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. Agamenmon
    • 5 Years
    3 months, 20 days ago

    Would you keep Havertz or swap to Coutinho for this gw

    1. NABIL - FPL otai
      • 9 Years
      3 months, 20 days ago

      Swap

    2. FourLokoLeipzig
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      3 months, 20 days ago

      Swap if for free (although watch out for GW38 - I do wonder if some are forgetting they’ll be having to play Coutinho away at City unless they’re going to use another FT to remove him)

  2. TVPlugSockets
    • 2 Years
    3 months, 20 days ago

    Are people suspecting Havertz won’t start then? I have seen a lot of people transferring him out?

    1. NABIL - FPL otai
      • 9 Years
      3 months, 20 days ago

      We do. Quick turnaround. Puli and Kaku waiting on the wings

    2. Warby84
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      3 months, 20 days ago

      De Bruyne was too tempting

  3. KAPTAIN KANE’S SON
    • 5 Years
    3 months, 20 days ago

    Toney & Hwang to Jesus & Greenwood (-4)?
    Leaves me with:

    Dubravka
    Trent | Cancelo | Robbo | Schar
    Salah | Son | Martinelli | Elanga
    Kane | Jesus

    Bachmann | Gordon | Amartey | Greenwood

    Thanks

    1. NABIL - FPL otai
      • 9 Years
      3 months, 20 days ago

      Nope

      1. KAPTAIN KANE’S SON
        • 5 Years
        3 months, 20 days ago

        What would you do instead? Why not Jesus, away at leaky Leeds could be amazing

        1. NABIL - FPL otai
          • 9 Years
          3 months, 20 days ago

          Could work but minutes might be managed. Big game UCL coming

    2. The Count of Monte Cristo
      • 10 Years
      3 months, 20 days ago

      Nope, just leave it as it is

      1. KAPTAIN KANE’S SON
        • 5 Years
        3 months, 20 days ago

        Not fancy Jesus this week?

  4. Mr. O'Connell hates DG…
    • 10 Years
    3 months, 20 days ago

    Leicester are going to play a second-string side. Don't know how I feel about that as Son (c). Not going to get any space in behind if Leicester sit 10 behind the ball.

    1. NABIL - FPL otai
      • 9 Years
      3 months, 20 days ago

      Why must you do this 🙁

    2. Scots Gooner
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      3 months, 20 days ago

      Are Leicester any good at defending though?

      As soon as they concede, that space will open up.

    3. Mork calling Orson
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      3 months, 20 days ago

      The same tactics they came up against with Brighton & Brentford & failed to manage a single shot on target in either game - I would rather captain Son next week against Liv & Ars

    4. noissimbus
        3 months, 20 days ago

        Yeah, probably how they'll go about things, especially away. If Spurs blank again, there goes the last bit of faith.

    5. The Parrot
      • 1 Year
      3 months, 20 days ago

      If I'm 80-90%% sure I want Laporte in next week does it make sense to just get him in this week for James?

      1. NABIL - FPL otai
        • 9 Years
        3 months, 20 days ago

        I'm doing James to Laporte with my FT next GW

      2. mcsteely
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 12 Years
        3 months, 20 days ago

        Wait next week IMO. James has a mega haul in him and it will hit when everyone has lost patience

      3. Mork calling Orson
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 9 Years
        3 months, 20 days ago

        I don’t think anyone who saw the game on Thursday watched that & thought ‘I need to get rid of James’

    6. winchester
      • 1 Year
      3 months, 20 days ago

      Hi! 1ft and 0.2m itb. FH&BB left. Bbgw36? What moves could be done here?

      ramsdale
      taa cancelo white alonso
      salah saka havertz mount
      kane weghorst

      (dubravka broja targett ramsey)

      A) gtg. save
      B) havertz -> foden/coutinho

      1. noissimbus
          3 months, 20 days ago

          BB36 is probably best bet left for BB.

          So, use FT to transfer out Newc players since they'll be away to City in GW36.
          Dub > Foster/ Krul
          Target > Fofana/ Villa def

      2. mcsteely
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 12 Years
        3 months, 20 days ago

        Anyone captaining a Villa player?

