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?


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1,173 Comments Post a Comment
  1. Gon Freecss
      3 months, 16 days ago

      Any Son captainers here with strong conviction? I'm wavering

      1. Holmes
        • 8 Years
        3 months, 16 days ago

        I took a -8 to bring him, I guess I have a strong conviction

      2. LC1
        • 7 Years
        3 months, 16 days ago

        Yup I'm set on captaining him above Salah, but I am chasing.

      3. chriscosta
        • 11 Years
        3 months, 16 days ago

        me

        I like the fixture, with Leicester Possibly rotation for European Semi's 2nd Leg.
        as Spurs have had a full weeks rest.

      4. Gon Freecss
          3 months, 16 days ago

          Thanks all! That's what I needed to hear

        • Ron_Swanson
          • 12 Years
          3 months, 16 days ago

          Yep I am all over it. Easy decision

        • TopBinFC
            3 months, 16 days ago

            Captain Salah
            Spurs can easily blank, Liverpool are almost certain to score

          • bitm2007
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 8 Years
            3 months, 16 days ago

            I'm going Son.

            1. Skogen89
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 8 Years
              3 months, 16 days ago

              Son c, salah vc.

        • BECKS TO THE FUTURE
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          3 months, 16 days ago

          Doubling down on last week's successful showing with Sterling (c).

          1. Bubbles1985
            • 5 Years
            3 months, 16 days ago

            So tempted by this but don't think I have the stones!

            GL!

            1. BECKS TO THE FUTURE
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              3 months, 16 days ago

              Thanks! I'm kinda drifting at this point in the season (100+ lead in ML but no real chance of getting a good OR), so I thought why not.

              Who're you going with?

              1. Bubbles1985
                • 5 Years
                3 months, 16 days ago

                Similar to you, i am 166 clear.

                Team below, Salah captain and Sterling vc.

                Schmike
                TAA Cancelo James Matip Cash
                Salah(c) Saka Sterling(vc) Mount
                Pukki

                Foster Dennis Mateta KDH

                1. BECKS TO THE FUTURE
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  3 months, 16 days ago

                  Nice lead!

                  Great team, too, and not just 'cos it's near-identical to mine haha. I've got Cout instead of Saka, Laporte instead of James, and Nketiah over Mateta.

                  Bench boost next week?

                  1. Bubbles1985
                    • 5 Years
                    3 months, 16 days ago

                    Yes mate, thanks.
                    BB next week, for sure.

                    I played WC last week and chose James over Alonso and Mateta over Nketiah unfortunately!

          2. Bubbles1985
            • 5 Years
            3 months, 16 days ago

            Sod it, Sterling captain!

            1. BECKS TO THE FUTURE
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              3 months, 16 days ago

              We love to see it!

            2. BECKS TO THE FUTURE
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              3 months, 16 days ago

              Hope you stuck with Sterling (C)! 50% of the way there! Until Sterling gets benched too.....

              1. Bubbles1985
                • 5 Years
                3 months, 16 days ago

                Indeed i did, have been out and only just seen the Salah news! 😀

          3. TopBinFC
              3 months, 16 days ago

              Lol

              1. BECKS TO THE FUTURE
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                3 months, 16 days ago

                Haha valid.

          4. chriscosta
            • 11 Years
            3 months, 16 days ago

            On WC Thoughts :

            Foster (schmeichal)

            Cash Cancelo Trent Lapote ( Alonso or White)

            Saka Son (C) Salah Coutinho (Gorden)

            Nketiah Watkins (richarlison)

            If i go White over Alonso i will have enough for Son to KDB for GW36 (BB)

          5. sandman58
            • 3 Years
            3 months, 16 days ago

            Please advise guys
            Start 1 from each please?
            A) Schmeichel or Foster
            B) Mateta or J.Rodriguez
            Thanks.

            1. LeightonBaines
                3 months, 16 days ago

                1) Shmeichel
                2) Mateta

              • LC1
                • 7 Years
                3 months, 16 days ago

                AB

              • Gandalf
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 11 Years
                3 months, 16 days ago

                Foster, Mateta

            2. Kodap
              • 5 Years
              3 months, 16 days ago

              Bottomed:

              Hmm, if you were shifting Havertz out.. who would you bring in for him?

              1. Foden
              2. Coutinho

              1. Holmes
                • 8 Years
                3 months, 16 days ago

                2

              2. LeightonBaines
                  3 months, 16 days ago

                  Foden

                • Bubbles1985
                  • 5 Years
                  3 months, 16 days ago

                  Foden out of those, but depends if you have Saka?

                  1. winchester
                    • 1 Year
                    3 months, 16 days ago

                    What do you mean with saka?

                    1. Bubbles1985
                      • 5 Years
                      3 months, 16 days ago

                      I would get saka, if not already owned.

