Captain Sensible

Who are the best FPL captain options for Gameweek 9?

The Fantasy Premier League (FPL) captaincy debate for Gameweek 9 has been completely turned on its head by an injury to Romelu Lukaku (£11.6m) during Wednesday nights UEFA Champions League win over Malmo.

As a result, Mohamed Salah (£12.8m) again looks like the leading armband candidate, but there are other options on the radar too, including Kai Havertz (£8.1m), Son Heung-min (£10.2m), Harry Kane (£12.1m) and the in-form Jamie Vardy (£10.7m).

First, we will assess the fallout of the Gameweek 9 captain poll, before then analysing the best options, Rate My Team (RMT) and the Premier Fantasy Tools ratings ahead of Friday’s 18:30 BST deadline.

THE CAPTAIN POLL

Mohamed Salah leads the captain poll for the fifth time this season, having gained 39.47% of total votes from our users at the time of writing.

Kai Havertz currently sits in second, and is backed by 15.97% of FPL managers ahead of his appealing Stamford Bridge encounter against Norwich City, while Jamie Vardy occupies third-place with 11.98%. 

The top-five list is completed by differentials Kevin De Bruyne (£12.0m) and Harry Kane, with 4.7% and 2.9% respectively.

MOHAMED SALAH

HOW HAS CAPTAIN SENSIBLE PERFORMED SO FAR THIS SEASON?

Gameweek1st2nd3rd
1Salah (17)Fernandes (20)Mane (3)
2Salah (3)Fernandes (1)Mane (8)
3Son (10)Antonio (11)Fernandes (2)
4Ronaldo (13)Salah (8)Lukaku (13)
5Salah (12)Mane (8)Ronaldo (6)
6Ronaldo (2)Salah (7)Antonio (8)
7Lukaku (2)Ronaldo (1)Antonio (2)
8Salah (13)De Bruyne (11)Mane (8)


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  1. The Mighty Whites
    • 6 Years
    1 month, 5 days ago

    Start 2:

    Christensen
    White
    Livramento
    Coady

    1. DavidBadWillie
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      1 month, 5 days ago

      Christ and Livra

    2. circusmonkey
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 11 Years
      1 month, 5 days ago

      White and Livra.
      Christ may not play.

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

        Christensen is barely ever subbed on. By far the more sensible option is to start him given the CS odds.

        If he doesn't, he'll probably just auto-sub out.

    3. Hazz
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 5 days ago

      Christensen & Livramento. Coady ahead of White on the bench.

    4. Mr Ozil
      • 6 Years
      1 month, 5 days ago

      Christensen and Livra with White first on bench

    5. avfc82
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • Has Moderation Rights
      • 11 Years
      1 month, 5 days ago

      Christensen, Livramento.

      Coady first sub, though I expect both Wolves and Arsenal will concede.

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

        Great minds... 😉

        1. avfc82
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • Has Moderation Rights
          • 11 Years
          1 month, 5 days ago

          Ha, just read your reply and thought it sounded familiar 🙂

  2. Joey Tribbiani
    • 1 Year
    1 month, 5 days ago

    Salalalalalala

  3. BoroPhil
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    1 month, 5 days ago

    Mendy
    Christensen Cancelo Walker
    ESR Salah(c) Raphinha Mahrez
    Vardy Jimi Antonio

    Livra, White, Luiz, Foster

    GTG - Livra on bench ok? Assume Mahrez might not play anyway + at least one of my defenders.
    0FT, £1.2 ITB

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

    Morning all.

    Sanchez
    TAA / Cancelo / Chilwell
    Salah / Jota / Raphinha / Mbeumo
    Vardy / Antonio / Toney

    Steele // Livramento / White / Bissouma

    A) Start Jota, bench Livramento
    B) Start Livramento, bench Jota
    C) Start Livramento, bench other (?)

    For next week I have money ITB for a straight Jota > Son move (with 0.1m ITB), so that's the next likely move, unless Havertz etc. turns me.

    1. MallettMan
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 5 days ago

      having the same issue. id prob start livra and jota and bench mbuemo/toney

  5. patricio33
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 3 Years
    1 month, 5 days ago

    I agree. Christ and Livvy.

