Captain Sensible

Kane and Sterling headline Gameweek 3 captaincy debate

Manchester City, Tottenham Hotspur and Liverpool are the three teams being considered for the Gameweek 3 captaincy.

They face Bournemouth, Newcastle and Arsenal respectively, and the lack of clean sheet potential for each of those opponents has some Fantasy Premier League managers scratching their heads.

In one sense there is plenty of choice for the armband in Gameweek 3, but a spread of potentially viable options can also increase the risk of falling behind.

As ever, we have assessed all the candidates based on their individual form and the defensive capabilities of their upcoming opponents in Captain Sensible.

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Captain Poll

Captain Poll results as of Thursday morning

Harry Kane (£11.0m) is the people’s choice for the Gameweek 3 captaincy after he won the latest poll.

The Spurs forward claimed a 38.8% share of the vote this week ahead of Newcastle’s trip to north London.

It seems likely that his backers were swayed more by his Gameweek 1 display than the largely anonymous outing against Manchester City.

That is completely understandable given a meeting with Aston Villa is likely to bear more resemblance to a clash with Newcastle than visiting the reigning Premier League champions.

Against Villa, Kane topped the Gameweek 1 charts for shots in the box and scored twice.

This week’s runner up is Raheem Sterling (£12.2m), as Manchester City prepare for an away match at Bournemouth.

The England international currently shares the summit of the Premier League goal-scoring charts with Norwich’s Teemu Pukki (£6.8m) on four goals, having failed to blank yet so far this season.

That has led to 29% of the voters in our poll backing Sterling for the Gameweek 3 captaincy.

Bournemouth are certainly favourable opposition too, having failed to keep a clean sheet in either of their 2019/20 matches.

Furthermore, both of these were against newly-promoted sides Sheffield United and Aston Villa. That should see Manchester City prove too much for the Cherries.

Salah’s stock has fallen somewhat after Liverpool’s poor display at Southampton

Some way off in third place in the poll is Liverpool midfielder Mohamed Salah (£12.5m).

The fixture is definitely a favourable one for Liverpool’s attackers given that Arsenal kept the fewest number of clean sheets, but the captain interest looks to be elsewhere.

While Sterling and Kane are both sitting on more than 30% in the poll, Salah has just 6% backing at the time of writing.

It seems likely that the Gameweek 2 blank, in which Liverpool were severely tested by Southampton, has played a part in this.

Just behind Salah in fourth place is Manchester City midfielder Kevin de Bruyne (£9.6m) who has a 3.8% share.

After a seven-point haul in Gameweek 1, the Belgian international registered two assists and maximum bonus the following weekend to take home 11 points.

De Bruyne’s creativity is the key factor in his appeal, as well as reliability of returns for someone who seems nailed-on in this Manchester City side.

De Bruyne is seen as the alternate Manchester City option at this stage

However, the fact that he is not viewed as much of an ‘explosive’ option compared to Sterling, is probably why on a handful of Fantasy managers are considering him for the Gameweek 3 captaincy.

Creeping into the conversation already is Pukki, who lit up the transfer market this week following his hat-trick against Newcastle.

3.4% of the voters believe that he can continue his hot form against a Chelsea side still searching for its first clean sheet of the season.

Another in-form option is Anthony Martial (£7.7m), who scored his second goal of the season against Wolves in Gameweek 2.

The returning Son Heung-min (£9.5m) has been selected by 2.3% in the poll, although what role he will play on Sunday afternoon remains to be seen.

Lucas Digne (£6.0m), Sadio Mané (£11.5m) and Marcus Rashford (£8.6m) are the only other assets with more than 1% support in the poll.

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Lessons learned from Gameweek 2

1,460 Comments Post a Comment
  1. Riggs
      26 days, 3 hours ago

      I am on WC:
      What do you think about going all in attack with weak defence:
      Pope (Button)
      Montoya Mina Soyuncu (Lundstram) (Kelly)
      Mane KDB Sterling Martial Mount
      Kane Pukki (Greenwood)

      Or same squad but Mount > Dendoncker and Kelly - AWB

      1. Klein
        • 3 Years
        26 days, 2 hours ago

        Could work nicely. I would have atleast digne there.

