Captain Sensible

Who are the best FPL captain options for Gameweek 22?

Fantasy Premier League managers are looking to Liverpool, Manchester City and Manchester United for the Gameweek 22 captaincy.

The pressure is high for the latest round of midweek matches after a number of the popular options blanked over the weekend and there could even be more rotation to consider too…

As per usual, the Captain Sensible article is here to highlight which assets have the best chance of posting an explosive score in Gameweek 22.

We assess the individual statistics of the key candidates and compare them with the defences they are about to face.

As this uses extensive data from Fantasy Football Scout’s Premium Members Area, only those with a valid subscription can access it in full.

CAPTAIN POLL

Fresh from a long-awaited double-digit haul against West Ham. Mohamed Salah (£12.6m) tops the Gameweek 22 captain poll.

He may have gone six Premier League matches without a goal but the Egyptian looked back to his best ahead of Liverpool hosting Brighton.

As a result, 35.4% of Fantasy Football Scout voters have chosen him as their skipper for Gameweek 22.

That is close to double the size of Bruno Fernandes’ (£11.4m) following, who is the current runner-up on 18.5%.

The Manchester United midfielder has been on a dry spell of his own, registering just an assist in his last five league matches.

His support is likely based on the fixture, which pits the Red Devils against a Southampton side without a clean sheet in each of their last three matches and currently suffering an injury crisis.

Despite a Gameweek 21 benching, Raheem Sterling (£11.6m) remains in the captaincy conversation. With his rest out of the way, it seems likely the Manchester City midfielder will start for the trip to Burnley on Wednesday.

Sterling has two goals and two assists across his last three away trips which has helped him achieve the support of 13.5% in the Fantasy Football Scout captain poll. 

João Cancelo (£6.0m) is arguably in a similar boat. Having missed out against Sheffield United, his return to the team looks likely for the trip to Turf Moor. His 17-point score at West Bromwich Albion is clearly fresh in the memory, here 4.3% of our voters backing him as a differential Gameweek 22 captain.

Ilkay Gündoğan (£5.8m) was also a big-scorer at the Hawthorns but his blank against Sheffield United appears to have tempered the enthusiasm around the budget midfielder. Just 3.8% have backed last Gameweek’s most popular captain for the armband this time around.

Alexandre Lacazette (£8.4m), Dominic Calvert-Lewin (£7.6m), Callum Wilson (£6.7m), Marcus Rashford (£9.5m), Son Heung-min (£9.8m), Jack Grealish (£7.7m) and Patrick Bamford (£6.6m) are the only other options considered by more than 1% of voters.

KEY MATCHES

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1,342 Comments Post a Comment
  1. ZakyJ
    • 6 Years
    8 months, 23 days ago

    Transfer Kane out for Laca/Wilson/Watkins/Antonio
    or
    save FT & play Soucek

    1. JVALDEZ
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      8 months, 23 days ago

      I'd save

    2. EmreCan Hustle
      • 9 Years
      8 months, 23 days ago

      Antonio

  2. The Red Devil
    • 6 Years
    8 months, 23 days ago

    Martinez/Nyland
    Cancelo/Stones/Coufal/Alioski/Mitchell
    Salah/Son/Bruno/Gundogan/Soucek
    Kane/Bamford/DCL

    1 FT 5.8 ITB

    Suggestions?
    Kane to which forward? & who'd you bench??

  3. Flynny
    • 6 Years
    8 months, 23 days ago

    Hi all....1.4m to 300k in 4 weeks.

    Good to save ft? And which keeper to play,? Thanks

    Martinez / Johnstone
    Cancelo dias dallas (chilwell coufal)
    Salah Bruno gundog grealish (soucek)
    Antonio dcl watkins

    1. FFS Ultras are for Kinnear
      • 8 Years
      8 months, 23 days ago

      Subtle brag

      1. Flynny
        • 6 Years
        8 months, 23 days ago

        Its worth it after an appalling start to the season!!

