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. yanky
    • 11 Years
    1 month, 15 days ago

    Cancelo
    KDB Son Bruno Saka
    Kane

    a) Lloris, Tierney, Dias Lacazette, Wilson
    b) Lloris, Tierney, Dias, Lacazette, Maguire
    b) Leno, Maguire, Stones, Rashford, Wilson

  2. jia you jia you
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 4 Years
    1 month, 15 days ago

    Thoughts on WC team?

    Areola
    Cancelo Tierney Coady
    KdB Bruno Son Foden SmithRowe
    Laca Martial
    (Forster Robertson Antonio Dallas)
    0.1

    1. The Suspended One
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      1 month, 15 days ago

      FH or wc? Lots of transfers incoming

      1. jia you jia you
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        1 month, 15 days ago

        don't have FH

        1. The Suspended One
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 7 Years
          1 month, 15 days ago

          Just sayin..

          1. jia you jia you
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 4 Years
            1 month, 15 days ago

            think it sees me through 18 and 19...don't mind taking hits afterwards

            1. The Suspended One
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 7 Years
              1 month, 15 days ago

              I’d ignore 18 if I was WCing, but to each his own

              1. jia you jia you
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 4 Years
                1 month, 15 days ago

                hmm ignoring it could be costly plus it's easy to focus on both...the only annoying thing is future benching headaches but can gradually sort that out

    2. sully29
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      1 month, 15 days ago

      I would have a Spurs defender if I was wildcarding.

      Compared to Arsenal's defence (for example) they have slightly better clean sheet odds this week, slightly better fixtures over the next six and are more likely to effectively set up to clean in their tougher games. Plus are generally a better team, which helps.

      1. jia you jia you
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        1 month, 15 days ago

        yeah but Tierney might score better than any Spurs defender over that run... close one but I like Tierney for next two at least...cheers though

        1. jia you jia you
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 4 Years
          1 month, 15 days ago

          would've gotten Dier over Coady but 0.1 off

    3. Sterling Malory
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      1 month, 15 days ago

      Looks more like a FH team, not sure about its viability long term.

  3. Mr Frost
    • 10 Years
    1 month, 15 days ago

    Anthony Martial has scored in all three of his Premier League games against Burnley at Turf Moor. [
    @OptaJoe
    ]

    1. The Suspended One
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      1 month, 15 days ago

      S.C.I.E.N.C.E.

    2. Holmes
      • 7 Years
      1 month, 15 days ago

      Due

    3. Sloane426
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 15 days ago

      Was getting subbed off for Cavani back then

    4. kobewan
        1 month, 15 days ago

        same as Kane always perform against Leicester

    5. Alisson WondHaaland
      • 5 Years
      1 month, 15 days ago

      This is boring James Milner.

      His free hit team is:

      Lloris
      Tierney Cancelo Stones
      KDB Bruno Son Saka
      Kane Laca Wilson

      Don't be boring James Milner.

      1. Corona is not good 4 U
          1 month, 15 days ago

          He just wrote off my team, what a scandal. But nice to know that in this case I don't have such an exceptional team.

        • hueycho
          • 2 Years
          1 month, 15 days ago

          How do ya know

      2. tabby98
        • 5 Years
        1 month, 15 days ago

        FH TEAM

        Lloris
        Cancelo, Stones, ?
        KDB, Bruno, Son, Saka
        Kane, Lacazette, Wilson

        I'm £0.1 off Tierney

        Who do I get for £5.3m?
        Holding, AWB, Shaw?

        1. Holmes
          • 7 Years
          1 month, 15 days ago

          Wan Biss

        2. TheOneAndOnly
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 11 Years
          1 month, 15 days ago

          Leno + Reguilon instead?

      3. The Suspended One
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 7 Years
        1 month, 15 days ago

        It’s funny; I haven’t been concerned with Covid at all FPL wise and in retrospect, it’s killed me. The Salah thing caused a wasted WC and 5 weeks of no progress and now my brilliant plan to go triple Villa has got me proper F’ed. GFG.

        1. hueycho
          • 2 Years
          1 month, 15 days ago

          Take some hits even though they may hurt....

      4. sully29
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 6 Years
        1 month, 15 days ago

        Anything particularly wrong with this FH team?

        Lloris
        Cancelo, Tierney, Stones
        KDB(c), Bruno, Son, Smith-Rowe
        Kane, Laca, Cavani

        4.0gk, Burke, 3.9 def, 3.8def

        1. fcsaltyballs
          • 5 Years
          1 month, 15 days ago

          looks v good, like the Cavani pick a lot

        2. Boberella
          • 4 Years
          1 month, 15 days ago

          I'd want better bench.
          For example, with Arsenal not playing til Thursday, anything can happen between deadline and then.

      5. fcsaltyballs
        • 5 Years
        1 month, 15 days ago

        Best Combo:

        1. DDG Cancelo Tierney Saka Wilson
        2. Ramsdale (or Darlow) Dier Holding Gundogan Lacazette

        Thanks

        1. sully29
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 6 Years
          1 month, 15 days ago

          1. 1. 1. And again, 1.

