Captain Sensible

Who are the best FPL captain options for Gameweek 4?

Jan Sienkiewicz was the king of the Fantasy Premier League captaincy in 2019/20, scoring a whopping 657 points from the armband, the second-highest in the whole world. He’s here to help once again, this time assessing the Gameweek 4 options.


For a second consecutive Gameweek, there is no standout favourite for the captaincy – which presents an opportunity for Fantasy Premier League managers to make real strides ahead of the international break.

The pool of armband candidates seems to be growing after an unpredictable start to the season, epitomised by Gameweek 3 which featured several unexpected outcomes.

They included Manchester City’s heavy loss to Leicester City, Chelsea’s struggles at The Hawthorns and Wolves’ capitulation at West Ham United. Such results have created enough caution among Fantasy managers to eradicate the possibility of a runaway favourite captain for Gameweek 4.

It is time to take advantage of that development and use it to get some big green arrows. In this latest Captain Sensible article, we will look into some of the top contenders, examine the defences they are about to face and try to identify which players might be worth avoiding. 

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CAPTAIN POLL

The Fantasy Football Scout Captain Poll for Gameweek 4 sheds some light on the early trends, as Kevin De Bruyne (£11.6m) and Mohamed Salah (£12.1m) are sitting quite comfortably in the top two spots with 22.6% and 19.0% of votes, respectively.

However, those household names account only for 41.6% of the so-called electorate. The majority of our users have decided to choose their captains from a large group of other options. 

Perhaps surprisingly, Raúl Jiménez (£8.6m) is currently the third most-popular choice with 10.2%. Despite an underwhelming performance at the London Stadium last week, which featured an own goal, many Fantasy managers are hoping the Mexican can make amends against a struggling Fulham side. 

In-form Dominic Calvert-Lewin (£7.4m) sits in fourth position, as the midweek hat-trick hero nods just ahead of Jamie Vardy (£10.0m) and Danny Ings (£8.4m). Each of this English strike-force trio gaining over 5.0% of the votes.

The top eight most-popular is closed by Manchester City’s Raheem Sterling (£11.5m) and Chelsea’s Timo Werner (£9.4m), with both of those players receiving over 4.0% of votes. 

Further down the list, despite delivering in two of the opening three Gameweeks, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang (£11.9m) and Sadio Mané (£12.0m) have been considered for the captaincy by only 3% and 2.8% respectively. 

With these figures in mind, let’s have a look at some of this week’s most important encounters…

KEY MATCHES

Leeds United v Manchester City

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1,487 Comments Post a Comment
  1. abaalan
    • 4 Years
    1 month, 26 days ago

    A) Son + Lascelles -> H. Barnes + Robertson -4
    B) Son -> Sterling

    Also got Havertz, Werner, KDB, Martial

    1. JBG
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 26 days ago

      B

    2. n-doggg
      • 8 Years
      1 month, 26 days ago

      Got to be b

  2. HIAFL (Howe to Train your D…
    • 3 Years
    1 month, 26 days ago

    Werner to ings on ft or save?

    1. Flair
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      1 month, 26 days ago

      Save

  3. Pompel
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 6 Years
    1 month, 26 days ago

    Head and gut feeling says KDB, but what 's the point in having Sterling if not captaining him against Leeds, right?

    1. n-doggg
      • 8 Years
      1 month, 26 days ago

      Could say the same about Kdb.

      Literally flip a coin!

    2. Whiskerz
      • 7 Years
      1 month, 26 days ago

      If i had both id put it on sterling

  4. Az
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • Has Moderation Rights
    • 11 Years
    1 month, 26 days ago

    FPL BlackBox is live in 13 mins friends

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_kUPGCmvSo8

    1. Twisted Saltergater
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 11 Years
      1 month, 26 days ago

      Cheers Az!

      1. Daniel - Go Granville
        • 11 Years
        1 month, 26 days ago

        A lad sold me on it on the previous page. I was considering going to bed early this time

        1. Pipermaru
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 5 Years
          1 month, 26 days ago

          Haha, hope it won't disappoint.

          1. Az
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • Has Moderation Rights
            • 11 Years
            1 month, 26 days ago

            did it?

