Captain Sensible

Who is the best FPL captain for Gameweek 9?

Fantasy Premier League managers are going to have to look outside the usual suspects to find the best captain for Gameweek 9.

With both Manchester City and Liverpool facing relatively tough fixtures, this week’s debate largely centres around some less-discussed faces.

As ever, we’ve got the results of our latest poll and will also bring you analysis of the underlying numbers posted by players and opposition defenders alike.

As this article uses data from the Fantasy Football Scout Members Area, only those who have signed up for the 2019/20 season can access it in full.

Captain Poll

Tammy Abraham (£7.7m) comes into Gameweek 9 as the most popular captaincy option.

At the time of writing, the Chelsea forward had amassed the support of 32.2% as Newcastle prepare to visit Stamford Bridge on Saturday afternoon.

The Magpies have conceded at least three times in all but one of their away matches this season, losing 5-0 on their most recent Premier League road trip at Leicester.

Meanwhile, Abraham currently sits joint-top of the Golden Boot race having scored eight times this season.

Callum Wilson is a popular option in the Gameweek 9 captaincy debate

However, those that are put off by the fact that 25% of Abraham’s league goals have come in front of his own supporters in 2019/20, might be looking at Callum Wilson (£7.9m).

The Bournemouth forward is currently on course for a runners-up medal in the latest captain poll, with 16.3% of you backing the £7.9m man.

His Gameweek 9 opponents Norwich have conceded 21 goals in their first eight matches back in the top flight, the highest of any side.

Meanwhile, Wilson himself has registered attacking returns in all but one Premier League outing of 2019/20.

At the Vitality Stadium, he has three goals and two assists in four appearances, making more attacking returns against a still injury-trouble Norwich outfit very likely indeed.

Manchester City’s assets are not well-backed for their trip to Crystal Palace

As already mentioned, the captain poll has been somewhat turned on its head for Gameweek 9.

While mid-price options dominate the top end of the scale, it’s the premium assets who are bringing up the rear as a result of their tricky fixtures.

Manchester City must travel to Selhurst Park this weekend, where Crystal Palace have conceded just one goal in four league matches there this season.

For that reason, just 6.3% of you believe that Raheem Sterling (£12.1m) is the best captain for Gameweek 9.

He was one of England’s star performers against Bulgaria on Monday night but does only have one league goal in his last five Premier League outings.

That is probably enough reason for only a select few managers to consider him for the captaincy this week.

Aubameyang and his Arsenal colleagues are set to face a stubborn Sheffield United side on Monday night

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang (£11.1m) is facing a similar dilemma to Sterling, in that his Gameweek 9 fixture does look quite difficult.

Sheffield United have made both Chelsea and Liverpool work hard for results against them this season and have conceded one goal or fewer in three of their four at Bramall Lane in 2019/20.

Compared to Newcastle and Norwich’s defence, the Blades does seem more likely to frustrate a captain, even if Aubameyang has registered attacking returns in all but one match this season.

The case for Harry Kane (£10.9m) is perhaps the reverse of those at Manchester City or Arsenal.

The Tottenham forward has an incredibly favourable fixture, against a Watford side bottom of the league, winless and 20 goals conceded so far.

However, Kane and his colleagues have gone through a difficult period of form, losing 7-2 to Bayern Munich and then 3-0 at Brighton.

That said, the international break may help Mauricio Pochettino’s cause, while Kane himself has three goals and one assist in his last five Premier League matches.

He is currently backed by the same number of voters who are considering Sergio Aguero (£12.2m) for the captaincy.

Reportedly unhurt following a traffic collision this week, there probably remains some concerns about his strength of start.

Furthermore, the Argentinian’s accuracy has left a lot to be desired in recent matches, but he still has attacking returns in every round apart from Gameweek 8 in 2019/20.

Jamie Vardy (£9.0m) has the support of 4% ahead of a potentially tricky meeting with Burnley although he has goals in every match against sides who finished outside the top seven last season thus far.

Liverpool attackers Mohamed Salah and Sadio Mané face a trip to Old Trafford this weekend

3.6% of you are waiting on an update from Guardiola on Kevin de Bruyne‘s (£10.0m) fitness ahead of that visit to Crystal Palace.

The midfielder remains yellow-flagged in FPL and his presence, or lack of it, could prove an important factor in Manchester City’s next result.

Meanwhile, Mohamed Salah (£12.5m) and Sadio Mané (£11.7m) are shockingly low in this week’s poll, on 1.9% and 2.1% respectively.

The Egyptian is without a goal since Gameweek 5, while Mané has no attacking returns away from home since Gameweek 4.

Manchester United, although in poor offensive form, might prove a challenge to Liverpool defensively considering the recent numbers they have been posting, as discussed on the Scoutcast.

