Captain Sensible

Who are the best FPL captain options for Gameweek 5?

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 5 options.


The first international break of the 2020/21 season has given Fantasy managers plenty of time to weigh up captaincy decisions for the upcoming
Gameweek 5.

October 4, 2020 will come down as one of the most remarkable days in Premier League history, as the two most successful teams in English football conceded 13 goals combined.

However, despite the heavy 7-2 defeat to Aston Villa, Liverpool’s ‘Egyptian King’ Mohamed Salah (£12.2m) still came away with a 13-point return and is once again favoured by Fantasy managers.

Meanwhile, Tottenham Hotspur duo Harry Kane (£10.6m) and Heung-Min Son (£9.1m) are tipped to deliver against West Ham United on the back of an impressive victory at Old Trafford.

As per usual, the Captain Sensible article previews the most important upcoming games and assesses each of the best options, while also using data from the Fantasy Football Scout Premium Members Area.

Captain Poll

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Liverpool’s Salah, as well as Tottenham Hotspur’s Kane and Son, appear to be the three players at the centre of this week’s debate – with the trio gaining a combined 63.9% of our users’ votes in the Captaincy Poll.

Further down the list, Manchester City midfielders Kevin De Bruyne (£11.6m, 6.4% of votes) and Raheem Sterling (£11.5m, 3.1%) have not gained a lot of attention ahead of their match against Arsenal. Similarly, it seems like, despite the impressive form of Dominic Calvert-Lewin (£7.6m, 5.1%) and Richarlison (£7.9m, 3.5%), Fantasy managers are wary of an ongoing goal drought by the Toffees in the Merseyside derby matches of recent years.

Surprisingly, none of the Chelsea or Manchester United assets are being
considered by the majority of our voters. Are we perhaps overlooking some
exciting picks? Let’s have a look at this week’s crucial fixtures.

Key Matches

Tottenham Hotspur vs West Ham United

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927 Comments Post a Comment
  1. RIDZ
    • 4 Years
    1 month, 16 days ago

    On WC

    Martinez Steele
    Mitchell Robertson Lamptey Saiss Balbuena
    Bruno Son Rodriguez Grealish Foden
    Kane DCL Wilson

    0.5 itb

    Any recommend moves?
    Not sure I need Foden, maybe downgrade Foden and upgrade Balbuena to no idea who

    1. FantasyHero
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 16 days ago

      balbuena to casta or chilwell?

    2. Third Eye Vision
      • 8 Years
      1 month, 16 days ago

      100% the right call. Downgrade Foden. Maybe get a decent bench player like Soucek. Upgrade Mitchell or Balbuena to a defender you are actually going to use.

    3. Bushwhacker
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 16 days ago

      That’s a very pricey front three.

  2. Zilla
    • 3 Years
    1 month, 16 days ago

    will KDB be available for selection?

    1. Holmes
      • 7 Years
      1 month, 16 days ago

      Hopefully press conference will help

  3. Stupendous
    • 8 Years
    1 month, 16 days ago

    What a differential Aguero could be on WC!

    Hmm!

    1. Stupendous
      • 8 Years
      1 month, 16 days ago

      Kane blank, Sergio hat trick vs David Luiz!

    2. Holmes
      • 7 Years
      1 month, 16 days ago

      Hmmm

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

      I looked into this the other day but a couple articles mentioned the fact pep was going to ease him back into the side and manage minutes and with Kane and other forwards scoring consistently i have decided to hold off and assess.

    4. Bushwhacker
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 16 days ago

      Maybe we’ll hear something tomorrow but I’m not expecting him back for a few weeks.

  4. Puyol Pants Up
    • 6 Years
    1 month, 16 days ago

    Am I stupid for thinking Johnstone is the best GK to go with on WC?

    None of the other 4.5 GK's have stable defenses and I don't think any will be keeping many CS's in all honesty. Johnstone has made 13 saves in the last 2 games and definitely looks the goods for save points. Worth noting that Carlsen has Johnstone too.

    1. Holmes
      • 7 Years
      1 month, 16 days ago

      Can't go wrong, all of them are 1-4pts players.

