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…

KEY MATCHES

Newcastle United v Chelsea

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517 Comments Post a Comment
  1. Silent Friend
    • 9 Years
    3 months, 18 days ago

    FIRST time captain Bruno

    1. Buck The Trent
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      3 months, 18 days ago

      Cheeky

  2. Assist me a river
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 4 Years
    3 months, 18 days ago

    WC active - Struggle city over here. Need some advice please

    McCarthy
    Cancelo - Targett - James
    Fernandes - KdB - Grealish - Ziyech
    Bamford - Vardy - DCL

    Bench: Forster, Lamptey, Coufal, Bissouma

    1. fpork
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      3 months, 18 days ago

      I quite like it, but I think Chilwell is a must.

    2. Toblerone52 - Hung like a H…
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      3 months, 18 days ago

      Good to go

  3. Jataganac
    • 2 Years
    3 months, 18 days ago

    Rashford or Ziyech for next 5 GW?

    1. fpork
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      3 months, 18 days ago

      Ziyech because of price. I think they could be quite equal.

    2. linkafu
      • 1 Year
      3 months, 18 days ago

      Z like Zlatan, Z like Zidane, Z like Zoro, Z like Ziyech, do not hesitate

  4. Lutherc71
      3 months, 18 days ago

      McCarthy
      Targett Chillwell Masuaku
      Rodriguez Grealish Bruno Zaha Son
      DCL Vardy

      Ryan Bamford Lamptey Dallas

      Who to bench?
      A) Son
      B) Bamford

      1. fpork
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        3 months, 18 days ago

        Bamford

        1. thom830g
          • 3 Years
          3 months, 18 days ago

          this

      2. Tcheco
        • 3 Years
        3 months, 18 days ago

        Jrod

        I think Bamford scores this week

        1. Tcheco
          • 3 Years
          3 months, 18 days ago

          Son if it’s only between those 2

        2. Lutherc71
            3 months, 18 days ago

            I think James could have a great fixture to shine against Fulham, but I will think about that, thanks!

      3. fpork
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        3 months, 18 days ago

        Play KWP (WOL away) or Soucek (SHU away)?

        1. Captain Scarlet
          • 7 Years
          3 months, 18 days ago

          Soucek

        2. Tcheco
          • 3 Years
          3 months, 18 days ago

          Soucek easy

        3. ElChapo
          • 2 Years
          3 months, 18 days ago

          Soucek, by some distance aswell.

      4. Gandalf
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 10 Years
        3 months, 18 days ago

        My main WC decision boiled down to:

        A. Mané + Bamford (leaving cash in bank to do Mané > Salah when his return confirmed)

        B. Ziyech + Vardy (and waiting until GW12 to get Salah back in)

        Which do you prefer?

        1. waltzingmatildas
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 10 Years
          3 months, 18 days ago

          Tough. A for me

        2. KDB4PREZ
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 1 Year
          3 months, 18 days ago

          B

        3. Bobby's Teeth
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 4 Years
          3 months, 18 days ago

          A

        4. caldracula
          • 5 Years
          3 months, 18 days ago

          B and it’s not even close

      5. Toblerone52 - Hung like a H…
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        3 months, 18 days ago

        Good write up. Grealish or fernandes is a tough call.

      6. Steve The Spud
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 1 Year
        3 months, 18 days ago

        got all my chores lined up for tomorrow morning before settling in for a big day of football rom 2pm onwards

        don't want to watch a boring 0-0 between Chelsea and Newcastle anyway !

        1. Toblerone52 - Hung like a H…
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 4 Years
          3 months, 18 days ago

          I'll take the zouma clean lol

        2. ElChapo
          • 2 Years
          3 months, 18 days ago

          get jamal lewis in this case

      7. Weeb Kakashi
        • 5 Years
        3 months, 18 days ago

        Salah Rashford Ziyech Son
        Kane Jimenez Watkins

        Best Salah Replacement?

        1. Ajax Hamsterdam
          • 6 Years
          3 months, 18 days ago

          Bruno imo

        2. Toblerone52 - Hung like a H…
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 4 Years
          3 months, 18 days ago

          Nice front line. City mid should be target to add to that imo.

        3. ElChapo
          • 2 Years
          3 months, 18 days ago

          Bruno for a one week (C), any longer, probably KDB

      8. El Presidente
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 1 Year
        3 months, 18 days ago

        I just dont like KO time for Chelsea after an IB... there is something telling me to... avoid!

        1. ElChapo
          • 2 Years
          3 months, 18 days ago

          agreed, partly the reason i've just gone for one CHE def

      9. RED_ARMY
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        3 months, 18 days ago

        Werner to Vardy or keep Werner or try fitting both

        1. JVALDEZ
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 8 Years
          3 months, 18 days ago

          defo not worth a transfer, I'm considering captaining Timo now puli is ruled out.

