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. SomeoneKnows
    • 5 Years
    3 months, 10 days ago

    Cancelo Stones
    KDB Bruno Son
    Kane

    Would you FH with these players? or play them and take a -4 hit to add one of Lacazatte / Wilson / Dier / De Gea

    1. jonnybhoy
      • 8 Years
      3 months, 10 days ago

      FH

    2. g40steve
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      3 months, 10 days ago

      I have those six & wondering how bad if I just play them?

      C choice is the killer.

  2. Salarrivederci
    • 4 Years
    3 months, 10 days ago

    To those now thinking about FH'ing. Why FH and not WC?

    FH pros:
    - You field the best possible team for BGW18
    - You still have WC

    FH cons:
    - Next week you have Bamford, Dallas, McCarthy, KWP, DCL, Villa players who might have Covid, few or non City players and maybe even money tied up in double Liverpool defense.
    - How many players do you realistically think you will be able to/ want to field in BGW29 if the matches played in BGW29 is:

    Brighton - Newcastle
    Palace - Manu U
    Fulham - Leeds
    West Brom - Everton

    Remember that the players you mention might not have a double in DGW26.

    A FH29 team could look like:
    Areola
    Dallas - AWB - Digne
    Bruno - Rashford - Zaha - Sigurdsson
    Bamford - DCL - Wilson

    1. CRO KLOPP
      • 3 Years
      3 months, 10 days ago

      Why FH? Beacuse we don't have the same teams

      1. Salarrivederci
        • 4 Years
        3 months, 10 days ago

        Which GW17 team will return to you in DGW19?

        1. CRO KLOPP
          • 3 Years
          3 months, 10 days ago

          Are you wildcarding? Can you post me your draft? Maybe I change my mind

          1. Salarrivederci
            • 4 Years
            3 months, 10 days ago

            Sure thing.
            Something like this:
            Keeping 3mil ITB for Rash -> Salah for free next GW.

            Areola (Martínez)
            Cancelo - Dias - AWB - Tierney (Coufal)
            KDB - Bruno - Rash - Son - Smith Rowe
            McGoldrick (Bamford, Antonio)

            Would give me this for DGW19
            Areola/Martínez
            Cancelo - Dias - AWB - Coufal
            Salah - KDB - Bruno - Son
            Bamford - Antonio

            Still juggling around with Bamford, Antonio and Martínez at the moment.

            1. CRO KLOPP
              • 3 Years
              3 months, 10 days ago

              Thanks mate for your draft. I see that you wont be playing your BB? That is my worry with this strategy,and you have Areola with awful fixtures in 18/19. Your attack in 18 is from SHU,and there is a 2/3 question marks in your draft as you say. The rest is very good. I wish you good luck

        2. CRO KLOPP
          • 3 Years
          3 months, 10 days ago

          Fabianski
          Dias Castagne Dallas
          Salah KDB Son Bruno Soucek
          Bamford Adams
          Adams and Balbuena to Antonio and Stones (-4) before 19 . Benching Dalass for Stones (4-4-2) , don't mind playing Bamford and Son

    2. Salarrivederci
      • 4 Years
      3 months, 10 days ago

      Man U have Chelsea away in DGW26 and City away in GW27.
      If you are able to free hit in BGW29 you could take Bruno out for 26 if they have a SGW and bring him back for 28 at home against West Ham.
      Teams without FH would need those transfers elsewhere surely.

    3. Alisson WondHaaland
      • 5 Years
      3 months, 10 days ago

      Counter argument:

      Not everyone has 6 Saints/ Leeds players, I for example had a 15 man DGW squad planned which only contained 3 of those (of which one was a bench option anyway)

      Wildcarding limits you to about 5 teams to get players from involving many double/ triple ups. With future covid postponement this could be distaster

      Also the GW 29 fixtures are dreadful. Would much rather go into GW 29 with 5 or so players than waste a free hit.

