Captains

Captain Sensible – Aguero favourite but alternatives appeal in Gameweek 5

The captaincy discussion for Gameweek 5 of Fantasy Premier League probably isn’t quite as clear-cut as our recent poll indicates.

While Manchester City’s number one striker has run away with it, there are strong cases for alternative options.

We’ve weighed up the results of the vote, compare individual and team statistics and analyse what the Rate My Team tool says to ascertain the best captain for this weekend.

The Captain Poll

A home clash with Fulham has led to Sergio Aguero (£11.3m) amassing a huge lead in the captain poll ahead of Gameweek 5. The Manchester City striker has, at time of writing, a massive 58% of the vote.

Aguero’s three goals and two assists thus far have convinced Fantasy managers that he can deliver another big haul. In fact, he has even overtaken Mohamed Salah (£13.0m) as the most fashionable player in FPL, with 51.6% ownership.

Salah’s popularity continues to fall as shown by the fact that he currently sits fourth in our poll with just under 5% of the vote. Captaincy interest in Liverpool’s trip to Spurs on Saturday lunch-time is low, with Harry Kane (£12.5m) and Sadio Mané (£10.0m) backed by under 3% of our voters. That’s despite the latter averaging 9.75 points per match so far, Salah at 6.75 and Kane 5.0.

Joining Aguero in the top three are Chelsea pair Eden Hazard (£10.7m) and Marcos Alonso (£6.8m) who are expected to do very well against Cardiff. Both players have registered returns in every single match so far combining for three goals and seven assists.

Hazard is the more popular for the captaincy out of the two, by some distance. At the time of writing the Belgian has 19% of the vote while Alonso is only just ahead of Salah with his 4.5% share. Perhaps understandable given the differences in classification and price.

Outside the top six are some interesting differential candidates, all of whom look capable of delivering points in Gameweek 5. Benjamin Mendy (£6.4m) has 1.15% backing after registering four assists in his first four league matches and adding another international duty.

Just behind him is Arsenal frontman Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang (£10.9m) who scored his first goal of the season against Cardiff last week. The Gabonese forward has a trip to Newcastle this time around and continues to prove more popular than colleague Alexandre Lacazette (£9.4m). The Frenchman has outscored him so far but is backed by just 0.68% in this week’s captain poll.

Danny Ings (£5.6m), Jamie Vardy (£8.9m) and Romelu Lukaku (£11.0m) complete the top 10 with, at time of writing, 0.84%, 0.77% and 0.73% backing respectively.

Ings has two goals in his last three starts and hosts a travel sick Brighton outfit on Monday night.

Meanwhile, Lukaku is currently second among strikers for shots in the penalty area and efforts on target ahead of a trip to Watford.

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1,457 Comments Post a Comment
  1. Zlat-man
    • 1 Year
    2 months, 29 days ago

    play one
    a. Ederson (FUL)
    b. Patricio (BUR)

    1. HamezMace
      • 4 Years
      2 months, 29 days ago

      For realz?

    2. Reedy
      • 8 Years
      2 months, 29 days ago

      Probably b. It's tight.

    3. jia you jia you
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      2 months, 29 days ago

      Ahh for the love of sweet Jebus.........

  2. Rio9
    • 1 Year
    2 months, 29 days ago

    Currently have Mkhi-Salah-Mane-Walcott; Zaha-ings-Aguero.
    What do u guys say Salah-Mkhi out for a hit to Haz-D.SIlva?

    I see potential in this hit if returns over the next three gws considered

    1. FC Astana
      • 1 Year
      2 months, 29 days ago

      Good move IMO

  3. pstokes2010
    • 8 Years
    2 months, 29 days ago

    Would you change anything here? No FT's. 2.4m in the bank.

    Pickford

    Mendy Van Dijk Alonso

    Hazard(c) Mane Neves Mkhitaryan

    Aguero Mitrovic Arnautovic

    Speroni Neves Duffy Jorginho

  4. Linvoy
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 5 Years
    2 months, 29 days ago

    So with Wally in contention save FT or Bilva to Pedro? Wan-B to come in if Wally doesn't feature.

    Patricio
    Alonso Robbo Mendy PVA
    Salah Mane Bilva Wally
    Aguero Arnie

    Hamer Wan-B Stephens Kamara

    1. BobbyDoesNotLook
      • 1 Year
      2 months, 29 days ago

      I have the same situation. I think keeping Bilva because I believe he starts and because ManC and fixture

  5. pundit of punts
    • 5 Years
    2 months, 29 days ago

    What's the latest on Fraser?

    Inconclusive scout tweet and Ben Dinnery's tweet.

    Keep him on WC or ditch? Who's the best option for 5.6m?

