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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853 Comments Post a Comment
  1. Mozumbus
      10 months, 5 hours ago

      Bruno to KDB
      Yes or No?

      1. Kellz86
        • 4 Years
        10 months, 5 hours ago

        Decent move

        1. Mozumbus
            10 months, 5 hours ago

            Thanks

        2. The Knights Template
          • 8 Years
          10 months, 5 hours ago

          Yes

          1. Mozumbus
              10 months, 5 hours ago

              Thanks

          2. Echoes
            • 2 Years
            10 months, 5 hours ago

            Good move, especially now with news Bruno might be injured.

            1. Mozumbus
                10 months, 5 hours ago

                Thanks. No idea about Bruno being injured. Hope you don't have a news on KDB 😀

                1. Echoes
                  • 2 Years
                  10 months, 5 hours ago

                  Yeah, hopefully KDB is fine, as I have him too

              • Thanos
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 1 Year
                10 months, 5 hours ago

                When did he get injured??

                1. Echoes
                  • 2 Years
                  10 months, 5 hours ago

                  Apparently in the Atalanta game. Didn't train yesterday.

              • Bonus magnet
                • 5 Years
                10 months, 5 hours ago

                sauce (ketchup or brown )

                1. Echoes
                  • 2 Years
                  10 months, 5 hours ago

                  Ben Dinnery on twitter

            2. Lingard’s Shin Guards
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 3 Years
              10 months, 5 hours ago

              Yea

              1. Mozumbus
                  10 months, 5 hours ago

                  Thanks

              2. pingissimus
                • 3 Years
                10 months, 5 hours ago

                no

                1. Mozumbus
                    10 months, 5 hours ago

                    Thanks. Would you like to elaborate reasons? Would be grateful

                    1. pingissimus
                      • 3 Years
                      10 months, 5 hours ago

                      Don't object to losing Bruno but KdB is imo no better an asset than Foden. Not looking at price - simply likely returns.

                      1. Mozumbus
                          10 months, 5 hours ago

                          Thanks a bunch

                2. DagheMunegu
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 1 Year
                  10 months, 5 hours ago

                  A. Kane Mbeumo
                  B. Toney Havertz

                  1. Lingard’s Shin Guards
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 3 Years
                    10 months, 5 hours ago

                    B

                  2. The Knights Template
                    • 8 Years
                    10 months, 5 hours ago

                    A

                  3. Mozumbus
                      10 months, 5 hours ago

                      A

                    • mojoindojo
                      • 8 Years
                      10 months, 5 hours ago

                      Auba, Havertz?

                  4. Lingard’s Shin Guards
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 3 Years
                    10 months, 5 hours ago

                    A) Sarr -> Havertz (-4)
                    B) Saka -> Havertz (-4)
                    C) Dont bother

                    1. The Knights Template
                      • 8 Years
                      10 months, 5 hours ago

                      C, it’s just a fad, like yo-yos.

                  5. as33
                    • 7 Years
                    10 months, 5 hours ago

                    Greenwood>Havertz for free?

                    1. Pukki Party
                      • 5 Years
                      10 months, 5 hours ago

                      It's a no from me

                      1. Root
                        • 11 Years
                        10 months, 5 hours ago

                        What's your reasoning?

                  6. SHOWSTOPPERRR
                    • 4 Years
                    10 months, 5 hours ago

                    Toughest week for captaincy as a man utd fan..Got vardy. Utd fans what's your thoughts?

                    1. The Knights Template
                      • 8 Years
                      10 months, 5 hours ago

                      Tumbleweeds (they all went Salah).

                    2. DD
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      • 9 Years
                      10 months, 5 hours ago

                      Even as a United fan, I cannot see us keeping Liverpool out. We are way too open at the back and I fear Liverpool will maul us.

