Captain Sensible

Who is the best FPL captain for Blank Gameweek 36?

Despite four teams missing out on Blank Gameweek 36, there are still plenty of options for the latest Fantasy Premier League captaincy decision.

Harry Kane (£11.8m) and Mohamed Salah (£12.7m) jointly lead the Golden Boot race and, with three fixtures remaining for both, they are among the favourites to find the net this weekend.

But is there some potential ground to make up with some outside candidates? With Manchester City now likely to play a more regular starting XI, should we consider their assets for the armband? Do Everton strikers appeal against a leaky Sheffield United defence?

As always, the Captain Sensible article is here to help you with this week’s captaincy conundrum. As this includes extensive data from the Fantasy Football Scout Premium Members Area, only those with a valid subscription can access it in full.

CAPTAIN POLL

As expected, the two main Golden Boot candidates are leading the captaincy poll ahead of Blank Gameweek 36. So far, Liverpool’s Salah has been handed over 35.6% of total votes by our users.

Second-placed Kane has received just above 20.3% of votes ahead of his home match against Wolves.

The top five is closed by some familiar names, including Dominic Calvert-Lewin (£7.6m, 8.8%), Riyad Mahrez (£8.0m, 4.4%) and Ilkay Gundogan (£5.6m, 3.7%).

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2,868 Comments Post a Comment
  1. Magic Hamster
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 9 Years
    4 months, 6 days ago

    Seeing a few teams with Mahrez, is there anything suggesting he's any safer from pep roulette than anyone else other than he hasn't played in the last 2?

    I guess people who have him /bringing him in are targeting the Newcastle game then anything over and above is a bonus. Or help be shipped out before end of season for a safer starter.

    I'm only asking as I'm considering some differentials and he's now on my radar.

    Thanks.

    1. Boz
      • 9 Years
      4 months, 6 days ago

      Thinks it’s because of the rotation last week

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

      Obviously you cannot predict pep roulette, but Mahrez has barely played, when he has he has been on fire. Ramadan has also just finished which he was so celebrating.

      If pep benches him again, he risks even losing his momentum. I think him and Foden play this week!

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

      Well, he played in the UCL. Now there's no UCL or other midweek to worry about, and next game isn't untill 18th, so keeping Mahrez fresh will likely be important for Pep.

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

      Toying with bringing in Gündo and Foden for a -8 myself.

      Gündo, Foden & Mahrez did not start in the FA cup loss against Chelsea, and they did not start in the loss in PL last GW.
      Add in the fact, that they seem more nailed to play in the final than Kun, Jesus, Sterling and so on.
      Think they need a streak of CSs, won games & goals combined with the first team for the final having some minutes in their legs before the match.

      Could hammer Newcastle, Brighton and Everton (and Foden, Gündogan and Mahrez could all be very good differentials for the run in)

  2. Boz
    • 9 Years
    4 months, 6 days ago

    RMFHT

    Ederson
    TAA Dallas Digne
    Salah Son Mahrez Raphinha
    Kane DCL Ings

    Fodder bench

    1. The Knights Template
      • 7 Years
      4 months, 6 days ago

      Ings to bamford

      1. Boz
        • 9 Years
        4 months, 6 days ago

        Ings to Bamford, Raphinha to Jota?

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

        I think ings is a great pick this week. Not sure Burnley will be high scoring game

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

      Keep but I don’t like ederson! No save points, more rotation might mean more goals conceded and he actually might miss 1 game if unlucky...

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

      Going with the same front 3
      Have a feeling on keane over Digne this week
      And bale over son

    4. Thomas Magnum
      • 5 Years
      4 months, 6 days ago

      Looks good to me mate, good mix of template and differentials

      1. Boz
        • 9 Years
        4 months, 6 days ago

        Cheers pal, commented on yours below

        1. Thomas Magnum
          • 5 Years
          4 months, 6 days ago

          Appreciate it, good luck!

    5. Champ
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 11 Years
      4 months, 6 days ago

      Good - i would actually prefer pickford this week - they have momentum and while city are the best defence in the league toon have started to attack and can see them scoring. GL either way

  3. Hitthewall
    4 months, 6 days ago

    Which option?

    A) Bruno + Rudiger --> Son + Dallas
    B) Ihenacho + Rudiger --> Antonio + Alioski

    1. Boz
      • 9 Years
      4 months, 6 days ago

      A

    2. The Knights Template
      • 7 Years
      4 months, 6 days ago

      A

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

    Gtg?
    Castagne, Zaha & ESR -> Digne, Gündogan & Foden (-8)

    Gives me:

    Martínez
    TAA - Digne - Reguilón - Dallas
    Salah (C) - Son - Foden - Gündogan
    Richarlison - Watkins

    (Areola, Targett, Fernandes, Iheanacho)

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

      Too much city for a hit when you might need them all gone next week or they don’t play.

