Captain Sensible

Who is the best captain for Gameweek 5?

Liverpool and Manchester City options are the key figures in the Gameweek 5 captaincy debate.

It’s a familiar story for Fantasy Premier League managers as the first international break of the season comes to an end.

There are favourable fixtures for both of last year’s top two sides, meaning that we must dig right down into the statistics to work out who the best captain option is.

In this latest Captain Sensible article, we will assess the results of the poll, assess the form of the key candidates and compare them against the defensive performances of their upcoming opponents.

As this uses data from the Fantasy Football Scout Members Area only those who have signed up for 2019/20 will have full access.

Captain Poll

The captain poll as of Thursday morning

After a relatively promising start to the campaign, Mohamed Salah (£12.5m) tops the captain poll ahead of Gameweek 5 when Newcastle will visit Anfield.

As of Thursday morning, the Egyptian has the support of 34.5% in the vote, 11% more than any other option.

Salah has been particularly impressive at home so far this season, scoring 12 points against Norwich on opening night before netting a brace for 15 points in a Gameweek 3 meeting with Arsenal.

Meanwhile, Newcastle have conceded three times in away matches so far.

The current poll runner-up is Raheem Sterling (£12.3m) with the support of 23.5% of our voters.

That makes him the most popular Manchester City man for the captaincy ahead of a hugely appealing trip to Norwich on Saturday evening.

Despite a surprising blank at home to Brighton in Gameweek 4, Sterling remains the second-highest FPL scorer so far this season.

His 37 points have come from five goals, two clean sheets and four bonus and, as things stand, he is behind only Sergio Aguero (£12.1m) in the race for the Premier League golden boot (five goals).

Despite the Argentinian’s current goal-tally (six), having netted in every match so far, just 14.8% are considering him for the captaincy in Gameweek 5.

However, deciding between Aguero and Sterling this weekend could prove to be much of a muchness when you consider Norwich’s defence.

The Canaries have conceded more goals than any other side so far this season (10) and have a number of personnel problems in key areas with a handful of defenders and defensive midfielders out injured.

It is no surprise then, that Kevin de Bruyne (£9.8m) is also in the picture as the most popular of the differential options.

Just 4.3% voted for the Belgian in the poll but that small number may be on to something here.

De Bruyne has firmly re-established himself in the Manchester City team following a torturous 2018/19 campaign and has been in excellent form thus far.

He assisted in each of the first four matches and scored against Brighton to boot averaging nine points per game over that period. Against a ragtag Norwich defence, that trend could easily continue.

Pushing his way back into the differential thinking is Liverpool defender Trent Alexander-Arnold (£7.1m) who was backed by 3.9% for the Gameweek 5 armband.

Newcastle have not been particularly ruthless in front of goal this season, scoring three goals in four matches, while Liverpool showed signs against Burnley that they had solved some of their defensive problems from earlier in the campaign.

Fantasy managers will fancy Alexander-Arnold for a clean sheet this weekend then, while the right-back has been the most creative of his defensive colleagues, registering three assists so far.

Sadio Mané (£11.5m) is also considered among the left-field options, garnering 3.4% support in the Gameweek 5 captain poll, although he is yet to record any attacking returns at home this season.

Despite underwhelming in his last two outings, Harry Kane (£12.5m) is still in the picture to some extent, with 3% backing him for the armband ahead of Crystal Palace’s short trip to north London.

Sébastien Haller (£7.5m) and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang (£11.0m) are the only other options with more than 1% support.

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1,336 Comments Post a Comment
  1. mad_beer ✅
    • 4 Years
    1 month, 10 days ago

    I've been back in forth on this for the last week and a half.

    Lloris and Maguire to Pope and TAA for free?

    Yes or no?

    1. Tsparkes10
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 10 days ago

      Ya

    2. Blunder fc
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 10 days ago

      Yes

    3. Tshelby
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 10 days ago

      Yes for me

    4. Kanchelskis
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 10 days ago

      Without doubt

    5. HurriKane
      • 7 Years
      1 month, 10 days ago

      No brainier

    6. DOG GOD IT
      • 5 Years
      1 month, 10 days ago

      Yup

    7. mad_beer ✅
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 10 days ago

      Thanks all!

