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

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1,487 Comments Post a Comment
  1. Zim0
    • 2 Years
    1 month, 24 days ago

    And liverpool out. Yes! less matches for them 🙂

    1. No Professionals
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 24 days ago

      Played their reserves pretty much anyway

      1. Zim0
        • 2 Years
        1 month, 24 days ago

        Wouldn't have done so in the semis or final tho

        1. Bushwhacker
          • 1 Year
          1 month, 24 days ago

          Yes they would. Absolutely pointless trophy.

          1. Zim0
            • 2 Years
            1 month, 24 days ago

            Then why did salah start

    2. The Senate
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 24 days ago

      deservedly out after that blatant Arsenal pen at 92 mins was ignored

  2. Limbo
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 10 Years
    1 month, 24 days ago

    Haha. Excellent.

  3. Tony Martial
    • 1 Year
    1 month, 24 days ago

    Captains this week??

    1. Zim0
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 24 days ago

      Stay true to yourself martial. Have faith!

    2. Miguel Sanchez
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 24 days ago

      Ings

    3. JJeyy
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 24 days ago

      tony martial

  4. Don Kloppeone
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 3 Years
    1 month, 24 days ago

    Meh who needs the cup anyway 😉

    Alisson would’ve saved that last one though 😛

    1. Bushwhacker
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 24 days ago

      Best off out of it. Good run out for the reserves, focus on important stuff.

      1. Don Kloppeone
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        1 month, 24 days ago

        Oh definitely mate

  5. COK3Y5MURF
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 4 Years
    1 month, 24 days ago

    Liverpool looking increasingly likely to go trophyless this season

    1. Bushwhacker
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 24 days ago

      What by going out of a trophy nobody cares about? LOL.

      Sorry Pep cares about.

    2. Zim0
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 24 days ago

      They'll end up winning the league again probably

    3. Don Kloppeone
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 24 days ago

      Lol jog on

    4. Hy liverpool
      • 6 Years
      1 month, 24 days ago

      Defintely mate

    5. BobbyDoesNotLook
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 24 days ago

      Didn't know Curacao Cup was the only trophy to play for this season.

    6. Brosstan
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      1 month, 24 days ago

      Technically completely correct

      1. Brosstan
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 6 Years
        1 month, 24 days ago

        Liverpool fans in charge of understanding basic logic

    7. Konstaapeli
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 24 days ago

      Haha. Sensitive Liverpool supporters "Happy to be out".

    8. Amey
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 24 days ago

      Amen

  6. Brosstan
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 6 Years
    1 month, 24 days ago

    Lol @ Salah... Just seen he couldn't even score in the Micky Mouse cup as Klopp does his best to give him some easy stat padding

    1. The Senate
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 24 days ago

      this

    2. COK3Y5MURF
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 24 days ago

      The latest penalty merchant

    3. Goonsquad245
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 24 days ago

      Awful sell ASAP

    4. Bushwhacker
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 24 days ago

      Salah's job was to play 60 minutes and not get injured. Win.

      1. No Professionals
        • 3 Years
        1 month, 24 days ago

        Strange target.

  7. SMOOTH
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 10 Years
    1 month, 24 days ago

    A. Soucek TAA
    B. Trossard VVD
    C. Foden digne

    1. Neevesy
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 24 days ago

      A

    2. Noah’s Ark
      • 7 Years
      1 month, 24 days ago

      Trent is too hard to go without but not gone on playing Soucek on a 4th mid. As a 5th mid then A.

      1. SMOOTH
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 10 Years
        1 month, 24 days ago

        soucek is 4th mid - i think he will get 7-8 goals this season. having him as a 5th is a waste, rather get 4.5 then

        1. Noah’s Ark
          • 7 Years
          1 month, 24 days ago

          Bench is going to be very important this season. Not just due to COVID but the shorter season also. I’d rather be rotating Soucek and a 4.5def than the likes of Stephens personally.

    3. JBG
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 24 days ago

      A

    4. The Knights Template
      • 7 Years
      1 month, 24 days ago

      A

  8. Noah’s Ark
    • 7 Years
    1 month, 24 days ago

    Harvey Barnes or Phil Foden on WC?

    1. The Knights Template
      • 7 Years
      1 month, 24 days ago

      Barnes plays regularly

    2. No Professionals
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 24 days ago

      Barnes is as good at shooting as the bad guys in a Rambo movie

      1. Would Ed Woodward
        • 1 Year
        1 month, 24 days ago

        or a Stormtrooper.

