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. Hulk Smash
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 5 Years
    1 month, 17 days ago

    Jesus please help. I've been away from FPL for a while doing real life stuff but thought I was safe because I had 10 players for GW 18 and 15 players for DGW 19. Logged on at the 11th hour to find I now only have 5 players for this week, plus an injury and a suspension!

    (McCarthy* Martinez)
    Dias Stones AWB (Robertson Dallas)
    Bruno Son (Salah Grealish Bissouma*)
    (Bamford DCL* Watkins)

    A - Free Hit. My team isn't too bad for the DGW but I would still be left with an injured DCL, plus 3 Villa players who I'm hearing might not have a DGW anymore?

    B - Wildcard. Doesn't seem prudent given I haven't done any planning and haven't looked at my team for about 2 weeks. Could go horribly wrong.

    C - Take a -8. Would give me 8 players. e.g. Salah, DCL, Grealish > Kane, Rashford, Saka.

    1. Steve The Spud
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 17 days ago

      I think to avoid to much stress I’d just play the free hit, villa will have a single gw in 19 in the worst case you’d hope

    2. riot
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      1 month, 17 days ago

      this season man

    3. Jässi
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 17 days ago

      A definitely worth it

    4. Hulk Smash
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      1 month, 17 days ago

      Thanks for the replies. No love for the -8?

  2. abaalan
    • 4 Years
    1 month, 17 days ago

    Couple of questions on FH:
    A) is Wilson fit?
    B) is Ramsdale worth a punt (cheapest playing GK)?
    C) Gundogan or Foden as 3rd city?

    1. Lucky Z
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 17 days ago

      Sanchez from BHA is cheaper

    2. The Senate
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 17 days ago

      (A) Nothing to suggest otherwise atm

      (B) I picked Sanchez (4.4) on my GW16 wildcard for this GW. I would go for him or Leno if I was on FH.

      (C) My City triple-up would be Dias Cancelo KDB. Minutes too risky with most players IMO

  3. Lucky Z
    • 3 Years
    1 month, 17 days ago

    GW18 Salah + DCL => Sterling + Laca -4
    GW19 Laca + Grealish => Antonio + Rashford -4

    Thoughts?

    1. Utopsis
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 17 days ago

      If you're selling Salah + DCL, then get Kane + ?? for me

  4. JONALDINHO
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 3 Years
    1 month, 17 days ago

    Wildcard or FH to tackle the next two weeks?

    1. Gazza2000
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      1 month, 17 days ago

      Depends on your team mate

    2. Baps hunter
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 17 days ago

      I won't. Team dependable.

  5. MikeLowrey
    • 2 Years
    1 month, 17 days ago

    Which of these moves is better:

    A) -4 hit (keep Salah)
    Dias Stones Mitchell
    Son Bruno Smith-Rowe
    Kane Brewster

    B) -4 hit (Salah to KDB)
    Dias Mitchell Taylor*
    Son Bruno KDB Saka
    Brewster

    C) -8 hit
    Dias Stones Mitchell
    Son Bruno KDB Saka
    Kane Brewster

    1. AC/DC AFC
      • 5 Years
      1 month, 17 days ago

      B

  6. Ruinenlust
    • 3 Years
    1 month, 17 days ago

    Will Foden stert?

    1. riot
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      1 month, 17 days ago

      Flip a coin

    2. Leif Erikson-Formerly of La…
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      1 month, 17 days ago

      Probably but you never know with baldy hoop

    3. AC/DC AFC
      • 5 Years
      1 month, 17 days ago

      Yes

  7. In a Rush
    • 4 Years
    1 month, 17 days ago

    Just landed on this, exact cash any thoughts cheers?

    De gea
    Tierney reguilon cancelo
    Kdb(c) Bruno son Gündogan
    Wilson Kane(v) Lacazette

    Button esr Fernández Mitchell

    1. In a Rush
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 17 days ago

      For free hit

    2. Gazza2000
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      1 month, 17 days ago

      Looking good

    3. Third Eye Vision
      • 8 Years
      1 month, 17 days ago

      Like it.

  8. Jersey Boy
    • 2 Years
    1 month, 17 days ago

    After a lot of time invested, I can't quite believe that it's Shrewsbury Town potentially scuppering my long-term BGW/DGW planning haha. In a spot of bother here..

    1. UNDERWORLD7
      • 9 Years
      1 month, 17 days ago

      Why what has happened? Someone don’t play in GW19 now?

    2. Leif Erikson-Formerly of La…
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      1 month, 17 days ago

      What's the story with Shrewsbury Town?

