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. Ibralicious
    • 7 Years
    2 months, 28 days ago

    Who to start?

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

    Cheers and good luck lads!

    1. JoTAA
      • 2 Years
      2 months, 28 days ago

      Saka pictured in training yesterday

      1. Ibralicious
        • 7 Years
        2 months, 28 days ago

        Still a good chance he starts on the bench given how recently he was out with a knock- Arteta admitted so himself that he's a 50/50

    2. Danno - Emre Canada
      • 6 Years
      2 months, 28 days ago

      I have both and starting Saka, trained yesterday but also would he be risked for a cameo?

      1. Ze_Austin
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        2 months, 28 days ago

        The fear is that it could be a recovery cameo

  2. FOO FIGHTER
    • 2 Years
    2 months, 28 days ago

    Thoughts on my team?

    Raya
    Trent Cancelo Chilwell
    (S)alah Raphinha Son Gray
    Edouard Vardy Antonio

    Foster Livramento Hojbjerg Duffy

    1. Hazz
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      2 months, 28 days ago

      It's good. Eduoard a good pick this week. Gray/Livramento a toss-up.

      1. FOO FIGHTER
        • 2 Years
        2 months, 28 days ago

        Picking Gray vs Watford defence.

  3. Echoes
    • 1 Year
    2 months, 28 days ago

    Feels like one of those GWs where all the Top 5 captaincy picks are gonna blank.

    1. Rupert The Horse
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      2 months, 28 days ago

      You mean Salah is going to blank? Madness.

      1. Echoes
        • 1 Year
        2 months, 28 days ago

        Apocalypse coming on Monday

    2. ClassiX
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      2 months, 28 days ago

      Agree - this GW is set up for typical FPL trolling - Ronaldo to score 2 and get 13 points... 🙂

      1. jason_ni
        • 6 Years
        2 months, 28 days ago

        He is my current captain.

        Not sure if I'll keep it on him!

  4. Hazz
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 4 Years
    2 months, 28 days ago

    Morning!

    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.

  5. Gazwaz80
    • 2 Years
    2 months, 28 days ago

    So, Ladies and Gents, my current team is this,

    Guita
    Cancelo Alonso Diaz Rudiger
    Mo Raph Mount
    Jimmy Jamie Toni

    Bench is : Foster Livra Tielamans Smith Rowe
    As you can see, I have quite a strong bench (headache)due to defender rotation risk but do I have the correct starting 11 and if so is my bench in the correct formation?
    Thanks (hopefully) for your replies in advance….

  6. v3n0m
      2 months, 28 days ago

      Who to play:
      a) Saka
      b) Livra
      c) Hwang

      1. FAR EAST
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        2 months, 28 days ago

        C. Think Jimenez will improve Hwang involvement.

    • Stejson
      • 2 Years
      2 months, 28 days ago

      I can just see this being a super troll gameweek, with Auba / Vardy getting sent off

    • drughi
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 12 Years
      2 months, 28 days ago

      Can I get away with this team this week ? Feels like I'm missing alot of good players that people have. 1.4 itb 0 ft left. Anything you would consider for a hit ?

      Foster
      TAA Alonso Rudiger Cancelo
      Sarr Townsend Salah(C)
      Vardy Antonio Jimenez

      sanchez benrahma livramento gilmour

    • Mr. O'Connell
      • 9 Years
      2 months, 28 days ago

      How many points will ESR get tonight?

      A) 0
      B) 1
      C) 2
      D) 3

      1. Bennerman
        • 3 Years
        2 months, 28 days ago

        I'll never understand these kinds of posts

      2. Echoes
        • 1 Year
        2 months, 28 days ago

        E: 26

    • FAR EAST
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      2 months, 28 days ago

      Who to start?
      a) Livramento (BUR)
      b) Semedo (lee)
      c) White (AVL)

      I've got Sa at GK, tend to start Livramento for now

      1. Detweiler
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 11 Years
        2 months, 28 days ago

        Livra

        1. FAR EAST
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 5 Years
          2 months, 28 days ago

          Cheers!

    • Chris_White
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      2 months, 28 days ago

      A) Shaw -> Chilwell

      B) Ronaldo -> Vardy, Sarr -> Havertz (-4)

      1. Detweiler
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 11 Years
        2 months, 28 days ago

        A

      2. ElChapo
        • 3 Years
        2 months, 28 days ago

        A

    • corderz
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      2 months, 28 days ago

      Sanchez Foster
      Alonso Rudiger Cancelo White Livramento
      Salah Grealish Jota Sarr Brownhill
      Lukaku Antonio Toney

      Stupidly did Ronaldo > Lukaku early this week

      A) Lukaku > Kane (-4)
      B) Lukaku + Jota > Kane + Havertz (-8)
      C) Wildcard

      1. KirkhamWesham
          2 months, 28 days ago

          A.

