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. W
    • 7 Years
    1 month, 16 days ago

    Gone for a bit of a cheaper defense on FH

    Leno
    Cancelo, Stones, Clark
    KDB, Bruno, Rashford, Son
    Kane, Laca, Wilson

    4.0, ESR, Mitchell, Douglas

    Viable team?

    1. Pegboy
      • 10 Years
      1 month, 16 days ago

      Yep, really like it.

    2. CRO KLOPP
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 16 days ago

      This is why I think that FH Will come good in 18,I see a lot off points on your first 11

    3. AC/DC AFC
      • 5 Years
      1 month, 16 days ago

      On a free hit you've got to be able to pick a viable team.

      That's the point...

      1. Leif Erikson-Formerly of La…
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 8 Years
        1 month, 16 days ago

        And he did... What's your point?

  2. Jimmy Boy
    • 4 Years
    1 month, 16 days ago

    Last question from me tonight, do we reckon Cancelo is safe for a start this GW?

    1. jonnybhoy
      • 8 Years
      1 month, 16 days ago

      95% safe imo

    2. The Senate
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 16 days ago

      I'm hoping so - I don't think Walker will suddenly displace him so soon after self-isolation

    3. W
      • 7 Years
      1 month, 16 days ago

      Good chance he starts, but you just never know with pep

    4. Forza
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      1 month, 16 days ago

      Yeah, he and the 2 other most nailed defenders got 45 minutes vs Fulham and Mendy played 90.

    5. Sarri-ball
      • 11 Years
      1 month, 16 days ago

      He starts came off ht with dias and kdb at weekend so thats surely with league match in mind

    6. Bram
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 11 Years
      1 month, 16 days ago

      Looks highly likely

  3. The Senate
    • 2 Years
    1 month, 16 days ago

    Bottomed - 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. Jimmy Boy
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 16 days ago

      I'm considering the same thing, depends more on whether you'd want him back in for 19 than the -4 really. Think I'll be content going without Mo for 19 which is why I'm going for it

      1. The Senate
        • 2 Years
        1 month, 16 days ago

        Ta - yeah, Salah has been looking out of sorts and City have a good run of games. Will you be capping him?

        1. Jimmy Boy
          • 4 Years
          1 month, 16 days ago

          Between KDB and Bruno for both upcoming GWs for me

  4. Barns
    • 3 Years
    1 month, 16 days ago

    Played my free hit early to account for price rises but now wanting to get son back in my side but feel it weakens the team overall. Thoughts on which of the below teams you think are strongest would be appreciated:

    Darlow
    Cancelo holding alderweireld
    Bruno Kdb rashford Saka
    Kane Lacazette Wilson

    Sanchez stones Ritchie Mitchell

    Ramsdale
    Cancelo holding yedlin
    Bruno Kdb rashford Son Smith-Rowe
    Kane Lacazette

    Sanchez Brewster kilman Mitchell

    1. The Senate
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 16 days ago

      bottom team better IMO. could downgrade Laca to Wilson if you want to spread some funds into your backline and bench

    2. iL PiStOlErO
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 16 days ago

      Bring your Son back. Other one is still good team.

    3. W
      • 7 Years
      1 month, 16 days ago

      The Prodigal Son returns imo

      1. Barns
        • 3 Years
        1 month, 16 days ago

        Cheers, think I might go for the bottom one and pray everyone starts

  5. Henrik Larsson
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    1 month, 16 days ago

    Any thoughts on this lot for FH:

    Lloris
    Saiss Tierney Cancelo
    Saka Son Bruno KDB Foden
    Kane Laca

    Forster Yedlin Mitchell Brewster

    Hoping that's enough on the bench, just in case.

    1. Freshy
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      1 month, 16 days ago

      We are close

    2. DandyDon
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 16 days ago

      Exactly same as mine apart from Saiss in for Maguire. You are probably right there but only one Utd player doesn’t feel like playing the odds.

