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. Wılly
    • 8 Years
    2 months, 28 days ago

    Which one to bench?

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

    D*. Jota to Havertz (-4), Benrahma bench, play Livramento

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

      A so he won’t start

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

        BUT I’m looking at D myself

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

    If you have Havertz, Salah & Vardy who is your captain?

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

      Have all three - going Havertz

      1. The Knights Template
        • 8 Years
        2 months, 28 days ago

        Not everyone's going to the match, Miguel!

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

          I’m gonna take a banner with me and hang it behind the hold to encourage Kai

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

            *goal

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

      Salah. 65% ownership. His EO is going to be massive.

      Will damage your rank with a double digit haul plus cap.

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

        This is my worry. Captain Havertz or Vardy & all that will matter is outscoring Salah.
        Don’t like to feel nervous about Salah doing well because he usually does!

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

      Salah for me.

    4. We Go Again
      • 7 Years
      2 months, 28 days ago

      I'm going with Havertz. Risky but I'm not catch up by playing safe all the time, these kinds of opportunities don't open up every week.

  3. Ajax Hamsterdam
    • 7 Years
    2 months, 28 days ago

    I am baffled by the popularity of havertz, surely owning him is enough and captaincy is a step too far for someone who has only scored once and has such poor stats ?

    1. Ajax Hamsterdam
      • 7 Years
      2 months, 28 days ago

      Saying that I bought him for Jota last night but I'm a sheep 😉

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

      Starting up top for top of the league chelsea against bottom of the league Norwich. Whilst most other captaincy options have fairly tough fixtures.

      1. Ajax Hamsterdam
        • 7 Years
        2 months, 28 days ago

        Playing up front doesn't necessarily mean he will do well though. We ve seen before with players in a false 9 role not in their comfort zone.

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

          It doesn't necessarily mean he will play well, no, but I personally cannot see how someone can be 'baffled' by the idea that it might well be propitious.

          What was that song? Gets truer every day. 'This is is the age of the overstatement'

    3. Holmes
      • 8 Years
      2 months, 28 days ago

      Shows the quality of mid option we have at the moment

      1. Ajax Hamsterdam
        • 7 Years
        2 months, 28 days ago

        🙂

  4. Steve The Spud
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 1 Year
    2 months, 28 days ago

    I’m still tempted by Ronaldo > vardy or Kane for my first -4 of the season

    1. Ajax Hamsterdam
      • 7 Years
      2 months, 28 days ago

      For -4 I'm not sure.

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

      I was going to get Lukaku in for him before the injury but I'm thinking of holding even though I have FT

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

      Think he looks really good TBH despite a couple of blanks and it's really only 1 "proper" blank given his benching

      1. Steve The Spud
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 1 Year
        2 months, 28 days ago

        Thanks mate, I think this was the logical post I needed to see this morning - I think because I haven’t taken a hit yet a part of me just wants to do it but logic says wait a week. Gl

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

          no probs, I was going to transfer him out myself just because I had planned to get him out for Lukaku for so long but I'm going hold and role my FT

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

      I'm going to cap ronnie.

      May backfire spectacularly, but just a gut feeling, he'll be up for it at OT vs Liverpool

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

        Not a bad shout and could pay off handsomely. He is one of the all time greats after all.

        I will probably swap Ronnie out for Kane though.

    5. KunDogan (B.D.)
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      2 months, 28 days ago

      Not for a hit

  5. The Knights Template
    • 8 Years
    2 months, 28 days ago

    Who should sit next to me on the bench?
    A. Cash
    B. Livrsmento
    C. Tierney

    1. Holmes
      • 8 Years
      2 months, 28 days ago

      Tierney

      1. The Knights Template
        • 8 Years
        2 months, 28 days ago

        Cheers

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

        ^

  6. Fuddled FC
    • 10 Years
    2 months, 28 days ago

    a) Lukaku & Foden > Jesus & Son (-4)
    b) Lukaku > Vardy

    1. Ajax Hamsterdam
      • 7 Years
      2 months, 28 days ago

      B 100%

    2. The Knights Template
      • 8 Years
      2 months, 28 days ago

      B

    3. mojoindojo
      • 8 Years
      2 months, 28 days ago

      B

    4. Robin Cook
      • 3 Years
      2 months, 28 days ago

      Why would you want to get rid of Foden? He is my C this week.

  7. diofateen24
      2 months, 28 days ago

      Is Alonso going to start?

      1. Ajax Hamsterdam
        • 7 Years
        2 months, 28 days ago

        I'd say no

      2. The Knights Template
        • 8 Years
        2 months, 28 days ago

        A cry in the dark.