      2. Gorky
        • 7 Years
        2 months, 28 days ago

        Just pulled the trigger on a -4 (Lukaku & Jota to Vardy and Havertz)

        Guita
        Cancelo Alonso Livramento
        Salah Havertz Raphinha Gray
        Antonio Vardy Jimenez

        Foster Semedo Marcal Bissouma

        Captain?
        A) Havertz
        B) Vardy

        Currently on Vardy

        1. ElChapo
          • 3 Years
          2 months, 28 days ago

          I'd potentially start one of semedo or Marcal over Alonso....10 minute cameo would be annoying.

      3. Bubz
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 8 Years
        2 months, 28 days ago

        Pretty much my last WC decision is Sanchez + White vs Ramsdale + Duffy. Currently on the latter. Any arguments that it should be the former?

        1. ElChapo
          • 3 Years
          2 months, 28 days ago

          agreed with the latter, especially if Duffy is a 4th/5th defender who can be rotated.

        2. Buck The Trent
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 10 Years
          2 months, 28 days ago

          The second one

          not considering Raya or McCarthy?

          1. Bubz
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 8 Years
            2 months, 28 days ago

            Raya could be a good shout actually

        3. Miguel Sanchez
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 5 Years
          2 months, 28 days ago

          Nope - I prefer RamDuff but always the chance Leno gets an appearance out of nowhere

        4. Alisson WondHaaland
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 5 Years
          2 months, 28 days ago

          Raya + Duffy imo

          1. Bubz
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 8 Years
            2 months, 28 days ago

            Tempted by Raya actually. Never thought Id have a Brentford triple up…

        5. Arteta
          • 6 Years
          2 months, 28 days ago

          Ramsdale + Duffy

        6. ClassiX
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 3 Years
          2 months, 28 days ago

          Raya over both, for me. Also Guaita worth a look based on fixtures

        7. Jonesy5
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 6 Years
          2 months, 28 days ago

          Raya & Duffy

      4. ElChapo
        • 3 Years
        2 months, 28 days ago

        start 2

        a) Livra (BUR)
        b) A.Armstrong (BUR)
        c) Sarr (eve)
        d) Gallagher (NEW)

        1. Alisson WondHaaland
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 5 Years
          2 months, 28 days ago

          AD

          1. Detweiler
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 11 Years
            2 months, 28 days ago

            Agree with this. Have been to Palaces last two games against Leicester and Arsenal and Gallagher really passes the eye test.

            1. ElChapo
              • 3 Years
              2 months, 28 days ago

              thanks lads

      5. Alisson WondHaaland
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        2 months, 28 days ago

        A) Start Semedo vs LEE(A)
        B) Start Livra vs BUR(H)
        C) Jota to Havertz (-4) and start him

        1. Detweiler
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 11 Years
          2 months, 28 days ago

          Livra

        2. ElChapo
          • 3 Years
          2 months, 28 days ago

          B

      6. Detweiler
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 11 Years
        2 months, 28 days ago

        On wildcard with defence of TAA, Chilwell, Liva and Canceo.

        Looking for a single keeper and can’t decide idea whether to fill the remaining spaces with Raya and Dias or Ederson and Brentford defender.

        Usually like to go with cheap keepers but I think Ederson as a set and forget and then rotating Brentford defender and Liva when needed will lead to less benching headaches.

        Thoughts?

        1. Hazz
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 4 Years
          2 months, 28 days ago

          Raya and Dias.

          Aside from the odd Brentford defender attacking return (unreliable), both Raya & Dias will gain bonus (and save for former) at a better rate that the alternatives.

          Livramento is great bench cover for the odd benching & you should be able to stomach the very unfortunate chance of 2 of your defenders missing out - via a 343/352.

          (Unlikely both Cancelo/Dias rested at same time, but 1 + a Chillwell rest could happen now. And then.)

          1. Detweiler
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 11 Years
            2 months, 28 days ago

            A fair point. Thanks.

        2. Ze_Austin
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 3 Years
          2 months, 28 days ago

          May I offer this?

          McCarthy for 4, Sa for 2, DDG for 14

          Pinnock as your fourth defender (play him in GWs 10-12, 16, 18 & 19)

          Spend the rest in attack, or keep ITB for future upgrades

          1. Detweiler
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 11 Years
            2 months, 28 days ago

            Interesting. Thanks.

        3. tokara
          • 7 Years
          2 months, 28 days ago

          I was deciding between Ederson or Dias, i think Dias is a bonus magnet.

