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. Disturbed
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 7 Years
    1 month, 19 days ago

    Better option on fh?

    A. Gundogan 3-5-2
    B. Cancelo 4-4-2

    1. Disturbed
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      1 month, 19 days ago

      Also have stones

    2. The Overthinker
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 19 days ago

      A

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

      Cancelo should be the first defender in for a Free hit imo. 352 involving both should be a priority

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

        Or double defence and no Gundo

        1. Disturbed
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 7 Years
          1 month, 19 days ago

          Cheers. How would you fit cancelo in this team?

          Leno
          Dier stones maguire
          Kdb Bruno rashford son saka
          Kane Laca

          Forster Mitchell xxxx xxxx

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

            I was in a similar situation, I downgraded Rashford and got Wilson, a better defence and Lloris

            1. Disturbed
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 7 Years
              1 month, 19 days ago

              Tempted to keep rashford though, gets some good scores playing away. Not convinced by Wilson tbh. Thanks mate.

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

            Maguire to Cancelo
            For funds you can do
            Saka to ESR
            Or Dier to someone

            1. Disturbed
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 7 Years
              1 month, 19 days ago

              Dier to Davies?

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

      A

    5. My heart goes Salalalalah
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 19 days ago

      Tough. A

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

      Definitely Cancelo, should be in everyone's FH.

  2. TherryOnWii
    • 5 Years
    1 month, 19 days ago

    Hi all,

    If we save our FH, any future GW where FH use looks likely beneficial?

    Thanks.

    1. Holmes
      • 7 Years
      1 month, 19 days ago

      maybe when next set of BGW/DGW happens

      1. Holmes
        • 7 Years
        1 month, 19 days ago

        I'm going to use in some DGW

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

      GW 29 blank, but quite frankly the potential fixtures look atrocious, would much rather use the Free hit in a better situation (i.e. now)

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

      For me this is the week, other blank gameweeks might not have such good fixtures

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

      I think it depends on what sort of side u can get out this week without it also. I’m a bit torn myself I’ve got a strong 8 plus Burke and Lewis obviously a free hit side will score more than me but I’m not sure I will lose out enough to justify a free hit.

    5. TherryOnWii
      • 5 Years
      1 month, 19 days ago

      Thank you all for the reply

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

    A) Dias Holding Saka Laca
    B) Stones Dier ESR Rashford

    1. Holmes
      • 7 Years
      1 month, 19 days ago

      A

    2. My heart goes Salalalalah
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 19 days ago

      B

  4. Stupendous
    • 8 Years
    1 month, 19 days ago

    I have Kilman* Mahrez*
    Kdb Son Kane

    Realistically I have 3 players playing this week. Squad completely set for DGW19.

    FH a no brainer?

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

      FH it is

      1. Stupendous
        • 8 Years
        1 month, 19 days ago

        Cheers. Sadly I think it's a must

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

          Was in the same boat, had 2 Villa players and that made my choice for FH easier

    2. Holmes
      • 7 Years
      1 month, 19 days ago

      yep

    3. My heart goes Salalalalah
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 19 days ago

      Yes

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

    Aerola -4 as keeper in preparation for double gameweek as well
    no playable keeper this week, has johnstones

    a) do it
    b) nah
    c) get another keeper

    1. My heart goes Salalalalah
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 19 days ago

      B

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

      he might not get a cleanie...but save points ?

  6. Dark Side Of The Loon!
    • 4 Years
    1 month, 19 days ago

    Leeds definitely not having a DGW?

    1. Holmes
      • 7 Years
      1 month, 19 days ago

      They do? BHA and SOU?

      1. Dark Side Of The Loon!
        • 4 Years
        1 month, 19 days ago

        Saw some posts here mentioning it might not happen due to FA cup schedule.

        1. doher.ty
            1 month, 19 days ago

            How is that definitely then?

            1. Dark Side Of The Loon!
              • 4 Years
              1 month, 19 days ago

              Not too sure if you noticed a "?" at the end of that sentence!

      2. pundit of punts
        • 8 Years
        1 month, 19 days ago

        I want to know this as well

      3. NateDogsCats
          1 month, 19 days ago

          We should find out tomorrow for sure

          1. Dark Side Of The Loon!
            • 4 Years
            1 month, 19 days ago

            Damn! Too late. If Leeds have single I will transfer Dallas out for someone who plays this week.

