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

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  1. FiddySmith
      25 days, 14 hours ago

      Play Gomez or Lundstram?

      1. claretparrot
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 1 Year
        25 days, 13 hours ago

        Difficult to justify having Gomez if you don't play him ahead of your 4 mill option

        1. Saint & Reevesy
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 7 Years
          25 days, 13 hours ago

          ^this^

      2. alexdelarge
        • 4 Years
        25 days, 13 hours ago

        On the other hand you have a midfielder with clean sheets points going against a team that scored once in two games...

    • DAZZ
      • 5 Years
      25 days, 14 hours ago

      Pope
      TAA Robbo Montoya Digne
      KDB Salah Sterling (c) Perez
      Pukki Adams

      Button Lundstram Dendon Greenwood

      Bottomed 🙁

      1FT with 0.9ITB, any suggestions? Lundstram in for anyone or GTG? Appreciate any thoughts. Thank you

      1. Berbinho's Forehead
        • 9 Years
        25 days, 14 hours ago

        Looks good.

        Save FT and then use 1 of those to do Adams -> Barnes next week.

        1. DAZZ
          • 5 Years
          25 days, 13 hours ago

          Cheers BF.

          1. Berbinho's Forehead
            • 9 Years
            25 days, 13 hours ago

            Actually, do that move the week after.

            You could do Perez to Mount next week.

      2. Irbox ⚽
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 2 Years
        25 days, 13 hours ago

        TAA to AWB, or Perez to Mount

    • MaxOut FC
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      25 days, 14 hours ago

      Mane + Firmino (21m) vs Kane + Son (20.5m) over the next 3 ? A double up on either could well prove a big differential with each having two "easy" fixtures and a game against a defensively shaky Arsenal

    • Salt'N'Pepe
      • 4 Years
      25 days, 14 hours ago

      deadline needs to hurry up

      1. claretparrot
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 1 Year
        25 days, 13 hours ago

        Agreed! My decision to hold tight is in constant jeopardy

    • thomashl
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      25 days, 14 hours ago

      Final WC dilemma:

      A)
      Pope (Button)
      AWB Zinch VvD Montoya Lundstram
      KdB Mané Sterling Martial Dendo
      Pukki Rash Wickham
      0.4itb

      B)
      Pope (Button)
      AWB Digne VvD KWP Lundstram
      McGinn Salah Sterling Martial Dendo
      Pukki Kane Wickham
      0.2itb

      1. the vanisher
        • 2 Years
        25 days, 14 hours ago

        B

        1. thomashl
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 2 Years
          25 days, 13 hours ago

          cheers, that's what I'm currently on. KdB fomo tho...

          1. the vanisher
            • 2 Years
            25 days, 13 hours ago

            Kane fomo is bigger imo.

            1. the vanisher
              • 2 Years
              25 days, 13 hours ago

              and i prefer the Digne pick as well

              1. thomashl
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 2 Years
                25 days, 13 hours ago

                cheers that's good to know. I was reluctant to include him from the start as I don't really trust EVE defensively – but he seems to be the most attacking defender in the league, so I guess he's worth it!

            2. thomashl
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 2 Years
              25 days, 13 hours ago

              Yeah. I guess it's a case of risking getting bypassed by more "casual" players and some hardcore fpl players (Kane) or less casuals and more hardcore players (KdB)

            3. thomashl
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 2 Years
              25 days, 13 hours ago

              Can't have them all, that's for sure. Kane will surely score some goals this season

      2. -4 every week
        • 2 Years
        25 days, 14 hours ago

        B

        1. thomashl
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 2 Years
          25 days, 13 hours ago

          thanks mate

    • Slitherene
      • 1 Year
      25 days, 14 hours ago

      West Ham are 42 percent to keep a CS. City are 52 percent to keep a CS.

      So play Diop (wat) OR Wilson (MCI)?

      1. LangerznMash
        • 3 Years
        25 days, 13 hours ago

        Wilson

    • Berbinho's Forehead
      • 9 Years
      25 days, 14 hours ago

      Solskjaer said: "I'm sure you're going to see Paul Pogba score a penalty for Man United again. Definitely.

      "Let's see when we get the next one. We're practising penalties still and Marcus and Paul are still on them."