      1. Henrik Larsson
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        1 month, 16 days ago

        Yeah I fancy Wolves defense now that DCL is out. Plus Burnley is usually a tough place to go.

  6. Freshy
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 10 Years
    1 month, 16 days ago

    GW 18 (BIG BLANK)
    FREE HIT - £105.4 TV - £0.5 Bank
    Darlow - Button
    Stones - Tierney - Holding - [Kilman - Mitchell]
    Son - Rashford - Fernandes - KDB - Saka
    Kane - Lacazette - [Vassilev]

    So (4) Arsenal is against the rulzz

    A - Saka to Gündogan - £0.4 Bank
    B - Saka to Podence - £0.3 Bank
    C - Tierney to Dias - £0.1 Bank
    D - Tierney to Dier - £0.8 Bank

  7. DandyDon
    • 2 Years
    1 month, 16 days ago

    My freehit team.
    Can’t afford three playing subs but shouldn’t matter.

    Loris
    Tierney Maguire Cancelo - Yedlin Mitchell
    KDB Foden Bruno Son Saka
    Lacazette Kane(c) - Davis

    Which teams are everyone tripling up on? Spurs, City and Arsenal for me now. Would you get a 3rd Utd player in and if so who?

  8. insertcomedyname
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 3 Years
    1 month, 16 days ago

    The DCL injury is so irritating. No one obvious to move to.

  9. fcsaltyballs
    • 5 Years
    1 month, 16 days ago

    FH18 draft... thoughts please?

    DDG
    Cancelo Stones Tierney
    KDB Son Fernandes Rashford Saka
    Kane Wilson

    Sondergaard Brewster Mitchell Buur

    Thanks all

    1. Differentiator
      • 5 Years
      1 month, 16 days ago

      I like it

  10. FPLMACKEM
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    1 month, 16 days ago

    McCarthy, Forster
    Robertson, Cancelo*, Coufal, Targett, Lewis*
    Salah, KDB*, Bruno*, Son*, Soucek
    Adams, Brewster*, Bamford

    2ft 0.1 itb

    I have 6 players for GW 18. Lewis a doubt.

    A FH
    B Lewis > Yedlin and just go in with 6 players
    C Targett > Mari and go in with 7 players
    D both B and C

    Probably captaining KDB

    1. Pegboy
      • 10 Years
      1 month, 16 days ago

      A

      1. FPLMACKEM
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        1 month, 16 days ago

        Think I want to save it for GW29 now with most of the big hitters unlikely to play.

  11. Tomas_brolin
    • 2 Years
    1 month, 16 days ago

    I’m not on a free hit so looking for city defensive cover

    Dias has lower ceiling but more nailed long term than Cancelo right? And for all the stats, Cancelo has just 1 assist this season so he’s not exactly tearing up trees

    1. Bram
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 11 Years
      1 month, 16 days ago

      Cancelo has had similar issues to KDB i.e. team mates poor finishing - I do think attacking returns are imminent though. Only Robbo competes with him for penalty area touches in defs and nobody matches his xA.

  12. Differentiator
    • 5 Years
    1 month, 16 days ago

    Free hit activated
    Kane cappo'd

    Bring home the points!

  13. You've got red on you.
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 8 Years
    1 month, 16 days ago

    For DGW18 and DGW 19:

    a) Sterling, Lowton and Rodrigo

    b) Rashford, Dias and Watkins

    Rest of the team is:

    Meslier - Areola
    Cancelo - Tierney - Maguire - Holgate - ___________
    KDB - Son - Fernandes - Soucek - ____________
    Bamford - Wilson (becoming Antonio) - ____________

    1. Gazza2000
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      1 month, 16 days ago

      b

  14. g40steve
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 2 Years
    1 month, 16 days ago

    Anyone else thinking of running with only six?