          I have Mendy as GK now, may change to Raya later.

      7. EgyptianKing
        • 3 Years
        2 months, 28 days ago

        Would you do one of Saka or Sarr to Havertz for -4?

        Cheers!

        1. Detweiler
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 11 Years
          2 months, 28 days ago

          Saka if injured potentially. Not sure if worth a -4 though.

      8. corderz
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 7 Years
        2 months, 28 days ago

        What's the likelihood of Jota starting?

        1. Arteta
          • 6 Years
          2 months, 28 days ago

          I think Firmino will keep his starting place and Jota comes on in the 2nd half.

      9. Jet5605
        • 7 Years
        2 months, 28 days ago

        Have 2 FT and 1.2 ITB. Planning to do CR7 > Vardy next week. Which option looks best this week? Is Mount risky given his recent minutes or should he get some starts with Lukaku out?

        A - Doucoure & Benrahma > Mbuemo & Raph
        B - Doucoure & Benrahma > Mbuemo & Mount
        C - Other suggestion?

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

        Foster - Coufal - Gilmour - Perica

      10. Ask Yourself
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        2 months, 28 days ago

        Start which one:
        A) ESR (AVL)
        B) Livramento (BUR)
        C) Armstrong (BUR)

        1. Mole
          • 12 Years
          2 months, 28 days ago

          B

      11. Pringle
        • 8 Years
        2 months, 28 days ago

        Who would be your premium defender of choice for next 3 gameweeks if you were to pick one? (Except TAA)

        1. Feed tha Sheep
          • 9 Years
          2 months, 28 days ago

          Cancelo

        2. Mole
          • 12 Years
          2 months, 28 days ago

          Prob one of the Chelsea defenders

      12. Whits
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        2 months, 28 days ago

        Saka to Havertz for -4?

        1. Wolfman180
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 7 Years
          2 months, 28 days ago

          If you haven't got the squad to bench Saka and move next week for free then I'd say yeah.

      13. Mole
        • 12 Years
        2 months, 28 days ago

        Alonso >
        1. Chilwell
        2. Rudiger
        3. Azpilicueta

      14. tokara
        • 7 Years
        2 months, 28 days ago

        Jesus started 6 games, blanked two times.

        Just saying

      15. FOO FIGHTER
        • 2 Years
        2 months, 28 days ago

        There will be goals from both sides WHU vs Spurs.

        Hoping Antonio's rest gets him fired up. Also Son in good form, he should be involved in the points.

        Will be a good match.

        1. tokara
          • 7 Years
          2 months, 28 days ago

          his mates are tiredddddddddddddd from mid game.

      16. Pukki Party
        • 4 Years
        2 months, 28 days ago

        Pretty tempted to take a -8 and get triple Chelsea defence with Rudi, Alonso and James and wildcard next week.

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

        Foster Reguilon Lowton Davis

        1. FOO FIGHTER
          • 2 Years
          2 months, 28 days ago

          Cannot see that triple CHE defence ending well.

        2. Hazz
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 4 Years
          2 months, 28 days ago

          Feels crazy to take a hit for Alonso when he's just losing his spot.

          James will continue to frustrate with cameos.

          If you want three Chelsea defence, get Chilwell/Azpi/Rudiger, or with Mendy in place of one of those (although remember AFCON in January).

          1. Pukki Party
            • 4 Years
            2 months, 28 days ago

            It's a one week punt, both could well get starts.

      17. KirkhamWesham
          2 months, 28 days ago

          Which is the best pick for Jota (-4?)

          A) B.Silva
          B) Havertz
          C) Foden

          1. Mole
            • 12 Years
            2 months, 28 days ago

            A

          2. tokara
            • 7 Years
            2 months, 28 days ago

            B or C

        • Hazardous1983
          • 11 Years
          2 months, 28 days ago

          -4 for chillwell or havertz

          Done ronaldo to vardy

          1. Hazz
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 4 Years
            2 months, 28 days ago

            Depends who you're selling.

            1. Hazardous1983
              • 11 Years
              2 months, 28 days ago

              Jota or shaw

              1. Rupert The Horse
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 8 Years
                2 months, 28 days ago

                Oh for the love of god sell Shaw already.

                1. Hazz
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 4 Years
                  2 months, 28 days ago

                  Yeah. Sell Shaw. Greater upside. Jota can still come on and get an attacking return, or you can bench him.

        • Hazz
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 4 Years
          2 months, 28 days ago

          Bench who?:
          A) Jota (MUN)
          B) Toney (LEI)
          C) Mbeumo (LEI)
          D) Livramento (BUR)

          1. Ask Yourself
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 5 Years
            2 months, 28 days ago

            A probably doesn’t start