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. Patio Kev
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 7 Years
    6 months, 3 days ago

    Simple Question

    Son to Sterling (C) for a -4 ?

    1. Aster
        6 months, 3 days ago

        I would do that.
        Sterling is my captain.

      • Magic Zico
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 2 Years
        6 months, 3 days ago

        Like this idea, would do it if I was not blocked by 2 MCI defs

    2. sp1122
        6 months, 3 days ago

        DCL to Antonio worth it for free?

        1. Patio Kev
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 7 Years
          6 months, 3 days ago

          I think it’s a bit early to ditch DCL, he could easily come good.

        2. Snooze ya lose
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 11 Years
          6 months, 3 days ago

          Yes

        3. acidicleo
          • 5 Years
          6 months, 3 days ago

          Antonio vs inform Villa
          DCL vs leeds..
          Can wait a week I guess..

        4. The bean
          • 3 Years
          6 months, 3 days ago

          Keep him for the Leeds game anyway...

        5. sp1122
            6 months, 3 days ago

            Thanks all.

            If I keep DCL then I have a dilemma.

            Start DCL or Bamford?

          • Magic Zico
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 2 Years
            6 months, 3 days ago

            No, give DCL chance

        6. Rinseboy
          • 9 Years
          6 months, 3 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. Steve The Spud
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 1 Year
            6 months, 3 days ago

            Do not lose Dias! By far the most nailed long term

          2. acidicleo
            • 5 Years
            6 months, 3 days ago

            It if them I would lose stones..
            Dias more nailed..

        7. Lindelol
          • 3 Years
          6 months, 3 days ago

          Zaha or Grealish?

          1. Patio Kev
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 7 Years
            6 months, 3 days ago

            Grealish probably if Zaha has lost his central role.

          2. Snooze ya lose
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 11 Years
            6 months, 3 days ago

            G

          3. Bob.
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 11 Years
            6 months, 3 days ago

            Grealish

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

            Zaha

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

          Could do Soucek -> Grealish and bench Antonio. Madness?

          Salah-Bruno-Gundo-Rash-Grealish
          Dcl-Bam

          1. Whazza
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 9 Years
            6 months, 3 days ago

            Don't. Bench. Antonio.

            1. S.Kuqi
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 8 Years
              6 months, 3 days ago

              Who else I should bench then?

              Could just keep ft, ignore Grealish and play Antonio

          2. Snooze ya lose
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 11 Years
            6 months, 3 days ago

            Yup

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

            I wouldn’t

        9. acidicleo
          • 5 Years
          6 months, 3 days ago

          Martinez
          Stones Cancelo Dallas
          Salah Bruno Son Gundo Soucek
          Bamford DCL
          Subs Martin Coufal Wood Mitchell

          A) Save FT
          B) Coufal and Wood to Rudiger/Digne and Antonio (minus 4)
          C) Any other move?

        10. Steve The Spud
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 1 Year
          6 months, 3 days ago

          I’m keeping faith in Rashford, please come good, sir!

          1. Whazza
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 9 Years
            6 months, 3 days ago

            Good fixtures to find some form

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

            Got no faith with him but still keeping

        11. Henryyy
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 5 Years
          6 months, 3 days ago

          Would you save FT with this team?

          Martinez
          Digne Cancelo Dias
          Gundo Grealish Son Bruno Salah
          Antonio DCL

          4m - Dallas Mitchell Brewster

          1FT 3.6m IT

          1. JJeyy
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 5 Years
            6 months, 3 days ago

            yes

        12. JJeyy
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 5 Years
          6 months, 3 days ago

          Best transfer option?

          A) Soucek to Grealish
          B) Save ft and play Soucek

        13. The bean
          • 3 Years
          6 months, 3 days ago

          Which 3 to start? My head is melted

          Barnes (Fulham away)
          Ings (Man utd away)
          Watkins (West ham home)
          Matty target (West ham home)
          Gundogan (Burnley away)

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

            Barnes Watkins Gundo

            1. The bean
              • 3 Years
              6 months, 3 days ago

              Tempted by that... ings could have had a haul at the weekend too...

            2. Warby84
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 6 Years
              6 months, 3 days ago

              Ings will score i reckon

          2. Warby84
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 6 Years
            6 months, 3 days ago

            Top 2 I would play with Gundogan but very tricky...