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

            Potentially

        • Guru Mediation
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 5 Years
          1 month, 19 days ago

          Not definite, but highly likely. I doubt we'll know before today's deadline either sadly

          1. Dark Side Of The Loon!
            • 4 Years
            1 month, 19 days ago

            I hope we get to know something before the deadline. Will move Dallas out for someone who plays this week.

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

              I'm toying with Raphina to Rashford for a -4, so yeah knowing for sure would be really helpful

      4. Disturbed
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 7 Years
        1 month, 19 days ago

        Is Davies nailed to start this gw or is dier the safer option?

        1. The Overthinker
          • 4 Years
          1 month, 19 days ago

          Don't think reguilon will start?

          Aurier the safer pick maybe ?

          1. Disturbed
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 7 Years
            1 month, 19 days ago

            Need someone for 4.7m max

            1. The Overthinker
              • 4 Years
              1 month, 19 days ago

              Fernandez

        2. My heart goes Salalalalah
          • 4 Years
          1 month, 19 days ago

          Dier as I read on here

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

        For ages I was trying to work out who Douglas is. It seems to be the case you cant search for him on the iPhone app and e only appears onthe web version of FPL. He is like a secret character from mortal kombat

        1. Werner Brothers
          • 6 Years
          1 month, 19 days ago

          Barry Douglas?

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

            Yup for some reason he doesn't come up as an option on the FPL app. Have I spotted something here so I can demand FPL give me 10 points compensation if my game week goes horribly this week?

        2. Holmes
          • 7 Years
          1 month, 19 days ago

          2nd page is the trick

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

            hmm oh well in any case I have him now and it means I can change DDG to Lloris so all good

          2. doher.ty
              1 month, 19 days ago

              Defenders would all be listed on the first page as they come 2nd after keepers

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

          So if Villa v Newcastle rearranged for FA Cup 4th round weekend will it be in gameweek 19 or 20?

        4. Live Lad
          • 6 Years
          1 month, 19 days ago

          Please suggest:
          (1) AWB (No other Man U def:)
          (2) Stones (double up with Cancelo)
          Thanks.

          1. Chandler Bing
            • 4 Years
            1 month, 19 days ago

            I'd go 2

          2. Garth Marenghi
            • 4 Years
            1 month, 19 days ago

            b

        5. Slitherene
          • 2 Years
          1 month, 19 days ago

          Which option would you suggest??

          A) Sterling, Richarlison
          B) Rashford, Jesus

          1. My heart goes Salalalalah
            • 4 Years
            1 month, 19 days ago

            B

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

          Are we expecting a MCY presser today? Could do with an update on Sterling’s fitness.

        7. Sanchit
          • 5 Years
          1 month, 19 days ago

          What happened with Leeds? I see a HT which says there DGW could be removed?

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

            Southampton game likely (but not definite) to be postponed due to Southampton Vs Shrewsbury FA Cup fixture

        8. markus808
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 10 Years
          1 month, 19 days ago

          If you are considering transferring in any Arsenal player, remember that day don't have DGW, so it really does not make any sense not to transfer in a player who is playing BGW18 and also has a DGW19.

          1. kUwe Inc.
            • 9 Years
            1 month, 19 days ago

            Form the factor i guess, plus next GW not really matter IF you’re using FH

        9. fish&chips
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 10 Years
          1 month, 19 days ago

          Hi guys, any thoughts on these moves appreciated. No plan to use a chip in GW18 or 19.

          Martinez, johnstone
          Dias, PVA, Mitchell, Egan, Lewis
          KDB, Bruno, Grealish, Mahrez, Bowen
          Kane, Bamford, Brewster

          1FT, 1.6m ITB

          If sterling passed fit:

          Mahrez, Grealish & Lewis -> sterling, AWB & ESR (-8)

          If sterling isn't fit:

          B) lewis & grealish -> Shaw & Rashford (-4)

          1. Hot Toddy
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 2 Years
            1 month, 19 days ago

            Honestly, I think you'll find it difficult to get this squad through the next two gwks without taking a significant drop in OR. I would wildcard.

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

          Better option on fh?

          A. Leno maguire saka
          B. Ddg cancelo esr

          1. Chandler Bing
            • 4 Years
            1 month, 19 days ago

            B

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

            B

          3. My heart goes Salalalalah
            • 4 Years
            1 month, 19 days ago

            B

            1. Disturbed
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 7 Years
              1 month, 19 days ago

              Thanks bud

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

          Any hits worthwhile here? Not expecting Martinelli to feature but not much appeals for a -4.