      1. CRO KLOPP
        • 3 Years
        3 months, 10 days ago

        I agree with this

    4. Pukki Party
      • 3 Years
      3 months, 10 days ago

      Not using my WC at the most chaotic time of the season

      1. CRO KLOPP
        • 3 Years
        3 months, 10 days ago

        Yes,I want to keep my WC in back pocket

    5. The 12th Man
      • 7 Years
      3 months, 10 days ago

      I am considering WC now but only if we get confirmation of Southampton v Leeds postponement.

      My current team is
      Martinez,Johnstone
      TAA, Dias, Dallas, Coufal, Chilwell
      Salah,Fernandes, Grealish, Raphinia,Soucek
      Kane,Watkins, Bamford

      I have taken a -4 . TAA,Salah >> Cancelo,KDB but would reverse if FH. So KDB and Cancelo would cost me more if I FH rather than WC.

      I could of course just FH and play a less optimal BB to get it out the way in 19.

    6. Millie7
      • 7 Years
      3 months, 10 days ago

      I’m tempted myself, but the worry of having no wildcard for the rest of the season is troubling me...especially with what’s going on

      1. Alisson WondHaaland
        • 5 Years
        3 months, 10 days ago

        This

  3. jonnybhoy
    • 8 Years
    3 months, 10 days ago

    Been busy the last couple of days, any word on spurs game- it going ahead?

    1. Oi! Shadders!
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      3 months, 10 days ago

      Replaced by Spurs v Fulham.

      1. jonnybhoy
        • 8 Years
        3 months, 10 days ago

        Cheers mate fulham have been pretty covid secure right?

        1. Pukki Party
          • 3 Years
          3 months, 10 days ago

          Well the game was first postponed due to Covid at Fulham, but situation better now i assume.

    2. Bram
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 11 Years
      3 months, 10 days ago

      Spurs playing Fulham instead of Villa

  4. Tribecca
    • 8 Years
    3 months, 10 days ago

    Advise please, can I make a trade now in preparation for GW19 then use free hit for GW18? Then the player I just traded it will be traded out on my free hit

    1. Ragabolly
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 11 Years
      3 months, 10 days ago

      No, it resets

    2. Cancelo Culture
      • 2 Years
      3 months, 10 days ago

      Any transfers made in the same GW as FH will be included in the FH.

  5. nelluckram
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 5 Years
    3 months, 10 days ago

    Foden or Neto on FH?

    1. iL PiStOlErO
      • 1 Year
      3 months, 10 days ago

      Thinking of Neto myself but both played last 3. Depends on your team concept.

  6. Pegilagi
    • 2 Years
    3 months, 10 days ago

    RMT (thinking of using WC)

    Leno (Martinez)
    WanB - Cancelo - Diaz - Coufal (Chilwell)
    SR - Son - KDB - Bruno (Soucek)
    Laca - Wilson (Bamford)

    Would mean 10/11 for GW 18
    and 10/11 playing two fixtures GW19

    0.4in bank

  7. robert1116336
    • 7 Years
    3 months, 10 days ago

    Free hitting

    Rashford or Lacazette?

    1. Voodoo
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      3 months, 10 days ago

      Laca.

    2. Bielsa's Blue Bucket
      • 9 Years
      3 months, 10 days ago

      sausages

    3. iL PiStOlErO
      • 1 Year
      3 months, 10 days ago

      Going for Lacca. Time is now.

    4. Jon Walter's Hatty
      • 7 Years
      3 months, 10 days ago

      Im looking forward to being let down by Laca for old times sake

  8. iL PiStOlErO
    • 1 Year
    3 months, 10 days ago

    FH team. Gtg?

    Lloris
    Cancelo Tierney AWB
    Kdb Bruno Son Saka Neto
    Kane(C) Lacca

    4.0 Lowton Mitchell 4.3

    Wanted Rash but if I am going to punt on Lacca and Ars the time is now. Cheers good people.

  9. S.Kuqi
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 8 Years
    3 months, 10 days ago

    Madness to go with out Kane in gw18?