      1. how now brown cow
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        25 days, 13 hours ago

        Take or score?

    • Timothy
      • 1 Year
      25 days, 14 hours ago

      Emerson good pick?

      1. mrtapio
        • 4 Years
        25 days, 14 hours ago

        Yes, imo. He looks good.

      2. thomashl
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 2 Years
        25 days, 14 hours ago

        offensively yes, defensively hmmm

      3. tissae
        • 4 Years
        25 days, 14 hours ago

        Personally not convinced yet by Chelsea defence, although Emerso seems to be attacking a lot

        1. Timothy
          • 1 Year
          25 days, 13 hours ago

          Alonso is not a risk?

      4. -4 every week
        • 2 Years
        25 days, 13 hours ago

        I will get him if/when kante is asked to keep his ass back in their own half

    • tissae
      • 4 Years
      25 days, 14 hours ago

      When Zinchenko gets rotated, are you guys swapping him to another City defender (Laporte?) or moving away from City defence?

      1. -4 every week
        • 2 Years
        25 days, 13 hours ago

        Probably ederson

      2. HarryB29
        • 1 Year
        25 days, 13 hours ago

        City defence cover is essential in my opinion, they will keep so many clean sheets this season

    • Danno - Emre Canada
      • 4 Years
      25 days, 14 hours ago

      What do we think, play Lundstram or Montoya?

      1. Warby84
        • 4 Years
        25 days, 13 hours ago

        Monty

    • Irbox ⚽
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      25 days, 14 hours ago

      Gomez to start ahead of TAA this week I think.. can’t see Klopp exposing him to Auba or Pepe, asking for trouble. This is the kind of fixture he will be rested for imo, just as he was hooked early in the community shield with Sterling tearing him apart.

      1. Berbinho's Forehead
        • 9 Years
        25 days, 13 hours ago

        We're going to see these comments every week aren't we. TAA can't defend yet was part of the best defence in Europe last season and has defended against the likes of Sane, Ronaldo etc.

        1. Salt'N'Pepe
          • 4 Years
          25 days, 13 hours ago

          he isnt a good defender last year VVD covered pool defensive frailties, now VVD isnt at his best pool are being found out

          1. Berbinho's Forehead
            • 9 Years
            25 days, 13 hours ago

            VVD defends on the inside left channel, not right.

            Liverpool are being found out all of a sudden.. gotta love the overreactions on this site sometimes.

            1. Irbox ⚽
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 2 Years
              25 days, 13 hours ago

              Defensive stats in the members area will enlighten you.. they were starting to regress to the mean late last season

        2. Irbox ⚽
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 2 Years
          25 days, 13 hours ago

          He is soooo slow

        3. La Roja
          • 7 Years
          25 days, 13 hours ago

          Yes that’s true but fact remains sane. Klopp could prefer Gomez vs Auba

        4. Warby84
          • 4 Years
          25 days, 13 hours ago

          Agree

      2. DAZZ
        • 5 Years
        25 days, 13 hours ago

        Klopp trusted him against Messi, Suarez and Coutinho, i think this myth where he doesn’t play against talented front line is extremely flawed.

        1. Berbinho's Forehead
          • 9 Years
          25 days, 13 hours ago

          It's definitely a myth. Baffling really!

      3. mrtapio
        • 4 Years
        25 days, 13 hours ago

        Gomez started for TAA 1st leg against Barca last season. TAA started the 2nd leg.

        1. mrtapio
          • 4 Years
          25 days, 13 hours ago

          We all know how that went

      4. jackx13
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 6 Years
        25 days, 13 hours ago

        Have watched Klopp since his early days. TAA should be the preferred guy at right back and maybe Gomez fills in next to VVD this time round for extra cover. But the way Klopp uses his wing backs - TAA is better for that.

      5. avfc82
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 9 Years
        25 days, 13 hours ago

        Depends how Klopp views the game. If he think its there for the taking, and views Monreal and whoever starts as wide forward (Nelson, Aubemayang, Pepe) as a weakness, it's Alexander-Arnold surely.

      6. claretparrot
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 1 Year
        25 days, 13 hours ago

        Other way of looking at this is that draws hurt Liverpool's title bid last season.