            1. The bean
              • 3 Years
              6 months, 3 days ago

              Its a tough one... I have changed it about 20 times at this stage..

          3. Il Capitano
              6 months, 3 days ago

              Play Barnes and Ings, last slot is tricky edging toward Gundogan with the scorelines City usually come away with v Burnley

              1. The bean
                • 3 Years
                6 months, 3 days ago

                Yeah, is Gundogan a rotation risk tho? Pep is up to his old tricks again.

                1. Il Capitano
                    6 months, 3 days ago

                    Off early v WBA, probably wasn't overtaxed v SHU, but with Pep you never know.

              2. acidicleo
                • 5 Years
                6 months, 3 days ago

                Bench targett

                1. The bean
                  • 3 Years
                  6 months, 3 days ago

                  Cheers Men ..

            • Gazwaz80
              • 1 Year
              6 months, 3 days ago

              Jora due back this week, worth a differential with Mane being out?

              1. Gazwaz80
                • 1 Year
                6 months, 3 days ago

                Jota*

              2. Pukki Party
                • 4 Years
                6 months, 3 days ago

                Any comments from Klopp or you just trusting fpl flag?

                1. Gazwaz80
                  • 1 Year
                  6 months, 3 days ago

                  Trusting the flag, but they are pretty accurate...,

              3. bench boost for every gamew…
                • 4 Years
                6 months, 3 days ago

                He is not. Bullshit

            • estheblessed
              • 6 Years
              6 months, 3 days ago

              What to do here? I am thinking upgrade defence as Cancello, Stones and Dier all were benched!

              1FT and £0.9m

              Martinez,
              Cancelo, Stones, Dier
              Gundo, Salah, Bruno, Grealish, Barnes
              Bamford, DCL

              Forster, Kane, Alioski, Kilman

            • King Kun Ta
              • 5 Years
              6 months, 3 days ago

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

              9.2 ITB & 1 FT

              A Foden -> Sterling
              B Coufal & Adams -> Holding & Antonio (-4)
              C Martin & Adams -> Sanchez & Antonio (-4)
              D GTG & roll FT

              Ta and good luck lads!

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

                A for me.

                1. King Kun Ta
                  • 5 Years
                  6 months, 3 days ago

                  Ta

            • AC/DC AFC
              • 5 Years
              6 months, 3 days ago

              If the logic for rotating in the squad to play for Man City v Sheffield United was to rest and prepare the A team for Liverpool on Sunday...

              Then surely the same applies from Pep for away at Turfmoor on Wednesday night.

              Got to trust your squad to be in tip top shape for the crunch games to win silverware.

              1. JJeyy
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 5 Years
                6 months, 3 days ago

                Same goes with Liverpool against brighton. Can see Robertson getting rotated for Tsimikas gametime

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

                Decent logic but he rested a fair few last gw.

                1. AC/DC AFC
                  • 5 Years
                  6 months, 3 days ago

                  That's what i mean.

                  Rest on Saturday but then risk your premium players (with KDB missing) before the biggest game of the season to reclaim the Premier League title?

            • Return of the FF
              • 5 Years
              6 months, 3 days ago

              Evening all. Currently £8.3itb and 1FT. Uncomfortable amount itb...

              Martinez, Mccarthy
              Cancelo, Stones, Coufal, Dallas, Bernado
              Salah, Bruno, Gundog, Neto, Soucek
              DCL, Bamford, Adams

              Immediate problems are Neto and Adams...

              Bench Adams seems best, and

              A) Neto to Grealish
              B) Neto to Sterling
              C) Neto to Barnes

              Thoughts?

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

                B but you will have 4 city

                1. Return of the FF
                  • 5 Years
                  6 months, 3 days ago

                  This is a very good point, very well made!

            • Il Capitano
                6 months, 3 days ago

                1FT 0m ITB

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

                McCarthy - Adams Coufal Lowton

                A) Save FT (play Adams/Coufal)
                B) Kane > Antonio

                1. The bean
                  • 3 Years
                  6 months, 3 days ago

                  I'd be looking to get kane transferred out anyway... spurs will be trying their best to get him back fast tho they were shocking last night...

                  1. Il Capitano
                      6 months, 3 days ago

                      Held on last week as he would have been out for a hit. Looking like 2 weeks out for him best case, so I'll probably jump on Antonio for triple WHU, before likely GW25 WC.

