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
    3 months, 7 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
    3 months, 7 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
      3 months, 7 days ago

      FH or wc? Lots of transfers incoming

      1. jia you jia you
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        3 months, 7 days ago

        don't have FH

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

          Just sayin..

          1. jia you jia you
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 4 Years
            3 months, 7 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
              3 months, 7 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
                3 months, 7 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
      3 months, 7 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
        3 months, 7 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
          3 months, 7 days ago

          would've gotten Dier over Coady but 0.1 off

    3. Sterling Malory
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      3 months, 7 days ago

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

  3. EVILFUK
    • 11 Years
    3 months, 7 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
      3 months, 7 days ago

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

    2. Holmes
      • 7 Years
      3 months, 7 days ago

      Due

    3. Sloane426
      • 1 Year
      3 months, 7 days ago

      Was getting subbed off for Cavani back then

    4. kobewan
      • 1 Year
      3 months, 7 days ago

      same as Kane always perform against Leicester

  4. Alisson WondHaaland
    • 5 Years
    3 months, 7 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
        3 months, 7 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
        3 months, 7 days ago

        How do ya know

    2. tabby98
      • 5 Years
      3 months, 7 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
        3 months, 7 days ago

        Wan Biss

      2. TheOneAndOnly
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 11 Years
        3 months, 7 days ago

        Leno + Reguilon instead?

    3. The Suspended One
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      3 months, 7 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
        3 months, 7 days ago

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

    4. sully29
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      3 months, 7 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
        3 months, 7 days ago

        looks v good, like the Cavani pick a lot

      2. Boberella
        • 4 Years
        3 months, 7 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
      3 months, 7 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
        3 months, 7 days ago

        1. 1. 1. And again, 1.

        1. fcsaltyballs
          • 5 Years
          3 months, 7 days ago

          Are you absolutely sure?

      2. Boberella
        • 4 Years
        3 months, 7 days ago

        1 easy

      3. GREEN JUMPERS
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        3 months, 7 days ago

        The first one

    6. KDB4PREZ
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      3 months, 7 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
      3 months, 7 days ago

      Sterling 20 pointer incoming.

      1. S3
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 2 Years
        3 months, 7 days ago

        I feel it also...only if he starts

    8. S3
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      3 months, 7 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
        3 months, 7 days ago

        C

    9. PogBruno
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      3 months, 7 days ago

      Is the Leeds-saints game definitely out of GW19?

      1. jamesjoseph2770
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        3 months, 7 days ago

        Why?

        1. gart888
          • 6 Years
          3 months, 7 days ago

          FA cup bullshit

    10. Baps hunter
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      3 months, 7 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
        3 months, 7 days ago

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

    11. Chelsea91
      • 2 Years
      3 months, 7 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
      3 months, 7 days ago

      Brewster shall reward us owners today with a lil 8 pointer

      1. Baps hunter
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        3 months, 7 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
          3 months, 7 days ago

          McGoldrick

      2. Sterling Malory
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        3 months, 7 days ago

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

        Might do okay in the Championship next season.

    13. talk2pgb
      • 4 Years
      3 months, 7 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
        3 months, 7 days ago

        Leno to Lloris

      2. Sterling Malory
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        3 months, 7 days ago

        Same strategy here!

        Darlow
        Tierney Saiss Cancelo Dias
        Saka KDB Son Rashford Bruno
        Kane

    14. Boberella
      • 4 Years
      3 months, 7 days ago

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

      1. The White Pele
        • 3 Years
        3 months, 7 days ago

        Wilson but why? Are you on FH?

        1. Boberella
          • 4 Years
          3 months, 7 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
        3 months, 7 days ago

        Neither! But if pushed probably Gundo.

    15. Totalfootball
      • 4 Years
      3 months, 7 days ago

      De gea a good option ?

      1. Boberella
        • 4 Years
        3 months, 7 days ago

        Fair chance of a cleanie, so yeah.

      2. The White Pele
        • 3 Years
        3 months, 7 days ago

        Yes

      3. Jinswick
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 10 Years
        3 months, 7 days ago

        Yep, decent upcoming fixtures

      4. Totalfootball
        • 4 Years
        3 months, 7 days ago

        Cheers

    16. PogBruno
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      3 months, 7 days ago

      Would you sell Dallas for Cancelo?

      1. Jinswick
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 10 Years
        3 months, 7 days ago

        Yes

      2. lilmessipran
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 8 Years
        3 months, 7 days ago

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

    17. Jinswick
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      3 months, 7 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
        3 months, 7 days ago

        C

    18. lilmessipran
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      3 months, 7 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
        3 months, 7 days ago

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

    19. Manumana
      • 5 Years
      3 months, 7 days ago

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

      Thx

      1. Jinswick
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 10 Years
        3 months, 7 days ago

        1

      2. GREEN JUMPERS
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        3 months, 7 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
        3 months, 7 days ago

        Or even 1

        1. Manumana
          • 5 Years
          3 months, 7 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
      3 months, 7 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
        3 months, 7 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
        3 months, 7 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
      3 months, 7 days ago

      A) Tierney + dier

      B) Holding + cancelo

      1. GoonSquad
        • 10 Years
        3 months, 7 days ago

        B

    22. GoonSquad
      • 10 Years
      3 months, 7 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
        3 months, 6 days ago

        KDB (C) is mostly the consensus here over Kane

    23. JAYPEE
      • 2 Years
      3 months, 7 days ago

      Thoughts about Shaw or Lindelof I can’t afford AWB

      1. GoonSquad
        • 10 Years
        3 months, 7 days ago

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

      2. NateDogsCats
          3 months, 7 days ago

          Isn't Shaw a doubt.

          1. JAYPEE
            • 2 Years
            3 months, 7 days ago

            Where did you hear that?

            1. NateDogsCats
                3 months, 7 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
            3 months, 7 days ago

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

        • NateDogsCats
            3 months, 7 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
              3 months, 7 days ago

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

              1. NateDogsCats
                  3 months, 7 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
              3 months, 7 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
                  3 months, 7 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
                3 months, 7 days ago

                on WC:

                Is Chilwell a good option or should avoid?

                1. GREEN JUMPERS
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  3 months, 7 days ago

                  Good option long term.

              3. Flamini's Black Boots
                • 5 Years
                3 months, 7 days ago

                Podence for

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

                Cheers

                1. The White Pele
                  • 3 Years
                  3 months, 7 days ago

                  A