                  7. El_Gigante
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 6 Years
                    10 months, 5 hours ago

                    Sanchez
                    TAA, Rudiger, Cancelo, Livra
                    Salah, Raph, Sarr
                    Ronaldo, Jimi, Antonio

                    (Steele, Bennie, White, Gilmour)

                    Ronaldo > Vardy, Sarr / Ben > Havertz for -4? Sarr or Ben?

                  8. One Wheels Enough
                    • 3 Years
                    10 months, 5 hours ago

                    Is it worth binning either Shaw or Ronaldo for a hit or -8 for both.

                    Options include the bandwagons of Chelsea defs (have Alonso with bench cover) and Vardy.

                    They did assist and score the winner on Wednesday....

                    1. Angelic upstart
                      • 4 Years
                      10 months, 5 hours ago

                      I would sell Shaw but keep Ronaldo. I can see Ronaldo scoring. I can't see United keeping a clean sheet anytime soon.

                  9. Ibralicious
                    • 7 Years
                    10 months, 5 hours ago

                    Who to start?

                    A) Saka (AVL-H) (chance of cameo)
                    B) Livramento (BUR-H)

                    Cheers and good luck all!

                  10. dshv
                    • 5 Years
                    10 months, 5 hours ago

                    To play

                    1. Livra
                    2. Hwang

                    1. Angelic upstart
                      • 4 Years
                      10 months, 5 hours ago

                      1

                  11. Buck The Trent
                    • 10 Years
                    10 months, 5 hours ago

                    Start 2

                    A Toney
                    B Mbuemo
                    C Livra
                    D Broja

                    1. The Knights Template
                      • 8 Years
                      10 months, 5 hours ago

                      Ab

                    2. Angelic upstart
                      • 4 Years
                      10 months, 5 hours ago

                      B and D

                    3. JonGTFC
                      • 5 Years
                      10 months, 5 hours ago

                      AD - always back your strikers

                  12. Hazardous1983
                    • 11 Years
                    10 months, 5 hours ago

                    Who to get rid of first for -4

                    Jota.shaw or sarr

                  13. Hazardous1983
                    • 11 Years
                    10 months, 5 hours ago

                    Or.mauapay

                    1. The Knights Template
                      • 8 Years
                      10 months, 5 hours ago

                      Maupassant much better.

                  14. Mane Mane Mane
                    • 1 Year
                    10 months, 5 hours ago

                    Bit of a weird one but over the next 3 games which represents the best option

                    A Jimenez and Havertz for a -4 this week

                    B Vardy and Benrahma then switched to Mbeumo from next week?

                    1. The Knights Template
                      • 8 Years
                      10 months, 5 hours ago

                      B

                    2. Mozumbus
                        10 months, 5 hours ago

                        B easy

                    3. pingissimus
                      • 3 Years
                      10 months, 5 hours ago

                      It'll be sweet if Vardy gets the triple rise this week - some way off still but piling on the transfers so not impossible.

                      10.4 was a decent investment 🙂

                      1. The Knights Template
                        • 8 Years
                        10 months, 5 hours ago

                        Vardylay Industries!

                        1. Rupert The Horse
                          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                          • 9 Years
                          10 months, 5 hours ago

                          Wow, is that a Seinfeld reference?

                          1. artvandelay316
                            • 1 Year
                            10 months, 5 hours ago

                            Yes.

                            1. Rupert The Horse
                              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                              • 9 Years
                              10 months, 5 hours ago

                              Ahahaha. Perfect that you answered this. Where did you pop up from?

                              It’s on Netflix now. I don’t think the younger generation deserve it.

                              1. artvandelay316
                                • 1 Year
                                10 months, 5 hours ago

                                I've been staking out this lobby for a while now!

                                I have been enjoying it on Netflix! Upscaled to UHD too at last!

