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. Boom XhakaLacaSaka
    • 2 Years
    1 month, 11 days ago

    1FT 2.9 itb- WC12
    Foster
    Azpi Cancelo White
    Salah Raph Saka* Sarr
    CR7 Antonio Toney

    Sanchez Brownhill Shaw Williams
    A) Saka > Havertz
    B) CR7 > Vardy
    C) Shaw > Rudiger

    1. jackruet
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      1 month, 11 days ago

      Save

    2. Bucket Man
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 11 days ago

      C

    3. Saint & Reevesy
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      1 month, 11 days ago

      A

    4. Hansel
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 11 Years
      1 month, 11 days ago

      C

  2. farmerfat
    • 6 Years
    1 month, 11 days ago

    I have a bad feeling Tuchel is going to mix things up and screw us all over this weekend.

    1. jackruet
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      1 month, 11 days ago

      Same here

    2. The Red Devil
      • 6 Years
      1 month, 11 days ago

      well, the game turnaround is quick, Wednesday night-Early Saturday. tho i'm worried about going without chelsea

  3. Jet5605
    • 7 Years
    1 month, 11 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 lack of 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

    1. Bucket Man
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 11 days ago

      A

  4. Drogo
    • 9 Years
    1 month, 11 days ago

    I can do Pogba to Havertz with 0.0 left in bank. No hesitation?

    1. Weasel Boy
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      1 month, 11 days ago

      Do it

    2. Mambino
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      1 month, 11 days ago

      Pogba probably get two assists.

    3. Bonus magnet
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 11 days ago

      rumour of Bruno injury, maybe pogba will be useful

  5. The Red Devil
    • 6 Years
    1 month, 11 days ago

    would you do -8 to get a chelsea cover?
    if yes, then who's worth it? Azpilicueta or Havertz.
    i'll be benching Marcal if its Azpilicueta, for Havertz have to sell Gallagher/Gray
    or just do a -4 & get Kane/Toney?
    current team
    Sanchez/Steele
    TAA/Dias/Marcal/3.9 def/3.9 def
    Salah/Mbeumo/Gray/Gallagher/Sissoko
    Vardy/Lukaku/Antonio

    2.2 ITB

    1. KirkhamWesham
        1 month, 11 days ago

        With Werner and Lukaku injured, Havertz will be playing as a striker. Good points if he scores.

        1. The Red Devil
          • 6 Years
          1 month, 11 days ago

          get Havertz for -8?

      • Kloppage Time
        • 6 Years
        1 month, 11 days ago

        I would never take a hit for a defender, plus -8 you would be looking long term and Havertz is not

        1. The Red Devil
          • 6 Years
          1 month, 11 days ago

          so -4 for toney or kane?

          1. Kloppage Time
            • 6 Years
            1 month, 11 days ago

            I would look to add a cheaper fwd and boost the midfield, maybe Son?

            1. The Red Devil
              • 6 Years
              1 month, 11 days ago

              Son in this week? or next? i'm leaning towards toney too, even if i don't take another hit, i'll be flexible next GW

    2. KirkhamWesham
        1 month, 11 days ago

        How does my team look for this gw?
        I still have my wc for use, for the next international break.

        Sanchez
        TAA Cancelo Christensen
        Benrahma Sarr Raph Salah Havertz
        Antonio Vardy

        Steele Manquillo Dennis Veltman

        1.5m itb

      • Junks
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        1 month, 11 days ago

        Does Saka play?! Any insights?

        Ta!

      • Ninjaa
        • 10 Years
        1 month, 11 days ago

        What's my priority transfer this gw, few injuries so its tough. 1 ft and 1.5m itb.

        Sanchez Foster
        TAA Rudiger Coufal Livramento Ayling
        Salah Benrahma Gray Sarr Gilmour
        Ronaldo Antonio Ings

      • FPL Brains
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 10 Years
        1 month, 11 days ago

        Whats the chances of my -24 hit paying off this week.

        I can only laugh at myself really.

        1. Rupert The Horse
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 8 Years
          1 month, 11 days ago

          None

        2. Dark Side Of The Loon!
          • 5 Years
          1 month, 11 days ago

          Already hit the button?

        3. Ze_Austin
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 3 Years
          1 month, 11 days ago

          Sounds like an emergency post-WC team restructuring

          What were the moves?

          1. Ze_Austin
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 3 Years
            1 month, 11 days ago

            I really hope it's a WC squad (long term moves), not a FH squad (Havertz and co)

        4. Leif Erikson-Formerly of La…
          • 9 Years
          1 month, 11 days ago

          Time to play the FH surely.

          1. Mambino
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 8 Years
            1 month, 11 days ago

            this

        5. mynameisq
          • 8 Years
          1 month, 11 days ago

          We can also laugh at you too if it helps

          Jokes aside maybe I'll work

          1. mynameisq
            • 8 Years
            1 month, 11 days ago

            It'll*

        6. FOO FIGHTER
          • 2 Years
          1 month, 11 days ago

          I have a -12. Players I brought in should eat it up.

