago

      Praying for brewster

    2. Mr Frost
      • 10 Years
      1 month, 19 days ago

      Burke can barely hit a barn door!

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

      Not sure I would want to be playing Burke, even if he does start. He's OK as bench fodder, but little else.

      1. Pépé Pig
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 2 Years
        1 month, 19 days ago

        Not FHing most likely so he might have to :'(

  8. LLoris
    • 1 Year
    1 month, 19 days ago

    GW 18 Options:

    A) FH
    B) Start 7 players plus a -4 hit (Pope Dias Anguissa KDB Bruno Son Kane ).

  9. Niho992
    • 2 Years
    1 month, 19 days ago

    Will we know before DGW 19 deadline anything about Soton-Leeds game?

    1. Mr Frost
      • 10 Years
      1 month, 19 days ago

      I would imagine not sadly.

    2. Mr Frost
      • 10 Years
      1 month, 19 days ago

      oh wait, 19? yeah probably.

  10. Ruinenlust
    • 3 Years
    1 month, 19 days ago

    A) Cancelo and Gundogan

    or

    B) Stones and Foden

    1. BERGKOP
      • 9 Years
      1 month, 19 days ago

      A

      1. Neto
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 9 Years
        1 month, 19 days ago

        A

    2. Mr Frost
      • 10 Years
      1 month, 19 days ago

      B

    3. Twisted Saltergater
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 11 Years
      1 month, 19 days ago

      B

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

    I have main players from BGW 18
    Cancelo KDB bruno son kane
    But hold only 7 players with rest lowton & Gundogan
    Should i FH or, hold ?

  12. Franfe98
    • 7 Years
    1 month, 19 days ago

    Hi guys!

    If I use my 2 FT and then use the FREE HIT, all in this same gameweek, will my team next gameweek be with those 2 FT made?

    Thanks!

    1. BERGKOP
      • 9 Years
      1 month, 19 days ago

      No. You revert back to your team before the transfers.

  13. BERGKOP
    • 9 Years
    1 month, 19 days ago

    On FH. Thinking some decent bench options could be helpful.

    Lloris (DDG)
    Tierney - Maguire - Cancelo (Saiss - Mitchell)
    KDB - Bruno - Son - Gundo - Saka
    Kane - Laca (Davis)

    a) DDG, Saiss, Gundo, Laca (as above) or
    b) Walton, Dias, Rashford, Brewster

    Cheers!

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

    Working on FanTeam now.

    Godfrey > Maguire worth a -4? I have a bad feeling Godfrey won't play. But if he does and scores well it's gonna suck. Taking a -4 for a defender also not pretty.

    1. BERGKOP
      • 9 Years
      1 month, 19 days ago

      Yes. I like it.

  15. Kuzser
    • 3 Years
    1 month, 19 days ago

    Have 7 players (incl. Brewster) and 1ft, 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)

    1. BERGKOP
      • 9 Years
      1 month, 19 days ago

      4

  16. Aeu96197
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 1 Year
    1 month, 19 days ago

    I think I'm done for the FH - how does it look?

    Lloris (Steele)
    Cancelo Stones Tierney (Mitchell Douglas)
    Bruno KDB(c) Son Saka Zaha
    Kane Laca (Brewster)

    1. BERGKOP
      • 9 Years
      1 month, 19 days ago

      Like it. Solid. You're GTG

      1. Aeu96197
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 1 Year
        1 month, 19 days ago

        Thanks mate - GL in the GW

        1. BERGKOP
          • 9 Years
          1 month, 19 days ago

          You too mate.

  17. Gabbiadini
    • 3 Years
    1 month, 19 days ago

    Best DCL replacement that plays once in gw18 and twice in gw19?

    1. osceola31909
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      1 month, 19 days ago

      I was trying to find one. Martial is probably the best, but I can't afford him. After that, maybe Wood. I am also thinking of Decordova-Reid but that is unlikely.

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

        Yes I think I'll go Martial,
        Cavani a cheaper option.

    2. Kuzser
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 19 days ago

      None. Man Utd stickers can be rotated. Going Laca personally who has a single gw19, but can score as much as a dgw player

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

        I had also considered that. United do have a Liverpool fixture

  18. Stand By Mee
    • 4 Years
    1 month, 19 days ago

    Who is the cheapest nailed goalkeeper for bgw18 to have in mt FH bench?

    1. BERGKOP
      • 9 Years
      1 month, 19 days ago

      Sanchez? (Brighton)

    2. FPL.team
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 19 days ago

      Sanchez 4.4m

    3. sunzip14
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 19 days ago

      Sanchez, Areola

      1. sunzip14
        • 4 Years
        1 month, 19 days ago

        4.4 & 4.5

    4. Stand By Mee
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 19 days ago

      Thanks but these guys will get 0 or negative points so I might just get a non playing gk

  19. Klip Klopp
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 5 Years
    1 month, 19 days ago

    I still haven’t activated my FH chip. Should I do it now or activate it tomorrow morning. I don’t quite know how it works

    This is my 6. I have 0FT and 0.8 itb.

    Cancelo / Dier
    Son / Fernandes / KDB
    Kane / DCL*

    Bench: Foster, Martinez, ,Raphina, Bamford, Coufal, Chillwell, Bissouma

    1. Original - Wolves Ay We
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      1 month, 19 days ago

      Probably OK to do it now. Make all your transfers and confirm. At this point the app will ask if you would like to use the FH Chip, say yes and confirm.

