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. DBossman_2000
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 5 Years
    2 months, 20 days ago

    Any of these transfers worth the -4?

    A) Son > Grealish
    B) Son > Zaha
    C) Son > Rashford
    D) Saiss > Trent
    E) Saiss > Alonso

    1. Kaptenen
      • 4 Years
      2 months, 20 days ago

      D

    2. Eat my goal!
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      2 months, 20 days ago

      Who would play if saiss doesn’t?

      1. DBossman_2000
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        2 months, 20 days ago

        Raphinha or Coufal

        1. Eat my goal!
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 2 Years
          2 months, 20 days ago

          I’d be tempted to hold and play the best of the rest but otherwise Trent

    3. Tonyawesome69 FHXX
      • 2 Years
      2 months, 20 days ago

      Depends on your team and bench.

    4. mojoindojo
      • 7 Years
      2 months, 20 days ago

      No

  2. Jdpz
    • 1 Year
    2 months, 20 days ago

    ohnstone Pope
    Cancelo Dier Justin Coufal Alioski
    Bruno Salah Sterling Raphinha Gundogan
    DCL 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

  3. tissae
    • 6 Years
    2 months, 20 days ago

    Bench one:
    A) DCL
    B) Antonio
    C) Bamford
    D) Son

    1. KEVIN DE CLAUS
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      2 months, 20 days ago

      A

  4. gomez123
    • 7 Years
    2 months, 20 days ago

    GTG and save FT??
    Ederson
    Cancelo/Justin/Digne
    Salah (c)/ Son (vc)/ Bruno/ Gundogan
    DCL/Antonio/Bamford
    Martinez/Soucek/Dallas/Coufal

    1. Il Capitano
        2 months, 20 days ago

        Yes, save

        1. gomez123
          • 7 Years
          2 months, 20 days ago

          cheers!!

    2. Kaptenen
      • 4 Years
      2 months, 20 days ago

      Good evening!

      The question is do we expect another big double gameweek past GW30?

      I have been set on WC25 BB26 for some time but recently having second thoughts as my team is shaped quite nicely for it so dont really see the point of using WC.

      1. TorresMagic™
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • Has Moderation Rights
        • 11 Years
        2 months, 20 days ago

        Not a big one, GW26 is the "big one"

        1. Kaptenen
          • 4 Years
          2 months, 20 days ago

          Ok, thank you!

      2. Little Red Lacazette
        • 4 Years
        2 months, 20 days ago

        I don't even know the teams having the double in 26...

        1. RamaJama
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 8 Years
          2 months, 20 days ago

          Noone knows for sure, we can just assume

    3. Hazz
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      2 months, 20 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 Raphinha or Soucek? Raph probably more dangerous but I'll. Be damned if I miss another Soucek goal, haha.

    4. Scots Gooner
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      2 months, 20 days ago

      Martinez
      Stones / Cancelo / Digne
      Bruno / Salah / Grealish / Gundogan / Maddison
      DCL / Antonio

      Johnstone/ Bamford / Coufal / Dallas

      Feels wrong to bench Bamford, is it the best call?

    5. caldracula
      • 5 Years
      2 months, 20 days ago

      Salah or Sterling captain?

      1. JONALDINHO
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        2 months, 20 days ago

        Salah

    6. The Big Fella
      • 4 Years
      2 months, 20 days ago

      Dier to Robbo/TAA and carry my other free transfer to next week?

      1. Toughie
        • 5 Years
        2 months, 20 days ago

        Good move, I would get Trent as his form is picking up recently

    7. JONALDINHO
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      2 months, 20 days ago

      Who to play?
      Dallas (EVE) or Mitchell (new)

      1. Christina.
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 11 Years
        2 months, 20 days ago

        the one nailed

    8. Pedaso Pirates
      • 7 Years
      2 months, 20 days ago

      Antonio or Watkins this GW? Don't own Grealish

      1. RamaJama
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 8 Years
        2 months, 20 days ago

        Antonio

      2. Sid1891
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        2 months, 20 days ago

        Antonio

    9. Il Capitano
        2 months, 20 days ago

        1FT 0m ITB

        Johnstone
        Stones Cancelo Justin
        Soucek Salah Son Gundogan Bruno
        Bamford Kane*

        McCarthy - Adams Coufal Lowton

        Kane to:

        A) Antonio
        B) Watkins
        C) DCL
        D) other?