      3. Joey Tribbiani
        • 1 Year
        2 months, 28 days ago

        I'd say yes

      4. Weasel Boy
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 9 Years
        2 months, 28 days ago

        Possible.
        Chilwell has started 3 in a row and Alonso may be given the nod because Norwich should be an easier fixture.

      5. Mambino
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 8 Years
        2 months, 28 days ago

        No, I think Chilly starts. Watched the Q&A vid with Az and Sam and what Sam said about not damaging his confidence now he's playing well makes a lot of sense

        1. FCSB
          • 5 Years
          2 months, 28 days ago

          Did they mention James?

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

            yes, reckon he starts - when does he if he doesn't v Norwich

            1. FCSB
              • 5 Years
              2 months, 28 days ago

              That’s it, last chance

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

      Currently on a WC and hoping for a sanity check, team looks like this:

      Sanchez
      Cancelo Dias Rudiger
      Salah Son Havertz Raphinha
      Toney Vardy Edouard

      Foster Livramento Henry Brownhill

      0.5m ITB

      Any feedback is appreciated!

      1. Ajax Hamsterdam
        • 7 Years
        2 months, 28 days ago

        No taa is very risky

        1. The Knights Template
          • 8 Years
          2 months, 28 days ago

          No it isn't

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

          That's my worry, but Cancelo is currently matching him for points-per-game. Is it worth downgrading Son/Havertz/Raphina/Edouard to fit TAA over Cancelo?

      2. The Knights Template
        • 8 Years
        2 months, 28 days ago

        Lokks a good wc.

      3. Cancelo your Son plans
        • 6 Years
        2 months, 28 days ago

        Looks good for this week. Probably for the next GWs you will have to upgrade the bench

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

          Who would need to be upgraded? Henry is nailed started for a solid Brentford defence going on a good fixture run. Livramento has been solid and covered me for Rudiger/Dias/TAA so far (I'm downgrading TAA to Cancelo from a monetary standpoint). And Brownhill has started every game for Burnley as a 4.4. I'm flexible to upgrade one of those with the $0.5 ITB.

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

        Sanchez to McCarthy and I'm sold

    • Junks
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      2 months, 28 days ago

      Any Arsenal fans (or anyone else) have any further insight regarding Saka playing it not?

      Tempted to switch him to Mbeumo potentially?

      1. The Knights Template
        • 8 Years
        2 months, 28 days ago

        Mbeumo please

        1. Junks
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          2 months, 28 days ago

          Ta very much

      2. Gonzola
        • 10 Years
        2 months, 28 days ago

        Was training yesterday and is much better than Pepe.

    • Oscar Slater
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      2 months, 28 days ago

      I've just seen the video of Norwich's defensive preparation for the Chelsea game and they look bloody well drilled and focused. It's really put me off transfering in Havertz and do you know what? I think they've got a squeak of getting a clean sheet hat-trick...

      https://bit.ly/3vyF1sq

      1. Ajax Hamsterdam
        • 7 Years
        2 months, 28 days ago

        🙂

    • ElliotJHP
      • 9 Years
      2 months, 28 days ago

      Swaying towards Captain Kane; loves a London derby, 88 away goals in 128 games.

      1. The Knights Template
        • 8 Years
        2 months, 28 days ago

        Stats dont lie

        1. ElliotJHP
          • 9 Years
          2 months, 28 days ago

          The best thing about stats is utilising your bias to come to a predetermined outcome.

          Go Harry Go!

    • cheese XL
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      2 months, 28 days ago

      Which 2 of these to play and bench order for the other 2 please.

      A) TAA
      B) Livramento
      C) ESR
      D) Toney

      Thanks in advance.

      1. Cancelo your Son plans
        • 6 Years
        2 months, 28 days ago

        DB - AC

      2. Sting in the Tail
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        2 months, 28 days ago

        DA Start
        BC Bench

    • Weasel Boy
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      2 months, 28 days ago

      Any chance Lukaku gets the all clear?

      1. Bonus magnet
        • 5 Years
        2 months, 28 days ago

        to fly out for treatment?

        1. Weasel Boy
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 9 Years
          2 months, 28 days ago

          Yes

    • Pringle
      • 8 Years
      2 months, 28 days ago

      Who would you go for? Azpi, Cancelo or Chilwell?