        Klopp knows they're good enough to outscore most opposition (certainly including Arsenal), so he's going to let the reins off this season and accept that they won't keep as many clean sheets but expect to win more games.

    • LangerznMash
      • 3 Years
      25 days, 13 hours ago

      Percentage chances of the following starting?

      A - Matt Targett
      B - Frédéric Guilbert
      C - Charlie Taylor

      Are there any £4.4m defenders with a chance of starting GW3?

    • AJBucko
      • 2 Years
      25 days, 13 hours ago

      Captain.................

      Sterling or Kane Sterling or Kane Sterling or Kane Sterling or Kane Sterling or Kane Sterling or Kane Sterling or Kane Sterling or Kane Sterling or Kane

      1. LangerznMash
        • 3 Years
        25 days, 13 hours ago

        This article literally addresses this....

      2. TheDragon
        • 1 Year
        25 days, 13 hours ago

        If you own Kane and don’t captain him against Newcastle at home, should you own him? Genuine question

        I think I’d feel forced to go Kane if I had him

        1. Nomar
          • 9 Years
          25 days, 13 hours ago

          But if you have Sterling and Salah or Mane who do you pick?

          Kane against Newcastle looks like a plum match up, but we know Kane's ability to blank in plum match ups.

          Seems inconceivable that City aren't going to spank Bournemouth, though.

        2. Saint & Reevesy
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 7 Years
          25 days, 13 hours ago

          Hmmmm not sure of that logic given City v Bournemouth and Stirling’s form.

          Kane’s in my team based on his fixtures for the next 6-7 weeks.

          I’m still going Stirling with the armband this week

      3. Charlieven
          25 days, 13 hours ago

          Tourettes?

      4. cjhewitt92
        • 5 Years
        25 days, 13 hours ago

        Should I hold Perez for this week or look at Mount

        1. ibenji
          • 3 Years
          25 days, 13 hours ago

          mount for me, he could be a wagon, and perez could be going opposite.

          1. cjhewitt92
            • 5 Years
            25 days, 13 hours ago

            I have Abraham already but not sure he will start

        2. Gearoid
          • 5 Years
          25 days, 13 hours ago

          Hold at this point I think

        3. ritzyd
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 1 Year
          25 days, 13 hours ago

          Now Perez already dropped in price may as well give him the Sheff Utd game.

          1. claretparrot
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 1 Year
            25 days, 13 hours ago

            My thoughts exactly

        4. shaun_drift
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          25 days, 12 hours ago

          I'd say drop him, for a couple of reasons. On the eye test Perez and Vardy do not seem in sync yet, there was some avoiding of eye contact after spurned chances in the Chelsea game which suggests they've not clicked up top yet. Also, I don't think Leicester fixtures are that good at the moment, whereas Chelsea's are turning for the better. Mount is teacher's pet to Lampard as well, so I think he's fairly safe in the team and was involved in nearly all attacks last weekend, while Chelsea's tails were up in the first half. Against Norwich, if both teams are going at it from the off I think the first half could be an open game and I'd back Mount to be at the heart of Chelsea's attacking play again.

      5. Salt'N'Pepe
        • 4 Years
        25 days, 13 hours ago

        Early thoughts on the following moves:

        VVD + Wesley -> AWB + Pukki (-4)

        1. Salt'N'Pepe
          • 4 Years
          25 days, 13 hours ago

          for gw4

        2. thomashl
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 2 Years
          25 days, 13 hours ago

          Yes if you have other pool defs

      6. Nomar
        • 9 Years
        25 days, 13 hours ago

        No Kane, so it's Sterling (c) for me.

        1. The Man Pastore
          • 5 Years
          25 days, 13 hours ago

          ok

        2. Berbinho's Forehead
          • 9 Years
          25 days, 13 hours ago

          Isn't Sterling's record vs Bournemouth highly skewed by the home stats?

          1. Nomar
            • 9 Years
            25 days, 13 hours ago

            What's that got to do with anything?

            I'm captaining him as I don't have Kane and think Sterling is a better option than Salah.

            It's him or KdB for me.

          2. shaun_drift
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            25 days, 12 hours ago

            He's got 2 goals in 3 games played at Bournemouth.

