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. ZAMUNDA
    • 5 Years
    2 months, 8 days ago

    Leicester defender to buy for DGW36? Less than 4.7?
    A) amartey
    B) thomas

    1. It’s gonna Ben Mee
      • 8 Years
      2 months, 8 days ago

      C Fofana

    2. Il Capitano
      • 1 Year
      2 months, 8 days ago

      Fofana

    3. Kingy109
        2 months, 8 days ago

        Fofana

      • Biggsy
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 7 Years
        2 months, 8 days ago

        May depend heavily on what happens midweek Vs Roma. 120 minutes and you might see a lot of rotation in 36

    4. RyanMK
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      2 months, 8 days ago

      Start Weghorst or Ramsey?

      1. The Count of Monte Cristo
        • 9 Years
        2 months, 8 days ago

        Weghorst I think as Watford will need to win that game

    5. Biggsy
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      2 months, 8 days ago

      Bottomed. 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

      1. The Count of Monte Cristo
        • 9 Years
        2 months, 8 days ago

        Looks like a good plan. Well balanced team

      2. Il Capitano
        • 1 Year
        2 months, 8 days ago

        Yep, sounds good

    6. Nightf0x
      • 6 Years
      2 months, 8 days ago

      Foster shmikl
      Can alonso taa laporte taylor
      Mount son salah mads cornet
      Toney mateta green

      Which?

      A) 35 cornet greenwood -4 to cout nketiah, 36 taylor cout/madds -4 to james/rudi gordon
      B) 35 cornet taylor -4 to ramsey/cout young, 36 green ramsey/cout -4 to richar gordon or only richar

    7. corderz
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      2 months, 8 days ago

      A) James > Laporte
      B) Havertz > Foden
      C) Both moves (-4)
      D) Save until next week

      1. The Count of Monte Cristo
        • 9 Years
        2 months, 8 days ago

        A

      2. Zaruto
        • 4 Years
        2 months, 8 days ago

        B

    8. Munny Man
      • 9 Years
      2 months, 8 days ago

      Who do you think scores more this week.
      A. Matty Cash
      B. Mason Mount

      1. Marty McFly
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 9 Years
        2 months, 8 days ago

        Purely looking at the odds:

        Mount
        5/2 assist x 3pts
        13/8 goal x 5pts
        Clean sheet 5/4 x 1pt
        5.2pts

        Cash
        5/1 goal x 6pts
        Evens clean sheet x 4pts
        Can’t find assist odds but it will be lower than 15/1 I assume
        So probably Cash

        1. fish&chips
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 11 Years
          2 months, 8 days ago

          Agree, plus you need to reduce Mount's points for xmins being less

        2. Munny Man
          • 9 Years
          2 months, 8 days ago

          Thanks for the insight…..good work my friend!

    9. hustler7
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      2 months, 8 days ago

      Sterling or son this GW?

      1. Rohirrims
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 6 Years
        2 months, 8 days ago

        I'm going Sterling and captaining him. Hoping Leicester will play a defensive unadventurous game.

        1. hustler7
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 9 Years
          2 months, 8 days ago

          Thanks, looks like a hide behind the sofa for the spurs game.

        2. Marty McFly
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 9 Years
          2 months, 8 days ago

          I agree. The type of game that’s probably more suited to Kane than Son.

    10. jackruet
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      2 months, 8 days ago

      Coutinho saka foden Salah son

      This is my mid this week on a wc.

      Anyone else to consider?

      1. AC/DC AFC
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 6 Years
        2 months, 8 days ago

        I'd go KDB over Foden and Son and get a 5th budget dependent.

        1. n14mul
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 4 Years
          2 months, 8 days ago

          100% agree, I wc last week with kdb>son....