          1. fcsaltyballs
            • 5 Years
            1 month, 15 days ago

            Are you absolutely sure?

        2. Boberella
          • 4 Years
          1 month, 15 days ago

          1 easy

        3. GREEN JUMPERS
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          1 month, 15 days ago

          The first one

      6. KDB4PREZ
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 1 Year
        1 month, 15 days ago

        Is Doherty out for this game? Feel like Aurier might be a good shout if so

      7. I Member
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        1 month, 15 days ago

        Sterling 20 pointer incoming.

        1. S3
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 2 Years
          1 month, 15 days ago

          I feel it also...only if he starts

      8. S3
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 2 Years
        1 month, 15 days ago

        Need help pls!

        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)

        1. The White Pele
          • 3 Years
          1 month, 15 days ago

          C

      9. PogBruno
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        1 month, 15 days ago

        Is the Leeds-saints game definitely out of GW19?

        1. jamesjoseph2770
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 5 Years
          1 month, 15 days ago

          Why?

          1. gart888
            • 6 Years
            1 month, 15 days ago

            FA cup bullshit

      10. Baps hunter
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        1 month, 15 days ago

        Is Podence to Saka for -4 worth it in order to not start Brewster? Saka would be on bench next week and their fixtures don't look too good medium term.

        1. gart888
          • 6 Years
          1 month, 15 days ago

          No. I'm jealous of you being in such good shape for the BGW though!

      11. Chelsea91
        • 2 Years
        1 month, 15 days ago

        DDG
        Cancelo,Fernandez,Dier
        Bruno,KDB(C),Son,Neto
        Kane,Laca,Wilson

        Button Burke,Mitchell,Douglas

        FH team good to go for GW18? Any suggestion?

      12. Qaiss
        • 5 Years
        1 month, 15 days ago

        Brewster shall reward us owners today with a lil 8 pointer

        1. Baps hunter
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 3 Years
          1 month, 15 days ago

          Only if I ditch for a hit. But perhaps Mark is correct and Shu scores. And who else would it be if not Brewster!

          1. abhirup780
            • 6 Years
            1 month, 15 days ago

            McGoldrick

        2. Sterling Malory
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 5 Years
          1 month, 15 days ago

          Personally hope you're right, but he's bloody awful.

          Might do okay in the Championship next season.

      13. talk2pgb
        • 3 Years
        1 month, 15 days ago

        **Hi chaps. Rate my FH team pls..
        Been a bit controversial and gone 451!

        Leno
        Tierney | Stones | Dias | Ait Noori
        Saka | Bruno | Son | Rash | Kev
        Kane
        DDG | Mitchell | Brewster | Fernandez

        TIA

        1. The White Pele
          • 3 Years
          1 month, 15 days ago

          Leno to Lloris

        2. Sterling Malory
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 5 Years
          1 month, 15 days ago

          Same strategy here!

          Darlow
          Tierney Saiss Cancelo Dias
          Saka KDB Son Rashford Bruno
          Kane

      14. Boberella
        • 4 Years
        1 month, 15 days ago

        If you had both Gundogan and Wilson, which one would you bench?

        1. The White Pele
          • 3 Years
          1 month, 15 days ago

          Wilson but why? Are you on FH?

          1. Boberella
            • 4 Years
            1 month, 15 days ago

            On FH yeah.
            Will prob bench Wilson as I think Gundo will either play 90 or 0. Just can’t see Newc vs SHU being that eventful

        2. Jinswick
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 10 Years
          1 month, 15 days ago

          Neither! But if pushed probably Gundo.

      15. Totalfootball
        • 4 Years
        1 month, 15 days ago

        De gea a good option ?

        1. Boberella
          • 4 Years
          1 month, 15 days ago

          Fair chance of a cleanie, so yeah.

        2. The White Pele
          • 3 Years
          1 month, 15 days ago

          Yes

        3. Jinswick
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 10 Years
          1 month, 15 days ago

          Yep, decent upcoming fixtures

        4. Totalfootball
          • 4 Years
          1 month, 15 days ago

          Cheers

      16. PogBruno
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        1 month, 15 days ago

        Would you sell Dallas for Cancelo?

        1. Jinswick
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 10 Years
          1 month, 15 days ago

          Yes

        2. lilmessipran
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 8 Years
          1 month, 15 days ago

          Probably yes now that Leeds won't have the double in 19

      17. Jinswick
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 10 Years
        1 month, 15 days ago

        Morning all, best moves here? I’m edging towards C for upside, but will need a Salah shaped sofa...

        A) Targett & Martinelli -> Stones & Smith-Rowe
        = 10 starters in GW18 & 9 DGWers in GW19 (no hits). Loses a AVL player who may also double in GW20. Not totally convinced by ESR.

        B) Salah & Watkins -> Foden & Kane
        = 10 starters in GW18 & 8 DGWers (no hits) Also loses an AVL player. Foden unlikely to play both in DGW.

