Fantasy Premier League Tips - Who's HOT & Who's NOT for Gameweek 8?

1:02pm Oct 11 2017

Out with the old and in with the new form players for Gameweek 8 says @DannyBryan27

Hello and welcome to my Gameweek 8 edition of ‘Who’s Hot and Who’s Not’, offering you weekly support and advice on how to stay ahead of the game in the world of FPL.

A plethora of big name midfielders and forwards are currently sidelined with injuries, which will have no doubt caused a few headaches for FPL bosses across the land.

Admittedly, the list of suitable replacements in these departments is pretty short, which enables us to pay special attention this week to some of the most useful defensive options, and with good reason…

This Premier League season has already produced 55 clean sheets, compared to just 30 at the same stage last season. So, how do we take advantage of this defensive dominance? Time to build from the back, perhaps?

Continue reading to discover my views ahead of Gameweek 8 and as always, I wish all FPL players the very best of luck!

Who’s HOT?

César Azpilicueta – Chelsea [£6.6m | 14.7%]

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Chelsea have conceded just three goals since their Gameweek 1 defeat against Burnley – a run in which their ever-dependable Spaniard has been a constant feature. Their Gameweek 8 opponents, Crystal Palace, are still searching for their first Premier League goal of the season.

What’s more, the Blues have managed clean sheets in each of their last two visits to Selhurst Park, and the Eagles remain without a fully-fit senior striker – so a huge opportunity here for a bumper Gameweek for those with Chelsea defenders in their ranks.

Azpilicueta is undoubtedly the pick of the bunch for Gameweek 8 – the Spanish international already has four Premier League assists to his name this season and is proving excellent value for money, even at £6.6m.

Stephen Ward – Burnley [£4.6m | 9.0%]

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Burnley defenders continue to pay dividends for FPL bosses, with three clean sheets in the first seven Gameweeks – their latest coming in their 1-0 victory at Goodison Park against Everton in Gameweek 7.

With 41 points to his name so far, and at a cost of just £4.6m, Stephen Ward’s stats are proof that your defence shouldn’t be just an afterthought – the Irish defender is only four FPL points behind Harry Kane, despite being a whopping £8.1m cheaper.

So, if you’re currently kicking yourself for not spotting the bargain earlier, fear not – Ward and co. welcome West Ham in Gameweek 8, who have failed to score in three of their four away fixtures so far, and Burnley have conceded just once at Turf Moor this campaign.

More good news comes in the fact that Ward continues to be overlooked by 92% of FPL bosses. Kudos to you if you’re in the 8% – if you’re not, then what are you waiting for?

Harry Kane – Spurs [£12.8m | 40.1%]

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Gameweek 8 is a massive opportunity for Kane owners to steal a march on their rivals.

A series of injuries to some of the FPL’s most popular selections will leave many pinning their hopes on the England forward to continue his excellent form, as Spurs face Bournemouth at Wembley.

Kane goes into this one having scored four in his last two Premier League outings, giving him the edge over Lukaku for Gameweek 8 as your best ‘premium’ option in the striking department, in the absence of both Alvaro Morata and Sergio Aguero.

At £12.5m, Kane comes at a sky-high cost, but is now beginning to justify it. A series of high scoring yet reasonably priced defensive options are available, which could free up the funds to add the Spurs starlet to your ranks in time for Gameweek 8.

Haven’t wildcarded yet? Now could be the perfect time if your team is in need of a face-lift.

Who’s NOT? (hot)

Ahmed Hegazi – West Brom [£4.9m | 25.8%]

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West Brom defenders have become prominent features in many FPL squads over the past few seasons.

The name ‘Tony Pulis’ and the phrase ‘defensive organisation’ go hand in hand, and this no doubt influences the thinking of FPL bosses when making their early season selections.

Clean sheets in the opening two Gameweeks have cemented Hegazi’s position as the most popular defensive selection among FPL bosses, but more recent form suggests that better options lie elsewhere.

The Baggies travel to Leicester in Gameweek 8. The Foxes have scored in each of their last ten Premier League home fixtures – a run which stretches back to early February.

A straight-swap with Burnley’s Stephen Ward looks a no-brainer with your free transfer for Gameweek 8.

Charlie Daniels – Bournemouth [£4.9m | 10.4%]

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Bournemouth’s season is really struggling to take off. Their defensive frailties have been further highlighted by their recent inability to score goals – has the bubble burst on the south coast?

Charlie Daniels is the Cherries’ most popular defender among FPL bosses, and does come cheap at £4.9m, but a clean sheet in Gameweek 8 is looking unlikely in the extreme.

Only the two Manchester clubs have scored more goals than Bournemouth’s Gameweek 8 opponents, Spurs.

What’s more, a strong Gameweek 8 for Daniels would do more harm than good if you take our advice and put your faith in Harry Kane.

Javier Hernández – West Ham [£7.0m | 19.0%]

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West Ham are another side who are really struggling to gather any momentum.

Slaven Bilic’s side scraped past Swansea in Gameweek 7 thanks to a late Diafra Sakho strike, by which point Javier Hernandez had been substituted.

The Mexican international has scored just once in the last five Gameweeks and has only played a full 90 minutes twice in that time.

The Hammers away form does little to convince me that they can trouble a defensively astute Burnley side in Gameweek 8, who have conceded just three goals in the last six Gameweeks.

It must be said that there is currently very little value to be had in the striking department once you look beyond Kane and Lukaku.

If you can’t afford Jamie Vardy for Gameweek 8, Swansea’s Tammy Abraham looks an interesting option at just £5.6m.

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