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.

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1,342 Comments Post a Comment
  1. Igz08
    • 4 Years
    4 months, 12 days ago

    Start 3:
    A) Digne
    B) Cresswell
    C) Dallas
    D) Antonio
    E) DCL
    F) Soucek

    Currently on ADE

    1. Toked
      • 5 Years
      4 months, 12 days ago

      CDE for me, prefer Dallas' attacking potential over Digne's currently

  2. wulfrunian
    • 4 Years
    4 months, 12 days ago

    Grealish or Fernandes captain?

    1. waldo666
      • 10 Years
      4 months, 12 days ago

      Fernandes

    2. AC/DC AFC
      • 5 Years
      4 months, 12 days ago

      Brave to go with Bruno.

      Saints still pretty tight to play against.

    3. wulfrunian
      • 4 Years
      4 months, 12 days ago

      cheers

  3. dogtanion
    • 11 Years
    4 months, 12 days ago

    TAA and Robbo should both start tomorrow?

    1. Toked
      • 5 Years
      4 months, 12 days ago

      Likely

    2. sminkypinky
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      4 months, 12 days ago

      Wednesday

      1. waldo666
        • 10 Years
        4 months, 12 days ago

        Tomorrow is Wednesday 😉

  4. Toked
    • 5 Years
    4 months, 12 days ago

    Soucek to Grealish for free? Still have Kane

    1. AC/DC AFC
      • 5 Years
      4 months, 12 days ago

      Yes

      1. bros
        • 9 Years
        4 months, 12 days ago

        Yip

  5. winchester
      4 months, 12 days ago

      Evening lads! Have 1ft and 0,3m itb

      martinez (martin)
      dias cancelo dallas (coufal taylor)
      salah bruno son soucek gundo
      bamford adams (kane)

      Wildcard, bb, tc available. GTG this gw? Considering using wildcard before the dgw and bb on the dgw, with those thoughts is it worth Kane out now? would lose much value invested in that lad..
      a) save ft
      b) kane -> dcl (bench adams)
      c) kane -> wilson (bench adams)
      d) martin+kane - > johnstone+antonio -4 (martin blocking 3rd west ham player)

    • Ha.
      • 5 Years
      4 months, 12 days ago

      Kane and Soucek > Bamford and Salah (-4)

      Y/N?

      1. AC/DC AFC
        • 5 Years
        4 months, 12 days ago

        Yes

      2. Toked
        • 5 Years
        4 months, 12 days ago

        Yes

      3. Jimjam
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 10 Years
        4 months, 12 days ago

        Looks good

      4. Rhodes your boat
        • 4 Years
        4 months, 12 days ago

        Yep

      5. Original Pirate Material
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 2 Years
        4 months, 12 days ago

        Wish I did this last week but i bottled it :(.

        Yes.

    • OptimusBlack
      • 8 Years
      4 months, 12 days ago

      Who to get .
      A- Bamford > Firmnio
      B- Stones > Cancelo
      C- james > Alonso

      1. Jimjam
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 10 Years
        4 months, 12 days ago

        B if you need to use a FT

      2. Tonyawesome69
        • 2 Years
        4 months, 12 days ago

        B if FT

      3. OptimusBlack
        • 8 Years
        4 months, 12 days ago

        Yes FT

    • geoffrolph
      • 9 Years
      4 months, 12 days ago

      Saka > Grealish? Or save the transfer?

      Thanks

      1. jesus jesus
        • 9 Years
        4 months, 12 days ago

        Same transfer done with dgw in hindsight

    • Jimjam
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      4 months, 12 days ago

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

      1FT, 2.6 itb

      (A) Stephens ---> Barnes (3-5-2, hold Kane for now)

      (B) Kane ---> Antonio (3-4-3)

      1. BeWater
          4 months, 12 days ago

          You could even do KWP or Dier to Cancelo.

          Out of the moves you've listed I would do B.

        • Karan14
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 5 Years
          4 months, 12 days ago

          B

      2. Karan14
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        4 months, 12 days ago

        Would you sell Robbo for Rudiger next week (GW23) if it looks like he's nailed?

        Already have Cancelo, Dias & Cresswell.

        Liverpool have some tough fixtures between GW23-25 (MCI, lei, EVE) and not been keeping many clean sheets.

        Would like to free up some cash to upgrade my bench players for BB in DGW26.

        1. Jimjam
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 10 Years
          4 months, 12 days ago

          Yes

        2. waldo666
          • 10 Years
          4 months, 12 days ago

          Does look a nice makeweight if he is nailed, will we have enough info. to determine if he is? I'm not sure we will.

          1. Karan14
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 5 Years
            4 months, 12 days ago

            If he starts against Spurs I'd say he's fairly nailed.

      3. Jebiga
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 9 Years
        4 months, 12 days ago

        Sterling to Salah ?
        Or save FT ?

        1. BeWater
            4 months, 12 days ago

            Save.

        2. Dele
          • 4 Years
          4 months, 12 days ago

          Dias, Cancelo, TAA

          Correct to bench Maguire?

          1. BeWater
              4 months, 12 days ago

              Yes.

