Captain Sensible

Who are the best FPL captain options for Gameweek 8?

The captaincy candidates for Gameweek 8 of Fantasy Premier League are few and far between but that does not mean the choice is an easy one.

With Manchester City and Liverpool going head-to-head at the Etihad Stadium, just two matches are taking our fancy ahead of Friday’s early deadline as Tottenham Hotspur travel to West Bromwich Albion and Chelsea host Sheffield United.

The Hawthorns will feature this season’s highest-scoring team facing the Premier League’s worst defensive outfit. Does that make selecting a captain a simple exercise? Far from it.

And as Fantasy managers flutter between Harry Kane (£11.0m) and Son Heung-min (£9.6m) there are some differentials to consider.

As per usual, the Captain Sensible article assesses each of the best options using player and team defensive data from the Fantasy Football Scout Premium Members Area.

CAPTAINCY POLL

Unsurprisingly, Kane and Son are the runaway leaders in this week’s captaincy poll. The Spurs duo have gained 44.7% and 21.4%, respectively, although, in keeping with the world at large this week, we should remind you that there are still legitimate votes left to be counted.

Fantasy managers have been looking forward to their trip to the Hawthorns for some time so, regardless of form or fixture, these two players were always going to perform well in the Gameweek 8 captain poll.

With no other candidate managing more than 5% backing, Kane and Son have produced arguably the world’s most important two-horse vote of the week.

It is Timo Werner (£9.3m) who leads the way among the independent options, although he managed only 4.4% backing ahead Sheffield United visiting Stamford Bridge.

Hakim Ziyech (£8.0m) also made the top five with 2.5% of the votes while Tariq Lamptey’s (£4.7m) meeting with an out-of-form Burnley outfit was enough for 3.6% brave managers to take a punt with the armband.

Meanwhile, many highly-owned premium options failed to attract captaincy interest for the Gameweek 8 clash between Manchester City and Liverpool. Mohammed Salah (£12.4m) has brought in just 1.8% of our votes, while Kevin De Bruyne (£11.5m, 0.8%) failed to even make the top 10.

KEY MATCHES

West Bromwich Albion v Tottenham Hotspur

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763 Comments Post a Comment
  1. motit
    • 2 Years
    27 days, 15 hours ago

    Draft Mode - Money not issue
    Lamptey or Reguilón?

    1. JBG
      • 2 Years
      27 days, 15 hours ago

      Lamptey more safe, as a starter that is.

    2. TLF
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      27 days, 15 hours ago

      Lamptey

  2. Zlatan F.C
      27 days, 15 hours ago

      Robertson and Brewster to Coufal and Werner for a hit?

      Martinez
      Robbo Lamptey Chilwell
      Grealish Son Salah Podence Foden
      DCL Kane

      Forster Saiss Brewster Ferguson

      1. HMC
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 10 Years
        27 days, 15 hours ago

        You know how this will end right?
        Firm no

        1. Zlatan F.C
            27 days, 15 hours ago

            In the next few weeks Coufal and Werner could be great picks?

      2. wulfranian
        • 4 Years
        27 days, 15 hours ago

        Jimenez->Dcl with my second ft?

        1. Brosstan
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 6 Years
          27 days, 15 hours ago

          Seems sideways, United arent that bad. Leicester arent that good

          1. wulfranian
            • 4 Years
            27 days, 15 hours ago

            cheers

      3. Vazza
          27 days, 15 hours ago

          Rate these defenders with the fixtures and form from best to worst-

          A) Zouma 5.2
          B) James 5.0
          C) Bellerin 5.1
          D) Creswell 5.1
          E) Coady 5.0

          1. Rinseboy
            • 8 Years
            27 days, 15 hours ago

            pretty much the order you have but James is a rotation risk

          2. Karan14
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 4 Years
            27 days, 15 hours ago

            A
            D
            C
            B
            E

        • Dark Side Of The Loon!
          • 4 Years
          27 days, 15 hours ago

          Martinez
          James Coufal Lamptey
          Salah Sterling Son XXX
          DCL Bamford Martial

          XXX should be:

          1) Foden
          2) Podence

        • Rinseboy
          • 8 Years
          27 days, 15 hours ago

          Just Pullisic to Ziyech?
          or would you also hit Saiss to Zouma/Coufal for a -4?

