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. jason_ni
    • 6 Years
    10 months, 4 hours ago

    Good to go?

    Ramsdale
    Cancelo - Alonso - livramento- tomiyasu
    Salah - Raphina - Saka
    Ronaldo - Antonio - Toney

    Luiz - Duffy - Brownhill

    1. Mozumbus
        10 months, 4 hours ago

        Yes. GL.

    2. andymck
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      10 months, 4 hours ago

      Who to start?

      A) Livramento (BUR)
      B) Smith-Rowe (AVL)

      1. Ask Yourself
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 6 Years
        10 months, 4 hours ago

        Same dilemma. Leaning B only just

      2. Bucket Man
        • 4 Years
        10 months, 3 hours ago

        B I’d say

      3. Make United Great Again
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 9 Years
        10 months, 3 hours ago

        B

    3. Hansel
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 11 Years
      10 months, 4 hours ago

      A) Ronaldo -> Vardy
      B) Ronaldo/Armstrong -> Vardy/Toney -4
      C) Save FT

      1. Mozumbus
          10 months, 4 hours ago

          C then A

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

          Oof.
          I’d have done B but last night. Why did you wait?

          1. Hansel
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 11 Years
            10 months, 3 hours ago

            I was out clubbing 🙂

            1. STONEROSES
              • 9 Years
              10 months, 3 hours ago

              Hungover today, pal?!

            2. Rupert The Horse
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 9 Years
              10 months, 3 hours ago

              Yeah, I hate seals too.

        • GreennRed
          • 10 Years
          10 months, 4 hours ago

          C

      2. Ask Yourself
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 6 Years
        10 months, 4 hours ago

        Bottomed, who to start?
        A) ESR
        B) Livramento
        C) Armstrong

      3. Mozumbus
          10 months, 4 hours ago

          What are the chances KDB will start GW9?

          1. Rupert The Horse
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 9 Years
            10 months, 3 hours ago

            Extremely high.

            1. La Roja
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 10 Years
              10 months, 3 hours ago

              Who is?

              1. Rupert The Horse
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 9 Years
                10 months, 3 hours ago

                Tenzing Norgay.

          2. El Presidente
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 2 Years
            10 months, 3 hours ago

            High

          3. Mr Ozil
            • 7 Years
            10 months, 3 hours ago

            Hight

        • circusmonkey
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 12 Years
          10 months, 4 hours ago

          I have £7.1m ITB. Should I take a hit?

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

            What’s the correlation?

          2. GreennRed
            • 10 Years
            10 months, 3 hours ago

            Depends on the hit. You having 7.1m won't make players any better or worse.

          3. STONEROSES
            • 9 Years
            10 months, 3 hours ago

            Monkey tennis?

            1. Rupert The Horse
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 9 Years
              10 months, 3 hours ago

              Youth hosteling with Chris Eubank.

          4. Echoes
            • 2 Years
            10 months, 3 hours ago

            Nah, buy a Ferrari instead.

          5. Pukki Party
            • 5 Years
            10 months, 3 hours ago

            Actually you can't pay for the hit with money.

          6. ClassiX
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 4 Years
            10 months, 3 hours ago

            Probably many for silly posts like this.

        • drughi
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 12 Years
          10 months, 4 hours 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

          1. Feed tha Sheep
            • 10 Years
            10 months, 3 hours ago

            Prob G2G Ben will cover Alonso if he doesn’t play

            1. drughi
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 12 Years
              10 months, 3 hours ago

              just hope alonso stays on the bench which I doubt considering how many players chelsea miss

          2. Christina.
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 12 Years
            10 months, 3 hours ago

            like who?

            1. drughi
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 12 Years
              10 months, 3 hours ago

              mbuemo, raphinha, son etc

              1. Christina.
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 12 Years
                10 months, 3 hours ago

                nah, you are fine

              2. Root
                • 11 Years
                10 months, 3 hours ago

                None of them have exceptionally good fixtures this week.

              3. drughi
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 12 Years
                10 months, 3 hours ago

                cheers

        • Feed tha Sheep
          • 10 Years
          10 months, 4 hours ago

          Really struggling..Best option?

          A. Lukaku > Vardy
          B. Lukaku & Jota > Vardy & Havertz (-4)
          C. Lukaku & Jota > Jimi & Son (-4)
          D. Lukaku & Coufal > Vardy & Chilwell (-4)

          1. Bucket Man
            • 4 Years
            10 months, 3 hours ago

            A

          2. Wolfman180
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 8 Years
            10 months, 3 hours ago

            Depends what the rest of your squad looks like, if Jota and Coufal dont play have you got a decent enough squad to cover you if you just do A?

