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Who is the best captain for FPL Gameweek 9?

Deputy Editor Tom joined Scoutcast regular Joe earlier today to look at the best captaincy candidates for Fantasy Premier League (FPL) in Gameweek 9.

You can watch the video either embedded in this article below or on our YouTube channel.

Chelsea certainly have the most appealing fixture as they host Norwich City in Saturday’s early kick-off. 

That’s why it is no surprise to see Romelu Lukaku (£11.7m) top of the latest poll. Even team-mate Timo Werner (£8.6m) makes a rare appearance in the current top five!

However, Mohamed Salah’s (£12.8m) form, paired with Manchester United’s recent defensive struggles, ensure that this week’s captaincy decision maybe isn’t quite as clear-cut as we first thought.

In our video, we also discuss some of the less considered options, such as Kevin De Bruyne (£11.9m), Jamie Vardy (£10.6m), Son Heung-min (£10.1m) and Harry Kane (£12.1m), all of whom have under 3% backing in the poll.

You can cast your vote on the widget of our home page or below, and be sure to subscribe to our YouTube channel to get notified of future episodes.

Don’t forget to check back for our Captain Sensible article later in the week, which will delve into even more detail on the main runners and riders.

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  1. Weak Become Heros
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 3 Years
    1 month, 16 days ago

    Rom all day.

    1. Chelsea Dagger
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      1 month, 16 days ago

      flat track bully time

  2. Greenbackbøøg…
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 7 Years
    1 month, 16 days ago

    Is Buendia nailed on in this villa team now?

  3. Scots Gooner
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 5 Years
    1 month, 16 days ago

    Made the rash decision of getting Vardy and Son in for exact funds last night. Now I'm terrified of having no Lukaku.

    Hopefully Trollaku shows up this weekend

    1. Amartey Partey
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 16 days ago

      Those are great moves.

      1. Scots Gooner
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        1 month, 16 days ago

        Thanks, sure they'll pan out long term. Sofa time this weekend though

        1. Amartey Partey
          • 2 Years
          1 month, 16 days ago

          Lukaku could score a brace against Norwich, but he could just as easily blank or be rested.

    2. mynameisq
      • 8 Years
      1 month, 16 days ago

      Can see Mount Havertz and James back in, brace incoming

      1. Scots Gooner
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        1 month, 16 days ago

        Most likely

    3. Boxwoods
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 16 days ago

      Good medium/long term moves. Not rash.

      1. Scots Gooner
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        1 month, 16 days ago

        Thanks

    4. F4L
      • 6 Years
      1 month, 16 days ago

      you sold Lukaku?

      1. Scots Gooner
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        1 month, 16 days ago

        No, but planned to get him for weeks. Recent blanks turned me off

        1. F4L
          • 6 Years
          1 month, 16 days ago

          fair enough, then I'd say you did nothing wrong. Lukaku would just be for the short term, Vardy/Son for long term and you can use your FTs on other issues.

    5. FOO FIGHTER
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 16 days ago

      Blankaku.

      Vardy and Son combined can thump him.

    6. Bojack Horseman
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 16 days ago

      If Lukaku plays midweek you could be laughing. He may get the weekend off - see Tuchel's comments about him having played a lot of games etc

      1. Athletico Underachieving
        • 1 Year
        1 month, 16 days ago

        Surely if he’s tired he doesn’t play tomorrow and instead plays Saturday? Should thump Malmo either way. Can also get a rest for the EFL cup next Tuesday

  4. BigRedDog
    • 4 Years
    1 month, 16 days ago

    I really still see Salah and Liverpool smashing United. Unless Ole is sacked before that. Salah captain for me. Even with Rom in my team!

    1. F4L
      • 6 Years
      1 month, 16 days ago

      depends how hard Ole parks the bus, United kept most big teams at bay last year

      1. FOO FIGHTER
        • 2 Years
        1 month, 16 days ago

        One clean sheet = old toilets worst nightmare.

        1. F4L
          • 6 Years
          1 month, 16 days ago

          yeah true, they have looked this year

      2. Amartey Partey
        • 2 Years
        1 month, 16 days ago

        Not Liverpool at Old Trafford though. Parking the bus against Liverpool might be asking for trouble.