            Then it's 6 goals in 4 games against them at home.

            Skewed somewhat, but still an OK record at their place.

      7. Legend of Rosický
        • 1 Year
        25 days, 13 hours ago

        Start 2 out of
        A) Chilwell (Shu)
        B) Micheal Keane (Avl)
        C) F. Anderson (Wat)
        D) Ndombele (NEW)

        Thanks

        1. the vanisher
          • 2 Years
          25 days, 13 hours ago

          ACBD

        2. Warby84
          • 4 Years
          25 days, 13 hours ago

          AD

      8. Pompel
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        25 days, 13 hours ago

        Want to change team structure to go Kane + Pukki up top. Kane might become Auba (or even Kun) later on. Is it worth a -8 to do it this GW, in order to save WC for later?
        Will also mean downgrading VVD to Lundstram (keeping TAA). Thinking it needs to be done now due to Kane(c) this GW.

        1. Nomar
          • 9 Years
          25 days, 13 hours ago

          If you're not keeping Kane then is there any point in doing that.

          You're taking an 8 point hit for it.

          Not saying don't do it but don't just do it for one GW.

      9. Gaffa914
        • 5 Years
        25 days, 13 hours ago

        Pérez to Martial for a -4?

        1. Warby84
          • 4 Years
          25 days, 13 hours ago

          I did

      10. Thunder Warrior
        • 5 Years
        25 days, 13 hours ago

        Kdb and Firmino
        or
        Salah and Barnes?

        1. Saint & Reevesy
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 7 Years
          25 days, 13 hours ago

          A

        2. Warby84
          • 4 Years
          25 days, 13 hours ago

          B

      11. The 12th Man
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 6 Years
        25 days, 13 hours ago

        Dendonker Or Douglas Luiz?
        Already have Cantwell

      12. jackx13
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 6 Years
        25 days, 13 hours ago

        No Sterling here so Kane (c) is the obvious choice but I will probably go for KDB as only one of my ML opponents have him (in 3 leagues - watching round 12 opposing teams - all have Sterling, 4 Kane, 1 KDB (no Kane)). Sounds good or should I stick with Kane?

        1. -4 every week
          • 2 Years
          25 days, 13 hours ago

          Kane

      13. Defaid Daniel
        • 7 Years
        25 days, 13 hours ago

        Will kean start tonight?

      14. Defaid Daniel
        • 7 Years
        25 days, 13 hours ago

        In order to start?
        A)van d
        B)Montoya
        C)Lunds

        1. Warby84
          • 4 Years
          25 days, 13 hours ago

          In order...

      15. M.I.A.
        • 7 Years
        25 days, 13 hours ago

        Play Dendoncker or Lundstram?

      16. finnish92
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 2 Years
        25 days, 13 hours ago

        Play Pope (Wolves A) or Heaton (Everton H)?

      17. Godspeed
        • 4 Years
        25 days, 12 hours ago

        Bench Zinchenko and play 3-5-2 or bench Lucas and play 4-4-2?

        My gut tells me Poch will bench Lucas and play Son instead of benching Lamela, but if i’m wrong Lucas get to play NEW @home

        thoughts?

        Adrian
        TAA,Maguire,Walker-Peters, (Zinchenko)
        Sterling,Perez,Martial,Dendoncker (Lucas)
        Kane, Jimenez
        Bench: King, Lundstram and...???

        1. Kopkloppers
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 5 Years
          25 days, 12 hours ago

          Lucas was benched last week!

      18. Kopkloppers
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        25 days, 12 hours ago

        I want Kane for a week but Two of these have to go:

        Digne KDB Mane Sterling Martial Puki Firmino. Present Squad.

        The other issue is it costs 4 points to put my side back together.

        Any ideas?

        1. Pompel
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 5 Years
          25 days, 12 hours ago

          Would give Puki and Firmino a pause then, maybe Martial

      19. Alright wee yin
        • 1 Year
        25 days, 12 hours ago

        Heaton
        Digne - VVD - Zinchenko - Lundstram
        Martial (vc) - Bilva - De Bruyne - Salah
        Kane (c) Wesley (don’t ask)

        Pope - Barkley - Greenwood - Hanley

        0 FT 0.0itb