            If not you could do B and just hope Havertz bangs

          3. Simon69
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 10 Years
            10 months, 3 hours ago

            A unless your bench is atrocious.

        • Buck The Trent
          • 10 Years
          10 months, 4 hours ago

          On WC, is it silly to drop TAA and have a defence of Dias, Cancelo, Chilwell, Rudiger for the next few GWs?

          Will get back TAA later

          1. Rupert The Horse
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 9 Years
            10 months, 3 hours ago

            Name checks out.

          2. FOO FIGHTER
            • 3 Years
            10 months, 3 hours ago

            Which defender would start instead of Trent?

          3. Jonesy5
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 7 Years
            10 months, 3 hours ago

            I’m on WC & thinking of doing the same if that helps

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

            The double ups could pay off but I just think that TAA is a season keeper. You never know when he might fire in a double digit haul.

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

            Depends on your team balance. What does the rest of your team look like if you're spending that much on defence?

          6. Ian & Zen
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 6 Years
            10 months, 3 hours ago

            I’d play all 5.

        • lets talk about 6
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 3 Years
          10 months, 4 hours ago

          Start two of the following:
          A)jota
          B)livremneto
          C)sarr
          D)white

          1. FOO FIGHTER
            • 3 Years
            10 months, 3 hours ago

            BC

          2. Wolfman180
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 8 Years
            10 months, 3 hours ago

            Tough one but I'd say B and C. I don't like the thought of benching Jota though.

          3. Bucket Man
            • 4 Years
            10 months, 3 hours ago

            BC

        • Cilly Bonnolly
          • 11 Years
          10 months, 3 hours ago

          Jota to Havertz for a minus four?

          1. Feed tha Sheep
            • 10 Years
            10 months, 3 hours ago

            I’m contemplating it at the minute..will he def start up front? If so against Norwich you would imagine it should be worth a -4

            1. Cilly Bonnolly
              • 11 Years
              10 months, 3 hours ago

              I think it’s likely while Lukaku and Werner are out, and this upcoming run of fixtures are great.

        • Arteta
          • 6 Years
          10 months, 3 hours ago

          I bought Havertz and Aubameyang yesterday because I honestly think they will explode in next 3 gameweeks. Perhaps I got myself the best punts and differentials for that run ... or maybe not. If they fail, so be it. I'm still looking forward to what's coming next!!

          1. FantasyClub
            • 1 Year
            10 months, 3 hours ago

            We’ll they’re the first 2 games so it won’t take long to find out! If it goes south youre going to have a really long shite week haha

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

            That's the spirit. Good luck

        • tibollom
          • 5 Years
          10 months, 3 hours ago

          so Salah Captain from my team?

          Sanchez
          Taa Rudi Dias
          Salah raph benny saka
          antonio vardy ings

          foster livra marcal brownhill

          1. StevenW
            • 3 Years
            10 months, 3 hours ago

            It’s probably the safest captain choice

        • Red Devil Swede
          • 9 Years
          10 months, 3 hours ago

          Last chance for Alonso or is he definitely out of the team for now?

          1. FOO FIGHTER
            • 3 Years
            10 months, 3 hours ago

            Looks like Chilwell is 1st choice.

          2. tokara
            • 8 Years
            10 months, 3 hours ago

            out

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

            I am going Alonso to Chilwell tonight.

          4. Rupert The Horse
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 9 Years
            10 months, 3 hours ago

            I can’t imagine why he’d start.

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

            Chilwell is probably ahead of him now in the pecking order.

          6. Wolfman180
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 8 Years
            10 months, 3 hours ago

            I'll be getting Chilwell in so most likely Alonso will start

          7. Weasel Boy
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 10 Years
            10 months, 3 hours ago

            Wouldn't be surprised of a Alonso start with Norwich being a technically easy match and Chilwell starting 3 in a row.

        • J to the T
          • 5 Years
          10 months, 3 hours ago

          Shaw and Greenwood to White and Havertz (-4)?

          Sanchez
          Trent Cancelo Livra (Shaw* Marcal)
          Salah Raphina Benrahma Greenwood* (Gilmour)
          Ronaldo Toney Antonio

          1. Shattered Dreams
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 4 Years
            10 months, 3 hours ago

            Would rather downgrade Greenwood to a cheaper mid and upgrade White to Rudiger. Not sure i'd take a -4 for it though.

            Don't see Havertz for -4 working out myself.

          2. Bucket Man
            • 4 Years
            10 months, 3 hours ago

            Just Shaw out for me

            1. J to the T
              • 5 Years
              10 months, 2 hours ago

              For Christensen? Will he start? Can’t afford Rudi....