      1 in Mahrez or Foden should be enough!

    2. Thomas Magnum
      • 5 Years
      4 months, 6 days ago

      Actually like it, think your bench is strong enough to cover any city rotations

  5. Thomas Magnum
    • 5 Years
    4 months, 6 days ago

    Honest thoughts on this FH?
    Pickford 3.9
    Digne TAA Aurier (Phillips, Struijk)
    Salah Bale Foden Mahrez BSilva
    Kane DCL (Vydra)
    .1 ITB. I know triple City is a risk but feel comfortable the bench can cover it worst case

    1. Boz
      • 9 Years
      4 months, 6 days ago

      I’d prefer Son to Bale and not convinced by Bilva but like the rest

      1. Thomas Magnum
        • 5 Years
        4 months, 6 days ago

        Normally I'd agree but just have a feeling with Bales home form and it being a 1 week punt, i need to catch up in ML so may be worth a shout, the .4 or whatever it is comes in handy but i'll keep slicing and dicing

    2. The Knights Template
      • 7 Years
      4 months, 6 days ago

      Silly midfield

      1. Thomas Magnum
        • 5 Years
        4 months, 6 days ago

        Crazy I know but feel this may be the fixture to triple up there

    3. DangerFC
      • 2 Years
      4 months, 6 days ago

      3 city midfielders seems overkill. Maybe 2. City would need to win 4/5-0for them to return big....which they could well do. Maybe a city defender

      1. Thomas Magnum
        • 5 Years
        4 months, 6 days ago

        I've been flirting with a defender but only one I really feel comfortable with starting is Dias/Stones and I feel their ceiling isn't as high as a mid, will keep tinkering though

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

      3 city mids too much. Bilva is not fantasy gold, I wouldn’t have him.

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

    a) Play Mitchell
    b) -4 and Maddison to Foden

  7. Garfield1001
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 7 Years
    4 months, 6 days ago

    What are Mendy and Forster owners doing?

    1. DA Minnion (Legendary manag…
      • 9 Years
      4 months, 6 days ago

      Cursing our luck and going keeper less

    2. The Knights Template
      • 7 Years
      4 months, 6 days ago

      Closing eyes and wishing away the problem

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

      Starting Forster

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

      Shipping Mendy for Pickford.

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

        Likely this

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

      I was planning going keeperless for this week but it now looks like Mendy will be rotated as well as Forster.
      Tempted to bring in a playing keeper this week and take a hit.
      If I don't I could be left with the same dilemma next week. If I do it now it should only cost me -2 as I can expect 2 points.....

      1. Garfield1001
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 7 Years
        4 months, 6 days ago

        Why would Mendy be rotated?

  8. Disturbed
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 7 Years
    4 months, 6 days ago

    Pick one

    A. Play Ward
    B. Castagne > coufal -4 and bench Ward

    1. waltzingmatildas
      • 11 Years
      4 months, 6 days ago

      A

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

      Not sure the hit is worth it

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

        Thanks

  9. Henning
    • 7 Years
    4 months, 6 days ago

    DCL , Bamford or Antonio in for Iheanacho?

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

      Dcl

    2. waltzingmatildas
      • 11 Years
      4 months, 6 days ago

      DCL

    3. Mr Ozil
      • 6 Years
      4 months, 6 days ago

      DCL

  10. DangerFC
    • 2 Years
    4 months, 6 days ago

    FH am I g2g?
    Pickford
    Trent, digne, stones
    Son, mo, foden, mahrez
    Bamford, kane, DCL

    Yes or no

    1. waltzingmatildas
      • 11 Years
      4 months, 6 days ago

      Nice

    2. Tango74
      • 1 Year
      4 months, 6 days ago

      Hey that’s my wc 🙂

      Ex messier and Antonio not bamford

      Capt ?

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

        Nice one. Who's first on your bench ?

        1. Tango74
          • 1 Year
          4 months, 6 days ago

          Raph/ Phillips / Mitchell

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

            Good cover on the bench so, with potential Phillips clean and Raph could do well even from the bench. Looks great, best of luck

            1. Tango74
              • 1 Year
              4 months, 6 days ago

              Thank you

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

                Looking at captaining salah probably... liverpool seem to be hitting form and they have must win games. Bench eze first sub and white second

  11. Pompel
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 7 Years
    4 months, 6 days ago

    What's this with Mane that Klopp is talking about (see tweets)

    1. The Knights Template
      • 7 Years
      4 months, 6 days ago

      Jeez a link wouldn't hurt

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

        tweets feed on FFS

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

        Txs - Mané obviously not happy. Bench this weekend?

