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

KEY MATCHES

Manchester City v Brighton and Hove Albion

3,604 Comments Post a Comment
  1. MarcusAurelius
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 5 Years
    10 months, 25 days ago

    On a FH

    A) Wan Bissaka
    B) Maguire

    1. Thiagwho
      • 8 Years
      10 months, 25 days ago

      AWB

    2. The Senate
      • 3 Years
      10 months, 25 days ago

      a

    3. riot
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      10 months, 25 days ago

      b

    4. Gazza2000
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      10 months, 25 days ago

      A, Maguire is on 4 yellows

      1. MarcusAurelius
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        10 months, 25 days ago

        It’s a FH so not bothered about the yellows

    5. OleBall
      • 1 Year
      10 months, 25 days ago

      A

  2. Thiagwho
    • 8 Years
    10 months, 25 days ago

    Dont really want to the pull trigger on FH chip when I would only bring in 3 players with it-What to do?

    Leno
    Mitchell Dias
    Fernandes KDB Son McTominay Neto
    Kane

    Martinez/Dallas/Chilwell/Bamford/Justin/DCL

    1. OleBall
      • 1 Year
      10 months, 25 days ago

      G2g no need to FH

    2. Bram
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 12 Years
      10 months, 25 days ago

      9 players without a chip pretty good this gw. Chillwell to Cancelo or shift DCL.

    3. JohnnyRev7
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 11 Years
      10 months, 25 days ago

      Does playing with 9 (including Mitchell, McTominay and Neto) rock your boat and make you confident this GW?

      Or would you prefer to have the best 11 starters you can afford this GW? With some bench?

      It's your call.

  3. ALegendJ
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 7 Years
    10 months, 25 days ago

    When is the yellow cards cut off? Any chance Maguire gets benched having 4 yellows with Liverpool next?

    1. OleBall
      • 1 Year
      10 months, 25 days ago

      No chance

    2. Bram
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 12 Years
      10 months, 25 days ago

      After 19 games played by their team (not a fixed date)

  4. Abusive_Sgt_Daelrhos
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 7 Years
    10 months, 25 days ago

    Is Stones nailed on? Sorry I haven't touched fpl for few days

    1. The Nuttman
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      10 months, 25 days ago

      Probably, but not definitely. Kind of 80-90%.

    2. Milkman Bruno
        10 months, 25 days ago

        Yeah he’s been rock solid

    3. The Nuttman
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      10 months, 25 days ago

      If you already have Bellerin, would you just stick with him?

    4. Alnair
      • 5 Years
      10 months, 25 days ago

      Just saw the FA cup draw, if anyone finds some money covered in crude oil please be sure to return it to the FA official who dropped it.

      1. Third Eye Vision
        • 9 Years
        10 months, 25 days ago

        Eh?

    5. JohnnyRev7
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 11 Years
      10 months, 25 days ago

      Didn't intend FHing but when reduced to 5 starters, needs must. Settled on this (almost). It's very template but I think the projected GW points gain is worth the chip.

      Loris
      Stones / Dias / Tierney
      Saka / KDB / Bruno / Rashford / Son
      Wilson / Kane

      Steer: Brewster / Kilman / Mitchell (almost a playing bench!)

      My inner rebel wants Smith Rowe instead of Saka but I'll debate that later with the voices in my head.

      GTG?

    6. Jones Kusi
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      10 months, 25 days ago

      What do you think of this FH team? My TV is quiet low.
      0.3 ITB
      Leno
      Holding Cancelo Stones (mitchell, Struijk)
      Kdb, Rash, Bruno, Son, Smith Rowe
      Kane, Wilson (Davis)

      1. OleBall
        • 1 Year
        10 months, 25 days ago

        Swap Davis to Brewster on the bench

      2. Third Eye Vision
        • 9 Years
        10 months, 25 days ago

        Turn it up with the remote control.

      3. Weasel Boy
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 9 Years
        10 months, 25 days ago

        Decent
        Similar to mine except I have Lloris Tierney and Dias instead of Leno Holding Cancelo

    7. Gazza2000
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      10 months, 25 days ago

      Would you do Son to Rashford in GW19 for a -4 ?

      1. The Nuttman
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 9 Years
        10 months, 25 days ago

        No.

      2. Weak Become Heros
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        10 months, 25 days ago

        No his fixture is too juicy.

    8. RyanMK
      • 3 Years
      10 months, 25 days ago

      Currently only have 6 starters with the Villa game postponed. 6 starters includes KDB, Fernandes, Kane. Should I:

      1. Play my Free Hit
      2. Grealish to Son for -4
      3. Grealish + DCL to Son + Wilson for -8.

      1. Sarri-ball
        • 12 Years
        10 months, 25 days ago

        For me 3

        Becomes a -4 as son and wilson both get atleast 2 points each worse case

        1. OleBall
          • 1 Year
          10 months, 25 days ago

          ^ What he said

        2. waldo666
          • 11 Years
          10 months, 25 days ago

          2 points isn't the worst case though.