    1. patricio33
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 5 days ago

      Sorry, meant to be a reply to the top post.

  6. Friday's Press Conference Times
    Skonto Rigga
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • Has Moderation Rights
    • 4 Years
    1 month, 5 days ago

    Morning, all. Twelve pressers today plus I'm guessing an embargoed quote or two from Nuno:

    Frank - 8am
    Klopp - 12.15pm
    Farke - 12.45pm
    Lage - 1pm
    Vieira - 1pm
    Solskjaer - 1pm
    Benitez - 1.15pm
    Guardiola - 1.30pm
    Tuchel - 1.30pm
    Jones - 1.30pm
    Moyes - 2pm
    Rodgers - 2.15pm

    1. Echoes
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 5 days ago

      A re-presser of Hasenhuttl to ask again if Armstrong starts? 😉

      1. Bennerman
        • 3 Years
        1 month, 5 days ago

        Good to hear news of a press conference over an hour later

        1. Sharkytect
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 7 Years
          1 month, 5 days ago

          Well did you know that press conference had already taken place? No - now you knwo you can get some useful info on...I dunno, Wissa?

      2. avfc82
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • Has Moderation Rights
        • 11 Years
        1 month, 5 days ago

        Yeah, that would be helpful. Absolutely no idea what to do with him this week. Feels risky starting him.

        1. ElliotJHP
          • 9 Years
          1 month, 5 days ago

          Think I'm going to pull the trigger on a -4 to Toney, even if he starts this week I think he'll remain a headache.

  7. DannyDrinkVodka
    • 2 Years
    1 month, 5 days ago

    Proud Alonso and James owner......if neither start I'm planning a rage -4 of Alonso>TAA and James>Reguillon

    1. drughi
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 12 Years
      1 month, 5 days ago

      think james starts

    2. Spark Dog
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 5 days ago

      Jealous you have James. Have been tempted myself but have had other fires. Hope he starts for you, massive upside.

      1. DannyDrinkVodka
        • 2 Years
        1 month, 5 days ago

        Well he only owes me 14 points from last week's Rudiger>

    3. Joey Tribbiani
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 5 days ago

      I think both start

      1. DannyDrinkVodka
        • 2 Years
        1 month, 5 days ago

        now you're talking dirty to me

        1. Milkman Bruno
            1 month, 5 days ago

            Lol

    4. Taribo
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      1 month, 5 days ago

      Play Livra (BUR) or White (AVL)?

      Sanchez
      Cancelo Christensen ________
      Salah (c) Havertz Raphinha Gray
      Antonio Vardy Ronaldo

      1. patricio33
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        1 month, 5 days ago

        Livra

      2. Mr Ozil
        • 6 Years
        1 month, 5 days ago

        Livra

      3. Spark Dog
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 2 Years
        1 month, 5 days ago

        Livra all day. Can see Villa scoring v Arsenal

    5. FPL Brains
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      1 month, 5 days ago

      Start two out of these;

      - Toney - Potential goal vs weak Leicester defence
      - Gray - Playing Watford, slightly off the boil
      - Gallagher - Playing Newcastle, slightly of the boil
      - TAA - Hasn't had much offensive output lately

      1. Spark Dog
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 2 Years
        1 month, 5 days ago

        Have to start TAA. Toney just but personally I have Gallagher. Think he could get something against Newcastle.

      2. Rog.
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 10 Years
        1 month, 5 days ago

        You must have a ridiculous team. I’d want to start them all. If I had to chose Gallagher and Toney but would also want TAA

      3. teneighty
        • 6 Years
        1 month, 5 days ago

        TAA and Toney

    6. Spark Dog
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 5 days ago

      Sa (Steele)
      Rudi Cancelo TAA Livra (Shaw)
      Salah Saka Raph Gallagher Benhrama
      Vardy Antonio (Street)

      Have already brought in Vards for Ronaldo, Havertz in for Saka on a -4 or just play Livra and have Shaw come in if Saka is out?

    7. Mr Ozil
      • 6 Years
      1 month, 5 days ago

      Who would you put first on bench?