    Stones, Cancelo
    Bruno, Son, KDB
    Kane,

    1. Hand of Dog
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 16 days ago

      Conemplating 7. You still ave the FH to save?

      1. g40steve
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 2 Years
        1 month, 16 days ago

        Yes,

        FH, BB, TC & WC

        1. Hand of Dog
          • 3 Years
          1 month, 16 days ago

          Same. I'm wondering if the FH is better served on a future double. Impossible to keep up with this season though.

          1. g40steve
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 2 Years
            1 month, 16 days ago

            Exactly, could even be more cancellations after today’s covid test results?

    2. Original Pirate Material
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 16 days ago

      Core players.

      1. g40steve
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 2 Years
        1 month, 16 days ago

        How many points down on a decent FH team? ( who knows where the points will be this week?)

        1. Pompel
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 7 Years
          1 month, 16 days ago

          Seems about 20 pts down expected, according to RMT tool at least.

    3. DA Minnion
      • 8 Years
      1 month, 16 days ago

      I've six with two possibles. Undecided.

    4. Eh, just one more thing ...
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      1 month, 16 days ago

      7 here ... assuming Wilson is fit .... prob one transfer in and playing with 8.

  15. Hand of Dog
    • 3 Years
    1 month, 16 days ago

    Is there received wisdom on whether to still FH if not yet hit the button.
    I currently have five (decent) players available and two free transfers.
    So I guess it would gain me an euqivalent of an extra four players. Can possibly get more on a future double game week? I can't keep up any more.

    1. Eh, just one more thing ...
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      1 month, 16 days ago

      I’d use your two free transfers and play with that.

      1. Hand of Dog
        • 3 Years
        1 month, 16 days ago

        Thanks. That's what I'm probably going with.

  16. Malkmus
    • 9 Years
    1 month, 16 days ago

    Evening all. FH gtg? 0.2 ITB

    Darlow (4.0)
    Dier - Stones - Tierney
    Son - KDB (c) - Bruno - Saka - Rashford
    Laka - Kane

    Subs - Kilman, Mitchell, Davis

    Ta!

  17. ratski
    • 10 Years
    1 month, 16 days ago

    Planning for next few weeks ahead...
    A. Cancelo, and Wilson
    B. Stones and martial

    1. BeWater
        1 month, 16 days ago

        Stones and Marshie.

      • Bram
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 11 Years
        1 month, 16 days ago

        A mainly for Cancelo

    2. Leif Erikson-Formerly of La…
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      1 month, 16 days ago

      All good for the FH?

      Leno

      Cancelo, Dias, Dier

      KDB, Bruno, Rashford, Son, Smith-Rowe

      Kane, Lacazette

      Subs: 4.0, Mitchell, Brewster, 3.8

      1. W
        • 7 Years
        1 month, 16 days ago

        Looking good!

        1. Leif Erikson-Formerly of La…
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 8 Years
          1 month, 16 days ago

          Cheers mate!

    3. S.Kuqi
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      1 month, 16 days ago

      Wildcard active and probably going to bb in gw19.

      What to do with Martinez? Could ship him out for Mendy. Got Areola for gw18

      1. Salarrivederci
        • 4 Years
        1 month, 16 days ago

        If you're as 'certain' as you can be of BB at this moment I think Martínez is too much of a gamble.
        Would go Johnstone to save funds probably.

      2. Salarrivederci
        • 4 Years
        1 month, 16 days ago

        Wildcarding too and my plan is to set up a BB GW26 team.
        I am thinking about keeping Martínez - would want him in Villas DGWs around that time.

