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. fcsaltyballs
    • 5 Years
    6 months, 4 days ago

    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

    Thanks.

    1. sminkypinky
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      6 months, 4 days ago

      1

    2. BigKeith
        6 months, 4 days ago

        Basically same as me, I'd go 1 and I think I've now answered my own question

    3. Lucky Z
      • 3 Years
      6 months, 4 days ago

      Martinez
      Dias | Targett | Dallas
      Sterling (c) | Gundogan | Son | Grealish | Bruno
      DCL | Bamford

      1FT, 8.9ITB

      Get Salah? For from?

    4. BigKeith
        6 months, 4 days ago

        1ft 7.1itb

        Martinez
        Dallas, Stones, Cancelo
        Son, Salah, Gundogan, Bruno, Soucek
        Bamford, Antonio

        Steer, Coufal, Mitchell, Brewster

        Brewster>Wilson and bench soucek or roll?

        Cheers

        1. sminkypinky
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 9 Years
          6 months, 4 days ago

          Might just roll

      • Lexi2014
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 6 Years
        6 months, 4 days ago

        Major surgery needed. 2FTs available and happy to take a hit.

        Thoughts?

        Martinez
        Cresswell / Konsa / Justin
        Fernandes / Son / Salah / Foden / Soucek
        Antonio / DCL

        McCarthy / Taylor / KWP/ Welbeck

        1. S.Kuqi
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 8 Years
          6 months, 4 days ago

          Anything itb?

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

          City defence seems a priority

        3. RogDog_jimmy
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          6 months, 4 days ago

          Seems like you should aim for 2 City defenders, got any money itb?
          Front 8 is fine, but if you need money maybe Son > Gundo/Saka/Barnes/Grealish etc. to upgrade the defense.

          Son, Taylor, Justin > Grealish, Dias, Cancelo?

        4. dark91
          • 5 Years
          6 months, 4 days ago

          A city defender for KWP if you have money itb

      • TNB
        • 1 Year
        6 months, 4 days ago

        Salah for Gundogan?

        1. j16
          • 2 Years
          6 months, 4 days ago

          I did 🙂

      • sminkypinky
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 9 Years
        6 months, 4 days ago

        Marty
        Dias Stones Robbo Digne
        Grealish Salah (c) Bruno (vc) Gundo
        DCL Bamford

        Steer Son Dallas Brewster

        Good to go guys?

        1. S.Kuqi
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 8 Years
          6 months, 4 days ago

          I'd play Son ahead of Digne

          1. King Kun Ta
            • 5 Years
            6 months, 4 days ago

            +1

            1. RogDog_jimmy
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              6 months, 4 days ago

              +1,000,000

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

            Thats the one I’m on the femge about. Brought Digne in last gw so kinda feel like I ”owe” it to him but thats just stupid.
            Maybe I should just go with Son.

            Cheers both!

            1. sminkypinky
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 9 Years
              6 months, 4 days ago

              *fence. New phone doesn’t correct my English yet.

              1. Konstaapeli
                • 4 Years
                6 months, 4 days ago

                Cheeky new phone brag 😉

                1. S.Kuqi
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 8 Years
                  6 months, 4 days ago

                  Hah!

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

                  Lolz!

          3. sminkypinky
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 9 Years
            6 months, 4 days ago

            But tbh Spurs looked abysmal. Like horrid. No creativity, speed. Nothing. Can’t see Son blowing up but maybe it’s more about effective ownership.

      • Sergeant Slaughter
        • 10 Years
        6 months, 4 days ago

        I can just feel it
        Hamez

      • Jimmer887766
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        6 months, 4 days ago

        1 of Barnes, Zaha or Grealish?

        1. Konstaapeli
          • 4 Years
          6 months, 4 days ago

          Jack

        2. 'Broadsword Calling Da…
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 5 Years
          6 months, 4 days ago

          I'd like to hear an answer on this too, as I can't quite figure it out. Thinking Barnes short term (only as Grealish has been better Away than at Home and Zaha is Zaha)! Barnes on fire.

      • Magic Zico
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 2 Years
        6 months, 4 days ago

        Almost 'everybody' has the same midfield line up and with the lack of striker options how can one make a ground/climb? Even defenders, with double City occupying 2 spots then very limited space to manoeuvre? Any advice?