          Team is
          Martinez
          Semedo Lamptey Robbo
          Son Salah Grealish Foden Pullisic
          Kane DCL
          Steer Saiss Mitchell Brewster

        • Teahupo'o
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 9 Years
          27 days, 15 hours ago

          Latest on Pulisic? Any chance he'll start this gw?

          1. Rinseboy
            • 8 Years
            27 days, 15 hours ago

            I think bench at best but you never know I guess

          2. TLF
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 4 Years
            27 days, 15 hours ago

            Unclear at the moment

          3. Teahupo'o
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 9 Years
            27 days, 14 hours ago

            Cheers

        • Mane Mane Mane
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          27 days, 15 hours ago

          What’s everyone’s thoughts on Watkins. I need a cheap striker and already have Wilson but was torn between him or Bamford but I feel with Aston Villa’s fixtures after arsenal being very good I reckon he could be a good option. I do already have Grealish though.

          1. Rinseboy
            • 8 Years
            27 days, 15 hours ago

            Che Adams?

            1. Mane Mane Mane
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              27 days, 15 hours ago

              Worried that che adams won’t be the same player without ings though. He is an option.

          2. Karan14
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 4 Years
            27 days, 15 hours ago

            I would go Bamford or wait for Antonio next week.

            1. Mane Mane Mane
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              27 days, 15 hours ago

              I’m tempted to swap Kane next week for Antonio to then allow me to get KDB with the money. Just think Watkins sways it with that fixture swing. Really can’t make my mind up on the two haha.

          3. 1569Tippins
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 9 Years
            27 days, 4 hours ago

            I think Watkins will do alright and Villa have a DGW to come if you’re holding him for a while

            1. Mane Mane Mane
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              27 days, 4 hours ago

              I agree, I just think with that run of games he is bound to bag and could be a good differential for me.

        • Diddi89
          • 3 Years
          27 days, 15 hours ago

          Hi all !
          Gtg or take a hit -4p, mitro out and Wilson in??

          McCarthy
          Bellerin - reguilon - tierney
          Son - salah - James - podence
          DCL - mitro - Kane

          Sub: AWB, mcginn,Mitchell,
          Thanks

          1. Rinseboy
            • 8 Years
            27 days, 15 hours ago

            Keep Mitro I'm not sure West Ham is such a bad fixture for him

        • My heart goes Salalalalah
          • 3 Years
          27 days, 15 hours ago

          Already made a transfer, and Mitchell dropping in price tonight. Take a hit to remove and bank .1, as he needs to go anyway? Or keep?

          1. Rinseboy
            • 8 Years
            27 days, 15 hours ago

            a hit to save 0.1 is mental

            1. My heart goes Salalalalah
              • 3 Years
              27 days, 15 hours ago

              Got him at 4.0, can sell for 4.1. And I have other plans with my ft next week

          2. TLF
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 4 Years
            27 days, 15 hours ago

            Keep, 4 points are far more precious than .1 in value.

            1. My heart goes Salalalalah
              • 3 Years
              27 days, 15 hours ago

              Next week might be the same story though? But with IB coming up I might need to take another hit or 2, so I'll just keep for now. Thanks

          3. Amey
            • 2 Years
            27 days, 15 hours ago

            Keep

            1. My heart goes Salalalalah
              • 3 Years
              27 days, 15 hours ago

              Cheers Amey. See replies above

          4. HMC
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 10 Years
            27 days, 15 hours ago

            Don’t take a hit for a defender especially non playing. 0.1 should be irrelevant

            1. My heart goes Salalalalah
              • 3 Years
              27 days, 15 hours ago

              Coming from a veteran, thanks. I salute you

          5. TLF
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 4 Years
            27 days, 15 hours ago

            And Mitchell may even retain his spot in the starting 11, you never know.