          -24 is really bad.

          1. Leif Erikson-Formerly of La…
            • 9 Years
            1 month, 11 days ago

            Anything above -8 is too steep for me.

            1. FOO FIGHTER
              • 2 Years
              1 month, 11 days ago

              -12 GW8 resulted in green arroes for me.

              Get the picks right and -12 aggresive way to gain.

            2. FOO FIGHTER
              • 2 Years
              1 month, 11 days ago

              Plus there will be major hits taken with Lukaku, Werner out plus the Havertx bandeagon. Ronaldo is also being abondoned at a rapid pace.

              This is a good week to be risky but no way I would go more than -12.

          2. Shark
            • 2 Years
            1 month, 11 days ago

            I am with you this week Foo. I am on a -8 and it feels good. Definitely scope for some calculated aggressive moves this week.

        7. The White Pele
          • 4 Years
          1 month, 11 days ago

          FH time

        8. fplgaruda
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          1 month, 11 days ago

          Delete team

        9. Bennerman
          • 3 Years
          1 month, 11 days ago

          Is this Dribbles? Remember him two or three years back, would take a -100 or something most weeks and claim he'd done it by accident, r when drunk etc. I thought he was quite a chuckle

        10. ElliotJHP
          • 9 Years
          1 month, 11 days ago

          50/50, it either does or it doesn't

        11. Lanley Staurel
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 11 Years
          1 month, 11 days ago

          Is your current rank driving you to this insanity?

        12. FPL Brains
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 10 Years
          1 month, 11 days ago

          In all honesty, part stupidity, part pent-up trigger happiness, part being unhappy.

          I was Top 3k but my team was going backwards.

          It was;

          Ramsdale
          Cancelo - White - TAA - Marcal
          Gray - Doucoure - Salah
          Antonio - Ronaldo - Lukaku

          Foster - Gilmour - Gallagher - Williams

          Gilmour, Williams, Doucoure, Lukaku are deadweight, Ronaldo I transferred him immediately for Vardy last week.

          It's now;

          Ramsdlae
          Cancelo - Chilwell - Livramento
          Gallagher - Mbueno - Salah - Son
          Toney - Antonio - Vardy

          Foster - TAA - Gray - Jansson

          I'm considering triggering the FH now to be honest, I think you all are correct that it's too steep. I just wonder how many of the former players I'd want to keep if I was to use it.

      • Dark Side Of The Loon!
        • 5 Years
        1 month, 11 days ago

        Good to go? No FTs, Lukaku on bench.

        Sanchez
        Cancelo Rudiger Christensen Livra
        Salah Raph Gallagher Mbeumo
        Ronaldo Antonio

        Steele White Lukaku Gilmour

        1. Christina.
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 11 Years
          1 month, 11 days ago

          sell Lukaku
          Even for -4

        2. George James
          • 6 Years
          1 month, 11 days ago

          GTG

      • Sharkytect
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 7 Years
        1 month, 11 days ago

        Now that Lukaku is injured, this article could have been one word long and most of us wouldn't have complained.

        "Salah".

        Enough said.

      • Kingy109
          1 month, 11 days ago

          Play 1:
          1) Livra
          2) Mbeumo
          3) Toney

        • FOO FIGHTER
          • 2 Years
          1 month, 11 days ago

          My TV has shot up to 102.6m after the last price changes.

          Hoping more value ganied on the next set!

          1. Christina.
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 11 Years
            1 month, 11 days ago

            I would prefer points now!

            1. FOO FIGHTER
              • 2 Years
              1 month, 11 days ago

              It is still early in the season and still plenty time to recover.

              Building TV early on much easier than trying to ramp it up much later on.

          2. Joey Tribbiani
            • 1 Year
            1 month, 11 days ago

            sameskis

        • DagheMunegu
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 1 Year
          1 month, 11 days ago

          Guys

          A Kane Mbeumo
          B Toney Havertz

        • Wolfman180
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 7 Years
          1 month, 11 days ago

          Don't like the idea of benching TAA but who would you bench in his place in this team?

          Sanchez
          Cancelo, Rudiger, Chilwell
          Salah, Foden, Sarr, Gray
          Toney, Vardy, Antonio

          1. Christina.
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 11 Years
            1 month, 11 days ago

            gray

          2. FOO FIGHTER
            • 2 Years
            1 month, 11 days ago

            Sarr

          3. Holmes
            • 8 Years
            1 month, 11 days ago

            Foden

            1. Holmes
              • 8 Years
              1 month, 11 days ago

              or even Toney

          4. Wolfman180
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 7 Years
            1 month, 11 days ago

            Clearly a benching headache and a half haha. May just close my eyes and point at a player

        • MGD
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 5 Years
          1 month, 11 days ago

          Start 1:
          A) Livramento
          B) A.Armstrong
          C) Mbuemo

          Benchorder.