      1. AC/DC AFC
        • 5 Years
        1 month, 17 days ago

        FA cup replay

    3. Jersey Boy
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 17 days ago

      Shrews v Saints FA Cup 3rd Rd fixture to be rescheduled in place of Leeds v Saints after a Covid outbreak in the Shrewsbury camp

  9. Lukakuna
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 3 Years
    1 month, 17 days ago

    Any requests for what fixture should be called off next? I suggest Liverpool Burnley in GW19 so I don't have to get Salah back in.

    1. Leif Erikson-Formerly of La…
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      1 month, 17 days ago

      +1

  10. Mesh
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 6 Years
    1 month, 17 days ago

    Who has more chance of starting this week?
    A. Stones
    B. Cancelo

    1. Miguel Sanchez
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 17 days ago

      A

    2. OleBall
        1 month, 17 days ago

        A but Cancelo much higher ceiling

      • Sarri-ball
        • 11 Years
        1 month, 17 days ago

        For me will both start after 45 mins each sunday

    3. OleBall
        1 month, 17 days ago

        Lloris
        Dias Cancelo Tierney AWB
        KDB(c) Son Bruno Saka
        Kane Laca

        Steele Burke Mitchell Davis 0.0itb

        Any suggestions or g2g?

        1. OleBall
            1 month, 17 days ago

            FH team obvs

          • AC/DC AFC
            • 5 Years
            1 month, 17 days ago

            AWB?

          • Leif Erikson-Formerly of La…
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 8 Years
            1 month, 17 days ago

            Looks great

        2. Ian Davis
          • 11 Years
          1 month, 17 days ago

          DCL > Lacazette for a -4?

          1. AC/DC AFC
            • 5 Years
            1 month, 17 days ago

            Yep

        3. Phlajo
          • 1 Year
          1 month, 17 days ago

          On FH
          A) AWB
          B) Maguire

          1. OleBall
              1 month, 17 days ago

              AWB for me. Burnley one of the best defending set pieces

          2. Gazza2000
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 9 Years
            1 month, 17 days ago

            Thoughts on Salah, DCL and Kilman to Rashford, Kane and Mitchell for -4 to give me the lot below?
            Son and Kane will go out for another -4 in GW19 for Salah and Antonio to give me 11 DGW players.

            Dias Cancelo Dier Mitchell
            KDB Fernandes Son Rashford
            Kane

            1. AC/DC AFC
              • 5 Years
              1 month, 17 days ago

              Yes

            2. Gazza2000
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 9 Years
              1 month, 17 days ago

              Could get Saka in for Rashford and save me one hit and keep Son for GW19 instead of Rashford....

          3. Rinseboy
            • 9 Years
            1 month, 17 days ago

            Who scores more this week?

            Rashford or Gundo?!!

            1. Miguel Sanchez
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 4 Years
              1 month, 17 days ago

              Rashford

              1. Rinseboy
                • 9 Years
                1 month, 17 days ago

                dont think Burnley will be tight game?

            2. Gazza2000
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 9 Years
              1 month, 17 days ago

              Rashford

            3. The Senate
              • 2 Years
              1 month, 17 days ago

              Sir Dr Marcus

          4. Pointless
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 5 Years
            1 month, 17 days ago

            a) Tierney (CRY + NEW)
            b) Saiss (EVE + WBA)
            c) Cresswell ( blank + BUR/WBA)

            To replace Balbuena this week for a -4 (will BB in GW19)

          5. F_Ivanovic
            • 5 Years
            1 month, 17 days ago

            What's everyone doing with DCL that aren't on a FH? Would have to take a hit to move for someone like Wilson but then I'm not getting in a DGW player for next week.

            1. UNDERWORLD7
              • 9 Years
              1 month, 17 days ago

              I’m selling tonight, used my FH well already, likely Wilson & bringing in a Man U defender with the other FT

            2. The Senate
              • 2 Years
              1 month, 17 days ago

              Sold him for Wilson already, who may end up on the bench in 19

          6. JJeyy
            • 5 Years
            1 month, 17 days ago

            High chance leeds lose their Double?

            1. The Senate
              • 2 Years
              1 month, 17 days ago

              why?

            2. waldo666
              • 10 Years
              1 month, 17 days ago

              Looks that way and I have 3 of em, plus 2 Southampton 🙁

          7. Hansel
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 10 Years
            1 month, 17 days ago

            A) AWB + Gundo
            B) Stones + Neto

            FH

            1. W
              • 7 Years
              1 month, 17 days ago

              Like the Neto punt

            2. OleBall
                1 month, 17 days ago

                AWB & Stones lol

            3. Sturridge Wars
              • 6 Years
              1 month, 17 days ago

              Which one?