        1. JJO
          • 9 Years
          3 months, 20 days ago

          Cou as VC

        2. NABIL - FPL otai
          • 9 Years
          3 months, 20 days ago

          If chasing hardly. Enough differential imo

      3. Mr_Barbs
        • 5 Years
        3 months, 20 days ago

        Not sure what to do this week. Best to hold? 0.4 itb

        Ramsdale
        TAA, James, T.Silva, Laporte, Cash
        Jota, Son, Smith Rowe
        Kane, Werner

        Dubravka, Ramsey, Bruno Guimaraes, Broja

        1. jackruet
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 1 Year
          3 months, 20 days ago

          Change smith row may be

      4. jackruet
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 1 Year
        3 months, 20 days ago

        Repost

        Wc team

        Schmeichel
        Robertson cash matip cancelo
        Salah saka son coutinho foden
        Watkins
        Foster alonso nketiah denis

        Way too heavy bench? Planning to BB at gw36

        1. NABIL - FPL otai
          • 9 Years
          3 months, 20 days ago

          Unless chasing hard I'd rather TAA by downgrading one of Cout and Foden

          1. jackruet
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 1 Year
            3 months, 20 days ago

            Yeah chasing hard, just ditched him at wc

      5. JJO
        • 9 Years
        3 months, 20 days ago

        Wtf is this predicted lineup for Chelsea?
        Authors are FH from last week or what?

      6. TyroneGAA
        • 5 Years
        3 months, 20 days ago

        Is Zinchenko a good option?

        1. NABIL - FPL otai
          • 9 Years
          3 months, 20 days ago

          Perhaps

      7. Van der Faart
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 10 Years
        3 months, 20 days ago

        Thoughts on this WC?

        Foster
        Robbo Cancelo Alonso Matip
        Salah Saka Ramsey Foden
        Pukki Kane

        Schmeichel Nketiah Maddison Collins

        BB next GW

        0.0 ITB, any changes you'd make to this?

        1. NABIL - FPL otai
          • 9 Years
          3 months, 20 days ago

          Matip and Maddy out, TAA and someone else in

          1. Van der Faart
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 10 Years
            3 months, 20 days ago

            Tricky to keep TAA in unless I downgrade Cancelo to Laporte and the midfield options are poor at the price point to replace Maddison then

      8. boroie
        • 3 Years
        3 months, 20 days ago

        Hmmm squad is suddenly looking a bit messy… what should I do?

        1 FT 0.0 ITB

        Ramsdale
        TAA Rudiger Alonso
        Salah(VC) Saka Kulusevski Ramsey
        Kane(C) Werner Weghorst

        Dubravka; Tavares Dier Raphinha

      9. sergioaguero67
        • 7 Years
        3 months, 20 days ago

        Nuno Tavares nailed for Arsenal?
        Given Tierny's injury
        Please help

        1. NABIL - FPL otai
          • 9 Years
          3 months, 20 days ago

          Avoid our D

        2. noissimbus
            3 months, 20 days ago

            He should start, given no direct competition and he impressed last game. No harm giving it a try, probably end up with more minutes than Fofana.

        3. MGD
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 6 Years
          3 months, 20 days ago

          Foster
          Laporte - Cancelo - TAA - Alonso
          Salah - Foden - Havertz - Mount - Couthino (C)
          Watkins

          Schmeichel - Emerson - Pukki - Fodder

          Saving FT

          G2G? Ta

        4. Eight Season Wonder
          • 8 Years
          3 months, 20 days ago

          quick one; which trio please????

          Saka, Mateta & Gelhart
          or
          J.Ramsey, Nketiah & Weghorst

          - Will play Saka or Nketiah this GW (benching the others)
          -Then bench boosting 36 so all players will be needed.

          Thanks in advance

          1. Zaruto
            • 4 Years
            3 months, 20 days ago

            B

          2. NABIL - FPL otai
            • 9 Years
            3 months, 20 days ago

            A

          3. Birdman77
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 7 Years
            3 months, 20 days ago

            A

          4. Iain Dowies Love Child
            • 12 Years
            3 months, 20 days ago

            Second one - but I'd want Saka!

            1. Eight Season Wonder
              • 8 Years
              3 months, 20 days ago

              Likewise. Shame I just can’t stretch to it

        5. Rinseboy
          • 10 Years
          3 months, 20 days ago

          play Tsilva or Mateta?

