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
    • 8 Years
    2 months, 18 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
      2 months, 18 days ago

      Thinks it’s because of the rotation last week

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

    RMFHT

    Ederson
    TAA Dallas Digne
    Salah Son Mahrez Raphinha
    Kane DCL Ings

    Fodder bench

    1. The Knights Template
      • 7 Years
      2 months, 18 days ago

      Ings to bamford

      1. Boz
        • 9 Years
        2 months, 18 days ago

        Ings to Bamford, Raphinha to Jota?

      2. Pat Bonner
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 10 Years
        2 months, 18 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
      2 months, 18 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
      • 10 Years
      2 months, 18 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
      2 months, 18 days ago

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

      1. Boz
        • 9 Years
        2 months, 18 days ago

        Cheers pal, commented on yours below

        1. Thomas Magnum
          • 5 Years
          2 months, 18 days ago

          Appreciate it, good luck!

    5. Champ
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 11 Years
      2 months, 18 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
      2 months, 18 days ago

      Which option?

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

      1. Boz
        • 9 Years
        2 months, 18 days ago

        A

      2. The Knights Template
        • 7 Years
        2 months, 18 days ago

        A

    • Salarrivederci
      • 5 Years
      2 months, 18 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
        2 months, 18 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
        2 months, 18 days ago

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

    • Thomas Magnum
      • 5 Years
      2 months, 18 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
        2 months, 18 days ago

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

        1. Thomas Magnum
          • 5 Years
          2 months, 18 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
        2 months, 18 days ago

        Silly midfield

        1. Thomas Magnum
          • 5 Years
          2 months, 18 days ago

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

      3. DangerFC
        • 2 Years
        2 months, 18 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
          2 months, 18 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
        2 months, 18 days ago

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

    • popey
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      2 months, 18 days ago

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

    • Garfield1001
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      2 months, 18 days ago

      What are Mendy and Forster owners doing?

      1. DA Minnion (In Bielsa we tr…
        • 9 Years
        2 months, 18 days ago

        Cursing our luck and going keeper less

      2. The Knights Template
        • 7 Years
        2 months, 18 days ago

        Closing eyes and wishing away the problem

      3. PaulParker
        • 6 Years
        2 months, 18 days ago

        Starting Forster

      4. Ginola
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        2 months, 18 days ago

        Shipping Mendy for Pickford.

        1. Boxwoods
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 3 Years
          2 months, 18 days ago

          Likely this

      5. MHG
        • 4 Years
        2 months, 18 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
          2 months, 18 days ago

          Why would Mendy be rotated?

    • Disturbed
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      2 months, 18 days ago

      Pick one

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

      1. waltzingmatildas
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 10 Years
        2 months, 18 days ago

        A

      2. DangerFC
        • 2 Years
        2 months, 18 days ago

        Not sure the hit is worth it

        1. Disturbed
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 7 Years
          2 months, 18 days ago

          Thanks

    • Henning
      • 6 Years
      2 months, 18 days ago

      DCL , Bamford or Antonio in for Iheanacho?

      1. DangerFC
        • 2 Years
        2 months, 18 days ago

        Dcl

      2. waltzingmatildas
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 10 Years
        2 months, 18 days ago

        DCL

      3. Mr Ozil
        • 6 Years
        2 months, 18 days ago

        DCL

    • DangerFC
      • 2 Years
      2 months, 18 days ago

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

      Yes or no

      1. waltzingmatildas
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 10 Years
        2 months, 18 days ago

        Nice

      2. Tango74
          2 months, 18 days ago

          Hey that’s my wc 🙂

          Ex messier and Antonio not bamford

          Capt ?

          1. ButterB
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            2 months, 18 days ago

            Nice one. Who's first on your bench ?

            1. Tango74
                2 months, 18 days ago

                Raph/ Phillips / Mitchell

                1. ButterB
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  2 months, 18 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
                      2 months, 18 days ago

                      Thank you

                      1. DangerFC
                        • 2 Years
                        2 months, 18 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

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

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

            1. The Knights Template
              • 7 Years
              2 months, 18 days ago

              Jeez a link wouldn't hurt

              1. Pompel
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 7 Years
                2 months, 18 days ago

                tweets feed on FFS

              1. Pompel
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 7 Years
                2 months, 18 days ago

                Txs - Mané obviously not happy. Bench this weekend?

