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. Tsparkes10
    • 2 Years
    1 month, 17 days ago

    And I'm done unless Pep Unpeps his presser. Goodnight and goodluck.

    Lloris
    Tierney Stones Cancelo
    KDB Son Bruno Saka
    Wilson Kane Laca
    (4.0, Burke, Kilman, Mitchell)

    1. Somnus
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 17 days ago

      Mine is identical. Hopefully good to go

    2. DycheDycheBaby
      • 5 Years
      1 month, 17 days ago

      That looks pretty good.

    3. rubberdignerapids
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 17 days ago

      I am playing holding and Rashford instead of your tierney and Wilson- mid table in my leagues and feel rash could be a minor differential this week even amongst FHtters

    4. Ibralicious
      • 6 Years
      1 month, 17 days ago

      Nice team good balance

  2. DycheDycheBaby
    • 5 Years
    1 month, 17 days ago

    Made 20 transfers this week. Suppose I better activate the free hit!

    1. rubberdignerapids
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 17 days ago

      Don’t be that guy who doesn’t lol

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

        I am not, will be more useful at a later date.

        1. rubberdignerapids
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 1 Year
          1 month, 17 days ago

          I meant if you had spent 20 transfers lol

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

            Yup.

  3. TheOneAndOnly
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 11 Years
    1 month, 17 days ago

    Last choice on FH - 3rd defender w/ 1st and only real sub

    A) Dier w/ Holding 1st sub
    B) Tierney w/ Yedlin 1st sub

    1. Somnus
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 17 days ago

      B

  4. BenDavies
    • 8 Years
    1 month, 17 days ago

    Anyone else got at least 1 player in every game this GW? I quite like spreading the risk in a BGW.

    For me it's 3 City, 3 United, 2 Spurs, 1 Newcastle, 1 Wolves, 1 Arsenal.

    1. OneDennisBergkamp
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      1 month, 17 days ago

      everyone seriously underestimating the Burnley defence

      1. BenDavies
        • 8 Years
        1 month, 17 days ago

        They've just played 120 minutes and penalties a few days ago, and often collapse against the bigger sides. Can see United put them to the sword.

        1. OneDennisBergkamp
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 5 Years
          1 month, 17 days ago

          they didnt play in GW17 so that kinda counters that i think, they have got better and better and kept quite a few clean sheets now, they have conceded just 3 goals in the last 6 i think

    2. Dr Mulholland
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 17 days ago

      Not the eve-wol match.

      Are you or Regulión gonna play?

      1. BenDavies
        • 8 Years
        1 month, 17 days ago

        no idea mate

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

    How do you think my BB gw19 team is looking?

    Martínez | Fabianski
    Dias/Cancelo | Stones | Dallas | Coufal | Lowton
    KDB | Bruno | Son | Grealish | Soucek
    Kane | Wilson | Bamford

    Cheers.

    1. rubberdignerapids
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 17 days ago

      You could only have 10 dgwkers, plus unknown game cancellations- considered triple captain mate?

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

        Want to BB Whu really good double, I will use TC later date.

  6. tabby98
    • 5 Years
    1 month, 17 days ago

    Will shaw play?

    1. rubberdignerapids
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 17 days ago

      Ole likes Shaw and he’s been playing well so I’d say 80 percent yes

  7. Uncle Gamst
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 9 Years
    1 month, 17 days ago

    I'm thinking of doing Alioski & Justin > Stones & Cancelo

    Normally I wouldn't even consider this but:

    Alioski & Justin blank in GW18,
    Apparently there's some doubt over Leeds retaining their DGW.
    City's impressive defensive displays of late and their DGW19.

    Worth a gamble, as a clean sheet against Brighton repays the -8?

    1. rubberdignerapids
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 17 days ago

      Wouldn’t do that for 2 city defenders who have a minor chance of pep roulette despite your reasons with Leeds for 19

      1. Uncle Gamst
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 9 Years
        1 month, 17 days ago

        Thanks, it would be gamble

        1. Uncle Gamst
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 9 Years
          1 month, 17 days ago

          Perhaps Dias might be safer than Cancelo, in this instance

    2. Bram
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 11 Years
      1 month, 17 days ago

      I like it.
      Leeds v Saints looks highly likely to go to play the Shrews tie.
      City lovely fixt through to gw22.
      I have Cancelo & Stones (&KDB) myself.

      1. Uncle Gamst
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 9 Years
        1 month, 17 days ago

        Cheers Bram

  8. rubberdignerapids
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 1 Year
    1 month, 17 days ago

    Lost on the last page, FH 18 Good to go?

    Lloris
    Stones / Holding / Dias
    KDB(c) / Rashford / Son / Bruno / Saka
    Lacazette / Kane

    Subs: Steer / Davis / Mitchell / Bernardo

    0 itb

    1. ZLNR
      • 5 Years
      1 month, 17 days ago

      Gtg

    2. Uncle Gamst
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      1 month, 17 days ago

      Looking good but can I ask, why Dias over Cancelo?