        1. Riggs
            26 days, 2 hours ago

            Thanks.

        2. GreennRed
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 7 Years
          26 days, 2 hours ago

          Looks good but get a 4th defender more nailed on than Lunsstram or Kelly.

          1. Riggs
              26 days, 2 hours ago

              Thanks.

        3. Klein
          • 3 Years
          26 days, 2 hours ago

          Almost didnt notice the early kickoff this week. Dont forget early deadline people.

          1. Forever In Our Shadow
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 5 Years
            26 days, 2 hours ago

            😉

        4. uhahpaulmcgrath
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 7 Years
          26 days, 2 hours ago

          will Moura start ? or should i ditch for Martial ?

          1. Forever In Our Shadow
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 5 Years
            26 days, 2 hours ago

            Ditch. Game time will be restricted now son is back

        5. wagner is king
          • 9 Years
          26 days, 2 hours ago

          zuma or lundstrum
          who to bench?
          thanks

          1. Forever In Our Shadow
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 5 Years
            26 days, 2 hours ago

            Lund

        6. Forever In Our Shadow
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 5 Years
          26 days, 2 hours ago

          Mount or Maddison for 1 week?

        7. There's Always One!
          • 9 Years
          26 days, 2 hours ago

          Which one.

          A. Ryan, Pope, Keane/Coleman

          Or

          B. 4m keeper. Pope, Digne

          So basically is Digne worth having only one keeper?

          1. Fero1905
              26 days, 2 hours ago

              B ) I dont like rotating the keeper.

          2. ElBuffalo20
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            26 days, 2 hours ago

            McGinn or Grealish?

            Grealish take free kicks?

          3. Fero1905
              26 days, 2 hours ago

              Wich of these 5 defenders for the bench in gw3

              Digne vvd kwp lundsram WB

              Thanks

            • RDavies87
              • 3 Years
              26 days, 1 hour ago

              One free transfer left. I have Sterling and Salah, Rashford and Wilson up top.

              I have the funds to either double up on City and get KDB in, or get Kane in up top.

              Opinions?

              1. BATISTUTA ®
                • 2 Years
                26 days, 1 hour ago

                Kane vs NEW is tasty

              2. FOMFF
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 4 Years
                26 days, 1 hour ago

                KDB for the long haul, Kane for the fixture.

            • Óró Sé…
              • 5 Years
              26 days, 1 hour ago

              Play one (dont ask!) :

              A. Billy Sharp (LEI)
              B. Greenwood (CRY)

              Neither likely to start - who’d be most likely of any minutes/points ? ?

              1. ChickenTikkaMoSalah
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 4 Years
                26 days, 1 hour ago

                Sharp

              2. Lazaretti
                • 2 Years
                26 days, 8 mins ago

                A

            • DifferentClass
              • 2 Years
              26 days, 1 hour ago

              Fraser>Felipe Anderson

              felipe anderson as a differential?

            • dabla27
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 5 Years
              26 days, 5 mins ago

              Should I be concerned that following some tinkering, I now don't own Mane or Salah?

            • Fozzyb34r
              • 4 Years
              26 days, 5 mins ago

              Any fellow Martial cappers?

            • Pezzz
                25 days, 21 hours ago

                WC Being Played.
                Thoughts?

                Ryan / Button
                Mina / Maguire / Walker / Lundstrom
                Mane / Sterling (c) / Cantwell / Mount / Ceballos
                Rashford / Pukki / Kane

                Tempted with Kane - but can be hit and miss as others have said - even with a favourable match.
                Not sure if worth juggling to get Martial in or not?

              • Astronautovic
                • 3 Years
                25 days, 20 hours ago

                Perez to mount worth a hit?

                1. L S P
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 4 Years
                  25 days, 20 hours ago

                  no

                  1. Astronautovic
                    • 3 Years
                    25 days, 20 hours ago

                    Thanks lsp