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. HellasLEAF
    • 12 Years
    4 months, 14 days ago

    What's the hedge/feeling on Veltman. I know hard to say, but would give me 11 starting.

    Most likely ends up playing?

    Most likely ends up sitting...

    1. Me Spurs
      • 3 Years
      4 months, 14 days ago

      I thought he was ruled out

    2. Scholes Out Forever
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      4 months, 14 days ago

      he's out mate

    3. DA Minnion (Legendary manag…
      • 9 Years
      4 months, 14 days ago

      Doubt he'll play.

  2. Tmel
    • 10 Years
    4 months, 14 days ago

    Better choice from each for the final 3 games?

    a) Digne (SHU, WOL, mci)
    b) Dallas (bur, sou, WBA)

    1) Ings (FUL, LEE, whu)
    2) Antonio (bha, wba, SOU)

    1. Hulk Smash
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      4 months, 14 days ago

      Digne and Ings but they're close.

    2. Snooze ya lose
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 12 Years
      4 months, 14 days ago

      B

    3. AC/DC AFC
      • 6 Years
      4 months, 14 days ago

      A 2 for me.

      Game of opinions!

  3. humar816
    4 months, 14 days ago

    Thoughts on this team and who to captain?

    Martinez (Areola)
    Digne Coufal Saiss (ElMo, Maguire)
    Salah Jota Raphinha Lingard (Bruno)
    Watkins Kane DCL

    1. Garlana
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      4 months, 14 days ago

      Great team, has to be Kane or Salah, coin flip.

    2. Dog and Fox
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      4 months, 14 days ago

      Got the same team only taa insted off saiss. Going C Salah and Kane vc

  4. HMC
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 11 Years
    4 months, 14 days ago

    How’s she looking after a few hits?
    Chasing so going for a few differentials

    Dubravka
    Trent Dallas keane
    Salah bale lingard harrison
    Kane Ings (c) DCL
    Forster El Ghazi Shaw Holding

  5. Sturridge Wars
    • 6 Years
    4 months, 14 days ago

    Son or Mane

    1. AC/DC AFC
      • 6 Years
      4 months, 14 days ago

      Son

  6. Reece’s Pieces
    4 months, 14 days ago

    West Ham
    Moyes being cagey on injuries in his press conf just now as usual. So unknown for sure on Cresswell or Rice (annoying!)

    I'm taking a punt that Cresswell is fit. Going DCL over Antonio though as Wham just seem on a downward spiral so 3 is too much right (have Lingard and Cresswell)

    Just a few musings for you

    1. AC/DC AFC
      • 6 Years
      4 months, 14 days ago

      Didn't DCL get a bit of a knock that he ran off?

      1. fn.jota
        4 months, 14 days ago

        same with digne

  7. Mahjongking
    • 4 Years
    4 months, 14 days ago

    Sell saiss for -4 or just keep and hope he start?
    Sell for stones or dallas?

    1. AC/DC AFC
      • 6 Years
      4 months, 14 days ago

      For Dallas or Digne etc.

      1. Jambot
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 10 Years
        4 months, 14 days ago

        Probably worth the -4 for Dallas from now to the end even if Saiss plays them all

  8. Bobby Digital
    • 4 Years
    4 months, 14 days ago

    Captain Son or Salah? Go!

    1. el polako
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      4 months, 14 days ago

      Salah

    2. g40steve
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      4 months, 14 days ago

      Throw in Kane & this is where I am!

      1. Bobby Digital
        • 4 Years
        4 months, 14 days ago

        Don't have mooolah for Kane

    3. Reece’s Pieces
      4 months, 14 days ago

      Salah!

    4. Corona is not good 4 U
      • 1 Year
      4 months, 14 days ago

      I think Salah.

    5. Bobby Digital
      • 4 Years
      4 months, 14 days ago

      Cheers all. Salah it is!

    6. Spin The Wheel
      • 1 Year
      4 months, 14 days ago

      Kane for me atm

  9. Sz21
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 9 Years
    4 months, 14 days ago

    Which would you choose?
    1. Son + Bamford. (Exact cash so no Antonio).
    2. Mahrez + DCL. (0.4m ITB).

    Martinez.
    TAA, Dallas, Digne.
    Jota, Salah, Lingard, _____.
    Kane, Watkins, ______.
    Steer, Burn, Greenwood, Shaw.
    Rashford/Iheanacho out.

  10. Corona is not good 4 U
    • 1 Year
    4 months, 14 days ago

    Castagne, Fernandes and Vardy -> Dallas, Son and Kane for - 4?

