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. De Gea is GOAT
    • 3 Years
    10 months, 18 days ago

    Gtg guys? Yes taking a gamble on Moura and Perez. Would you take another hit to change anything? Thank you so much.

    Ryan
    VVD Coleman Lund Laporte
    Salah Sterling Moura KDB Perez
    Pukki

    1. 12steps
      • 2 Years
      10 months, 18 days ago

      Gtg

  2. TomSaints
    • 2 Years
    10 months, 18 days ago

    I’m on Pope on wc but just doesn’t feel right.

    Tempted to De Gea and AWB -> 4.5 as I already have 3 good defenders

    1. TomSaints
      • 2 Years
      10 months, 18 days ago

      Choice of:
      5.5 keeper + 4.5 defender

      Or vice verca. Seems lots of value in defence and less in gk

  3. Lignja
    • 3 Years
    10 months, 18 days ago

    How im looking? Sadly for -8

    Pope
    Robertson, Coleman, Zincenko, Lundstram
    Salah, Sterling, Martial, Perez
    Kane(C), Pukki

    Dendoker, Greenwood, Kelly

    1. Galza
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      10 months, 18 days ago

      One Kane goal and the rest is gravy...
      G2G..!

      1. Lignja
        • 3 Years
        10 months, 18 days ago

        Hope so

  4. langov
    • 1 Year
    10 months, 18 days ago

    B.Silva + Auba + King -> Sterling, Rashford, Andone for (-4) ?

    If not, what do you recommend? Already have KDB, Salah, Moura and Perez

    1. Rupert The Horse
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      10 months, 18 days ago

      Who on Earth is Andone? Guessing a very cheap striker with a couple of points.

      1. Doosra - ☭A Noble Grape…
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 10 Years
        10 months, 18 days ago

        Brighton.

    2. bench boost for every gamew…
      • 3 Years
      10 months, 18 days ago

      if 5m is the bracket for striker fodder why don´t you just go Wickham as he is a sub for Palace who will come in for some minutes every now and then. Andone is third choice for striker spot. Save 0.5 and get that fodder to actually play more (or at least consistently).Benteke not THAT good either so could even get starts

    3. De Gea is GOAT
      • 3 Years
      10 months, 18 days ago

      Not worried about Moura and Perez?

      1. langov
        • 1 Year
        10 months, 18 days ago

        Worried, but need to fit in Sterling, he is a must. Perez has nice fixes for next two games, I am gonna ditch later for Cantwell. Thx - did not realize Andone is coming from bench.

  5. Pirlø's Pen
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 5 Years
    10 months, 18 days ago

    Opinions please!

    A. Rashford, Montoya/Soyuncu rotation.

    B. Haller, Digne.

    1. Richard Richard (AKA: Anzhi…
      • 4 Years
      10 months, 18 days ago

      Long term I like B, but A feels a bit safer this week.

  6. Unai123
    10 months, 18 days ago

    Pope or Heaton this week?

    1. unitednations
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      10 months, 18 days ago

      I am stuck with this too

      1. langov
        • 1 Year
        10 months, 18 days ago

        same

  7. Limbo
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 9 Years
    10 months, 18 days ago

    Hope the Grealish hoodoo continues tonight. 0-2 Everton 🙂

  8. unitednations
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 8 Years
    10 months, 18 days ago

    Best option here:

    A: Salah + Kane + Perez + Pukki
    B: Salah + Vardy + Martial + KDB
    C: Kane + Martial + Vardy + Siggy
    D: Kane + Martial + KDB + Perez

    1. Hutchiniho
      • 1 Year
      10 months, 18 days ago

      D

  9. poulteren
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 5 Years
    10 months, 18 days ago

    please help = GTG?

    Bit worried about Ings or Cabellos vs. Cantwell:

    Team:

    lloris

    Robbo / VVD / Digne / Zinchenko / Lunstrum

    Sterling (c.) / Salah / KDB / Ceballos

    Ings

    Subs: Button / Cantwell / Greenwood / King

    1. bench boost for every gamew…
      • 3 Years
      10 months, 18 days ago

      Ings i would play no matter how, Brighton not that defensive unit they once were, and he is on pens. Between the two mids it´s difficult. My thinking is that both Norwich and Arsenal will score, but whom of those two, actually i am more inclined to think Cantwell in, Ceballos out. Partly because he is stationed higher on the pitch, home, vs away, Pool def better than Chelsea and while Ceballos had a great game vs Burnleyi would not be 100´% sure he starts away at Anfield.

      1. poulteren
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        10 months, 18 days ago

        mate, this is gold and hugely appreciated. thank you! Ings missed a sitter tho and i suspect, wont start

  10. benpurser
    • 1 Year
    10 months, 18 days ago

    Perez + Che Adams > Martial + Wickham for -4

  11. MFPL
    • 4 Years
    10 months, 18 days ago

    Which option?

