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

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1,173 Comments Post a Comment
  1. Lacikasz01
    • 1 Year
    3 months, 9 days ago

    I have a 28 point lead in my mini-league, my rival has Kane, but not Salah.
    I have both. Who should I captain?

    A) Kane
    B) Salah

    1. NATSTER
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 11 Years
      3 months, 9 days ago

      Match

    2. Leeds-Utd
      • 11 Years
      3 months, 9 days ago

      Same situation as me..I'm Going Kane

    3. Gandalf
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 11 Years
      3 months, 9 days ago

      Yup go for Kane. Even if he brings in Salah somehow and caps, Kane still a good option

    4. It’s gonna Ben Mee
      • 8 Years
      3 months, 9 days ago

      Same for me. I’m going with A so probably B.

    5. nolard
      • 7 Years
      3 months, 9 days ago

      KAne

    6. Monty the Magpie
      • 4 Years
      3 months, 9 days ago

      Kane. Leicester are awful at the back, Newcastle much improved.

    7. Bavarian
      • 4 Years
      3 months, 9 days ago

      Salah all time

    8. Athletico Underachieving
      • 2 Years
      3 months, 9 days ago

      Kane for me. Rotation due at Leicester

    9. Warby84
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      3 months, 9 days ago

      B because Tottenham are dire atm

  2. Bobby_Baggio
    • 11 Years
    3 months, 9 days ago

    Morning all. Which one from the below please? Anything you would change? Cheers.

    Schmeichel - Foster
    Cancelo - CASH - TAA - Laporte - Fofana
    MADDISON - Saka - Salah - Mount - SON
    Nketiah - Pukki - DENNIS

    ---------------

    Schmeichel - Foster
    Cancelo - ROBBO - MATIP - Laporte - Fofana
    COUTINHO - Saka - Salah - Mount - KDB
    Nkeitah - Pukki - MATETA

    1. The Mentaculus
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      3 months, 9 days ago

      B

    2. LeightonBaines
        3 months, 9 days ago

        I would go for A) but replace Maddison with Foden and Dennis with Ollie Watkins.

    3. Leeds-Utd
      • 11 Years
      3 months, 9 days ago

      Start
      1 Ramsdale or Dubra
      2 White or Saiss

      1. jimbo90
        • 7 Years
        3 months, 9 days ago

        Rams and Saiss

      2. Igz08
        • 5 Years
        3 months, 9 days ago

        You wanna start Dubravka against an in form Liverpool team?..

    4. Al Pacho
        3 months, 9 days ago

        Guys!
        Alonso or James?

        1. LC1
          • 7 Years
          3 months, 9 days ago

          Alonso for me

        2. Bubbles1985
          • 5 Years
          3 months, 9 days ago

          If on WC I'd get Alonso.

          I went James instead last week on my WC and it hurt!

      • Igz08
        • 5 Years
        3 months, 9 days ago

        Chasing a 40 point lead in my MLS

        Captain:
        A) Salah
        B) Coutinho

        Already regretted not captaining Salah vs United

        1. LC1
          • 7 Years
          3 months, 9 days ago

          Salah

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

          Salah

        3. Igz08
          • 5 Years
          3 months, 9 days ago

          Going Coutinho hehe

        4. David Brains - OH NO!
          • 10 Years
          3 months, 9 days ago

          Chasing 40 points. I'd gamble countinho

      • LC1
        • 7 Years
        3 months, 9 days ago

        SOS emergency help needed for this absolute pile of crap;

        Sa
        TAA Matip Cancelo
        Son(c) Salah Saka Havertz Maddison
        Jimenez Broja

        Forster White Wood Ait Nouri

        1FT and 0.1 ITB.

        Thinking Wood > Dennis or Nketiah

        I am freehitting in GW37 so transfer only for 35, DGW36 and 38.

        Would really, really appreciate any suggestions.

        Thank you and have a nice weekend

        1. nolard
          • 7 Years
          3 months, 9 days ago

          Maybe a move to improve next weeks DGW team.
          Looks like you need several moves to sort the team.

          Strikers, primarily. Rest is ok.

          1. LC1
            • 7 Years
            3 months, 9 days ago

            Cheers bud.

        2. Biggsy
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 7 Years
          3 months, 9 days ago

          I think Def and mid look ok so either Jimi or Wood out

          1. LC1
            • 7 Years
            3 months, 9 days ago

            Wood out is the priority then Jimenez goes next week most likely

            1. Biggsy
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 7 Years
              3 months, 9 days ago

              Yeah I think that's the order

              1. LC1
                • 7 Years
                3 months, 9 days ago

                Ta bud

      • Catastrophe
        • 11 Years
        3 months, 9 days ago

        Advice appreciated - 1 FT. 0.7 ITB.

        Pope
        Robertson, Cancelo, James, Matip
        Salah, Son, Havertz, Saka, Kulusevski
        Watkins

        (Foster, Pukki, Broja, White)

        Thinking save FT and then Pope, White, Havertz -> Schmeichel, Laporte & Bernardo (-4) for BB36?