                      2. avfc82
                        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                        • Has Moderation Rights
                        • 12 Years
                        10 months, 5 hours ago

                        I'd say that is impossible given tonight's deadline, but a 0.2 rise is pretty nice all the same 🙂

                      3. DannyDrinkVodka
                        • 2 Years
                        10 months, 5 hours ago

                        still feels like coming in late on the vardy train

                        1. pingissimus
                          • 3 Years
                          10 months, 5 hours ago

                          It's one of those where I feel a bit cross that he's suddenly in the limelight.

                          It was impossible to sell him on here last week. And I was glorying in him as a differential. Looking for the upside now he's so hot 😉

                      4. Rupert The Horse
                        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                        • 9 Years
                        10 months, 5 hours ago

                        Can’t see it as there’s a game tonight.

                        1. pingissimus
                          • 3 Years
                          10 months, 5 hours ago

                          Unlikely but he had over 300K inward yesterday and that I think is not far short of what he needs now if I'm reading it right. Still plenty to lose Lukaku.

                          1. Rupert The Horse
                            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                            • 9 Years
                            10 months, 5 hours ago

                            Yeah but it gets reset after the deadline. Nobody will be transferring him in at the beginning of the game week.

                        2. pingissimus
                          • 3 Years
                          10 months, 5 hours ago

                          And FFIx has him rising tonight and they are I think a bit more reliable than FP stats this season

                          1. Rupert The Horse
                            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                            • 9 Years
                            10 months, 5 hours ago

                            It gets reset

                            1. pingissimus
                              • 3 Years
                              10 months, 5 hours ago

                              I rather suspect Fix know that.

                            2. Bennerman
                              • 4 Years
                              10 months, 4 hours ago

                              It's not as simple as it just getting reset, though.

                              FPLstats says this: "A percentage of the carryover transfers will be lost at the gameweek changeover for those players who have changed in value in the previous gameweek."

                              A percentage. So there is an adjustment, but not a 'reset'. According to FPLstats at least, and whoever does that understands the machinations better than most.

                              1. rainy
                                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                • Has Moderation Rights
                                • 6 Years
                                10 months, 4 hours ago

                                They're reset at the beginning of a gameweek, bringing the NTI required for a change in price down to the base figure, which multiplies with each change in price and is reset again the next gameweek

                                1. Bennerman
                                  • 4 Years
                                  10 months, 4 hours ago

                                  Again, surely they are adjusted rather than reset?

                                  FPLstats: "A further change to the price predictions table is made at the end (and also at the commencement) of each gameweek when the system reassesses the effective baseline value of all players and adjusts each players value accordingly"

                                  1. rainy
                                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                    • Has Moderation Rights
                                    • 6 Years
                                    10 months, 4 hours ago

                                    What I wrote and what you've quoted can both be accurate

                    4. M_Rega96
                      • 1 Year
                      10 months, 5 hours ago

                      Ronaldo > Vardy and Jota > Havertz
                      Worth it for a -4?

                      1. Mozumbus
                          10 months, 5 hours ago

                          Jota to Havertz only.
                          No hit for a nailed player.

                          1. M_Rega96
                            • 1 Year
                            10 months, 5 hours ago

                            Can’t afford just the Jota > Havertz unfortunately. Torn on what to do

                            1. Mozumbus
                                10 months, 5 hours ago

                                Hold or Ronaldo to Vardy only

                          2. The Knights Template
                            • 8 Years
                            10 months, 5 hours ago

                            Why Havertz?

                        • Simon69
                          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                          • 10 Years
                          10 months, 5 hours ago

                          Thoughts on holding and benching Lukaku before moving in GW10? I've already used my FT (lesson learned....again) and not keen on the popular move for Vardy. Am I safe enough to hold? Had a mediocre start but slowly making progress and don't want to undo that. Any thoughts very much appreciated.

                          Sanchez

                          TAA, Christensen, Coady, Dier

                          Salah, Foden, Mbueno, Sarr

                          Jimenez, Wood

                          Subs: McGovern, Lukaku, Duffy, Mendy

                          1. ElliotJHP
                            • 10 Years
                            10 months, 5 hours ago

                            Looks fine for the week, I'd just be wary of Lukaku being out longer than the 1 GW.