                      1. winchester
                        • 1 Year
                        3 months, 16 days ago

                        Ah cheers!

                • Kodap
                  • 5 Years
                  3 months, 16 days ago

                  I have Saka, Son, Kulu & Salah as my other mids.

                  1. Bubbles1985
                    • 5 Years
                    3 months, 16 days ago

                    I would go Foden then.

              3. Bubbles1985
                • 5 Years
                3 months, 16 days ago

                Current squad:

                Foster
                TAA Cancelo James Matip Cash
                Salah(c) Saka Sterling(vc) Mount
                Pukki

                Schmike Dennis Mateta KDH

                Start Dennis or Pukki??

                Last bonus chip set to go then.

                Cheers

              4. vova
                • 12 Years
                3 months, 16 days ago

                Play 1

                Dier
                Weghorst

                1. Yoyoyoman
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 5 Years
                  3 months, 16 days ago

                  Weggy

                2. LeightonBaines
                    3 months, 16 days ago

                    Weghorst. Prolific goalscorer lately for Burnley.

                  • Il Capitano
                    • 1 Year
                    3 months, 16 days ago

                    weg

                3. Yoyoyoman
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 5 Years
                  3 months, 16 days ago

                  Want 1 from each position.

                  Defender:
                  Tavares
                  Ryan Sess

                  Mid:
                  Foden
                  Coutinho

                4. Forgetmeknot
                  • 3 Years
                  3 months, 16 days ago

                  Notice team news has James predicted not to start.

                  He is likely to miss game before FA cup final so will only play 1 in next 3 - think a sell in that case.

                  Any chance he plays today or try and find a way to get cancelo (for -4 and non playing striker and playing bb next week) or Laporte for free

                  1. Pukki Party
                    • 5 Years
                    3 months, 16 days ago

                    I think he will play rcb this gw

                    1. Ron_Swanson
                      • 12 Years
                      3 months, 16 days ago

                      Agree

                    2. Forgetmeknot
                      • 3 Years
                      3 months, 16 days ago

                      Yeh I was wondering this too - cheers

                5. Littlebitwizardoföz
                  • 10 Years
                  3 months, 16 days ago

                  1FT, 0.4m ITB

                  Team is:
                  Pope
                  TAA Cancelo Alonso
                  Salah (c) Saka Mount Maddison Ramsey
                  Kane Weghorst

                  3.9 Broja Lamptey Schar

                  (A) Hold FT. My choice atm
                  (B) Broja to Nketiah. Start Nketiah over Maddison
                  (C) another transfer.

                  Any ideas very much appreciated. Chasing rival by 20 points in mini league.

                  1. Littlebitwizardoföz
                    • 10 Years
                    3 months, 16 days ago

                    And BB 36, FH 37

                  2. The Count of Monte Cristo
                    • 9 Years
                    3 months, 16 days ago

                    A

                  3. Smudger’s Dirty Dozen
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 11 Years
                    3 months, 16 days ago

                    A

                6. Denis Tueart on the wing
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 12 Years
                  3 months, 16 days ago

                  Bring in:
                  a) Jota
                  or
                  b) Foden

                  1. Littlebitwizardoföz
                    • 10 Years
                    3 months, 16 days ago

                    Foden

                  2. Il Capitano
                    • 1 Year
                    3 months, 16 days ago

                    b

                  3. The Count of Monte Cristo
                    • 9 Years
                    3 months, 16 days ago

                    F

                  4. Denis Tueart on the wing
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 12 Years
                    3 months, 16 days ago

                    Thanks öz, Il and Christo - Foden it is.

                    Have a great weekend

                7. Magic Zico
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 3 Years
                  3 months, 16 days ago

                  Would you find any worthy hits on this team? Or GTG? 0.6ITB FH37.

                  Sa (Dubravka)
                  TAA Robbo Laporte Cancelo James
                  Salah [C] Havertz Saka Kulusevski (Ramsey)
                  Weghorst (Pukki Broja)

                  1. The Count of Monte Cristo
                    • 9 Years
                    3 months, 16 days ago

                    Looks good - set up nicely for BB next GW

                    1. Magic Zico
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      • 3 Years
                      3 months, 16 days ago

                      Ta!

                  2. Holmes
                    • 8 Years
                    3 months, 16 days ago

                    nope

                    1. Magic Zico
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      • 3 Years
                      3 months, 16 days ago

                      Ta!

                8. JELLYFISH
                  • 10 Years
                  3 months, 16 days ago

                  Currently joint top in my ML with 4 teams in the mix to win it. Anticipating my rivals to captain Salah. Mine is the only team that has Kane. Do I:

                  A) cap Salah and play safe
                  B) take the punt and cap Kane

                9. Bubbles1985
                  • 5 Years
                  3 months, 16 days ago

                  166 points gap is not catchable now, is it?