            1. Pipermaru
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 5 Years
              1 month, 26 days ago

              I was talking about Daniel, kind of prompt him to watch today's episode so I hope he wasn't disappointed.

              My opinion is constant - top notch work, keep it up! I'm not watching it live as I like to listen to it while walking with my dog. So tomorrow afternoon, promise.

        2. The Knights Template
          • 7 Years
          1 month, 26 days ago

          Sleep is very important

  5. RAFA THE GAFFA
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 4 Years
    1 month, 26 days ago

    Ben Davies man 😆

  6. The 12th Man
    • 7 Years
    1 month, 26 days ago

    Looks like Ben Godfrey is on his way to Everton.

    1. The Knights Template
      • 7 Years
      1 month, 26 days ago

      What do we know of him, Sir The 12th Man?

    2. Flair
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      1 month, 26 days ago

      Nice signing, rated highly on FM. Surely more reliable than Mina which is what I guess Carlo is looking for.

      1. Gnu
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 11 Years
        1 month, 26 days ago

        Considering he spent last year in the premiership, that might be more reliable than FM.

        1. Flair
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          1 month, 26 days ago

          Both are very reliable.

          1. Gnu
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 11 Years
            1 month, 26 days ago

            I have only two words for you.
            Freddy Adu. 😉

            1. Flair
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              1 month, 26 days ago

              Neymar, Veratti, Dybala, Aguero 😛

              1. Gnu
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 11 Years
                1 month, 26 days ago

                Freddy Adu is the equivalent of a Royal flush.

                1. Flair
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  1 month, 26 days ago

                  I wouldn't know, never played poker.

  7. woodles
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 8 Years
    1 month, 26 days ago

    Is salah to sterling (C) for -4 madness?

    1. doher.ty
        1 month, 26 days ago

        probably

      • KAPTAIN KANE
        • 3 Years
        1 month, 26 days ago

        Why sell Salah

        1. Ajax Hamsterdam
          • 6 Years
          1 month, 26 days ago

          This

      • Flair
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        1 month, 26 days ago

        I'm debating it for a FT, wouldn't do it for a -4. I'll probably pull the trigger as I see Leeds as a hat-trick opportunity for Raz

      • HonestBlatter
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 9 Years
        1 month, 26 days ago

        Yes pure madness

    2. Abhishek Chitre
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      1 month, 26 days ago

      Son to Sterling? Thinking of captaining Sterling.

      1. FPLMACKEM
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        1 month, 26 days ago

        That's a no brainer.

        1. Abhishek Chitre
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          1 month, 26 days ago

          But will Sterling start for sure?

          1. Flair
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            1 month, 26 days ago

            100%

          2. FPLMACKEM
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            1 month, 26 days ago

            Why would he not? They have no striker. Of course he'll start.

      2. RichRover
        • 8 Years
        1 month, 26 days ago

        Do it, before you talk yourself out of it

    3. Whats the Mata?
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      1 month, 26 days ago

      Martinez
      Semedo - Saiss - James
      KDB - Foden - Havertz - Son*** - Salah
      Jimenez - DCL

      Button - Lamptey - Brewster - Mitchell

      1ft, 0.0m itb.

      A. Son to Harvey Barnes. Gives me 2m to do Saiss/Semedo to Robertson the following week.
      Guess one Pool fullback is essential. Too good.

      OR

      B. Keep Son. Bench this week if he doesn't start because he's likely to be back after the IB with good fixtures.

      Thanks!

      1. edz35
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        1 month, 26 days ago

        Similar position to me, going for B as I'll thank myself after break

      2. Neevesy
        • 4 Years
        1 month, 26 days ago

        A for me

      3. bjarnia87
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 1 Year
        1 month, 26 days ago

        B

      4. Big Hippo
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 8 Years
        1 month, 26 days ago

        Exactly the same team as me and I’ve done A.

    4. Rinseboy
      • 8 Years
      1 month, 26 days ago

      Who else is doing Salah to Sterling this week to captain him?

