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. BBC_TF
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 10 Years
    2 months, 17 days ago

    Buy Coufal, Lamptey or Masuaku?

    1. Twisted Saltergater
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 11 Years
      2 months, 17 days ago

      Lamptey > Masuaku > Coufal

    2. wulfranian
      • 4 Years
      2 months, 17 days ago

      Coufal

    3. potatoace
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      2 months, 17 days ago

      Masuaku. But you'll want Lamptey too.

      1. Eddie - Back to Square Owen
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 8 Years
        2 months, 17 days ago

        Coufal safer than Masuaku i think, Masuaka could get dropped if go 4 at back for easier games.

        Lamptey for me.

  2. wulfranian
    • 4 Years
    2 months, 17 days ago

    Coleman,Digne,Rodriguez all there.
    https://twitter.com/Everton/status/1324328129205329921

    1. Twisted Saltergater
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 11 Years
      2 months, 17 days ago

      Hames to finally take a penalty, hopefully

    2. KUN+10
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      2 months, 17 days ago

      Well...I would expect so, its the team photo

      1. wulfranian
        • 4 Years
        2 months, 17 days ago

        Of course,they went for a beer after.

  3. 1justlookin
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 9 Years
    2 months, 17 days ago

    Thinking of wildcarding this team -

    McCarthy, Nyland
    TAA, Saiss, Taylor, Targett, Mitchell.
    Salah, Son, Foden, Grealish, Stephens.
    Kane, Jiminez, Mitrovic.

    Any reason not to do this?

    1. Ha.
      • 5 Years
      2 months, 17 days ago

      It’s passable

      I would wait for GW10 and fixture changes

      1. 1justlookin
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 9 Years
        2 months, 17 days ago

        Yeah, that was my original plan but I definitely need to get rid of TAA & Foden & the rest of my defense needs sorting out as well as a couple of other tweaks.

    2. The Ilfordian
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      2 months, 17 days ago

      Mitro to Wilson and Saiss to Balbuena buys you a week to the IB?

  4. Vazza
      2 months, 17 days ago

      Bottomed on previous page.

      Rate these defenders with the fixtures as we know. Really difficult to pick, good form and/or fixtures and tempting price points. Dont own any defenders from these teams (Chillwell too pricey atm)

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

    • Steve The Spud
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      2 months, 17 days ago

      Watching the game

      Kane looked fine, we were cruising and vini has done ok so far so deserved a whole half

    • Baines on Toast...
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      2 months, 17 days ago

      Kane off at HT?

      1. Ha.
        • 5 Years
        2 months, 17 days ago

        Yes

        1. Baines on Toast...
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 10 Years
          2 months, 17 days ago

          Injured?

          1. Ha.
            • 5 Years
            2 months, 17 days ago

            No

            1. Baines on Toast...
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 10 Years
              2 months, 17 days ago

              Sure?

              1. Twisted Saltergater
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 11 Years
                2 months, 17 days ago

                Yes

              2. Ha.
                • 5 Years
                2 months, 17 days ago

                Maybe

                I don’t know

                Can you repeat the question?

                1. Miguel Sanchez
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 4 Years
                  2 months, 17 days ago

                  You’re not the boss of me now.

                2. Baines on Toast...
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 10 Years
                  2 months, 17 days ago

                  You’re not the boss of me now

                3. Twisted Saltergater
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 11 Years
                  2 months, 17 days ago

                  You’re not the boss of me now

                4. liner
                  • 4 Years
                  2 months, 17 days ago

                  And you not so big!

                  1. Miguel Sanchez
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 4 Years
                    2 months, 17 days ago

                    Life is unfair

    • JURGENAUT
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      2 months, 17 days ago

      Anyone going with Martial?

      1. Stram Dunk
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 1 Year
        2 months, 17 days ago

        Rash here

        1. Ha.
          • 5 Years
          2 months, 17 days ago

          See a doctor

          1. Vazza
              2 months, 17 days ago

              Ha.

            • Stram Dunk
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 1 Year
              2 months, 17 days ago

              Ha

          2. Ze_Austin
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 2 Years
            2 months, 17 days ago

            Doc here

      2. afsr
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        2 months, 17 days ago

        G2G or get someone for a hit?

        Martinez
        Сhilwell, Lamptey, Saiss
        Salah (C), Son, Bruno, Podence
        Kane, DCL, Bamford

        Forster, Burke, Mitchell, Dunne
        0FT, 2.9 ITB

        A - Burke -> Bowen (-4)
        B - Podence -> Bowen (-4)
        C - Podence -> Ziyech (-4)
        D - Saiss -> Cresswell/Coufal
        E - G2G

        1. BobbyDoesNotLook
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 3 Years
          2 months, 17 days ago

          Why not Fornals?

      3. Brosstan
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 6 Years
        2 months, 17 days ago

        Kane absolutely nailed for WBA - TC incoming

        1. Miguel Sanchez
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 4 Years
          2 months, 17 days ago

          Only way to benefit with 190% EO

        2. KUN+10
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 6 Years
          2 months, 17 days ago

          I dont know about TC

      4. The Mandalorian
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 8 Years
        2 months, 17 days ago

        Kane and Sissoko got subbed at half time. In the world of FPL it means they're injured. In the world of football it's called a tactical substitution.