    A) Walker + McGinn
    B) Mina/Zinchenko + Mount

    1. MFPL
      • 4 Years
      10 months, 18 days ago

      Well, Walker could be Digne (on WC)

  12. Richard Richard (AKA: Anzhi…
    • 4 Years
    10 months, 18 days ago

    Play 2...
    A. Dendoncker (BUR)
    B. Lundstram (LEI)
    C. King (MCI)
    Or..
    -4 to switch King to sub 7.8m. Note - already had a hit 🙂

    1. Strangelove
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      10 months, 18 days ago

      A & B
      I wouldn't take a hit

  13. Snipez21
    • 1 Year
    10 months, 18 days ago

    I’m ready 2 FTs used, WC Still in pocket...

    Pope
    Zinchenko / Boly / Walker / Robbo
    Salah / Sterling / KDB / Tielemans / Martial
    Pukki

    (4.0 / Lundstram / Greenwood / Wickham)

    Captain on KDB right now!!!

    GL all.

  14. Lebowski85
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 7 Years
    10 months, 18 days ago

    What's the deal with Soyuncu. Nailed?

    1. Pukki Party
      • 2 Years
      10 months, 18 days ago

      Yes has played well and was bought as a Maguire replacement

      1. Lebowski85
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 7 Years
        10 months, 18 days ago

        Sorted

  15. welshyoo
    • 9 Years
    10 months, 18 days ago

    Stupid to start lundstrem over VVD right?

    1. Maximus Bonimus Pointimus
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      10 months, 18 days ago

      ...

    2. Richard Richard (AKA: Anzhi…
      • 4 Years
      10 months, 18 days ago

      Right

    3. Arse Craic
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      10 months, 18 days ago

      He who dares wins

  16. LMFAO
    • 8 Years
    10 months, 18 days ago

    On a WC and wondering which is best..

    A) Kane, Martial, Montoya
    B) Rashford, Son, KWP

    Cheers

    1. Strangelove
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      10 months, 18 days ago

      Probably A for me...

    2. claretparrot
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      10 months, 18 days ago

      Definitely A

  17. Strangelove
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 2 Years
    10 months, 18 days ago

    Thinking of doing

    Robertson to AWB (current defence TAA-Robertson-Coleman)
    Then either
    A) Perez to Martial
    B) Lucas moura to Martial

    Worried that LM may not start and debating whether Perez needs one more week to prove himself...

    1. Richard Richard (AKA: Anzhi…
      • 4 Years
      10 months, 18 days ago

      Tricky. Gambling on stick might be sensible but Perez hasn't been too influential and Sheffield are tough to beat.

    2. Hutchiniho
      • 1 Year
      10 months, 18 days ago

      B

      Son back for Spurs

    3. Strangelove
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      10 months, 18 days ago

      Cheers... will dwell on it some more before pulling the trigger!

  18. evilfish
    • 4 Years
    10 months, 18 days ago

    Please put the following players in order. Playing, 1st Bench, 2nd Bench:

    a) Dendoncker
    b) Lundstram
    c) King

    1. how now brown cow
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      10 months, 18 days ago

      Cab

      1. evilfish
        • 4 Years
        10 months, 18 days ago

        Thank you, you beautiful bovine.

  19. andres
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 8 Years
    10 months, 18 days ago

    A 4-5-1

    ryan (pope)
    awb Laporte kwp Lundstram (Pieters)
    sterling mange kdb Martial SON
    pukki (greenwood WICKHAM)

    B 4-4-2
    ryan (pope)
    awb Laporte kwp Lundstram (Pieters)
    sterling mange kdb Martial DENDO
    pukki FIRMINO (greenwood)

    1. andres
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      10 months, 18 days ago

      mane in midfield 🙂

  20. Enes_Sahini1
    • 1 Year
    10 months, 18 days ago

    Who to play?

    Deondecker McGinn Lundstram???

    1. claretparrot
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      10 months, 18 days ago

      McGinn

    2. AzzaroMax99
      • 3 Years
      10 months, 18 days ago

      McGinn

  21. amsemp
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 3 Years
    10 months, 18 days ago

    Any help appreciated!

    A) Mount & Rashford
    B) Lamela & Vardy
    C) Trossard & Vardy

  22. zizoo10
    • 4 Years
    10 months, 18 days ago

    This is for the non Kane owners.

    Hypothetically speaking, if Kane bangs in a hat trick and is brought in by managers at pukkis rate this gw, is that enough reason to activate wc immediately and bring him in?