    1. lilmessipran
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      3 months, 10 days ago

      I don't have him will need a fh or -8 to get him in

    2. Rinseboy
      • 9 Years
      3 months, 10 days ago

      for me he is one of the top picks this week and possible captain for me

      1. S.Kuqi
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 8 Years
        3 months, 10 days ago

        I know but going without him suits better for my wildcard team and future plans

    3. iL PiStOlErO
      • 1 Year
      3 months, 10 days ago

      Probably but who knows anymore

    4. waldo666
      • 10 Years
      3 months, 10 days ago

      Not at all, I'm doing same.

  10. Voodoo
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 9 Years
    3 months, 10 days ago

    Do we think that Villa will be back for GW19?

    I have Targett & Grealish, now wondering if it’s worth a a hit to remove Grealish but if he plays a double in GW19, probably not..

    1. lilmessipran
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      3 months, 10 days ago

      Hopefully, hard to say though

      1. Voodoo
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 9 Years
        3 months, 10 days ago

        Yeah, very difficult to say. I got Grealish at 7mil too so don’t want to lose value.

    2. Bram
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 11 Years
      3 months, 10 days ago

      I think so but unknown - Everton game was pushed back. I still haven't given up the hope of tgw!

      1. Voodoo
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 9 Years
        3 months, 10 days ago

        That would be amazing. Bit of a shame he’s on the cusp of a ban due to yellow cards...

        1. Bram
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 11 Years
          3 months, 10 days ago

          Indeed - I also paid 7.0 though and has nice fixture through to gw31 though so not selling for a while.

  11. lilmessipran
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 8 Years
    3 months, 10 days ago

    Would you FH this lot ? Current players who have a game in gw18

    Dias stones lowton mitchell
    kdb bruno son
    Brewster

    1FT 1.2 ITB

    1. waldo666
      • 10 Years
      3 months, 10 days ago

      Similar boat, Mitchell and Brewster the main concerns., I'm leaning to FH because of them.

      1. Utopsis
        • 1 Year
        3 months, 10 days ago

        I think Mitchell starts tbh - he's been defensively solid plus PVA played in the cup

        1. waldo666
          • 10 Years
          3 months, 10 days ago

          I think you're probably right but still a slight risk for mine.

  12. umerlfc
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 5 Years
    3 months, 10 days ago

    Best option on a FH? (Have Cancelo)

    A) Darlow + Tierney + Stones
    B) Darlow + Tierney + Shaw
    C) Leno + Dier + Stones
    D) Leno + Dier + AWB
    E) Leno + Maguire + Stones
    F) De Gea + Tierney + Clark

    1. wulfrunian
      • 4 Years
      3 months, 10 days ago

      c

    2. jonnybhoy
      • 8 Years
      3 months, 10 days ago

      A

  13. Gudjohnsen
    • 4 Years
    3 months, 10 days ago

    A. Mitchell, Saka
    B. Dallas, Smith-Rowe

  14. marcos11
      3 months, 10 days ago

      Lacazette worth the -4 over DCL for this week only?

      1. waldo666
        • 10 Years
        3 months, 10 days ago

        DCL is injured so yeah probably worth it.

        1. marcos11
            3 months, 10 days ago

            I’ll be better off provided Laca doesn’t blank

      2. Sid07
        • 6 Years
        3 months, 10 days ago

        On FH
        1) Stones + Wilson (352)
        2) dias + Tierney (451)

        1. lilmessipran
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 8 Years
          3 months, 10 days ago

          A if wilson is fit

          1. Bram
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 11 Years
            3 months, 10 days ago

            +1

        2. Ragabolly
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 11 Years
          3 months, 10 days ago

          2

      3. arkom
        • 4 Years
        3 months, 10 days ago

        FH Team A or B?
        Cancelo & Saka vs Smith Rowe & Laca

        A) Lloris
        Stones / Wan-Bissaka / Tierney / CANCELO
        Kevin / Bruno / Rashford / Son / SAKA
        Kane