        1. S.Kuqi
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 8 Years
          1 month, 16 days ago

          It would probably be sensible just delay bb to gw26

    4. Nemanja Vidic Legend
      • 10 Years
      1 month, 16 days ago

      2FT 0.3 ITB
      WC FH BB TC available

      Martinez Mendy
      Regulion Saiss Justin Coufal Mitchel
      KBD Fernandes Son Grealish Saka
      Kane Bamford Brewster

      GW18 Grealish -> Foden
      GW19 Mitchel Brewster -> Strujik Antonio BB

    5. Abusive_Sgt_Daelrhos
      • 6 Years
      1 month, 16 days ago

      How about this lame 4-5-1, can't afford a better team:/

      Leno
      Holding,Cancelo,Shaw,Dias
      Kdb,Bruno,Rashford,Son,Saka
      Kane

      1. Gazza2000
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 9 Years
        1 month, 16 days ago

        Looks good, not sure if Shaw is fit though...

    6. royals forever
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 11 Years
      1 month, 16 days ago

      Best 9.0 DF/MF combo on FH

      Rest of team

      Darlow Areola

      Stones Maguire Saiss Mitchell xxxxxxxx

      KDB Bruno Son Saka xxxxxxx

      Kane Lacazette Wood

      Any ideas would be welcomed

      1. Sarri-ball
        • 11 Years
        1 month, 16 days ago

        Smith rowe -yedlin just so got a full 15 players

      2. tambourineman
        • 6 Years
        1 month, 16 days ago

        Yedlin and Smith-Rowe

    7. cjscouser
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      1 month, 16 days ago

      Anyone know or have an update on the Southampton keeper situation, McCarthy doing well? Or Forster potentially an option while he is playing well and McCarthy recovering?

    8. The_FF_King
      • 8 Years
      1 month, 16 days ago

      Have two free transfers.

      DCL and Salah to Wilson and KDB? Would mean I field 8 and save my FH

      1. Ron_Swanson
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 10 Years
        1 month, 16 days ago

        Yep

    9. 03farmboy
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 16 days ago

      Rate my freehit team please?
      Leno
      Tierney, stones, Dier,
      De Bruyne, Bruno, Son, Gundogan
      Kane, Wilson, Lacazette
      Bench:
      Forster, Mctominay, Mitchell, Yedlin

      Any suggestions would be appreciated

    10. AC/DC AFC
      • 5 Years
      1 month, 16 days ago

      Gw18 and 19.

      1) Lacazette
      2) Martial
      3) Cavani

      Or.... Any ideas?

      £10.1 million forward needed

      1. The Senate
        • 2 Years
        1 month, 16 days ago

        Currently I'm on Wilson (Bamford Vardy), mainly as I don't think it's worth selling Vardy for a hit

        1. AC/DC AFC
          • 5 Years
          1 month, 16 days ago

          Cool, I've got Wilson and Bamford too but I'm hitting out DCL so what do you say?

          1. The Senate
            • 2 Years
            1 month, 16 days ago

            ahhh, I was Vardy DCL Bamf - my slightly biased gut says Martial, but I don't know how many minutes he's going to lose over the next 3 games

    11. Gizzachance
      • 6 Years
      1 month, 16 days ago

      forced into fh ,no martinez, grealish, dcl, bissouma
      cancelo holding
      son bruno
      even salah to kdb, dcl to wilson would only give me 6 with a -4, rather than 10 before inj/fixture change etc

    12. Sarri-ball
      • 11 Years
      1 month, 16 days ago

      1 week punt for -2 (currently only 10) so think could be worth a punt cant be city or spurs.

      A) smith rowe
      B) james rod
      C) neto
      D) play 10

    13. manu4life99
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 11 Years
      1 month, 16 days ago

      10 years playing this game and I still have a newb question

      I'm undecided between FH or WC but don't want to miss the price rises.

      If I make many transfers this evening, will these pts hits be reversed if I choose either of the FH or WC chips tomorrow before deadline?

      1. riot
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 10 Years
        1 month, 16 days ago

        yes

    14. Leif Erikson-Formerly of La…
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      1 month, 16 days ago

      I'm late on tonight so got to check on the West Ham lineup. Antonio looking juicy for that DGW!