        • Tmel
          • 9 Years
          27 days, 15 hours ago

          Should I prioritise Jimenez > Werner or Podence > Grealish?

          1. MarcusAurelius
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 4 Years
            27 days, 15 hours ago

            Iv done Jimmy to Werner this week

        • Lucky Z
          • 3 Years
          27 days, 15 hours ago

          Ziyech is rising tonight?

          1. Amey
            • 2 Years
            27 days, 15 hours ago

            Difficult to tell

          2. Hakim Ziyech
            • 1 Year
            27 days, 15 hours ago

            Depends on the missus

            1. Bathman315
              • 4 Years
              26 days, 19 hours ago

              I have a lot of time for this comment and the level of pettiness to create an account just for this joke :')

        • HMC
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 10 Years
          27 days, 15 hours ago

          Cannot believe the amount of posts suggesting benching of Robbo or Trent. Good luck with this.

          Ooooh big bad city so scary
          People are just trying to be ‘too clever‘ and play with fire.

          Would you bench players at the same price points like Hamez cause he has United or Grealish cause it’s Arsenal with solid defensive stats....?

          1. I Member
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 5 Years
            27 days, 15 hours ago

            I'm benching Robbo. Thank you for wishing me good luck.

          2. FourLokoLeipzig
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 2 Years
            27 days, 15 hours ago

            I mean, they’re both highly likely to score 2 points, and highly unlikely to haul. I don’t think benching is the worst idea if you want to keep them for the better fixtures. I swapped Robbo for Chilwell though

        • schlupptheweek
          • 6 Years
          27 days, 15 hours ago

          I know Man Utd are bad but did Martial look dangerous or was the goal the only thing he did? I'm thinking on my WC having Jesus and Martial as I'm behind and need to take risks.

        • Stand By Mee
          • 4 Years
          27 days, 15 hours ago

          Plan A:

          Pulisic to Fornals/Bowen (-4) now and then doing Fornals/Bowen to Hamez (if fit) in the next one to really target Fulham's defense on gw8 (WHUxFUL) and gw9 (FULxEVE).

          Plan B:

          Play Pulisic and hope for the best now (or Bissouma off the bench) and swapping straight to Hamez next gw.

          A or B?

        • Ronnies
          • 5 Years
          27 days, 15 hours ago

          Any chance Bowen plays as striker Vs Fulham considering Antonio looks out and Haller disappointed Vs Liverpool.

          Tnks.

          1. No Professionals
            • 3 Years
            27 days, 15 hours ago

            Save 2 letters then use a full stop confuses me

            No idea, has he any track record of playing there?

          2. Karan14
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 4 Years
            27 days, 15 hours ago

            Yes there is a chance but Antonio is expected to be fit after IB so it will only be for one game.

          3. Hazz
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 3 Years
            27 days, 14 hours ago

            Striker? Depends. Could play in a front two, don't wouldn't expect a CF-esque performance.

        • nerd_is_the_werd
          • 1 Year
          27 days, 15 hours ago

          Is there any way to undo a transfer?
          Regret bringing in Mendy (CHE) as this now blocks me getting either Ziyech or Werner due to 3 player cap.

          1. Miguel Sanchez
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 4 Years
            27 days, 15 hours ago

            Free hit or use -4

          2. nerd_is_the_werd
            • 1 Year
            27 days, 15 hours ago

            Now if I free hit..... does it go back to the team I made before the transfers?
            i.e. the goalie I brought before Mendy will be re-instated?

            1. Miguel Sanchez
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 4 Years
              27 days, 15 hours ago

              Your GW9 team will be the same as your GW7 team if you FH this week

              1. Miguel Sanchez
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 4 Years
                27 days, 15 hours ago

                Free hit is the most powerful chip so I would say that a -4 is a better way to remedy the Mendy error than playing a Free Hit

            2. Brosstan
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 6 Years
              27 days, 15 hours ago

              The goalie you had before buying Mendy will come back in your team next gw

          3. nerd_is_the_werd
            • 1 Year
            27 days, 15 hours ago

            Yes that sounds like the best option, may just have to accept my abjectness on this one.
            Also realised the purpose of getting those players were due to price changes... if it goes back to GW7, I lose the CHE players value.
            Thanks for that!