        1. The Knights Template
          • 7 Years
          1 month, 24 days ago

          Harsh but funny

      2. Noah’s Ark
        • 7 Years
        1 month, 24 days ago

        Leicester scores 12 goals in 3 games and he is getting plenty of chance. Put 5 past city. Even the bad guys in Rambo movies manage to hit at some point in the movie.

      3. No Professionals
        • 3 Years
        1 month, 24 days ago

        Cue Barnes hat trick

        1. Geriatric Unathletic
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 10 Years
          1 month, 24 days ago

          Yes please.

    3. Dele
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 24 days ago

      Foden

  9. ingvar1111
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 6 Years
    1 month, 24 days ago

    good to go?

    McCarthy (Meslier)
    Digne James Saiss (Lamtpey Mitchell)
    KDB Salah Rashford Hamez Podence
    Jimenez (c) DCL (Brewster)

    1 FT 0,5 ITB

    1. Tonyawesome69
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 24 days ago

      GTG

  10. Tonyawesome69
    • 1 Year
    1 month, 24 days ago

    A. Salah to Sterling (-4)
    B. Havertz to Foden (-4)
    C. No hit

    Play 1
    1. Justin
    2. Ayling
    3. Bissouma

    1.4itb 0ft
    McCarthy
    TAA Robbo Taylor Justin
    KDB Salah Podence Havertz
    Jimenez DCL
    (Peacock Ayling Bissouma Vassilev)

    1. Boss Hogg
      • 11 Years
      1 month, 24 days ago

      C2

    2. Gandalf
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      1 month, 24 days ago

      C1

    3. Geriatric Unathletic
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      1 month, 24 days ago

      C.1.

  11. Boss Hogg
    • 11 Years
    1 month, 24 days ago

    Sell Werner for...

    A. Ings
    B. Jimenez
    C. Keep Werner and save FT

    ???

    1. Tonyawesome69
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 24 days ago

      B just edges it due to upcoming fixtures

      1. cheezymouse
        • 10 Years
        1 month, 24 days ago

        V close allright but I went A

  12. suddenorgan
    • 10 Years
    1 month, 24 days ago

    Wilson or Werner to Jimenez? Probably wouldn't spend the money from Werner this week

    1. Tonyawesome69
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 24 days ago

      Wilson

    2. Boss Hogg
      • 11 Years
      1 month, 24 days ago

      Werner.

    3. cheezymouse
      • 10 Years
      1 month, 24 days ago

      Werner

  13. Nespinha
    • 5 Years
    1 month, 24 days ago

    Doherty 0 attacking returns
    Fulham lose to Brentford and don't score even one goal.

    Doherty + Mitro - - - KWP + DCL (-4)

    Yes?

    1. Boss Hogg
      • 11 Years
      1 month, 24 days ago

      Yep

    2. Tonyawesome69
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 24 days ago

      Yes

    3. ivantys
        1 month, 24 days ago

        No brainer

      • Bushwhacker
        • 1 Year
        1 month, 24 days ago

        Fulham B team. Pay no attention . . .though Mitro couldn't hit a barn door the other day he DID have lots of chances.

        1. Nespinha
          • 5 Years
          1 month, 24 days ago

          You mean I should hold?

      • cheezymouse
        • 10 Years
        1 month, 24 days ago

        Fan of sot defence and got dcl on wildcard. I think it's a good move

        1. Nespinha
          • 5 Years
          1 month, 24 days ago

          Thanks cheezy, will pull the trigger

    4. Random Name
      • 5 Years
      1 month, 24 days ago

      I just want to know why none of Leno's youth coaches in Germany taught him how to deal with a cross

      1. Boss Hogg
        • 11 Years
        1 month, 24 days ago

        Poor Leno

        1. Brosstan
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 6 Years
          1 month, 24 days ago

          Do people in UK get this reference?

    5. SMOOTH
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      1 month, 24 days ago

      A. Robbo and KWP
      B. VVD and Saiss

      1. IN SANE IN DE BRUYNE
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        1 month, 24 days ago

        A

      2. The Knights Template
        • 7 Years
        1 month, 24 days ago

        A

      3. Tonyawesome69
        • 1 Year
        1 month, 24 days ago

        A

      4. RAFA THE GAFFA
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        1 month, 24 days ago

        A yes

      5. TorresMagic™
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • Has Moderation Rights
        • 11 Years
        1 month, 24 days ago

        B

      6. Gudjohnsen
        • 3 Years
        1 month, 24 days ago

        A

    6. mcmd11
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 24 days ago

      Werner and Doherty to Jiminez and Robertson -4?