    1. Pukki Party
      • 2 Years
      10 months, 18 days ago

      No, it's a sign we should bring in Deulofeu and Gray as clearly anyone scores against Newcastle.

      1. zizoo10
        • 4 Years
        10 months, 18 days ago

        200iq

    2. COK3Y5MURF - UJFC
      • 3 Years
      10 months, 18 days ago

      No, you're bringing him in for next week's fixture, not this week's.

      1. zizoo10
        • 4 Years
        10 months, 18 days ago

        But they have a sea of green fixtures regardless

    3. jtreble
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      10 months, 18 days ago

      Probably not because as a premium forward Kane will never have a high enough long-term points/GBP.

  23. ITFC96
    • 1 Year
    10 months, 18 days ago

    Hi all,

    WC team. Defence isnt the strongest but attack I am happy with.

    Pope

    Montoya, Söyüncü, AWB, Alderweireld
    Mane, KDB, Sterling, Martial
    Pukki, (K)ane

    4.0, Lund, Dendoncker, Wickham

    Gtg or should I try to upgrade a 4.5 defender?

    1. _figu
      • 2 Years
      10 months, 18 days ago

      I've been toying with very similar. I'm still undecided between something like that (would have Zinc over Alderweireld) or Rashford Digne KWP.

      1. ITFC96
        • 1 Year
        10 months, 18 days ago

        I'm tempted by Zinch, just worried about rotation and wanted someone nailed. If i was to get digne in id probably downgrade martial to mount.

    2. zizoo10
      • 4 Years
      10 months, 18 days ago

      I tinkered with that attack on a potential wc but the defence is just not good enough. Perhaps go with 2x4.0 defenders and rotate Lund/Dendoncker or Cantwell.

      1. ITFC96
        • 1 Year
        10 months, 18 days ago

        Could go Martial & 4.5 for digne & Mount?

  24. dylano21
    • 2 Years
    10 months, 18 days ago

    Will Haller and Kean Start?

    1. Hutchiniho
      • 1 Year
      10 months, 18 days ago

      Maybe - No

      (As a guess)

    2. Richard Richard (AKA: Anzhi…
      • 4 Years
      10 months, 18 days ago

      Yes and 50-50.

  25. Hutchiniho
    • 1 Year
    10 months, 18 days ago

    A. Aubameyang and Lanzini

    Or

    B. Martial and Pukki

    Set and forget, rest of season. Not just W3

  26. AzzaroMax99
    • 3 Years
    10 months, 18 days ago

    G2G?

    Pope
    Robbo, Digne*, KWP
    Salah, Sterling(C), Martial, Trossard
    Vardy, Pukki, Jota

    Button, Montoya, Dendo, Hanley

    1. poulteren
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      10 months, 18 days ago

      personally would ditch vardy asap

      1. AzzaroMax99
        • 3 Years
        10 months, 18 days ago

        Keeping for next two vs shu & BOU, then planning to swap with Barnes.

      2. bench boost for every gamew…
        • 3 Years
        10 months, 18 days ago

        because of no points vs wolves and united or that the next two fixtures is horrible?

  27. poulteren
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 5 Years
    10 months, 18 days ago

    G"G?

    GTG?

    Bit worried about Ings or Cabellos vs. Cantwell:

    Team:

    lloris

    Robbo / VVD / Digne / Zinchenko / Lunstrum

    Sterling (c.) / Salah / KDB / Ceballos

    Ings

    Subs: Button / Cantwell / Greenwood / King

    1. AzzaroMax99
      • 3 Years
      10 months, 18 days ago

      Play King and bench Lundstrum. He won't get you points every week.

      1. poulteren
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        10 months, 18 days ago

        king versus city?

        1. AzzaroMax99
          • 3 Years
          10 months, 18 days ago

          Yep. He is on pens also.

  28. Strongylad
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    10 months, 18 days ago

    Pick A or B
    A - TAA, Digne, Mane, Trossard
    B - Montoya, Zinchenko, Salah, Martial

  29. Turns
    • 3 Years
    10 months, 18 days ago

    If you are persisting with 2 Liverpool defs, do you play both (VVD, Robbo) or benching one for Lund?

    1. Pukki Party
      • 2 Years
      10 months, 18 days ago

      Play both

    2. poulteren
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      10 months, 18 days ago

      i like it but i am an arsenal fan so it's an emotional hedge. Post WC i most likely wont have two pool defenders

    3. Turns
      • 3 Years
      10 months, 18 days ago

      Think i'll play both. Arsenal still shoddy at the back, so attacking returns for both are possible

  30. TaiwanHC
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 4 Years
    10 months, 18 days ago

    Pick one to play:

    A. Lundstram
    B. Zouma
    C. Dendoncker