Fantasy Football: Five captains you need to consider for GW5

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With the international break behind us and another round of Premier League fixtures coming up this weekend, attention now turns to our Fantasy Premier League teams.

If you haven't already given up on your FPL team or you've even had a strong start to the new season, picking the right captain in GW5 is still a difficult and crucial decision to make.

The previous four gameweeks have given us all sorts of crazy results, surprising performances and even harder decisions to make for the good of our FPL teams. 

So if you're still undecided about who to give the armband to before the GW5 deadline, let us give you a helping hand with the five suggestions below...

Harry Kane - £10.6m

Not only have we seen a rampant Tottenham in the last few weeks, but we've also witnessed an interesting new side to Harry Kane.

We all know about his goalscoring abilities, having scoring 17+ goals in each of the last six Premier League seasons, but this season he has also taken on a new responsibility of assisting his teammates, which makes him an even more attractive option for any FPL manager.

Before this season, the most assists Kane had registered in a single season was seven (twice), but after just four games this term he's already got six to his name, as well as three goals. That is a phenomenal return.

And this week Spurs host West Ham at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium and while the Hammers go into this clash on the back of back-to-back clean sheets against Wolves and Leicester City, Kane has a record of nine goals and one assist in 12 appearances against them. 

With that and Tottenham's current form in mind, giving Kane the armband in your FPL team this weekend is a wise choice.

Jamie Vardy - £10.1m

Jamie Vardy after scoring hat-trick v Man City

Despite being thrashed at home by West Ham, Leicester have been one of the stand out performers of the 2020/21 season so far, and it's no surprise Jamie Vardy has been the focal point of the Foxes' form.

The striker has hit double figures in each of his last five seasons and has already hit five in four this term, including a hat-trick in that outstanding 5-2 victory at Manchester City. 

If he's playing and if Leicester are on form, Vardy is never far away from getting his name on the scoresheet, and he'll be looking to do just that this weekend after being kept out by a strong, stubborn and resilient Hammers defence two weeks ago.

The Foxes host Aston Villa, who will still be on cloud nine following their 7-2 thrashing of Liverpool last time out, but the hosts will still be confident of getting back to winning ways, with Vardy's form in front of goal being crucial to that.

The 33-year-old has five goals and one assist in his five previous meetings against Villa, with four of those coming last season as the Foxes put four past Dean Smith's side twice.

If Leicester can enjoy similar success like that this weekend, Vardy will no doubt be involved in the goals one way or another.

Patrick Bamford - £5.8m

Patrick Bamford celebrates scoring v Sheffield United

If you're one of the 25.2% of FPL managers with Patrick Bamford in their team, then this is an interesting differential captain choice designed to give you an edge over your mini-league rivals if it pays off. 

The striker's record of scoring in every one of Leeds' Premier League games so far this term came to an end in the 1-1 home draw with Manchester City two weeks ago, but Bamford still had a number of chances to get on the scoresheet.

With three goals and two assists from four appearances this season, Bamford is one of Leeds' most reliable attacking assets, and therefore you wouldn't put it past him to be involved when Marcelo Bielsa's side host Wolves this weekend.

Wolves have not been at their predictable best so far this term and in their last away outing, were thrashed 4-0 by a struggling West Ham outfit, and you can bet Bielsa will have been looking closely at how the Hammers managed to penetrate Wolves' defence in such a way.

If Leeds are scoring goals then Bamford will most likely be involved, but giving Bamford the armband remains a bit of a risk - a risk not many FPL managers really need to take at this stage in the campaign. But the beauty of taking risks in FPL is when they pay off, you'll often see a big green arrow in your mini-leagues!

Callum Wilson - £6.5m

Callum Wilson celebrates scoring v Burnley

Newcastle are another side to have impressed early on this season, and new arrival Callum Wilson has been central to that.

The former Bournemouth striker has four goals and one assist from his first four games in the famous black and white stripes and already has seven FPL bonus points to his name, which proves just how important he has been to the Magpies' form.

Newcastle host an out-of-sorts Manchester United this weekend, who were on the end of a humiliating 6-1 defeat at home to Spurs last time out, and Wilson will no doubt have his eye on Harry Maguire's poor form and lack of confidence at the centre of the Red Devils' defence.

United have lost two of their opening three games and only just scraped past Brighton a few weeks ago, so they're going into this game knowing they need to improve, although defensive frailties and a lack of confidence do not disappear overnight - they've already conceded 11 goals this season!

Wilson will know that but will also want to improve on his personal Premier League record against United - just one goal in seven previous appearances against them.

United are a wounded animal there for the taking, and Callum Wilson will be there and waiting to pounce this weekend.

Raheem Sterling - £11.5m

Raheem Sterling celebrates v Leeds

This is probably another risky choice because Raheem Sterling, at the time of writing, is not confirmed to have recovered from the hamstring injury that ruled him out of England international duty.

However, if Sterling is fit and does play, you can't ignore his potential to pick up a decent FPL points haul this weekend when Man City host Arsenal. The midfielder has just one goal and one assist so far this term but does have a good record against the Gunners, which you can't really ignore.

Mikel Arteta's side are much improved this term, but Sterling has six goals and three assists in 11 career Premier League appearances against them and so there's a high chance he'll be able to add to that this time around.

Man City have had a stuttering start to the season and will be desperate to bounce back against a strong Arsenal outfit this Saturday evening, and if Sterling plays a lot of their attacking threat will come from him.

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