    Thanks!

    1. Traction Engine Foot
      • 3 Years
      4 months, 14 days ago

      Yes

    2. Spin The Wheel
      • 1 Year
      4 months, 14 days ago

      Yes

  11. el polako
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 4 Years
    4 months, 14 days ago

    Mount and Ikenacho out for -4 to bring in Raphinia and DCL - worth it right ?

    1. Traction Engine Foot
      • 3 Years
      4 months, 14 days ago

      Yes

    2. markus808
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      4 months, 14 days ago

      Yes

  12. McGinn
    • 8 Years
    4 months, 14 days ago

    WC for last 3:

    Pickford
    TAA Digne Dallas
    Salah Mahrez Bale Son
    Bamford Antonio Kane

    Bench:
    Diop, Smith Rowe, Mitchell

    Will likely do Mahrez > Greenwood in 37 as FT.

    GTG?

    1. Champ
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 11 Years
      4 months, 14 days ago

      I fancy wood against Leeds instead of Bamford myself and you'll have him for 38 for shu too. Good luck

      1. McGinn
        • 8 Years
        4 months, 14 days ago

        Thanks for reply!

        I think I'll roll the dice on Bamford since Burnley have 5 injuries including potentially Pope

  13. DonBenzema
    4 months, 14 days ago

    Best option?

    A) Iheanacho -> DCL
    B) Bruno -> Son

    1. Hitthewall
      4 months, 14 days ago

      A

    2. Champ
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 11 Years
      4 months, 14 days ago

      A

  14. Hitthewall
    4 months, 14 days ago

    Best Leeds defender out of these?

    Ayling, Alioski, Llorente

    1. dbeck
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      4 months, 14 days ago

      Ayling

  15. chrislt4
    • 2 Years
    4 months, 14 days ago

    Currently have Kane & DCL upfront. Who should be my 3rd striker?

    A) Ings
    B) Antonio
    C) Bamford

    30 points behind ML leader

    1. dbeck
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      4 months, 14 days ago

      I’ve gone B but there is argument for all 3.

      My read is Ings best chance of spiking a hail this week

      Antonio is an outside cap for chasers in 37

      Bamford prob your steady less explosive guys

      1. dbeck
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        4 months, 14 days ago

        *haul

      2. chrislt4
        • 2 Years
        4 months, 14 days ago

        Thanks! Worth mentioning i already own Lingard & Dallas

    2. markus808
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      4 months, 14 days ago

      B

    3. Reece’s Pieces
      4 months, 14 days ago

      That is such a tight call. I'll say Bamford now that Raph is back

  16. wulfrunian
    • 4 Years
    4 months, 14 days ago

    Sorry bottomed*
    I would appreciate your help.As a Mendy/Forster owner i think that i need to sell Mendy.No gk for gw36 and probably no gk for gw37.Villa away in gw38 it's a tough game.On the other hand someone like Meslier could return 10-18 points in the last 3 games.

    1. I SPEAK ENGELS AND DRINK GI…
      • 1 Year
      4 months, 14 days ago

      Im in the same situation. Why do you think Forster wont play for next 2? Why you think Mendy wont play vs Leicester?

  17. markus808
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 10 Years
    4 months, 14 days ago

    New try: Which one you'd have on your FH squad?
    a) Mendy
    b)Jota

    Both are likely rotation risks, have Dallas for Mendy's backup, some cheap defender have to cover for Jota.

  18. Daghe Munegu
    • 5 Years
    4 months, 14 days ago

    A: Kane Raphina
    B: Antonio/Bamford Mahrez ?

    1. Hulk Smash
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      4 months, 14 days ago

      A for nailedness

  19. Garlana
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 6 Years
    4 months, 14 days ago

    People with the dreaded Mendy/Forster combo...what are you doing? Play Forster or use a transfer/take hit and swap Mendy for someone else?

    1. markus808
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      4 months, 14 days ago

      If there's nothing more wrong with your team then so it, but GKs have low ceilings and are your last priority usually.

      1. Please Answer Me
        • 7 Years
        4 months, 14 days ago

        Mendy isn't nailed though thats the problem...

    2. Superninteno Chalmers
      • 3 Years
      4 months, 14 days ago

      Swapped for pickford. Used funds to upgrade Nacho

    3. I SPEAK ENGELS AND DRINK GI…
      • 1 Year
      4 months, 14 days ago

      for a hit? worth?

  20. Please Answer Me
    • 7 Years
    4 months, 14 days ago

    Whats the general consensus with those that have Mendy Forster?