      1. TheDragon
        • 2 Years
        1 month, 26 days ago

        I was going to do this but the Son injury has stopped me

        I think it’s a great attacking move

      2. Ajax Hamsterdam
        • 6 Years
        1 month, 26 days ago

        This is a terrible move imo

      3. Daniel - Go Granville
        • 11 Years
        1 month, 26 days ago

        Me me me

      4. Flair
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        1 month, 26 days ago

        It's certainly appealing

      5. Jon Walter's Hatty
        • 7 Years
        1 month, 26 days ago

        With an FT and a hokey kokey back for the Salah home game, maybe

      6. HonestBlatter
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 9 Years
        1 month, 26 days ago

        Not me

      7. Bushwhacker
        • 1 Year
        1 month, 26 days ago

        Not a chance ; but then I have both!

      8. shiraz
          1 month, 26 days ago

          B. That what i am doing toi

      9. HollywoodXI
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 6 Years
        1 month, 26 days ago

        Any news on Vardy and Podence today?

        1. Daniel - Go Granville
          • 11 Years
          1 month, 26 days ago

          Apparently Podence trained and it's called for the Portugal

      10. Dark_Knight_braces
        • 8 Years
        1 month, 26 days ago

        Is it good choice to cap Barnes? Do not have Vardy?

        1. Ajax Hamsterdam
          • 6 Years
          1 month, 26 days ago

          Too puntu with all the other great options imo

          1. Dark_Knight_braces
            • 8 Years
            1 month, 26 days ago

            Have been captaining those great options for all these weeks. Apart from GW1(salah cap) i do not get good returns. Had Auba gw2, Now KBD, Salah, Kane

        2. Shineonme
          • 4 Years
          1 month, 26 days ago

          I brought in barnes but will be cap salah

        3. JJeyy
          • 4 Years
          1 month, 26 days ago

          KDB v Leeds seems good

      11. JJeyy
        • 4 Years
        1 month, 26 days ago

        If City stick with the 4231 double pivot, I am sure De Bruyne will be highest scorer again

        1. Dark_Knight_braces
          • 8 Years
          1 month, 26 days ago

          He will be their highest scorer in terms of points whatever the formation. Without him they cannot score many goals.

      12. mcmd11
        • 4 Years
        1 month, 26 days ago

        Doherty and Werner to Robo and Jimenez -4?

        1. Dark_Knight_braces
          • 8 Years
          1 month, 26 days ago

          Just one transfer only save -4.

        2. Shineonme
          • 4 Years
          1 month, 26 days ago

          dope

          1. Shineonme
            • 4 Years
            1 month, 26 days ago

            sorry meant nope

      13. DannyDrinkVodka
        • 1 Year
        1 month, 26 days ago

        Bench one:

        A) Foden
        B) Podence
        C) Maupay

        1. thewakka
            1 month, 26 days ago

            Maupay. They will just sit in bush against Everton

            1. DannyDrinkVodka
              • 1 Year
              1 month, 26 days ago

              Thanks, I just haven't really seen Brighton sit back with Potter

        2. Daniel - Go Granville
          • 11 Years
          1 month, 26 days ago

          Can we all agree that Hary Kane currently is the best midfielder in the PL?

          1. Daniel - Go Granville
            • 11 Years
            1 month, 26 days ago

            And why is Jose still playing him?

            1. THFC4LIFE
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 4 Years
              1 month, 26 days ago

              No recognised striker on the bench but I think he’ll come off around 60.

              New striker flying to London tomorrow for medical apparently

              1. Daniel - Go Granville
                • 11 Years
                1 month, 26 days ago

                Who is the new striker?

          2. Gnu
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 11 Years
            1 month, 26 days ago

            I love a good repeat.

            1. Daniel - Go Granville
              • 11 Years
              1 month, 26 days ago

              Hary De Bruyne Kane

          3. Tinkermania
            • 1 Year
            1 month, 26 days ago

            Based on Southampton and M.Haifa performances.

        3. No Professionals
          • 3 Years
          1 month, 26 days ago

          Makes sense that, with all the fixtures spurs have, and being 4-1 up, that they keep Kane on the pitch.

          No sympathy for some of these managers.

          I don’t own Kane by the way.

          1. Pipermaru
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 5 Years
            1 month, 26 days ago

            Getting match fitness 🙂

            I own Kane by the way.