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

          Who knows with this rotation. Firmino played the 90 so hard to read into. Double benching for mane would be telling

    2. Goro Majima
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      4 months, 6 days ago

      Presumably it's about Klopp trying to shake Mane's hand on the pitch after the game, Mane ignored him and stalked off chuntering to himself.

  12. waltzingmatildas
    • 11 Years
    4 months, 6 days ago

    Bruno to
    A) mahrez
    B) bale
    C) son

    Veltman to
    1) coleman
    2) coufal

    1. waltzingmatildas
      • 11 Years
      4 months, 6 days ago

      If I do Bruno to mahrez, I can afford veltman to digne

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

      Mahrez for a punt this gw.

  13. Hitthewall
    4 months, 6 days ago

    Bruno to Son
    or
    Ihenacho to Bamford?

    1. Original - Wolves Ay We
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      4 months, 6 days ago

      Nacho to Bam - Bruno captain material next week.

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

      Nacho to Bam

  14. Original - Wolves Ay We
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 5 Years
    4 months, 6 days ago

    Already on -4 bringing in Antonio and Dallas to get 10 players.

    Take another hit to bring in Son for Greenwood? (Have no other Spurs players)

    1. The Knights Template
      • 7 Years
      4 months, 6 days ago

      Nope

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

      Do it, live a little...

    3. Mr Ozil
      • 6 Years
      4 months, 6 days ago

      I'd do it

  15. Dirty_Harry
    • 12 Years
    4 months, 6 days ago

    Is Mendy > Meslier/Pickford worth a -4 for the run in (would be a -8 for the week)

    1. The Knights Template
      • 7 Years
      4 months, 6 days ago

      Nope

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

      Yes. You need to look at the hit individually (not take into account that in total it's -8 or whatever). I'd say it's worth it definitely.

      1. Dirty_Harry
        • 12 Years
        4 months, 6 days ago

        Rocking the Mendy/Forster combo so I could even have no GK in GW37!

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

          Yeah the hit is worth it.

      2. HMC
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 11 Years
        4 months, 6 days ago

        I was looking at Mendy to dubravka for final 2 games. Would it be worth -4 to do it this week vs city, surely some save points counts ahead of no keeper?
        Assuming Forster is rotated

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

      I am thinking about this. Also looking at Fab.
      But Pickford/EVE looks to have been the best of this bunch since GW 20 or so, stats-wise.

  16. TheLord
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 4 Years
    4 months, 6 days ago

    Which option guys? I'm chasing, so really tempted by the Mahrez (c) option:

    A) Maguire -> Dallas (-4), play 433, ​Salah (c) and keep Bruno
    B) Maguire -> Robbo and Bruno -> Mahrez (c) (-8), play 343 and bench Coady. Dunk -> Dallas in 37

    Martinez
    TAA Burn Coady (Maguire Dunk)
    Salah Lingard El Ghazi (Bruno Greenwood)
    Kane DCL Bamford

  17. winchester
    4 months, 6 days ago

    Hey lads! have 1ft and 2,5m itb. No chips left. Would need some advice here lads. Leading my ML by 30p. 2nd in league has son and bamford.. Is it even worth taking a hit if i am leading? cheers all!

    forster
    taa lowton mitchell coufal
    salah(c) jota lingard zaha
    kane davis

    mendy rudiger bruno nacho

    a) nacho -> bamford
    b) nacho+rudiger -> bamford+dallas -4
    c) zaha -> son

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

      A

  18. Bobby_Baggio
    • 10 Years
    4 months, 6 days ago

    Morning all. Which moves do you prefer please?

    Martinez
    Digne - Phillips - Alioski - Coufal
    Jota - Salah - Raph - Greenwood
    Kane - DCL

    (Meslier) - Nacho - Shaw - Bruno

    A) Greenwood + Nacho > Foden + Ant (-4).
    B) Greenwood + Shaw > Mahrez + 4.7m Def (-4).
    C) Nacho + Shaw > Ant + 5m def (-4).
    D) Greenwood > Foden/Lingard.

    1. Champ
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 11 Years
      4 months, 6 days ago

      c

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

        Cool which def for up to 5m? Targett? JWP?

  19. phuang
    • 6 Years
    4 months, 6 days ago

    Used up my 1 FT to bring in Son for Fernandes with $3.1 ITB.