      2. waldo666
        • 11 Years
        10 months, 25 days ago

        Similar numbers here and leaning to FH.

    9. Malkmus
      • 10 Years
      10 months, 25 days ago

      Dier or AWB?

      On Dier cuurently

      1. W
        • 8 Years
        10 months, 25 days ago

        Depends a bit on rest of team, but yeah probably dier

    10. W
      • 8 Years
      10 months, 25 days ago

      Pages are flying - repost!

      Best 4.5 defender on FH?
      Can't be ARS or MCI

      Clark?

      1. Yes Ndidi
        • 2 Years
        10 months, 25 days ago

        as good as any

      2. JabariParkersEyelid
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 2 Years
        10 months, 25 days ago

        Or Yedlin yeah I guess.

    11. Kellz86
      • 4 Years
      10 months, 25 days ago

      Given his how this season had gone I fully expect Auba to score two or more here. Taking the punt because why not?

      1. Marcin the Pole
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 6 Years
        10 months, 25 days ago

        Me too! Good luck bud.

      2. W
        • 8 Years
        10 months, 25 days ago

        Yeah why not!

    12. MarcusAurelius
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      10 months, 25 days ago

      KDB and Cancelo are locked in my FH team. Who for the third City spot?

      A) Gundogan
      B) Dias

      1. Tonyawesome69
        • 2 Years
        10 months, 25 days ago

        Prefer Foden

        1. MarcusAurelius
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 5 Years
          10 months, 25 days ago

          I would but too much of a question mark on him starting

          1. Tonyawesome69
            • 2 Years
            10 months, 25 days ago

            Based on current form and the amount of games he has played on the bounce, I think he is nailed at the moment

      2. Gazza2000
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 9 Years
        10 months, 25 days ago

        B

      3. OleBall
        • 1 Year
        10 months, 25 days ago

        B

      4. Bram
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 12 Years
        10 months, 25 days ago

        B

    13. George James
      • 6 Years
      10 months, 25 days ago

      How bad will my red arrow
      Be? (49k)

      Stones • Cancelo
      Saka • Son • KDB (c) • Bruno
      Kane • Brewster

      1. The Knights Template
        • 8 Years
        10 months, 25 days ago

        98k

        1. George James
          • 6 Years
          10 months, 25 days ago

          That it 🙂

      2. Bram
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 12 Years
        10 months, 25 days ago

        Likely not as bad as mine with Dier and Zaha to your Saka & Son! Rest same.

      3. Pariße
        • 6 Years
        10 months, 25 days ago

        Get the captain right and you're okay

    14. KAPTAIN KANE
      • 4 Years
      10 months, 25 days ago

      Would you FH this?

      No Keeper
      Cancelo | Lowton | Mitchell
      KdB | Bruno | Son
      Kane

      DCL* | Bamford | Grealish | Soucek | Dallas | Targett | McCarthy | Steer

      0.5ITB, 0FTs

      Worth mentioning I’ve already made 2FTs (Salah to KdB & Cresswell to Cancelo) both of which I’d want next week.

      Thanks

      1. Tonyawesome69
        • 2 Years
        10 months, 25 days ago

        You need to FH unless you are willing to take a couple of hits to set up for both 18 and 19.

      2. Steve The Spud
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 1 Year
        10 months, 25 days ago

        I would I think

        1. KAPTAIN KANE
          • 4 Years
          10 months, 25 days ago

          Thanks both

      3. Inazuma X1
        • 4 Years
        10 months, 25 days ago

        Yes

      4. Marcin the Pole
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 6 Years
        10 months, 25 days ago

        I think I'd take a -8 and remove DCL and Grealish in your position. Its very close though and depends whether you think that would leave you in a strong enough position for the DGW.

        1. KAPTAIN KANE
          • 4 Years
          10 months, 25 days ago

          Thanks all

    15. Jon Walter's Hatty
      • 8 Years
      10 months, 25 days ago

      Dawson goal

      1. CRO KLOPP
        • 4 Years
        10 months, 25 days ago

        Assist?

        1. Jon Walter's Hatty
          • 8 Years
          10 months, 25 days ago

          Bowen

          1. CRO KLOPP
            • 4 Years
            10 months, 25 days ago

            Cheers

    16. Alnair
      • 5 Years
      10 months, 25 days ago

      Welp, time to sell Balbuena for a hit.

    17. George Agdgdgwngo
      • 12 Years
      10 months, 25 days ago

      Dam DCL is a right pain.