                  1. Holmes
                    • 8 Years
                    3 months, 16 days ago

                    nope, have to outscore the opponent by more than 40pts per week, pretty much zero chance to do that unless you can hack his team.

                  2. The Knights Template
                    • 8 Years
                    3 months, 16 days ago

                    Absolutely, go for it!
                    (Ha ha ha ha ha ha ha)

                  3. Bubbles1985
                    • 5 Years
                    3 months, 16 days ago

                    FYI

                    I have the 166 lead.

                    B)

                    1. The Ilfordian
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      • 4 Years
                      3 months, 16 days ago

                      Then you can have fun hacking your own team and still win. Time for Weghorst cap? 🙂

                      1. Bubbles1985
                        • 5 Years
                        3 months, 16 days ago

                        Haha

                        Nope. Sterling for me this week!

                  4. MYNAMEISBigtopmark.sman
                    • 5 Years
                    3 months, 16 days ago

                    I was 71 points behind 2 games back and I am ahead.

                    Not as difficult as your task, but I am pretty sure if I asked if I could pass him in two weeks people would have said no. I used no chips btw

                    1. Bubbles1985
                      • 5 Years
                      3 months, 16 days ago

                      Well played sir.

                      You must have struck gold!

                      Ronaldo captain?

                      1. MYNAMEISBigtopmark.sman
                        • 5 Years
                        3 months, 16 days ago

                        Correct.

                        And sancho and Fernandes.

                        Point is I have not even played well but moved up from 150k to 50k and he has not even moved down that much.

                        Oh and this has happenned before.

                        So bottom line you should be okay but don't switch off because if I was behind you I would not be giving up on a fairytale ending

                        1. Bubbles1985
                          • 5 Years
                          3 months, 16 days ago

                          Fair point and great moves.

                          So no arrogant move for Sterling captain??

                          Sterling captain for me!

                          1. MYNAMEISBigtopmark.sman
                            • 5 Years
                            3 months, 16 days ago

                            I think he is a good shout this week. I considered it but I have my eye on the double next week and I don't think he plays twice. I swopped out bruno and sancho for mane and foden. Gonna captain Ronaldo one last hurrah before switching to kane

                10. The Count of Monte Cristo
                  • 9 Years
                  3 months, 16 days ago

                  Unsure whether to be bold or just save FT?

                  A) Sterling --> Son (c) or KDB (c)
                  B) Sterling + Werner --> Kane (c) + Coutinho
                  C) Save FT

                  Foster
                  TAA -- Cancelo -- Matip -- Alonso
                  Salah -- Mount -- Sterling (c) -- Saka
                  Werner -- Dennis

                  Schmeichel -- Matip -- Pukki -- KDH [1FT + 1.5m ITB]

                  1. Bubbles1985
                    • 5 Years
                    3 months, 16 days ago

                    A would be tempting but i would hold.

                    But i am captaining Sterling.

                11. Dark Side Of The Loon!
                  • 6 Years
                  3 months, 16 days ago

                  Do we think Newcastle will score? Contemplating if I should actually go with 2 Pool defenders. Have TAA and Matip

                  1. Holmes
                    • 8 Years
                    3 months, 16 days ago

                    I dont think they will concede but when you have Joelinton in your side, its always possible.

                  2. Bubbles1985
                    • 5 Years
                    3 months, 16 days ago

                    I am playing 5 at the back this week to squeeze in TAA and Matip.

                12. Gunnerssss
                  • 5 Years
                  3 months, 16 days ago

                  Anyone here still starting havertz in ur team this week?

                  1. winchester
                    • 1 Year
                    3 months, 16 days ago

                    Yes. But contemplating to take in coutinho or foden for him. Bbgw36.

                  2. Bubbles1985
                    • 5 Years
                    3 months, 16 days ago

                    No. Just transferred him out for Saka.

                13. camarozz
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 8 Years
                  3 months, 16 days ago

                  I'm gonna ignore Salah captain and go for Spurs.

                  Is that a risky move considering I'm 24pts ahead in ML? He has no Spurs as of last wk.

                  Kane or Son capt?

                  Thanks.

                  1. The Count of Monte Cristo
                    • 9 Years
                    3 months, 16 days ago

                    To hedge in that scenario you need to captain whom you think he will captain.

                    1. camarozz
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      • 8 Years
                      3 months, 16 days ago

                      Prob Salah if he hasn't transfered in Kdb or Spurs. Or Coutinho for that matter. Iv brought in Cash and Coutinho

                      But I do think Newcastle might b stubborn. History says Spurs fixture means goals. .

