fantasy premier league budget midfield player rankings GW8

Here’s our fantasy premier league budget midfield player rankings GW8 article for midfielders below £7.5m . There’s a range of stats plus commentary on each player and their next 6 fixtures. This will help you choose the best transfer for your team

 fantasy premier league budget midfield player rankings GW8 

First it’s important to remember that each player is ranked as a transfer target for this week. So while we generally look at fixtures form and underlying stats a player who’s away to Man City is going to be ranked lower than someone home to Huddersfield for example. If possible a transfer should have a good fixture first up.

Firstly there’s a table of stats. Then there’s a bit of brief commentary on each player.

This is the 3rd player rankings article. I’ve also written a defenders and GKs player rankings article as well as a premium midfielders player rankings article

STATS DEFINITIONS

Fixt Ease: The ease of the mentioned fixture range from an attacking perspective. See our GW8 fixture ease article

PPG: the points per match taken from the FPL site

ATGS – the bookies anytime goalscoring odds for GW8.

xG and xA per 90 – the expected goals and assists per 90 minutes played from the excellent site understat.com. See our underlying stats summary for expected goal information on teams and players




fantasy premier league budget midfield player rankings GW8

Ramsey

The box to box Arsenal midfielder has started the season with a goal and 2 assists in his 6 starts.  Does play in the CMs of 3-4-2-1 but able to get into the box and is a goal threat particularly on the counter.  Has consistently disappointed with his finishing,  falling behind or just about equal to his xG in the last couple of seasons.  However he is good value for a player in the Arsenal team with good fixtures over the next few games.

Watford (A)
Everton (A)
Swansea (H)
Man City (A)
Spurs (H)
Burnley (A)

Choupo Moting

The Stoke LAM or Striker has only 2 goals and an assist for his 6 starts to date but he has posted some good underlying stats and is playing in those advanced positions.  After City next he has a good run of fixtures

Man City (A)
Bournemouth (H)
Watford (A)
Leicester (H)
Brighton (A)
Crystal Palace (A)

Richarlison

The Watford LAM has probably been the budget star of the season with 3 goals and 2 assists from his 6 starts.  He’s also posted some pretty good underlying stats and is playing in a very advanced position.  Unfortunately  the next couple of fixtures are tricky before they improve again

Arsenal (H)
Chelsea (A)
Stoke (H)
Everton (A)
West Ham (H)
Newcastle (A)

Fabregas

The injury to Kane opens up the possibility of Fabregas coming into the team at least until Kante is back although Kante’s hamstring injury hasn’t been given a time frame as yet.  He does have Drinkwater as a possible rival for his place although he has some short term injuries and alternatively David Luiz could also partner Bakayoko in the CM position.  However Fabregas has already started 5 of the opening 7 games although you may want to classify them as being due, in part, to Bakayoko acclimatising to the premier league.  He’s only got the 1 goal and his underlying stats are ok at best but if you’re willing to take a punt then the next 3 fixtures are excellent.

Crystal Palace (A)
Watford (H)
Bournemouth (A)
Man Utd (H)
West Brom (A)
Liverpool (A)




Tadic

Great fixtures and good underlying stats and penalty duties (at least if Austin doesn’t play) plus some set piece responsibility you wonder why he isn’t essential.  It’s just he can’t seem to deliver. So far this season it’s just the 1 goal in his 6 starts and that was a pen he scored where he did everything he could to miss.  It surely must happen soon it’s just that his record in delivering his underlying stats is a bit mixed to say the least.

