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. suddenorgan
    • 10 Years
    2 months, 5 hours ago

    Davies price drop is annoying

    1. TheSteel
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      2 months, 5 hours ago

      I sold for Lamptey this week.

      1. suddenorgan
        • 10 Years
        2 months, 5 hours ago

        He looks great but fixtures are putting me off a bit

        1. TheSteel
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 8 Years
          2 months, 5 hours ago

          Yeah agreed. But Im just gonna set and forget him TAA and Robbo

  2. skodaole2
    • 8 Years
    2 months, 5 hours ago

    Any Chelsea news? We think Alonso will lose his place?

    1. Miguel Sanchez
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      2 months, 5 hours ago

      Lost it already

  3. ViperStripes
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 11 Years
    2 months, 5 hours ago

    JRod > KDB for a hit and captain KDB?...

    1. RealSocialDads
      • 4 Years
      2 months, 5 hours ago

      Don't like it

    2. TheSteel
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      2 months, 5 hours ago

      Do you have any other City players?

    3. ViperStripes
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 11 Years
      2 months, 5 hours ago

      Foden

      1. TheSteel
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 8 Years
        2 months, 5 hours ago

        I wouldnt that for a hit then

  4. Shark Team
    • 3 Years
    2 months, 5 hours ago

    Got Castagne in for Davies but I'm now worried that Davies will keep his place and Spurs have better fixtures for the next 5...

    1. TheSteel
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      2 months, 5 hours ago

      He wont keep his place mid-long term. Regulion getting match fitness and then that’ll be it

    2. IN SANE IN DE BRUYNE
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      2 months, 5 hours ago

      Castagne seems the better pick, don't worry

    3. The Knights Template
      • 7 Years
      2 months, 5 hours ago

      Focus on the positives of owning Castagne!

  5. Greenbackbøøg…
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 6 Years
    2 months, 5 hours ago

    Will Ruben Dias start this week?

  6. dmcnam12
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    2 months, 5 hours ago

    Is Davies against Man United a good enough cover to bench Son this week? Or should I cop the -4? Can't really see many other exciting options in that price bracket

    1. TheSteel
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      2 months, 5 hours ago

      Jose said he has a chance Sunday and nice fixtures after

      1. dmcnam12
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        2 months, 5 hours ago

        In which presser?

    2. The Senate
      • 2 Years
      2 months, 5 hours ago

      If one point is good enough then yes

  7. E25
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 5 Years
    2 months, 5 hours ago

    Which one and why?
    A) Ings
    B) Jimenez

    1. IN SANE IN DE BRUYNE
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      2 months, 5 hours ago

      B. Fixtures.

      1. E25
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        2 months, 5 hours ago

        I get what people are saying on fixtures but they're 2nd and 3rd on season ticker...

    2. Pépé Pig
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      2 months, 5 hours ago

      Probs B as better fixtures

    3. RealSocialDads
      • 4 Years
      2 months, 5 hours ago

      B fixtures

    4. AuFeld
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      2 months, 5 hours ago

      C) Both. Why? Win-win.

      1. E25
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        2 months, 5 hours ago

        I would for sure on WC!

    5. Victor6359
      • 3 Years
      2 months, 5 hours ago

      A for me

      1. E25
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        2 months, 5 hours ago

        Why? 😉

  8. Pépé Pig
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 2 Years
    2 months, 5 hours ago

    A) Son -> Barnes (-4)

    B) Play Vinagre and hope he starts vs Ful

    1. RealSocialDads
      • 4 Years
      2 months, 5 hours ago

      B. Is Son confirmed out? Could start him with hope he gets a game

  9. Dutchboy
    • 5 Years
    2 months, 5 hours ago

    Mourinho won't have another press conference tomorrow right?

  10. Tony Martial
    • 2 Years
    2 months, 5 hours ago

    Captains this week?

    And why?

    1. Miguel Sanchez
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      2 months, 5 hours ago

      Ings cause West Brom defence is the worst

      1. AuFeld
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        2 months, 5 hours ago

        Do you own KdB?

    2. RealSocialDads
      • 4 Years
      2 months, 5 hours ago

      Sterling, can see city Leeds being a goalfest

      1. IN SANE IN DE BRUYNE
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        2 months, 5 hours ago

        This. I would definitely go for Sterling if I owned. KDB it is for me.

    3. I Must Break You
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      2 months, 5 hours ago

      I'm going Ings, over other options Salah, Jiminez, and DCL. Weeeeeeeee

    4. AuFeld
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      2 months, 5 hours ago

      It's difficult to ignore Ings on pens vs WBA. WBA has conceded the most goals and shots in the box. It's even more difficult to pick him over KdB

  11. barcaa7
    • 2 Years
    2 months, 5 hours ago

    What to do with Son?

