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. Dele
    • 4 Years
    2 months, 14 days ago

    Who to bench?

    A) Son
    B) Gundo
    C) Antonio

    1. Holmes
      • 7 Years
      2 months, 14 days ago

      Son

    2. GreennRed
      • 9 Years
      2 months, 14 days ago

      C

    3. SHOOTER MCGINN
      • 5 Years
      2 months, 14 days ago

      Out of those, probably Gundo

  2. Rash
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 3 Years
    2 months, 14 days ago

    Any news about Harold?

    1. Hooky
      • 6 Years
      2 months, 14 days ago

      Died. 1066

      1. ⱼₐᵣᵥᵢₛₕ
        • 6 Years
        2 months, 14 days ago

        😆

      2. Rash
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        2 months, 14 days ago

        😆

    2. Holmes
      • 7 Years
      2 months, 14 days ago

      Looks like it will take atleast couple of weeks before he returns

  3. sfsfsfe
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 3 Years
    2 months, 14 days ago

    Dows transfering out Rash for Grealish sound like a stupid idea? Getting really tired of him and Fernandes looks like enough coverage on United...

    1. Hooky
      • 6 Years
      2 months, 14 days ago

      Sounds like a good idea on current form

    2. Bushwhacker
      • 1 Year
      2 months, 14 days ago

      Given where he's playing don't see much value

  4. Holmes
    • 7 Years
    2 months, 14 days ago

    Kane to Antonio and Gundogan to Sterling for free is tempting...

    1. Bushwhacker
      • 1 Year
      2 months, 14 days ago

      With Gundo on penalties? I mean I have both City players but . . .

      1. Holmes
        • 7 Years
        2 months, 14 days ago

        Was not really interested for more than 2-3 weeks anyway.

  5. Mikey44
    • 11 Years
    2 months, 14 days ago

    Johnstone
    Cancelo Dias Dallas
    Salah Fernandes Sterling Raphinha
    DCL Antonio Bamford
    Subs: Mccarthy Soucek Justin Mitchell

    1 FT and 2.4 itb, what would you do? Thanks

    1. scubasmithy
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      2 months, 14 days ago

      hold

  6. Gudge
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    2 months, 14 days ago

    Benching headache please help!!

    Mendy Johnstone
    Cancelo Stones Digne AWB Coufal
    Salah Bruno Son Gundogan Grealish
    Bamford Antonio DCL

    1. Dele
      • 4 Years
      2 months, 14 days ago

      Antonio

    2. nonsoROX
        2 months, 14 days ago

        this is only a suggestion but how about bamford and antonio upfront, salah, bruno, son, gundogan and grealish in midfield and, cancelo, stones and coufal in defence, but i am uncertain fon a goalkeeper for you sorry. you can also decide between grealish and dominic to bring in but grealish has been performing more recently compared to dominic

        1. toerag
          • 10 Years
          2 months, 14 days ago

          id do this

      • Tonyawesome69 FHXX
        • 2 Years
        2 months, 14 days ago

        Bench Antonio, AWB and Coufal

    3. flippetyflop
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      2 months, 14 days ago

      A, B or C please guys - I have 2 FT.

      My side looks pretty good for this weekend

      Martinez/Forster
      TAA/Robbo/Stones/Dias(Semedo)
      Salah/Son/Fernandes (Burke) (Bissouma)
      DCL/Antonio/Bamford

      A - Semedo to Stephens and carry 2ft for GW23 ( Southampton may have DGW in 24)
      B - Stones to Cancelo + Semedo to Stephens
      C - Semedo to 3.9 + Bissouma to Gundogan (god knows who I would bench this week)
      D - Other

      1. Tonyawesome69 FHXX
        • 2 Years
        2 months, 14 days ago

        Stones to Cancelo only and roll the 2nd FT

    4. Tonyawesome69 FHXX
      • 2 Years
      2 months, 14 days ago

      Priorities bringing in Grealish or Antonio or roll the FT?

      A. Rodrigo to Antonio
      B. Raphinha/Soucek to Grealish
      C. Roll FT

      1FT 7.5itb
      Martinez
      Stones Cancelo Digne Cresswell
      Salah Bruno Gundo Soucek
      Bamford DCL
      (Johnstone Raphinha Holding Rodrigo)

      1. Agbonlahorse
        • 9 Years
        2 months, 14 days ago

        Get Jack the lad in. He's on a other level!