        1. Drip Doctor
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 10 Years
          6 months, 4 days ago

          Been like that all season in my opinion. Dull FPL season. I guess the best way is to ignore the bandwagons that are forced on you like DCL, Digne etc... and look for the alternatives.

          1. Magic Zico
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 2 Years
            6 months, 4 days ago

            Got you, but these spells with Kane Vardy KDB injured and CHE out of form (hopefully picking up soon) that's really limit the dynamics even further

            1. Drip Doctor
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 10 Years
              6 months, 4 days ago

              Agreed. It's not been easy.

        2. Crunchie
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 3 Years
          6 months, 4 days ago

          True, I have been shielding too much recently. Feeling a Zaha punt coming

          1. Magic Zico
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 2 Years
            6 months, 4 days ago

            I picked and backed Rashford as differential since few weeks ago where MUN looked good and good fixtures but backfired badly ... really boring transfer Rashford > Salah for safety and will climb just tiny bit!

        3. RogDog_jimmy
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          6 months, 4 days ago

          I don't know about that.

          Bruno, Son, Salah, Zaha, Grealish, Barnes, Maddison, Soucek, Saka, Gundo, Rash, Sterling....lot's of genuine mid options.

          DCL, Bamford, Watkins, Antonio, Wilson, Ings, (Vardy back soon)....

          It's about the right combinations...Seems enough variety to make big ground.

          1. Magic Zico
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 2 Years
            6 months, 4 days ago

            Captaincy I guess one thing that can make up, I agree. Really people flog in Salah Bruno Gundo Son Grealish ... so only a spot or two plus captaincy punt which you may not want to do at this stage ...

        4. S.Kuqi
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 8 Years
          6 months, 4 days ago

          Try having Trashford like me.

          1. Magic Zico
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 2 Years
            6 months, 4 days ago

            Hey got him, disaster!

        5. HMC
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 10 Years
          6 months, 4 days ago

          As I found out last week, don’t try be too clever for the sake of it. Set n forget if you own Martinez who is highly owned (I played Areola).
          Getting Captaincy right always helps
          Maybe have at least 2 playing bench options for the inevitable rotation
          Otherwise go with your gut feel for which players to target. I went sterling over Gund which actually worked out ok with some luck last week (Salah vc)
          Back your differential picks with the likes of Barnes Saka Soucek doing well

          1. Magic Zico
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 2 Years
            6 months, 4 days ago

            Thanks - I've got 6 or 7 red arrows in a row some weeks back although the rank was stagnant just trying to hard overmanaging the team. Playing sensible and simple as you described rank shoot up consistently. Then I refused to bring in Salah for Rashford and you know the story ... damn so boring game this is I realised!

            1. Magic Zico
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 2 Years
              6 months, 4 days ago

              *too hard

        6. Free Hat
          • 2 Years
          6 months, 4 days ago

          Easy. Pick the highest cpt.

          1. Magic Zico
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 2 Years
            6 months, 4 days ago

            Yeah easy 😉

            1. Free Hat
              • 2 Years
              6 months, 4 days ago

              😀

              Ive learned the hard way this gw : play your highly owned players. Let others make mistakes. Some cpt luck. That will do.

      • Drip Doctor
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 10 Years
        6 months, 4 days ago

        Nice article, based on 5 low scores in a row, i'm playing the odds and going with Bruno.

      • Dannyb
        • 4 Years
        6 months, 4 days ago

        Rashford and Foden to Zaha and Barnes? 2ft

        1. Drip Doctor
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 10 Years
          6 months, 4 days ago

          Not for me, personally, i'd just keep Rashford for the next 4 now.

      • HMC
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 10 Years
        6 months, 4 days ago

        After Burnley, city face Liv away Spurs then Arsenal.
        Would you sell Sterling to capitalize or better fixtures?

        If so who are the best options. Maybe Son if they get a dgw

        Midfield is Salah Bruno Sterling Grealish Soucek

        1. dark91
          • 5 Years
          6 months, 4 days ago

          A bit too early to think about this especially with the lack of alternatives. Maybe get Vardy by GW23 for him

          1. HMC
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 10 Years
            6 months, 4 days ago

            He doesn’t usually perform vs old club Liverpool and with Son facing wba that’s what I’m leaning towards but will wait and see.
            Even more reason to save transfer midweek to have options

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

          See how he does and reassess. Right now would be tempted to ditch if someone jumps out.