    2. K_UN_DE_BRU_YNE
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 16 days ago

      For save points purely johnstone good bet,other have somehow higher cleansheet potential.. at the end there will not be much difference in overall point between them. So no headache just choose one & relax. Cheers !!!

    3. Rasping Drive
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 11 Years
      1 month, 16 days ago

      I wouldn’t go near Johnstone tbh. Baggies worst defence in the league. At least someone like Martinez offers a chance of some cleansheets.

      1. Bushwhacker
        • 1 Year
        1 month, 16 days ago

        Does he really though. They played the two most anemic attacks in the league, and certainly against Fulham it was luck more than judgement.

  5. Disturbed
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 6 Years
    1 month, 16 days ago

    Better option on wc?

    A. Pulisic Watkins
    B. Grealish Maupay

    1. Holmes
      • 7 Years
      1 month, 16 days ago

      B

    2. davies
      • 6 Years
      1 month, 16 days ago

      A

    3. Balls of Steel
      • 5 Years
      1 month, 16 days ago

      B

    4. Make United Great Again
      • 8 Years
      1 month, 16 days ago

      B

      1. Disturbed
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 6 Years
        1 month, 16 days ago

        Thanks

    5. Bushwhacker
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 16 days ago

      A

  6. Stupendous
    • 8 Years
    1 month, 16 days ago

    Nailed it!!!!

    Martinez
    Robbo Saiss Chilwell
    Son Salah Grealish Rodriguez Zaha
    Aguero DCL

    Martin Bissouma KWP Dunne

    Give me all the money?!?!?!

    1. Stupendous
      • 8 Years
      1 month, 16 days ago

      Bissouma is Brewster sorry!

    2. Bushwhacker
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 16 days ago

      Nice. When Aguero is fit.

  7. Puyol Pants Up
    • 6 Years
    1 month, 16 days ago

    How long is cooper out for leeds?

    Been reading that Alying might go into CB, does that free up a spot for 3.9 douglas?

    1. davies
      • 6 Years
      1 month, 16 days ago

      Nope he’s going to Blackburn

  8. davies
    • 6 Years
    1 month, 16 days ago

    Which option?

    A) Mahrez Sterling (c)
    B) Pulisic Sterling (c)
    C) Sterling Son (c) (-4)

    1. FantasyHero
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 16 days ago

      B

    2. Bushwhacker
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 16 days ago

      B

  9. Stupendous
    • 8 Years
    1 month, 16 days ago

    Nobody cares Aguero is back then?

    1. FantasyHero
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 16 days ago

      Not confirmed he is back to starting

    2. JonSnow
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 16 days ago

      been out a while and champions league looming, i can see him coming on as a sub this GW

    3. Bushwhacker
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 16 days ago

      Wait for the Pep talk.

      1. Birds of Prey
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 7 Years
        1 month, 16 days ago

        when is the PeP talk? An hour before the match?

    4. Penang Sandman
      • 7 Years
      1 month, 16 days ago

      Pep does not rely on Aguero in his team as much as we all did in our fantasy teams.
      Maybe Pep won't play him yet this week, but who knows

    5. korbendallas82
      • 7 Years
      1 month, 16 days ago

      Not even room for Kane, as things look.

  10. FantasyHero
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 4 Years
    1 month, 16 days ago

    Help guys
    Which WC team looks better:

    A.
    McCarthy 4.0
    Robbo Casta Saiss Cooper Mitchell
    Grealish Salah Son Hamez Bissouma
    Kane DCL Maupay

    B.
    Martinez Steer
    Robbo Lamptey Saiss Dallas Mitchell
    Tossard Salah Son Hamez Bissouma
    Kane DCL Jimmy

    In A I could also do Chilwell instead of Casta and make McCarthy to Marrtinez and Cooper to Dallas

    1. Albrightondknight
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      1 month, 16 days ago

      A with the changes suggested I think. Would like Lamptey too though.