        1. Tonyawesome69 FHXX
          • 2 Years
          2 months, 14 days ago

          Cheers, if both Soucek and Raphinha are fit who would you lose?

          1. Agbonlahorse
            • 9 Years
            2 months, 14 days ago

            Tricky. Soucek edges it for me, but can defo see Raphs appeal.

            Have you either Antonio or Bamford? I'm still a big believer in coverage.

            1. Tonyawesome69 FHXX
              • 2 Years
              2 months, 14 days ago

              Have Bamford. Proposed transfers in are Antonio or Grealish. Very difficult choice between Soucek and Raphinha. Both are great options at the moment at their price range

    5. Dele
      • 4 Years
      2 months, 14 days ago

      Everton’s xG per game since GW16 is 0.41, the worst in the league.

      Who’s selling DCL & Co and admitting their mistakes?

      1. Tonyawesome69 FHXX
        • 2 Years
        2 months, 14 days ago

        Keeping - I'm sure they will get chances against Leeds and hope they get DGW24

      2. Baines on Toast...
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 10 Years
        2 months, 14 days ago

        I am assuming that when you bought them, their XG since gameweek 16 was not one of your considerations. Therefore it should not undo what you previously thought

      3. Jellyfish
        • 9 Years
        2 months, 14 days ago

        Agree, Villa assets a better option imo

      4. Gudge
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        2 months, 14 days ago

        I did Dallas> Digne and vardy> Dcl last week I wish I did vardy> Watkins and Dallas> TAA priced out of it now!

        1. Jellyfish
          • 9 Years
          2 months, 14 days ago

          Why sell Dallas?

          1. Gudge
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            2 months, 14 days ago

            God knows too tempted to get digne for the Newcastle fixture

    6. DRIZ ✅
      • 9 Years
      2 months, 14 days ago

      Sterling > Salah for free?

      1. Tonyawesome69 FHXX
        • 2 Years
        2 months, 14 days ago

        Not for me when Sterling has been rested a very good captaincy option

        1. Tonyawesome69 FHXX
          • 2 Years
          2 months, 14 days ago

          rested and a very*

    7. CoracAld2831
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      2 months, 14 days ago

      If you would be looking to change Soucek (away game at Aston Villa) out in exchange for a Leicester MD (away game at Fulham) who would be the best option?

      A: Barnes
      B: Maddison
      C: Tielemans
      D: None of them, keep Soucek

      1. Tonyawesome69 FHXX
        • 2 Years
        2 months, 14 days ago

        D but if I had to pick a LEI player then Barnes

      2. bench boost for every gamew…
        • 4 Years
        2 months, 14 days ago

        Keep

    8. Agbonlahorse
      • 9 Years
      2 months, 14 days ago

      Those who've used their FREE HIT and WILDCARD

      What are your plans for the DGWs 26/28 and BGW29?

      Any strategies would be a.welcome read.

      1. Toughie
        • 5 Years
        2 months, 14 days ago

        Current plan is

        WC25
        BB26
        FH29

        That could change when the picture becomes a little clearer

        1. Tonyawesome69 FHXX
          • 2 Years
          2 months, 14 days ago

          he said already used FH and WC

          1. Toughie
            • 5 Years
            2 months, 14 days ago

            Lol, I misread. Probably down to transfer deadline day overload

      2. Tonyawesome69 FHXX
        • 2 Years
        2 months, 14 days ago

        GW28 is not a DGW. Surely you will have to use FTs to set-up for BB26 but try to manage BGW29. TC on a smaller GW with Spurs

        1. Tonyawesome69 FHXX
          • 2 Years
          2 months, 14 days ago

          on a smaller DGW with Spurs

    9. Jdpz
      • 1 Year
      2 months, 14 days ago

      Johnstone Pope
      Cancelo Dier Justin Coufal Alioski
      Bruno Salah Sterling Raphinha Gundogan
      Martial Bamford Antonio

      1ft., 1.2m in the bank

      a) roll ft
      b) Dier to Rudiger/Targett
      c) Raphinha to Neto??
      d) Dier to Digne/Chilwell
      e) Alioski to Creswell
      f) another option

      1. Apwilkin
        • 1 Year
        2 months, 14 days ago

        I’d move Dier to Rudiger or Digne (confused about Chillwells position at the moment).
        Or consider moving Martial.

    10. Apwilkin
      • 1 Year
      2 months, 14 days ago

      Sounds like Castagne might be out a couple games at least. My back line is Stones-Cancelo-Castagne (Coufal, Mee). Don’t really like Coufal or Mee this week.

