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. Tosa86
    • 4 Years
    7 months, 18 days ago

    best replacement for kane in short term: wilson, antonio or other?
    i have DLC and bamford.

    1. Kryptonite666
      • 2 Years
      7 months, 18 days ago

      Antonio

      1. Tosa86
        • 4 Years
        7 months, 18 days ago

        cheers

    2. Going Home
      • 10 Years
      7 months, 18 days ago

      I’ve just locked in Antonio. Decided against Wilson and Watkins

  2. Dosh
    • 7 Years
    7 months, 18 days ago

    Benching headache!

    1. Barnes (fulham)
    2. Wilson (PALACE)
    3. Antonio (villa)
    4. DCL (leeds)
    5. Gundogan (Burnley)

    1. Tonyawesome69
      • 2 Years
      7 months, 18 days ago

      Probably Gundo if City start Jesus instead of false 9

    2. AC/DC AFC
      • 6 Years
      7 months, 18 days ago

      You'd say 3 or 4 but Fulham have tightened right up.

      So arguably 1 or 3 on fixtures?

  3. Kryptonite666
    • 2 Years
    7 months, 18 days ago

    What d'ya think of this bunch?

    Martinez
    Cancelo Stones Digne (Coufal) (Dier)
    Salah Bruno Son Gundogan (Soucek)
    Bamford Antonio DCL

    4.8ITB - any moves you'd make ?

    1. TheDragon
      • 3 Years
      7 months, 18 days ago

      A lovely group (identical 11 to me other than Dias & Robbo vs Stones & Digne)

      Save FT

      Big decision next week is Son or no Son

    2. Tonyawesome69
      • 2 Years
      7 months, 18 days ago

      Roll FT

  4. BobbyDoesNotLook
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 4 Years
    7 months, 18 days ago

    Pressers tomorrow? Need info on Bam and Rap.

    1. TheDragon
      • 3 Years
      7 months, 18 days ago

      Bam is fine - he said so in his post match interview

      Im surprised FPL flagged him

      1. Rupert The Horse
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 8 Years
        7 months, 18 days ago

        Me too.

      2. Hazz
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        7 months, 18 days ago

        They flagged him because he literally said dead leg. (As well as "I'll be fine." ) - totally get it.

        He'll probably play though.

    2. Rupert The Horse
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      7 months, 18 days ago

      Presser happened. In the tweets. Bamford said he just had a dead leg and is fine.

    3. Tonyawesome69
      • 2 Years
      7 months, 18 days ago

      Leeds presser was today. Both should be fine.

      1. AC/DC AFC
        • 6 Years
        7 months, 18 days ago

        Bielsa on Bamford and Raphinha: "The other two cases are less worrying. Two days prior to a game you can’t be sure any player is going to be available. The problems Raphinha and Bamford have to overcome are more safe."

        #FPL #FantasyPL #FFScout #GW22 #lufc https://t.co/wMOvzHfG0V

        1. BobbyDoesNotLook
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 4 Years
          7 months, 18 days ago

          Thanks guys! Quick google on "Raphinha injury" did not point that out.

  5. Bookkeeper
    • 4 Years
    7 months, 18 days ago

    Any chance Dias is rested to avoid any sort of injury before Liverpool on Sunday? (he has played a lot of games)

    1. Tonyawesome69
      • 2 Years
      7 months, 18 days ago

      It's possible. He has played a lot of games recently except the FA Cup rest

    2. DA Minnion (Legendary manag…
      • 9 Years
      7 months, 18 days ago

      Could he go Stones Laporte at the back.
      It's a possibility.

    3. Maximus Bonimus Pointimus
      • 11 Years
      7 months, 18 days ago

      My hunch is he starts Laporte & Stones Burnley then Stones Dias Pool

      But it’s pure guesswork

      1. Bookkeeper
        • 4 Years
        7 months, 18 days ago

        going by the recent changes to his selection, it's a possibility, worst case, he starts him, and hooks him between 50-60mins to protect him if City are leading.

    4. Tcheco
      • 4 Years
      7 months, 18 days ago

      Possibly. Burnley not the ideal game to rest your biggest defender though

      1. Bookkeeper
        • 4 Years
        7 months, 18 days ago

        not like Stones and Laporte are short, Stones is 6'2, laporte 6'5

    5. bench boost for every gamew…
      • 4 Years
      7 months, 18 days ago

      If the Stones rest was a rotation one then perhaps. But i dont think do, and a cb does not nerd to be rested unless your bane is Matip and the such.

  6. Karan14
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 5 Years
    7 months, 18 days ago

    Would you sell Martial for Wilson in a Draft League?