    Forster
    Targett, TAA, Coady
    Salah, Son, Zaha, Pereira, Lingard
    Kane, DCL

    Bench: Mendy, Rudiger, Nacho, Holding

    Looking at my team currently, reckon there's a few changes that can improve my team for the last 3 GW.

    Which one you would go for taking a -4 hit?

    A: Forster > Meslier/Ederson
    B: Coady > Digne/Dallas
    C: Pereira > Mahrez/Raphinha
    D: Iheanacho > Bamford

  20. Mr Ozil
    • 6 Years
    4 months, 6 days ago

    Mendy > Lloris for -4

    Yes or No?

    Other keeper is Forster (so basically its a -2)

  21. Hits from the Bong
    • 2 Years
    4 months, 6 days ago

    Is this WC team ok? Or should I downgrade a mid to upgrade the keeper?

    Forster (Areola)
    TAA Digne Dallas (Mitchell Johnson)
    Salah Son Bale Jota (Lingard)
    Kane DCL Antonio

  22. Disturbed
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 7 Years
    4 months, 6 days ago

    Anything worth a hit here or stick? 3.8m itb.

    Pickford
    Taa Dallas ward
    Salah son siggy zaha lingard
    Dcl Watkins

    Mendy castagne Shaw nacho

  23. BurnMyBread
    • 1 Year
    4 months, 6 days ago

    Bamford or Mahrez?

    1. markus808
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      4 months, 6 days ago

      Depends on if you think Burnley has packed their bags, or maybe City has. I think Newcastle and Leeds play to win the game.

    2. HMC
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 11 Years
      4 months, 6 days ago

      If Pope is out then Bamford

  24. Mr Bird
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 3 Years
    4 months, 6 days ago

    Which one for the last three?

    A) Dallas + Antonio
    B) Alioski + DCL

    1. Feed tha Sheep
      • 9 Years
      4 months, 6 days ago

      A

    2. Peteski29
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      4 months, 6 days ago

      A

  25. markus808
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 10 Years
    4 months, 6 days ago

    On a FH. Bale or Mahrez? Have Son and Kane. Antonio or Bamford?

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

      Mahrez. No idea for the striker spot, I'm still debating it myself. Slightly edging towards Bam

      1. markus808
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 10 Years
        4 months, 6 days ago

        Burnley likes to concede, and Leeds away is usually all in, that was my thinking. Antonio for the rest of the season.

    2. Peteski29
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      4 months, 6 days ago

      Mahrez and Bamford

  26. Pegboy
    • 11 Years
    4 months, 6 days ago

    Martinez (Meslier)
    TAA Dallas Ward (Veltman Fofana)
    Son Lingard Jota (Greenwood Bruno)
    Kane(c) Watkins (Nacho)

    1FT £0.2m Currently only have 9 starters with Veltman out and I'm worried about Jota being benched. Would probably rather lose Leicester than Man U players given remaining fixtures.

    A) Bruno + Greenwood > Salah(c) + Raphinha (-4)
    B) Greenwood + Nacho > Raphinha + DCL (-4) (no Salah)
    C) Fofana + Nacho > Phillips + Antonio/Bamford (-4) (can't afford DCL)

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

    Rank them from best to worst for the last 3 gws of the season:

    Bale Son Antonio Bamford

    1. I SPEAK ENGELS AND DRINK GI…
      • 1 Year
      4 months, 6 days ago

      Son, Antonio, Bamford, Bale

      1. Pegboy
        • 11 Years
        4 months, 6 days ago

        Agree

  28. I SPEAK ENGELS AND DRINK GI…
    • 1 Year
    4 months, 6 days ago

    Worth transferring Mendy out for a hit? Other GK is Forster? and to who? Ederson?

  29. Park the bus
    • 10 Years
    4 months, 6 days ago

    dodged some bullets not having Kane but need to get him back. it'll be for a hit but which Mid am I sacrificing to fund...

    A. Bruno to Son
    B. Bruno to Bale
    C. Zaha to JWP
    D. Zaha to Raphina

    ??

    1. waltzingmatildas
      • 11 Years
      4 months, 6 days ago

      D

    2. Peteski29
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      4 months, 6 days ago

      D

    3. artvandelay316
      4 months, 6 days ago

      D

  30. Mikel Arteta
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 7 Years
    4 months, 6 days ago

    Cresswell about Rice:

    "He has a massive future ahead of him, it's great he is a part of our team and hopefully, we have got him back for this weekend and hopefully, he can kick on and go to the Euro's as well."