          2. F_Ivanovic
            • 5 Years
            1 month, 26 days ago

            I'm sure if he needed a rest he'd get one. He does't have to put in a lot of effort now they're 5-2 ahead - could he get injured? sure. But it's no more likely he gets injured because he played the last 25+ mins in this game compared to in training or the next match.

        4. THFC4LIFE
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 4 Years
          1 month, 26 days ago

          What are/have Son owners doing/done?

          Tempted to keep with Mourinho saying he could play Sunday

          1. Shineonme
            • 4 Years
            1 month, 26 days ago

            Done son for barnes and pocketed 2mill for next gw

            1. THFC4LIFE
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 4 Years
              1 month, 26 days ago

              Tempted by Barnes myself

          2. Daniel - Go Granville
            • 11 Years
            1 month, 26 days ago

            Wild carding

            1. Shineonme
              • 4 Years
              1 month, 26 days ago

              You can always bring son back if he's back next gw

          3. No Professionals
            • 3 Years
            1 month, 26 days ago

            Keeping as not inspired by other options

          4. Bushwhacker
            • 1 Year
            1 month, 26 days ago

            Mou said that for Ole. No one else.

          5. shiraz
              1 month, 26 days ago

              I am keeping him, hopefully he will be fit and ready after ib

          6. Gentle_Turks
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 2 Years
            1 month, 26 days ago

            Dale Stephens is nailed right?

            1. Daniel - Go Granville
              • 11 Years
              1 month, 26 days ago

              Probably. In my squad too

              1. Gentle_Turks
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 2 Years
                1 month, 26 days ago

                Hmm 'probably' makes me nervous. Anyone else?

                1. Daniel - Go Granville
                  • 11 Years
                  1 month, 26 days ago

                  Well it is a new team for him. He made a transfer so probably he will get minutes. We can't be so sure since it's a new team for him

          7. Shineonme
            • 4 Years
            1 month, 26 days ago

            thats good salah off after 60 min

            1. No Professionals
              • 3 Years
              1 month, 26 days ago

              Didn’t realise he was on the pitch

              1. Shineonme
                • 4 Years
                1 month, 26 days ago

                youre know sunday 😉

            2. Daniel - Go Granville
              • 11 Years
              1 month, 26 days ago

              He played away or at home?

          8. Noah’s Ark
            • 7 Years
            1 month, 26 days ago

            Best 4m defender folks. Have had Dunne but seen people suggesting Ferguson. Is he safer than Mitchell?

            1. Gentle_Turks
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 2 Years
              1 month, 26 days ago

              Once he's back from injury yes, safer.

              1. Daniel - Go Granville
                • 11 Years
                1 month, 26 days ago

                Dunne is only short term most probably

            2. Noah’s Ark
              • 7 Years
              1 month, 26 days ago

              Ok, thank you both.

          9. iL PiStOlErO
            • 1 Year
            1 month, 26 days ago

            Ramsdale Steer
            TAA KWP Mitchell Taylor Justin
            Salah Sterling Son Romeu Bissouma
            Vardy Werner Davies

            2ft, 0.5 itb

            Choose one:

            A) Son + Werner to Bruno + DCL
            B) Son + Werner to Rashford + Jimenez
            C) Son + Werner to James + Martial
            D) Son to Rash
            E) Son to James
            F) something else?

            1. No Professionals
              • 3 Years
              1 month, 26 days ago

              A all day

              That rhymes and you know that rhymes

            2. shiraz
                1 month, 26 days ago

                A

            3. giroudsgirlfriend
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              1 month, 26 days ago

              Play Vinagre (FUL) or Soucek (lei)?

              1. No Professionals
                • 3 Years
                1 month, 26 days ago

                Vinagre for me

              2. The Knights Template
                • 7 Years
                1 month, 26 days ago

                Soucek

                1. thewakka
                    1 month, 26 days ago

                    Soucek will disappoint you again, good sir

                    1. The Knights Template
                      • 7 Years
                      1 month, 26 days ago

                      I believe in him

              3. Kante Touch This
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 2 Years
                1 month, 26 days ago

                March and J.Rodrigez or Trossard and Zaha? (On WC)

                1. Shineonme
                  • 4 Years
                  1 month, 26 days ago

                  the one with zaha in

                  1. Kante Touch This
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 2 Years
                    1 month, 26 days ago

                    yeah I'm liking his fixtures

                2. No Professionals
                  • 3 Years
                  1 month, 26 days ago

                  I’d say the latter by some distance

                3. Flair
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  1 month, 26 days ago

                  Second by light years

                  1. Kante Touch This
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 2 Years
                    1 month, 26 days ago

                    would you start Trossard over Foden?