  7. shakeyjake
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 11 Years
    7 months, 18 days ago

    Have gone Brewster > Bamford this week, 2.2 ITB, good to go? I think Saka will start but benching him just in case?

    Worried about Son next week, looking at possible route in for him, thinking Saka/DCL out... thoughts?

    Martinez
    Shaw Dias Stones
    Salah Sterling Bruno Grealish Saka
    DCL Antonio Bamford
    Button Saka Holding Mitchell

  8. Stupendous
    • 9 Years
    7 months, 18 days ago

    Am I gtg?

    3.3m itb 1 free

    Martinez
    Stones Cancelo Robbo
    Grealish(v) Salah(c) Son Gundogan
    Wilson Bamford DCL

    Martin Digne Chilwell Soucek

    1. TheDragon
      • 3 Years
      7 months, 18 days ago

      Yep - one heck of a bench!

      1. Stupendous
        • 9 Years
        7 months, 18 days ago

        Ta!

    2. Rhodes your boat
      • 5 Years
      7 months, 18 days ago

      Looks great

  9. Rhodes your boat
    • 5 Years
    7 months, 18 days ago

    Might save ft thoughts? 1FT 0.3itb

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

    Forster holding rudiger davis

    1. Stupendous
      • 9 Years
      7 months, 18 days ago

      Gtg. Nice squad

      1. Rhodes your boat
        • 5 Years
        7 months, 18 days ago

        Thanks, GL

    2. FPLShaqiri
      • 3 Years
      7 months, 18 days ago

      Yeah no major problems. I'd play Holding and Rudiger ahead of Coufal and Mitchell. They have higher clean sheet chances

      1. Rhodes your boat
        • 5 Years
        7 months, 18 days ago

        Thanks, think you might be right

      2. King Kun Ta
        • 6 Years
        7 months, 18 days ago

        would do also

    3. Jellyfish
      • 9 Years
      7 months, 18 days ago

      V nice

    4. Going Home
      • 10 Years
      7 months, 18 days ago

      Am I missing something? Keeping Kane?

      1. JohnnyRev7
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 11 Years
        7 months, 18 days ago

        No. Rather than waste a FT when he's back fit people are holding. When the only viable options are Bamford/DCL/Antonio/Watkins it's not worth a transfer. Most people already hold 2 of them anyway.

  10. FPLShaqiri
    • 3 Years
    7 months, 18 days ago

    Shaw played well vs Arsenal... surely first choice ahead of Telles after he played the SHU loss? Out of SOU, EVE, wba, NEW what is the expected number of starts?

    1. Crunchie
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      7 months, 18 days ago

      Shaw is much more nailed these days

    2. No Kane No Gain
      • 2 Years
      7 months, 18 days ago

      4 starts. 3 at worst.

      1. FPLShaqiri
        • 3 Years
        7 months, 18 days ago

        Cheers, that's what I want to hear. Think I'll go for him. Much more attacking than AWB and Maguire and cheaper too.

  11. Jellyfish
    • 9 Years
    7 months, 18 days ago

    Who to sell out of...

    A) Mitchell
    B) Stuijk

    1. Rhodes your boat
      • 5 Years
      7 months, 18 days ago

      Well I did Mitchell to strujik the week Mitchell got his place back and did strujik to Mitchell 2gw’s ago, thought Mitchell was more nailed but now I have no idea!

      1. Jellyfish
        • 9 Years
        7 months, 18 days ago

        I am leaning towards keeping Stuijk as looking like PVA is staying at Palace

  12. Mikey44
    • 12 Years
    7 months, 18 days ago

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

    1 FT and 2.4 itb, would you bring in Grealish for Raphinha or save the FT? Thanks

  13. Abra Dubravka
    • 2 Years
    7 months, 18 days ago

    For free, Raphinha to:

    A) Grealish?
    B) Barnes?

    1. OptimusBlack
      • 8 Years
      7 months, 18 days ago

      A

    2. Stupendous
      • 9 Years
      7 months, 18 days ago

      A

    3. seanie3
      • 10 Years
      7 months, 18 days ago

      B) Barnes.. form over fixtures

  14. OptimusBlack
    • 8 Years
    7 months, 18 days ago

    Dias > Cancelo
    Yeaaah
    Nope

    1. Stupendous
      • 9 Years
      7 months, 18 days ago

      Nah. More nailed on

      1. OptimusBlack
        • 8 Years
        7 months, 18 days ago

        Okay

    2. Tonyawesome69
      • 2 Years
      7 months, 18 days ago

      Nope. Pep started buggering around with defence again. Keep Dias. Definitely consider Stones to Cancelo with a FT

  15. Messiah Hazard
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 9 Years
    7 months, 18 days ago

    Son Bruno(vc) Sterling(c) Soucek Saka**
    Werner Watkins Bamford*

    What best to do?
    A) Bench Saka, hope Bamford plays and save FT
    B) Saka to Grealish
    C) Saka to any other midfielder up to 9.8m

    1. OptimusBlack
      • 8 Years
      7 months, 18 days ago

      Bamford injured ?