        1. toerag
          • 11 Years
          8 months, 23 days ago

          who you capping this week then?? i may as well follow you as i have most of your team 😆

          1. Flynny
            • 6 Years
            8 months, 23 days ago

            Captain is Salah for sure

            Bruno vice

        2. FFS Ultras are for Kinnear
          • 8 Years
          8 months, 23 days ago

          Well done. You deserve to boast

  4. Flair
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 1 Year
    8 months, 23 days ago

    Anyone - who has him - not going for Salah (C)?

    1. Bam Saka Laca
      • 1 Year
      8 months, 23 days ago

      Raz(c)

    2. Avo24
      • 4 Years
      8 months, 23 days ago

      me, sterling (C)

    3. HuttonDressedasLahm
      • 11 Years
      8 months, 23 days ago

      Between him and Sterling, but will probably leave it on Salah

    4. toerag
      • 11 Years
      8 months, 23 days ago

      may go cancelo again, worked out well last week 😆

    5. Dark Side Of The Loon!
      • 5 Years
      8 months, 23 days ago

      Me. Cancelo C

    6. bench boost for every gamew…
      • 4 Years
      8 months, 23 days ago

      I think it Will be on Bruno, Brighton is not conceding much, and Bruno bound to get a pen SOON is he not?

  5. Jimjam
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 10 Years
    8 months, 23 days ago

    Martinez (Steer)
    Stones, Shaw, Dier (KWP**, Coufal)
    Salah, Fernandes, Son, Gundogan (Stephens)
    Kane**, Calvert-Lewin, Bamford

    1FT, 2.6 itb

    (A) KWP --> Rudiger
    (B) Stephens --> Barnes
    (C) Kane -> Antonio

  6. Rhodes your boat
    • 5 Years
    8 months, 23 days ago

    Tempted to save ft to give me more options with Kane next gw if we get more news, thoughts? 1FT 0.3itb

    Martinez
    Stones coufal Mitchell
    Salah(c) sterling Bruno son soucek
    Kane bamford

    Forster holding rudiger davis

    1. Jellyfish
      • 9 Years
      8 months, 23 days ago

      I was considering the same, but concerned about him dropping

    2. HuttonDressedasLahm
      • 11 Years
      8 months, 23 days ago

      If you lose .1 so no what? It’s nothing
      Good squad so save ft, you’ll feel good after deadline

    3. Scholes Out Forever
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      8 months, 23 days ago

      I’m considering the same.

      Only temptation is Soucek to grealish

  7. balint84
    • 5 Years
    8 months, 23 days ago

    Coufal or Rüdiger?

    1. JVALDEZ
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      8 months, 23 days ago

      rudiger

    2. Inazuma X1
      • 4 Years
      8 months, 23 days ago

      Coufal

    3. Catastrophe
      • 10 Years
      8 months, 23 days ago

      Rudi

  8. Wılly
    • 8 Years
    8 months, 23 days ago

    Was looking to save a transfer but with Mane injured is it wise to sell Mane for Sterling?

    1. iL PiStOlErO
      • 2 Years
      8 months, 23 days ago

      Mane injured? What happened?

      1. Bushwhacker
        • 2 Years
        8 months, 23 days ago

        Muscle injury, why he missed West Ham. Didn't sound long term.

      2. Wılly
        • 8 Years
        8 months, 23 days ago

        Flagged, minor muscle injury. Missed the game against West Ham and likely to miss Brighton.

  9. iL PiStOlErO
    • 2 Years
    8 months, 23 days ago

    GTG? Captain, bench ok?

    McCarthy
    Cancelo Dallas Justin
    Sterling Salah(C) Bruno Gundo
    Antonio Bamford DCL

    Forster Coufal Lowton Romeu

    1ft, 3.5itb

    1. HuttonDressedasLahm
      • 11 Years
      8 months, 23 days ago

      Yep
      2 FTs next week will be gold

      1. iL PiStOlErO
        • 2 Years
        8 months, 23 days ago

        Agreed. Cheers.