                            Is also a chance Foden/Christensen don't play and maybe a Kane/Vardy -4 is the play

                            1. Simon69
                              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                              • 10 Years
                              10 months, 5 hours ago

                              Anytime I've taken a hit recently it has felt a bit hasty but maybe the -4 is necessary with light bench cover. Thanks!

                        • si
                          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                          • 13 Years
                          10 months, 5 hours ago

                          Not impossible that Mahrez starts this weekend after his showing in midweek? Pep often says he plays players in form. Although, I already feel silly even beginning this debate..

                          1. Kellz86
                            • 4 Years
                            10 months, 5 hours ago

                            Nothing is impossible with Pep but it’s the uncertainty that kills you

                          2. The Knights Template
                            • 8 Years
                            10 months, 5 hours ago

                            Uh oh. A Man City speculator!

                        • Ze_Austin
                          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                          • 3 Years
                          10 months, 5 hours ago

                          If Ole confirms the Bruno knock that MEN is reporting, and Fred is still out, things could get very messy for Man U

                          1. ElliotJHP
                            • 10 Years
                            10 months, 5 hours ago

                            Could be one of those odd situations where Ole forms an actual coherent side as a result

                            1. Bennerman
                              • 4 Years
                              10 months, 5 hours ago

                              Go on them ElliotJHP, enlighten us with your wisdom of what an Actual Coherent Side is, if Ole can't form one and must be such an amateur?

                              1. Simon69
                                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                • 10 Years
                                10 months, 5 hours ago

                                I'm a United fan but surely you have to agree that we look disorganised in most areas of the pitch at the moment.

                        • Weasel Boy
                          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                          • 10 Years
                          10 months, 5 hours ago

                          With Lukaku out I have zero Chelsea, so A B or C please?

                          A) Lukaku > Vardy

                          B) Lukaku + ESR > Firmino + Havertz -4

                          C) Lukaku + Duffy > Auba/Nacho + Chilwell -4

                          Thanks

                          1. artvandelay316
                            • 1 Year
                            10 months, 5 hours ago

                            A, although in a few weeks I'd like Firmino

                          2. Rupert The Horse
                            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                            • 9 Years
                            10 months, 5 hours ago

                            Why did you wait until their prices changed?

                            1. Weasel Boy
                              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                              • 10 Years
                              10 months, 4 hours ago

                              Cos unfortunately I gotta work

                          3. Shark
                            • 2 Years
                            10 months, 5 hours ago

                            Not C

                        • si
                          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                          • 13 Years
                          10 months, 5 hours ago

                          Scenes when Lukaku is passed fit today.

                          1. Echoes
                            • 2 Years
                            10 months, 5 hours ago

                            More scenes when he bags yet another 2 pointer.

                        • FlashGilbert
                          • 3 Years
                          10 months, 5 hours ago

                          Who to bench?
                          a) Livra
                          b) Raph
                          c) Hwang

                          and play?
                          1) Raya v Leicester; or
                          2) Foster v Everton.

                          Thanks.

                          1. ElliotJHP
                            • 10 Years
                            10 months, 5 hours ago

                            A2 all the way to the white cliffs

                          2. XX SMICER XX
                            • 4 Years
                            10 months, 5 hours ago

                            C1
                            Though I have a feeling Watford may get a result at Everton

                          3. artvandelay316
                            • 1 Year
                            10 months, 5 hours ago

                            A2

                        • XX SMICER XX
                          • 4 Years
                          10 months, 5 hours ago

                          Who to Captain?
                          A. Aubameyang
                          B. Salah
                          C. Vardy

                          1. artvandelay316
                            • 1 Year
                            10 months, 5 hours ago

                            B

                        • artvandelay316
                          • 1 Year
                          10 months, 5 hours ago

                          One of these will be transferred out:
                          Sarr
                          Benrahma

                          Which one should go?