        1. F4L
          • 6 Years
          1 month, 16 days ago

          It'll be good to see how Liverpool get on tonight, Atletico will probably just park the bus.

    2. Bojack Horseman
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 16 days ago

      I don't think they'll hammer United.

    3. Athletico Underachieving
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 16 days ago

      I swear Luke Shaw has done a good job on Salah a few times

  5. pundit of punts
    • 8 Years
    1 month, 16 days ago

    KDB > Son sounds good this gw? Gives me -

    Ramsdale
    TAA - Dias - James - Livramento
    Salah - Son - Foden - ESR
    Lukaku - Hwang

    Foster - Armstrong - Manquillo - Brownhill

    KDB was always the Son placeholder on WC. Moreover, I’d need to downgrade next gw anyway to fund ESR > Raphinha.

    Would also leave me enough cash to do Armstrong > Toney in gw 11.

    Thoughts? 🙂

    1. Phlajo
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 16 days ago

      Downgrade Lukaku to Vardy or Armstrong to 4.5 and then ESR to Raphinha?

      Id keep KdB. Owner myself.

      1. pundit of punts
        • 8 Years
        1 month, 16 days ago

        It’s just that I fancy Son more than KDB.

        Much more chances of Sonnooints in a low scoring Spurs game than a high scoring City game

        1. Phlajo
          • 2 Years
          1 month, 16 days ago

          Well if you think he is better then surely it's a good move as he's a lot cheaper too 🙂

  6. FOO FIGHTER
    • 2 Years
    1 month, 16 days ago

    *Repost

    Trent still the best attacking defensive asset to own in FPL. No other player in his price range can put him to bed. He will even take on premium forwards full stop.

    1. Andy_Social
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      1 month, 16 days ago

      Agree but still minded to bench him next GW. Sarr comes in.

    2. F4L
      • 6 Years
      1 month, 16 days ago

      tbh I get the feeling the combined Chelsea LWB spot/possibly even RWB spot will outscore TAA's PPG this season, but they're just not nailed sadly.

    3. jackruet
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      1 month, 16 days ago

      Cancelo might challenge him if he plays regularly

  7. Bobby Digital
    • 4 Years
    1 month, 16 days ago

    Werner

    1. Amartey Partey
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 16 days ago

      German

  8. Andy_Social
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 9 Years
    1 month, 16 days ago

    Cancelo goal, Laporte offside.

    1. Hazz
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 16 days ago

      ... Rodri?

      1. Andy_Social
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 9 Years
        1 month, 16 days ago

        Um, yeh. Look like identical twins to me

        1. Hazz
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 4 Years
          1 month, 16 days ago

          Got it this time 😉

          1. Andy_Social
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 9 Years
            1 month, 16 days ago

            Nostradamus, me 😉

  9. ⭐ Bemba_Da ⭐
    • 11 Years
    1 month, 16 days ago

    Lukaku had only 19 touches v Brentford. Now 6 games without a goal

    Captaincy not as clear cut?

    https://twitter.com/sonofchelsea/status/1450504923901272065?s=21

    1. JONALDINHO
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 16 days ago

      2 offside goals in last 2 games. Hit post against Soton too. Brentford a solid side. He’s home to the worst side in the league and there’s no other good options. It’s an obvious decision that doesn’t need overthinking

    2. Hazz
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 16 days ago

      Norwich right now are an entirely different team to Brentford, let's be honest.

      1. FOO FIGHTER
        • 2 Years
        1 month, 16 days ago

        Fact is Lukaku needs to be a reference point as per Conte meaning a target man

        This does not exist in Tuchel's style of play. Neither does it in Pep or Klopp's system.

        Lukaku has every chance to score vs Norwich but with bodies surrounding him being a stick man with no balls being fed to only him, he may end up like lamp post again.

        1. Hazz
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 4 Years
          1 month, 16 days ago

          Uh? That is not what Conte said at all. Lukaku is NOT just a target man. That's the problem, since he's being played as one.

          1. FOO FIGHTER
            • 2 Years
            1 month, 16 days ago

            What is a referance point?

            1. Hazz
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 4 Years
              1 month, 16 days ago

              "... meaning a target man". Assume you've got confused with the wording then, sorry?

