Here we provide you with the FPL top picks for Gameweek 8. With the help of the Fantasy Football Scout members area we pick out the best goalkeepers, defenders, midfielders and forwards to help you prepare for the new round ahead.
Checking out the FPL top picks for Gameweek 8 can be extremely beneficial for fantasy managers. Knowing which teams and assets to target can help you gain rank and an edge over your rivals in the game.
Fulham have a great fixture this week as we can see. They come up against Sheffield United in Gameweek 8. It has been a tough start to the season for Sheffield United both defensively and offensively. In terms of attack they sit the joint worst for total attempts on goal (66) and the worst for big chances total (six).
The above suggests that Sheffield United are struggling in attack which bodes well for Bernd Leno (£4.7m). The German sits at the top of the points charts in his position with a huge 36 points. He also racked up a double-digit return against Crystal Palace in Gameweek 6. Leno has a great opportunity for another return this week and so makes the FPL top picks for Gameweek 8.
Another team with a very appealing fixture this week is Tottenham who have started the new season fantastically. They come up against newly promoted side Luton next. The Hatters are also struggling for form and rank joint second worst for goals scored (six) and the worst for shots on target (15).
The clean sheet looks well and truly on for Tottenham this week and Gulgielmo Vicario (£5.1m) could benefit from that. Vicario also ranks amongst the top five goalkeepers this season in terms of points (29) and with the fixture he has got this week he has the potential to climb even higher.
It has been a rocky start to say the least for Chelsea this season. That may be the case but they are still sustaining some great defensive data. In fact they rank joint third best for big chances conceded (nine) and joint best for clean sheets kept (three).
With the above in mind it could be worth looking at Robert Sanchez (£4.6m). He faces a side this week in Burnley who sit the second worst in the league for expected goals scored (5.82), third worst for shots in the box (45) and joint second worst for shots on target (20). Taking everything into account Sanchez worms his way into the FPL top picks for Gameweek 8.
Defenders – Destiny Udogie
Tottenham could not ask for a better fixture this week against Luton. The Hatters are really struggling to settle into life in the Premier League and that is reflected in their results. Tottenham have a great opportunity to keep a clean sheet this week against a side that rank the joint second worst in the division for goals scored so far.
The Tottenham defensive assets look especially appealing this week but they also have a player who has very good attacking potential. Destiny Udogie (£4.8m) has impressed hugely since joining from Italy. In terms of attacking output Udogie has already mustered up four fantasy returns. He also ranks the best amongst defenders so far for take-ons (20). Udogie shows huge promise offensively and with a game against Luton next is an easy inclusion into the FPL top picks for Gameweek 8.
Aston Villa have started their season very well and it’s even more impressive considering some of the opponents they have faced. They come into a very good run of fixtures ahead starting with a match against Wolves. Results have not been good for Wolves as they sit 15th in the league.
There is a very good chance Aston Villa keep a clean sheet this week but for Matty Cash (£4.9m) it could be an even better week. Amongst all defenders in the league so far Cash sits as the best for non-penalty expected goal involvement (3.66). Goal threat is Cash’ speciality as he also ranks first for expected goals (2.83). With a good chance of a clean sheet and potentially an attacking return, Cash could have huge potential in the round ahead.
Newcastle are back! After a very tough starting schedule Newcastle have shown early signs of their 22/23 campaign form. They completely dismantled Sheffield United 8-0 in Gameweek 6 which highlights their progression but also makes their defensive options some of the best again.
The standout defender pick in the Newcastle side is Kieran Trippier (£6.6m). The full-back was the highest scoring defender in the game last season due to his sides defensive strength and his own distribution. That same distribution also seems to be improving after a huge three assists and a 18-point return in Gameweek 6. He faces West Ham next up and with or without the clean sheet, Trippier has huge attacking potential and so gets his inclusion.
Midfielders – James Maddison
Tottenham are in fine scoring form so far this campaign. In the seven matches they have played they scored 17 goals which means they are averaging more than two goals per game. They also face Luton next who have failed to keep a single clean sheet. With both in mind it could be essential to invest in the Tottenham attack this week.
One of the best ways into the in-form Tottenham frontline is James Maddison (£7.9m). Not only does Maddison rank amongst the best five players in the game for chances and big chances created but he has also managed to rack up four returns in his first seven matches. Taking into account his form and fixture, Maddison walks into the FPL top picks for Gameweek 8.
It is all well and good that Tottenham are scoring goals but what does their underlying data say? Well, when compared to all teams in the league they sit the best for total attempts on goal (138), the best for shots in the box (86) and the best for shots on target (52).
The Tottenham data suggests that they will continue to score plenty of goals and with Luton ahead it could be a hatful. Another very effective option could be Son Heung-min (£9.2m). Since playing in the strikers role Son has accumulated a whopping 43 points in FPL. Son is in damaging form and could have bags of potential against Luton this week.
Aston Villa sit joint second best amongst all teams for goals scored so far this season (18) and they have even played the likes of Chelsea, Liverpool and Newcastle already. They have a great chance to extend that tally this week with a match against Wolves.
Wolves appear to be a team to target this season, especially when considering they are averaging two goals conceded per game so far. One great way into the Villa attack is via Moussa Diaby (£6.7m). Diaby is out of position in a forward role with teammate Ollie Watkins meaning he has a better chance of picking up an attacking return. In terms of his output he has already banked four returns in seven matches played including a double-digit return.
Liverpool are also in very good form this season. The Reds have notched up 16 goals already and with their confidence sky-high, that total could be even bigger this week. Brighton lay ahead of Liverpool and although historically solid defensively they, at the time of writing, are yet to keep a single sheet.
The above bodes well for a Liverpool attacker and who better to pick than Mohamed Salah (£12.5m). The Egyptian has picked up a return in every single match he has played in so far bar one which highlights his superb consistency. Amongst all midfielders he also ranks joint third best for big chances (five) and joint third best for shots in the box (14).
Forwards – Ollie Watkins
Aston Villa have a brilliant fixture ahead against Wolves. Wolves have been poor so far defensively and we can see that in their underlying data. When compared to all other teams in the division Wolves sit amongst the worst five teams for shots in the box conceded, total attempts conceded, shots on target conceded and big chances conceded.
The focal point to the Aston Villa attack is Ollie Watkins (£7.9m). Watkins has managed to return in all but one of his matches so far which highlights his consistency. He also bagged a massive 23 points in his latest game against Brighton and sits as the highest scoring player in the game. With that sort of form and with Wolves ahead Watkins could have massive potential and so makes his way into the FPL top picks for Gameweek 8.
Manchester City have a massive clash against Arsenal this week. The Gooners may be in top form themselves but they have still conceded in four of their first seven matches which indicates the Manchester City attackers could have potential.
The standout is of course Erling Haaland who has already, at the time of writing, amassed a huge eight goals. The Norwegian also leads the way amongst all players for most of the key attacking data points so far. Haaland is an essential going into any week and the round ahead is no different.
Liverpool will be hoping to put their controversial loss to Tottenham behind them and continue the scoring form they showed prior to that. They face a Brighton side that are struggling to deal with the heavy schedule and a side that shipped a huge six goals in the most recent round.
Another great way into the Liverpool attack, and much cheaper, is Darwin Nunez (£7.4m). The injury to Cody Gakpo and suspension of Diogo Jota has opened up a spot in the frontline for Nunez. His minutes look much safer moving forward as well but he also ranks joint second best amongst all strikers in the game for big chances total (eight).
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