          1. jackruet
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            2 months, 8 days ago

            Kdb has to play real after 3 days. Not sure he will play full match

    11. Il Capitano
      • 1 Year
      2 months, 8 days ago

      0.8m ITB - 1FT - BB36

      Ramsdale
      TAA Robbo Cancelo Laporte
      Salah Saka* Kulu Ramsey
      Kane (C) Pukki

      Foster - Raph Doherty* Cucho*

      Roll FT, Doherty + Cucho out next week for the BB?

      1. Biggsy
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 7 Years
        2 months, 8 days ago

        Looks good

    12. The Count of Monte Cristo
      • 9 Years
      2 months, 8 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. The Count of Monte Cristo
        • 9 Years
        2 months, 8 days ago

        Matip on the bench should be Emerson

      2. MiguelAngel
        • 9 Years
        2 months, 8 days ago

        I like B, sets you up nicely.
        Having said that I did Kulu > KDB last night for my FT, but already got Kane.

        Sterling could do well but struggle to believe he played 90 mins and not a single attacking return when they last played in the league and won comfortably! Passes when he should shoot and shoots when he should pass!!!

    13. Eastman
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      2 months, 8 days ago

      Kane or Salah capt?

      1. jackruet
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        2 months, 8 days ago

        Live a little

        1. Eastman
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 4 Years
          2 months, 8 days ago

          Yeah Kane it is

    14. Dark Side Of The Loon!
      • 5 Years
      2 months, 8 days ago

      Do we think Newcastle will score? Does it make sense to play both Matip and TAA?

      1. jackruet
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        2 months, 8 days ago

        I am benching matip, starting Robertson

      2. Warby84
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 6 Years
        2 months, 8 days ago

        Play both

      3. Hairy Potter
        • 7 Years
        2 months, 8 days ago

        As a Newcastle fan, I'm expecting Liverpool to win 2-0 or 3-0.

    15. the dom 1
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      2 months, 8 days ago

      Play 1 pls

      a. Broja v CRY (H)

      b Weghorst v WAT (A)

      cheers

      1. The Ilfordian
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        2 months, 8 days ago

        Weghorst. He’s found form and is against Watford.

        Palace could get a clean sheet and if they didn’t, Broja might not be on the pitch at the time

        1. the dom 1
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 7 Years
          2 months, 8 days ago

          Cheers

          1. n14mul
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 4 Years
            2 months, 8 days ago

            B

    16. FPLMACKEM
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      2 months, 8 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

      A Sterling to Son (c)
      B Sterling and Werner to Coutinho and Kane (c)
      C Roll and captain sterling/salah

      *Plan on FH in gw37

      Any other suggestions?

      1. n14mul
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        2 months, 8 days ago

        I'd take werner out

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

          And lose him for the double in 36?

    17. Kodap
      • 4 Years
      2 months, 8 days ago

      Two decision to make before deadline..

      Havertz replacement?

      1. Foden
      2. Coutinho

      Captain one?

      A. Salah
      B. Son

      1. the dom 1
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 7 Years
        2 months, 8 days ago

        1B

        1. n14mul
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 4 Years
          2 months, 8 days ago

          2b

      2. abaalan
        • 6 Years
        2 months, 8 days ago

        Don't think havertz starts?

      3. LC1
        • 7 Years
        2 months, 8 days ago

        2b

      4. MiguelAngel
        • 9 Years
        2 months, 8 days ago

        2B

    18. GC123
        2 months, 8 days ago

        Help please guys

        Dubravka (Jakupovic)
        Laporte Rudiger Cancelo Robbo (Tsimikas)
        Havertz Salah Kulu Saka (Mendy)
        Kane Wood (Cucho)

        1) Play Wood & roll FT
        2) Wood > Weggy
        3) Cucho > Nketieh

        Thanks

        1. n14mul
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 4 Years
          2 months, 8 days ago

          What chips you have left

          1. GC123
              2 months, 8 days ago

              1 FH. Planning on playing it in GW37

        2. n14mul
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 4 Years
          2 months, 8 days ago

          Morning

          Alonso will be come cash by next week,

          Question is do I take a hit and do it for hit this week or leave till gw36?