      Would you consider going no Salah for the dgw and do:-

      Salah & DCL > Rashford & Kane

    18. BeWater
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      10 months, 25 days ago

      Balbuena became an absolutely horrific option within minutes of the GW16 deadline. Dawson not going anywhere.

      1. Alnair
        • 5 Years
        10 months, 25 days ago

        Just downright awful luck.

        1. J ⚒ Gimme ur Mané
          • 7 Years
          10 months, 25 days ago

          Not awful luck, Dawson’s just been brilliant for us since coming in.

      2. Forza
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 6 Years
        10 months, 25 days ago

        Could be something to do with this: https://twitter.com/ExWHUemployee/status/1348729172999467009?s=19

    19. Ady87
      • 8 Years
      10 months, 25 days ago

      Those that have all chips but aren’t using one this week, what are you doing next week?

      1. aleksaa2
        • 5 Years
        10 months, 25 days ago

        Nothing, if Leeds vs Soton gets postponed, I'll have 9DGWers and 2SGWers. If it's on all 11DGWers.

    20. Manani
      • 10 Years
      10 months, 25 days ago

      FH team gtg?

      Darlow
      Tierney Stones Cancelo Dier
      Son Bruno KDB
      Kane Wilson Laca

      4.0 Mitchell McT 4.3m

      1. The Knights Template
        • 8 Years
        10 months, 25 days ago

        Arise, Sir Manani!

      2. Pariße
        • 6 Years
        10 months, 25 days ago

        You confident Darlow is gonna start? Dubravka had a fine display against Arsenal on Saturday.

    21. Hazz
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      10 months, 25 days ago

      How's this for a WC18 / BB19?

      Lloris
      Cancelo / Stones / AWB / Holding
      KDB / Fernandes / Rashford / Son
      Lacazette / --

      Martinez // Antonio / Bamford / Soucek Coufal

      Good enough for BB19? The obvious exclusion is no Salah, so which two would you lose to bring him in (if you did)?

      1. Differentiator
        • 6 Years
        10 months, 25 days ago

        No pool will hurt

        Do FH18, WC19 🙂

        1. Hazz
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 4 Years
          10 months, 25 days ago

          Can't BB in that case!

    22. wulfrunian
      • 5 Years
      10 months, 25 days ago

      For BB in dgw19 do you think it's worth to do Wood/Adams->Antonio for a -8?

      1. The Knights Template
        • 8 Years
        10 months, 25 days ago

        No

    23. Jon Walter's Hatty
      • 8 Years
      10 months, 25 days ago

      Antonio going to get 90 but very quiet. Probably a good thing at least minutes in the tank.

    24. JAYPEE
      • 3 Years
      10 months, 25 days ago

      A) Darlow and Tierney
      Or
      B) De Gea and Stones

      1. Pukki Party
        • 4 Years
        10 months, 25 days ago

        B

      2. aleksaa2
        • 5 Years
        10 months, 25 days ago

        B

    25. Pukki Party
      • 4 Years
      10 months, 25 days ago

      Guys please remind me to activate FH tomorrow, on -52 atm. Thanks

      1. Differentiator
        • 6 Years
        10 months, 25 days ago

        Will set a reminder for 5pm

      2. Pariße
        • 6 Years
        10 months, 25 days ago

        Do it now why are you doing this

    26. Pariße
      • 6 Years
      10 months, 25 days ago

      FH team:

      Patricio
      AWB Tierney Dias
      Bruyne Fernandes Son Saka
      Kane Lacazette Wilson

      Forster McTominay Kilman Mitchell

    27. DALEDOBACK
      • 2 Years
      10 months, 25 days ago

      Looking to save FH and get 8 out for a -4. One of my transfers out is DCL. Looking at possible replacements/strategies...

      A) Jesus or is he a non starter?
      B) Lacazette
      C) Use FH
      D) Get to sleep reassess in the AM

      1. Tonyawesome69
        • 2 Years
        10 months, 25 days ago

        I wouldn't waste a City spot on Jesus. Depends on the 7 players that you have.

    28. Tonyawesome69
      • 2 Years
      10 months, 25 days ago

      Is this enough without having to use FH or transfer Balbuena to Shaw/Lindeloff for a 2nd hit? (can't afford Maguire or AWB and both Shaw and Linedloff trained today)

      0FT 3.3itb
      Holding Cancelo Stones
      Son Bruno KDB
      Kane

      Non-GW18 players
      Martinez Johnstone Coufal Balbuena Soucek Raphinha Rodrigo Bamford

      1. DALEDOBACK
        • 2 Years
        10 months, 25 days ago

        I would FH. As our teams are near identical I've probably answered my own question!

        Holding Mitchell Stones
        KDB Son Bruno
        Kane