Captain Sensible

Who are the best FPL captain options for Gameweek 35?

Fantasy Premier League (FPL) managers are looking to Liverpool, Tottenham Hotspur and Manchester City for the Gameweek 35 captaincy, and as per usual, the Captain Sensible article is here to highlight which assets have the best chance of hauling.

First, we will assess the fallout of the captain poll, before then analysing the best options, Rate My Team (RMT) and the Premier Fantasy Tools ratings ahead of Saturday’s 11:00 GMT deadline.

THE CAPTAIN POLL

Mohamed Salah (£13.3m) is the leader of the captain poll in Gameweek 35, with 39.94% of total votes from our users at the time of writing.

Harry Kane (£12.5m) is in second place, backed by 17.3%, ahead of his home fixture against Leicester City.

Son Heung-min (£11.0m) occupies third place with 8.71%, followed by Kevin De Bruyne (£11.9m) and Philippe Coutinho (£7.0m), with 8.03% and 5.77% respectively.

MOHAMED SALAH

Salah's brace, Mane's form and United's change of shape: FPL notes 2

Mohamed Salah ended his recent goal drought with a brace against Manchester United in Gameweek 33, but has since turned provider with assists against Everton and Villarreal.

As a result, the Egyptian is now up to 14 FPL assists for the season, more than any other player bar Jarrod Bowen (£6.9m).

Exclude his penalties against Leeds United and Brighton and Hove Albion, however, and Salah has managed just two goals in his last 14 appearances for Liverpool in all competitions.

Despite that, his underlying numbers have remained good.

SALAH – LAST SIX MATCHES
Total
Goals3
Assists3
Double-digit hauls1
FPL points43
FPL points per start8.4
Non-pen xG2.26
xA2.24

Last six matches: EVE/MUN/mci/WAT/ars/bha


The main nagging doubt with captaining Salah in Gameweek 35 is that Liverpool have the second leg of their Champions League semi-final against Villarreal on Tuesday.

The schedule hasn’t been kind, either, with the Reds first up in Saturday’s early kick-off, a fixture Jurgen Klopp unsuccessfully tried to push back.

Given the magnitude of the tie, and the fact Liverpool – who are in excellent form – are gunning for the title, it’s hard to see Salah not starting, but there is the very real potential for some minute management on Saturday if they are comfortably ahead.

But what about their opponents, Newcastle United?

The Magpies have lost only three matches in the Premier League this calendar year, going from deep in relegation trouble to sitting in the top half of the table.

In fact, in 2022, only Liverpool have accumulated more points than Newcastle’s 32.

Above: Premier League annual table 2022, via Transfermarkt

Manager Eddie Howe has been a real success story so far, and with three clean sheets in their current run of four consecutive league wins, he has his troops performing with confidence from back to front.

Defensively, they have conceded 13 goals across those 15 outings in 2022, with an expected goals conceded (xGC) tally of 15.29.

However, top tier attacks can trouble them, as evidenced by Tottenham Hotspur’s 5-1 win in Gameweek 31, and the arrival of title-chasing Liverpool will surely make life uncomfortable for pivot Jonjo Shelvey (£5.3m), plus the full-backs with the Reds so dominant in wide areas.

SON HEUNG-MIN/HARRY KANE

Who are the best FPL captain options for Gameweek 32?


Full-year memberships and monthly subscriptions are all now available.

Join now to get the following:

  • Plot your transfer strategies using the fully interactive Season Ticker.
  • Get projections for every Premier League player provided by the Rate My Team statistical model.
  • Use Rate My Team throughout the season to guide your selections and transfers.
  • Get access to Members content in over 250+ articles over the season.
  • Analyse our OPTA-powered statistic tables specifically tailored for Fantasy Football Managers.
  • Use our exclusive tool to build custom stats tables from over 100 OPTA player and team stats.
  • Enjoy our Flat-Track Bully feature which introduces an opposition filter to your tables.
  • View heatmaps and expected goals data for every player.
  • Use our powerful comparison tool to analyse players head-to-head.

ALREADY A USER? CLICK HERE TO UPGRADE YOUR FREE ACCOUNT

NEW TO SCOUT? CLICK HERE TO START A MEMBERSHIP ACCOUNT


1,173 Comments Post a Comment
  1. abaalan
    • 6 Years
    3 months, 18 days ago

    Bench Rudi, pukki or weg??

    1. Pukki Party
      • 5 Years
      3 months, 18 days ago

      Rudi

  2. Pukki Party
    • 5 Years
    3 months, 18 days ago

    Is Alonso for -4 and play over Hwang (BHA) this week worth it?

    1. Van der Faart
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      3 months, 18 days ago

      Yeah would say so

    2. ILOVEBAPS
      • 10 Years
      3 months, 18 days ago

      Maybe. Will it also help with BB next week?