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

        probably Chilly this game week

      2. Ajax Hamsterdam
        • 7 Years
        2 months, 28 days ago

        Azpi all day long

      3. Maddamotha
        • 5 Years
        2 months, 28 days ago

        Cancelo

    • jay01
      • 7 Years
      2 months, 28 days ago

      Drop one:

      Livramento
      Sarr
      Gray
      Gallagher

      1. Ajax Hamsterdam
        • 7 Years
        2 months, 28 days ago

        From your team or bench ?

        1. jay01
          • 7 Years
          2 months, 28 days ago

          Bench*

      2. Cancelo your Son plans
        • 6 Years
        2 months, 28 days ago

        Sarr

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

      Who would you rather own for next 2/3?

      A. Rudiger
      B. Havertz
      C. Chilwell

      1. jay01
        • 7 Years
        2 months, 28 days ago

        Chilly

      2. Jimbo-Jones
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        2 months, 28 days ago

        Weirdly Havertz is probably the most nailed, and personally I don't think I'll pass up the chance of an OOP mid for a Top 3 team, with NOR, new, BUR.

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

          Was on havertz but chilwell almost plays as far forward and gets 3pts extra for clean sheet

          1. Jimbo-Jones
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 5 Years
            2 months, 28 days ago

            Plays as far forward as Havertz when H is in midfield, but assume he won't when H is up top.
            And with Chilwell there's always the possibility of Alonso starting. Feel like Havertz has to play.

      3. cheese XL
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        2 months, 28 days ago

        Havertz

      4. W
        • 8 Years
        2 months, 28 days ago

        C

      5. KunDogan (B.D.)
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        2 months, 28 days ago

        A

    • Jimbo-Jones
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      2 months, 28 days ago

      Going to have to take a hit this week as have Lukaku and Doucoure.

      Punting on Havertz and so have 9.2 for a striker.

      A. Jesus
      B. Toney (+2.7itb)
      C. Other

      Sanchez
      TAA Rudiger Christensen Livra
      Salah KDB Doucoure* Sarr
      Lukaku* Antonio

      White Gilmour Scarlett

      1. cheese XL
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        2 months, 28 days ago

        Toney long term

    • Bubbles1985
      • 4 Years
      2 months, 28 days ago

      Lukaku replaced by

      Auba or
      Vardy

      1. Ajax Hamsterdam
        • 7 Years
        2 months, 28 days ago

        I couldn't decide so went Kane.

        Vardy probably

      2. Shearer & Sutton
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 7 Years
        2 months, 28 days ago

        Vardy

      3. Cancelo your Son plans
        • 6 Years
        2 months, 28 days ago

        Auba

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

        Vardy. But probably should have done it last night!

        1. Bubbles1985
          • 4 Years
          2 months, 28 days ago

          I have 5.7 itb so not worried about the money.
          Wanted to wait in case Lukaku was confirmed in or out.

          Cheers all!

      5. cheese XL
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        2 months, 28 days ago

        Vardy the safe bet, Auba could be a great short term punt

    • llmja
      • 4 Years
      2 months, 28 days ago

      Raphinha or Mbeumo

      Thank you

      1. Ajax Hamsterdam
        • 7 Years
        2 months, 28 days ago

        Mbeumo

      2. Cancelo your Son plans
        • 6 Years
        2 months, 28 days ago

        Raph for next two GWs, then Mbeumo looks good

      3. Sting in the Tail
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        2 months, 28 days ago

        Raphina esp if you can get Toney next week

    • The Red Devil
      • 6 Years
      2 months, 28 days ago

      which is worth a hit?
      A-Havertz (Gallagher to be sold)
      B-Azpilicueta (Marcal will start if i don't have azpilicueta)
      C- Both A&B
      PS- note, no chelsea cover

      1. Ajax Hamsterdam
        • 7 Years
        2 months, 28 days ago

        I wouldn't sell Gallagher.
        Not keen on taking a hit for a defender.
        Could you afford mount ?

        1. Ajax Hamsterdam
          • 7 Years
          2 months, 28 days ago

          Or Christensen?

        2. The Red Devil
          • 6 Years
          2 months, 28 days ago

          Mostly doing Lukaku to toney (-4) to get some funds then its what to do after that
          my midfield is good actually,
          Gray/Gallagher/Salah/Mbeumo/Sissoko
          but if i sell sissoko, who would i bench?
          have 2.2 ITB before lukaku to toney

          1. Ajax Hamsterdam
            • 7 Years
            2 months, 28 days ago

            So you want to swap to a 352?