          1. NABIL - FPL otai
            • 9 Years
            3 months, 20 days ago

            Silva

        6. Bury94
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 4 Years
          3 months, 20 days ago

          Play Ramsey or Pukki?

          1. Magic Zico
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 4 Years
            3 months, 20 days ago

            Ramsey

          2. NABIL - FPL otai
            • 9 Years
            3 months, 20 days ago

            Rambo

        7. Zaruto
          • 4 Years
          3 months, 20 days ago

          Cap?
          CR7
          KDB

          1. NABIL - FPL otai
            • 9 Years
            3 months, 20 days ago

            GOAT

            1. Zaruto
              • 4 Years
              3 months, 20 days ago

              Let’s go(at)

        8. It'd be Rudi not to...
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 9 Years
          3 months, 20 days ago

          Play 2:

          a) Jonny (BHA)
          b) Ramsey (NOR)
          c) Toney (mum)
          d) Weghorst (way)

          1. NABIL - FPL otai
            • 9 Years
            3 months, 20 days ago

            BC

          2. JoeSoap
            • 8 Years
            3 months, 20 days ago

            BD

        9. Warby84
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 7 Years
          3 months, 20 days ago

          Play

          Maddison or Broja
          Ramsdale or Sa

          1. NABIL - FPL otai
            • 9 Years
            3 months, 20 days ago

            Maddy Sa

        10. Mozumbus
            3 months, 20 days ago

            For a hit and with BB in sight for DGW36:
            A. Cornet + Schar > Alonso + Gordon
            B. Cornet + Kulu > Mount + Dewsbury KDH
            C. Cornet + Kane > KDB + Nketiah/Dennis

            1. JoeSoap
              • 8 Years
              3 months, 20 days ago

              A

            2. DennisTheMenace
                3 months, 20 days ago

                can you afford Schar, Cornet + Kane > Cash, KDB and Nketiah? If u can I’d personally do that for the extra hit.

                1. Mozumbus
                    3 months, 20 days ago

                    No, short on funds. 0ITB.
                    Thanks.

              • JoeSoap
                • 8 Years
                3 months, 20 days ago

                A. Doherty/Raphina>4.2/Coutinho (-4)
                B. Save for BB GW36

                Ramsdale
                Laporte, Trent, Cancelo
                Saka, Kulu, Salah, Ramsey
                Kane, Weghorst, Toney
                Foster, Raphina, White, Doherty

              • boroie
                • 3 Years
                3 months, 20 days ago

                Bench 3…

                A - Rudiger (eve)*
                B - Werner (eve)
                C - Raphinha (MCI)
                D - Ramsey (NOR)
                E - Tavares (whu)*
                F - Dier (LEI)
                G - Weghorst (wat)

                * I already have Alonso and Ramsdale

              • Bobby_Baggio
                • 11 Years
                3 months, 20 days ago

                Morning all. Starting XI in the correct order? Cheers.

                Schmeichel
                Cancelo - Robbo - Laporte
                Coutinho - Saka - Salah - Mount - KDB
                Nkeitah - Mateta

                (Foster) - Pukki - Matip - Fofana

              • boroie
                • 3 Years
                3 months, 20 days ago

                Captain…

                A - Kane
                B - Salah

                1. Pablitto
                  • 12 Years
                  3 months, 20 days ago

                  B

                2. BobB
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 13 Years
                  3 months, 20 days ago

                  Kane. Spurs due goals, Leicester poor, LPool unlikely to score many.

                3. DycheDycheBaby
                  • 7 Years
                  3 months, 20 days ago

                  Same reason as above really. Kane.

              • DycheDycheBaby
                • 7 Years
                3 months, 20 days ago

                Which one to start?
                a) Maddison
                b) Broja
                c) Saka

                1. Holmes
                  • 8 Years
                  3 months, 20 days ago

                  C

              • Holmes
                • 8 Years
                3 months, 20 days ago

                Naya Josh, Nayi Umang

                Old Questions, old answers

              • DARE TO BISCAN
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 4 Years
                3 months, 20 days ago

                Play Ramsey or Rudi?

                1. JoeSoap
                  • 8 Years
                  3 months, 20 days ago

                  Probably Ramsey

              • FPL Doctor
                • 8 Years
                3 months, 20 days ago

                Play 1:

                A) Romero (Lei likely to sit back)
                B) Rudiger (Everton at home and playing for their lives)