      10. Maddamotha
        • 4 Years
        3 months, 18 days ago

        Salah >

        A) Ziyech
        B) KDB

        I own Rashford, so don't wanna double upon Man Utd attack.

        1. Toblerone52 - Hung like a H…
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 4 Years
          3 months, 18 days ago

          De bruyne

        2. waltzingmatildas
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 10 Years
          3 months, 18 days ago

          B

        3. ElChapo
          • 2 Years
          3 months, 18 days ago

          B

      11. mrtapio
        • 5 Years
        3 months, 18 days ago

        DCL or Mané captain? Also got Watkins/Grealish, but DCL or Mané for me this GW.

        1. JVALDEZ
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 8 Years
          3 months, 18 days ago

          dcl

      12. Karan14
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        3 months, 18 days ago

        Wilson owners keeping or selling?

        1. JVALDEZ
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 8 Years
          3 months, 18 days ago

          i'd sell for bam or watkins, depending if you have other pressing issues

          1. Karan14
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 4 Years
            3 months, 18 days ago

            Will be for a hit and I can't get Watkins.

        2. 1912 F.A Cup Winners
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 3 Years
          3 months, 18 days ago

          Sold for Watkins here mate!!

        3. Olson
          • 6 Years
          3 months, 18 days ago

          80% goal involvement and keeping up with all the massive overperformers at a canter.

          If you can bench, bench

          1. Karan14
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 4 Years
            3 months, 18 days ago

            Yup sounds he may be fit for this week but definitely from next week onwards and Newcastle do have 5-6 good fixtures from next week.

            1. Captain Scarlet
              • 7 Years
              3 months, 18 days ago

              This.

      13. ChickenTikkaMoSalah
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        3 months, 18 days ago

        Martinez (Button)
        Zouma,Lamptey,Konsa,Chilwell (Kilman)
        Salah*,Son,Bruno,Grealish (Bissouma)
        Kane,DCL (Brewster)

        Sterling or KDB as replacement for Salah?

        1. The Son-dance Kid
          • 2 Years
          3 months, 18 days ago

          KDB safer a bet

      14. Aubamewho
        • 3 Years
        3 months, 18 days ago

        Thoughts on moves, please?

        A) Son, Jrod, Maupay > Ziyech, Grealish, DCL? (- 4)
        B) Jrod, Maupay > Ziyech, Watkins

        Mccarthy | Steer
        Chilwell | KWP | kilman | Justin | Mitchell
        Salah | Sterling | Son | Zaha | Jrod
        Kane | Maupay | Brewster

        2FT, 0.2 itb

        1. ElChapo
          • 2 Years
          3 months, 18 days ago

          B - team is good enough to not take a hit, also stop yourself scrambling to get Salah back in next week.

      15. AlpoShearer
        • 3 Years
        3 months, 18 days ago

        Ziyech for Foden - 4
        Yes or no?

        1. Captain Scarlet
          • 7 Years
          3 months, 18 days ago

          Not for me.

        2. linkafu
          • 1 Year
          3 months, 18 days ago

          Are you with us?

        3. Tcheco
          • 3 Years
          3 months, 18 days ago

          Not for -4

          1. linkafu
            • 1 Year
            3 months, 18 days ago

            Not even for +4

            1. AlpoShearer
              • 3 Years
              3 months, 18 days ago

              Cheers

      16. RubeRx
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 6 Years
        3 months, 18 days ago

        I brought in Alex Telles on WC

        Feels good.

        Anyone else?

        1. Saïss doesn't mat…
          • 4 Years
          3 months, 18 days ago

          could be a good diff

        2. Tcheco
          • 3 Years
          3 months, 18 days ago

          Nice move. Crossing machine & looked to be on a few set pieces when he played

        3. linkafu
          • 1 Year
          3 months, 18 days ago

          Good move

      17. Bielsa Murderball
          3 months, 18 days ago

          is klich to ziyech worth a hit?

          1. Toblerone52 - Hung like a H…
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 4 Years
            3 months, 18 days ago

            Probs

          2. _Ninja_
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 10 Years
            3 months, 18 days ago

            I think so yes.

          3. linkafu
            • 1 Year
            3 months, 18 days ago

            Everyday

          4. ElChapo
            • 2 Years
            3 months, 18 days ago

            would Klich be starting for your team this week? if no hold, if yes, probably.

        • dbeck
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 3 Years
          3 months, 18 days ago

          Vardy, Werner or Jesus on WC, alongside Bamford and DCL, any strong views?

          1. _Ninja_
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 10 Years
            3 months, 18 days ago

            Vardy

          2. waltzingmatildas
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 10 Years
            3 months, 18 days ago

            Of those, Vardy

        • Miguel Sanchez
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 4 Years
          3 months, 18 days ago

          Fernandes to score his Premier League first open play goal at Old Trafford this weekend?