    Son to ..................
    a-Trossard
    b-Bruno
    c-Barnes
    d-Foden
    e-Mahrez
    f-None

    1. LSK
      • 2 Years
      2 months, 5 hours ago

      B

  12. Solanke
    • 1 Year
    2 months, 5 hours ago

    H Barnes or Foden for the next few games?

    1. RealSocialDads
      • 4 Years
      2 months, 5 hours ago

      Foden is the ezctiing pick. H Barnes for security of starts

      1. Solanke
        • 1 Year
        2 months, 5 hours ago

        Is H Barnes position/output effected from Maddisons return?

  13. hazzlehoff
    • 9 Years
    2 months, 5 hours ago

    Help me out guys:

    McCarthy / (nyland)
    TAA / vinagre / Walker-peters / (Justin) / (Mitchell)
    Salah / auba / foden / Fernandez / saka
    Werner / mitro / (brewster)

    2ft
    A) Werner + saka > DCL + Barnes
    B) auba + saka > KDB + klich
    C) wener + saka > Vardy + anguissa
    Any other ideas?

    1. RealSocialDads
      • 4 Years
      2 months, 5 hours ago

      D) Werner + Auba -> Jiminez/Ings + KDB? Then would have to start Saka/Justin

    2. Hansel
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      2 months, 5 hours ago

      B

  14. Willmissudimitrypayet
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 3 Years
    2 months, 5 hours ago

    A) Werner, Martial, Rashford
    B) Maupay, Rashford, Sterling
    C) Maupay, Werner, Sterling

    What combo?

    1. RealSocialDads
      • 4 Years
      2 months, 5 hours ago

      All quite interesting. Out of those I'd go for C

      1. Willmissudimitrypayet
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        2 months, 5 hours ago

        Thanks. I agree that Werner should come good and beat Rashford for points in the long run.

    2. The Knights Template
      • 7 Years
      2 months, 5 hours ago

      C

    3. Victor6359
      • 3 Years
      2 months, 5 hours ago

      B

      1. Willmissudimitrypayet
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        2 months, 5 hours ago

        Thanks. What is your thinking on Rashford vs Werner?

    4. LSK
      • 2 Years
      2 months, 5 hours ago

      B

      1. Willmissudimitrypayet
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        2 months, 5 hours ago

        Thanks. What is your thinking on Rashford vs Werner?

    5. Hansel
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      2 months, 5 hours ago

      B

  15. RealSocialDads
    • 4 Years
    2 months, 5 hours ago

    Boiled down to this...

    A. ASM -> Foden (-4)
    B. No transfer, start Doherty (mun)

    1. Victor6359
      • 3 Years
      2 months, 5 hours ago

      B

    2. The Knights Template
      • 7 Years
      2 months, 5 hours ago

      If Foden gets a run of fixtures, A.

    3. Hansel
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      2 months, 5 hours ago

      B

  16. JJeyy
    • 4 Years
    2 months, 5 hours ago

    Salah woke up hungry to impress this morning -
    - 0 Shots
    - 50% pass success

    1. Willmissudimitrypayet
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      2 months, 5 hours ago

      haha, permacap??

  17. SMOOTH
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 10 Years
    2 months, 5 hours ago

    guys, thoughts on this wc team?

    TAA robbo lamptey cooper mitchell
    salah kdb barnes soucek stephens
    ings dcl jiminez

    1. TheSteel
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      2 months, 5 hours ago

      Id pick one of Jimenez or Ings and upgrade Soucek

      1. Hansel
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 10 Years
        2 months, 5 hours ago

        Nah I’d keep it like that

    2. The Knights Template
      • 7 Years
      2 months, 5 hours ago

      Arise, Sir Smooth! Nice team.

    3. Noah’s Ark
      • 8 Years
      2 months, 5 hours ago

      Looks good!

  18. Victor6359
    • 3 Years
    2 months, 5 hours ago

    A: Salah and Ings

    B: Rashford and Kane

    Cheers

    1. Noah’s Ark
      • 8 Years
      2 months, 5 hours ago

      A

    2. Hansel
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      2 months, 5 hours ago

      A

    3. Kannbury
        2 months, 4 hours ago

        A.