            • waldo666
              • 10 Years
              4 months, 12 days ago

              Not sure your situation but I would consider selling if sitting him on the bench.

          2. ajk1211
            • 5 Years
            4 months, 12 days ago

            Martinez (McCarthy)
            Dias Stones Cresswell (Coufal) (Dallas)
            Salah Son Gundogan Fernandes (Biss)
            DCL Bamford Antonio

            Worth bringing in Grealish for Bissouma for a FT? If so, who to bench?

          3. Rhodes your boat
            • 4 Years
            4 months, 12 days ago

            Play 2

            A) Mitchell (new)
            B) holding (wol)
            C) coufal (avl)
            D) rudiger (tot)

            1. BeWater
                4 months, 12 days ago

                B and D. Mitchell might be benched anyway.

              • wulfrunian
                • 4 Years
                4 months, 12 days ago

                b d

              • No Kane No Gain
                • 2 Years
                4 months, 12 days ago

                C and D.

                They all have similar chances of a clean sheet. Coufal is the most attacking. Mitchell might not play. Wolves desperate for a goal. Spurs looked terrible.

            2. M00N
              • 6 Years
              4 months, 12 days ago

              When is the big DGW meant to be,
              The one we’re saving our wildcards for?

              1. No Kane No Gain
                • 2 Years
                4 months, 12 days ago

                29

                1. M00N
                  • 6 Years
                  4 months, 12 days ago

                  A way off yet then. Thanks

              2. THFC4LIFE
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 4 Years
                4 months, 12 days ago

                26

                1. M00N
                  • 6 Years
                  4 months, 12 days ago

                  Is 26 and 29 booked down as DWGs? Your saying 26 will be the bigger

              3. Tonyawesome69
                • 2 Years
                4 months, 12 days ago

                Big DGW26 and BGW29.

                1. Tonyawesome69
                  • 2 Years
                  4 months, 12 days ago

                  Follow Ben Crellin on twitter

                  1. M00N
                    • 6 Years
                    4 months, 12 days ago

                    Thanks pal

                    1. Rhodes your boat
                      • 4 Years
                      4 months, 12 days ago

                      Going to use some chips? I still have wc FH Bb and TC

            3. fcsaltyballs
              • 5 Years
              4 months, 12 days ago

              Bottomed

              Help please guys, want to make the move before price changes:

              Martinez
              Robertson Stones Cancelo
              Salah Fernandes Gundogan Soucek Raphinha
              DCL Bamford

              Forster Coufal Brewster Ferguson

              1 FT, 8.9 itb

              1. Brewster >> Antonio (bench Soucek)
              2. Soucek >> Grealish
              3. Save FT

              Thank you

              1. No Kane No Gain
                • 2 Years
                4 months, 12 days ago

                I’d be tempted to do DCL to Watkins. But the rest looks good and I would be in no rush to do a transfer.

              2. BeWater
                  4 months, 12 days ago

                  I wouldn't worry about prices at this stage. Would do 1 out of those.

              3. No Kane No Gain
                • 2 Years
                4 months, 12 days ago

                If Mané is declared fit. Is rashford to mane (c) -4 worth it?!

                Captain is Bruno and sterling v otherwise.

                1. waldo666
                  • 10 Years
                  4 months, 12 days ago

                  I don't think it is, no.

                2. Tonyawesome69
                  • 2 Years
                  4 months, 12 days ago

                  No and I would captain Sterling. He was fully rested.

              4. Eh, just one more thing ...
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 9 Years
                4 months, 12 days ago

                Which 2 to bench?

                A. Dallas (H eve)
                B. Digne (A Leeds)
                C. Justin (A Fulham)
                D. Coufal (A Villa)

                Thanks

                1. Tonyawesome69
                  • 2 Years
                  4 months, 12 days ago

                  CD

                2. No Kane No Gain
                  • 2 Years
                  4 months, 12 days ago

                  Very tough choice

              5. g40steve
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 3 Years
                4 months, 12 days ago

                Good enough to save FT

                Or any improvements?

                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. BeWater
                    4 months, 12 days ago

                    Save.

                    1. g40steve
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      • 3 Years
                      4 months, 12 days ago

                      Cheers

                  • Stand By Mee
                    • 4 Years
                    4 months, 12 days ago

                    Mitchell apparently dropped to the bench

                    1. g40steve
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      • 3 Years
                      4 months, 12 days ago

                      Ta

                2. Nice to Finally Michu
                  • 7 Years
                  4 months, 12 days ago

                  Keep Werner or sell using an FT? Not sure who to get if sell. 9.4 is the budget (already have DCL and Bamford)

                  1. BeWater
                      4 months, 12 days ago

                      If you were going to sell him I'd go Antonio or Ings.

                    • Tonyawesome69
                      • 2 Years
                      4 months, 12 days ago

                      Easy sell. Watkins or Antonio

                    • Nice to Finally Michu
                      • 7 Years
                      4 months, 12 days ago

                      Cheers both i've got my eye on Antonio now

                    • waldo666
                      • 10 Years
                      4 months, 12 days ago

                      Sell, sell, sell, doesn't even matter who to at this point.