        • The Red Devil
          • 5 Years
          27 days, 15 hours ago

          Taylor to lamptey for a hit
          Or just play kilman/Taylor?

          1. No Professionals
            • 3 Years
            27 days, 15 hours ago

            No hit for lamptey

            1. The Red Devil
              • 5 Years
              27 days, 15 hours ago

              Play kilman?

              1. The Units
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 10 Years
                27 days, 14 hours ago

                Yes

        • Denis Tueart
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 10 Years
          27 days, 15 hours ago

          Jorginho worth keeping for 1 more week with Havertz out with flu?

          Or should I go -4 and get in Bowen or Ward-Prowse

        • The 12th Man
          • 7 Years
          27 days, 15 hours ago

          Which option?
          A) Saiss > Bellerin
          B) Jimenez > Wilson
          C) A and B for -4
          D) Saiss, Jimenez > Kilman, Werner -4

          1. 1966 was a great year for E…
            • 10 Years
            27 days, 15 hours ago

            D looks tasty.

        • 1966 was a great year for E…
          • 10 Years
          27 days, 15 hours ago

          Who would you go for between Coufal and Masuaku from West Ham?

          1. The 12th Man
            • 7 Years
            27 days, 15 hours ago

            Probably Coufal.

        • abaalan
          • 4 Years
          27 days, 15 hours ago

          Own Pulisic, Lamptey, Saiss and Mitchell.

          2ft, 0.8 ITB....who do i priotise getting rid of ?

        • BobbyDoesNotLook
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 3 Years
          27 days, 15 hours ago

          Here is my team for gw10. If you/I have the money Soucek, Adams > Grealish, Brewster.

          Martinez 4.0
          Taa Chilwell Creswell Justin Mitchell
          Salah Kdb Jota Hames Soucek/4.5
          Werner Antonio Adams

          1. Jon Wills
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 1 Year
            27 days, 12 hours ago

            Keep Soucek and get Grealish next week

        • Stand By Mee
          • 4 Years
          27 days, 15 hours ago

          Bowen or Fornals as a one week punt against Fulham?

          1. BobbyDoesNotLook
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 3 Years
            27 days, 15 hours ago

            Both can do it. Bowen has looked more lively but Fornals has brought the results in the most recent games. In other words, coin flip. 😀

        • Denis Tueart
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 10 Years
          27 days, 14 hours ago

          Do anyone know what time the pressers are tomorrow

        • BobbyDoesNotLook
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 3 Years
          27 days, 14 hours ago

          Start
          A) Dier (wba)
          B) Kwp (NEW), already have McCarthy

        • Bretth96
            27 days, 13 hours ago

            Planning to WC GW10,

            Is Mitrovic ->> Bamford/Wilson worth it for a -4 hit for 2 game weeks?

          • amonito
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 2 Years
            27 days, 13 hours ago

            Coufal or Cresswell?

            1. Jon Wills
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 1 Year
              27 days, 12 hours ago

              I have the same problem. Leaning towards Coufal at the moment because he's cheaper and will free up some funds.

          • mowzer
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 9 Years
            26 days, 23 hours ago

            No look in for Vardy as a Captain?

            1. Ooh Ah Cantona
                25 days, 23 hours ago

                Leicester at home are not the same Leicester as Leicester away, and Wolves have learnt their lesson from the dribbling West Ham gave them and Wolves won't let that ever happen again.
                I see Leicester Wolves being a one miller, though I'm just not sure which way..

              • Ooh Ah Cantona
                  25 days, 23 hours ago

                  Lol it's my first ever comment on Fpl and I haven't accounted for the autocorrect!

              • ameenkw
                • 7 Years
                26 days, 23 hours ago

                WC GW10 could be a very beneficial strategy .. lose tottenham player jimmy pool defenders and jump on united/city/everton/chelsea players .. this means getting Werner/Bowen as 1-gw punts ... is it essential to save WC to later GWs?
                this will be a great opportunity to take risks and use fixtures swing
                ..