          It's going to he be a hit this week or next so makes no difference.

        3. enrico.palazzo
          • 9 Years
          2 months, 8 days ago

          Any thoughts between the following please

          Ramsdale or mendy

          Coutinho or foden

        4. Prison Mike
          • 6 Years
          2 months, 8 days ago

          Who to start?

          A) Ramsey (NOR)

          B) Saiss (BHA)

          1. MiguelAngel
            • 9 Years
            2 months, 8 days ago

            I’m in the same boat. Playing Rambo

            1. Birdman77
              • 7 Years
              2 months, 8 days ago

              Rambo

          2. RyanMK
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 3 Years
            2 months, 8 days ago

            A

        5. abaalan
          • 6 Years
          2 months, 8 days ago

          Bench Rudi, pukki or weg?

        6. thirddimension
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 4 Years
          2 months, 8 days ago

          Mount > Coutinho for free a good move? I feel Coutinho gets more points over the next 3 games due to starting all 3. Also my ML rival has brought in Coutinho this week. I also have both James and Alonso for Chelsea and worried about rotation for all 3!

          1. Birdman77
            • 7 Years
            2 months, 8 days ago

            Sounds like you’ve made your mind up. Go with it

        7. waltzingmatildas
          • 11 Years
          2 months, 8 days ago

          Start Martinelli or Mateta?

          1. Tekkerslovakiaftw
            • 6 Years
            2 months, 8 days ago

            Mateta

        8. AJBucko
          • 4 Years
          2 months, 8 days ago

          A quick, simple one please......KDB or Kane captain???

          1. MiguelAngel
            • 9 Years
            2 months, 8 days ago

            Kane more likely to get 90

            1. Birdman77
              • 7 Years
              2 months, 8 days ago

              Kane for the 90

        9. Tekkerslovakiaftw
          • 6 Years
          2 months, 8 days ago

          Need some advice, do I go for
          A) Coutinho, Nketia and Collins
          in for
          Martinelli, Broja and R James
          (-4)
          OR
          B) Ramsey and Nketia
          in for
          Martinelli and Broja
          (Free)
          ???

        10. RWB_1991
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 1 Year
          2 months, 8 days ago

          Havertz to Coutinho?

          1. n14mul
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 4 Years
            2 months, 8 days ago

            Just done it

            1. RWB_1991
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 1 Year
              2 months, 8 days ago

              I’m torn. Would you’ve done it if you thought Havertz was starting?

        11. RyanMK
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 3 Years
          2 months, 8 days ago

          Pick 1 for this GW only. Will WC next week.

          Guehi, Konsa, or Coady?

          1. rilo
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 7 Years
            2 months, 8 days ago

            Konsa

        12. The Polymath
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 6 Years
          2 months, 8 days ago

          Werner, Sterling --> Kane, Saka for -8 and Captain Kane.

          Is this worth it?

          1. rilo
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 7 Years
            2 months, 8 days ago

            For free maybe, for -8 no

        13. rilo
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 7 Years
          2 months, 8 days ago

          Mount -> Coutinho?

        14. Steager
          • 5 Years
          2 months, 8 days ago

          On WC
          A)Gordon
          B)Ramsey

          Just to be clear I don’t mean Gordon Ramsey the Chef.

          They will rotate with Bruno G who has a good last fixture.

        15. Jordan.
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 12 Years
          2 months, 8 days ago

          not seeing too many w/c 35,bb36,fh37 teams ,whats good this year is pool and city trying for title so wont be rotating much and bb36 team fits well into 38

          ederson
          cancelo/alonso/trent/robbo
          (s)alah/foden/saka/mount
          dennis/nketia

          schmeichel/richarlison/tomayisu/gordon

          1. fish&chips
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 11 Years
            2 months, 8 days ago

            Really nice team. I think those that still have WC left will surely follow the strategy. But a lot ended up using them in GWs 26 and 28 including me