              1. FOO FIGHTER
                • 2 Years
                1 month, 16 days ago

                Sorry but Lukaku does not work in a pass and move system. He is the type of player you want in the box.

                1. Hazz
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 4 Years
                  1 month, 16 days ago

                  Mate did you watch him play for Inter?

                2. Hazz
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 4 Years
                  1 month, 16 days ago

                  Lukaku is fast and excels when he can run into space onto the ball. He is actually great at coming in from the wing.

                  He's also strong on the ball in space, but then again he's an elite forward and has many facets to his game.

                  1. FOO FIGHTER
                    • 2 Years
                    1 month, 16 days ago

                    Lukaku is not able to pull the moves of Messi, Suarez, Salah etc.

                    Lukaku needs the ball fed to him on point to score.

                    It is not happening at Chelsea.

                  2. FOO FIGHTER
                    • 2 Years
                    1 month, 16 days ago

                    Conte says hi.

    3. GreennRed
      • 10 Years
      1 month, 16 days ago

      Yes. Norwich being poor doesn't mean you can ignore his form. 5 blanks in 7 PL games. His form is bound to turn soon though.

      1. PartyTime
          1 month, 16 days ago

          Norwich haven’t been poor last 2 gws

          1. GreennRed
            • 10 Years
            1 month, 16 days ago

            Against poor opposition but a point well made, defence has improved. Resting him v Malmo could be a good tonic for him before Canaries.

            1. Amartey Partey
              • 2 Years
              1 month, 16 days ago

              Brighton aren't poor though.

    4. PLerix
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      1 month, 16 days ago

      Semedo, Greenwood, Antonio ->
      James, Mbuemo and Vardy (-8)?

      Really don’t want the first 3, but too risky, right?

      1. Amartey Partey
        • 2 Years
        1 month, 16 days ago

        Yes too risky. I’d just ship Semedo.

        1. PLerix
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 5 Years
          1 month, 16 days ago

          Semedo -> Azpi for free?

      2. Miguel Sanchez
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        1 month, 16 days ago

        Don’t get Reece James - nearly always comes off the bench when benched

        1. PLerix
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 5 Years
          1 month, 16 days ago

          Exact cash for Semedo -> Azpi

    5. Cheeky Onion
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 16 days ago

      Mahrez, Foden and Cancelo played full 90's at the weekend and starting again today. Surely they have to be the major rotation risks for GW9

      1. mynameisq
        • 8 Years
        1 month, 16 days ago

        Yes for sure

      2. Amartey Partey
        • 2 Years
        1 month, 16 days ago

        Probably

      3. F4L
        • 6 Years
        1 month, 16 days ago

        League cup midweek might save them, but I'm concerned about Cancelo got sent off vs Brighton last time and Pep might go for the more defensive full backs to counter Brighton's wing backs.

    6. Kellz86
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 16 days ago

      If Lukaku blanks against NOR I’m seriously considering a Vardy swap

      1. Amartey Partey
        • 2 Years
        1 month, 16 days ago

        I think he’s better to have against Newcastle then Norwich.

      2. Andy_Social
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 9 Years
        1 month, 16 days ago

        I expect we all will. Similarly if Antonio blanks again we'll be piling on Nacho.

        1. Bojack Horseman
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 3 Years
          1 month, 16 days ago

          Is that not a bit results-based rather than performance-based?

          I still think West Ham look good and that Antonio will tick along. Is Iheanacho's place even secure?

          1. Andy_Social
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 9 Years
            1 month, 16 days ago

            If Brendan goes with the 352 next game and they win, I'd say he is.

    7. JariL
      • 7 Years
      1 month, 16 days ago

      Would you take a hit to replace Ronaldo? Feels wrong to bring in Rom for a hit... Used my FT on Jota --> Raphinha

      0FT 1.3 ITB

      Sanchez
      TAA / Rudiger / Christensen
      Salah(C) / Foden / Raphinha / Benrahma / Sarr
      Ronaldo / Antonio

      4.0gk / Livramento / White / 4.4fwd

      1. Bojack Horseman
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        1 month, 16 days ago

        You gonna cap Rom?

        I'd certainly wait until Friday whichever way.

        1. JariL
          • 7 Years
          1 month, 16 days ago

          I think if I brought him in for a hit, I'd have to captain. But I'm fine with captaining Salah against United without Varane. I will surely wait until Friday. Tricky situation!