  2. Digne do well
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 3 Years
    1 month, 10 days ago

    Considering WC

    Tarkowski, Digne, Otamendi, Robertson
    Salah, Sterling, KDB, Mount
    Haller, Pukki

    Button, Lundstrom, Cantwell, Greenwood

    leaves 0.0 ITB
    Any opinions?

    1. Digne do well
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 10 days ago

      Cut off POPE in goal

    2. mad_beer ✅
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 10 days ago

      I like it but I always worry about double defense.

    3. Kanchelskis
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 10 days ago

      Decent. Tarko down to one of the Burnley fullbacks and Robbo up to TAA?

    4. DOG GOD IT
      • 5 Years
      1 month, 10 days ago

      Are you going to play 3 at the back?

      if yes, then Dig, Ota & Rob are generally regulars, and Lund can fill in once in a while. I would get another uber instead of Tark, and use the funds to upgrade Greenwood to a playing forward (Ayew?)

  3. Tshelby
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 4 Years
    1 month, 10 days ago

    which option is most important to fit in on a wildcard?

    A) TAA, Digne, Ota - Haller, Pukki

    B) Haller, Pukki, Barnes - TAA, Ota

    1. HIT ME!
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 10 days ago

      Barnes or Digne basically
      Digne

      1. Tshelby
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        1 month, 10 days ago

        Yeah, Barnes/Pukki or Digne

    2. Kanchelskis
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 10 days ago

      Digne and Barnes?

      1. Tshelby
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        1 month, 10 days ago

        Just don't want to miss out on Barnes or Pukki but I know it's the most sensible thing to drop one of them.

  4. HIT ME!
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 3 Years
    1 month, 10 days ago

    Tempted to play
    Soyuncu(mun) over Montoya(BUR)
    Yay or nay?

    1. Kanchelskis
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 10 days ago

      Still leaning to Montoya, just

      1. HIT ME!
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        1 month, 10 days ago

        Cheers

  5. Atimis
    • 3 Years
    1 month, 10 days ago

    Decided I could keep WB this week, play Lund and get rid of Martial.

    Would you get DSilva as last City spot or look somewhere else? James, FAnderson, Mount?

    Have Sterling and KDB now.

    1. Atimis
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 10 days ago

      Maybe even Maddison?

    2. Legend of Rosický
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 10 days ago

      Between Maddison and Lanzini for me

  6. Vlad Tepes
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 2 Years
    1 month, 10 days ago

    So martial is 100% out?

    1. Hakim Ziyech
      1 month, 10 days ago

      No, 99.9%

    2. Tsparkes10
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 10 days ago

      Oui oui

    3. FOO FIGHTER
      1 month, 10 days ago

      101%

  7. Mikha In A Tutu
    • 1 Year
    1 month, 10 days ago

    Team for this week:

    Pope
    Arnold Zinchenko Lundstram
    Mané Sterling (V) Ceballos Mount
    Aguero (C) Haller Pukki

    Heaton Cantwell Kelly Hanley

    Thoughts? I have a transfer available.

    1. Kopkloppers
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      1 month, 10 days ago

      Until a few weeks time:
      Iwobi Lanzini rather than Ceballos Mount

  8. RAFA THE GAFFA
    • 3 Years
    1 month, 10 days ago

    1FT & 0.6ITB. Best move?

    A. Save
    B. Moura >> Dilva / James
    C. Moura+VvD >> KDB+Lowton

    Pope
    TAA • Digne • VvD • Zinch
    Salah • Sterling • Mount • Moura
    Pukki • Haller
    (Heaton, Greenwood, Dendonk, Rico)

    1. Kanchelskis
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 10 days ago

      B

      1. RAFA THE GAFFA
        • 3 Years
        1 month, 10 days ago

        Who with?

        1. Kanchelskis
          • 2 Years
          1 month, 10 days ago

          Dilva deffo

  9. Geordie19
    • 3 Years
    1 month, 10 days ago

    Have 1.7 million in the bank. Is it worth taking Martial out for a -4 to buy a 9.3mil midfielder?
    Or shall I just play Cantwell or Soyunco? Thank you!