      1. Pukki Party
        • 5 Years
        3 months, 18 days ago

        Alonso dgw over Bednarek if i do it, might do it next week anyway so probably just go for it this week?

        1. ILOVEBAPS
          • 10 Years
          3 months, 18 days ago

          Yeah I think so.

  3. Van der Faart
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 10 Years
    3 months, 18 days ago

    Repost. Really struggling on this one.

    Leaning to B myself

    A) Cancelo, Matip, Maddison, Nketiah, Pukki
    B) TAA, Cancelo, Dewsbury H, Dennis, Mateta

    1. Pukki Party
      • 5 Years
      3 months, 18 days ago

      B

    2. MoSalalalalalalalalah
      • 4 Years
      3 months, 18 days ago

      B

    3. Van der Faart
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      3 months, 18 days ago

      Thanks both, conformed.

      1. Van der Faart
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 10 Years
        3 months, 18 days ago

        Confirmed even

  4. Nightf0x
    • 7 Years
    3 months, 18 days ago

    Foster (sch)
    Can laporte taa alonso taylor
    Salah son(c) mount (madds cornet)
    Mateta toney (green)

    Which? (Itb 2.1)

    A) roll ft
    B) cornet to cout/saka
    C) taylor cornet -4 to ramsey young, 36 green to richar
    D) taylor cornet -4 to cout young, 36 green cout -4 to richar gordon
    E) taylor cornet -4 to cout cash, 36 cout green -4 to nketiah gordon
    F) cornet green -4 to nketiah cout, 36 cout taylor -4 to gordon 6.9def.

  5. Garfield1001
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 8 Years
    3 months, 18 days ago

    Play Gordon or Wood?

    1. Pukki Party
      • 5 Years
      3 months, 18 days ago

      Gordon

    2. Van der Faart
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      3 months, 18 days ago

      Gordon, Chelsea more likely likely concede I reckon

    3. Pep bites Kun
      • 5 Years
      3 months, 18 days ago

      Gordon I reckon. Both tough fixtures

    4. Hairy Potter
      • 7 Years
      3 months, 18 days ago

      Gordon. I don't see Wood doing anything against Newcastle. Howe might even bench him like last weekend and play Joelinton and ASM in attack.

  6. ILOVEBAPS
    • 10 Years
    3 months, 18 days ago

    Hello everyone! Got a feeling Che will struggle.
    A. Nketiah -4
    B. Play Havertz

    1. MoSalalalalalalalalah
      • 4 Years
      3 months, 18 days ago

      B

      1. ILOVEBAPS
        • 10 Years
        3 months, 18 days ago

        Thanks

  7. TKC07
    • 3 Years
    3 months, 18 days ago

    Start one:
    A) Alonso (rumours of getting benched)
    B) Maddison (might be rested)
    C) Broja (no longer first choice, due to poor form? )

    1. Permanently bannedⓄⓃⒺ…
      • 8 Years
      3 months, 18 days ago

      Not seen the A rumours, source?

    2. Pep bites Kun
      • 5 Years
      3 months, 18 days ago

      A

    3. Pukki Party
      • 5 Years
      3 months, 18 days ago

      C surely

    4. LLoris
      • 3 Years
      3 months, 18 days ago

      A

  8. MoSalalalalalalalalah
    • 4 Years
    3 months, 18 days ago

    Am I being silly if I do Weghorst, Maddison, Raphinha > Kane, Gordan, Dewsbury-Hall (-4)? Or should I do something else with my 2FTs?

    Sanchez
    VVD - TAA - Emerson
    Maddison - Saka - Son - Salah
    Mateta - Dennis - Weghorst

    Ramsdale - Raphinha - White - Coady

  9. Bishopool
    • 10 Years
    3 months, 18 days ago

    Please say who are defenders who start and are 4.4m and under?

    1. MoSalalalalalalalalah
      • 4 Years
      3 months, 18 days ago

      Veltman, Collins, Clyne, Krafth

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

      Sessegnon

  10. JBG
    • 4 Years
    3 months, 18 days ago

    Havertz to Ramsey?

    This allows me to do
    Dubravka+Ait-Nouri+Cucho to Schemichel+Laporte+Nketiah for my BB next GW.

    1. Permanently bannedⓄⓃⒺ…
      • 8 Years
      3 months, 18 days ago

      Not to Ramsey no

      1. JBG
        • 4 Years
        3 months, 18 days ago

        Gordon?

  11. pundit of punts
    • 9 Years
    3 months, 18 days ago

    Everything okay?