        B) Lloris
        Stones / Cancelo / Wan-Bissaka
        Kevin / Bruno / Rashford / Son / SMITH-ROWE
        LACAZETTE / Kane

        1. Luton_Fan
          • 11 Years
          3 months, 10 days ago

          A

        2. RamaJama
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 8 Years
          3 months, 10 days ago

          B

        3. BooYaKasha
          • 9 Years
          3 months, 10 days ago

          A

      4. Jimmy Boy
        • 4 Years
        3 months, 10 days ago

        I'm transferring in a defender this week. Was originally set on Tierney but now wondering whether Cancelo or AWB would be better long-term options with their fixtures. Who, in your opinion, joins Dias and Reguilon in my defence?

        A) Cancelo (City defensive double up with Dias for the fixture run)
        B) AWB (strong fixtures)
        C) Tierney (likely to be very, very popular this week)

        1. Bram
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 11 Years
          3 months, 10 days ago

          A (I have Cancelo & Stones myself)

          1. Jimmy Boy
            • 4 Years
            3 months, 10 days ago

            Tbf Cancelo + Stones is probably the better value combo but Dias has been a rock for me since bringing him in GW9 and got a fair bit of value tied up in him now

      5. londontom
        • 4 Years
        3 months, 10 days ago

        Asking this again. Am I mad for thinking this could get me good points?

        A - Leno (Areola); Shaw, Yedlin, Aurier, Cancelo, Dias; Fernandes, Sterling, Son (Smith Rowe, Anguissa); Lacazette, Kane (Fabio Silva / Carroll) or...
        B - same but swap Sterling for De Bruyne, Anguissa for Lookman and the bench striker for Brewster or...
        C - nuke the 5-3-2 altogether?

        1. londontom
          • 4 Years
          3 months, 10 days ago

          If I was to swap a defender for either a midfielder or striker, who and how?

        2. Pukki Party
          • 3 Years
          3 months, 10 days ago

          This post is more confusing than PL fixture schedule

          1. londontom
            • 4 Years
            3 months, 10 days ago

            lol yeah im confused

      6. Deulofail
        • 5 Years
        3 months, 10 days ago

        Wow I have a higher PPG from GKs than any other position. What a failure of a season. 😀

        Goalkeeper 5.24
        Defender 3.1
        Midfielder 5.23
        Forward 3.9

        1. Amey
          • 2 Years
          3 months, 10 days ago

          Martinez has been exceptional

      7. Amey
        • 2 Years
        3 months, 10 days ago

        Anyone knows what Yedlin was taken off vs Leicester ??

        Thinking about getting him

        1. londontom
          • 4 Years
          3 months, 10 days ago

          Came on in the FA Cup, he's good

          1. Amey
            • 2 Years
            3 months, 10 days ago

            Thanks

        2. Pukki Party
          • 3 Years
          3 months, 10 days ago

          Yedlin vs Ampadu fighting for last spot in my FH11

          1. Amey
            • 2 Years
            3 months, 10 days ago

            Good

      8. XX SMICER XX
        • 2 Years
        3 months, 10 days ago

        On Free Hit:
        A. Foden with only Mitchell as bench cover
        B. Saka with McGoldrick on bench

        1. BooYaKasha
          • 9 Years
          3 months, 10 days ago

          A

      9. Weasel Boy
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 8 Years
        3 months, 10 days ago

        Have Stones already in team so

        A) Leno Dier Tierney Gundo
        Or
        B) Lloris Dias Bellerin Smith Rowe?

        Thanks

        1. londontom
          • 4 Years
          3 months, 10 days ago

          B

      10. MGD
        • 4 Years
        3 months, 10 days ago

        RMWC:

        DDG / Forster
        Cancelo - Stones - Coufal / Ayling - Mitchell
        Salah - Kdb - Son - Bruno - Raphina
        Bamford - Wilson / Brewster

        Thanks

      11. Rival Sons Blackberry Smoke
        • 6 Years
        3 months, 10 days ago

        Why do they keep calling it a blank gameweek?