      Who to replace castagne with:
      1- Justin (a little worried about Leicester defense without Ndidi and potentially Fofana)
      2- Digne
      3-Rudiger
      4- Just go for the triple city back line and bring in Dias.
      5- Other?

    11. FPL_Rooks
        2 months, 14 days ago

        I fell into the Digne trap last gameweek...

        This week, do I play Digne or Dallas?

      • Oooo Matron
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        2 months, 14 days ago

        G2G?

        Martinez
        Dias Cancelo Dallas
        Grealish Fernandes Sterling Salah Son
        Watkins Antonio

        Subs: Brewster, Dier, Mitchell

        1. Apwilkin
          • 1 Year
          2 months, 14 days ago

          Looks good. Who has the C?

          1. Oooo Matron
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 4 Years
            2 months, 14 days ago

            Was one Salah, but I think Brighton are a tough nut to crack. Sterling is tempting me after his rest

      • Eat my goal!
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 2 Years
        2 months, 14 days ago

        Benching headache - help!

        Martinez
        Stones cancelo awb
        Salah Bruno son soucek gundo
        Dcl bam Antonio

        Who drops to 1st bench?

        1. Apwilkin
          • 1 Year
          2 months, 14 days ago

          Probably soucek.

      • Jdpz
        • 1 Year
        2 months, 14 days ago

        Will Bamford and Raphinha play?

      • sfsfsfe
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        2 months, 14 days ago

        How do you usually reason when u own 3 defenders on 2 different teams who face eachother? Im currantly sitting on ogbonna, Coufal and Targett and got Coufal and Targett in my starting XI and ogbonna on the first benchspot. Do you think it is better to start the pair in one team and hope that they keep a cs or starting one from each team, spreading out the chances for at least one of the teams keeping a clean?

        1. Tonyawesome69 FHXX
          • 2 Years
          2 months, 14 days ago

          I can see both teams scoring so pick the ones that have attacking potential. Coufal and Targett

        2. bench boost for every gamew…
          • 4 Years
          2 months, 14 days ago

          I would def start targett. So i would prolly go for that you suggest.

        3. Cancelo Culture
          • 2 Years
          2 months, 14 days ago

          Start Target over double WHM def

      • Oooo Matron
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        2 months, 14 days ago

        Best defender up to 5.0?

        1. InvertedWinger
          • 5 Years
          2 months, 14 days ago

          Coufal, Shaw, Rudiger

        2. Tonyawesome69 FHXX
          • 2 Years
          2 months, 14 days ago

          Holding

      • Going Home
        • 9 Years
        2 months, 14 days ago

        Kane replacement

        a) Watkins
        b) Antonio
        c) Wilson

        Going after three weeks for Kane and/or Vardy

        1. InvertedWinger
          • 5 Years
          2 months, 14 days ago

          Antonio

      • Jdpz
        • 1 Year
        2 months, 14 days ago

        Play this gw:
        a) Dier
        b) Alioski
        c) Coufal

        1. InvertedWinger
          • 5 Years
          2 months, 14 days ago

          Cou

      • InvertedWinger
        • 5 Years
        2 months, 14 days ago

        Stones or Dias to Cancelo for free?

        1. Toughie
          • 5 Years
          2 months, 14 days ago

          Dias is the most nailed on city defender, so keep him

        2. TorresMagic™
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • Has Moderation Rights
          • 11 Years
          2 months, 14 days ago

          Stones if you must.

        3. Tonyawesome69 FHXX
          • 2 Years
          2 months, 14 days ago

          Stones

      • Slitherene
        • 3 Years
        2 months, 14 days ago

        Rashford to Salah, for free?

        1. Slitherene
          • 3 Years
          2 months, 14 days ago

          Or Sterling?

        2. InvertedWinger
          • 5 Years
          2 months, 14 days ago

          Yes.

      • The Red Devil
        • 6 Years
        2 months, 14 days ago

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

        1 FT 5.8 ITB.
        Kane to which forward? & who'd you bench?

        1. InvertedWinger
          • 5 Years
          2 months, 14 days ago

          Gundo to Sterling and captain or Kane to Antonio and bench Soucek

      • ZoumasBloomers
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • Has Moderation Rights
        • 4 Years
        2 months, 14 days ago

        Who to move Kane to? Got Watkins and Bamford so Antonio and DCL are up there. Any others?