  10. George James
    • 6 Years
    8 months, 23 days ago

    Bring in Bamford or Grealish?

    1. iL PiStOlErO
      • 2 Years
      8 months, 23 days ago

      Depends on your formation and team structure. But atm would say Grealish, feels he will score more in the next few but then again you never know with BamBam and Loco...

    2. RamaJama
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      8 months, 23 days ago

      Grealish

    3. George James
      • 6 Years
      8 months, 23 days ago

      i know its just the fear kicking in but literally only one in ML that doesn't own bamford and not sure i can handle same as weekend again 🙂

      1. Bushwhacker
        • 2 Years
        8 months, 23 days ago

        Unless a blue moon happens again I wouldn't worry.

        1. toerag
          • 11 Years
          8 months, 23 days ago

          blue moon, you saw me standing alone...... 😆

  11. TomSaints
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 4 Years
    8 months, 23 days ago

    Any news on Mane?

    Tempted to rage transfer hi him to Salah for a hit

    1. Ziyech on the Bench
      • 3 Years
      8 months, 23 days ago

      I am guessing we will know tomorrow, didn't see Pep presser today

  12. GE
    • 5 Years
    8 months, 23 days ago

    Gtg or do something?

    (1FT, 3.3 itb)

    Martinez
    Cancelo/Dias/Digne
    Salah/Bruno/Son/Gundo
    DCL/Antonio/Bamford

    Bench: Messlier, Dallas, Targett, Soucek

    1. Catastrophe
      • 10 Years
      8 months, 23 days ago

      Save, in good shape.

      1. GE
        • 5 Years
        8 months, 23 days ago

        Ty

    2. janowsc
      • 6 Years
      8 months, 23 days ago

      Yeah gtg

  13. RamaJama
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 9 Years
    8 months, 23 days ago

    Ben Crelin’s spreadsheet is A difficult format to read on the mobile.

    Are there any other sites to take A look at the dgws on the phone?

    1. aleksaa2
      • 5 Years
      8 months, 23 days ago

      Did you try Andy's yt video when he explains the spreadsheet?

  14. Catastrophe
    • 10 Years
    8 months, 23 days ago

    10M in bank to improve this Team - 1 FT and loosely planning to BB DGW26. Advice appreciated!

    Martinez
    Dias, Stones, Coufal
    Salah, Fernandes, Son, Gundogan, Soucek
    DCL, Bamford

    (Steer, Mitchell, Brewster, Douglas*).

    A) Douglas -> TAA
    B) Douglas -> Robertson
    C) Douglas -> Targett
    D) Brewster -> Watkins
    E) Brewster -> Wilson
    F) Something Else!

    Cheers

  15. Atimis
    • 5 Years
    8 months, 23 days ago

    Ain't Zaha or Barnes/Maddison a better option than Grealish ?

    I mean, he had 0 shots,1 key pass last game and can't really say how AV will perform vs WH and Arsenal - these ain't some obvious fixtures

    1. Bushwhacker
      • 2 Years
      8 months, 23 days ago

      Villa still have DGW's to come though . . .

    2. GreennRed
      • 10 Years
      8 months, 23 days ago

      Check his level since he returned to PL last season, not just one game.

    3. Skymonkey
        8 months, 23 days ago

        Probably, I'd say Zaha the best out of them all cause of the fixtures.

    4. Just a fountain
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      8 months, 23 days ago

      Hello guys, i have been ser on WC25 BB26 for some time but i start having second thoughts. The issue of BB26 is the apparent lack of budget fodder like the ones from WHM or LEE in 19. 1. Who are the cheapies on tour watchlist 2. Are we expecting another DGW with 4 teams or more?