                      1. The bean
                        • 3 Years
                        6 months, 3 days ago

                        Sounds like a plan... Best of luck..

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

                  Did you guys see the spurs game? They looked awful. Can you see Son doing something this gw?

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

                    Obviously a ridiculous question. Evreyone knows he’ll haul.

                  2. Free Hat
                    • 2 Years
                    6 months, 3 days ago

                    Lets hope their setup suits better vs top teams.

                    But yeah, with that service I think I need to settle for a lucky penalty.

                3. MarcusAurelius
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 5 Years
                  6 months, 3 days ago

                  Play which one?

                  A) Justin - FUL (A)
                  B) Dallas - EVE (H)

                  1. Free Hat
                    • 2 Years
                    6 months, 3 days ago

                    I rate Leic higher for a CS, but Dallas higher for an attacking return.

                    Justin, just because I think Leic will need to step it up after this gw.

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

                  Evening DZ

                  Martinez
                  Stones - Cancelo - Coufal
                  Salah (C) - Bruno (vc) - Grealish - Gundo
                  Antonio - DCL - Bamford

                  X 1. Dallas 2. KWP 3. Burke

                  A) KWP > Rudiger
                  B) KWP > Chelsea defender
                  C) Save FT

                  1. TheDragon
                    • 3 Years
                    6 months, 3 days ago

                    Just save I’d have though - C

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

                    Save for sure. Might come handy next gw and your team is fine.

                5. Bubbles1985
                  • 4 Years
                  6 months, 3 days ago

                  GTG?

                  Martinez
                  Cancelo Coufal Digne
                  Gundo Bruno Son Salah(vc)
                  Antonio DCL(c) Wilson

                  Forster Soucek Ayling Mitchell

                  I have 3.1itb and 1ft

                  Thoughts please?

                  Cheers!

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

                    Too bold on the cap mate. IMHO.

                    1. Bubbles1985
                      • 4 Years
                      6 months, 3 days ago

                      Cheers.
                      I had him captain this week too and backfired massively!

                  2. Return of the FF
                    • 5 Years
                    6 months, 3 days ago

                    Coufal to Cresswell? (I have Coufal but other fires elsewhere)

                6. Danno - Emre Canada
                  • 6 Years
                  6 months, 3 days ago

                  Evening, need some help here, as I’ve lost the plot and have no idea what I’m doing anymore and even cheering on arch rivals QPR arghhh, filthy!
                  Pick 3 to start please.

                  A) Targett
                  B) Richarlison
                  C) Shaw
                  D) Digne
                  E) Dallas

                  Or another option is to get TAA in for Digne?.....
                  Cheers

                  1. Pukki Party
                    • 4 Years
                    6 months, 3 days ago

                    Bcd

                    1. Danno - Emre Canada
                      • 6 Years
                      6 months, 3 days ago

                      Like that answer as that’s what I’m currently on as own Martinez, thanks

                7. el polako
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 4 Years
                  6 months, 3 days ago

                  Everytime I see Aaron Cresswell I think that he's Welsh, not that it matters but just find it weird.

                  1. J ⚒ Salah & Vinagre
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 6 Years
                    6 months, 3 days ago

                    So random 😆

                  2. bench boost for every gamew…
                    • 4 Years
                    6 months, 3 days ago

                    Looks and name i guess? From Liverpool so not That far from welsh is he?

                  3. bench boost for every gamew…
                    • 4 Years
                    6 months, 3 days ago

                    And welsh colony in Liverpool are pretty high from old times, a lot of wirj immigration.

                    1. bench boost for every gamew…
                      • 4 Years
                      6 months, 3 days ago

                      Work...

                8. Atimis
                  • 4 Years
                  6 months, 3 days ago

                  Who is the best pick up to 10.0?

                  Grealish stats ain’t looking too impressive tbh.

                  1. bench boost for every gamew…
                    • 4 Years
                    6 months, 3 days ago

                    If you buy dcl you can look at stats, but Grealish is not a stat player. He got one assist last time and should have had two were it not for a wonderful save. From literally nothing.

                9. Pukki Party
                  • 4 Years
                  6 months, 3 days ago

                  Play

                  A) Ramsdale (WBA)
                  B) Martinez (WHU)

                  1. Messiah Hazard
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 9 Years
                    6 months, 3 days ago

                    Martinez every time

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

                      Like every time. Best keeper in the league.