        1. InvertedWinger
          • 5 Years
          2 months, 14 days ago

          Antonio

        2. Tonyawesome69 FHXX
          • 2 Years
          2 months, 14 days ago

          Those 4 plus Ings are probably the only strikers worth considering

      • S.Kuqi
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 8 Years
        2 months, 14 days ago

        Out of Antonio, Gundog, Rashford. Who should I bench?

        Salah-Bruno-Grealish-xxx-xxx
        Bam-Dcl-xxx

        1. Tonyawesome69 FHXX
          • 2 Years
          2 months, 14 days ago

          Probably Trashford

        2. EmreCan Hustle
          • 8 Years
          2 months, 14 days ago

          Tough. Rashford probably since you have some United cover.

        3. S.Kuqi
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 8 Years
          2 months, 14 days ago

          Thank

      • Hazz
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        2 months, 14 days ago

        Martinez
        Cancelo / Stones / Digne
        Salah / Fernandes / Gundogan / Soucek
        Kane* / DCL / Antonio

        Forster // Raphinha* / Coufal / Mitchell

        I'm probably, annoyingly, going to get Bamford straight back in for Kane. Make sense or something else I should be looking at.

        Also, bench Soucek or Raphinha?

        1. Tonyawesome69 FHXX
          • 2 Years
          2 months, 14 days ago

          Villa have a some games to rearrange so Watkins. I have the same dilemma with Soucek and Raphinha and currently benching Raphinha as I don't have Antonio but have Bamford.

      • EmreCan Hustle
        • 8 Years
        2 months, 14 days ago

        Ozan Kabak, about to sign for Liverpool from Schalke.
        https://www.skysports.com/football/news/11669/12205212/ozan-kabak-transfer-liverpool-racing-to-agree-deal-for-schalke-centre-back

        I have followed a lot of Bundesliga this season to help with my Fantasy Bundesliga team.
        Schalke have had a nightmare season so far and out of the 14 games Kabak has started in the league, Schalke have lost 10, drawn 3 and won 1.
        In those 14 games Schalke have conceded 38 goals.

        I understand he's just 20 and its not all his fault. But if Liverpool need a defender to address some weaknesses in their defence now, is he the right guy?

        1. Hazz
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 3 Years
          2 months, 14 days ago

          Playing him at CB means Hendo (and sometimes Fabinho, if needed) don't have to play at CB & slot into midfield where they've been missed.

          I'll just go with the scouts on this, no idea if it's his or the teams fault. It's usually a bit of both.

          1. EmreCan Hustle
            • 8 Years
            2 months, 14 days ago

            Their senior defenders Nastasic, Stamboulli and Sane have been in and out with injuries all season. So he has been put in the deep end prematurely IMO.

        2. Eat my goal!
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 2 Years
          2 months, 14 days ago

          They have a policy and stick to it - hasn’t done them too badly unfortunately

        3. JONALDINHO
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 3 Years
          2 months, 14 days ago

          Just because a defence is leaky doesn’t mean the player isn’t good. That’s down to the whole team, the style of play, etc

          1. EmreCan Hustle
            • 8 Years
            2 months, 14 days ago

            Agreed. He has done well for Schalke even with the senior defenders being injured. But mentally he might lack some confidence.

      • bring_on _the_fantasy
        • 10 Years
        2 months, 14 days ago

        With Mane and Firmino rested last Game.....Anyone think it will be Salahs turn this week?

        1. TorresMagic™
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • Has Moderation Rights
          • 11 Years
          2 months, 14 days ago

          Was Mane rested though if he was injured?

          1. bring_on _the_fantasy
            • 10 Years
            2 months, 14 days ago

            I thought he was on the bench?

            1. Christina.
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 11 Years
              2 months, 14 days ago

              nope

            2. TorresMagic™
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • Has Moderation Rights
              • 11 Years
              2 months, 14 days ago

              He wasn't.

          2. AC/DC AFC
            • 5 Years
            2 months, 14 days ago

            Yep, slight muscle strain from the previous game.

        2. Toughie
          • 5 Years
          2 months, 14 days ago

          Mane wasn't rested, he is out injured

          1. bring_on _the_fantasy
            • 10 Years
            2 months, 14 days ago

            My bad

        3. Tonyawesome69 FHXX
          • 2 Years
          2 months, 14 days ago

          Mane was injured rather than rested. Difficult to say, you would think Klopp wants Salah to keep up his form but he has played 3x90mins in a row and may be in the red zone

        4. Mo Mane Mo Salah
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 4 Years
          2 months, 14 days ago

          nope. not without jota/mane available...