      1. Klip Klopp
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        1 month, 19 days ago

        thanks man. very helpful

  20. sunzip14
    • 4 Years
    1 month, 19 days ago

    Safe to do DCL>Wilson now? Wilson likely to rise, it seems.

    1. UNDERWORLD7
      • 9 Years
      1 month, 19 days ago

      Want to do the same move now, but just wondering which defender I can bring in alongside below.

    2. Gabbiadini
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 19 days ago

      Do you not want a dgw option?

      1. UNDERWORLD7
        • 9 Years
        1 month, 19 days ago

        I imagine price will play a part in his decision, like it does mine, can only afford up to DCL price range personally, so next best thing is Wilson who plays this week

      2. sunzip14
        • 4 Years
        1 month, 19 days ago

        I will FH19

  21. UNDERWORLD7
    • 9 Years
    1 month, 19 days ago

    In a spot of bother, I am going to do DCL > Wilson, but as a result I then can upgrade a defender to a 4.9 and below.

    Any suggestions?

    I guess a United defender would add to my 6 BGW players who then have a double the week after?

    Who would you pick between Shaw & Lindelof?

    Cheers

    1. sunzip14
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 19 days ago

      Shaw

    2. Aeu96197
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 19 days ago

      I don't think either of them is nailed but would go Shaw personally.

      If you're looking long term, can you take a -4 elsewhere and eek out 0.1 to get Stones?

      1. UNDERWORLD7
        • 9 Years
        1 month, 19 days ago

        I’d love to but I am quite happy with the rest of my team. My ONLY option I would consider to downgrade elsewhere would be Raphina > Soucek

        1. Aeu96197
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 1 Year
          1 month, 19 days ago

          It's maybe not the worst downgrade in the world, especially if the Leeds GW19 single news gets confirmed. Wait until tomorrow and see before deadline?

          1. UNDERWORLD7
            • 9 Years
            1 month, 19 days ago

            Yeah very true, well I’ve just made the DCL to Wilson move anyway, will hold off on others until tomorrow 🙂

  22. smix
    • 5 Years
    1 month, 19 days ago

    A. Laca & Saka or
    B. Jesus & ESR ?

    1. BERGKOP
      • 9 Years
      1 month, 19 days ago

      A

  23. Tmel
    • 10 Years
    1 month, 19 days ago

    On FH:

    a) Dias & Saiss
    b) Stones & AWB

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

      Tough. Maybe A.

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

      B

    3. BERGKOP
      • 9 Years
      1 month, 19 days ago

      B

    4. Aeu96197
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 19 days ago

      A

  24. Baps hunter
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 3 Years
    1 month, 19 days ago

    This has been probably asked million times here. Which one has won?

    A) AWB
    B) Harry Maguire

    1. BERGKOP
      • 9 Years
      1 month, 19 days ago

      B

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

        Thx 🙂

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

      AWB for me. If it's a cagey low scoring game AWB can get nice bonus.

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

        For long term. I am keeping.

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

          Go for AWB. Maguire on 4 YCs as well.

          1. BERGKOP
            • 9 Years
            1 month, 19 days ago

            Good thinking

          2. Baps hunter
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 3 Years
            1 month, 19 days ago

            Thx. Had missed that.

  25. Alisson WondHaaland
    • 5 Years
    1 month, 19 days ago

    Just taking my mind off the Blank and DGW, Smith-Rowe as a playing 7th attacker could potentially shake up the template.

    This is a team I drafted up which I can afford for GW 20 onwards:

    Mccarthy
    Cancelo Tierney Coufal
    Salah Bruno KDB Grealish ESR
    Vardy Bamford

    4.0 Taylor Brewster Mitchell

    The quad premiums of Salah KDB Grealish Vardy is pretty exciting. (You could defo stretch to Kane but I prefer Vardy)

    1. Alisson WondHaaland
      • 5 Years
      1 month, 19 days ago

      Sorry Bruno not Grealish as the premiums

    2. Tsparkes10
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 19 days ago

      No son or Kane?

      1. Alisson WondHaaland
        • 5 Years
        1 month, 19 days ago

        Not the best fixture run post GW 19. If I had to pick a set of premiums to miss, it'd be the Spurs lot

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

    Will Foden play blank GW and how many games likely of next 3?

  27. yanky
    • 11 Years
    1 month, 19 days ago

    Traore or Saka? Money ain't a worry...

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

      sorry, forgot to mention FH team...

    2. Tsparkes10
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 19 days ago

      Traore a good shout tbf

  28. Tsparkes10
    • 2 Years
    1 month, 19 days ago

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

    Tempted by A

    1. Aeu96197
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 19 days ago

      A

    2. yanky
      • 11 Years
      1 month, 19 days ago

      I like A better, more attacking side and better keeper

  29. Dirty Harry
    • 5 Years
    1 month, 19 days ago

    Quick vote, I have Bruno/Kane:

    Who to double up with?
    1. Son
    2. Rashford

    1. Tsparkes10
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 19 days ago

      1

    2. Pépé Pig
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 19 days ago

      FH or permanent? If FH then 1 I'd say

  30. Lallana
    • 7 Years
    1 month, 19 days ago

    Which one?

    1) Gundogan
    2) Neto
    3) Saka
    4) James
    5) Zaha
    6) Foden

    1. Tsparkes10
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 19 days ago

      1 or 3 for me

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

        Why Gundo over Foden? Considering one or the other

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

      Saka

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

      Saka