                          1. XX SMICER XX
                            • 4 Years
                            10 months, 5 hours ago

                            I would be looking to move both on. Benrahma first

                            1. artvandelay316
                              • 1 Year
                              10 months, 5 hours ago

                              Cheers.

                        • KirkhamWesham
                          • 1 Year
                          10 months, 5 hours ago

                          Is Foden worth a 4pt hit, to replace Jota?

                          Sanchez
                          TAA Cancelo Christensen
                          Sarr Raph Salah Benrahma Jota*
                          Antonio Vardy

                          Steele, Manquillo Veltman Dennis

                          2.1m itb

                          1. artvandelay316
                            • 1 Year
                            10 months, 5 hours ago

                            B. Silva?

                          2. XX SMICER XX
                            • 4 Years
                            10 months, 5 hours ago

                            I prefer Havertz to Foden in the short term

                          3. cockmcballs
                            • 6 Years
                            10 months, 5 hours ago

                            Definitely

                          4. Shark
                            • 2 Years
                            10 months, 5 hours ago

                            Yes

                        • Jet5605
                          • 8 Years
                          10 months, 5 hours ago

                          Benrahma > Raph for free or roll transfer?

                          1. XX SMICER XX
                            • 4 Years
                            10 months, 5 hours ago

                            Yes - but depends on the rest of your team whether you do this week

                        • cockmcballs
                          • 6 Years
                          10 months, 5 hours ago

                          Take your pick:
                          A) Dias - Foden - Toney
                          B) Dias - Townsend - Jesus
                          C) TAA - Brownhill - Jesus

                          1. XX SMICER XX
                            • 4 Years
                            10 months, 5 hours ago

                            A

                          2. Shark
                            • 2 Years
                            10 months, 5 hours ago

                            A

                        • D.Glynn
                          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                          • 3 Years
                          10 months, 5 hours ago

                          On a WC, which combo do you prefer?
                          A ) White KDB Hwang
                          B) Rudiger Havertz Antonio
                          Rest of team
                          Raya Foster
                          TAA Chillwell Livermento Duffy **
                          Salah Raph Mbeuno 4.5 **
                          Kane Toney **

                          1. antis0cial
                            • 6 Years
                            10 months, 5 hours ago

                            B

                          2. XX SMICER XX
                            • 4 Years
                            10 months, 5 hours ago

                            Havertz a must on a WC for me.
                            Though I really KDB & Kane as different picks.
                            Not sure on double Brentford.

                            1. D.Glynn
                              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                              • 3 Years
                              10 months, 5 hours ago

                              Hard get them all. If going with Havertz who would you replace Mbeuno with?

                        • HD7
                          • 5 Years
                          10 months, 5 hours ago

                          1FT
                          Anything you would change or save?

                          Ramsdale
                          Trent Rudiger Dias Livra
                          Salah Raph Gray Saka
                          Kane Vardy

                          Steele Marcal Sissoko Scarlett

                        • antis0cial
                          • 6 Years
                          10 months, 5 hours ago

                          g2g? Enough in bank for Alonso to TAA next week all being well. Havertz 3 week punt before moving to Son.

                          Ramsdale
                          Dias Cancelo Alonso James
                          Salah(cpt) Raph Havertz
                          Jimenez Antonio Toney

                          Foster Livramento Sarr Benrahma

                        • Jet5605
                          • 8 Years
                          10 months, 5 hours ago

                          Benrahma to....

                          A - Raph
                          B - Mount

                          1. cockmcballs
                            • 6 Years
                            10 months, 5 hours ago

                            Mount for the diff, Rapha for the safe bet/budget

                          2. Stram Dunk
                            • 2 Years
                            10 months, 5 hours ago

                            B

                          3. Shark
                            • 2 Years
                            10 months, 5 hours ago

                            A