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. PogBruno
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 3 Years
    2 months, 28 days ago

    Putting out this team and not FHing - good luck

    Dias Cancelo Tierney
    KDB Bruno Son
    Kane (c) Brewster Wood

    1. DAZZ
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      2 months, 28 days ago

      Brave. Brewster wont play and Wood will blank.

    2. The Suspended One
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      2 months, 28 days ago

      You’ll be fine for one low scoring midweek

    3. GuenDoozy
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      2 months, 28 days ago

      Solid

  2. Sharkytect
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 6 Years
    2 months, 28 days ago

    Any press conferences?

  3. BurnMyBread
      2 months, 28 days ago

      Is Cavani a good punt for this week and the double gameweek?

      1. Cojones of Destiny
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        2 months, 28 days ago

        as punty as it gets might work

      2. Alisson WondHaaland
        • 5 Years
        2 months, 28 days ago

        Will get max 2 games, if that. Look how many minutes he's got uo to now

    • Trovsmash
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      2 months, 28 days ago

      Manchester united supporters, do we expect Lindelof to come straight back into the united backline?

      1. PogBruno
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        2 months, 28 days ago

        No Bailey is our first choice now

      2. Zilla
        • 3 Years
        2 months, 28 days ago

        Bailly been better, expect him to continue if injury free.

        1. Trovsmash
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 7 Years
          2 months, 28 days ago

          To both of you, when fit Shaw is nailed at full back?

      3. DD
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 8 Years
        2 months, 28 days ago

        Lindelof and Shaw will both play in my opinion. Bailly has been consistently dropped whenever Lindelof is fit and I do not see that changing unfortunately.

        1. Trovsmash
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 7 Years
          2 months, 28 days ago

          thanks for the info mate!

    • Wally711
      • 2 Years
      2 months, 28 days ago

      Hey guys

      I have 8 players for this GW, do you guys think I should take a -4 hit for a Man U defender. Replacing targett

      1. Going Home
        • 9 Years
        2 months, 28 days ago

        Probably not. Always wary about taking hits for defenders. And united’s don’t offer much in the way of attacking returns

      2. The Suspended One
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 7 Years
        2 months, 28 days ago

        Not for United

    • Cojones of Destiny
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      2 months, 28 days ago

      would you do DCL to Wilson for a hit to field 8 and save FH?

      1. sunzip14
        • 4 Years
        2 months, 28 days ago

        I would. Prefer Laca if fund allows.

        1. Cojones of Destiny
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 3 Years
          2 months, 28 days ago

          nope cant stretch but thx and GL Sunzip

      2. DAZZ
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 6 Years
        2 months, 28 days ago

        Newcastle away attacking stats are grim. Wouldnt be surprised if Wilson blanked. Im backing Sheffield united for the win

        1. Cojones of Destiny
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 3 Years
          2 months, 28 days ago

          who d you suggest? budget 7,9

      3. The Suspended One
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 7 Years
        2 months, 28 days ago

        As good as you can get this week

    • RichRover
      • 8 Years
      2 months, 28 days ago

      Any thoughts on my Free Hit Team? I guess it's fairly standard.
      Lloris.
      Dias, Stones, Wan-Bissaka, Tierney.
      De Bruyne, Son, Fernandes.
      Wilson, Lacazette, Kane.
      Bench is Henderson, Smith Rowe, Yedlin, Gordon.

      1. jomikijiq
        • 5 Years
        2 months, 28 days ago

        get Cancelo

      2. RichRover
        • 8 Years
        2 months, 28 days ago

        I can scrape together 0.5 with zero bench, but any upgrades that I'm not seeing?

    • Mr Ozil
      • 6 Years
      2 months, 28 days ago

      Would you change anything on this FH team?

      Lloris
      AWB Tierney Stones
      Saka Son KDB Bruno Rashford
      Kane Wilson

      Subs: Steer Brewster Lascelles Mitchell

      1. PogBruno
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        2 months, 28 days ago

        Think Cancelo will outscore Wilson

      2. jomikijiq
        • 5 Years
        2 months, 28 days ago

        AWB and Tierney -> Cancelo and Holding

        Cancelo by far the best def imo

      3. JohnBlack
        • 2 Years
        2 months, 28 days ago

        Awb --> Cancelo

      4. Mr Ozil
        • 6 Years
        2 months, 28 days ago

        Thanks All

        Will squeeze Cancelo in then

      5. FALSE PROFIT
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 6 Years
        2 months, 28 days ago

        Maybe 3 City? Even Gundogan?