          1. Miguel Sanchez
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 4 Years
            3 months, 18 days ago

            Correction - Fernandes has yet to score at OT in open play in any competition

          2. Steve The Spud
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 1 Year
            3 months, 18 days ago

            Sure, small sample size and quality player - matter of time

          3. ElChapo
            • 2 Years
            3 months, 18 days ago

            maybe not, we are absolutely awful at breaking teams down, especially at home. a 1-0 either way wouldn't surprise me.

        • zøphar
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 11 Years
          3 months, 18 days ago

          Quality article as always

        • waltzingmatildas
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 10 Years
          3 months, 18 days ago

          Which front 8 do you prefer?
          A)
          Mane KDB Bruno Grealish Soucek
          DCL Bamford Watkins

          B)
          Mane KDB Bruno Soucek Bissouma
          DCL Bamford Vardy

          1. ElChapo
            • 2 Years
            3 months, 18 days ago

            tough one for me. not too keen on a villa double up, but also not massive on Vardy.

            probably B

        • Aladdin Sané
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 6 Years
          3 months, 18 days ago

          Would you wildcard this lot? Few issues (Saiss, Salah, Podence) and looking to take advantage of fixture swings. Thanks

          McCarthy Steer*
          Chilwell Saiss* Justin Coufal Mitchell*
          Salah* Son* Grealish Podence* Bissouma
          Kane* Werner DCL

          1. Captain Scarlet
            • 7 Years
            3 months, 18 days ago

            I'd wait. I reckon Saiss will play and I can see Kane getting a goal against City, with a high likelihood that Son could get at least something also. Only change I'd consider is Salah to Bruno.

          2. ElChapo
            • 2 Years
            3 months, 18 days ago

            think it's a hold, have you got any transfers?

            Salah > Bruno is obvious for one week atleast

        • GrandGaming
            3 months, 18 days ago

            (1) Bamford, Martinez and Cancelo
            (2) Jota, Martinez and Cancelo
            (3) Ziyech, McCarthy, Kilman

            Essentially comes down to Bamford or Jota (allowing slightly better defence) or Ziyech.

            1. arkom
              • 4 Years
              3 months, 18 days ago

              1

            2. waltzingmatildas
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 10 Years
              3 months, 18 days ago

              Hmm, I like 1

          • arkom
            • 4 Years
            3 months, 18 days ago

            Chilwell / Cancelo / Coufal / Justin / XXX

            A) Lewis
            or?
            B) Kilman

            And why?!

          • Pulp Minion
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 9 Years
            3 months, 18 days ago

            Best cheap (4.3 or less) defender? I prefer a playing one over 3.9 non playing

            1) Kilman
            2) Lewis
            3) Other?

            1. Buck The Trent
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 9 Years
              3 months, 18 days ago

              2

            2. Hazz
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 3 Years
              3 months, 18 days ago

              Kilman plays for the far better team, although Lewis is more nailed & better short-term fixtures. (Although they're still Newcastle - not fixture is great.)

              1. Pulp Minion
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 9 Years
                3 months, 18 days ago

                It will probably come down to "How did I get a Newcastle player in my team!!"

            3. linkafu
              • 1 Year
              3 months, 18 days ago

              Lewis for me. After Chelsea, Newcastle has a nice run of fixtures.

          • Slitherene
            • 2 Years
            3 months, 18 days ago

            Martinez Fodder
            PvA Lamptey Taylor
            KdB Bruno | X | | X |
            Vardy Richarlison Watkins
            Soucek Justin Lewis

            A. Get Mane & Berge now, Sterling for Mane in GW 11, then Salah for Sterling in GW 12

            Mane (LEI, bha(c))
            Berge (wba)
            Sterling (FUL(c))
            Soucek (shu)
            Taylor (EVE)

            B. Get Grealish & Ziyech, then both out for Salah & Berge whenever Salah is back.

            Grealish (BHA, whu, NEW)
            Ziyech (new, TOT, LEE)

            1. Captain Scarlet
              • 7 Years
              3 months, 18 days ago

              B and then reassess next week.

          • Teror
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 6 Years
            3 months, 18 days ago

            If there was a women's FPL would you play it?

          • Brosstan
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 6 Years
            3 months, 18 days ago

            Salah news anyone?

            1. linkafu
              • 1 Year
              3 months, 18 days ago

              Still hangover since his brother's wedding

            2. FPL_Motty
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              3 months, 18 days ago

              On a plane to London today, getting tested on arrival. No idea what this means for his availability - Jurgen may have some updates at 12pm

            3. g40steve
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 2 Years
              3 months, 18 days ago

              Mentioned a cough