      1. Tonyawesome69
        • 1 Year
        1 month, 24 days ago

        Yes

      2. RAFA THE GAFFA
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        1 month, 24 days ago

        Just do the first move if you want rid of Werner

      3. The Knights Template
        • 7 Years
        1 month, 24 days ago

        No, just Doherty out. Keep the 4pts

        1. No Professionals
          • 3 Years
          1 month, 24 days ago

          Assuming he can’t do that one without the other

    7. TorresMagic™
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • Has Moderation Rights
      • 11 Years
      1 month, 24 days ago

      Any injuries to FPL players tonight?

      1. No Professionals
        • 3 Years
        1 month, 24 days ago

        Denis odoi had an allergic reaction after making a tackle

        1. DA Minnion
          • 8 Years
          1 month, 24 days ago

          He'll not try that again.

    8. RAFA THE GAFFA
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 24 days ago

      What would you do here? Torn. 1FT, 0.1itb

      A. Werner >> Jimenez / DCL
      B. Davies >> James / Lamptey
      C. Save FT

      McCarthy
      TAA, Saiss, Justin, Davies
      Salah, KDB, Rodríguez, Zaha
      Werner, Ings
      (Nyland, Bissouma, Mitchell, Davis)

      1. The Knights Template
        • 7 Years
        1 month, 24 days ago

        Davies>Lamptey and.......Arise, Sir Raffa the Gaffa!

        1. RAFA THE GAFFA
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 4 Years
          1 month, 24 days ago

          Haha. Thanks mate

      2. IN SANE IN DE BRUYNE
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        1 month, 24 days ago

        C. Team looks okay and 2FT sounds to have after the IB

      3. No Professionals
        • 3 Years
        1 month, 24 days ago

        I’d save personally

      4. AlpoShearer
        • 3 Years
        1 month, 24 days ago

        C. team is good

    9. IN SANE IN DE BRUYNE
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 24 days ago

      Good to go?

      Martinez
      Digne Saiss James
      Salah KDB(C) Son* Foden Podence
      Jimenez(VC) DCL

      (Steer Justin Ayling Brewster) 0FT 1.7M

      1. No Professionals
        • 3 Years
        1 month, 24 days ago

        I’d say so

        1. IN SANE IN DE BRUYNE
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 4 Years
          1 month, 24 days ago

          Thank you sir

      2. RAFA THE GAFFA
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        1 month, 24 days ago

        Very nice. Nice first sub too. Reckon above matey?

        1. IN SANE IN DE BRUYNE
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 4 Years
          1 month, 24 days ago

          Cheers. Responded (:

      3. RealSocialDads
        • 4 Years
        1 month, 24 days ago

        GTG

    10. aidmata
      • 5 Years
      1 month, 24 days ago

      McCarthy Steer

      TAA Justin Mitchell Saiss Davies**

      Son Bissouma Salah KDB Podence**

      Werner** Mitrovic DCL

      0.4 ITB - initial thoughts were Son to Mahrez but thinking might be better to save so 2FT after the IB.

      Thoughts guys?

      1. aidmata
        • 5 Years
        1 month, 24 days ago

        Son** of course too

      2. The Knights Template
        • 7 Years
        1 month, 24 days ago

        Arise, Sir Aidmata! Save that trade.

        1. aidmata
          • 5 Years
          1 month, 24 days ago

          Sometimes your Knight in shining armour is just an idiot in tin foil

          1. The Knights Template
            • 7 Years
            1 month, 24 days ago

            Mine armour is oft rusty, but you should save the trade nonetheless.

            1. aidmata
              • 5 Years
              1 month, 24 days ago

              Hahaha cheers mate

            2. cheezymouse
              • 10 Years
              1 month, 24 days ago

              Thou art indeed both rusty and wise! Not sure if it's true but hearing Mourinho expects son back after the international break. If you can confirm that, then holding on to the transfer might be a good plan

    11. Ian & Zen
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 24 days ago

      With the ridiculous penalty rules, you feel you need
      Salah over Mane
      KDB over Sterling
      even though Mane & Sterling will probably have more chances.
      Anyone bold enough to go Mane & Sterling, captaining one of them?

      1. The Knights Template
        • 7 Years
        1 month, 24 days ago

        No, they're not on pens.

      2. IN SANE IN DE BRUYNE
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        1 month, 24 days ago

        Sterling over KDB I can understand because of Raheems explosiveness. KDB is the one for me though.
        Mane over Salah I can not understand.

    12. Arsenal97
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 24 days ago

      fourth modfielder ?