Newcastle (H)
West Brom (H)
Brighton (A)
Burnley (H)
Liverpool (A)
Everton (H)

Arnautovic

I’m an Arnautovic fan.  I think he plays very advanced and makes good runs into the box.  He’s started his West Ham career in terrible form and has yet to return in his 2 starts and 2 sub appearances. Some good fixtures coming up though

Burnley (A)
Brighton (H)
Crystal Palace (A)
Liverpool (H)
Watford (A)
Leicester (H)

Brady

2 assists in 7 starts is a pretty ordinary return and in a fairly defensive minded team you’re not going to get much from.  Does have set piece responsibility which does give him a bit more than the rest but his underlying stats are pretty ordinary.  Some reasonable home fixtures

West Ham (H)
Man City (A)
Newcastle (H)
Southampton (A)
Swansea (H)
Arsenal (H)

Ritchie

4 assists this season is a good start for the Newcastle RAM and he’s posted good underlying stats.  However the possibility of Shelvey diluting those set pieces looks a realistic possibility after the Liverpool game.  Reasonably good fixtures though

Southampton (A)
Crystal Palace (H)
Burnley (A)
Bournemouth (H)
Man Utd (A)
Watford (H)

Gross

The Brighton CAM has returned 2 goals and 2 assists in his start to his premier league career.  His underlying stats are pretty ordinary and Brighton are a very defensive team are the negatives.  You’re gambling on his set piece delivery and his advanced CAM virtual support striker positioning.  Fixtures are ok.

Everton (H)
West Ham (A)
Southampton (H)
Swansea (A)
Stoke (H)
Man Utd (A)

Albrighton

The Leicester LM is in for some good fixtures coming up.  Does have some set piece responsibility but just plays too wide for goal threat.  A throw of the dice at best.

West Brom (H)
Swansea (A)
Everton (H)
Stoke (A)
Man City (H)
West Ham (A)

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Comments

5 comments
  • porkido

    You jerks nearly gave me a heart attack when you wrote “The injury to Kane”…would it kill you to proof your articles? Jeez…

    Reply

    • Itchie

      A little excessive don’t you think? We all get such good info from these guys, don’t know what I’d do without them, frankly.

      They spend a lot of time and effort putting all this together, surely it’s churlish to berate them over one typo, especially when it’s likely the fault of an overzealous autocorrect.

      It also gave me the shivers when I first saw it, Kane’s ownership is high after all. But I think most people would have realised quickly like me, wiped the bead of sweat away and had a quiet chuckle. Absolutely no harm done.

      A little gratitude is in order instead.

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    • EP

      hahahahha this cracked me up. The stress of this game is not fun at times!

      Can I ask your opinion…..

      I Wildcarded this week.

      I own Jesus upfront BUT do I:

      A.) Sterling, Silva, Hazard with Maguire at the back

      B.) Fabregas, Silva, Hazard with Stones at the back

      c.) swap out Jesus for Lukaku and have Fabregas, Silva and Stones at the back

      Thanks in advance!

      Reply

      • Itchie

        I wish I hadn’t already WC’d last week. We all need to know whether Sanchez and Hazard will return to form or drag our teams down like expensive millstones. Probably not what you want to hear though…so…

        Option C for longevity. Here’s why: the rumours swirling around Aguero mean his return is imminent. Sounds like he’s only two weeks off a full recovery, absolute maximum.

        That means owners of Jesus will see him get even fewer minutes. Also, I know Man U’s fixtures are turning for the worse, but Lukaku is still a dangerous player not to own. His price will only rise, so get him in while you still can.

        I currently have a power front three of Kane, Lukaku and Jesus. But bringing Vardy in for Jesus as soon as I can. Leicester’s fixtures certainly look brighter and I think Vardy will capitalise.

        Also, Silva is rock steady and about as nailed as can be under Pep. Lots of talk about Sterling’s more explosive potential and the fact that he seems more settled now. Maybe, but on balance I think Pep views Silva as a stalwart and creator of the side, as indispensable as anyone can be, Sterling more as a bonus. And Stones is a good shout if you can’t scrape the funds together for Otamendi. Also consider Monreal…I know I am.

        Fabregas I’m not sure about though. Ramsey or Richarlison even?

        Good luck, friend…!! 🙂

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