            1. The Red Devil
              • 6 Years
              2 months, 28 days ago

              naah, 3-4-3 but switch from Lukaku to a midfield premium like son/Kdb or maybe take a punt on Havertz, so lukaku to toney gives me funds to spread around. defence is an issue coz i only have 3 playing defenders

      2. cheese XL
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        2 months, 28 days ago

        A

      3. Sting in the Tail
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        2 months, 28 days ago

        The only problem with B is will he definitely start. Otherwise I can’t see Norwich scoring so the only downside is if Wolves keep a clean sheet.

        1. The Red Devil
          • 6 Years
          2 months, 28 days ago

          true, but leeds have raph back, not sure on wolves. isn't azpilicueta nailed? saw he's no highest minutes with rudiger, was only benched once i think post international break. it is very touch & go, Lukaku to Toney i'm doing most probably for a hit

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

      You just wonder who is going to win this battle?

      (H)avertz or (S)alah

      🙂

    • Junks
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      2 months, 28 days ago

      I have Grealish....

      Do I keep him? So frustrating owning him!!

      1. Ajax Hamsterdam
        • 7 Years
        2 months, 28 days ago

        Tough one but may as well keep for next 2

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

        Uninspiring tbf.

        1. Junks
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          2 months, 28 days ago

          Aha Grealish or my post?

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

            Grealish

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

      If Adam Armstrong to Hwang is the planned move next week anyway (need the extra 0.3 for Kane/Son moves in a couple weeks anyway) is it worth a -4 this week?

      Also considering if I take the -4 this week and save a FT next week I wont need a -4 in 2 weeks for the above moves.

      1. Ajax Hamsterdam
        • 7 Years
        2 months, 28 days ago

        I have Armstrong and keeping him one more week because of the fixture. He might not start but surely hell get some minutes with a point to prove.

        Reckon hwang is now nailed ?

      2. W
        • 8 Years
        2 months, 28 days ago

        Assuming you would play Hwang this week?

    • FCSB
      • 5 Years
      2 months, 28 days ago

      Ramsdale
      TAA Cancelo James
      Salah(c) Foden Mbeumo Raphinha
      Vardy Antonio Jimenez

      Foster Livramento Brownhill Duffy

      0FT, 1.5 itb

      Is this good to go? Bench order correct?

      Thanks

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

        Only problem is James.

        Other than that GTG.

      2. W
        • 8 Years
        2 months, 28 days ago

        Yes, nice team

    • Jones Kusi
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      2 months, 28 days ago

      What would you do?
      1 FT 0.8 ITB

      Sanchez Ward
      Rudiger Cancelo Alonso Livra Semedo
      Rapinha Salah Saka Greenwood Bissouma
      Toney Antonio Ronaldo

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

        Green to Havertz

    • Pukki Blinders
      • 2 Years
      2 months, 28 days ago

      What to do??

      A. Play Sarr
      B. Take a -4 for Havertz

      1. W
        • 8 Years
        2 months, 28 days ago

        Wait for Tuchel presser to see how long Lukaku is out for

    • ajk1211
      • 6 Years
      2 months, 28 days ago

      Worried about not owning Havertz in light of the captain poll and Pep roulette.

      Foden -> Havertz -4 surely madness right? Have Mount too

      1. Annie
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 9 Years
        2 months, 28 days ago

        yes, that's stupid

      2. OptimusBlack
        • 8 Years
        2 months, 28 days ago

        Don't sell Foden to get Havertz sell other one

    • Junks
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      2 months, 28 days ago

      Thoughts?
      0ITB 1FT
      Ramsdale Foster
      Tierney Azpi TAA Duffy Livra
      Saka Grealish Raph Salah Allan
      Ant Ronaldo Armstrong

      A. Saka to Mbeumo
      B. Ronaldo to Kane/Vardy
      C. Ronaldo & Saka to Vardy & Havertz -4
      D. Armstrong & Saka to Mbeumo & Edouard -4
      E. Armstrong & Saka to Toney & 5.8 -4

      1. Thomas Magnum
        • 6 Years
        2 months, 28 days ago

        I'd probably roll FT and play 4-4-2 benching Armstrong, presuming Saka is fit

        1. Junks
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          2 months, 28 days ago

          Yeah A lot of it does seem overkill and forced which I don’t like.

          If Saka not fit... Mbeumo? Thanks

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

      Is Saka ok for tonight?

      1. Annie
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 9 Years
        2 months, 28 days ago

        I dunno, wait for presser maybe?

    • W
      • 8 Years
      2 months, 28 days ago

      Probably wouldn't take the hit, think Mount would be enough, could wait for presser though to see how long Lukaku is out for

      1. W
        • 8 Years
        2 months, 28 days ago

        Reply fail to AJK1211