      6. GoonSquad
        • 10 Years
        2 months, 28 days ago

        Double City D and play Kane as lone striker. Downgrade Wilson to get Cancelo and play 451.

    • BaleKaneSon
        2 months, 28 days ago

        a) Dier and Neto
        b) Gundo and Regulion

        1. The Suspended One
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 7 Years
          2 months, 28 days ago

          A

      • tuturututu
          2 months, 28 days ago

          Hey guys, can you RMFHT?

          De Gea
          Cancelo, Stones, Tierney
          KDB(c), Bruno, Rashford, Son, Smith Rowe
          Kane, Lacazette

          Fodder, Yedlin, Mitchell, Fodder

          1. BremerHB
            • 4 Years
            2 months, 28 days ago

            Looks good to me!

          2. DAZZ
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 6 Years
            2 months, 28 days ago

            Saka is worth more over ESR. Saka’s stats are great atm.

          3. GoonSquad
            • 10 Years
            2 months, 28 days ago

            I'd rather have Holding and Saka vs. ESR and Tierney by a small margin.

        • Trovsmash
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 7 Years
          2 months, 28 days ago

          United supporters again, Shaw, when fit, is nailed?

          1. The Suspended One
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 7 Years
            2 months, 28 days ago

            Eh...

        • SomeoneKnows
          • 5 Years
          2 months, 28 days ago

          Which combos would you rather have on your FH team?

          A) Rashford + Emile Smith Rowe
          B) Wilson + Saka

          1) Lloris + Stones (double city defense)
          2) De Gea + Dier

          1. The Suspended One
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 7 Years
            2 months, 28 days ago

            A1

        • Wild Card this...
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 11 Years
          2 months, 28 days ago

          Is Wilson OK to play now?
          I think I missed that news...

          1. Trovsmash
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 7 Years
            2 months, 28 days ago

            Where have you seen news of a knock?

            1. Wild Card this...
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 11 Years
              2 months, 28 days ago

              News have been circulating around here for days...at one point all RMTs dropped him out and I can see him back in RMTs now...I knew I missed something.

              1. Trovsmash
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 7 Years
                2 months, 28 days ago

                All i'd seen was he trained today, i must have missed the initial knock news

          2. TorresMagic™
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • Has Moderation Rights
            • 11 Years
            2 months, 28 days ago

            Trained yesterday.

            1. Wild Card this...
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 11 Years
              2 months, 28 days ago

              Thanks.

          3. The Suspended One
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 7 Years
            2 months, 28 days ago

            Missed Cup game, was an excuse for a rest imo

        • Over Midwicket
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 9 Years
          2 months, 28 days ago

          Do we think Kilnan will start? Or will Nunes stuck to a back 2?

          1. The Suspended One
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 7 Years
            2 months, 28 days ago

            He will keep chopping and changing most likely

        • Wally711
          • 2 Years
          2 months, 28 days ago

          -4 for a Man U defender to field 9 players worth it?

          1. Trovsmash
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 7 Years
            2 months, 28 days ago

            I saw on twitter they have a 43% cs chance, so probably not

          2. The Suspended One
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 7 Years
            2 months, 28 days ago

            Negative

          3. DK_13
            • 5 Years
            2 months, 28 days ago

            Depends on who goes out. If it's someone like a Southampton player you are essentially getting 2 extra games over the next 2 weeks and that's definitely worth it

        • Bleh
          • 4 Years
          2 months, 28 days ago

          Are these moves worth it in your opinion? Not using FH.

          GW18: Stephens, DCL > Saka, Brewster (-8)
          GW19: Son, Holding > Salah, Robertson (-4)

          Current team:
          (Martinez, Steer)
          Dias, Stones, Holding, Mitchell (Cresswell)
          KDB, Son, Bruno, Stephens (Soucek)
          Kane (DCL, Bamford)

          1. Bleh
            • 4 Years
            2 months, 28 days ago

            Saka should be Smith Rowe

          2. The Suspended One
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 7 Years
            2 months, 28 days ago

            -12 to sell son for Salah? No thanks

            1. Bleh
              • 4 Years
              2 months, 28 days ago

              Salah has the double and I think is due. Also have Kane.

            2. Bleh
              • 4 Years
              2 months, 28 days ago

              Could just do DCL > Brewster this week (-4) and Son, Holding > Salah, Robbo (-4) next week?

              Saves one hit.