      A- King
      B- White

      1. Water_Pink
        • 11 Years
        1 month, 5 days ago

        White

    8. jennmenn
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      1 month, 5 days ago

      Hellu!
      Would you guys BB Mbeumo, Broja, Duffy and Foster this week?

      1. Spark Dog
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 2 Years
        1 month, 5 days ago

        Na. Plenty of other opportunities to BB later in the season.

    9. XX SMICER XX
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 5 days ago

      Who should be my first sub:
      A. Townsend vs WAT
      B. Livramento vs BUR

      1. XX SMICER XX
        • 3 Years
        1 month, 5 days ago

        Likely required due to Alonso in my starting XI

      2. Spark Dog
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 2 Years
        1 month, 5 days ago

        Bench Livra there but not much in it.

    10. sledger
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 5 days ago

      I will just leave this here
      5 goals in premier league last season.
      Lewis Dunk
      Kurt Zouma
      Callum Robinson
      Bobby Reid
      4 goals
      Kai Havertz

    11. Reckoner.
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      1 month, 5 days ago

      Got a real benching headache this week. Got to bench 2:

      1) Diaz away to Brighton (have Cancelo starting)
      2) Mbeumo home to Leicester
      3) Rodrigo home to Wolves
      4) Livramento home to Burnley

      Currently benching Rodrigo & Livramento, Rodrigo was a couple of week punt before getting Toney btw if anyones wondering why the hell I have him!

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

        Think that's quite an easy choice. Bench Rodrigo. Wolves defense have the 2nd best xGC across the season (I think) & Rodrigo despite looking okay at times, has done absolutely nothing so far.

      2. avfc82
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • Has Moderation Rights
        • 11 Years
        1 month, 5 days ago

        If it has to be from those four, I'd bench Rodrigo and Livramento.

        1. Reckoner.
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 10 Years
          1 month, 5 days ago

          Thanks, feels wierd benching the attacker but think you are right.

          Rodrigo 1st bench ahead of Livramento right?

          1. avfc82
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • Has Moderation Rights
            • 11 Years
            1 month, 5 days ago

            Yeah, not ideal, absolutely nobody else you can bench?

            1. Reckoner.
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 10 Years
              1 month, 5 days ago

              No not really.

    12. DagheMunegu
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 5 days ago

      Chances of Grealish to start ?

      1. Bennerman
        • 3 Years
        1 month, 5 days ago

        I just hope so, bought him last week as my Man City representative for their decent games. Promptly dropped, of course. Just hoping that Pep hasn't suddenly seen something he doesn't like and he's currently out of favour. Pro can really be like that. One worry is that he seems to be back in love with Bernardo Silva.

    13. drughi
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 12 Years
      1 month, 5 days ago

      Start one out of

      A. lonso
      B. enrahma

      1. Killitzer
        • 11 Years
        1 month, 5 days ago

        Alonso.

      2. Echoes
        • 1 Year
        1 month, 5 days ago

        lonso

    14. Killitzer
      • 11 Years
      1 month, 5 days ago

      Help. Hit the early transfer with Ronaldo to Vardy and now Lukaku is out.

      Sanchez Steele
      Rudiger Livra Duffy White Marcal
      Salah Gray Foden Raphinha McArthur
      Vardy Antonio Lukaku
      £2m itb

      1. Save and hope for quick return for Lukaku
      2. Lukaku ➡️ Kane
      3. Lukaku ➡️ Aubameyang
      4. Upgrade McArthur to £6.5 mid

      Cheers for any input !

      1. Reckoner.
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 10 Years
        1 month, 5 days ago

        Lukaku > Kane

      2. Babit1967
        • 5 Years
        1 month, 5 days ago

        A assuming it’s an ft

        1. Babit1967
          • 5 Years
          1 month, 5 days ago

          I meant 2 as well lol

      3. The Knights Template
        • 8 Years
        1 month, 5 days ago

        2

      4. ritzyd
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        1 month, 5 days ago

        3

    15. clueless2
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      1 month, 5 days ago

      ESR to Havertz for a hit?