        A probably the best replacement, even with 3x WHU?

      • RamaJama
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 8 Years
        2 months, 20 days ago

        Rashford likely to be rested this week?
        OGS mentioned tired players

        1. Skymonkey
            2 months, 20 days ago

            I think not. Probably be him and Martial as Martial made United attack better against ARS

        2. Sid1891
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 3 Years
          2 months, 20 days ago

          Martinez
          Cancelo Stones Justin
          Salah Bruno Soucek Gundogan
          Bamford DCL Antonio

          Saka Coufal Lowton

          Anything worth a hit here ?
          7.3 itb

          Thanks for feedback

          1. Lil- El G
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            2 months, 20 days ago

            Nope, solid team

          2. Dark Side Of The Loon!
            • 4 Years
            2 months, 20 days ago

            No

        3. Dark Side Of The Loon!
          • 4 Years
          2 months, 20 days ago

          So PVA to Arsenal might not happen. Do we think he keeps his place or does Mitchell start?

        4. Catastrophe
          • 10 Years
          2 months, 20 days ago

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

          TAA?

          Cheers!

          1. RamaJama
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 8 Years
            2 months, 20 days ago

            Yes, would do that if it sounds with your dgw planning.

            Unfortunately, I transferred in Digne instead last week, regret now

            1. Catastrophe
              • 10 Years
              2 months, 20 days ago

              Cheers.

        5. Mo Mane Mo Salah
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 4 Years
          2 months, 20 days ago

          Not a huge fan of using transfers for GK, I have McCarthy & Johnstone but homeboy's have been particularly unreliable and given Southampton's injuries..., I got cash...thoughts on replacing one?

          a. Johnston
          b. McCarthy

          for

          1. Martinez
          2. DeGea
          3. Something else?

          1. Skymonkey
              2 months, 20 days ago

              Ederson if there is place or Schmeichel against Fulham

          2. Fat Ozil
            • 5 Years
            2 months, 20 days ago

            Martinez (Johnstone)
            Cancelo Stones Dallas (Coufal Mitchell)
            Salah Son Bruno Gundo Grealish
            Bamford DCL (Adams)

            a) GTG. Bank transfer
            b) Adams- Antonio (but still bench him) Free

            1. Dark Side Of The Loon!
              • 4 Years
              2 months, 20 days ago

              A

          3. AD2110
            • 3 Years
            2 months, 20 days ago

            Would you get Antonio for one of Bamford / Wilson?

          4. Silent Friend
            • 9 Years
            2 months, 20 days ago

            Play Chilwell or Cresswell?

            /

            1. Sid1891
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 3 Years
              2 months, 20 days ago

              Chilwell, question is he gonna play though

          5. Cancelo Culture
            • 2 Years
            2 months, 20 days ago

            Martinez
            Justin Dias Stones
            Salah Son Gündo Fernandes Soucek
            Antonio DCL

            4.0 Zouma KWP Brewster

            Have 1ft. Which move takes priority? Will do the other next week.

            A) Zouma > Rudiger/Targett
            B) Soucek > Grealish

          6. greggles
            • 10 Years
            2 months, 20 days ago

            Who should I get for Charlie Taylor? Another Burnley def or go a bit bolder? back line:

            Martinez / Button
            Cancelo / Stones / Justin / Bednarek / Taylor*

            Money no object. 5.2 ITB

            1. Catastrophe
              • 10 Years
              2 months, 20 days ago

              TAA/Robertson?

              1. greggles
                • 10 Years
                2 months, 20 days ago

                That thought has occurred to me. Which one would you go for?

            2. royals forever
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 11 Years
              2 months, 20 days ago

              TAA

            3. Jimjam
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 10 Years
              2 months, 20 days ago

              I would consider Cresswell, Maguire/Shaw, Holding

          7. Mikey44
            • 11 Years
            2 months, 20 days ago

            Start Justin or Dallas?