      1. rubberdignerapids
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 1 Year
        1 month, 17 days ago

        Security of starts

        1. rubberdignerapids
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 1 Year
          1 month, 17 days ago

          If you can even call it security with Pep roulette

        2. Uncle Gamst
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 9 Years
          1 month, 17 days ago

          Good point, I'm still wavering but perhaps Pep will give us a nice clue at his presser...LMAO

          1. Bram
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 11 Years
            1 month, 17 days ago

            Subbed on 45mins in cup (with KDB & Dias) says he probably starts.

  9. Cruyff's Eleven
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 2 Years
    1 month, 17 days ago

    Why is there no love on here for Saiss on FH?

    1. rubberdignerapids
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 17 days ago

      Ppl feel wolves form is a bit out of sorts

    2. ZLNR
      • 5 Years
      1 month, 17 days ago

      Stones/Lindelof better at the price bracket imo. But Everton without DCL and Richarlison flagged could make wolves a great choice

      1. Cruyff's Eleven
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 2 Years
        1 month, 17 days ago

        I feel Saiss has higher chance of attacking return compared to other 5.0 DF

        1. Maxim Tsigalko
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 9 Years
          1 month, 17 days ago

          Totally agree with Saiss having a higher ceiling!

    3. Top Lad Dakes. - WC/TC left
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 17 days ago

      I’m tempted. Can’t decide between him or covering Spurs with Dier

      1. Cruyff's Eleven
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 2 Years
        1 month, 17 days ago

        I'm going Saiss, Spurs coverage Lloris.

  10. ZLNR
    • 5 Years
    1 month, 17 days ago

    I'm feeling a little 19/20 vibe would anyone risk Bilva if Sterling is out

    1. rubberdignerapids
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 17 days ago

      This could end in tears

      1. ZLNR
        • 5 Years
        1 month, 17 days ago

        Of joy?
        Pep roulette feels like russian roulette haha

        1. rubberdignerapids
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 1 Year
          1 month, 17 days ago

          Yes but more likely tears of sorrow- for me BIlva doesn’t pass the eye test over last few games

  11. yanky
    • 11 Years
    1 month, 17 days ago

    last piece for FH team...

    a) Saka
    b) AWB

    1. rubberdignerapids
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 17 days ago

      AWB prob more likely to bank the cs than saka of scoring, so for that reason AWB

      1. yanky
        • 11 Years
        1 month, 17 days ago

        thats what i was thinking but ive been seeing saka in almost every FH team so im nervous haha

  12. Rivers
    • 3 Years
    1 month, 17 days ago

    I made 3 changes get -8, if I play free hit now it will cancel - 8 charge? I didn't see Aston villa game get canceled, now I want play free hit looks too late, anyone know please tell me.

    1. rubberdignerapids
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 17 days ago

      Yes it will cancel out your hits

    2. Uncle Gamst
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      1 month, 17 days ago

      FH will cancel the -8

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

      I think you can take a -8

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

        FH will be very useful saved.
        Imagine we get a GW with 4 games down the line.

  13. PlayUpPompey
    • 9 Years
    1 month, 17 days ago

    Is Sterling definitely out?

    1. rubberdignerapids
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 17 days ago

      Wait until pep presser to see if we get any more info

  14. Garam MOSALAH
    • 7 Years
    1 month, 17 days ago

    Who will you pick one ?

    A) Shaw
    B) Lindelof
    C) Bailly

  15. Klip Klopp
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 5 Years
    1 month, 17 days ago

    Can I get some feedback on my first (and probably last) FH team before I go to bed lol:

    Leno
    Dier / Holding / Stones
    Saka / KDB / Bruno / Son
    Lacazette / Jesus / Kane

    Bench: Foster, Yedlin, 4.4 mid / 3.8 defender

    1. Maxim Tsigalko
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      1 month, 17 days ago

      You've got 4 Arsenal players for a start haha!

  16. Maxim Tsigalko
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 9 Years
    1 month, 17 days ago

    A or B

    A:

    Lloris (4m)

    Saiss, Cancelo, Tierney (Mitchell, Bryan)

    Sterling (c), KDB, Fernandes, Rashford, Saka

    Wilson, Kane (Brewster)

    B:

    Lloris (4m)

    Saiss, Stones, Tierney, (Mitchell, Douglas)

    KDB (c), Gundo, Rashford, Fernandes, Son

    Laca, Kane (Brewster)

    ?

    1. Klip Klopp
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      1 month, 17 days ago

      Definitely B. Can you answer mine below?

    2. Top Lad Dakes. - WC/TC left
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 17 days ago

      B fella. Help below?