    8. F4L
      • 6 Years
      1 month, 16 days ago

      Cancelo goal, Foden on fire dictating play

    9. Weak Become Heros
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 16 days ago

      Cancelo great composure for goal.

    10. Amartey Partey
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 16 days ago

      Cancelo undroppable.

      1. Andy_Social
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 9 Years
        1 month, 16 days ago

        I expect Pep to do just that this GW.

        1. Milkman Bruno
            1 month, 16 days ago

            Yeah? He is going to need a rest at some point that’s for sure. Tuesday game and late kick off Saturday helps his chances of playing I guess

          • Radzio
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 2 Years
            1 month, 16 days ago

            Full 3 days rest plus they play 5.30 against very solid BRI side, what's the point of benching him?

          • Amartey Partey
            • 2 Years
            1 month, 16 days ago

            Unless he takes him off in the 60th minute in this game.

            1. Andy_Social
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 9 Years
              1 month, 16 days ago

              I'd appreciate that. Give Foden short minutes too. I brought them both in only last week.

      2. Rupert The Horse
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 8 Years
        1 month, 16 days ago

        Lukaku has had one big chance and one shot on target in the last 4 games.

        1. PartyTime
            1 month, 16 days ago

            Impressive numbers from Lolkaku

          • FOO FIGHTER
            • 2 Years
            1 month, 16 days ago

            And why is that?

            1. Rupert The Horse
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 8 Years
              1 month, 16 days ago

              Dunno, will the reason for it be changed?

              1. FOO FIGHTER
                • 2 Years
                1 month, 16 days ago

                Blank after blank does not fit in Tuchel's style of play otherwise he would be hauling like a mofo.

            2. GreennRed
              • 10 Years
              1 month, 16 days ago

              Fatigue possibly? Challenge him in the air and don't let him get a step on you with ball at his feet on land. Great in the air and if he gets a run at you he's lethal but minimising those strengths can stop him being so effective.

          • Amartey Partey
            • 2 Years
            1 month, 16 days ago

            Mentally tired.

        2. Milkman Bruno
            1 month, 16 days ago

            Some finish from Cancelo. Joao

            1. Rupert The Horse
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 8 Years
              1 month, 16 days ago

              Suarez esc.

              1. Milkman Bruno
                  1 month, 16 days ago

                  The man is in around the penalty spot every time they go forward

            2. JONALDINHO
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 4 Years
              1 month, 16 days ago

              Why do my players always return in the UCL but never the league

              1. Milkman Bruno
                  1 month, 16 days ago

                  Don’t buy players that play in both to avoid disappointment in future I reckon 😉

              2. Im New Here
                • 1 Year
                1 month, 16 days ago

                Salah captain for me until he stops this run of form. He's on fire currently.

                1. Milkman Bruno
                    1 month, 16 days ago

                    Thinking the same. Have not made my transfers yet though and Rom is tempting

                  • THFC4LIFE
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 5 Years
                    1 month, 16 days ago

                    Salah for me all but locked in.

                    Just need to decide on a Ronaldo replacement

                  • Kellz86
                    • 4 Years
                    1 month, 16 days ago

                    Can’t argue with a Salah (c) atm, but surely if you have Rom you’d be hard pressed not to capt him against Norwich, if he blanks then it’s rage time lol

                    1. Im New Here
                      • 1 Year
                      1 month, 16 days ago

                      I have Lukaku and am going Salah (c). Can't ignore the form for me.

                2. Milkman Bruno
                    1 month, 16 days ago

                    Brought Cancelo in on UCL fantasy with one of my ft 😎

                  • F4L
                    • 6 Years
                    1 month, 16 days ago

                    Mahrez on pens

                    1. Maximus Bonimus Pointimus
                      • 11 Years
                      1 month, 16 days ago

                      He's on pens, he's the only one that's had a proper pre-season and Pep has to pick him#

                      Oh wait sorry this isn't GW1 - as you were

                      1. F4L
                        • 6 Years
                        1 month, 16 days ago

                        😛

                  • Rainer
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 5 Years
                    1 month, 16 days ago

                    Get Cancelo off!