      • Dotherightthing
        • 5 Years
        6 months, 4 days ago

        Hi all, how to check the upcoming double gameweeks, cheers

        1. Whazza
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 9 Years
          6 months, 4 days ago

          They need to be scheduled first

          1. Dotherightthing
            • 5 Years
            6 months, 4 days ago

            Thats what i thought lol .. just around here I read people talking about some doubles for city etc .. i might have misunderstood then.
            Thanks for replying anyway

            1. Dotherightthing
              • 5 Years
              6 months, 4 days ago

              For GW 26 ..

      • BigKeith
          6 months, 4 days ago

          Would you start Coufal or Dallas this week?

          1. Drip Doctor
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 10 Years
            6 months, 4 days ago

            Dallas

          2. Dannyb
            • 4 Years
            6 months, 4 days ago

            Dallas

          3. Crunchie
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 3 Years
            6 months, 4 days ago

            Dallas for me

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

          Salah captain worth -8?!

          1. Messiah Hazard
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 9 Years
            6 months, 4 days ago

            Nope

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

              Is -4 for sterling worth it instead?!

              1. Messiah Hazard
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 9 Years
                6 months, 4 days ago

                Sterling has been rested. So almost sure to start next game. I am captaining Sterling. So I wouldn’t do it for a -4 for Sterling either.

        • Lindelol
          • 3 Years
          6 months, 4 days ago

          DDG
          Cancelo Stones AWB
          Salah Bruno Gundo Barnes
          Antonio DCL Bamford

          Johnstone Chilwell ESR Coufal

          1 FT and 4.3 in the bank

          1. ESR to Zaha
          2. Chilwel to PVA
          3. Save

          1. Crunchie
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 3 Years
            6 months, 4 days ago

            1 as 2 isn't nailed either

            1. Lindelol
              • 3 Years
              6 months, 4 days ago

              Zaha or Grealish?

        • Silecro
          • 3 Years
          6 months, 4 days ago

          Save ft here?

          Martinez
          Dias, Stones, Dallas
          Salah, Bruno, Son, Grealish, Gundo
          DCL, Bamford

          Johnstone, Antonio, Coufal, Bednarek

          1. Crunchie
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 3 Years
            6 months, 4 days ago

            Yes unless you fancy Rudiger for the next 3

          2. BigKeith
              6 months, 4 days ago

              save for sure

          3. seanie3
            • 10 Years
            6 months, 4 days ago

            Am I crazy to get rid of Bruno for Barnes? Bruno not done anything of note for 5 PL games and Barnes is on fire

            1. PastaConcerto
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 7 Years
              6 months, 4 days ago

              Yes in terms of FPL ownership it would be crazy if he hauls for your rank. I did that move last week and capped Barnes and it worked out for me. But I also shifted a very template team to a very differential team....it is risky when heavily owned players haul like those that ditched Salah and Bamford last week.

              1. seanie3
                • 10 Years
                6 months, 4 days ago

                True, trying to chase down my ML who has him, salah and son as do I. So thinking one of these to move on should be Bruno

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

              Got to play for points

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

              Bold statement, but he is on fire.

          4. FPL_Hazards
            • 8 Years
            6 months, 4 days ago

            Tired of losing value on Alzate.

            Best MF for £5m?

            1. FPL_Hazards
              • 8 Years
              6 months, 4 days ago

              A) Smith Rowe 4.4
              B) Lookman 5.0
              C) ?

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

                C Saka if you can stretch

          5. Crunchie
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 3 Years
            6 months, 4 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) Chilwell to Alonso
            D) A+B for -4?
            D) Hold FT (wait on Chilwell)

          6. Zlatan F.C
              6 months, 4 days ago

              Any ideas here?? 1ft 4.9m

              Martinez
              Robbo Dias Cancelo Dallas
              Grealish Salah Bruno Gundogan
              Antonio Bamford

              Forster Soucek Coufal Adams

              A) Adams to DCL
              B) save FT

              1. Crunchie
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 3 Years
                6 months, 4 days ago

                Depends on FA Cup results. If Everton loses they will play DGW 24??

            • Danstoke82
              • 6 Years
              6 months, 4 days ago

              Guys, which one long term?

              A) Grealish
              B) Maddison

              Thanks in advance!