                  2. The Knights Template
                    • 8 Years
                    3 months, 16 days ago

                    Son

                14. Iain Dowies Love Child
                  • 12 Years
                  3 months, 16 days ago

                  On WC:
                  A) White & Son
                  B) TAA & Kulu
                  Own Robbo
                  Thanks

                  1. The Count of Monte Cristo
                    • 9 Years
                    3 months, 16 days ago

                    A

                    1. The Count of Monte Cristo
                      • 9 Years
                      3 months, 16 days ago

                      Assuming you have another LIV def

                      1. Iain Dowies Love Child
                        • 12 Years
                        3 months, 16 days ago

                        Robbo - thanks

                  2. Scooby75
                    • 2 Years
                    3 months, 16 days ago

                    B!

                15. Scooby75
                  • 2 Years
                  3 months, 16 days ago

                  Fellow FPLers……
                  WC Team, BB 36

                  Foster
                  TAA Laporte Cash Robbo
                  De Bruyne Saka Salah (c)Coutinho
                  Nketiah Dennis

                  Schmeichel Pukki Gordon Fofana

                  GTG?

                16. FredrikH
                  • 10 Years
                  3 months, 16 days ago

                  Start Pukki og pens, Dennis on recent form or Mateta due to fixture?

                  1. The Count of Monte Cristo
                    • 9 Years
                    3 months, 16 days ago

                    I currently am starting Dennis. Would you start Emerson over either of those?

                    1. FredrikH
                      • 10 Years
                      3 months, 16 days ago

                      Yes.

                17. wolves_simmo
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 12 Years
                  3 months, 16 days ago

                  Pick one to start?

                  A) White (whu)
                  B) J-Rod (wat)
                  C) Broja (CRY)

                18. Big Ronnie
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 9 Years
                  3 months, 16 days ago

                  Captain Salah or KDB?

                  1. TopBinFC
                      3 months, 16 days ago

                      Salah
                      Always Salah

                    • Holmes
                      • 8 Years
                      3 months, 16 days ago

                      salah

                  2. Smudger’s Dirty Dozen
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 11 Years
                    3 months, 16 days ago

                    Hey guys! Team atm is...
                    Schmeichel
                    TAA Laporte Cancelo Alonso
                    Salah Son (C) Mount Kulusevski
                    Werner Pukki
                    Subs Mateta Dewsbury Hall Amartey

                    BB36 FH37 1FT so...

                    A Roll FT
                    B Werner to Watkins
                    C Mount to Coutinho

                    1. Marty McFly
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      • 10 Years
                      3 months, 16 days ago

                      I’d probably roll. I’m not convinced dgw36 is great for Villa and if you’re FHing in 37 you can stock up then. I don’t think the upside of owning them vs Norwich is as big as the downside of probably having to own them (or take a hit to lose them) vs Man City in gw38.

                      Plus, going into dgw36 with 2FT’s is great.

                      1. Smudger’s Dirty Dozen
                        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                        • 11 Years
                        3 months, 16 days ago

                        Good points actually...thanks

                  3. Marty McFly
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 10 Years
                    3 months, 16 days ago

                    Roll FT?

                    Foster
                    Robbo - Cancelo - Alonso - James
                    Salah - Havertz - Saka - Martinelli
                    Kane (c) - Pukki

                    (Schmeichel - White - Broja - Gordon)

                  4. Eezer Goode, Eberechi Goode
                    • 10 Years
                    3 months, 16 days ago

                    Got two FT's this week I can make and still have Lacazette, chances of him playing? 🙁

                  5. burnhilla
                    • 1 Year
                    3 months, 16 days ago

                    Why people transferring out Havertz? Not expected to start?

                    1. Biggsy
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      • 7 Years
                      3 months, 16 days ago

                      Expecting a benching. Plus risk of being rested Vs Leeds in 36 (ahead of FA Cup final)

                      1. burnhilla
                        • 1 Year
                        3 months, 16 days ago

                        Thanks.

                  6. Fuzz
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 1 Year
                    3 months, 16 days ago

                    Which two would you take on your wildcard out of Mount, Coutinho and Saka?

                    1. Biggsy
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      • 7 Years
                      3 months, 16 days ago

                      Cout and Saka

                      1. Iain Dowies Love Child
                        • 12 Years
                        3 months, 16 days ago

                        This

                  7. Biggsy
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 7 Years
                    3 months, 16 days ago

                    How does this look?
                    35: Havertz to Coutinho
                    36: Gelhart, Broja & Martinelli to Pukki, Dennis & Gordon (-8) and BB.

                    Schmeichel, Foster
                    Cancelo, Laporte, Trent, James, White
                    Salah, Saka, Gordon, Coutinho, Barnes
                    Kane, Pukki, Dennis

                  8. Konnamoi
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 4 Years
                    3 months, 16 days ago

                    Is it possible to play BB and Wc on a same gameweek?

                    1. Biggsy
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      • 7 Years
                      3 months, 16 days ago

                      No

                    2. Il Capitano
                      • 1 Year
                      3 months, 16 days ago

                      no