                  2. Il Capitano
                      6 months, 3 days ago

                      B

                    • Pukki Party
                      • 4 Years
                      6 months, 3 days ago

                      Thanks

                  3. TheDragon
                    • 3 Years
                    6 months, 3 days ago

                    How likely are these players to get rested this week?

                    A) Robertson
                    B) Salah
                    C) Dias
                    D) Gundogan

                    My first 11 looks great (if they start) but no bench

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

                      I can't see Salah rested, if there's no Mane. If Liverpool win vs Brighton, and then they have City in the next game, win that too, they're back in title race.

                    2. Ragabolly
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      • 11 Years
                      6 months, 3 days ago

                      I would expect 1 of them to be benched.

                      1. TheDragon
                        • 3 Years
                        6 months, 3 days ago

                        Thanks - I could live with one. But I feel like could easily be 2 or 3 which I can’t deal with

                    3. Dwotle
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      • 1 Year
                      6 months, 3 days ago

                      A) 20%
                      B) 20%
                      C) 70%
                      D) 40%

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

                      Gundogan also had his rest recently, Pep loves him imo, I think he plays too. Dias could be rested most likely out of those, but it's Pep, and it's Burnley.

                  4. Free Hat
                    • 2 Years
                    6 months, 3 days ago

                    Annoyingly hard to plan without future dgw fixtures announced.

                    Have free transfers for 2gweeks in a row but dont know who to bring in!

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

                      Start with teams which have games in hand or find Ben Crelins spreadsheet.

                      1. Free Hat
                        • 2 Years
                        6 months, 3 days ago

                        Already have 3 city and 2 villa so rather good.

                        Crellins sheets are too many ifs and thats... Getting a headache of all the speculations 😀

                  5. J ⚒ Salah & Vinagre
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 6 Years
                    6 months, 3 days ago

                    Which one would you start?

                    1) Watkins
                    2) Gundo

                    Currently on Gundo, but any opinions would be welcomed.

                    1. Messiah Hazard
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      • 9 Years
                      6 months, 3 days ago

                      Gundo on form

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

                      Gundo unless we get a clue he’s benched.

                    3. Bushwhacker
                      • 2 Years
                      6 months, 3 days ago

                      Gundo

                    4. J ⚒ Salah & Vinagre
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      • 6 Years
                      6 months, 3 days ago

                      Thanks all!

                  6. Shark Team
                    • 4 Years
                    6 months, 3 days ago

                    Start Coufal & Bamford without any starters on my bench or spend my FT to get a defender and start him ahead of Coufal?

                    1. Tonyawesome69
                      • 2 Years
                      6 months, 3 days ago

                      With games coming up in quick succession and high rotation, it would be wise to have at least one playing bench player.

                  7. andres
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 9 Years
                    6 months, 3 days ago

                    A rash to Grealish
                    B soucek to Grealish (bench a striker)
                    C Mccarthy to Martinez
                    D other?

                    McCarthy (Forster)
                    Cancelo Stones Digne (Mitchell*, Coufal)
                    Salah Bruno Rash* Gundo (soucek)
                    Watkins Antonio DCL
                    4.8itb, 1FT

                    1. Tonyawesome69
                      • 2 Years
                      6 months, 3 days ago

                      C - Martinez a great set and forget GK this season. Better to do it now and get his points

                  8. CRO KLOPP
                    • 3 Years
                    6 months, 3 days ago

                    How to improve bench here? Or Save FT? 1 FT,1.6 itb

                    Martinez
                    Dias Stones Coufal
                    Salah Bruno Son Gundo Zaha
                    Bamford DCL
                    ( 4.0 Adams Mitchell Castagne*)

                    1. Messiah Hazard
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      • 9 Years
                      6 months, 3 days ago

                      Mitchell to Dawson

                      1. CRO KLOPP
                        • 3 Years
                        6 months, 3 days ago

                        Cheers mate

                      2. Tonyawesome69
                        • 2 Years
                        6 months, 3 days ago

                        Waste of a WHU spot. Blocking Soucek and Antonio. Castagne to Shaw

                        1. Jimmers
                          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                          • 11 Years
                          6 months, 3 days ago

                          West Ham are the new Man City??