              1. sminkypinky
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 9 Years
                6 months, 4 days ago

                A. Look at his record. Bang for buck.

                1. Danstoke82
                  • 6 Years
                  6 months, 4 days ago

                  Thanks both

              2. SallySlayer
                • 1 Year
                6 months, 4 days ago

                Grealish 100%

            • Jellyfish
              • 9 Years
              6 months, 4 days ago

              Anyone know when Charlie Taylor is expected back for Burnley?

            • Woy_is_back
              • 3 Years
              6 months, 4 days ago

              Best defender for next 3 gameweeks?

              1. DA Minnion (In Bielsa we tr…
                • 9 Years
                6 months, 4 days ago

                I also want the answer to this.

              2. S.Kuqi
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 8 Years
                6 months, 4 days ago

                Rudiger?

                1. sminkypinky
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 9 Years
                  6 months, 4 days ago

                  Not nailed yet imo. I’d say Dias. I’d pick Chilwell if I knew he was nailed on.

              3. hullcityfan
                • 6 Years
                6 months, 4 days ago

                Alonso has the highest ceiling for sure.

                1. Woy_is_back
                  • 3 Years
                  6 months, 4 days ago

                  Yeah, but Chilwell will surely play

            • Babit1967
              • 5 Years
              6 months, 4 days ago

              Anyone going for TAA?

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

                already have hime and all he's given me is Spain without the s

                1. Babit1967
                  • 5 Years
                  6 months, 4 days ago

                  Haha, no luck mate, I’m going to bring him in, money to spend and a nice differential

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

                    yea that one haul was on the bench

              2. Patio Kev
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 7 Years
                6 months, 4 days ago

                Not until I’m convinced by their central defence for the clean sheets.

            • Rinseboy
              • 9 Years
              6 months, 4 days ago

              with nothing else pressing and some of my rivals likely to captain Cancello this week, am I crazy to be considering Dias or Stones to Cancello for free?

              If so who would you lose? Feels like Dias benching is coming soon?!

              1. MarcusAurelius
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 5 Years
                6 months, 4 days ago

                Haha I basically asked the same question below. I think he starts Stones and Laporte next game. Just a hunch

            • MarcusAurelius
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 5 Years
              6 months, 4 days ago

              2FT but can’t literally can’t think of a transfer I can make and have never burnt a transfer before. Any Ideas?

              Was maybe thinking Dias to Cancelo seen as he’s just been rested.

              2FT and 0.4mil in the bank

              Martinez
              Stones Dias Justin
              Salah Sterling Bruno Son Grealish
              Bamford Antonio

              McCarthy Dallas Alioski Brewster

              1. DA Minnion (In Bielsa we tr…
                • 9 Years
                6 months, 4 days ago

                Alioski to holding.

            • Chrisitis
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 9 Years
              6 months, 4 days ago

              A) Dier
              B) Holding

              Currently on Dier. So many low scoring top matches. Wolves often score home as well.

              1. Patio Kev
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 7 Years
                6 months, 4 days ago

                I’d fancy Arsenal for a clean sheet, Wolves attack looks dreadful still without Jimenez.

            • Flynny
              • 6 Years
              6 months, 4 days ago

              Hi....what to do here please....feel rotation will be a factor

              A....save ft

              B...chilwell to rudiger

              C....something else (5mitb)

              Thanks

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

              1. Patio Kev
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 7 Years
                6 months, 4 days ago

                I’d save, Chilwell may come back into the team of Chelsea revert to a flat back 4 again.

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

                Save and enjoy your strong bench

                1. Flynny
                  • 6 Years
                  6 months, 4 days ago

                  Cheers

            • Aster
                6 months, 4 days ago

                Saka giving me a headache...

                Injured, do not know if he will start. If he does not play at all, it is not much of an issue, because Soucek can come off the bench. But it is an issue if he gets 15-20 mins.

                1. Patio Kev
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 7 Years
                  6 months, 4 days ago

                  Just bench Saka and play Soucek then.

                  1. Aster
                      6 months, 4 days ago

                      Whenever bench someone, they score 2-3 goals lol.

                  2. SMOOTH
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 10 Years
                    6 months, 4 days ago

                    trained today - should start

                    1. Aster
                        6 months, 4 days ago

                        We do not know the intensity of his training though...