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FPL Transfer Tracker - Week 8

by Sean Sullivan
Updated On: October 4, 2018, 1:01 pm ET

There were plenty of positives and one, rather large, negative to take away from Gameweek 7.  


First and foremost, my overly aggressive Wildcard paid off as the seven players I brought in returned a combined total of 49 points.  From my FPL Transfer Tracker recommendations, Johan Berg Gudmundsson validated his tip of the week status with a goal, an assist and 13 points.  James Maddison also delivered after being the most sought-after transfer target with an assist and six points. The major bust of the round was Richarlison, who supplied just three points in Everton’s 3-0 win over Fulham.  Bernardo Silva also failed to get on the scoresheet in Manchester City’s 2-0 victory Brighton, making him the other letdown last round.


With that said, here is a list of five players to consider for Gameweek 8.



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FPL Transfer Tracker - Gameweek 8 



Eden Hazard (£11.1m):  Arguably the best player in Europe at the moment, Hazard has been nothing short of brilliant this season and is a must-own midfielder having blanked just once in six appearances. Through seven Premier League appearances, he’s averaging career bests in minutes per goals (81.4), shots per games (3.3) and conversation rate (33.3%). Gameweek 8 is an appealing match against a Southampton side that has conceded two goals in each of their last two home matches. Chelsea faces Manchester United (H), Burnley (A), Crystal Palace (H) and Everton (A) following the international break, making Hazard a viable lock in midfield for the next five Gameweeks.  Although it is realistic to assume Hazard could regress to his career conversation rate of 15.6%, he would still be on pace for his best scoring campaign.  But, before we wander down the hypothetical highway, here is how he stacks up against the current top scorers.






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Harry Kane (£12.5m):  Harry Kane will be the most selected captain for Gameweek 8 since Tottenham host Cardiff City. This seems like a foregone conclusion as Cardiff has conceded 16 goals in their last five matches and Kane has scored three goals on seven shots on target in his previous two games.  Since a one-week captain cameo would be well worth the points hit if Kane scores multiple goals, there isn’t much else to say.



Marko Arnautovic (£7.0m):  Arnautovic is the budget striker with the highest upside for Gameweek 8.  The West Ham striker’s average of a goal every 76.6 minutes in his last five starts is supplemented by superior returns away from home. Since blanking in Gameweek 1 at Liverpool, he’s provided three goals, an assist and 24 FPL points in his last three away outings.  Based on form, Arnautovic merits serious consideration for West Ham’s trip to Brighton on Friday. The Seagulls have conceded at least two goals in each of their three matches at the Amex Stadium and are still without a clean sheet this term. Arnie seems like a smart one-week pivot if you need to free up some budget.  



Kieran Trippier (£6.2m):  Last week, I brought in Trippier on my Wildcard to replace Benjamin Mendy.  And with an advantageous home match against Cardiff City up next for Tottenham, the third highest-scoring FPL defender (39 points) seems like a no-brainer for Gameweek 8.  The fullback has assisted in back-to-back matches and should get ample chances to extend this run thanks to his role as Spurs’ dead-ball specialist with Christian Eriksen side-lined. If you take into account, Cardiff has managed just one goal in three away matches and conceded 14 goals in the last four Gameweeks; this could be another monster week for Trippier.



Matt Doherty (£4.5m): There will be some who ignore Matt Doherty after his pair of 12-point performances in the last three weeks, but you shouldn’t be one of them.  No defender has registered more shots on goal (10) than Doherty, who ranks fourth in chances created (10) and seventh in total FPL points (34). The Republic of Ireland international’s attacking upside is too good to ignore, especially since Wolves have conceded just three goals in their last six matches.  If you’re looking to get rid of Benjamin Mendy and want to save some funds, Doherty should be on your radar.



Tip of the Week - Alexandre Lacazette (£9.5m): Logic dictates Harry Kane being a must-own for his home fixture against Cardiff City in Gameweek 8.  With that said, the use of unconventional tactics has served me well so far this season. I have decided to roll with Lacazette and Jamie Vardy at the expense of Kane and hand the armband to Eden Hazard.  The line of thought? Lacazette has either scored or assisted in five straight matches, and Fulham has conceded seven goals in their last three. Vardy, who is averaging a goal every 112 minutes, has scored in back-to-back games and Everton has conceded two goals in each of their three away matches.  It’s an insane, but calculated gamble that would offer significant gains if Kane somehow blanks against Cardiff.