                  2. Stand By Mee
                    • 4 Years
                    4 months, 12 days ago

                    Martinez Steer
                    Dias Stones Coufal Holding Mitchell
                    Salah Bruno Maddison Gundo Soucek
                    Dcl Bamford Antonio

                    1FT 10.6 itb

                    A) Mitchell to TAA
                    B) Soucek to Grealish
                    C) Gundo to Sterling
                    D) Other move ?
                    E) Roll

                    1. Tonyawesome69
                      • 2 Years
                      4 months, 12 days ago

                      Roll

                    2. BeWater
                        4 months, 12 days ago

                        Probably would roll. B will give you a benching headache.

                    3. Werner Bremen
                      • 2 Years
                      4 months, 12 days ago

                      Which Forward to get:

                      A Wilson
                      B Ings
                      C DCL
                      D Other

                      1. Tonyawesome69
                        • 2 Years
                        4 months, 12 days ago

                        Ings

                      2. BeWater
                          4 months, 12 days ago

                          Ings

                        • Rhodes your boat
                          • 4 Years
                          4 months, 12 days ago

                          Ings a nice differential

                        • waldo666
                          • 10 Years
                          4 months, 12 days ago

                          D Antonio

                          1. Werner Bremen
                            • 2 Years
                            4 months, 12 days ago

                            Already own. Thanks all

                      3. Rhodes your boat
                        • 4 Years
                        4 months, 12 days ago

                        If Man City get a dgw in 24 who else do they play?

                        1. Rhodes your boat
                          • 4 Years
                          4 months, 12 days ago

                          Is it Everton?

                        2. citizenkane
                          • 2 Years
                          4 months, 12 days ago

                          Eve or sou apparently

                        3. Tonyawesome69
                          • 2 Years
                          4 months, 12 days ago

                          Everton or Southampton

                      4. Nespinha
                        • 5 Years
                        4 months, 12 days ago

                        Johnstone,
                        Robbo, Stones, Cancelo
                        Salah, Bruno, Son, Grealish, Raphinha
                        Bamford, Watkins

                        Subs: McCarthy, Dallas, Adams, KWP

                        2FT, 0.7 ITB - Any help?

                        Johnstone to Sanchez and roll? (leader has martinez)

                        1. Tonyawesome69
                          • 2 Years
                          4 months, 12 days ago

                          Leader with Martinez will outscore your GK choice.

                      5. OptimusBlack
                        • 8 Years
                        4 months, 12 days ago

                        Who to play for this GW
                        A- Holding
                        B- Dallas

                        1. Tonyawesome69
                          • 2 Years
                          4 months, 12 days ago

                          Holding safe CS option. Dallas with the higher ceiling

                        2. waldo666
                          • 10 Years
                          4 months, 12 days ago

                          B

                      6. fcsaltyballs
                        • 5 Years
                        4 months, 12 days ago

                        Well it just comes down to,

                        1. Brewster >> Antonio (bench Soucek)
                        2. Soucek >> Grealish

                        Best move?

                      7. umerlfc
                        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                        • 5 Years
                        4 months, 12 days ago

                        Who should I sell to get Grealish?

                        A) Foden
                        B) Raphinha

                        Should be Foden right?

                        1. waldo666
                          • 10 Years
                          4 months, 12 days ago

                          Yeah, I'd ship Foden before Raphinha.

                        2. Tonyawesome69
                          • 2 Years
                          4 months, 12 days ago

                          I would lean towards Foden

                      8. cigan
                        • 2 Years
                        4 months, 12 days ago

                        Gotta admit the GW23 captain dillemma is putting me off Son > Salah a bit

                      9. Atimis
                        • 4 Years
                        4 months, 12 days ago

                        Thoughts on Zaha or Barnes over Grealish?
                        Not sure about that AV fixtures.

                        1. BeWater
                            4 months, 12 days ago

                            Zaha does have some nice fixtures coming up so maybe him out of those two.

                        2. geoffrolph
                          • 9 Years
                          4 months, 12 days ago

                          Saka > Grealish

                          It roll over the transfer?

                          1. geoffrolph
                            • 9 Years
                            4 months, 12 days ago

                            Or*

                          2. cigan
                            • 2 Years
                            4 months, 12 days ago

                            roll

                            1. geoffrolph
                              • 9 Years
                              4 months, 12 days ago

                              Thanks

                          3. Feed tha Sheep
                            • 8 Years
                            4 months, 12 days ago

                            If saka was out I would do it, but he’s expected back I believe so I’d hold this week and reassess

                            1. geoffrolph
                              • 9 Years
                              4 months, 12 days ago

                              Yeah just seen Saka should be fine. I can wait for Grealish.

                          4. JJeyy
                            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                            • 5 Years
                            4 months, 12 days ago

                            depends who comes on if saka out

                            1. geoffrolph
                              • 9 Years
                              4 months, 12 days ago

                              Soucek and Coufal on the bench

                          5. MessiGOAT
                            • 8 Years
                            4 months, 12 days ago

                            Yes

                          6. RamaJama
                            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                            • 8 Years
                            4 months, 12 days ago

                            Do it