Fantasy Premier League Captain Tips - Gameweek 8 Picks

11:32am Oct 11 2017

Tottenham’s Harry Kane is set to top the Gameweek 8 Captaincy Polls, but is Chelsea’s Belgian Wizard a worthy differential?

After what feels like an eternity, the International Break is done with and FPL can finally make a welcomed return to out lives.

As Gameweek 8 approaches, Fantasy Premier League managers dust themselves down, assess what damage has been done to their squads and then attempt to decide on the all-important captaincy pick.

Who will you give the armband to in Gameweek 8?

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 after a bad start in their mini-leagues.

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

Harry Kane – Spurs [£12.8m | 40.1%]

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Whether you have chosen to go with 2 premium strikers, or a big 3, his value leads to sacrifices elsewhere within your squad – but can you afford not to own Sir Harry Kane?

6 Premier League goals in 7 games, despite starting a month later than other strikers, Kane is arguably now a must-own.  The Spurs striker’s explosive play makes him a captain option every week and should not be dismissed in Gameweek 8.

This week, Spurs are at home to Eddie Howe’s Bournemouth – a side that have conceded 11 goals already this season and sit 2nd from bottom in the Premier League.

Bournemouth have so far allowed the opposition, on average, 14 shots per game – the 5th highest in the Premier League this season, but can they allow Kane this many chances without being punished?

For me, Harry Kane will be the 2017/18 Golden Boot winner and if you have him in your team this week, he has to be your captain.

If you don’t own him, come 3pm, find yourself a nice cosy cushion to sit on behind your couch and cover your ears.

Romelu Lukaku – Man United [£11.8m | 59.1%]

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So you don’t own Kane? Then Lukaku is your man for Gameweek 8 in my opinion.

7 goals in 7 games, Lukaku is Mr Consistent this season and despite cutting it fine on a couple of occasions with late goals, always finds the net for the 60% of FPL manager who own him.

This week should be no different as the Red Devils travel to rivals Liverpool in the lunch-time kick off.

Liverpool may top the table in shots on goal, however, their problems continue at the back – behind West Ham and Crystal Palace for the number of goals conceded.

If passed fit, Lukaku has to be a strong captain choice again this week, just make sure you check Jose Mouriniho’s press conference later in the week.

UPDATE: Lukaku came off the bench to score in Belgium’s 4-0 World Cup Qualifier against Cyprus last night, so it looks like Lukaku’s injury doubts can be put to bed.

Gabriel Jesus – Man City [£10.6m | 16.7%]

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So either you have a team without both Kane or Lukaku, or you are just looking for an alternative captain in an attempt to increase your rank – but could Gabriel Jesus be your man?

With Sergio Aguero recovering from broken ribs after his car accident in Amsterdam before the international break, Pep Guadiola will be looking to Jesus to lead the line for his Manchester City side.

With a wealth of creative players in the City midfield to support Jesus, FPL managers will expect the Brazilian to deliver in a home tie against Stoke on Saturday.

Stoke have only kept 1 clean sheet this season and City will aim to take advantage of Stoke captain Ryan Shawcross still being out injured.

UPDATE: The news broke earlier this week that Sergio Aguero had returned to light training for Manchester City – images have since surfaced of him running and kicking and hasn’t ruled himself out of playing against Stoke this weekend.

The Gamble

Eden Hazard – Chelsea [£10.5m | 3.9%]

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If you’re like me, the temptation for a differential captain can sometimes be too much, especially when there’s a player such as Eden Hazard who is still only owned by 3.6% of Fantasy Premier League managers.

No FPL returns so far this season due to recovering from a broken ankle on International Duty back in June, however, Hazard has now returned to match fitness and Antonio Conte will be relying on him to deliver with Morata still an injury doubt.

In Gameweek 8, The Blues travel to a struggling Crystal Palace, who sit firmly at the bottle of the Premier League table, having failed to score or keep a clean sheet in any of the first 7 Premier League games.

With the chance of playing out of position as a false number 9, Hazard could be the man to tempt FPL managers away from a power front 3 and look at a premium midfield option.

UPDATE: Having played 77 minutes and scoring twice in Belgium’s 4-0 World Cup Qualifier win against Cyprus last night, it looks like Hazard’s managed time on the field has come to an end – expect Hazard to be in Conte’s starting 11 this weekend.

>> Gameweek 8 Captains Poll <<

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