    1. THFC4LIFE
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      2 months, 29 days ago

      Maybe a punt on Gündogan until Fraser is back?

    2. Paddington Bear
      • 1 Year
      2 months, 29 days ago

      I am in the same boat. Such a tough decision. Would hate to keep and he be out for a month

  6. MJFainty
    • 2 Years
    2 months, 29 days ago

    Bottomed out on the last page...

    Besides the obvious reliance on Liverpool turning it on against Spurs, what are people's thoughts on this team?

    I've played the start of this season without premium strikers and it's paying off (so far)

    Kepa
    Robertson / Mendy / Alonso
    Salah / Mane / Hazard / Mkhi
    Mitrovic / Ings / Wilson

    Stek / Cairney / AWB / Tomkins

    Cheers in advance guys and gals.

    1. HamezMace
      • 4 Years
      2 months, 29 days ago

      I don't like not having a premium striker.
      For me you should always have one of the big hitters (Aguero, Kane, Lukaku etc) and then you can use your transfers over the season to bring in the form guys.

      1. MJFainty
        • 2 Years
        2 months, 29 days ago

        Appreciate that, and I suspect that my first WC will be used with a view to bringing in one premium at the expense of the high-price who isn't performing.

        But I have to say that so far, I've not missed a premium striker yet... Am having the best start to a season I've ever had.

        1. HamezMace
          • 4 Years
          2 months, 29 days ago

          Apologies I was assuming this was a WC team...hence having all the budget performing strikers. So fair play to you mate, if you've gone with them from the start....although as I say my thinking is that over the whole season, the Mitrovic, and Ings of this league won't keep up with the Agueros and Kanes, so you'll need them eventually, and it's harder to bring them in if you need to find £3-4m from somewhere to do it.

          ...all that being said, if you still have your WC then it's all good.

          1. MJFainty
            • 2 Years
            2 months, 29 days ago

            Yeah I've managed to juggle the budgets up front quite well so far. Is it sustainable? Almost certainly not ha!

    2. 8-2
      • 7 Years
      2 months, 29 days ago

      That front 3 is risky

      1. MJFainty
        • 2 Years
        2 months, 29 days ago

        It's paid off up until now, but agree that it'll only take one bad week for that to be just 6 points...

        But as mentioned above, I can see a premium striker coming in on the first WC.

    3. jtreble
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      2 months, 29 days ago

      It’s different but I like it.

  7. Hansel
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 8 Years
    2 months, 29 days ago

    A) PvA + Mkhi -> Alonso + Pereyra

    B) PvA + Bilva -> Alonso + Maddison

    C) PvA + Robertson -> Alonso + Pereira

    D) Robertson + Mkhi -> Alonso + Maddison

    E) PvA + Arnie -> Alonso + Wilson (would probably prefer Arnie -> Mitrovic next week but could do with Wilson)

    1. Hansel
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      2 months, 29 days ago

      F) PvA + Bilva + Mkhi -> Alonso + Pedro + Maddison (-4)

  8. MrFootieIsHere
      2 months, 29 days ago

      How serious is Fraser's injury?

      1. jtreble
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 2 Years
        2 months, 29 days ago

        It’s a hammy. Min. = one week. Max. = impossible to say.

    • Game of Throw_ins
      • 2 Years
      2 months, 29 days ago

      Play 2, Bench 2:
      Mitro | Billing | AWB | Holebas

      1. Wild Card this...
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 9 Years
        2 months, 29 days ago

        AD to play

        1. Game of Throw_ins
          • 2 Years
          2 months, 29 days ago

          So basically form over fixtures ?

    • markieffm
      • 7 Years
      2 months, 29 days ago

      1 FT this week.

      A) Hamer to Hennessey
      B) Walcott to Pereyra
      C) Davies to Trippier
      D) Hold

      My team:

      Patricio (Hamer)
      Mendy Alonso TAA Davies (Jonny)
      Walcott Mhki Pedro Salah (Stephens)
      Aguero Arny (Zaha)

    • quayle99
      • 1 Year
      2 months, 29 days ago

      Bench one

      Bellerin
      Robertson
      Gray

      1. Reedy
        • 8 Years
        2 months, 29 days ago

        Bellerin

    • I drink and I know things
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      2 months, 29 days ago

      Should I play

      A) Neves (Wolves at home to Burnley) as my 5th midfielder (alongside Salah, Dilva , Pedro and Moura) or

      B) take a chance on Zaha being fit and play a 3-4-3 with Zaha alongside Aguero and Ings?

      Grateful for any views!

      1. quayle99
        • 1 Year
        2 months, 29 days ago

        zaha, neves as 1sub so he'll be subbed in if no zaha

    • OIOIIII
        2 months, 29 days ago

        HELPP!!!