        1. Victor6359
          • 3 Years
          2 months, 4 hours ago

          Cheers fellas

    4. Jack_McSweeney
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      2 months, 5 hours ago

      Current team:
      McCarthy
      Robbo-Justin-KWP-Saiss
      Rodriguez-Salah-Sterling-Barnes
      DCL-Ings

      Nyland-Ferguson-Bissouma-Mitrovic with 2.5m in the bank

      Used FT to bring in Barnes for Son, was considering taking -4 to move Mitrovic to Jimenez but got squeezed out by his rise to 8.6m 🙁

      4 point hit to bring in either foden or mahrez? feel a bit depleted with all this money in the bank.

      1. Noah’s Ark
        • 8 Years
        2 months, 5 hours ago

        I’d consider getting Trent in for Saiss.

        1. Jack_McSweeney
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 8 Years
          2 months, 5 hours ago

          ooof i hadn't even really considered that...no guarantees of liverpool clean sheets means that doubling up on the two of them would only really be worth the 14.5m tied up if they're both scoring and providing every game. Having both is a tempting thought, but their near fixtures aren't exactly a cake walk with everton and sheff

          1. Noah’s Ark
            • 8 Years
            2 months, 5 hours ago

            Sheff at home is probably the most likely clean sheet of the season for Liverpool imo

            1. Jack_McSweeney
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 8 Years
              2 months, 5 hours ago

              yeah fair, if saiss has another stinker i might use my FT on that next week

      2. RealSocialDads
        • 4 Years
        2 months, 5 hours ago

        Taking that hit to get foden for Bissouma gives you 8 starting attackers which will leave you with a headache each week

        Agree that TAA in is a good move but wouldn't do it for a hit

    5. Rondon9
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      2 months, 5 hours ago

      Anything worth a hit here?

      Martinez
      TAA Semedo James
      Salah KDB Podence Foden
      Jimenez Wood DCL

      4m - Lamptey Mitchell Reed

      0FT 2.5M ITB

      1. Noah’s Ark
        • 8 Years
        2 months, 5 hours ago

        Certainly nothing worth a hit. Plan to get Trent? James upgrade in gw 6 maybe?

        1. Rondon9
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 5 Years
          2 months, 5 hours ago

          Cheers mate

          TAA havent left my team for 40 GWs +

          1. Noah’s Ark
            • 8 Years
            2 months, 5 hours ago

            Apologies, I meant to type Robertson suggesting double pool defence.

            1. Rondon9
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 5 Years
              2 months, 5 hours ago

              Oh my bad.

              Yeah after the Everton game most likely.

              1. Noah’s Ark
                • 8 Years
                2 months, 4 hours ago

                My fault! Yeah I think I got away with murder starting the season with no pool defence. Robertson is looking livelier than ever and Trent put around 100 crosses into the box last game, still managed 3baps after conceding.

    6. Neevesy
      • 4 Years
      2 months, 5 hours ago

      Have Sheff Utd raided the copper jar and took it down to local coinstar at Asda yet?

      Meanwhile, Brewster still on my bench....

      1. Noah’s Ark
        • 8 Years
        2 months, 5 hours ago

        Unfortunately not

    7. RED_ARMY
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      2 months, 5 hours ago

      a) Werner + Mitrovic + Son to Ings + Jimmy + Zaha for -8
      b) Mitro + Son to Jimmy + Foden -4

      1. Noah’s Ark
        • 8 Years
        2 months, 5 hours ago

        I like the moves in A but I’m not sure about Zaha or the -8

      2. Hansel
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 10 Years
        2 months, 5 hours ago

        Just Son -> Mahrez

      3. wulfranian
        • 4 Years
        2 months, 5 hours ago

        b

    8. Ribus
      • 7 Years
      2 months, 5 hours ago

      Martial ->
      A) Dcl
      B) Jim
      C) hold

      1. Hansel
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 10 Years
        2 months, 5 hours ago

        B

      2. Noah’s Ark
        • 8 Years
        2 months, 5 hours ago

        Can’t decide on Ings/Jimenez myself

      3. Lord Flashheart
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 8 Years
        2 months, 5 hours ago

        B

    9. Noah’s Ark
      • 8 Years
      2 months, 5 hours ago

      Another one.

      A) Foden and Jimenez
      Or
      B) Barnes and Ings

      1. Rondon9
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        2 months, 5 hours ago

        Barnes and Jim?

        1. Noah’s Ark
          • 8 Years
          2 months, 5 hours ago

          Ideally but .1 short so would need to go Manè over Salah

          1. Rondon9
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 5 Years
            2 months, 5 hours ago

            On WC?

            1. Noah’s Ark
              • 8 Years
              2 months, 5 hours ago

              Yes

              1. Rondon9
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 5 Years
                2 months, 5 hours ago

                How is your team and bench looking?