      A) klich (for penalties)
      B) Podence
      C) Trossard (but downgrad taylor to Dunne)

      1. Nespinha
        • 5 Years
        1 month, 24 days ago

        Trossard, exciting player

      2. The Knights Template
        • 7 Years
        1 month, 24 days ago

        Trossard would make an excellent mod

      3. TheSteel
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 8 Years
        1 month, 24 days ago

        A. Wolves suck and penalties like you said is massive this season.

    13. B Sharp
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 24 days ago

      Evening. Big decision...Who would you pick and why?

      A) Klich

      B) Podence

      1. Nespinha
        • 5 Years
        1 month, 24 days ago

        Klich, penalties

        1. RealSocialDads
          • 4 Years
          1 month, 24 days ago

          This

    14. Nespinha
      • 5 Years
      1 month, 24 days ago

      Best 4.5 defenders to add as starters?

      Thinking Dallas, KWP or lascelles / lewis

      1. Arsenal97
        • 3 Years
        1 month, 24 days ago

        Dallas

        1. RealSocialDads
          • 4 Years
          1 month, 24 days ago

          Dallas certainly on my radar.

          Charlie Taylor from Burnley also a good 4.5 shout

      2. Nespinha
        • 5 Years
        1 month, 24 days ago

        Forgot to add holding

    15. AlpoShearer
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 24 days ago

      Barnes/Rashford/Trossard for Son -4?
      or hope Podence plays, Mitchell next sub

    16. KAPTAIN KANE
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 24 days ago

      I want to make the following moves to bolster my team in the coming weeks, which should I prioritise?

      A) Wilson to DCL*
      B) Digne to Robbo
      C) Son** to Pereira
      D) Bruno to KdB/Sterling
      E) All 4 for a -12

      *Could be priced out tonight with A
      **Son injured

      I’m thinking of doing A & C for a -4.

      Thoughts?

      1. KAPTAIN KANE
        • 3 Years
        1 month, 24 days ago

        Other option is to ignore DCL completely and keep Wilson, and instead for a -4:

        Son to Pereira
        Buur to Robbo (bench Dallas this week)

      2. RealSocialDads
        • 4 Years
        1 month, 24 days ago

        Who would play if Son doesn't play at all?

        I'd prioritise getting DCL in, so A. Then maybe C if you have no city players and you have an okay bench player to cover Son

        1. KAPTAIN KANE
          • 3 Years
          1 month, 24 days ago

          Mitchell/Davis

        2. KAPTAIN KANE
          • 3 Years
          1 month, 24 days ago

          Thanks

    17. Zim0
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 24 days ago

      Is barnes actually any good as an fpl option? He has such a high number of shots and has only the one goal. Doesn't that say he isn't good enough?

      1. suddenorgan
        • 10 Years
        1 month, 24 days ago

        he looked really dangerous against City and has two good fixtures next

      2. AuFeld
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        1 month, 24 days ago

        I don't think Barnes is appealing.

    18. RealSocialDads
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 24 days ago

      GTG? Or is Doherty -> Robbo/ASM -> Foden worth a bit?

      Mccarthy
      Doherty TAA KWP Taylor
      J.Rod Sterling (c) Salah
      DCL Mitro Jimi

      Steer ASM Mitchell Bissouma

      0FT 2.4 ITB

      1. The Knights Template
        • 7 Years
        1 month, 24 days ago

        Arise, Sir Realsocialdads! Just ASM out.

        1. RealSocialDads
          • 4 Years
          1 month, 24 days ago

          Thank you good sir.

          That would mean benching a defender (probs Doherty) so got to ask which scores more: Foden - 4 or Doherty

          1. The Knights Template
            • 7 Years
            1 month, 24 days ago

            Wish I had a good answer for you.

    19. Noah’s Ark
      • 7 Years
      1 month, 24 days ago

      Stuck on this one folks.

      A) Salah and Foden
      Or
      B) Mane and Barnes

      TIA !

      1. RealSocialDads
        • 4 Years
        1 month, 24 days ago

        A just because of Salah over Mane

      2. Nimby
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 2 Years
        1 month, 24 days ago

        I'm probably going to do A. Already have Salah and can afford Foden by losing ASM.

      3. IN SANE IN DE BRUYNE
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        1 month, 24 days ago

        A

    20. Lestat
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      1 month, 24 days ago

      as a Son and Werner owner my original plan was 4 pt hit to Mahrez and Jimenez........now im thinkin of keeping Werner and doin a 4 pt hit to Foden and Jimenez (Mitrovic Out)....front line will then be Werner, DLC, Jimenez........better move?

      My midfield would then be Salah/KDB/Foden