              1. The Suspended One
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 7 Years
                2 months, 28 days ago

                Better than the alternative

                1. Bleh
                  • 4 Years
                  2 months, 28 days ago

                  Cheers

        • Flair
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          2 months, 28 days ago

          FH19 tempts

          1. sunzip14
            • 4 Years
            2 months, 28 days ago

            Want this as well. How many DGWers do you have currently? I have 6 (DDG, KDB, Bruno, Coufal, Justin, Grealish?)+ 3 Spurs (Kane, Son, Dier), Wilson and Holding. Plan was always to FH but will it be more valuable if kept for later?

            1. Flair
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              2 months, 28 days ago

              5 SGWers - Meslier, Bamford, Kane, Son, Dier. 6 DGWers - Watkins, Grealish, KDB, Fernandes, Cancelo, Dias. If Everton vs Villa gets called off I will most likely FH. If it doesn't I will save.

          2. The Suspended One
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 7 Years
            2 months, 28 days ago

            That was the plan before Villa got sick

            1. Flair
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              2 months, 28 days ago

              That's the plan because Villa are sick

          3. ivantys
              2 months, 28 days ago

              Ignore the possible high downside from Son, Kane, Bamford and perhaps Neto?

              1. Flair
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                2 months, 28 days ago

                Neto? Relax.

                1. ivantys
                    2 months, 28 days ago

                    Arsenal have newcastle as well.

            • BremerHB
              • 4 Years
              2 months, 28 days ago

              Morning all. Before things get too hectic here...

              A) Stones, Rashford, ESR (3-5-2)
              B) Cancelo, Saka, Lacazette (3-4-3)

              1. Bleh
                • 4 Years
                2 months, 28 days ago

                B

              2. The Suspended One
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 7 Years
                2 months, 28 days ago

                A

              3. Angus
                  2 months, 28 days ago

                  B

                • BremerHB
                  • 4 Years
                  2 months, 28 days ago

                  Thanks all!

              4. kelvint93
                • 6 Years
                2 months, 28 days ago

                DDG
                Stones Dier Clark
                Fernandes KDB (C) Saka Son Rashford
                Lacazette Kane

                Changed Davies > Dier
                Dias > Stones
                Darlow > DDG

                Last comment promise haha

                Keep Darlow or get DDG, Leno, or Patricio?

                Cheers all!

                0.1m ITB

                Free Hit activated

              5. Flair
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                2 months, 28 days ago

                If you're not captaining him, Fernandes should be your VC - plays sooner after the deadline than any of the other candidates.

                1. sunzip14
                  • 4 Years
                  2 months, 28 days ago

                  nice tip

              6. Going Home
                • 9 Years
                2 months, 28 days ago

                Morning guys. Would really appreciate some help filling in the blanks on FH:

                Leno
                Stones Dier Tierney (Clarke Mitchell)
                Smith Rowe (K)DB Bruno Son _______
                Kane _________ (Brewster)

                A) Sterling and Wilson
                B) Rashford and Lacazette

                1. DAZZ
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 6 Years
                  2 months, 28 days ago

                  C) Rashford + Wildon

                  1. Going Home
                    • 9 Years
                    2 months, 28 days ago

                    Cheers. Would deffo see Sterling outscoring Rash this week. Just a tad worried about both Wilson and Sterling’s minutes.

                2. The Suspended One
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 7 Years
                  2 months, 28 days ago

                  I’d be on a

                  1. Going Home
                    • 9 Years
                    2 months, 28 days ago

                    Thanks. I am at the moment; minutes are the concern...

                3. Angus
                    2 months, 28 days ago

                    I would go b. Sterling injury risk and Lacca over Wilson on form.

                4. The Suspended One
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 7 Years
                  2 months, 28 days ago

                  A) Watkins to Wilson roll 1 play 8
                  B) Watkins/Grealish/Neco to Kane/SmithRowe/Cancelo -4 play 10
                  C) Bamford/Watkins/Grealish to Martial/Gundogan/Wilson -4 play 10

                  1. Going Home
                    • 9 Years
                    2 months, 28 days ago

                    Of those, probably B. Difficult without the full team, but having those three going forwards are better than the three you have. Make sure you can het Jack back for the THW tho!

                    1. The Suspended One
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      • 7 Years
                      2 months, 28 days ago

                      Not counting on any villa playing their 3 games in 2 weeks outside the keeper

                      1. Going Home
                        • 9 Years
                        2 months, 28 days ago

                        There’s 9 I’d agree with. But Grealish makes Villa tick (even when he’s not getting the returns)

                  2. Angus
                      2 months, 28 days ago

                      B

                  3. Fudgy
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 1 Year
                    2 months, 28 days ago

                    Might flip a coin on Saka or Wilson. I will get it wrong for sure.