        • Bakule-ski
          • 2 Years
          10 months, 3 hours ago

          Ramsdale

          Cancelo Rudi Dias Tierney Christensen

          Salah Raph Son Saka Elyounoussi

          Toney Jimenez Antonio

          Dont know who to bench. Any help is appreciated

          1. Bucket Man
            • 4 Years
            10 months, 3 hours ago

            I’d bench Chris, Elyonussi, Tierney

        • ⚔★Vibudh★⚔
          • 6 Years
          10 months, 3 hours ago

          Bench 1

          A) Townsend
          B) Livramento
          C) Antonio
          D) Mbeumo
          E) Hwang

          1. Wolfman180
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 8 Years
            10 months, 3 hours ago

            B

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

            Out of these, has to be Livra

            Quite the headache though

          3. FOO FIGHTER
            • 3 Years
            10 months, 3 hours ago

            E

          4. Root
            • 11 Years
            10 months, 3 hours ago

            E

        • FantasyClub
          • 1 Year
          10 months, 3 hours ago

          Kane or Firmino?

          1. FantasyClub
            • 1 Year
            10 months, 3 hours ago

            I feel like Firmino can be a premium player at a medium price point and with the ownership of Salah so high I need another Liverpool asset to capitalise on their attack

            1. Shattered Dreams
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 4 Years
              10 months, 3 hours ago

              I'd rather just have Mané and a cheaper forward if you want triple Pool.

          2. Shattered Dreams
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 4 Years
            10 months, 3 hours ago

            Firmino's never really justified his price since he was reclassified IMO. However, the extra funds it gives you to invest elsewhere makes me want to say Bobby.

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

            I went Kane but Pool are so hot that Firmino is suddenly a good option I think

          4. StevenW
            • 3 Years
            10 months, 3 hours ago

            Don’t over think it. Kane.

            1. FantasyClub
              • 1 Year
              10 months, 3 hours ago

              You sure? Ronaldo hauled against NEW too. Did Newcastle make Kane look good?

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

            New role for Klopp's strikers so far this season, I think. He adapted after the success of his Jota punt

            It's now a fierce trident of Full Back - AM - Winger on either side of a tap-in striker. This is a huge leap from the days of two inside forwards with Firmino false 9, with two CMs + a DM

            This is how he played with Jota. He's now playing Firmino as a proper striker too

            The only problem is that Jota is still good, so he's a permanent risk for Firmino's starts

            Or maybe it all changes with opponents, and Klopp is just being flexible

            1. FantasyClub
              • 1 Year
              10 months, 2 hours ago

              Yeah that shadow of Jota would be stressful each time waiting for the line up…firmino played 90 in Europe, you think that means Jota starts?

          6. Weasel Boy
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 10 Years
            10 months, 3 hours ago

            Considering Firmino myself

        • DannyDrinkVodka
          • 2 Years
          10 months, 3 hours ago

          G2G? Trying to stop a major slide…..1.2 ITB

          Ramsdale
          Cancelo Dias Alonso James
          Salah(c) Raphinha Mbeumo
          Kane Antonio Jimenez

          ESarramento

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

            ESarramento has me clapping

            You might need two subs. I'd order them as L - S - E this week only

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

              Cheers, if I need two subs Livra will come on anyways

        • AppleDunk
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 8 Years
          10 months, 3 hours ago

          Bench one pls?

          A) Livramento
          B) Benrahma
          C) TAA??

          1. StevenW
            • 3 Years
            10 months, 3 hours ago

            Benhrama

            1. AppleDunk
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 8 Years
              10 months, 3 hours ago

              Thanks. Currently on him as well.

          2. Super John McGinn-
            • 10 Years
            10 months, 3 hours ago

            B

        • StevenW
          • 3 Years
          10 months, 3 hours ago

          Should I take a -4 to swap Sanchez given tough fixtures and likely to need my FT’s over next few weeks. Can afford any GK- thinking Mendy / Lloris.

          1. StevenW
            • 3 Years
            10 months, 3 hours ago

            Help plz

        • Super John McGinn-
          • 10 Years
          10 months, 3 hours ago

          Anything worth a hit and bench right?

          Ramsdale
          TAA, Cancelo, Azpi, James
          Salah (C), Foden, Raphinia
          Vardy, Antonio, Toney

          Foster, Mbeumo, Livramento, Brownhill

          0 FT 1.0 ITB

          A) Foden > Havertz (-4)
          B) Something else
          C) Nothing

          1. StevenW
            • 3 Years
            10 months, 3 hours ago

            A - take the punt.