        Cheers..

        1. LC1
          • 7 Years
          3 months, 9 days ago

          Look like good moves to me mate.

          1. Catastrophe
            • 11 Years
            3 months, 9 days ago

            Cheers

          2. Bubbles1985
            • 5 Years
            3 months, 9 days ago

            Agreed.

      • thepancakeman123
        • 4 Years
        3 months, 9 days ago

        Who to start in goal this week?? I'm currently on Dubravka because of saves.

        A) Dubravka
        B) Schmeichel

      • AC/DC AFC
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 6 Years
        3 months, 9 days ago

        This week would you play Ramsdale at West Ham or Guaita away at Southampton?

        1. King Kohli
          • 9 Years
          3 months, 9 days ago

          Ramsdale

          1. AC/DC AFC
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 6 Years
            3 months, 9 days ago

            Cheers.

        2. LC1
          • 7 Years
          3 months, 9 days ago

          Ramsdale for me

        3. The Mentaculus
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 1 Year
          3 months, 9 days ago

          Tricky one. I think I might go for Guaita actually

      • winchester
        • 1 Year
        3 months, 9 days ago

        Lads with wc&bb left. They should use wc now, right? Asking for a friend

        1. AC/DC AFC
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 6 Years
          3 months, 9 days ago

          Yes. No point in holding off.

          1. winchester
            • 1 Year
            3 months, 9 days ago

            Cheers

        2. Il Capitano
          • 1 Year
          3 months, 9 days ago

          yep

          1. winchester
            • 1 Year
            3 months, 9 days ago

            Cheers

      • liverbear
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        3 months, 9 days ago

        1 Watkins or Jesus in for Werner? Fh 37

        2 Start broja or Ramsey? Some suggestions of benching again for broja.

        1. The Units
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 12 Years
          3 months, 9 days ago

          Jesus
          Ramsey

      • BobbyDoesNotLook
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        3 months, 9 days ago

        Main players in top10k quite likely to be benched?

        1. BobbyDoesNotLook
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 4 Years
          3 months, 9 days ago

          Main players by eo

      • Abusive_Sgt_Daelrhos
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 8 Years
        3 months, 9 days ago

        Hey lads g2g? Gonna save my FT for DGW:

        Foster
        Cancelo,TAA, Matip, James
        Salah(C),Son,Havertz,Matip
        Nketiah,Dennis

        Subs:Schmeichel, Pukki, KDH, Amartey

      • Kodap
        • 5 Years
        3 months, 9 days ago

        Morning guys, leading my main ML by 85 points, we both practically have the same team now.. I have Havertz & Weg over his Werner & Ramsey.

        Who do I captain?

        1. Salah
        2. Son

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

          Salah

        2. David Brains - OH NO!
          • 10 Years
          3 months, 9 days ago

          Salah if protecting a lead

      • King Kohli
        • 9 Years
        3 months, 9 days ago

        When would you the play the FH if you had this team, 36 or 37?

        Pope
        TAA Cancelo James Gabriel
        Salah Havertz Saka Mount Gordon
        Kane
        Sanchez Broja Schar 4.5.

        Was initially leaning towards a FH 37 but with triple Chelsea who might all play 120 mins max, no KDB, no dgw gk and few other sub optimal picks, I think FH 36 is the play

        1. AC/DC AFC
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 6 Years
          3 months, 9 days ago

          Go with FH36 then.

          I'm considering holding for FH38 myself.

      • David Brains - OH NO!
        • 10 Years
        3 months, 9 days ago

        A) Werner to Watkins
        B) Mount to Countinho
        C) Werner, Mount to Vydra, Son (c) -4
        D) Roll FT

        1. drughi
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 12 Years
          3 months, 9 days ago

          A

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

          A

      • Pukki Party
        • 5 Years
        3 months, 9 days ago

        Probably doing both transfers anyway next week for -4 for my BB, should i do either this week?

        A) Bednarek to Mings/Konsa -4
        B) Gelhardt to Dennis -4 (play over Hwang this week)

      • Al Pacho
          3 months, 9 days ago

          I’m stucked between Gordon and KDH.
          Who to pick?
          Pls help!!

          1. Holmes
            • 8 Years
            3 months, 9 days ago

            Gordon is more attacking

            1. BobbyDoesNotLook
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 4 Years
              3 months, 9 days ago

              Gordon for this reason

          2. ebb2sparky
            • 11 Years
            3 months, 9 days ago

            Depends when you plan to play them. If 36 then probably KDH, if 37 then definitely Gordon. If each week then good luck!!

        • C_G
          • 7 Years
          3 months, 9 days ago

          who to (c):

          TAA
          Robbo
          Salah
          Kane
          Mount

          1. Al Pacho
              3 months, 9 days ago

              Da Egyptian king!

            • drughi
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 12 Years
              3 months, 9 days ago

              Kane

            • BobbyDoesNotLook
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 4 Years
              3 months, 9 days ago

              Going Salah. Newcastle might be tough with current form but Spurs dont have a form at the moment.