    Pickford
    TAA - Alonso - Cash
    Salah (vc) - Mount - Saka - Kulusevski
    Kane (c) - Werner - Nketiah

    Schmeichel - Barnes - White - Amartey

    1. Permanently bannedⓄⓃⒺ…
      • 8 Years
      3 months, 18 days ago

      Yup

    2. ILOVEBAPS
      • 10 Years
      3 months, 18 days ago

      All good. Set up well for next gw too!
      Keeping Kane for 36?

      1. pundit of punts
        • 9 Years
        3 months, 18 days ago

        Nope

        Kane + Kulu + Amartey ➡ Richarlison + Foden + Cancelo next gw and BB with 15 dgwers

        1. ILOVEBAPS
          • 10 Years
          3 months, 18 days ago

          Ooh nice. I’ve got to decide if Kane out is worth it. Could get me Robbo though.

  12. Permanently bannedⓄⓃⒺ…
    • 8 Years
    3 months, 18 days ago

    Repost as missed off a player

    Start 1

    Broja
    Jimenez
    Martinelli

  13. PlayPercentage
    • 11 Years
    3 months, 18 days ago

    Will we get team news before the deadline?
    Hoping that Jota starts today...

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

      He's in my WC right now. Hoping to hear something.

    2. Birdman77
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      3 months, 18 days ago

      Yeah he’ll play middle up top

  14. paza12
    • 12 Years
    3 months, 18 days ago

    Play Laporte or James? Cheers!

    1. George James
      • 7 Years
      3 months, 18 days ago

      Both

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

      Both

  15. frenchfries
    • 5 Years
    3 months, 18 days ago

    My bench for GW36:
    Foster Amartey Broja Pukki

    Ok to BB?

    1. Mozumbus
        3 months, 18 days ago

        Yes

    2. Mozumbus
        3 months, 18 days ago

        With DGW36 BB in sight.
        Iheanacho + Cornet + Kulu + Schar > Nketiah + Mount + Dewsbury KDH/Gordon + Alonso
        A. -12
        B. Worth WC. Have FH.

        1. Pep bites Kun
          • 5 Years
          3 months, 18 days ago

          B wc

          1. Mozumbus
              3 months, 18 days ago

              Thanks

        2. Kodap
          • 5 Years
          3 months, 18 days ago

          Okay quickly, last decision.. who to captain?

          1. Salah
          2. Son

          1. ILOVEBAPS
            • 10 Years
            3 months, 18 days ago

            2

            1. Birdman77
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 7 Years
              3 months, 18 days ago

              1

          2. OptimusBlack
            • 9 Years
            3 months, 18 days ago

            2

          3. Leeroy357
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 8 Years
            3 months, 18 days ago

            Son

          4. Pep bites Kun
            • 5 Years
            3 months, 18 days ago

            2

          5. Bavarian
            • 4 Years
            3 months, 18 days ago

            1

        3. ILOVEBAPS
          • 10 Years
          3 months, 18 days ago

          Any hits that would make this better??
          0.2 itb

          Rams
          Cancelo TAA Alonso Laporte
          Salah Saka Kulu Havertz Ramsey
          Kane(C)

          Dubravka Hwang Shar Greenwood

          1. George James
            • 7 Years
            3 months, 18 days ago

            Nope. Looks good

            1. ILOVEBAPS
              • 10 Years
              3 months, 18 days ago

              Thanks.

          2. Oggle22
            • 5 Years
            3 months, 18 days ago

            Captianing Kane? I own both him and salah and probably gunna go with mo

            1. ILOVEBAPS
              • 10 Years
              3 months, 18 days ago

              Yep! Not even tempted by Mo tbh

          3. Baron Saturday
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 11 Years
            3 months, 18 days ago

            Similar to my starting line up and my dilemma. I'm considering Havertz to:

            A. Foden (not totally sold on it)
            B. Cout (not totally sold on it)
            C. Zaha (just for a punt)

            1. ILOVEBAPS
              • 10 Years
              3 months, 18 days ago

              Samesies! Will be one less transfer for next gw too.

              1. Baron Saturday
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 11 Years
                3 months, 18 days ago

                Yeah, same dilemma for me again. Do you have a couple lined up for next week?

                1. ILOVEBAPS
                  • 10 Years
                  3 months, 18 days ago

                  Looks like a -12. Eek!
                  Gonna BB to get it out the way.
                  Hwang to Nketiah
                  Shár to 4.7
                  Dubravka to Foster
                  Havertz to Foden
                  Prob going to hold Kane.
                  You?

                  1. ILOVEBAPS
                    • 10 Years
                    3 months, 18 days ago

                    If no Kane I’d get Robbo and Upgrade Other moves

                    1. Baron Saturday
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      • 11 Years
                      3 months, 18 days ago

                      Yeah, fair call. It's such a tough one.