                1. Noah’s Ark
                  • 8 Years
                  2 months, 5 hours ago

                  Currently on this but it’s constantly changing.

                  Martinez
                  Trent, Robertson, Castagne
                  Salah, Kdb, Barnes, Trossard, Pereira
                  Ings, Dcl

                  Forster, Dunne, Davis, Mitchell/Ferguson

      2. Jack_McSweeney
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 8 Years
        2 months, 5 hours ago

        Barnes and Ings for me. If you scale down the difficulty of chelsea away (given their current ineptitude) then ings has a wonderful fixture run (possibly as good as wolves), and barnes is producing fantastic attacking stats

        1. Noah’s Ark
          • 8 Years
          2 months, 5 hours ago

          Thanks Jack. Are Wolves going to hit last heights without Doherty and Jota? Semedo and Podence are obviously decent replacements but they don’t seem to be clicking yet.

          1. Jack_McSweeney
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 8 Years
            2 months, 5 hours ago

            not personally convinced wolves are ready to be the unit we assume they will be - number of new signings, jota and doherty certainly vital to their system last year. Expect them to finish stronger as they've invested in more depth, but that west ham result shows they're a bit wobbly

      3. SMOOTH
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 10 Years
        2 months, 5 hours ago

        ings and barnes

        1. Noah’s Ark
          • 8 Years
          2 months, 5 hours ago

          Thanks Smooth

    10. Lord Flashheart
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      2 months, 5 hours ago

      A son to,Sterling (c) for -4
      B son to kdb (c) -4
      C son and mitro to mahrez and ings -8
      D no hit, bench son, play Soucek

      1. Noah’s Ark
        • 8 Years
        2 months, 5 hours ago

        A or B

      2. Lord Flashheart
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 8 Years
        2 months, 5 hours ago

        E Shaw to Robertson -4 and bench son

    11. Viper
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      2 months, 5 hours ago

      Mitrovic -> DCL (-4)

      Yay/Nay?

      1. Rondon9
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        2 months, 5 hours ago

        Nay

      2. Noah’s Ark
        • 8 Years
        2 months, 5 hours ago

        I don’t think so

      3. Lord Flashheart
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 8 Years
        2 months, 5 hours ago

        Yes

      4. Jack_McSweeney
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 8 Years
        2 months, 5 hours ago

        yay

      5. AuFeld
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        2 months, 5 hours ago

        I wouldn't. Mitro is great, shots galore + on pens.

    12. SMOOTH
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      2 months, 5 hours ago

      A. TAA soucek ings
      B. TAA foden wood
      C. Castagne foden ings

      1. Zrinkec
          2 months, 5 hours ago

          A

        • Rondon9
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 5 Years
          2 months, 5 hours ago

          B

        • Noah’s Ark
          • 8 Years
          2 months, 5 hours ago

          A but B looks like it could be interesting also.

        • Kannbury
            2 months, 4 hours ago

            A.

        • Mauricios Cappuccino
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 4 Years
          2 months, 5 hours ago

          Have Ings. Werner to:
          1) DCL
          2) Jiminez

          1. Rondon9
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 5 Years
            2 months, 5 hours ago

            2

          2. Noah’s Ark
            • 8 Years
            2 months, 4 hours ago

            1

          3. Feed tha Sheep
            • 8 Years
            2 months, 4 hours ago

            1

        • Feed tha Sheep
          • 8 Years
          2 months, 5 hours ago

          Better option this week?
          A. Davies > Justin
          B. Son > Foden/Mahrez/JRod (other up to 9.2)

          Will prob WC in next few weeks

          1. Lord Flashheart
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 8 Years
            2 months, 5 hours ago

            Probably a

          2. Rondon9
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 5 Years
            2 months, 5 hours ago

            Son to Barnes

            1. Noah’s Ark
              • 8 Years
              2 months, 4 hours ago

              Yeah this

              1. Mauricios Cappuccino
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 4 Years
                2 months, 4 hours ago

                Son to Jrod if you dont have DCL, Barners if you don't

        • Nespinha
          • 5 Years
          2 months, 5 hours ago

          Final decision, pick my 3rd defender (have McCarthy)

          A) KWP
          B) Dallas

          1. Feed tha Sheep
            • 8 Years
            2 months, 5 hours ago

            B as wouldn’t want to double up on Southampton defence

          2. Rondon9
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 5 Years
            2 months, 5 hours ago

            Konsa

          3. Noah’s Ark
            • 8 Years
            2 months, 4 hours ago

            Webster