        • Colby
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 11 Years
          10 months, 3 hours ago

          Mbuemo for the armband anyone?

          1. Shattered Dreams
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 4 Years
            10 months, 3 hours ago

            His xWoodwork numbers are through the roof.

            1. Colby
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 11 Years
              10 months, 3 hours ago

              - true lol. But Leicester are SO leaky at the back.

              1. Christina.
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 12 Years
                10 months, 3 hours ago

                ManU conceded 4 vs Leic
                Talk about leaky

          2. Rassi
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 7 Years
            10 months, 3 hours ago

            Now that is crazy talk.

          3. Cok3y5murf
            • 6 Years
            10 months, 3 hours ago

            First learn to spell his name

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

              ?

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

              First learn punctuation.

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

            I like him as a pick. The Brentford NPXG stats are up there. I don't think the Mbeueno Toney double up is too much either. Not sure I would have the kahoonas to captain though. Even against Norwich.

        • Wılly
          • 9 Years
          10 months, 3 hours ago

          Which one to bench?

          A. Jota (mun)
          B. Benrahma (TOT)
          C. Livramento (BUR)

          1. Super John McGinn-
            • 10 Years
            10 months, 3 hours ago

            Probably A, definitely start C

          2. StevenW
            • 3 Years
            10 months, 3 hours ago

            B for me

        • EWH2020
          • 8 Years
          10 months, 3 hours ago

          Bench one

          A) White
          B) Livra
          C) TAA
          D) Cancelo

          1. Super John McGinn-
            • 10 Years
            10 months, 3 hours ago

            A

          2. AppleDunk
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 8 Years
            10 months, 3 hours ago

            A out of those

          3. StevenW
            • 3 Years
            10 months, 3 hours ago

            A

          4. Mr Ozil
            • 7 Years
            10 months, 3 hours ago

            A

        • Christina.
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 12 Years
          10 months, 3 hours ago

          So Mark bought Kane.

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

            Here come the phantom goals!

          2. dbeck
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 4 Years
            10 months, 3 hours ago

            was that his only move as did he take hit?

            1. Christina.
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 12 Years
              10 months, 3 hours ago

              no idea...video states he was doing it

              1. dbeck
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 4 Years
                10 months, 3 hours ago

                link?

                1. Christina.
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 12 Years
                  10 months, 3 hours ago

                  hot topics

          3. FOO FIGHTER
            • 3 Years
            10 months, 3 hours ago

            Do you still own Ronaldo and Lukaku.

            What a disaster lol. Got rid of both before GW8 deadline.

            1. Christina.
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 12 Years
              10 months, 3 hours ago

              No sold both this week.
              GW 4 has been a nightmare thanks to Lukaku

              1. Christina.
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 12 Years
                10 months, 3 hours ago

                GW4 wildcard
                Only positive is TV of 102.7m

                1. FOO FIGHTER
                  • 3 Years
                  10 months, 3 hours ago

                  Yeah, I am on 102.6m

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

              I did.

        • dbeck
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 4 Years
          10 months, 3 hours ago

          Jota to Kai, is that worth a hit?

        • Podorsky
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 13 Years
          10 months, 3 hours ago

          What i he take on Mahrez starting. He has played 2 game sin a row but needs consistency and is finding his form and sel confidence. What are peoples guesses on Ciyy's line up this weekend?

          1. Podorsky
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 13 Years
            10 months, 3 hours ago

            sorry for the horrible spelling

          2. rainy
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • Has Moderation Rights
            • 6 Years
            10 months, 3 hours ago

            Mahrez is a crystal ball too far

        • tbos83
          • 1 Year
          10 months, 3 hours ago

          Would you start Benny or ESR?

          1. Bucket Man
            • 4 Years
            10 months, 3 hours ago

            ESR

        • Bucket Man
          • 4 Years
          10 months, 3 hours ago

          Good wildcard. Made a late call. Can’t fit Vardy in without removing Chilwell to a Manquillo and Emerson to Raya so prefer them and Antonio.

          Ederson
          TAA, Chilwell, Rudiger
          Salah, Son, Havertz, Rapha, Mbuemo
          Antonio, Toney
          Foster, Broja, Livramento, White

          1. Shattered Dreams
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 4 Years
            10 months, 3 hours ago

            Would prefer a City defender and Mendy to the other way around but yeah. like it.

            1. Bucket Man
              • 4 Years
              9 months, 29 days ago

              Couldn’t afford that and AFCON later on I suppose. Would have loved to squeeze Vardy in but such low team value. Thanks