                1. HMC
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 10 Years
                  2 months, 18 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
              2 months, 18 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.

          3. waltzingmatildas
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 10 Years
            2 months, 18 days ago

            Bruno to
            A) mahrez
            B) bale
            C) son

            Veltman to
            1) coleman
            2) coufal

            1. waltzingmatildas
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 10 Years
              2 months, 18 days ago

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

            2. DangerFC
              • 2 Years
              2 months, 18 days ago

              Mahrez for a punt this gw.

          4. Hitthewall
              2 months, 18 days ago

              Bruno to Son
              or
              Ihenacho to Bamford?

              1. Original - Wolves Ay We
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 5 Years
                2 months, 18 days ago

                Nacho to Bam - Bruno captain material next week.

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

                Nacho to Bam

            • Original - Wolves Ay We
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 5 Years
              2 months, 18 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
                2 months, 18 days ago

                Nope

              2. Mighty Wings
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 9 Years
                2 months, 18 days ago

                Do it, live a little...

              3. Mr Ozil
                • 6 Years
                2 months, 18 days ago

                I'd do it

            • Dirty_Harry
              • 12 Years
              2 months, 18 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
                2 months, 18 days ago

                Nope

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

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

                  1. TheLord
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 4 Years
                    2 months, 18 days ago

                    Yeah the hit is worth it.

                2. HMC
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 10 Years
                  2 months, 18 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
                • 3 Years
                2 months, 18 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.

            • TheLord
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 4 Years
              2 months, 18 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

            • winchester
                2 months, 18 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
                  2 months, 18 days ago

                  A

              • Bobby_Baggio
                • 10 Years
                2 months, 18 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
                  2 months, 18 days ago

                  c

                  1. Bobby_Baggio
                    • 10 Years
                    2 months, 18 days ago

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

              • phuang
                • 6 Years
                2 months, 18 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

              • Mr Ozil
                • 6 Years
                2 months, 18 days ago

                Mendy > Lloris for -4

                Yes or No?

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

              • Hits from the Bong
                • 2 Years
                2 months, 18 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

              • Disturbed
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 7 Years
                2 months, 18 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

              • BurnMyBread
                • 1 Year
                2 months, 18 days ago

                Bamford or Mahrez?

                1. markus808
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 10 Years
                  2 months, 18 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
                  • 10 Years
                  2 months, 18 days ago

                  If Pope is out then Bamford

              • Cancelo Culture
                • 2 Years
                2 months, 18 days ago

                Which one for the last three?

                A) Dallas + Antonio
                B) Alioski + DCL

                1. Feed tha Sheep
                  • 9 Years
                  2 months, 18 days ago

                  A

                2. Peteski29
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 3 Years
                  2 months, 18 days ago

                  A

              • markus808
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 10 Years
                2 months, 18 days ago

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

                1. TheLord
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 4 Years
                  2 months, 18 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
                    2 months, 18 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
                  • 3 Years
                  2 months, 18 days ago

                  Mahrez and Bamford

              • Pegboy
                • 10 Years
                2 months, 18 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)

              • Shark Team
                • 3 Years
                2 months, 18 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
                  2 months, 18 days ago

                  Son, Antonio, Bamford, Bale

                  1. Pegboy
                    • 10 Years
                    2 months, 18 days ago

                    Agree

              • I SPEAK ENGELS AND DRINK GI…
                • 1 Year
                2 months, 18 days ago

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

              • Park the bus
                • 10 Years
                2 months, 18 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
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 10 Years
                  2 months, 18 days ago

                  D

                2. Peteski29
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 3 Years
                  2 months, 18 days ago

                  D

                3. artvandelay316
                    2 months, 18 days ago

                    D

                4. Mikel Arteta
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 7 Years
                  2 months, 18 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."