      1. Messiah Hazard
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 9 Years
        7 months, 18 days ago

        He’s flagged in the FPL game. Dead leg I think.

        1. OptimusBlack
          • 8 Years
          7 months, 18 days ago

          Cheers

      2. King Kun Ta
        • 6 Years
        7 months, 18 days ago

        think he will play

  16. Ibralicious
    • 7 Years
    7 months, 18 days ago

    Pick one from each set to start:

    A) Dallas
    B) Coufal

    1) Martinez
    2) Johnstone

    Cheers!

    1. Crunchie
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      7 months, 18 days ago

      A 1

      1. King Kun Ta
        • 6 Years
        7 months, 18 days ago

        this

  17. Crunchie
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 3 Years
    7 months, 18 days ago

    Martinez (McCarthy)
    Chilwell, Cancelo, Dias (Dallas, Coufal)
    Salah, Bruno, Son, Gundogan, (Soucek)
    DCL, Bamford, Antonio

    A) Soucek to Zaha
    B) Chilwell to Rudiger
    C) Both for -4
    D) Hold FT

  18. Tonyawesome69
    • 2 Years
    7 months, 18 days ago

    How will City play against Burnley? Will they play with a fluid and flexible forwards and a false 9 due to Burnleys low block or start Jesus to have a CF focal point?

    1. BrockLanders
      • 6 Years
      7 months, 18 days ago

      Reckon it will be fairly tight

    2. bench boost for every gamew…
      • 4 Years
      7 months, 18 days ago

      Prolly about the same or exactly the same as against Liverpool to stat in rythm. If that includes Jesus, hm. Not sure.

  19. Sarri-ball
    • 11 Years
    7 months, 18 days ago

    This gw only best punt

    A) firminho
    B) cavani
    C) Maddison
    D) pogba

    1. antis0cial
      • 5 Years
      7 months, 18 days ago

      C

    2. LucasPodolski
      • 2 Years
      7 months, 18 days ago

      E) Mahrez

    3. Tonyawesome69
      • 2 Years
      7 months, 18 days ago

      Maybe Cavani but don't like any of the punts

    4. Milkman Bruno
      7 months, 18 days ago

      A

    5. BrockLanders
      • 6 Years
      7 months, 18 days ago

      A

  20. antis0cial
    • 5 Years
    7 months, 18 days ago

    Looking for few more opinions on this. Currently on A

    A) Saka to Grealish
    B) Soucek to Grealish
    C) Save transfer for 2 next week

    1. 1912 F.A Cup Winners
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      7 months, 18 days ago

      I have Saka and and Soucek too mate and I’ve gone Saka to Grealish!!

      1. antis0cial
        • 5 Years
        7 months, 18 days ago

        Thanks, Saka has been on fire recently but the injury is a concern and Soucek possibly better fixtures

        1. 1912 F.A Cup Winners
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 4 Years
          7 months, 18 days ago

          Exactly my thoughts mate and Arsenals fixtures to come aren’t amazing and I’m happy to sit Soucek on the bench where I actually want to start Saka more often but think Grealish is a better option with 2 extra games to play and better fixtures

          1. Crunchie
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 3 Years
            7 months, 18 days ago

            There won't be DGW fixtures before 26 for Villa will there. Prefer Zaha possibly until then, scores against the teams around him????

    2. AC/DC AFC
      • 6 Years
      7 months, 18 days ago

      B or C

    3. Tonyawesome69
      • 2 Years
      7 months, 18 days ago

      C

  21. Milkman Bruno
    7 months, 18 days ago

    Only one player for me tomorrow...

    1. Warby84
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      7 months, 18 days ago

      Just Fernandes for me and benching De Gea over Martinez

  22. TheDragon
    • 3 Years
    7 months, 18 days ago

    My bench is: Coufal, Bissouma, Mitchell

    As a Gundo and Dias owner should I use my FT to improve my bench or should I save?

    1. BrockLanders
      • 6 Years
      7 months, 18 days ago

      I'd save

    2. bench boost for every gamew…
      • 4 Years
      7 months, 18 days ago

      Bah that bench is okay, not sure what you mean by Gundo and dias?