      1. Pipermaru
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 6 Years
        8 months, 23 days ago

        There's not a lot of them, agreed, but we have to pick couple and pray for a miracle, I've checked some names and there are likes of Areola, Konsa, Rudiger, Webster, Lewis, Stephens, Bartley etc. We don't know who's going to play twice in GW26 yet of course but there's always slim pickings in that bracket.

    5. jcr1997
        8 months, 23 days ago

        Kane and Foden > Barnes & Bamford or Brewster & Salah or Bamford & Zaha

        or Kane and Dier > Bamford & Rudiger

      • g40steve
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        8 months, 23 days ago

        Any changes or gtg?

        Play Watkins or Mitchell?

        Martinez
        Maguire, Stones, Dias
        Bruno, Son, Foden, Salah, Barnes
        Bamford, Watkins

        Johnson, Mitchell, Coufal, Kane

        3.3

        1. jcr1997
            8 months, 23 days ago

            gtg - play watkins

          • aleksaa2
            • 5 Years
            8 months, 23 days ago

            Watkins, gl!

          • g40steve
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 3 Years
            8 months, 23 days ago

            Cheers guys

            1. toerag
              • 11 Years
              8 months, 23 days ago

              did you go foden when all went gundo??

              if so are you sticking with it??

              i did and im hesistating about him now - playng too wide

              1. jcr1997
                  8 months, 23 days ago

                  tempted to stick with foden for 1 more game, city love playing burnley

                  1. toerag
                    • 11 Years
                    8 months, 23 days ago

                    im tempted with cancelo cap again!!

          • Firminoooo
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 5 Years
            8 months, 23 days ago

            Did Bamford to DCL last GW. Now thinking about getting him back for Brewster. Anything better to do or save FT? 1FT and 5.1m

            Martinez Johnstone
            Robertson Cancelo Dias Chilwell Coufal
            Salah Bruno Grealish Gundogan Soucek
            DCL Antonio Nrewster

            1. George James
              • 6 Years
              8 months, 23 days ago

              im doing brewster to bamford

              Go for it

          • La Roja
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 9 Years
            8 months, 23 days ago

            What to do here chaps?

            Martinez
            Dallas Digne Stones
            Son Salah Foden Gundo Bruno
            Bamford Antonio

            Forster Kane* Coufal Pieters

            1FT & 1.4m itb

            A) Foden Kane ➡ Grealish Jesus -4
            B) Foden Kane ➡ Sterlo(c) Wilson -4
            C) Foden ➡ Maddison
            D) Kane ➡ Wilson

            1. deanchatt
              • 9 Years
              8 months, 23 days ago

              C - and if you want to save some funds would consider Barnes.

            2. HuttonDressedasLahm
              • 11 Years
              8 months, 23 days ago

              Only take a hit if you’re going to use a new captain
              B for me then, but not sure about taking a hit

            3. Skymonkey
                8 months, 23 days ago

                I'd take the hit. I would go for 'a' since Jesus is Man city's main threat and Grealish is Villa's. The reasoning behind taking a hit is that are your transferred in players going to get a profit? If you are taking -4, Grealish and Jesus should get 4+ points than Foden Kane combined.

            4. George James
              • 6 Years
              8 months, 23 days ago

              any idea when we will know if its Southampton or Everton with the potential DGW in 24?

            5. deanchatt
              • 9 Years
              8 months, 23 days ago

              Guys who to bench this week out of these three ?

              A) Son (Yes i know.. but spurs look useless at the moment)
              B) Watkins
              C) Antonio

              1. jcr1997
                  8 months, 23 days ago

                  son

                • Bushwhacker
                  • 2 Years
                  8 months, 23 days ago

                  Can't bench Son . . . must be other options beyond those three, I'd pick Watkins.

              2. Elly88 > KTR (Kevin The …
                • 9 Years
                8 months, 23 days ago

                What is the situation with Bamford, I bet most of us expect him to play.