                    1. RedRo
                        1 month, 16 days ago

                        Disgusting. Let him finish the match 1st.

                    2. Ask Yourself
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      • 5 Years
                      1 month, 16 days ago

                      Yep. Cancelo Foden and Mahrez in my FPL team. F all at home vs Burnley and all haul away against a Champions league team

                      1. Rainer
                        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                        • 5 Years
                        1 month, 16 days ago

                        Standard!

                    3. squ1rrel
                      • 7 Years
                      1 month, 16 days ago

                      GTG?

                      Sa
                      TAA - Azpi - Cancelo - Livra
                      Salah - Son - Sarr
                      Vardy - Jimenez - Toney

                      Steele - Saka - Allan - Williams

                      0 FT, 0.0 ITB

                    4. Maximus Bonimus Pointimus
                      • 11 Years
                      1 month, 16 days ago

                      Ooof

                      Foden's rest at the weekend is going to sting owners

                      1. Milkman Bruno
                          1 month, 16 days ago

                          Unless he comes off at 60 for Sterling or Jesus

                        • RedRo
                            1 month, 16 days ago

                            As a Foden owner I love when people start making comments like this about players I own.

                            It’s when you know they’re terrirfied.

                            1. Maximus Bonimus Pointimus
                              • 11 Years
                              1 month, 16 days ago

                              Terrified for his poor, poor owners 🙁

                            2. ‘Tis the Season
                              • 3 Years
                              1 month, 16 days ago

                              ownership is too low to be scared of foden. good chance he doesnt start

                              1. RedRo
                                  1 month, 16 days ago

                                  I clearly disagree 🙂 To each their own though. The less that own the happier I am.

                            3. Andy_Social
                              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                              • 9 Years
                              1 month, 16 days ago

                              Lucky I have a deep bench. Trent would be the one filling in.

                          • DA Minnion (Legendary manag…
                            • 9 Years
                            1 month, 16 days ago

                            Who can play in Cancelos place?

                            1. Rainer
                              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                              • 5 Years
                              1 month, 16 days ago

                              Zinchenko, Ake.

                            2. Kellz86
                              • 4 Years
                              1 month, 16 days ago

                              Ake was used as left back I believe

                            3. THFC4LIFE
                              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                              • 5 Years
                              1 month, 16 days ago

                              Zinchenko on left Walker on right

                            4. jackruet
                              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                              1 month, 16 days ago

                              Zinchen

                            5. Kellz86
                              • 4 Years
                              1 month, 16 days ago

                              Laporte had also done some shifts at fullback but can’t remember if he was right or left

                            6. FOO FIGHTER
                              • 2 Years
                              1 month, 16 days ago

                              Cancelo is a RB by trade. If Walker does not feature, Cancelo will IMO.

                            7. Amartey Partey
                              • 2 Years
                              1 month, 16 days ago

                              City might need him against Brighton. Not an easy game for them.

                          • Jimbo-Jones
                            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                            • 5 Years
                            1 month, 16 days ago

                            Doucoure > Mbuemo the obvious move?
                            1ft, 0.2itb

                            Sanchez
                            TAA Rudiger Christensen Livra
                            Salah KDB Sarr Doucoure
                            Lukaku Antonio

                            White Gilmour Scarlett

                            1. BrockLanders
                              • 6 Years
                              1 month, 16 days ago

                              Yep

                            2. yeahbuddy
                              • 10 Years
                              1 month, 16 days ago

                              Save as Doucoure has Watford at home? Transfer could be made next week with 2 FT

                              1. yeahbuddy
                                • 10 Years
                                1 month, 16 days ago

                                Nvm just saw the injury. Yep good trade

                          • BrockLanders
                            • 6 Years
                            1 month, 16 days ago

                            Mahrez pen. Off at 60mins would cement his weekend selection..

                          • Rainer
                            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                            • 5 Years
                            1 month, 16 days ago

                            Foden to retire as the best English player ever?

                            1. BrockLanders
                              • 6 Years
                              1 month, 16 days ago

                              Bit early for that talk. Looks very special though

                            2. Maximus Bonimus Pointimus
                              • 11 Years
                              1 month, 16 days ago

                              If I recall correctly someone on here was putting him in the frame for a Balon D'Or after the Andorra assist