          Currently on starting Mbuemo and Livra first on bench...

          1. Hansel
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 11 Years
            1 month, 11 days ago

            You have it right!

        • Steve McCroskey
          • 8 Years
          1 month, 11 days ago

          Would you start Jota or Greenwood this week?

          1. Hansel
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 11 Years
            1 month, 11 days ago

            Difficult one! Probably Greenwood as he's likely to get more minutes IMO

        • Hansel
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 11 Years
          1 month, 11 days ago

          Play Armstrong (BUR) or White (AVL)

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

            Armstrong, better fixture and may not come on an white plays anyway

          2. ElliotJHP
            • 9 Years
            1 month, 11 days ago

            White I think

            I am going to hit Armstrong out though with the same dilemma

        • Pringle
          • 8 Years
          1 month, 11 days ago

          Who do you prefer?

          A. Azpi
          B. Chilwell

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

            A

        • jackruet
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          1 month, 11 days ago

          Anyone except arteta captaining Aubameyang here?

        • jaywills
          • 5 Years
          1 month, 11 days ago

          A) Ronaldo to Vardy
          B) Jota to Havertz
          C) Ronaldo to Vardy + Jota to Havertz (-4)

          Cheers!

          1. Sting in the Tail
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 5 Years
            1 month, 11 days ago

            B

          2. Cancelo your Son plans
            • 6 Years
            1 month, 11 days ago

            B

        • Sting in the Tail
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 5 Years
          1 month, 11 days ago

          I’m stuck with no bench (well Luke Shaw), Jota and Armstrong who may not start (as well as the usual Az and Cancelo in defence stress).

          Would you take a hit for

          A) Jota to Mbeumo
          B) Armstrong to Toney
          C) Both for -8

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

            B

          2. Cancelo your Son plans
            • 6 Years
            1 month, 11 days ago

            B also good option for the next GWs

        • StevenW
          • 2 Years
          1 month, 11 days ago

          Bench 2:
          A) White - AVH (H)
          B) Gallagher - NEW (H)
          C) Livramento - BUR (H)
          D) Gray - WAT (H)
          E) Antonio - TOT (H)

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

            A an C

        • Cancelo your Son plans
          • 6 Years
          1 month, 11 days ago

          Who to buy? I already have Rudiger and cannot afford Azpilicueta

          A. James
          B. Chilwell
          C. Christensen

          1. Sting in the Tail
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 5 Years
            1 month, 11 days ago

            This week James as I think he’s the most likely to start but long term Chilwell.

        • DA Minnion (Legendary manag…
          • 9 Years
          1 month, 11 days ago

          Guiata
          Christensen Rudi Coady
          Salah Sarr Gallagher Greenwood
          Vardy Ronaldo Antonio

          Duffy Williams Bissouma
          1.2 in the bank
          One free transfer.

          Bench is awful .
          What to do?

        • Gazzpfc
          • 5 Years
          1 month, 11 days ago

          20 point hit

          Marcal - Cancelo
          Alonso - Chillwell
          Sarr - Havertz
          Benrahma - Son
          Lukaku - Hwang
          Ronaldo - Vardy

          1. DA Minnion (Legendary manag…
            • 9 Years
            1 month, 11 days ago

            And I be worried about a minus 4.

        • 03farmboy
          • 2 Years
          1 month, 11 days ago

          Haverts and TAA
          Or
          James and Kane/ Vardy

          1. Cancelo your Son plans
            • 6 Years
            1 month, 11 days ago

            Probably B if James starts this GW with Vardy as second option

        • Francescoli
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 7 Years
          1 month, 11 days ago

          A) Lukaku to Vardy/Kane
          B) The move above plus Saka to Havertz (-4)

          1. Bubbles1985
            • 4 Years
            1 month, 11 days ago

            I'm thinking.

            1. Bubbles1985
              • 4 Years
              1 month, 11 days ago

              B

          2. diofateen24
              1 month, 11 days ago

              b

          3. Fuddled FC
            • 9 Years
            1 month, 11 days ago

            So Lukaku > Vardy with a FH seems like the obvious move or perhaps even Lukaku > Aub

            However, other options are tempting me

            a) Lukaku & Gray > Toney & Son (-4)
            b) Lukaku & Foden > Kane & Raphina (-4)

            Am I overthinking it?

            1. Cancelo your Son plans
              • 6 Years
              1 month, 11 days ago

              I would prefer Lukaku & Gray > Toney & Raphinha

          4. Bubbles1985
            • 4 Years
            1 month, 11 days ago

            Really wanted to ditch Alonso this week but Lukaku has ruined that...

            Sarr and Lukaku to Havertz and Vardy for -4 is worth it right?

            Then gamble on Alonso!

            Sanchez
            Alonso Dias White
            Havertz Salah Raph Benrahma
            Toney Antonio Vardy

            Thanks!