  11. some witty pun
    • 8 Years
    1 month, 16 days ago

    Who makes way for Kane
    A) Werner
    B) Jiemnez

    1. FantasyHero
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 16 days ago

      Werner

    2. Bushwhacker
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 16 days ago

      Werner is the safe choice ; but with Pulisic and Ziyech coming back he has a higher upside.

  12. smix
    • 4 Years
    1 month, 16 days ago

    On WC:
    A. Martinez
    Robbo Sa’iss Dallas
    Salah(c) Son Grealish Pulisic
    Kane DCL Maupay
    Martin Lamptey Lewis Stephens

    Or B. Martinez
    Robbo Sa’iss Dallas
    Salah(c) Son Grealish Fernandes Mahrez DCL Maupay
    Martin Lamptey Brewster Mitchell

    1. Albrightondknight
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      1 month, 16 days ago

      I rather B.
      But would spend the Kane money on someone other than Fernandes
      Why can’t it be Pulisic plus another. Why is Pulisic in A. But not an option in B?
      With Pulisic in B how much would you have for the 5th mid?

      1. smix
        • 4 Years
        1 month, 16 days ago

        Yeah. Opting for Pulisic & Mahrez in option B

        1. smix
          • 4 Years
          1 month, 16 days ago

          Doing Maupay - Brewster to enable that

  13. Albrightondknight
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 5 Years
    1 month, 16 days ago

    Just formulated a plan for the next few weeks. Looks like a no brainer to me - what ye think?

    GW 6
    Barnes to Grealish with 1 FT

    GW8
    KWP and Davis to
    Braithwaite and Antonio with 2FT.

    1. Chelsea91
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 16 days ago

      Monitor Antonio

  14. Birds of Prey
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 7 Years
    1 month, 16 days ago

    Can somebody update me on KDB? Or still up in the air?

    1. Weasel Boy
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      1 month, 16 days ago

      Up in the air

  15. Reyson
    • 4 Years
    1 month, 16 days ago

    james or grealish? already have DCL.

    1. Chelsea91
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 16 days ago

      Grealish

  16. Weasel Boy
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 8 Years
    1 month, 16 days ago

    if KDB was fit would you Captain him?

    I need a bit of a differential

    1. Reyson
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 16 days ago

      nope i see arsenal winning

  17. Reyson
    • 4 Years
    1 month, 16 days ago

    feel like trying captain vardy..

    1. jia you jia you
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 16 days ago

      relying on pens really but he could get one or two!

  18. Kay317
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 1 Year
    1 month, 16 days ago

    Start one:
    A) Podence
    B) Pereira
    C) Lamptey

    Team is:
    Martinez
    Robbo, James, Saiss
    Salah, KDB, Son, XXX
    DCL, Maupay, Ings
    (Button, Podence, Pereira, Lamptey, Mitchell)
    Currently swaying towards Pereira.

    1. Chelsea91
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 16 days ago

      Lamptey if fit

  19. JonSnow
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 3 Years
    1 month, 16 days ago

    On WC and need help with the following:
    Kilman or Dunne?
    Walker Peters or Konsa?

    1. Chelsea91
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 16 days ago

      Killman and Walker, get martinez for aston villa coverage

    2. jia you jia you
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 16 days ago

      Dunne is done

  20. unitednations
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 8 Years
    1 month, 16 days ago

    Morning dzzz, sooo bummed that Salah rose. had exact funds for my move on saturday. Suggestions now with 3.2m itb?

    Martinez
    TAA Saiss Lamptey -- R.james* Mitchell*
    Kdb Son Havertz Barnes -- Burke
    Watkins Jimenez DCL

    Initial plan was to do James + Havertz >> 4.5m (KWP/Dallas) + Salah (-4) but 0.1m short now..so

    A: James + Havertz >> Lewis/Robinson (only playing 4.4m def) + Salah (-4)
    B: Barnes + Havertz >> Trossard + Salah (-4)

    Given that James/Mitchell won't be playing, makes more sense to remove them so leaning towards A

    1. Rasping Drive
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 11 Years
      1 month, 16 days ago

      I am not sure I would do it this week for a hit. Salah has a tough fixture whereas Havertz, on paper, has a relatively easy one. Could easily bite you in the arse.