                    1. Flair
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      1 month, 26 days ago

                      Nope, not a chance

                4. Twisted Saltergater
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 11 Years
                  1 month, 26 days ago

                  Foden, Podence and JRod

              4. Daniel - Go Granville
                • 11 Years
                1 month, 26 days ago

                Kane scores a penalty. Here we go

                1. Pipermaru
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 5 Years
                  1 month, 26 days ago

                  I wanted to sell him for Jimenez this week but I just can't, he's the best.

                2. JURGENAUT
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  1 month, 26 days ago

                  How was the penalty awarded? Handball or foul?

              5. BobbyDoesNotLook
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 3 Years
                1 month, 26 days ago

                Does Werner have an minor injury? Is anyone keeping injury or not?

                1. Shineonme
                  • 4 Years
                  1 month, 26 days ago

                  No he hasn't. It was cramp he had.

              6. Nibbsy
                • 10 Years
                1 month, 26 days ago

                Bit of a mess of a team, would appreciate some advice:

                HENNESSEY Nyland
                TAA Tierney Walker-Peters WHITE SANCHEZ
                Salah Sterling Rodriguez Podence MCCARTHY
                Kane Mitrovich NKETIAH

                1FT, 0.1 ITB

                Players in CAPS are the ones I think are priorities to go.
                Options I'm considering:

                a. Hennessey --> Martinez (to get a playing GK)
                b. Nketiah --> Adams / Bamford
                c. Sanchez --> Justin & Nketiah --> Maupay (-4) (still no playing GK)

                Also - thinking of wildcarding after this week. Good plan?

                1. Jon Walter's Hatty
                  • 7 Years
                  1 month, 26 days ago

                  A keeper would be a start

                  1. Nibbsy
                    • 10 Years
                    1 month, 26 days ago

                    I know, I do think that's a priority, just hate using a transfer on a keeper especially when I can't get one with a decent fixture this week.

                2. Shineonme
                  • 4 Years
                  1 month, 26 days ago

                  Well mitro and nketiah has to go. How dod you end up with them two?

                  1. Nibbsy
                    • 10 Years
                    1 month, 26 days ago

                    Mitro can stay for now as at least he has pens.

                    I didn't actually pick the team, just been called in to help out!

                3. Shineonme
                  • 4 Years
                  1 month, 26 days ago

                  having second look at you're team id WC

                  1. Nibbsy
                    • 10 Years
                    1 month, 26 days ago

                    Yeah I'm leaning that way, just too much fixing needed to do it week by week.

                    1. Shineonme
                      • 4 Years
                      1 month, 26 days ago

                      Playing you're WC now you're end up with the term you want and i guarantee you're WC team will outscore this team you have now by quite a few pts.

                4. shiraz
                    1 month, 26 days ago

                    First look and i feel that this need to wc. However looking again, i'd think it just require a few tweaking. But i would rather cut the hassle and wc, save that ft for future use

                5. OleBall
                    1 month, 26 days ago

                    Opinions guys?

                    A) Doherty Bruno Jimi Mitro
                    B) Doherty Barnes Werner Jimi
                    C) Saiss Bruno Werner Mitro

                  • No Professionals
                    • 3 Years
                    1 month, 26 days ago

                    Really torn between ings or Jimenez in for Werner.

                    Does that mean I should just stick?

                  • Noah’s Ark
                    • 7 Years
                    1 month, 26 days ago

                    Rank 4.4m and on WC.

                    Trent, Kdb, Salah and Dcl in my team all owned by about 40% in the game. How am I to climb the ranks?

                    Sterling and Manè over Kdb and Salah could shoot up the ranks or dare I say plummet even further...

                    Finding it really difficult.

                    1. Fantabulous KdB
                      • 2 Years
                      1 month, 26 days ago

                      Just get the players that you think get more points, don't worry about rank at this time