fantasy premier league GW8 transfers – the bandwagons and sinking ships

Here’s our fantasy premier league GW8 transfers article where we outline the bandwagons and sinking ships. These are the most transferred in (bandwagons) and most transferred out (sinking ships) players so far in the FPL gameweek.

FANTASY PREMIER LEAGUE GW8 TRANSFERS – THE BANDWAGONS AND SINKING SHIPS

THE BANDWAGONS

These are the 5 most transferred IN players so far in the gameweek.

Stats definition:

 FPL PPG 17/18: the points per game for the 17/18 season.

ATGS/CS odds GW8: The anytime goal scoring odds or clean sheet odds for Defs for GW8

Fixture ease: Our article ranking the easiness of their fixtures

There’s also a lot of player information in the expected goal summary article and Joseph Crilley’s gameweek review




fantasy premier league gw8 transfers

Kane

With 6 goals in his last 4 games and 41 points backed up by very good underlying stats there’s not much else needed to say. Sure to be a huge captain favourite at home to Bournemouth.  It’s here that he will want to bury the Spurs Kane Wembley hoodoo theory.  Has pens as well and some direct free kicks.  Fixtures stiffen after the Bournemouth game

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

Jesus

With Aguero out for another month or more Jesus becomes the only out and oput striker although Pep has a history of using false nines as an alternative.  Depending on your viewpoint that’s either a positive as it means he’s guaranteed starts or a negative as he will be taken off at the first sign that the game is safe.  However predicting Pep is a mugs game so you just have to roll the dice and prepared to take the roller coaster ride (pardon the mixed metaphors)

Away at Chelsea was the first time he had played 90 minutes this season and only the 2nd time he’s got past 80.  However 4 goals and an assist in those 6 starts is impressive and his underlying stats back that up as no fluke.

There’s no doubt in my mind that he’s got the quality.  It’s all about your perception of pitch time.  The fixtures and his form at least give the minutes gamble a positive context

Stoke (H)
Burnley (H)
West Brom (A)
Arsenal (H)
Leicester (A)
Huddersfield (A)

Ben Davies

Top defender points per match and top points scorer despite being rested/injured depending on whether you believe the forked tongue of Pochettinho.  2 goals and 3 assists in 6 games is some record for a defender.  It’s all backed up by probably the best underlying stats of any defender as well.

The fact is though even with Danny Rose injured he will miss the odd game as no wing back can play every game.  They may have the most points potential but they also need the most rotation.  Vertonghen can play LB even if not as effectively.  The acquisition of Sanchez makes it easier to do this and still play a back 3.

However his form is such that even if Danny Rose does get fit at some stage he won’t be ousted easily from the LWB position

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

David Silva

In a sea of rotation De Bruyne and D Silva standout as a welcome port of stability.  It’s also impossible to believe that someone in Pep’s team has started all 7 games and played 90 minutes in 5 of those games. However that is David Silva’s record.  I also firmly believe that at the business end of the pitch that David Silva in his current form offers something that Pep can’t get anywhere else, even from KDB.  6 assists but unfortunately no goals.  His underlying stats from an assist point of view are very good and even his xG isn’t too bad.

Great fixtures next and really David Silva is about a perception of gametime security (and that’s all it can be with Pep) vs a history of less gametime with Sane and Sterling who have more goalscoring potential.

Very good fixtures to come and some set piece representation

Stoke (H)
Burnley (H)
West Brom (A)
Arsenal (H)
Leicester (A)
Huddersfield (A)

Vardy

Vardy with Firmino is the bridge between the £10m plus strikers and the cheaper strikers in Chicharito, Wood and Joselu. It would probably surprise you if I said he only had 7 FPL points less than Kane and more than Jesus.  5 goals in his first 7 games certainly is nothing to ignore.  His underlying stats could be better which is the only negative and he also didn’t do his hold on penalties any good after the poor miss vs Liverpool.  However you can’t argue with the form and the fixtures are good as well as the money saved over the premium strikers.  He’s also pretty guaranteed to be on the team sheet every game with no European competition

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




The Sinking Ships

These are the 5 most transferred OUT players so far in the gameweek.