  17. abhirup780
    • 6 Years
    1 month, 17 days ago

    Wood for 3 matches
    or
    Antonio in 2 matches

    who will score more?

    1. Uncle Gamst
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      1 month, 17 days ago

      looking the teams they play...Antonio

      1. abhirup780
        • 6 Years
        1 month, 17 days ago

        I was leaning towards Antonio. Don't really fancy Wood with those fixtures. But how did Antonio ook yesterday?

  18. Lallana
    • 7 Years
    1 month, 17 days ago

    Locked in. Hesitating between Stones and Gundogan but Brighton seem to have a lot of offensive minded players out.

    Lloris
    Holding Fernandez Cancelo Stones
    De Bruyne (C) Fernandes Son Rashford
    Wilson Kane

    Bench: 4.0, Smith Rowe, Brewster, Mitchell

    1. Maxim Tsigalko
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      1 month, 17 days ago

      I was at 442 for a while with, Saiss, Tierney, Cancelo and Stones. Think I fancy Sheffield Utd to get a result, Newcastle are a poor team!

      Gundogan is in good form!

      1. Lallana
        • 7 Years
        1 month, 17 days ago

        Yeah, if Sheffield are going to get a win ever, this is their week with so much time to prepare.

        Gundogan looks really good and even if Man City keep a cleansheet and he blanks 3pts is not the worst for a 5.5M punt.

        1. Lallana
          • 7 Years
          1 month, 17 days ago

          unfortunately Stones never really scores but he is a bonus magnet

  19. Top Lad Dakes. - WC/TC left
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 4 Years
    1 month, 17 days ago

    What we saying, alright? 0.4 ITB. Covering the big defenses and a good first sub - but would you start Gundo or Saka, if no changes?

    DDG
    Cancelo Tierney Dier
    KDB(c) Bruno Son Gundogan (Saka)
    Kane Lacazette Wilson

    Thanks all 🙂

    1. Top Lad Dakes. - WC/TC left
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 17 days ago

      Could go Saiss over Dier and or Lloris over DDG

    2. Maxim Tsigalko
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      1 month, 17 days ago

      I think Spurs, City and United are relatively safe bets for CS. Anyway you can get Rashford in as they seem to do well at Burnley!

      Maybe drop Wilson as IMO I don't fancy Newcastle one bit.

      1. Top Lad Dakes. - WC/TC left
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        1 month, 17 days ago

        Cheers bro. Can’t lie, Saiss over Dier does tempt though!

        I would like Rashford but not sure I can shoehorn him in without losing Laca, and seen people saying Burnley unlikely to be pushovers

        1. Maxim Tsigalko
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 9 Years
          1 month, 17 days ago

          Burnley played 120 minutes in the cup, United have won there in the last 4 seasons....

          Saiss has more potential to explode than Dier, big goal threat from set pieces

    3. Drogba Legend
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 17 days ago

      I don't hate it, I'd start Gundo with Bissouma out. I don't fancy Wilson this week as I'd rather have a 352 with Rash instead of a 343 with Wilson, up to you though!

      1. Top Lad Dakes. - WC/TC left
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        1 month, 17 days ago

        Sadly can’t seem to squeeze Rash in with all the others I don’t think. Thanks though!

        Do you prefer Wilson or Saka?

    4. Alisson WondHaaland
      • 5 Years
      1 month, 17 days ago

      Looks good! I think Id prefer Lloris + Saiss/ Man u defender over DDG and Dier though. Otherwise pretty template and like the Gundo punt

  20. Klip Klopp
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 5 Years
    1 month, 17 days ago

    Is Jesus a stupid pick as he hasn't played for 3 games

    1. Top Lad Dakes. - WC/TC left
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 17 days ago

      Could pay off but I wouldn’t

    2. Qaiss
      • 5 Years
      1 month, 17 days ago

      I think so because there are several options in the Man City team better FPL assets than him. They will prob keep a clean sheet, can you really see Jesus scoring more than 1 goal?

  21. Drogba Legend
    • 3 Years
    1 month, 17 days ago

    Currently on this draft, G2G?

    Leno
    Stones - Cancelo - Lindelof
    KDB - Son - Bruno - Rash - ESR
    Laca - Kane

    Fodder - Mitchell - fodder fodder

    1. Top Lad Dakes. - WC/TC left
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 17 days ago

      Very solid bro. Help above?

  22. HD7
    • 3 Years
    1 month, 17 days ago

    Two places left in my team:

    Lloris
    Cancelo Stones
    KDB Bruno Son Saka
    Kane Wilson

    A) Tierney Laca (3-4-3)
    B) Holding Rashford (3-5-2)

  23. Qaiss
    • 5 Years
    1 month, 17 days ago

    Man I just watched an Ozil comp from 2010-2016. Even KDB (who’s insane) was never that good. Shame we could never win the league with Ozil all these years.