        C) McCarthy & Salah -> DDG & Sterling.
        = 11 starters in GW18 & 9 DGWers for GW19 (no hits). Retains both AVL players. Sounds like McCarthy may lose his DGW so perhaps time to ship

        Cancelo, Dier, Bellerin, Mitchell
        KDB, Bruno, Son, Martinelli
        Wilson

        Subs: McCarthy, Forster, Targett, Salah, Bamford, Watkins
        Bank: 0.0m, 2FTs

        1. Bram
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 11 Years
          1 month, 15 days ago

          C

      18. lilmessipran
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 8 Years
        1 month, 15 days ago

        Would you Fh this or take s hit or two? Current players for 18

        Dias stones Mitchell lowton
        Bruno son kdb
        Brewster

        1 ft 1.2 itb

        1. GREEN JUMPERS
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          1 month, 15 days ago

          I'd play that tbh. Perhaps a hit, too.

      19. Manumana
        • 4 Years
        1 month, 15 days ago

        1.DDG & Stones (dble city defs)
        Or
        2. Lloris & Fernandez

        Thx

        1. Jinswick
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 10 Years
          1 month, 15 days ago

          1

        2. GREEN JUMPERS
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          1 month, 15 days ago

          Would really have to see the rest of you team. Lloris and someone would be my hunch, though A is fairly solid.

        3. GREEN JUMPERS
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          1 month, 15 days ago

          Or even 1

          1. Manumana
            • 4 Years
            1 month, 15 days ago

            Pretty template really

            DDG
            Tierney Cancelo Stones
            KDB Son Bruno Saka
            Kane Laca Wilson

            Steer Kilman Mitchell Burke

            Thanks

      20. TherryOnWii
        • 5 Years
        1 month, 15 days ago

        Hi all,

        I only have 6 players (plus Kilman and Brewster, which is probably good for 1-2 pts each).

        Was going to FH, but then realized my 6 players are:
        KDB
        Bruno
        Kane
        Son
        Gundogan
        Cancelo

        Would I gain much from FH, or should I just roll with the above 6 (+2)?

        1. Silva’s Left Nut
          • 4 Years
          1 month, 15 days ago

          Was facing similar dilemma and I decided to FH. Think 6 to 11 players might be best potential point swing we will see this season

        2. GREEN JUMPERS
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          1 month, 15 days ago

          Would be tempted to play that, too. I can't save my FH, though wish I could because it may be powerful down the road.

      21. Silva’s Left Nut
        • 4 Years
        1 month, 15 days ago

        A) Tierney + dier

        B) Holding + cancelo

        1. GoonSquad
          • 10 Years
          1 month, 15 days ago

          B

      22. GoonSquad
        • 10 Years
        1 month, 15 days ago

        Good to go and right (C)?

        McCarthy
        Dias Stones Holding Dier
        Son ESR Bruno KdB
        Kane(C) Wilson

        Forster Bryan Bamford Raphina

        Cheers.

        1. Ibralicious
          • 6 Years
          1 month, 15 days ago

          KDB (C) is mostly the consensus here over Kane

      23. JAYPEE
        • 2 Years
        1 month, 15 days ago

        Thoughts about Shaw or Lindelof I can’t afford AWB

        1. GoonSquad
          • 10 Years
          1 month, 15 days ago

          Shaw of the 2...Lindelof too much risk and Bailly better partner for Maguire?

        2. NateDogsCats
            1 month, 15 days ago

            Isn't Shaw a doubt.

            1. JAYPEE
              • 2 Years
              1 month, 15 days ago

              Where did you hear that?

              1. NateDogsCats
                  1 month, 15 days ago

                  Ah I see Solskjaer said he trained since, he was a doubt around the time of the FA Cup game but seems like he's okay now, apologies I didn't see the update until now

            2. Sterling Malory
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 5 Years
              1 month, 15 days ago

              Shaw is doubtful, as is Bailey so id go Lindelof.

          • NateDogsCats
              1 month, 15 days ago

              I see Antonio completed 90 minutes tonight, definitely considering him for the double even if he only plays around 100-120 mins between the 2 games

              1. GREEN JUMPERS
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                1 month, 15 days ago

                Antonio could play both. He could play 30 minutes total.

                1. NateDogsCats
                    1 month, 15 days ago

                    Considering there's no other striker at the club currently I'd be very surprised if he's benched for 2 games

              2. emyoueffsee
                • 5 Years
                1 month, 15 days ago

                Seriously considering going rogue and getting Sterling(C) instead of KDB. Differential could be massive.

                As it stands though I'm going with this boring/template line up:

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

                Forster Brewster Kilman Douglas

                1. NateDogsCats
                    1 month, 15 days ago

                    Darlow might not play, Bruce said he has a tough decision to make between him and bringing Dubravka back in

                2. The White Pele
                  • 3 Years
                  1 month, 15 days ago

                  on WC:

                  Is Chilwell a good option or should avoid?

                  1. GREEN JUMPERS
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    1 month, 15 days ago

                    Good option long term.

                3. Flamini's Black Boots
                  • 5 Years
                  1 month, 15 days ago

                  Podence for

                  a) Gundo
                  b) ESR (and save 1.0m)
                  c) Saka

                  Cheers

                  1. The White Pele
                    • 3 Years
                    1 month, 15 days ago

                    A