Welcome to AM’s Players to Watch for Gameweek Eight. It’s me, Chuck, filling in again. I’ll still be offering the same general advice on players that can be targeted in Draft Fantasy, FPL, Fantrax and more but just through a different lens than normal.
Before getting to the new editions to the list, let’s take a look at how my guys did in gameweek seven.
Outside of Mitrovic blanking, it was a pretty good weekend for player picks. Sane got an assist for Manchester City. Boly and Chilwell got clean sheets. Gudmundsson got a goal and an assist and Kane scored a brace. There’s nowhere to go from here but down right? But let’s aim to keep the hot streak going.
This weekends fixture list...
Friday 5 October
Brighton v West Ham
Saturday 6 October
Burnley v Huddersfield
Crystal Palace v Wolves
Leicester v Everton
Spurs v Cardiff
Watford v Bournemouth
Man United v Newcastle
Sunday 7 October
Fulham v Arsenal
Southampton v Chelsea
Liverpool v Man City
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Felipe Anderson (MF West Ham @ Brighton) - West Ham is in good form and Anderson is playing a large role in their success. The Brazilian may only have a goal and an assist on the season but that goal did come in their dismantling of Manchester United last week. It was assumed that it would take Manuel Pellegrini time to get the Hammers firing at full force and undefeated in their last three, it looks like that time is now. While Marko Arnautovic is always a good pick in their attack, I’m backing his partner in the front three to get on the score sheet in a good matchup versus Brighton. The time is now to believe in the Hammers (this sounds like famous last words but here I am).
Jamie Vardy (FW Leicester v Everton) - Leicester’s ace is back from suspension and picking up right where he left off. Scoring a goal in back to back games, and picking up two bonus points in each game. With an appealing fixture versus the Everton defense, Vardy can look to make it three straight games with a goal. Ripping off almost three shots per game and putting 1.4 of them on target, Vardy is one of the most clinical strikers in the league. Give him service and he shall score. Place him versus a crap backline and he will score. You get the point.
Lucas Digne (DF Everton @ Leicester) - “But Chuck, you just tipped a Leicester attacker and called the Everton defense crap.” You’re right, I did. But that’s why I’m tipping a fullback and not a central defender. Digne is absolute money in Fantrax where he has returned double-digit points in three of his last four games with only one clean sheet on the season. In OFPL, he’s not as good with only one assist on the season but he’s spraying key passes at a rate that should come good. I expect this to be an open game which will lead to chances for him to get forward.
Mesut Ozil (MF Arsenal @ Fulham) - He’s back… Ozil with the armband is a different animal scoring two goals in his last three games while Arsenal has been clicking on all cylinders. Oddly enough, the assists have dried up for Ozil but not for lack of trying with nine key passes on the year. On paper, Arsenal should shred Fulham and you’d expect Ozil to be very involved in that.
Danny Rose (DF Tottenham v Cardiff) - I don’t particularly think that Spurs will keep a clean sheet in this one but I also don’t feel comfortable suggesting Kieran Trippier in this space after he played 90 minutes and was put on skates versus Barcelona during the midweek. Kyle Walker-Peters could feature as well to leave managers with tough decisions. Meanwhile, Rose was rested and won’t have to defend much versus a Cardiff side that is short on attacking options. All he needs is one good ball to Harry Kane and we’re golden.
Captain Choice Mohamed Salah (MF Liverpool v Man City) - The most transferred out player for this game week is my captaincy pick for the week. Why is that? Left backs. Or more importantly, Manchester City’s lack of a left back. While the goals aren’t there, Salah is right there with his peripheral stats from last year and he could easily nab a brace versus the city backline. The automatic captain from last season will be back for more. Mark my words.