        A) on a wide note.... its not 'blank'. Every other use of blank, eg canvas, drew a blank... suggest absoutely nothing...

        B) on a personal note.... i have a full team playing....m

        Scratches ones head.....

        Continues scratching.... who to hell to captain.... KDB, Bruno, Son, Kane, Rashford, Laca.....

        1. The Senate
          • 2 Years
          3 months, 10 days ago

          (A) personally I've always referred to them as 'reduced' gameweeks but that doesn't have the nice ring of BGW

          (B) I'm currently on Bruno but KDB and Kane are great options too

          1. Rival Sons Blackberry Smoke
            • 6 Years
            3 months, 9 days ago

            Yeah Im on KDB.... but hes burned me a few times.....
            Brunos away form....... bur burley been tighter recently...
            Spurs could hammer fulham... but son/kane could equal share there more than the other players I feel

            Big decision this one....

      12. J to the T
        • 4 Years
        3 months, 10 days ago

        Free hit this even with 2FT in the bank?

        McCarthy Forster
        CANCELO TAYLOR Targett Dallas Coufal
        KDB BRUNO SON Salah Romeu
        Calvert-L Bamford Watkins

        1. wulfrunian
          • 4 Years
          3 months, 10 days ago

          I would

        2. HonestBlatter
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 10 Years
          3 months, 10 days ago

          No. 3 changes and -4 it is

          1. J to the T
            • 4 Years
            3 months, 10 days ago

            Or two for a -8. Can get to 9 players if I do
            Targett Coufal Salah DCL to
            Regulion Tierney Saka Kane

            How’s that sound?

      13. AC/DC AFC
        • 5 Years
        3 months, 10 days ago

        A) Martial
        B) Cavani
        C)...?

        Up to £10.1m for the blank and double game week?

        Thanks

        1. londontom
          • 4 Years
          3 months, 10 days ago

          I fancy Cavani but fear he might not start

        2. The Senate
          • 2 Years
          3 months, 10 days ago

          would a formation change be able to facilitate Rashford for you?

          1. AC/DC AFC
            • 5 Years
            3 months, 10 days ago

            Nah, got to say goodbye to DCL now. It's been a long time coming...

        3. AC/DC AFC
          • 5 Years
          3 months, 10 days ago

          Is Lacazette a better bet for gw19 because of quick rotation?

      14. Luton_Fan
        • 11 Years
        3 months, 10 days ago

        Last place in FH team goes to?

        A. Stones
        B. Foden
        C. Gundogen
        D. Wilson
        E. Neto
        F. Saiss
        E. Clark
        F. Fernandez

        Tia 🙂

        1. BooYaKasha
          • 9 Years
          3 months, 10 days ago

          D

        2. jonnybhoy
          • 8 Years
          3 months, 10 days ago

          A

      15. The Senate
        • 2 Years
        3 months, 10 days ago

        So, do we think Mo to KDB is worth a hit?
        0.2ITB

        Sanchez
        Cancelo Dias Dier Lewis*
        Bruno Son ESR (Salah Grealish)
        Wilson
        (Johnstone | Vardy Bamford Dallas)

        1. insertcomedyname
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 4 Years
          3 months, 10 days ago

          If you think you'll have a spare transfer to get him back after 19, yes

      16. myteamissheeeeeeeet
        • 11 Years
        3 months, 10 days ago

        Mad question.

        I have 1 transfer left to take. If I FH will I lose the transfer?

        Otherwise I’ll use the transfer tonight then hit the FH.

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

          You will lose the transfer, even if you FH it will just become part of your FH team

        2. Luton_Fan
          • 11 Years
          3 months, 10 days ago

          You will lose it

      17. West End Exile
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 1 Year
        3 months, 10 days ago

        On a FH for BGW18:

        A) AWB and Gundogan
        B) Dias and Saka

        Currently on 'A', what do you think?

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

          B imo

          1. West End Exile
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 1 Year
            3 months, 10 days ago

            Yes, may switch - thanks for the comment.