        Patricio (Foster)
        Mendy | Alonso | Wan-b (Bennett,Pelt)
        Haz | Mane | Maddison | Wally (Fraser)
        Aguero | Laca | Wilson

        Am I GTG?

        Or Maddison & Laca > Vardy & Pedro?

        Cheers!

        1. yakirh
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 2 Years
          2 months, 29 days ago

          Whats wrong with maddison and laca?

      • Old Gregg
        • 1 Year
        2 months, 29 days ago

        G2G?

        Pat
        Boly-Mendy-PVA-Robbo
        Haz (c)-Salah-Pedro
        Ings-Aguero-Wilson

        Fab-Myhki-Wan Bis -Ward.

      • DMA
          2 months, 29 days ago

          Can’t choose?

          On WC

          Patricio ( 4.0 )
          Alonso Mendy WanB ( Chilwel Bennet)
          Salah Hazard Dsilva Maddison ( 4.4)
          Aguero Ings Wilson

          Zero itb

          GK set and forget, is Pat best ?
          Could go 433/442

          Or

          Pat/Hennessey
          Alonso Mendy Chilwell WanB Bennett
          Mane Hazard Maddison Pedro Dsilva
          Aguero Ings Wilson

          0.2 itb

          Could go any formation with better GK rotation
          But a lot of cash on the bench and no Salah!

          Any advice please?

          Thanks

          1. Hy liverpool
            • 5 Years
            2 months, 29 days ago

            A

          2. The 12th Man
            • 5 Years
            2 months, 29 days ago

            A

            1. DMA
                2 months, 29 days ago

                Thanks guys that’s what I’m edging towards.

          3. FPLGraham
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            2 months, 29 days ago

            Guardian have put Bilva starting in their preview.

            Fellow owners, please follow my lead in taking a -4 to bin him off.

            1. ddfc
              • 2 Years
              2 months, 29 days ago

              are they normally wrong?

              1. FPLGraham
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                2 months, 29 days ago

                Notorious for it I think.

              2. Reedy
                • 8 Years
                2 months, 29 days ago

                Yeah, they aren't the best. But when the Guardian and the team news here agree it's usually a fair indication the player will start.

            2. jtreble
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 2 Years
              2 months, 29 days ago

              Fellow owners or lemmings?

            3. FPLGraham
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              2 months, 29 days ago

              N.B. I'm not actually doing that.

            4. Eden Wizard
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              2 months, 29 days ago

              I'm holding, bought him on the proviso that he was a relatively cheap risk. Can see rotation and protection of Dave Silva in KDB's absence.

              1. FPLGraham
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                2 months, 29 days ago

                Certainly possible yeah.

                To be honest, whether he starts the match or not there's still a risk of a 1-pointer as Pep loves making changes before 60.

                Almost prefer Bilva to get ~25 at the end against a tired side...

            5. BobbyDoesNotLook
              • 1 Year
              2 months, 29 days ago

              Keeping. I believe he starts, it is ManCity and fixture is good. Of course Pedro has better form but Bilva is a great player (if he is not playing RWB).

          4. Chockky
            • 1 Year
            2 months, 29 days ago

            Mkhi+B silva--> Hazard and Gray (Lei) for -4

            or wait and see then free transfer if required?

          5. Riders of Yohan
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            2 months, 29 days ago

            Current team, advice on a change or leave?

            Ederson / hamer
            Mendy / robbo / pva / wan bis / bennet
            Salah / mane / miky / moura / Hughes
            Aguero / arnie / ings

            0.1 ITB & 1FT

            Salah to hazard to free up upgrades?

            1. The 12th Man
              • 5 Years
              2 months, 29 days ago

              I’d save but that move is a possibility.

          6. The 12th Man
            • 5 Years
            2 months, 29 days ago

            Gtg? Saving my FT 0.1m itb

            Ederson
            Alonso,Mendy,Periera
            Salah,Hazard(vc),Mkhitaryan,Fraser
            Aguero(c),Zaha,Ings

            Hamer,TAA,AWB,Guendouzi

            Playing Periera ahead of AWB and TAA?Likelihood one or two of them will come off the bench anyway.

            1. pstokes2010
              • 8 Years
              2 months, 29 days ago

              Nice team.

            2. Chockky
              • 1 Year
              2 months, 29 days ago

              looks G2G, hopefully AWB or TAA don't bite you in the arse

              1. The 12th Man
                • 5 Years
                2 months, 29 days ago

                That’s the risk of having a playing bench but it enables me to hold onto Fraser this week.
                Thanks.