  23. OptimusBlack
    • 8 Years
    7 months, 18 days ago

    If u want two players as a punt who to get ?

    1. LucasPodolski
      • 2 Years
      7 months, 18 days ago

      Mahrez and Zaha

    2. TheDragon
      • 3 Years
      7 months, 18 days ago

      Depends how big a punt

      Pereira (West Brom)
      Alonso ( Chelsea)

    3. OptimusBlack
      • 8 Years
      7 months, 18 days ago

      Cheers

    4. bench boost for every gamew…
      • 4 Years
      7 months, 18 days ago

      Keane, Everton. Firmino, a Liverpool
      Cancelo cap is another one

  24. Warby84
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 6 Years
    7 months, 18 days ago

    First try at Fantasy 5

    Dias 6.5
    Targett 6.5
    CHO 6.5
    Calvert-Lewin 7.5
    Firmino 6.5

    1. JohnnyRev7
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 11 Years
      7 months, 18 days ago

      It's a seriously tough prediction game. The players who tend to exceed their points targets are usually someone you'd never expect. Good luck!

  25. King Kohli
    • 8 Years
    7 months, 18 days ago

    Best move here?

    A. Vardy > Wilson
    B. Vardy > Antonio
    C. Vardy > Watkins

    Martinez Meslier
    Cancelo Stones Coufal Konsa Taylor*
    Salah Bruno Son Gundo Soucek
    Vardy* Bamford Adams*

    1 FT 1.9 ITB

    1. King Kun Ta
      • 6 Years
      7 months, 18 days ago

      B

    2. TheDragon
      • 3 Years
      7 months, 18 days ago

      Didn’t Rodgers say Vardy might be fit for this week?

    3. Messiah Hazard
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      7 months, 18 days ago

      Isn’t Vardy supposed to fit for this GW?

      1. King Kun Ta
        • 6 Years
        7 months, 18 days ago

        GW23 Rodgers said

  26. King Kun Ta
    • 6 Years
    7 months, 18 days ago

    Martinez (Martin)
    Justin Coufal Cancelo (Chilwell Coufal)
    Salah Bruno Gundogan Foden Soucek
    Bamford DCL (Adams)

    9.2 ITB & 1 FT

    Thinking Foden to....

    A Sterling
    B Maddison
    C Son
    D other suggestion

    Ta lads!

    1. BrockLanders
      • 6 Years
      7 months, 18 days ago

      Personally I'd do Sterling

      1. King Kun Ta
        • 6 Years
        7 months, 18 days ago

        my first choice as well i think

  27. BrockLanders
    • 6 Years
    7 months, 18 days ago

    A/ Kane to Firmino or

    B/ Raphina to Grealish?

    1. JJeyy
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      7 months, 18 days ago

      If Raphinha looks to be fit Id keep

      1. BrockLanders
        • 6 Years
        7 months, 18 days ago

        When is Bielsa presser??

        1. TheDragon
          • 3 Years
          7 months, 18 days ago

          It’s happened

          1. BrockLanders
            • 6 Years
            7 months, 18 days ago

            Was he mentioned at all??

  28. Pauntley
    • 4 Years
    7 months, 18 days ago

    Is it worth bringing in Antonio this week if I have Soucek? Would mean benching Soucek and playing Antonio alongside DCL and Bamford.

    1. bench boost for every gamew…
      • 4 Years
      7 months, 18 days ago

      Depends on bench etc. If you suspect any of your 11 starters to start or Come in i would not do it. If you have a bad option If not buying Antonio then perhaps.

  29. Zlatan F.C
    7 months, 18 days ago

    Any ideas here?? 1ft 4.9m

    Martinez
    Robbo Dias Cancelo Dallas
    Grealish Salah Bruno Gundogan
    Antonio Bamford

    Forster Soucek Coufal Adams

    1. King Kun Ta
      • 6 Years
      7 months, 18 days ago

      Adams out? I'm doing it next week or the week after....

  30. dark91
    • 5 Years
    7 months, 18 days ago

    Which one?
    1) Adams-> Watkins
    2) Save ft

    1. Tonyawesome69
      • 2 Years
      7 months, 18 days ago

      Save FT. WHU defence has been pretty good before the Liverpool game

      1. dark91
        • 5 Years
        7 months, 18 days ago

        Fair point thanks

    2. BigKeith
      7 months, 18 days ago

      If you are starting adams then id switch him for watkins, dont think he started the last match

      1. dark91
        • 5 Years
        7 months, 18 days ago

        True. Can start Dallas or Soucek ahead of Adams and save the ft

    3. sminkypinky
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      7 months, 18 days ago

      Save