    1. Garlana
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      4 months, 14 days ago

      timing...above 😀

  21. internal error
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 8 Years
    4 months, 14 days ago

    Who do you think scores more points this weekend?
    A) Antonio and Mahrez
    B) Kane and Foden

    1. markus808
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      4 months, 14 days ago

      B

    2. Hulk Smash
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      4 months, 14 days ago

      B

    3. internal error
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      4 months, 14 days ago

      thank you both

  22. Corona is not good 4 U
    • 1 Year
    4 months, 14 days ago

    Is this team good to go?

    Martinez (Guaita)
    Alexander-Arnold, Dallas, Konsa, Ward, Coleman
    Salah (C), Son, Lingard (Greenwood) (Saka)
    Kane, Watkins (Iheanacho)

    Thank you!

  23. W
    • 8 Years
    4 months, 14 days ago

    A) Bamford + Dallas
    B) DCL + Alioski

    1. Spin The Wheel
      • 1 Year
      4 months, 14 days ago

      A

  24. Hulk Smash
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 6 Years
    4 months, 14 days ago

    Son or Bale?

    Both have been great at home but Bale has been outscoring Son (per 90 minutes).

    Also I'm 5 points behind my ML leader who has Son...

    1. Champ
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 11 Years
      4 months, 14 days ago

      I would go with Son for the minutes and chase the points elsewhere. If you feel brave go for bale

  25. dunas_dog
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 6 Years
    4 months, 14 days ago

    Best City player for 36

    A Foden
    B Mahrez

    Best captain

    1 Son
    2 Kane

    1. Spin The Wheel
      • 1 Year
      4 months, 14 days ago

      B2

    2. AC/DC AFC
      • 6 Years
      4 months, 14 days ago

      Neither.

      1

    3. Champ
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 11 Years
      4 months, 14 days ago

      Mahrez and Kane

    4. Hulk Smash
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      4 months, 14 days ago

      B2

  26. Spin The Wheel
    • 1 Year
    4 months, 14 days ago

    Captain Mahrez or Sonny?

    1. Hulk Smash
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      4 months, 14 days ago

      If chasing a significant lead or OR then Mahrez, otherwise Son.

    2. AC/DC AFC
      • 6 Years
      4 months, 14 days ago

      Will Mahrez get minutes?

      I'd see him rested for one like Newcastle with some gentle run outs.

      65 mins and 25 mins?

      1. Spin The Wheel
        • 1 Year
        4 months, 14 days ago

        I just have a feeling Mahrez will haul big tonight

    3. Royal5
      • 10 Years
      4 months, 14 days ago

      You don´t own Salah?

      1. Spin The Wheel
        • 1 Year
        4 months, 14 days ago

        Own him, yes

    4. Spin The Wheel
      • 1 Year
      4 months, 14 days ago

      Thanks all

  27. JollyGoodYellows
    • 2 Years
    4 months, 14 days ago

    What to do here guys? 1FT and 0.2itb

    Mendy Forster
    TAA Shaw Castagne Holding Lowton
    Bruno Salah Jota Lingard Ward-Prowse
    Kane Nacho DCL

    A) Castagne + Nacho > Dallas + Bamford (-4)
    B) Castagne + Bruno + Nacho > Digne + Son + Bamford (-8)
    C) anything else?

    1. Spin The Wheel
      • 1 Year
      4 months, 14 days ago

      I am probably going with Cas+Bruno+Nacho -> Dallas+Mahrez+Bamford. Prob will cap Kane.
      Still not decided

      1. JollyGoodYellows
        • 2 Years
        4 months, 14 days ago

        I'm wary about removing Bruno as he's captain material for next week.

        1. Spin The Wheel
          • 1 Year
          4 months, 14 days ago

          Bring him back next week

  28. Gerhardinho
    • 10 Years
    4 months, 14 days ago

    Mahrez and Lewin vs
    Kane and Dawson?

    1. Champ
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 11 Years
      4 months, 14 days ago

      Second one for the run in

      1. Gerhardinho
        • 10 Years
        4 months, 14 days ago

        Thx

  29. Royal5
    • 10 Years
    4 months, 14 days ago

    Only got 2 playing defenders and can´t afford Trent. Who is the best option? (Own Dallas and Digne)

    A) Stones
    B) Robertson
    C) Coufal
    D) Godfrey
    E) Other

    1. AC/DC AFC
      • 6 Years
      4 months, 14 days ago

      D

  30. lets talk about 6
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 2 Years
    4 months, 14 days ago

    Help

    A) son dier coleman
    B) dallas coleman DCL
    A) Ings dier coleman.