          7. TeddiPonza
            • 8 Years
            2 months, 29 days ago

            Current team

            Patricio
            Mendy AWB Alonso
            Salah Mane Hazard FRASER
            ZAHA JIMENEZ Aguero

            Hamer Kabasele Stephens Peltier

            Zaha is 75% according to Ben Dinnery, Jimenez 50% and Fraser 25%. My bench is crap with Kabasele, Stephens and Peltier.

            Got 0,0m in bank and 1 free transfer.

            What to do?

            A. Jimenez and Fraser to Ings and Neves (Ings unvailable next week though) -4 points
            B. Jimenez and Fraser to Wilson and Hojberg -4
            C. Just Fraser to Neves and hope the best
            D. Stop bothering and just wildcard

          8. Mesmeric Messi
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 2 Years
            2 months, 29 days ago

            Shaw out - Bellerin In

          9. palmersears
            • 4 Years
            2 months, 29 days ago

            Ok so I'm contemplating no transfers this week, then Salah, Pedro and Miki > Hazard, Mane & Fraser next week for a -4. Part of me just wants to go Salah-less for a bit of variety, and I'd still have Liverpool coverage with Mane whilst getting Hazard in as well.

            It'd then leave 7.1 (allowing for any price drops) for a midfielder to replace Walcott the week after, possible back to Richarlison or another alternative.

            Thoughts?

          10. seewhyaxe
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 1 Year
            2 months, 29 days ago

            play awb or walcott?

            1. Numb - I am Groot
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 3 Years
              2 months, 29 days ago

              Walcott

          11. Numb - I am Groot
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 3 Years
            2 months, 29 days ago

            Start AWB or Mkhi?

            This is a tricky one.

            1. Holmes
              • 5 Years
              2 months, 29 days ago

              Wan Bissaka

            2. MTPockets
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 9 Years
              2 months, 29 days ago

              Have Mkhi ahead of AWB on bench, but yeah not sure

            3. Reedy
              • 8 Years
              2 months, 29 days ago

              I haven't seen the Palace team news yet, but if Tomkins and Zaha start I'd probably start AWB. But Mkhy if either is set to miss out.

              1. Numb - I am Groot
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 3 Years
                2 months, 29 days ago

                Tomkins is a late test. Doesn’t help!

                1. Numb - I am Groot
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 3 Years
                  2 months, 29 days ago

                  So is Zaha

                2. Reedy
                  • 8 Years
                  2 months, 29 days ago

                  Ah. I tried! 🙂

                  1. Reedy
                    • 8 Years
                    2 months, 29 days ago

                    If they are both doubts I'd start Mkhi.

                    1. Numb - I am Groot
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      • 3 Years
                      2 months, 29 days ago

                      Thanks

          12. quayle99
            • 1 Year
            2 months, 29 days ago

            Hart or Fabi?

          13. Pad Randa
            • 7 Years
            2 months, 29 days ago

            On a WC:

            Patricio / Etheridge
            Mendy / Robertson / Alonso / Shaw / W-B
            Hazard / Mane / Pereyra / Maddison / Moutinho
            Aguero / Ings / Mitro

            0.6 in the bank

            1. Stick with Shaw for now until he comes back or drop for a playing DEF?
            2. Anything else?

          14. Eden Wizard
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            2 months, 29 days ago

            Obviously Alonso could HAUL hard tomorrow but, is his fixture run worth a -4 for Robertson out? Was planning to wait until after United.
            CAR, whm, LIV, sot, MNU

          15. cmoorebling
            • 4 Years
            2 months, 29 days ago

            Hmmm, seems like my 2 injury doubts walcott and shaw *may* play...

            1. caldracula
              • 2 Years
              2 months, 29 days ago

              Don’t think Shaw will play but Walcott probably will

          16. Winners900
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 1 Year
            2 months, 29 days ago

            Bottomed...

            Thoughts on who to start?

            A) Robertson vs Spurs away
            CS odds: 24%
            Goal: Around 5% (18/1)
            Assist : (?)
            RMT tool points: 2.77p

            B) AWB vs Huddersfield away
            CS odds: 36%
            Goal: Around 5% (16/1)
            Assist : (?)
            RMT tool points: 3

            Cheers

          17. Linvoy
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 5 Years
            2 months, 29 days ago

            Patricio
            Alonso Robbo Mendy PVA
            Salah Mane Bilva Wally
            Aguero Arnie

            Hamer Wan-B Stephens Kamara

            A) Save FT
            B) Bilva to Pedro

            1. Atimis
              • 2 Years
              2 months, 29 days ago

              Im doing B

            2. Balfy
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 7 Years
              2 months, 29 days ago

              Save!

              Bilva could become Rich/Dilva next week. Too many rotation concerns with Pedro.