      1. Reckoner.
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 10 Years
        1 month, 5 days ago

        Not for a hit no

      2. Obi Wan Elokobi
        • 10 Years
        1 month, 5 days ago

        I would. Havertz 7+ (-4)
        ESR 2 points

        1. clueless2
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 7 Years
          1 month, 5 days ago

          Thanks. Plus Havertz probably gets more in the next couple of GWs.

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

      u can tell I WC last week when this team looked decent….

      G2G?

      Cancelo, Dias, Christensen, TAA
      Mount, (S)alah, Raphina,
      Armstrong, Kane, Antonio

      Foster, Liv, ESR, Brownhill

      ESR over Armstrong?

      TIA

    17. xHaTr
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 5 days ago

      Bench two:

      A: Dias
      B: Trent
      C: Livramento
      D: Saka
      E: Mbeumo

      Currently on CE

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

        CD sorry idiot

      2. Bam Saka Laca
        • 1 Year
        1 month, 5 days ago

        CE

        1. Bam Saka Laca
          • 1 Year
          1 month, 5 days ago

          CD sorry

    18. Jet5605
      • 7 Years
      1 month, 5 days ago

      Have 2 FT and 1.2 ITB. Which option looks best?

      A - Doucoure & Benrahma > Townsend & Raph (and do CR7 > Vardy next week)
      B - Doucoure & CR7 > Townsend & Edouard (and do Perica > Vardy next week)
      C - Other suggestion?

      Sanchez
      Cancelo - Rudiger - Livra - Duffy
      Salah (c) - Bruno - Benrahma - Doucoure
      CR7 - Antonio

      Foster - Coufal - Gilmour - Perica

    19. King Kun Ta
      • 6 Years
      1 month, 5 days ago

      Play 2 out of this 3….

      A Marcal
      B White
      C Matip

      Cheers!

      1. Fpl_Ludwig
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        1 month, 5 days ago

        Marcal and White

    20. TheGrumpyManager
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 5 days ago

      Feel risky and wanna captain Mount. Anyone else?

      1. The Knights Template
        • 8 Years
        1 month, 5 days ago

        More chance of winning powerball, Grumps.

    21. Bonus magnet
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 5 days ago

      1. play josh king vs EVE

      2. take a -4 for Rondon

      3. take a -4 for Edouard

      1. pingissimus
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 2 Years
        1 month, 5 days ago

        Play King I guess

        Edouard is a good call imo but given City in 10 now may not be the right week to get him in for a hit. One to monitor.

    22. MallettMan
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 5 days ago

      Can't believe I've been persuaded into putting Havertz in

      1. The Knights Template
        • 8 Years
        1 month, 5 days ago

        Don’t forget to come back and lay blame.

    23. adibo
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      1 month, 5 days ago

      Auba or harry for the (c)?

      1. Salahlulijah
        • 3 Years
        1 month, 5 days ago

        Auba has scored in last 3 home games. I’m tempted

      2. ritzyd
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        1 month, 5 days ago

        I bought auba for lukaku last night and will captain him too. Feels a good week for a differential captian punt

    24. Mings the Merciless
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 5 days ago

      It's a working theory, based on no actual evidence or understanding of football, but...
      Chelsea defenders score the goals, but now they have no forwards to remind them of which goal to shoot at...it could be an own-goal goal-fest. Or not.

    25. King Kohli
      • 9 Years
      1 month, 5 days ago

      Am I GTG?

      Ramsdale
      TAA Cancelo Dias James
      Salah(c) Mahrez Raphinha Mbeumo
      Vardy Antonio
      Foster Livramento Hwang Brownhill

    26. Pukki Party
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 5 days ago

      2ft 0.1itb. Thoughts?

      Guaita
      Cresswell Cancelo Rudiger
      Salah Jota Grealish Raphinha Sarr
      Lukaku* Antonio

      Foster Reguilon Lowton Davis*

      A) Lukaku, Jota to Edouard, KDB -4
      B) Lukaku, Jota to Son, Jimenez -4
      C) Lukaku to Vardy

      Something else? Feel like i should have money to spend but no standout options.