    1. Tsparkes10
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 10 days ago

      . 1 short of Pepe. Harsh

      1. Geordie19
        • 3 Years
        1 month, 10 days ago

        I know...fuming. Because I did Laporte to Ota. Can’t have em all I guess

      2. Klein
        • 4 Years
        1 month, 10 days ago

        Exactly thought this

  10. HurriKane
    • 7 Years
    1 month, 10 days ago

    For people saying Sterling will be rested who do you think will start ahead of him ?

    Sterling Aguero Bilva
    Silva Rodri KDB

    I think he's a vital on citys left and more likely Mahrez will come in for Bilva who played 2 international matches for Portugal as well

    1. Klein
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 10 days ago

      Mahrez in for sterling. Walker providing width on one side and bilva on another. Just a thought.

    2. Kopkloppers
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      1 month, 10 days ago

      Anyone's guess.
      I stopped trying last year

    3. Legend of Rosický
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 10 days ago

      Really want you to be right but it's a fools errand predicting pep roulette once it starts

    4. ryacoo
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 10 days ago

      I think Sterling will start, it's more a case of how long he will stay on for for me.

    5. HurriKane
      • 7 Years
      1 month, 10 days ago

      Think is if Sterling starts he could easily score a hatty as almost norwich entire defence is injured and has been leaking goals for fun

      Can go safe with salah captain but newcastle back 5 has been tight this season

  11. Klein
    • 4 Years
    1 month, 10 days ago

    Dawson has the highest shot of any defender this season. With defensive manager back in action should be a great option once fixtures turn.

    1. Kanchelskis
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 10 days ago

      Agreed

    2. Legend of Rosický
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 10 days ago

      Yeah and a tried and tested player as well

    3. Pompel
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      1 month, 10 days ago

      Have to see them tighten up a bit first, else £5m is too steep for Watford defender despite attacking returns.

  12. Mini Mahouse
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 7 Years
    1 month, 10 days ago

    Otamendi, Guendouzi --> Lundstram, James

    Would this be a g ood move? On WC, team curerntly:

    Pope
    Otamendi Digne TAA Pieters
    Salah Sterling KDB
    Haller Barnes Pukki

    Button Cantwell Guendouzi Rico

    1. Kanchelskis
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 10 days ago

      Don't do it.

  13. Regin
    • 2 Years
    1 month, 10 days ago

    should i play AWB or transfer him out? I could just play Maitland Niles and bank the FT to use 2 FT next week.

    1. Warby84
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 10 days ago

      Play M-N

  14. Konstaapeli
    • 3 Years
    1 month, 10 days ago

    What are the chances that Martial drops in price now? 3%?

    Will be funny to see him holding another week 😀

    1. Legend of Rosický
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 10 days ago

      I care less now that he is out.

  15. Valar(Keith)
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 10 Years
    1 month, 10 days ago

    Well fpl's plan failed.. They'll have let martial drop now 🙂

    1. Konstaapeli
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 10 days ago

      Have some faith. They can easily hold for another week. 😉

    2. jtreble
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 10 days ago

      An algorithm failure. Clever.

    3. Skloppy Kops
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 10 days ago

      If they could wait for 2 weeks.. I guess they can still wait..
      but the number of people who'll ditch him today would warrant a -0.2 at once

  16. ryacoo
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 3 Years
    1 month, 10 days ago

    Sheff Utd fans, any inside knowledge on Robinson's situation?

    Currently going into the GW with Greenwood/Dendo on the bench as the only cover for him and wondering whether to take a hit (selling Martial, who's also on the bench)

  17. Dilzy
    • 10 Years
    1 month, 10 days ago

    Time to get rid of Jota

    Best striker 6.0 and below?

    1. Konstaapeli
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 10 days ago

      Might as well keep and save a transfer if you've hold this far. Get Haller or somebody in next week with 2 FT's.

    2. Kanchelskis
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 10 days ago

      If you still have him, I would play this week but: Wesley - ok stats and fixtures. Ayew - cheap as chips.

  18. simong1
    • 1 Year
    1 month, 10 days ago

    1FT, 0ITB.