                      The total lack of forwards is killing me. As I mention below, I've also thought about selling Kane and upgrading def and mid to play a 5>4>1 or 4>5>1 for the remainder of the season.

                  2. Baron Saturday
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 11 Years
                    3 months, 18 days ago

                    I either take hits this week or next and use my BB to counter. Also have a FH up my sleeve.

                    Big question for me is keeping Kane. No idea what to do, big call. Do I get rid and bring in KDB for example?

                    Are you only selling Newc players to use the BB? I'm not sure I see your logic. Mind, I'm looking at Wood > Nketiah this week or next

        4. George James
          • 7 Years
          3 months, 18 days ago

          GTG?
          Rolling the FT

          Sanchez
          James • Alonso • Cancelo
          Salah • Saka • Ramsey • Havertz • Kulu
          Kane (C) • Weghorst

          Pickford / Davies / White / Wood

          1. LLoris
            • 3 Years
            3 months, 18 days ago

            gtg

        5. Oggle22
          • 5 Years
          3 months, 18 days ago

          As I have no bench should I be worried about risk of rotation?

          Ramsdale
          TAA White James* Laporte*
          Salah Saka* Havertz* Mount* Kulu
          Kane

          Schmeichel Schar Richardson Cucho

          Cheers

          1. George James
            • 7 Years
            3 months, 18 days ago

            Schar will come in?

          2. Hairy Potter
            • 7 Years
            3 months, 18 days ago

            Schar should play. Signed a new contract in the week and was just rested against Norwich.

          3. Leeroy357
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 8 Years
            3 months, 18 days ago

            Be lucky to get 4 out of 5 of those starting, but 2 points off the bench is fine if needed

            1. Oggle22
              • 5 Years
              3 months, 18 days ago

              That's my worry maybe havertz or Mount to Coutinho?

        6. LLoris
          • 3 Years
          3 months, 18 days ago

          Which one would you do? Using my FH in 37
          A) Son and Kulu for Mount and Foden (-4)
          B) Son and White for Foden and Cancelo (-4)
          C) Son for Sterling
          D) Roll a transfer

          1. Leeroy357
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 8 Years
            3 months, 18 days ago

            C
            Cancelo is so important he will play most games. A might be temping as well

          2. ILOVEBAPS
            • 10 Years
            3 months, 18 days ago

            I’d captain Son this GW.
            D

        7. Mozumbus
            3 months, 18 days ago

            What are the chances of Iheanacho to make in the starting eleven in the next 3 matches?

          • Leeroy357
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 8 Years
            3 months, 18 days ago

            Transfer Coutinho for Havertz? Yes or no?

            1. LLoris
              • 3 Years
              3 months, 18 days ago

              Depends on when your FHing

            2. AC/DC AFC
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 6 Years
              3 months, 18 days ago

              Yes, with FH38.

          • ratski
            • 11 Years
            3 months, 18 days ago

            Play 1....
            A. Ramsey
            B. Pukki
            c. weghorst

            Last few pages seem to be Ramsey

            1. JBG
              • 4 Years
              3 months, 18 days ago

              A

          • JBG
            • 4 Years
            3 months, 18 days ago

            What combo looks best for -8?

            Coutinho+Tavares+Schmeichel+Nketiah

            Ramsey+Laporte+Schmeichel+Nketiah**

            ** Ramsey can be Gordon and Nketiah can be Dennis in this scenario if that is better

          • Pablitto
            • 12 Years
            3 months, 18 days ago

            Gtg?

            Ramsdale
            Robo James Cancelo
            Salah Son Mount Eriksen Kulu
            Werner

            Sanchez Pukki Weg Target

            1FT 0.2 ITB

          • Champions League Varane
            • 3 Years
            3 months, 18 days ago

            Play 1

            Dalot
            Gordon
            Chalobah

            Currently on Gordon. Thanks

            1. JBG
              • 4 Years
              3 months, 18 days ago

              Gordon

            2. Pep bites Kun
              • 5 Years
              3 months, 18 days ago

              Gordon

          • The Polymath
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 6 Years
            3 months, 18 days ago

            Captain Sterling? (chasing in ML)

            1. JBG
              • 4 Years
              3 months, 18 days ago

              Don't have Kane or Son?

              If not, sure do it.

          • MoSalalalalalalalalah
            • 4 Years
            3 months, 18 days ago

            Will Jesus start?

            1. AC/DC AFC
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 6 Years
              3 months, 18 days ago

              Probably not, if he's playing away at Real Madrid.

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

              Unlikely

          • ballsy_b
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 1 Year
            3 months, 18 days ago

            Captain:

            A) Salah
            B) Kane
            C) Trent

            1. ILOVEBAPS
              • 10 Years
              3 months, 18 days ago

              B