Furthermore, the last time Jurgen Klopp took his side to Old Trafford in the Premier League, it ended as a 0-0 draw.

Son Heung-min (£9.8m), Mason Mount (£6.8m), Teemu Pukki (£7.1m), Richarlison (£7.9m), Josh King (£6.3m) and Raúl Jiménez (£7.1m) are the only other options backed by more than 1%.

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1,311 Comments Post a Comment
  1. Vasqujg
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 1 Year
    7 months, 11 days ago

    Most likely results

    MU 1-0 over Liverpool with McTomminay scoring
    CP 3-1 over MCI with Fernandinho scoring
    Newcastle 2-0 over Chelsea
    Burnley 1-0 over Leicester

    All my Premium players blank with a Aubameyang brace and Wilson hat trick

    My rank will be 1.5M by Monday

    1. Emp
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      7 months, 11 days ago

      hope so

  2. Phlajo
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 1 Year
    7 months, 11 days ago

    Ota, Soy, Tomori
    Mane, Sterling, KdB, Mount
    Abraham, Wilson (C), Vardy

    Bench: Cantwell, Montoya, Lundstram

    GTG? Bench order correct?

  3. The King
    • 6 Years
    7 months, 11 days ago

    Would appreciate a yay or nay 🙂

    Salah and Pukki to Mane and C.Wilson fo -4?


  4. sergioaguero67
    • 5 Years
    7 months, 11 days ago

    Any news on Aguero?
    What are the chances of him starting?
    Please help.

  5. CroatianHammer
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 4 Years
    7 months, 10 days ago

    Fair to say that pretty much everyone was caught out this weekend. Vardy the best of the bunch so far but even then not the sort of score you'd want from your hard-picked (C). With Aubergine and Salad to play yet (will the Egyptian be fit I wonder?) I'm sure there are some who'll be happy with the GW, but still...

    I think I have my FFS HU match in hand, 25 plays 20 currently with Oh So Mo the only player I need to fear.

    My GW10 team is set. Sterling has the (C), he gets another chance.

    1. Maximus Bonimus Pointimus
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      7 months, 10 days ago

      Yep, I did my best (on a couple of occasions) to pour cold water on the “Vardy is a trap” narrative that had been gathering pace of late due to misguided use of underlying stats - he was always a great pick entering this run 😉

    2. Scott Talent
      • 4 Years
      7 months, 10 days ago

      Vardy came good this weekend but he is by no means a great pick moving forward . There are others who could easily match him.

    3. Maximus Bonimus Pointimus
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      7 months, 10 days ago

      The other fascinating thing with Vardy is that he’s now gone 2-2-2-2 from the games against last season’s top 6 - che, TOT, utd, liv - which traditionally isn’t ever really a logical stick to beat a sub-10.0 attacker with...

      But on the other side of the coin he’s now gone 2-8-16-12-8 from WOL, she, BOU, NEW, BUR which looks like the emergence of a genuinely reliable FPL flat track bully

      1. Maximus Bonimus Pointimus
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 10 Years
        7 months, 10 days ago

        Throw in his sweet looking fixtures, his team’s lack of European distractions and abundance of form, penalty duty etc and there really seem to be an overwhelming amount of ticks in the “for” box 😉

        But (similar to literally every other forward in the game) there are no guarantees of points for anyone in any game in FPL...

        Hugely bullish on his prospects personally though - for reasons outlined above and covered in more detail elsewhere

        1. CroatianHammer
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 4 Years
          7 months, 10 days ago

          Yeah, he's the sort of player that benefits hugely from great service (see his title winning year) and I think I'm content to hold him for the duration. In fact, if asked today I'd say I'd make 0 changes to my front trio of Vardy, Wilson and Abraham (injuries permitting) all the way through.

          Now, my midfield is another matter. Martial is back from injury so tempted to make moves to bring him back for #10

  6. Miniboss
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 1 Year
    7 months, 10 days ago

    Hi fellas! I guess Otamendi and Cantwell should go, however do you see some other more urgent fires to put out? Got Pukki since gw1 but frankly ready to ship him as well.

    What would you suggest?

    2ft, 1.2itb

    Heaton Button
    TAA Robbo Otamendi Lundstrom Tomori
    Salah Sterling KdB Cantwell Dendoncker
    Pukki Abraham Greenwood

  7. DontPiqueTooSoon
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    7 months, 10 days ago

    Sterling, what are people thoughts? Are they keeping or moving on.

    Assist yesterday but seems to be playing too far wide still. Pep is frustrating. So much money on little returns.

    1. Miniboss
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      7 months, 10 days ago

      He should’ve scored, plenty of chances. Will keep for at least one more gw

    2. Shuko
      • 5 Years
      7 months, 10 days ago

      Should have been like 2+1 yesterday, so nothing too alarming. Still at a pace to get 223 points over the season.