              A) Save FH play 8
              Holding / Dier / Maguire
              Bruno / Rashford / Son / KDB
              Kane

              B)Free Hit Team
              Ederson
              Holding / Dias / Dier
              Bruno / KDB / Son / Saka
              Kane / Lacazette / Wilson.

              1. Gazza2000
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 9 Years
                1 month, 17 days ago

                A

              2. OleBall
                  1 month, 17 days ago

                  A

              3. FPL Kaka
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 5 Years
                1 month, 17 days ago

                If I take a - 8 to catch the rises now can I still get bailed out by the FH tomorrow and negate the hits?

                1. W
                  • 7 Years
                  1 month, 17 days ago

                  Yep

                2. BobbyDoesNotLook
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 3 Years
                  1 month, 17 days ago

                  Yes

              4. W
                • 7 Years
                1 month, 17 days ago

                Best 4.5 defender on FH?

                Can't be ARS or MCI!

                Clark?

              5. Manani
                • 9 Years
                1 month, 17 days ago

                thoughts on this 433 FH team:

                Darlow
                Tierney Cancelo Stones Dier
                Son KDB Bruno
                Wilson Laca Kane

              6. Kuzser
                • 3 Years
                1 month, 17 days ago

                Got -2 bgw players in the last 24 hours, but still not keen to FH.
                What would by the best way to approach both gw18 and 19?
                1) gw18: Salah-> Sterling/Rashford
                gw19: saka Brewster-> souchek adams for -4 and BB (no Salah for dgw)
                2) gw18: Dcl-> Laca
                gw19: laca saka Brewster-> Souchek Adams Antonio for -8 and BB

                Team atm:
                (Johnstone Martinez)
                Dier Stones (Dallas Coufal Justin)
                Son KdB Bruno Saka (Salah)
                Brewster (Dcl, Bamford)

              7. Fletch365
                • 2 Years
                1 month, 17 days ago

                Would you rather:

                A: Stones, Saka & Rashford
                B: Cancelo, Gundogan and Lacazette

                1. AC/DC AFC
                  • 5 Years
                  1 month, 17 days ago

                  Impossible question... Flip a coin!

              8. marpy016
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 9 Years
                1 month, 17 days ago

                Postponed Villa game hurts, as planning to navigate without a FH. Already used my free to go Salah to Son. Would you stick or twist with this lot:

                Lowton - Dias - Dier - Holding
                KDB - Fernandes - Son
                Kane - Brewster

                Non playing: Martinez, Forster, Coufal, Soucek, Grealish

                1. AC/DC AFC
                  • 5 Years
                  1 month, 17 days ago

                  Stick but I wouldn't be holding Brewster still.

                  Never had him to be fair

                  1. marpy016
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 9 Years
                    1 month, 17 days ago

                    Cheers, I was leaning that way given general uncertainty of everything.

                    Brewster was a week 1 placeholder that has never been dealt with. I'm still hoping he can break his drought this week and reward my patience.

              9. Weasel Boy
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 8 Years
                1 month, 17 days ago

                Pretty template
                Look OK?

                Lloris
                Dias Stones Bellerin
                Rash Bruno Kdb(c) Son Smith Rowe
                Kane Wilson

                Forster Holding Brewster Mitchell

                1. UNDERWORLD7
                  • 9 Years
                  1 month, 17 days ago

                  Tierney instead of Bellerin

                  1. Weasel Boy
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 8 Years
                    1 month, 17 days ago

                    Can't afford unfortunately.

              10. UNDERWORLD7
                • 9 Years
                1 month, 17 days ago

                Do any teams not play in 19 now? What is this Shrewsbury news?

                1. AC/DC AFC
                  • 5 Years
                  1 month, 17 days ago

                  FA cup replay for the postponement i think.

                  FA Cup 4th round means play the match soon...

                  1. UNDERWORLD7
                    • 9 Years
                    1 month, 17 days ago

                    Ahh okies no probs

              11. AC/DC AFC
                • 5 Years
                1 month, 17 days ago

                For Gw18 and 19:

                1) Lacazette
                2) Martial
                3) Cavani

                Or.... Any other good ideas?

                £10.1 million forward needed

                1. Gazza2000
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 9 Years
                  1 month, 17 days ago

                  Think that the Man Utd lads will share minutes, maybe go with Lacazette and swap to Antonio for the double?

                  1. AC/DC AFC
                    • 5 Years
                    1 month, 17 days ago

                    Good thinking Gazza

              12. as33
                • 5 Years
                1 month, 17 days ago

                What to do with Sterling?

                1. AC/DC AFC
                  • 5 Years
                  1 month, 17 days ago

                  Send him to Dubai for some winter sun?