  21. Chelsea91
    • 2 Years
    1 month, 16 days ago

    Thought on below team?

    Martinez
    Robbo,PVA,Chilwell
    Son,Grealish,Salah,Kdb
    Dcl,Maupay,Wilson

    Button Dallas Mitchell Stephens

    1. Wally711
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 16 days ago

      PVA mins might be managed, also KDB fitness issue.

  22. The Man Pastore
    • 6 Years
    1 month, 16 days ago

    Who do you guys captain this week? Is Kane a good option?

    1. Chelsea91
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 16 days ago

      Salah i feel it will be high scoring game

    2. jia you jia you
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 16 days ago

      Decent shout for sure but WHU have looked solid enough in recent games

    3. Rasping Drive
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 11 Years
      1 month, 16 days ago

      I think Kane is the best option this week.

  23. jia you jia you
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 4 Years
    1 month, 16 days ago

    Armband decision is tough this GW! Pity WHU are in such good form or Son would be an easy choice! Could be a week for an out there pick:
    A. Son
    B. Sterling
    C. KdB
    D. DCL
    E. Jimenez
    F. Watkins

    1. Chelsea91
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 16 days ago

      E

      1. jia you jia you
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        1 month, 16 days ago

        cheers, hard to predict that game

        1. tokara
          • 6 Years
          1 month, 16 days ago

          I am not feeling E either, feels Neto is denting Jimenz

    2. La Roja
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      1 month, 16 days ago

      A

      1. jia you jia you
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        1 month, 16 days ago

        Cheers, currently on Son and will likely stay there... but not at all confident

  24. La Roja
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 8 Years
    1 month, 16 days ago

    Blimey. Mane is owned by only 6% now. Could be an insane differential

  25. tokara
    • 6 Years
    1 month, 16 days ago

    Have two ft

    Kdb + Jimenz to Kane + Grealish, would u do it?

    1. Wally711
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 16 days ago

      Na, keep what you have bro. Just wait on KDB's fitness news.

      1. Wally711
        • 1 Year
        1 month, 16 days ago

        Please check out my comment below.

  26. De Gea is GOAT
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 3 Years
    1 month, 16 days ago

    Who would be your choice for a differential this week? Tempted by Puli, Antonio and possibly PVA if fit.

    1. Wally711
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 16 days ago

      Vardy

    2. NKDB
        1 month, 16 days ago

        I like the PVA shout

    3. Wally711
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 16 days ago

      Please, advise needed.

      Which is better, all players would play.

      A) Any two 4.5 defenders (if this one which two)
      B) March and soucek
      C) Lamptey, March
      D) Coady, Bisouma

      1. NKDB
          1 month, 16 days ago

          Lamptey and March

      2. NKDB
          1 month, 16 days ago

          WC active lemme know what u think...
          Adrian Steer
          Chilwell Lamptey PVA Marcal TAA
          Jorginho Klich Salah Podence Maximilian
          Kun Kane Jiminez

          1. Wally711
            • 1 Year
            1 month, 16 days ago

            Please comment on above.

            Honestly I dont like the Adrian, Marcal, jorgihno, podence, klich picks at all. Kun mins will be managed, I would start again man just my opinion.

            1. NKDB
                1 month, 16 days ago

                Thanks bro...the reason for my picks is to move away from templates...I like to play the game a bit different

                1. Wally711
                  • 1 Year
                  1 month, 16 days ago

                  fair enough man, but I just felt there are better teams you could build even with kane, kun and salah

            2. Rasping Drive
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 11 Years
              1 month, 16 days ago

              Crazy to have Adrian in a WC; far too much invested up top in a year where there are great value forwards. As a result your midfield is terribly weak.

          2. Disturbed
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 6 Years
            1 month, 16 days ago

            Any nailed defender for 4.4m worth considering on wc?

            1. Wally711
              • 1 Year
              1 month, 16 days ago

              Lewis I guess, if fit.

          3. Brosstan
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 6 Years
            1 month, 16 days ago

            Kdb + Jimenez -> Son + Kane unless kdb confirmed fit?