            1. Catastrophe
              • 10 Years
              2 months, 20 days ago

              Close. Dallas for me, seems to be in good attacking form.

              1. Jimjam
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 10 Years
                2 months, 20 days ago

                Agreed

          8. Lil- El G
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            2 months, 20 days ago

            Gundagon --> Mahrez for a -4 vs burnley.

            Given Mahrez's record vs Burnley?

            1. Catastrophe
              • 10 Years
              2 months, 20 days ago

              Mental

              1. Lil- El G
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                2 months, 20 days ago

                Thought so

            2. baines is god
              • 9 Years
              2 months, 20 days ago

              nooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo

            3. Jimjam
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 10 Years
              2 months, 20 days ago

              No

          9. Slitherene
            • 3 Years
            2 months, 20 days ago

            Martinez ¦ Forster
            Cancelo Maguire Holding
            Bruno Rashford Grealish Barnes
            Jesus Ings Wilson
            ¦ Saka Coufal Lascelles

            1 FT, 4.6 ITB

            Okay to Save FT?

          10. royals forever
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 11 Years
            2 months, 20 days ago

            Is this worth -4

            Rashford & Saka > Gundogan & Grealish

            Any ideas would be welcomed

            1. Skymonkey
                2 months, 20 days ago

                I don't think so. Rashford hasn't been in great form so you could transfer him out but keep Saka. if think a Barnes option is more attractive unless you already have him, maybe even a Maddison or Zaha

            2. Differentiator
              • 5 Years
              2 months, 20 days ago

              Massive headache.... Bench 1

              A) Gundogan
              B) Bamford
              C) Antonio
              D) Watkins

              1. Rash
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 3 Years
                2 months, 20 days ago

                Tough one.. Bamford if pushed

              2. Toughie
                • 5 Years
                2 months, 20 days ago

                D

              3. Jimjam
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 10 Years
                2 months, 20 days ago

                D, just

            3. Rash
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 3 Years
              2 months, 20 days ago

              Is Raphinha kane to salah wilson -4 worth it or knee jerk?

              Martinez/Johnstone
              Cancelo dias chilwell
              Raphinha bruno gundog son soucek
              DCL Antonio

              targett coufal kane

              1. Jimjam
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 10 Years
                2 months, 20 days ago

                I don't think getting Salah is a kneejerk - but Wilson could be. You could also consider Watkins.

                In this instance I think -4 could be justified.

                1. Rash
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 3 Years
                  2 months, 20 days ago

                  I want grealish though at some point and don't want to tie up that 3rd villa spot.

            4. Jimjam
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 10 Years
              2 months, 20 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. royals forever
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 11 Years
                2 months, 20 days ago

                B

            5. Flynny
              • 6 Years
              2 months, 20 days ago

              Hi....who to start?

              A....Johnstone at sheffield

              B....martinez v West ham (also have Antonio....)

              Johnstone would be the differential - but I have vowed to pretty much ignore him as my bench keeper and don't think I want to trust a wba keeper! Thanks

              1. gart888
                • 6 Years
                2 months, 20 days ago

                Have both keepers myself. Not even questioning the Martinez start.

                1. Flynny
                  • 6 Years
                  2 months, 20 days ago

                  Yeah just need to start martinez....

              2. wulfrunian
                • 4 Years
                2 months, 20 days ago

                b

              3. Hazz
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 3 Years
                2 months, 20 days ago

                The way I see it is...
                - If Johnstone hauls, it's pure luck.
                - If Martinez hauls, it's expected.

                1. Flynny
                  • 6 Years
                  2 months, 20 days ago

                  But does the fact I have Antonio v villa sway the decision at all?? Thanks

                  1. gart888
                    • 6 Years
                    2 months, 20 days ago

                    Depends if your goal is getting top weekly score, or improving your OVR.

                  2. Hazz
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 3 Years
                    2 months, 20 days ago

                    I mean it really just depends if you think WBA will keep a CS.

                    They've kept 2 CSs all season. SHU & BUR. Martinez has 10 CSs.

                    They have SHU again but they're looking a tiny bit better than before. Just beat United & limited City to 1 goal.

                    I don't think either will keep a CS personally.