                1. Leeds-Utd
                  • 10 Years
                  8 months, 23 days ago

                  Definitely playing

                  1. Elly88 > KTR (Kevin The …
                    • 9 Years
                    8 months, 23 days ago

                    Nice. I saw a post here stating that Bamford himself said that he is okay.

                  1. Elly88 > KTR (Kevin The …
                    • 9 Years
                    8 months, 23 days ago

                    Looks like there is some doubt.

                    1. GreennRed
                      • 10 Years
                      8 months, 23 days ago

                      Not doubt so much as not 100% confirmed fit to play. The medics will decide that, not Bamford.

                2. Bushwhacker
                  • 2 Years
                  8 months, 23 days ago

                  Deffo in for 2 pts this week

              3. Manani
                • 9 Years
                8 months, 23 days ago

                save FT?

                Martinez
                Chiwell Cancelo Diaz Holding
                Salah Grealish Soucek Pulisic Gundogan
                DCL
                (Adams Coufal Brewster)

              4. Top Lad Dakes.
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 4 Years
                8 months, 23 days ago

                Gtg? Any moves needed atm? 1FT 4.8 ITB

                Martinez (Areola)
                Cancelo Stones Digne (Dallas Coufal)
                Salah(c) Bruno Son Gundogan (Soucek)
                Antonio Watkins Bamford

                1. Skymonkey
                    8 months, 23 days ago

                    No, save your transfers.

                2. richarlison2348
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  8 months, 23 days ago

                  Play Johnstone (SHU)
                  or Martinez (WHU)

                  1. Nomar
                    • 11 Years
                    8 months, 23 days ago

                    Marty

                  2. Bushwhacker
                    • 2 Years
                    8 months, 23 days ago

                    Total toss up tbh ; SHU are pretty toothless

                3. SallySlayer
                  • 1 Year
                  8 months, 23 days ago

                  Front 7

                  Son - Barnes - Bruno - Gundo (bissouma)
                  DCL - Bam - Wilson

                  Anyone to transfer out for Salah this week or leave and roll a transfer?

                  1. Skymonkey
                      8 months, 23 days ago

                      If you are on an FT, get in Salah even if its a 4 point hit to get funds. Salah should get at least 4 more points than Son on paper meaning your transfer costs are replenished.

                      1. SallySlayer
                        • 1 Year
                        8 months, 23 days ago

                        Yes I have plenty ITB to cover and on FT. What are the odds that Salah starts on wednesday? Spurs looked awful going forward w/o Kane but transferring out Son before the game vs wba seems wrong.

                        1. Skymonkey
                            8 months, 23 days ago

                            With Mane not confirmed, Salah should play and thrive. He faces BHA next game and Son faces Chelsea. And the gameweek after, Salah faces City, and Son faces WBA. Maybe if you want, you could transfer in Salah, this time, and transfer in Son next gameweek.

                    • Catastrophe
                      • 10 Years
                      8 months, 23 days ago

                      Best defender to transfer in to join Dias & Stones? 10.1 ITB...

                      TAA?

                      Cheers

                      1. Jimbo74
                        • 4 Years
                        8 months, 23 days ago

                        Exactly the move I'm contemplating. I'm looking rid of Chilwell and TAA and Liverpool are hitting a bit of form.

                    • diesel001
                      • 4 Years
                      8 months, 23 days ago

                      Sterling(c) the good choice. Will play and Burnley seem to hate playing City.

                      1. Holmes
                        • 8 Years
                        8 months, 23 days ago

                        Why does he keep getting benched vs Burnley?

                      2. Skymonkey
                          8 months, 23 days ago

                          If you have Salah he's the captain pick

                      3. Rockaa
                        • 1 Year
                        8 months, 23 days ago

                        Start

                        De Gea (vs Southampton)

                        Or

                        Martinez (vs WHU)?

                        1. caldracula
                          • 5 Years
                          8 months, 23 days ago

                          DDG