        1. diesel001
          • 4 Years
          2 months, 17 days ago

          I can accept it is tactical. But it would be nice if Jose confirmed it to remove some doubt. Ideally Jose would just come out and say Kane is starting on Sunday.

          1. Ginkapo FPL
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 9 Years
            2 months, 17 days ago

            Kane is due to get injured, maybe not today but due soon so I took him off.

            Does that help?

        2. Ginkapo FPL
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 9 Years
          2 months, 17 days ago

          Sell Kane

      5. some witty pun
        • 8 Years
        2 months, 17 days ago

        No one else concerned with Werner getting rested? Played full 90 midweek, and we know Lampard dares to drop him - was dropped last week against Burnley untill Pulisic got injured at warmup

        1. diesel001
          • 4 Years
          2 months, 17 days ago

          I think he is benched. But will probably get 20 mins at the end to keep him ticking over. But I want to keep him for Newcastle and he isn't a massive worry for me even if he only gets a point.

          1. HMC
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 10 Years
            2 months, 17 days ago

            So you’re saying this is not a good week to buy him?

      6. gomez123
        • 7 Years
        2 months, 17 days ago

        Is Lamptey fit??

        1. Joey Tribbiani
            2 months, 17 days ago

            Not my type

            1. gomez123
              • 7 Years
              2 months, 17 days ago

              Ha!!

          • Twisted Saltergater
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 11 Years
            2 months, 17 days ago

            If you like them short, yes.

          • Ha.
            • 5 Years
            2 months, 17 days ago

            I would

        2. BEEZUS
          • 7 Years
          2 months, 17 days ago

          Best Ings replacement? Have Kane and DCL.

          1. Stram Dunk
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 1 Year
            2 months, 17 days ago

            Werner

        3. 1justlookin
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 9 Years
          2 months, 17 days ago

          Reference my post above, this is what Im thinking for my WC team -

          Leno, Forster.
          Chilwell, Zouma, Coufal, Taylor, KIlma.
          Salah, Hamez, Son, Grealish, Soucek.
          Kane, DCL, Watkins.

          What do you think?

        4. bitars
          • 3 Years
          2 months, 17 days ago

          Bench one out of these.

          1) Lamptey

          2) Trent

          3) Bellerin

          4) Chilwell

          1. No Professionals
            • 3 Years
            2 months, 17 days ago

            Trent

        5. Karan14
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 4 Years
          2 months, 17 days ago

          INJURY UPDATE

          Michail Antonio is expected to return to action for the Sheffield United game after the international break.

          Aaron Cresswell and Mark Noble are both fit and available for selection this weekend.

          @ExWHUemployee

          1. Corgzzzz
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 5 Years
            2 months, 17 days ago

            Now thats good news .............

          2. Twisted Saltergater
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 11 Years
            2 months, 17 days ago

            Is the ExWHUemployee, Slaven Bilic?

            1. CRO KLOPP
              • 3 Years
              2 months, 17 days ago

              I am not

          3. wulfranian
            • 4 Years
            2 months, 17 days ago

            Damn,now i can't get Haller.

            1. Twisted Saltergater
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 11 Years
              2 months, 17 days ago

              it's a blessing

              1. wulfranian
                • 4 Years
                2 months, 17 days ago

                🙂

          4. wulfranian
            • 4 Years
            2 months, 17 days ago

            Can't find it in twitter.Do you have a link?

        6. Ronnies
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 5 Years
          2 months, 17 days ago

          Best option;

          Both options cost me -4.

          A) TAA, Bissouma >> Chilwell, Bowen (352)

          B) Mane, Lewis >> KDB, Chilwell (442)

          Currently own 3 Liverpool.

          Cheers.

        7. IRBOX ⚽
          • 3 Years
          2 months, 17 days ago

          Possible Kane injury?

          1. No Professionals
            • 3 Years
            2 months, 17 days ago

            Here we go...

          2. Hazz
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 3 Years
            2 months, 17 days ago

            Where have you heard that mate? Fancy posting a link?

          3. Twisted Saltergater
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 11 Years
            2 months, 17 days ago

            anything's possible

          4. KUN+10
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 6 Years
            2 months, 17 days ago

            Yes, sale

        8. It’s gonna Ben Mee
          • 7 Years
          2 months, 17 days ago

          Captain:

          A) Son
          B) Kane

          1. No Professionals
            • 3 Years
            2 months, 17 days ago

            Ah interesting, not thought about that...

            Kane

          2. Scholes Out Forever
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 7 Years
            2 months, 17 days ago

            Im going Son

            Better away stats, his pace will fare better against a slower WBA backline

        9. Sarri-ball
          • 11 Years
          2 months, 17 days ago

          Last call on wildcard

          A) werner/son
          B) kane/zaha

        10. HMC
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 10 Years
          2 months, 17 days ago

          Jimenez form so far

          Goal
          Goal
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          Goal
          Goal
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          ......

          Sell this week or hold 2FT?

