Gameweek 8 brings three more FPL tips & three more price boosts for your perusal.
Remember, the deadline for gameweek 8 is 05/10/18 7pm BST so get your transfers in early this week.
Banker – Harry Kane – 12.5m
England’s captain will be an automatic armband choice for many this gameweek. He’s scored five goals, assisted one and has a total of 44 points - you’d expect him to add to that tally this weekend with a home tie against a collapsing Cardiff side.
He’s joint 2nd for shots on target with 11 and joint top for big chances received with eight so he’s definitely getting himself into the right positions. Poch plays him in pretty much every game and he’s second for baseline bonus points so, if he scores or assists, you’re likely to get some extra bang for your buck.
Spurs are up against a Cardiff team that has conceded the 4th most shots on target so far this year so, if you don’t own him, I hope you have a big sofa to hide behind come 3pm on Saturday.
Value – Anthony Knockaert – 5.5m
Following a challenging first season in the Premier League (after which Knockaert bravely spoke out about his battle with depression), I’m hoping that the tricky winger can begin to make his undoubted talent show. He’s currently only owned by 1.2% but, with a goal and three assists from a run of tough fixtures, he seems to be putting his demons behind him and looks to have a bright future.
A run of great fixtures could help him to push on and break the forming fantasy football template possibly rivalling Ryan Fraser for inclusion in that 4th or 5th midfielder spot.
He’s currently joint 6th for shots in the box amongst midfielders and this week is a great time to pick him up with a home match against a West Ham side that have conceded the joint 3rd most shots on target and the 2nd most big chances so far this season.
Wildcard - Jóhann Berg Guðmundsson – 5.9m
Jóhann has gone a little bit under the radar with Burnley’s poor start - the Icelandic footballer is currently selected by only 1.8% of FPL managers - but he’s managed to score 32pts and is entering a favourable run of fixtures.
Amid those that have played over 360 minutes, he ranks 3rd for VAPM (value added per million) at 0.56, just behind Ryan Fraser and Eden Hazard. A few reasons for this are his superb delivery alongside his monopolisation of set pieces - Burnley have scored nine goals and Guðmundsson has been involved in five of them (one goal and four assists).
Huddersfield, Burnley’s opponents this weekend, have been pretty woeful in defence – they’ve let in 16 goals in seven matches, conceded the 4th most shots in the box (73) and also given up the 2nd most big chances in the league with 18.
Averages so far:
Banker – 8.7pts
Value – 4.2pts
Wildcard – 7.1pts