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

          Forster, Targett, Bamford, Watkins
          Bank 0.3m, 0FTs, all chips

          1. Chandler Bing
            • 4 Years
            1 month, 19 days ago

            All good I'd say

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

          Best top 5 players to pick in this blank GW 18 either attacker or from defence/goalie

          ?
          For me,
          KDB
          BRUNO
          SON
          KANE
          CANCELO

        13. Chandler Bing
          • 4 Years
          1 month, 19 days ago

          Will we know about Soton Vs Leeds postponement before GW18 deadline or is this a question no one has an answer to?

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

            The latter

        14. Stupendous
          • 8 Years
          1 month, 19 days ago

          How's this looking?

          No Bruno is because i am not allowed United in my City leagues!

          Patricio
          Reguilon Cancelo Tierney
          Sterling Saka KDB(c) Neto Son
          Kane Lacazette

          Forster Brewster Ward Mitchell

          1. Stupendous
            • 8 Years
            1 month, 19 days ago

            Any help please?

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

            Decent considering the limitations. Think Reguilon starts?

            1. Stupendous
              • 8 Years
              1 month, 19 days ago

              Why wouldn't he? Rested last league match didn't he?

              1. Disturbed
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 7 Years
                1 month, 19 days ago

                Guess he should then

        15. Skogen89
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 7 Years
          1 month, 19 days ago

          Play this team without chip?

          Maguire, cancelo, C. Taylor (inj?)
          Kdb, bruno, son, burke
          Kane

          Or free hitt to this team?

          Leno
          Cancelo, dias, maguire, dier
          Bruno, kdb, rashford, son, saka
          Kane

          1. Skogen89
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 7 Years
            1 month, 19 days ago

            Dallas, bamford, coufal, grealish, Martinez not playing. Prepared for gw 19 without chips as well..

          2. NABIL - I had 4 Spurs GW1
            • 8 Years
            1 month, 19 days ago

            Sorry for late reply. Yes roll with it. Gl!

        16. money face bandwagon
          • 7 Years
          1 month, 19 days ago

          Anyone taking out bruno in FH?

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

            Why would anyone do such a thing?

        17. NABIL - I had 4 Spurs GW1
          • 8 Years
          1 month, 19 days ago

          This is it. My GW18 team. -4

          Dias Dier Holding
          KDB Bruno Son
          Kane laca

          Thoughts? Hopefully I can survive FHers onslaught, if there's any.

          1. Dark Side Of The Loon!
            • 4 Years
            1 month, 19 days ago

            With that team, you should.

          2. Skogen89
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 7 Years
            1 month, 19 days ago

            Looks good, better than my team without chip. Would you go ahed with my team above? Or free hitt?

        18. kUwe Inc.
          • 9 Years
          1 month, 19 days ago

          Would you FH this team?

          Martinez*
          Stones-Diaz-Mitchell
          KdB-Bruno-Son-Saka
          Kane-Bamford*-DCL*

          McCarthy*-Soucek*-Chiwell*-Coufal*
          *not playing

          I have planned this team for few weeks, till the Villa game replaced with Ful and left me with 8 players.
          Already took -4 hits (KdB, Stones > Salah, CTaylor)

          A. Good to go
          B. DCL > C.Wilson (-4 hit)
          C. Take FH and bring in Laca, Wilson, Tierney

          A bit reluctant to take FH as I will losing KdB+Stones (got before price rise) and back to Salah+CTaylor.

          Thanks mate!

          1. Skogen89
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 7 Years
            1 month, 19 days ago

            Dcl to Wilson is effectivly only a minus 2,and Dcl srruggles with hamstring so might take that gamble. Looks good

            1. kUwe Inc.
              • 9 Years
              1 month, 19 days ago

              Yeah...-2 effectively if he blanked. His fixture not bad though, only that he’s not that consistent. Anyway, i agree he’s good bet in those price bracket...will consider that. Thanks

        19. kelvint93
          • 6 Years
          1 month, 19 days ago

          Darlow
          Saiss Tierney Clark
          Fernandes KDB (C) Saka Son Rashford
          Lacazette Kane

          Thoughts on this team

          0.0m ITB

          Free Hit activated

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

            A bit top heavy, Man City & Spurs are likely to keep a CS and you might find yourself behind on that. It's a tradeoff, it could be a great move if Fulham/Brighton get 1 goal in the game (which isn't beyond them).

