Fantasy Football Captain Tips - Gameweek 9 Picks

10:19am Oct 19 2017

Manchester City players top the captaincy charts for Gameweek 9, but will it be Jesus over Aguero?

A two week wait due to internationals, followed by only 4 days separating Gameweek 8 and 9 – oh how we love how you mess with our emotions, FPL.

This week, Friday Night Football returns for the match between West Ham and Brighton – don’t forget to get those teams locked in before the 7pm deadline on Friday the 20th of October. You’ve been warned!

Now, on to more pressing matters  – who will YOU give the armband to in Gameweek 9?

Below, I (@FFPundits_Drew) have looked at my top 3 candidates for your captaincy role, as well as a gamble for those looking to make up some ground.

I wish all FPL managers the best of luck whoever you decide to give the armband to – be sure to let me know your thoughts and continue the discussion on Twitter.

1. Gabriel Jesus – Manchester City [£10.7m | 22.9%]

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You won’t read many articles this week without Manchester City featuring heavily, so we’ll try keep things simple this week.

City’s blistering form and tempting fixtures have already lead FPL managers into doubling, or even tripling up on City assets.

6 different goal scorers during the 7-2 demolition of Stoke City last weekend, the returns this season have been shared in that Manchester City line up.

So which of Pep Guardiola’s goal machines do we captain in Gameweek 9?

This week, I’m going with Jesus for the armband – 6 goals in 7 Premier League games so far this season, not immune from Pep Guardiola’s rotation, but as a managers favourite, Jesus is arguably a safer option than his counterparts in my opinion.

An embarrassment of riches in midfield support the Brazilian, who is leading the line in a team which have scored 29 goals already after only 8 Premier League games.

This week Manchester City are at home to Burnley, who are solid at the back and happy for the opposition to have the majority of the possession, but can they keep The Citizens out? Unlikely.

If you’re considering Sergio Aguero over Jesus – I don’t blame you. My only concern would be game-time – was he rested in the Champions League for Gameweek 9, or, is he still not fully fit?

Jesus carries the form and is my number one captaincy selection for Gameweek 9.

2. Romelu Lukaku – Manchester United [£11.8m | 57.7%]

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Only 1 shot and no goals from Romelu Lukaku vs Liverpool in Gameweek 8, but was his lack of shots the fault of the Belgian, or down to Jose Mourinho’s tactics?

We should see a very different Manchester United performance on Saturday, with the Red Devils traveling to a struggling Huddersfield Town, who’ve conceded 6 goals in their last 2 outings.

After a promising start, the wheels look like they are starting to fall off at Huddersfield, losing this week to fellow strugglers Swansea 2-0.

Manchester United will be aiming to take advantage of this poor form which will benefit Lukaku owners – but will you trust him enough with the armband?

A regular goal scorer this season for club and country – 7 goals in 8 league games, Lukaku is the Premier League’s current top goal scorer.

Still the most owned player in the game at 57.8%, but unlikely to top Manchester City assets in this weeks Gameweek 9 Captains Poll.

3. Raheem Sterling – Manchester City [£8.1m | 12.9%]

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When your team scores 7 goals in 1 game and has a favourable fixture, it will come as no surprise that Manchester City feature twice in this week’s Captain Picks.

Raheem Sterling already has 6 goals this season, only 1 behind current leader Romelu Lukaku. An additional 2 assists vs Stoke and you can see why 200k+ managers have transferred the England International in head of Gameweek 9.

An impressive win in the Champions League for Manchester City this week against an in form Napoli side, a game in which Sterling scored again, will increase momentum further.

We aren’t expecting City to score 7 goals every week, but Burnley keeper Nick Pope will be expecting a busy Saturday afternoon against Sterling and Co.

The Gamble

Alexis Sanchez – Arsenal [£11.8m | 2.2%]

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After finishing last season with the highest number of FPL points, it has been a slow start for Alexis Sanchez for the 2017/18 season.

Injured, rested, leaving in January?

You can see why Sanchez has such a low ownership of 2.2%, but there is no denying the players quality, an explosive player who could instantly burst back onto the FPL scene.

This week Arsenal travel to Goodison Park, where Everton look poor and Ronald Koeman is under pressure.

The Toffee’s defeat at home to Burnley was followed up by salvaging a late draw with Brighton, games the fans will have expected positive results from.

I see no reason why Arsenal won’t bounce back from their defeat to Watford and for Sanchez to be key to that victory.

If the above isn’t temping you to gamble with Sanchez, then you should know that @FFPundits_Dale ‘rage transferred’ the Chilean out after he was rested on Sunday.  If anything can guarantee some FPL returns in Gameweek 9, it’s this!

>> Gameweek 9 Captains Poll <<

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