    Worth a -4 to do AWB & Martial > TAA & Cantwell (would bench Cantwell this GW) with a view to replacing Jota with Haller next GW?

    Pope - Button
    AWB - VVD - Digne - Zinchenko - Lundstram
    Sterling (c) - KDB - Salah - Martial - Dendocker
    Pukki - Jota - Greenwood

    1. Kanchelskis
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 10 days ago

      Yes, would pay for itself straight away.

  19. The Dogs Love Leeds
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 3 Years
    1 month, 10 days ago

    To replace Martial should I do James or Mount ?

    1. Kanchelskis
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 10 days ago

      Utd look shot. Mount.

  20. Yoshioka
    • 1 Year
    1 month, 10 days ago

    Have 3 city so can’t go Dilva

    (A) Lanzini
    (B) Ceballos
    (C) Richarlison
    (D) Iwobi
    (E) Mount
    (F) James
    (G) Other (if so who?)

    1. Klein
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 10 days ago

      I am going ceballos. All option look great.

    2. Skloppy Kops
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 10 days ago

      One player i'd love to own for the coming fixtures is Richa.. He's on fire and great fixtures. Ceballos, still not nailed and Lanzini, with the number of MID WHM have, I just can't decide.
      Mount a great prospect, so is James. But ManU looking woeful.

    3. Legend of Rosický
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 10 days ago

      G maddison

    4. Kanchelskis
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 10 days ago

      Listened to a bit of "Philharmony" yesterday after your post. "Funiculì, Funiculà" is awesome.

      I liked James until OGS presser, but now Ceballos.

      1. Yoshioka
        • 1 Year
        1 month, 10 days ago

        Awesome

  21. Klein
    • 4 Years
    1 month, 10 days ago

    Feels like haller is a trap. 2 games against norwich and watford, two of the worst defense in league have made him the best in all game. Gonna drop like a stone.

    1. AnzhiBabakin (AKA: FC Akhma…
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 10 days ago

      No. He is an excellent pick. Nailed talisman type player, really decent player and good team attacking stats

    2. Konstaapeli
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 10 days ago

      Tammy feels more lika a trap than Haller to me.

      1. Skloppy Kops
        • 4 Years
        1 month, 10 days ago

        Batshu got himself a brace for Belgium.. Might warrant a place from Lampard.

    3. Cholito
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      1 month, 10 days ago

      WHU has more xG than Liverpool, lol.
      And they played with City.
      What are u talking about?

    4. Soto Ayam
      1 month, 10 days ago

      Agree...I'm not sold on haller hype either...need at least 10 games to judge him

  22. OneDennisBergkamp
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 4 Years
    1 month, 10 days ago

    Pope (Button)
    Pieters / Alexander-Arnold / Lundstram (Rico / Kelly)
    Salah / Sterling / De Bruyne / Martial (Cantwell)
    Barnes / Pukki / Abraham

    Is this a good wildcard?

    1. FOO FIGHTER
      1 month, 10 days ago

      Martial red flagged.

    2. Mikha In A Tutu
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 10 days ago

      Rico going to be a starter or just bench fodder?
      Good team though. I always like to have rotating keepers but your choice!

  23. tibollom
    • 3 Years
    1 month, 10 days ago

    worth taking a hit or hold Martial for now? I have used my FT but have 1.4 ITB so could upgrade elswhere for -4

    Heaton
    Ota Zouma VVD Lunds
    Salah Sterling KDB Dedocker
    Haller King

    Button, Greenwood, Rico, Martial

    1. soup natsi
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 10 days ago

      Good team this week, I’d hold. Have my FT but will keep Martial and play Soyuncu instead, can see a cheeky Lei cs

  24. The Red Devil
    • 4 Years
    1 month, 10 days ago

    Ryan button
    TAA digne AWB lundstram Kelly
    Sterling mcginn Salah cantwell dendonck
    Aguero Greenwood pukki
    1 FT 2.2 ITB

    Greenwood and AWB to barnes and Pieters (-4)? I'll bench cantwell & start lundstram
    Or something else?

  25. mlm
    • 1 Year
    1 month, 10 days ago

    Play pukki or mina?