          2. THE KING CANTONA
            • 1 Year
            1 month, 19 days ago

            I would pick Man City defender(s) in FH team.

            Stones & Dias are nailed (dont think they have any other fit CBs). Cancelo is likely starter (even though Pep has options in Full back).

          3. Tambling5
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 2 Years
            1 month, 19 days ago

            It has a great upside if Newcastle don't concede, Wilson doesn't score, and Lacazette hauls. Most seem to be going for a better defence and missing either Laca or Rash, but if City, Arsenal, Spurs, concede, then you have a real differential, so go for it if you fancy it!! Good luck!

        20. My heart goes Salalalalah
          • 4 Years
          1 month, 19 days ago

          FH18 team gtg? Please make suggestions. 0.2itb

          DDG
          Dier Stones Cancelo
          Saka KdB Bruno Rash Son
          Kane Wilson
          4.0 Yedlin Mitchell Davis

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

            Pretty good. Suggestions only work if you really want to fit someone else in (e.g. Sterling, Lacazette, Auba etc). In that case, you can downgrade in other places to get there. But if you like this crop of premiums it's fine

            1. My heart goes Salalalalah
              • 4 Years
              1 month, 19 days ago

              Cheers Kroos

        21. The Overthinker
          • 4 Years
          1 month, 19 days ago

          Double city def, double Spurs def.

          Parking the bus on FH

          Lezzzz gooo

          1. kUwe Inc.
            • 9 Years
            1 month, 19 days ago

            I would prefer Son-Kane combo than double def

        22. Kroos Kontrol
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 8 Years
          1 month, 19 days ago

          Trying to avoid chips. Any thoughts here? Maybe Ayling -> Stones? Or Mendy -> De Gea for a -4? Or just save the FT?

          E. Mendy* (Forster*)
          Dias Holding Kilman (Targett* Ayling*)
          Fernandes KdB Son Burke (Grealish*)
          Kane (Bamford* Watkins*)

          *Blank & double

          1. kUwe Inc.
            • 9 Years
            1 month, 19 days ago

            I would go Ayling > Stones

          2. Tambling5
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 2 Years
            1 month, 19 days ago

            If there's a penalty fest this GW you'll score enough points to not lose much rank by not playing FH with Bruno, Kane and KDB! Picking the right captain of increased importance with limited players-who do you fancy?
            I think Mendy to De Gea a good move, as better fixtures in DGW. Can't see a clean sheet for Mendy with Fulham and Leicester away. Would be unlucky not to gain from 3 matches to 2 for De Gea
            Ayling to Stones is similar, but risk Stones won't play all three games. Looks like Pep feels he can play Walker there against lesser teams.
            I think your overall strategy not playing chips a good calculated risk

        23. Disturbed
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 7 Years
          1 month, 19 days ago

          Pretty set on this fh team barring any news from the pressers today. Thoughts?

          Ddg
          Cancelo stones dier
          Kdb Bruno rashford son esr
          Kane Laca

          Forster Mitchell xxxx xxxx

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

            Looks good as long as you're happy with Laca + Smith-Rowe (alternative is downgrading Laca to somebody e.g. Wilson and upgrade ESR to Saka, or Dier to an attacking defender).

            1. Disturbed
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 7 Years
              1 month, 19 days ago

              Cheers. Laca is the form player and prefer him over Wilson any day. Esr is the compromise I’ve had to make, prefer saka.

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

              Who would you replace dier with?

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

                Depends on how much you're after the Spurs CS, they're definitely a lot safer than the alternatives & Dier is cheapest there.

                Alternatives could be Holding (Arsenal triple up), Wolves (no DCL). The goalkeeper is also a place you can downgrade in, since Sheffield-Newcastle can easily be a 0-0 (but it also can be a 1-1...)

                It's all a tradeoff and your call if it's worth ESR -> Saka.

                1. Disturbed
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 7 Years
                  1 month, 19 days ago

                  Think spurs will get a cs. Arsenal probably not. Not keen to get any players from the shu new game. Guess esr it is. Cheers bud.

        24. La Roja
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 8 Years
          1 month, 19 days ago

          I narrowed my FH team to 2 options

          Which one is best?

          Patricio
          Tierney Cancelo Regulion
          Son Saka Bruno Foden KDB
          Kane Laca

          4.0 Saiss Clark Brewster

          Or

          DDG
          Regulion Tierney Cancelo Stones
          Rashford Son Saka Bruno KDB
          Kane

          Saiss & fodders