            • Pukki Party
              • 5 Years
              3 months, 9 days ago

              Kane

          2. BobbyDoesNotLook
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 4 Years
            3 months, 9 days ago

            Bench 1

            A) Martinelli
            B) Kulu
            C) Maddison
            D) Weg
            E) Cash

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

            YOooooooo,

            Anything worth an hit? 1.6 Itb

            Sa
            TAA Robbo James
            Salah Coutinho Kulu Havertz
            Werner Toney Weghorst

            Raphinha Saiss Schar Dubravka

          4. FredUpAlready
            • 7 Years
            3 months, 9 days ago

            1ft and BB36,FH37 with this lot.

            Foster
            TAA Cancelo Laporte Alonso
            Salah Sterling Havertz Mount Saka
            Nketiah

            Schmeichel Pukki Emerson Dennis

            A) Save FT
            B) Sterling>Son
            C) Havertz>Coutinho and Sterling to KDB/Son in GW 36
            D) Havertz and Sterling>Foden/Coutinho and Son for a -4
            Havertz to Coutinho enables me to get KDB instead of Son.
            D)

          5. Tsparkes10
            • 3 Years
            3 months, 9 days ago

            Any help much appreciated. Current wc draft with BB and FH left...

            Foster Schmeical
            Roberts TAA Cancelo Soyuncu Alonso
            Salah Havertz Saka KDB Gordon
            Rich Dennis Nketiah

            1. LeightonBaines
                3 months, 9 days ago

                What are the likes of Soyuncu and Gordon doing in your team. They are futile players with small ceiling.
                I would bring Coutinho instead of Gordon and somehow reform the team on the final third to make way for Kane.

            2. Lucky Z
              • 5 Years
              3 months, 9 days ago

              Amy concern Salah can be benched?

            3. Shattered Dreams
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 4 Years
              3 months, 9 days ago

              197,987 teams have transferred in Matty Cash, according to the FPL website.

              Looking at the top five scoring leagues all of them are related to podcasts or to FPL content sites like this one.

              I wonder how many of us playing this game have an original idea once a season, it just feels like the game has been solved.

              1. fish&chips
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 12 Years
                3 months, 9 days ago

                Haven't got cash personally but it's not exactly rocket science to bring him in. Norwich this week and then double double and he smashed it in the last double too.

                I think even a moderately engaged manager could work that one out.

                Having said that I do agree that there is a huge amount of spoonfeeding nowadays but then we're both on this site so who are we to talk

                1. Jambot
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 11 Years
                  3 months, 9 days ago

                  This. Any half decent player who needed to replace a defender would have considered Cash as an original idea this week. 5 games in 3 weeks Norwich first and has big hauls in him.

              2. The Mentaculus
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 1 Year
                3 months, 9 days ago

                There's clearly some bandwagon-ing effect, but on the whole I think there's more diversity among teams now than there was earlier in the season. Chasing seems a lot more fun than trying to hold a lead

              3. Monty the Magpie
                • 4 Years
                3 months, 9 days ago

                Just the Norwich thing and upcoming double. It's bizarre.

            4. offspinnersinahurry
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 7 Years
              3 months, 9 days ago

              Ramsdale or Pope today, reasoning if possible?

              1. AC/DC AFC
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 6 Years
                3 months, 9 days ago

                Ramsdale for save points. West Ham weaker but still could score at their Manor.

                Burnley may win but Watford tend to score.

                Would you start Guaita or Ramsdale?

                1. offspinnersinahurry
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 7 Years
                  3 months, 9 days ago

                  Ramsdale definitely

            5. Dave2008
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 2 Years
              3 months, 9 days ago

              Start three:

              A Pukki
              B Watkins
              C Nketia
              D Matip

              1. FredUpAlready
                • 7 Years
                3 months, 9 days ago

                B C D

              2. AC/DC AFC
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 6 Years
                3 months, 9 days ago

                Bench Pukki

                Or Watkins if you don't fancy Villa at home to their old manager, could do one over them?

            6. fish&chips
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 12 Years
              3 months, 9 days ago

              Can't believe wood dropped 2 days in a row!! Has that ever happened before?!

            7. De Gea is GOAT
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 5 Years
              3 months, 9 days ago

              Is Barnes worth keeping for the 2 DGWS? I feel like Rodgers may give him more game time in the league and play Lookman in the European games.

              1. AC/DC AFC
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 6 Years
                3 months, 9 days ago

                Barnes likely starts this weekend.

            8. FPLMACKEM
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 1 Year
              3 months, 9 days ago

              Schmeichel
              TAA, Cancelo, Alonso, Laporte
              Salah, Sterling, Saka, Mount
              Werner, Pukki

              Matthews, Davies, KDH, Dobbin

              1ft 0.9 itb only one FH left

              Is sterling to son and (C) the priority here?

              Or sterling and Werner to Coutinho and Kane (c)?

              Any other suggestions?