    1. Skloppy Kops
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 10 days ago

      P

    2. Maximus Bonimus Pointimus
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      1 month, 10 days ago

      Pukki going up against Stones & Ota - very likely to get chances, unless they have finally eradicated the lapses in concentration from their respective consciousness

  26. RAFA THE GAFFA
    • 3 Years
    1 month, 10 days ago

    Thoughts on Dilva as a Moura replacement? Or am I best taking a hit to get KDB involving a VVD downgrade?

    Pope
    TAA • Digne • VvD • Zinch
    Salah • Sterling • Mount • Moura
    Pukki • Haller
    (Heaton, Greenwood, Dendonk, Rico)

    1. Mike Bassett Fantasy Manage…
      1 month, 10 days ago

      can you afford Richarlison instead? If so I would do that over Dilva

      1. RAFA THE GAFFA
        • 3 Years
        1 month, 10 days ago

        Yes, got upto 8m to spend

        1. Mike Bassett Fantasy Manage…
          1 month, 10 days ago

          IDK about anyone else but Richarlison looks like a good idea to me, many put off by the fact they either had him or Siggy at the start and Everton didnt do well in regards to returns for them.
          So they are a bad taste in the mouth round here, but he got a brace last week maybe he is going to have some form now.
          Out of all players I could want this week he is right near the top of the list personally

  27. Mr. Wizard
    • 8 Years
    1 month, 10 days ago

    After seeing Martial is out, shall I go for Martial -> Mount (1 FT) , My bench player coming in for Martial would be Ings.

    1. Maximus Bonimus Pointimus
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      1 month, 10 days ago

      Tough one

      Ings can always haul - id play him personally

  28. KneejerkJoe
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 5 Years
    1 month, 10 days ago

    1FT

    A) Martial -》7.6m Mid (who?)
    B) Martial + Emerson -》TAA + 6m Mid (-4)
    C) Kane + Martial -》Wilson/Barnes/Pukki + Pepe (-4)
    D) Emerson -》Otamendi and Play 4-4-2, keep Martial

    Pope
    Lundstram KWP Digne
    Martial* Sterling KDB Ceballos
    Kane Firmino Haller

    ...Button Emerson* Cantwell Kelly

    1. KneejerkJoe
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      1 month, 10 days ago

      D* 4-3-3

  29. King Kun Ta
    • 4 Years
    1 month, 10 days ago

    And the armband goes tooooo....

    A guero (excellent form, had a rest, weak defence fighting him, pens & less points for goals/no for clean sheet)

    Or

    B Salah (had a rest as well, good form, at home, pens (when Milner benched) & more points for goals/clean sheet)

    What to do lads? Ta and GL!

  30. Hakim Ziyech
    1 month, 10 days ago

    It is just stupid to sell Martial now after holding for 2 weeks

    1. Christina.
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      1 month, 10 days ago

      no its not. it was a mistake holding. sell.

      1. Hakim Ziyech
        1 month, 10 days ago

        I don't have him. I am referring to Mark & his disciples

      2. FOO FIGHTER
        1 month, 10 days ago

        This!

        Bit like egg in the face if you hold on any longer.

    2. Mike Bassett Fantasy Manage…
      1 month, 10 days ago

      no, that was the plan wasnt it? Wait until its 100% confirmed Martial is out and then remove him. Plus you had no drops, its perfect. I need to find out if Trossard is out

      1. Hakim Ziyech
        1 month, 10 days ago

        Trossard is out

    3. Legend of Rosický
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 10 days ago

      What you talking about? It was stupid to wait to gather the info from pressers before selling him? Crazy talk

      1. Hakim Ziyech
        1 month, 10 days ago

        Hahaha... Martial would be fit next gw tho, so why sell 🙂

    4. Maximus Bonimus Pointimus
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      1 month, 10 days ago

      I'm looking forward to bringing him in when he's fit

      This injury buys me another week or two

      1. Hakim Ziyech
        1 month, 10 days ago

        Lol... That's what I will do also. Already gained value after selling 2 weeks ago, should bring back in & enjoy the ride 🙂

    5. My heart goes Salalalalah
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 10 days ago

      Not stupid. No value lost at least