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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
    • 3 Years
    10 months, 15 days ago

    Draft Mode - Money not issue
    Lamptey or Reguilón?

    1. JBG
      • 3 Years
      10 months, 15 days ago

      Lamptey more safe, as a starter that is.

    2. TLF
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      10 months, 15 days ago

      Lamptey

  2. Zlatan F.C
    10 months, 15 days 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
      • 11 Years
      10 months, 15 days ago

      You know how this will end right?
      Firm no

      1. Zlatan F.C
        10 months, 15 days ago

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

  3. wulfrunian
    • 4 Years
    10 months, 15 days ago

    Jimenez->Dcl with my second ft?

    1. Brosstan
      • 7 Years
      10 months, 15 days ago

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

      1. wulfrunian
        • 4 Years
        10 months, 15 days ago

        cheers

  4. Vazza
    • 1 Year
    10 months, 15 days 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
      • 9 Years
      10 months, 15 days ago

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

    2. Karan14
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      10 months, 15 days ago

      A
      D
      C
      B
      E

  5. Dark Side Of The Loon!
    • 5 Years
    10 months, 15 days ago

    Martinez
    James Coufal Lamptey
    Salah Sterling Son XXX
    DCL Bamford Martial

    XXX should be:

    1) Foden
    2) Podence

  6. Rinseboy
    • 9 Years
    10 months, 15 days 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

  7. Teahupo'o
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 9 Years
    10 months, 15 days ago

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

    1. Rinseboy
      • 9 Years
      10 months, 15 days ago

      I think bench at best but you never know I guess

    2. TLF
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      10 months, 15 days ago

      Unclear at the moment

    3. Teahupo'o
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      10 months, 15 days ago

      Cheers

  8. Mane Mane Mane
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    10 months, 15 days 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
      • 9 Years
      10 months, 15 days ago

      Che Adams?

      1. Mane Mane Mane
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        10 months, 15 days ago

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

    2. Karan14
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      10 months, 15 days ago

      I would go Bamford or wait for Antonio next week.

      1. Mane Mane Mane
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        10 months, 15 days 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
      • 10 Years
      10 months, 15 days 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
        10 months, 15 days ago

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

  9. Diddi89
    • 3 Years
    10 months, 15 days 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
      • 9 Years
      10 months, 15 days ago

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

  10. My heart goes Salalalalah
    • 4 Years
    10 months, 15 days 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
      • 9 Years
      10 months, 15 days ago

      a hit to save 0.1 is mental

      1. My heart goes Salalalalah
        • 4 Years
        10 months, 15 days 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
      • 5 Years
      10 months, 15 days ago

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

      1. My heart goes Salalalalah
        • 4 Years
        10 months, 15 days 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
      10 months, 15 days ago

      Keep

      1. My heart goes Salalalalah
        • 4 Years
        10 months, 15 days ago

        Cheers Amey. See replies above

    4. HMC
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 11 Years
      10 months, 15 days ago

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

      1. My heart goes Salalalalah
        • 4 Years
        10 months, 15 days ago

        Coming from a veteran, thanks. I salute you

    5. TLF
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      10 months, 15 days ago

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

  11. Tmel
    • 10 Years
    10 months, 15 days ago

    Should I prioritise Jimenez > Werner or Podence > Grealish?

    1. MarcusAurelius
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      10 months, 15 days ago

      Iv done Jimmy to Werner this week

  12. Lucky Z
    • 4 Years
    10 months, 15 days ago

    Ziyech is rising tonight?

    1. Amey
      • 2 Years
      10 months, 15 days ago

      Difficult to tell

    2. Party time
      10 months, 15 days ago

      Depends on the missus

      1. Bathman315
        • 5 Years
        10 months, 14 days ago

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

  13. HMC
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 11 Years
    10 months, 15 days 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
      • 6 Years
      10 months, 15 days ago

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

    2. FourLokoLeipzig
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      10 months, 15 days 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

  14. schlupptheweek
    • 7 Years
    10 months, 15 days 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.

  15. Stand By Mee
    • 5 Years
    10 months, 15 days 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?

  16. Ronnies
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 6 Years
    10 months, 15 days ago

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

    Tnks.

    1. No Professionals
      • 4 Years
      10 months, 15 days 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
      • 5 Years
      10 months, 15 days 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
      • 4 Years
      10 months, 15 days ago

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

  17. nerd_is_the_werd
    • 1 Year
    10 months, 15 days 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
      • 5 Years
      10 months, 15 days ago

      Free hit or use -4

    2. nerd_is_the_werd
      • 1 Year
      10 months, 15 days 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
        • 5 Years
        10 months, 15 days ago

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

        1. Miguel Sanchez
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 5 Years
          10 months, 15 days 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
        • 7 Years
        10 months, 15 days ago

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

    3. nerd_is_the_werd
      • 1 Year
      10 months, 15 days 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!

  18. The Red Devil
    • 6 Years
    10 months, 15 days ago

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

    1. No Professionals
      • 4 Years
      10 months, 15 days ago

      No hit for lamptey

      1. The Red Devil
        • 6 Years
        10 months, 15 days ago

        Play kilman?

        1. The Units
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 11 Years
          10 months, 15 days ago

          Yes

  19. Denis Tueart on the wing
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 11 Years
    10 months, 15 days 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

  20. The 12th Man
    • 8 Years
    10 months, 15 days 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…
      • 11 Years
      10 months, 15 days ago

      D looks tasty.

  21. 1966 was a great year for E…
    • 11 Years
    10 months, 15 days ago

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

    1. The 12th Man
      • 8 Years
      10 months, 15 days ago

      Probably Coufal.

  22. abaalan
    • 5 Years
    10 months, 15 days ago

    Own Pulisic, Lamptey, Saiss and Mitchell.

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

  23. BobbyDoesNotLook
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 4 Years
    10 months, 15 days 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
      • 2 Years
      10 months, 15 days ago

      Keep Soucek and get Grealish next week

  24. Stand By Mee
    • 5 Years
    10 months, 15 days ago

    Bowen or Fornals as a one week punt against Fulham?

    1. BobbyDoesNotLook
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      10 months, 15 days 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. 😀

  25. Denis Tueart on the wing
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 11 Years
    10 months, 15 days ago

    Do anyone know what time the pressers are tomorrow

  26. BobbyDoesNotLook
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 4 Years
    10 months, 15 days ago

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

  27. Bretth96
    • 1 Year
    10 months, 15 days ago

    Planning to WC GW10,

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

  28. amonito
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 2 Years
    10 months, 15 days ago

    Coufal or Cresswell?

    1. Jon Wills
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      10 months, 15 days ago

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

  29. mowzer
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 9 Years
    10 months, 15 days ago

    No look in for Vardy as a Captain?

    1. Ooh Ah Cantona
      10 months, 14 days 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..

    2. Ooh Ah Cantona
      10 months, 14 days ago

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

  30. ameenkw
    • 8 Years
    10 months, 15 days 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
    ..