                    1. The Suspended One
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      • 7 Years
                      2 months, 28 days ago

                      Season over if you are wrong

                    2. DAZZ
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      • 6 Years
                      2 months, 28 days ago

                      Im going for both because of budget but have a look at Sakas stats they are good. And wilson plays for a team who are poor away from home

                      1. Fudgy
                        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                        • 1 Year
                        2 months, 28 days ago

                        I prefer Saka but everyone seems to have Wilson its scaring me and it gives me money in the bank I cant use

                    3. sunzip14
                      • 4 Years
                      2 months, 28 days ago

                      My coin said Wilson 😀

                      1. Fudgy
                        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                        • 1 Year
                        2 months, 28 days ago

                        🙂

                  4. VICTORIOUS SECRET! !
                    • 8 Years
                    2 months, 28 days ago

                    Salah +wood ----> KDB + martial (-4)
                    Worth a hit ?

                  5. Alisson WondHaaland
                    • 5 Years
                    2 months, 28 days ago

                    Seeing so many of the exact same free hit teams when free hit is arguably the one time you can afford to punt on a few differential players. Makes things so much more fun. Do it. Don't be boring

                    1. sunzip14
                      • 4 Years
                      2 months, 28 days ago

                      FFS users are only a small portion of FPL players.

                    2. Nice to Finally Michu
                      • 7 Years
                      2 months, 28 days ago

                      I keep seeing this hatred of the template FH team all over Twitter and I think it’s a bad take. Four big teams with reasonably priced attacking and defensive assets play in fixtures that appeal from a fantasy perspective. When players can have most of the likes of Son, Rashford, Bruno, Kane, KdB, etc. why would you turn down the opportunity to select them in fixtures that you would have considered captaining them otherwise. For me the free hit chip isn’t meant to separate you from other free hitters it’s meant to separate you from those who are keeping their squad as is.

                      1. Nice to Finally Michu
                        • 7 Years
                        2 months, 28 days ago

                        Harder to justify differentials for a one off good fixture when four major teams have good fixtures to target. Why make an off the wall Wolves or Everton pick when there’s a lot less probabilistic certainty in that match than the ones with the big 6?

                    3. The Suspended One
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      • 7 Years
                      2 months, 28 days ago

                      Sure to end in tears

                    4. DAZZ
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      • 6 Years
                      2 months, 28 days ago

                      If 25,000 fantasy football scout users all played the exact same free hit thats 0.3% of the whole game base. Thats differential enough for me. If 3-5% did it, it would still be massively differential. I dont know how many will use the FH but it’s still going to be relatively low based on the whole number of people who play.

                    5. DAZZ
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      • 6 Years
                      2 months, 28 days ago

                      But just for reference, what would be your ‘different’ and ‘differential’ FH team for this GW be?

                  6. Salahlulijah
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 2 Years
                    2 months, 28 days ago

                    Morning all, would you FH this team?

                    DDG
                    Cancelo Taylor*
                    KDB Bruno Rashford Son
                    Wood

                  7. FALSE PROFIT
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 6 Years
                    2 months, 28 days ago

                    Any data for use of FH, WC chips this week? Maybe an algorithm?

                    1. TorresMagic™
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      • Has Moderation Rights
                      • 11 Years
                      2 months, 28 days ago

                      Probably 5:1 FH over WC

                    2. The Suspended One
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      • 7 Years
                      2 months, 28 days ago

                      A squared plus B squared equals flip a damn coin

                  8. DK_13
                    • 5 Years
                    2 months, 28 days ago

                    Should I do

                    A)grealish to rashford (-4) [1 week punt as this spot gets upgraded to salah next week](I also have bruno if that matters)

                    B)DCL to laca(-4)[a permanent transfer so laca stays for the next few weeks]

                    C)both moves for a total of -8

                    1. The Suspended One
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      • 7 Years
                      2 months, 28 days ago

                      A

                      1. DK_13
                        • 5 Years
                        2 months, 28 days ago

                        Thanks

                  9. Sultan-Gemy2121
                    • 5 Years
                    2 months, 28 days ago

                    any changes needed fot this FH team?
                    thanks in advance

                    Loris
                    Dias..Cancelo..Tierney
                    KDB (C)..Son..Saka..Fernandes
                    Kane..Wilson..Cavani

                    Maguire..Burke..pieters