    1. Lallana
      • 7 Years
      1 month, 17 days ago

      KDB is better besides the one year where Ozil dropped 20 assists IMO

      1. Qaiss
        • 5 Years
        1 month, 17 days ago

        I dunno man, Madrid Ozil was also pretty crazy good.

    2. The Suspended One
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      1 month, 17 days ago

      Meh

  24. gart888
    • 6 Years
    1 month, 17 days ago

    How many points do people reckon a free hit is worth?

    Tempted to just play 6 players and save the FH for another disaster gameweek down the road.

    1. Qaiss
      • 5 Years
      1 month, 17 days ago

      Imo it’s worth 20-25 points. That’s why I’m saving it for Fa Cup blank in GW 29.

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

        Agree.
        I'd cop a -12 say before using FH.

      2. gart888
        • 6 Years
        1 month, 17 days ago

        Unfortunately I'm about 30 points dropped by not using it this week. (Using fantasyfootballfix's projections).

        🙁

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

          What were you taking in hits?

          1. gart888
            • 6 Years
            1 month, 17 days ago

            Just -4 to go Salah/Taylor to Cancelo/KDB.

            Not sure that many more hits will really help. Any advice?

            Martinez, Johnstone
            Robertson, Dias, KWP, Kilman, Cancelo
            Bruno, Rashford, Soucek, Grealish, KDB
            DCL, Adams, Bamford

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

      I think we get a more difficult navigating gw than gw18

      1. gart888
        • 6 Years
        1 month, 17 days ago

        Really?

        My only guys playing RN are: Dias, Cancelo, Kilman, KDB, Rashford, Bruno.

        There might be other gameweeks that are generally harder to manage, but me losing Martinez, Grealish, and DCL at the last minute makes this one pretty darn bad for me despite my best laid plans.

  25. SomeoneKnows
    • 4 Years
    1 month, 17 days ago

    Thoughts on how to improve this FH team if at all?

    Lloris
    Cancelo, Stones, Tierney
    KDB, Bruno, Son, Rashford, Smith Rowe
    Kane, Lacazette
    (4.0, Clark, 3.8, 4.3)

    1. Wrong Captain Choice - Ag i…
      • 11 Years
      1 month, 17 days ago

      No one knows....

  26. davies
    • 6 Years
    1 month, 17 days ago

    Would you restructure this lot to accomodate Sterling or GTG?

    DDG
    Cancelo Tierney Stones
    KDB (c) Bruno Son Rashford Saka
    Kane Wilson

    Mitchell

    Cheers.

    1. Wrong Captain Choice - Ag i…
      • 11 Years
      1 month, 17 days ago

      You could go
      Darlow in for DDG
      McTominay in for Rashford
      Sterling in for Saka
      Dias in for Cancelo

      But I have Sterling and not FH if I can. But would would love your team for this GW. But the FH is borderline for me.

      Don't be worrying about Sterling, it is a nice problem not to have!

  27. S3
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 2 Years
    1 month, 17 days ago

    Not FH this week and TC next week

    Martinez*
    Taylor, Holding Stones Mitch
    Son, KDB, Fernandes, Zaha,
    Bamford*, DCL*

    Steer, Cresswell, Salah, Delap
    1FT and 0.2ITB

    A. DCL >> Wilson
    B. DCL + Taylor >> Wilson + AWB (-4)
    C. Salah + DCL >> Rashford/Sterling + Wilson (-4)
    D. DCL + Taylor + Delap >> Wilson + Cancelo + Davies (-8)

  28. Labile
    • 2 Years
    1 month, 17 days ago

    Defender that isn’t from City that plays in the double.. is our joke of a captain the only option/AWB?
    Thanks.

    1. Labile
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 17 days ago

      That obvo plays this week

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

    I already have Stones...
    Dias/Cancelo over the next 3 weeks?

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

      Anyone?

      1. gart888
        • 6 Years
        1 month, 17 days ago

        It's a pretty close call. I think Dias is more likely to play every game, but Cancelo is almost as likely to play every game, and slightly more likely to give an attacking return when he does play. I'd probably risk it and go Cancelo.

  30. Top Lad Dakes. - WC/TC left
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 4 Years
    1 month, 17 days ago

    Rather cover Spurs defence with Lloris or United defence with DDG?

    Currently on the United man. Defence of DDG Cancelo Saiss Tierney

    1. Qaiss
      • 5 Years
      1 month, 17 days ago

      Lloris. Spurs are better defensively.

      1. Top Lad Dakes. - WC/TC left
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        1 month, 17 days ago

        Are they definitely?

        1. SomeoneKnows
          • 4 Years
          1 month, 17 days ago

          One would believe so given that overall they have more clean sheets