          1. No Professionals
            • 3 Years
            2 months, 17 days ago

            Depends who you get

            1. HMC
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 10 Years
              2 months, 17 days ago

              Tempted by Werner but the “he will be benched” rumors putting me off.
              Would move to either Wilson or Antonio (not this week) to free up funds to get Kdb soon

          2. Good Times
            • 7 Years
            2 months, 17 days ago

            I have quite a few fires, kinda overwhelmed so might hold and do the mini wildcard over the ITB

          3. Gravless are for Kinnear
            • 7 Years
            2 months, 17 days ago

            Well considering he'll score in two of the next three games, I'd keep

          4. Twisted Saltergater
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 11 Years
            2 months, 17 days ago

            In the same boat.

            Werner - worried about a rest seeing as that was the plan last weekend, and him playing 90 mins in CL.
            Vardy - don't like the Wolves fixture.
            Jesus - maybe a gameweek to early

            Think I'm going to keep.

          5. Original - Wolves Ay We
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 5 Years
            2 months, 17 days ago

            Hold for a surprise hat-trick

        11. Good Times
          • 7 Years
          2 months, 17 days ago

          Would you save the ft with this team?

          Guaita
          James zouma Lamptey
          Salah Son zaha foden
          Kane Jimi dcl
          Steer Saiss scraps

          James, Saiss, foden rotation risks and Jimi not looking as good as last season without Doherty....

        12. LordEllison
          • 5 Years
          2 months, 17 days ago

          Hey all, have 2 FTs and 0.2 ITB not sure what to do, any ideas?. Thanks!

          McCarthy
          Trent Reguilon KWP Rjames
          Salah Sterling Son ASM
          DCL Werner

          Steer Bissouma Mitchell Brewster

          1. Good Times
            • 7 Years
            2 months, 17 days ago

            Are you comfortable with James being a rotation doubt?

          2. Manani
            • 9 Years
            2 months, 17 days ago

            james>zouma/coufal?

            Reguilon, Mitchell, James all 3 can be rotated, so you risk playing 10 man

        13. Manani
          • 9 Years
          2 months, 17 days ago

          barnes>Ziyech or save FT?

          1. DannyDrinkVodka
            • 1 Year
            2 months, 17 days ago

            Tough one, I would saaaaaaave by a hair

        14. HuttonDressedasLahm
          • 11 Years
          2 months, 17 days ago

          A. Fornals
          B. Bowen
          C. Avoid Hammers trap

          1. Lucky Z
            • 3 Years
            2 months, 17 days ago

            B

          2. Hazz
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 3 Years
            2 months, 17 days ago

            It might be that Fornals is the better option, especially when you take into account Sheffield United are weaker down his side for the following week.

            1. Hazz
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 3 Years
              2 months, 17 days ago

              Having said that Antonio is better, just in unlucky to miss Fulham.

              1. HuttonDressedasLahm
                • 11 Years
                2 months, 17 days ago

                Clearly, but Fulham is the kicker

        15. Lucky Z
          • 3 Years
          2 months, 17 days ago

          Guys, please help:

          A. Puli => Ziyech
          B. Puli => Bowen
          C. Save FT and hope he'll start (Mitchell | Brewster | Targett is the bench)

          1. Don Kloppeone
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 3 Years
            2 months, 17 days ago

            A of those

        16. Igz08
          • 3 Years
          2 months, 17 days ago

          Jiménez out for a hit? Got 1.0 itb

          1. Vazza
              2 months, 17 days ago

              No way!! Keep him for the foreseeable..

            • Twisted Saltergater
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 11 Years
              2 months, 17 days ago

              to who?

            • Igz08
              • 3 Years
              2 months, 17 days ago

              Probably not

            • Stand By Mee
              • 4 Years
              2 months, 17 days ago

              I did Jimenez to Wilson for a hit but only because I'll need the cash to upgrade Son to either Bruno or Kd.

              I already have Kane and Spurs fixtures turn really bad on gw 9. However, I must admit the risk of this move to backfire is pretty big.

          2. yanky
            • 11 Years
            2 months, 17 days ago

            wildcard after start of gameweek, so I need a ONE WEEK transfer only

            a) Mitchell > Zouma
            b) Podence > Zaha
            c) Bissouma > Bowen (bench Podence)

          3. Bruno Bruno!!
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 5 Years
            2 months, 17 days ago

            Yes or No:

            Periera -> Bowen

          4. Don Kloppeone
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 3 Years
            2 months, 17 days ago

            Struggling with what best to do with 2FT. Pulisic is the main issue and I may have lost patience with LIV def not delivering value.

            2FT 1.1itb
            Martinez
            Robbo*, Chilwell, Dallas
            Salah, Son, Pulisic*, Grealish
            Kane, DCL, Bamford
            (Forster) (KWP, Stephens, Branthwaite)

            A) Puli, Robbo > Ziyech, Cresswell/ Coufal/ Bellerin (2FT)
            B) Puli, Robbo > Rodriguez (if fit), Zouma (2FT)
            C) Puli > Ziyech (roll an FT)
            D) Puli move as above + Improve bench (Stephens or Branthwaite > ?)

            Cheers