Captain Sensible

Who are the best FPL captain options for Gameweek 9?

Ahead of Gameweek 9, a costly international break and tricky fixtures make for one of the most challenging Fantasy Premier League captaincy debates of the season so far.

Our teams are awash with multi-coloured flags representing injuries and positive coronavirus (COVID-19) tests, limiting our ability to trust assets we have regularly turned to for the armband in 2020/21.

Mohamed Salah (£12.3m) is set to miss at least the next Premier League game as he recovers from COVID-19 while this year’s top-scoring assets so far in Harry Kane (£11.0m) and Son Heung-min (£9.5m) face Manchester City.

But fear not, the Captain Sensible article is here to help you pick the best captain from the bunch this week.

As ever, this uses extensive data from the Fantasy Football Scout Premium Members Area so only those with a valid subscription can access it in full.

CAPTAIN POLL

For the first time since last season, Bruno Fernandes (£10.6m) is the runaway leader in a Fantasy Football Scout captain poll, fresh from a 17-point haul at Everton in Gameweek 8.

The Portuguese midfielder has gained more than a third of all votes ahead of Manchester United’s favourable fixture against relegation candidates West Bromwich Albion. 

Fernandes appears to be the only trustworthy Fantasy option among the alternatives for this particular fixture, as no other Manchester United player achieved more than 2% of votes.

Competing for the second and third-place spots are Jack Grealish (£7.5m) and Hakim Ziyech (£8.2m) with 11.9% and 10.3% of votes, respectively. 

The Aston Villa midfielder enjoyed a busy week with the English national team, starting all three of their international break matches, against Ireland, Belgium and Iceland. Deserved game-time considering the four goals and six assists Grealish has registered in the Premier League this season; only Salah (67) and Son (74) have more points among midfielders at this stage.

Ziyech, meanwhile, continued his great form by scoring three goals and providing two assist in two games for Morocco having put up double-figure hauls in both of his league starts for Chelsea in 2020/21.

The remaining players with more than 5% of votes are Dominic Calvert-Lewin (£7.8m, 9.9% of votes), as well as Chelsea’s left back Ben Chilwell (£6.0m, 8.4%) his team-mate, Timo Werner (£9.4m, 5.7%).

With so many premium assets not featuring at the top-end of the poll this week, is it possible Fantasy managers are overlooking options that still have potential for Gameweek 9? Let’s find out…

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517 Comments Post a Comment
  1. Disturbed
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 6 Years
    11 days, 17 hours ago

    Play Kilman or Lamptey?

  2. The Count of Monte Cristo
    • 8 Years
    11 days, 17 hours ago

    WC available but would like an extra week amid this uncertainty. Thinking TAA + Salah --> Cancelo + Bruno (C) for a -4 this GW?

    McCarthy
    TAA** -- Chilwell -- Justin -- Targett
    Salah** -- Son -- Grealish -- Soucek
    Kane -- Wilson**

    4.0 -- Mitrovic -- Bissouma -- Mitchell [1FT + 3.5m ITB]

    1. The Count of Monte Cristo
      • 8 Years
      11 days, 17 hours ago

      Considering Mitrovic --> DCL for an extra (-4) hit - is that crazy talk? Just want rid of Mitro.

      1. Shineonme
        • 4 Years
        11 days, 17 hours ago

        Probably best time to do it if you want rid. DLC will probably outscore mitro by 20 + pts over the next 7 games imo

    2. FantasyHero
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      11 days, 12 hours ago

      I think taa + salah out is a good move
      Even for next week your team doesn't look like one requiring WC usage. Maybe another hit next week and your team is good to go.

  3. RedJive79
    • 1 Year
    11 days, 16 hours ago

    Start Michell or Lamptey? Is the rest GTG?

    Martinez
    Chillwell / Coufal / Mitchell
    Bruno(c) / Jota / KDB / Grealish / Ziyech
    Kane / DCL

    Steer / Lamptey / Brewster / Dunne

  4. middyjim
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 8 Years
    11 days, 13 hours ago

    Wildcard Active
    Thoughts?
    Martinez
    Cancelo, James, Walker Peters
    KDB, Ziyech, Grealish, Jota
    DCL, Werner, Kane
    Fabri, Soucek, Dias, Phillips

    1. Neves say Neves
      • 2 Years
      11 days, 9 hours ago

      Personally I'd switch kane and james to vardy and chilwell

  5. martyhan
    • 8 Years
    11 days, 13 hours ago

    Am I G2G?

    McCarthy
    Chilwell balbuena targett
    Ziyech mane bruno grealish kdb
    Dcl Watkins

    Subs dias Brewster n. Williams Forster

    1. Neves say Neves
      • 2 Years
      11 days, 9 hours ago

      Very nice. Who are you captaining?

      1. martyhan
        • 8 Years
        11 days, 9 hours ago

        Going bruno

  6. Thewonderfulgame
    • 4 Years
    11 days, 12 hours ago

    Odds of Phil Foden starting (following blistering appearance for Lions)?

    1. Forcella Boys
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      10 days, 22 hours ago

      Thinking same tbh, already taken -4 but gonna change Foden>KDB for a hit as not sure Foden will play.

  7. Thewonderfulgame
    • 4 Years
    11 days, 11 hours ago

    Who should I bin - Podence or Foden?

    1. Neves say Neves
      • 2 Years
      11 days, 9 hours ago

      Foden

  8. Neves say Neves
    • 2 Years
    11 days, 9 hours ago

    McCarthy
    Chilwell Cresswell Reguilon
    Salah Son Ziyech Grealish Soucek
    Kane DCL

    Nyland Brewster Justin Ferguson
    2.8ITB 1FT

    A) Salah --> KDB
    B) Salah + Son --> KDB + Bruno -4
    C) Salah + Reguilon --> KDB + Cancelo -4
    D) Other?
    Ta

  9. Jabler79
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 4 Years
    10 days, 22 hours ago

    Struggling with this decision. Have money ITB for ASM to KDB but was saving for next week thinking Salah was going to play this week. Now my midfield looks weak. So should I take a -4 for this move now?

  10. Mambino
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 7 Years
    10 days, 21 hours ago

    Was going get rid of Son but his record is actually good against City