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. MarcusAurelius
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 5 Years
    1 month, 16 days ago

    On a FH

    A) Wan Bissaka
    B) Maguire

    1. Thia6o
      • 7 Years
      1 month, 16 days ago

      AWB

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

      a

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

      b

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

      A, Maguire is on 4 yellows

      1. MarcusAurelius
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        1 month, 16 days ago

        It’s a FH so not bothered about the yellows

    5. OleBall
        1 month, 16 days ago

        A

    6. Thia6o
      • 7 Years
      1 month, 16 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 month, 16 days ago

          G2g no need to FH

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

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

        • JohnnyRev7
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 10 Years
          1 month, 16 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.

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

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

        1. OleBall
            1 month, 16 days ago

            No chance

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

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

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

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

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

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

          2. Milkman Bruno
              1 month, 16 days ago

              Yeah he’s been rock solid

          3. The Nuttman
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 9 Years
            1 month, 16 days ago

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

          4. Alnair
            • 4 Years
            1 month, 16 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
              • 8 Years
              1 month, 16 days ago

              Eh?

          5. JohnnyRev7
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 10 Years
            1 month, 16 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
            • 2 Years
            1 month, 16 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 month, 16 days ago

                Swap Davis to Brewster on the bench

              • Third Eye Vision
                • 8 Years
                1 month, 16 days ago

                Turn it up with the remote control.

              • Weasel Boy
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 8 Years
                1 month, 16 days ago

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

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

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

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

                No.

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

                No his fixture is too juicy.

            3. RyanMK
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 2 Years
              1 month, 16 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
                • 11 Years
                1 month, 16 days ago

                For me 3

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

                1. OleBall
                    1 month, 16 days ago

                    ^ What he said

                  • waldo666
                    • 10 Years
                    1 month, 16 days ago

                    2 points isn't the worst case though.

                2. waldo666
                  • 10 Years
                  1 month, 16 days ago

                  Similar numbers here and leaning to FH.

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

                Dier or AWB?

                On Dier cuurently

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

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

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

                Pages are flying - repost!

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

                Clark?

                1. Yes Ndidi
                  • 1 Year
                  1 month, 16 days ago

                  as good as any

                2. JabariParkersEyelid
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 1 Year
                  1 month, 16 days ago

                  Or Yedlin yeah I guess.

              4. Kellz86
                • 3 Years
                1 month, 16 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
                  • 5 Years
                  1 month, 16 days ago

                  Me too! Good luck bud.

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

                  Yeah why not!

              5. MarcusAurelius
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 5 Years
                1 month, 16 days ago

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

                A) Gundogan
                B) Dias

                1. Tonyawesome69 WC,FH,TC left
                  • 2 Years
                  1 month, 16 days ago

                  Prefer Foden

                  1. MarcusAurelius
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 5 Years
                    1 month, 16 days ago

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

                    1. Tonyawesome69 WC,FH,TC left
                      • 2 Years
                      1 month, 16 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
                  1 month, 16 days ago

                  B

                3. OleBall
                    1 month, 16 days ago

                    B

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

                    B

                4. George James
                  • 6 Years
                  1 month, 16 days ago

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

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

                  1. The Knights Template
                    • 7 Years
                    1 month, 16 days ago

                    98k

                    1. George James
                      • 6 Years
                      1 month, 16 days ago

                      That it 🙂

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

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

                  3. Pariße
                    • 5 Years
                    1 month, 16 days ago

                    Get the captain right and you're okay

                5. KAPTAIN KANE
                  • 4 Years
                  1 month, 16 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 WC,FH,TC left
                    • 2 Years
                    1 month, 16 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
                    1 month, 16 days ago

                    I would I think

                    1. KAPTAIN KANE
                      • 4 Years
                      1 month, 16 days ago

                      Thanks both

                  3. Inazuma X1
                    • 3 Years
                    1 month, 16 days ago

                    Yes

                  4. Marcin the Pole
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 5 Years
                    1 month, 16 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
                      1 month, 16 days ago

                      Thanks all

                6. Jon Walter's Hatty
                  • 7 Years
                  1 month, 16 days ago

                  Dawson goal

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

                    Assist?

                    1. Jon Walter's Hatty
                      • 7 Years
                      1 month, 16 days ago

                      Bowen

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

                        Cheers

                7. Alnair
                  • 4 Years
                  1 month, 16 days ago

                  Welp, time to sell Balbuena for a hit.

                8. George Agdgdgwngo
                  • 11 Years
                  1 month, 16 days ago

                  Dam DCL is a right pain.

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

                  Salah & DCL > Rashford & Kane

                9. BeWater
                    1 month, 16 days ago

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

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

                      Just downright awful luck.

                      1. J ⚒ Salah & Vinagre
                        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                        • 6 Years
                        1 month, 16 days ago

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

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

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

                  • Ady87
                    • 7 Years
                    1 month, 16 days ago

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

                    1. aleksaa2
                      • 4 Years
                      1 month, 16 days ago

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

                  • Manani
                    • 9 Years
                    1 month, 16 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
                      • 7 Years
                      1 month, 16 days ago

                      Arise, Sir Manani!

                    2. Pariße
                      • 5 Years
                      1 month, 16 days ago

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

                  • Hazz
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 3 Years
                    1 month, 16 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
                      • 5 Years
                      1 month, 16 days ago

                      No pool will hurt

                      Do FH18, WC19 🙂

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

                        Can't BB in that case!

                  • wulfranian
                    • 4 Years
                    1 month, 16 days ago

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

                    1. The Knights Template
                      • 7 Years
                      1 month, 16 days ago

                      No

                  • Jon Walter's Hatty
                    • 7 Years
                    1 month, 16 days ago

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

                  • JAYPEE
                    • 2 Years
                    1 month, 16 days ago

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

                    1. Pukki Party
                      • 3 Years
                      1 month, 16 days ago

                      B

                    2. aleksaa2
                      • 4 Years
                      1 month, 16 days ago

                      B

                  • Pukki Party
                    • 3 Years
                    1 month, 16 days ago

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

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

                      Will set a reminder for 5pm

                    2. Pariße
                      • 5 Years
                      1 month, 16 days ago

                      Do it now why are you doing this

                  • Pariße
                    • 5 Years
                    1 month, 16 days ago

                    FH team:

                    Patricio
                    AWB Tierney Dias
                    Bruyne Fernandes Son Saka
                    Kane Lacazette Wilson

                    Forster McTominay Kilman Mitchell

                  • DALEDOBACK
                    • 1 Year
                    1 month, 16 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 WC,FH,TC left
                      • 2 Years
                      1 month, 16 days ago

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

                  • Tonyawesome69 WC,FH,TC left
                    • 2 Years
                    1 month, 16 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
                      • 1 Year
                      1 month, 16 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