FANTASY PREMIER LEAGUE gw8 TRANSFERS

Morata

Subbed early in the Manchester City game after complaining of a hamstring injury.  There have been various reports over the international break about the seriousness of the injury.  At the moment the official line has to be that there is no confirmed return date.  Interestingly the bookies have given him anytime goal scoring odds which they haven’t done for Aguero so they at least don’t think it’s cut and dry.

Hard to know who will replace him.  Batshuayi is the back up striker but the sub in the Man City game was Willian and Hazard played a striker of sorts.  Thats created the uncertainty

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

Aguero

Injured in a taxi crash going to watch a concert in Amsterdam of all places.  No official time frame from the club although the Argentinian doctor would suggest he would be back around GW12.  The injury makes Jesus the only out and out striker which is why he’s got the attention of FPL managers above

 Stoke (H)
Burnley (H)
West Brom (A)
Arsenal (H)
Leicester (A)
Huddersfield (A)

Firmino

How did it all end like this?  2 goals and 2 assists in his first 3 games followed by 3 blanks culminating in  benching against Newcastle.  The benching coming just when Mane was coming back to restore the Liverpool front 3 equilibrium.  Unfortunately the underlying stats don’t help the case and Manchester United next couldn’t be a better escape route for FPL managers.  You may get away with 1 of the above negative events but 3 is only going to lead to 1 thing.

Man Utd (H)
Spurs (A)
Huddersfield (H)
West Ham (A)
Southampton (H)
Chelsea (H)

Mkhitaryan

5 assists in his first 3 games was followed by a tap in goal in his next 4 and a 65th minute substitution against Palace.  While overall his xA is good in the last 3 games it’s completely fallen apart.  That doesn’t mean it’s terminal but when you have last year to look back on, no returns and the fixtures going against you exiting is going to be on your mind.  Especially if you’re heavily invested in the United attack with Lukaku already and the shiny new toys of Manchester City and Hazard are beckoning you.

Liverpool (A)
Huddersfield (A)
Spurs (H)
Chelsea (A)
Newcastle (H)
Brighton (H)

Alli

If you blank when your team scores 4 goals then you’re going to get twitchy as an FPL manager I can understand.  Especially as Alli has had 1 returning game in the last 4 and hasn’t been covering himself in underlying stats glory either.  However when the next game is home to Bournemouth I’m not sure I wouldn’t just keep the faith for 1 more game.  However if you’re moving to Chelsea and Man City midfielders you’d probably argue you’ve got equally good fixtures.  It’s just, unless your name is Alexis Sanchez, it’s not often you see goal scoring odds of £1.75 for a midfielder.

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

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Comments

5 comments
  • James

    Great article again Geek, I think at this point it is suicide not to have Kane in the team and this week a very risky option to not have him as captain! I am considering removing Alli in favour of Pedro – with Morata injured i would hope his minutes are more secure now? Seems to be a sub magnet if he starts at the moment so thats the only thing i am worried about.

  • Aditya Dutta

    On my WC!
    0.4 ITB.
    Elliot, De Gea
    Otamendi, Monreal, Mbemba, Yoshida, Davies
    Mkhitaryan, Choupo-Moting, Carrol, Silva, Coutinho
    Kane Lukaku Joselu
    Suggestions are welcome!
    Should I downgrade defense/midfield and upgrade 3rd striker?
    Thanks in advance!

    • Itchie

      Wish I had that squad. WC’d last week though.

      Only thing I’d change is Miki. As per article, I also lost the faith and dropped him.

      Sterling? Salah? Richarlison if you don’t want to double up. And Joselu is a good shout but if you have the funds, can you squeeze Vardy in there?

      Failing that, use the extra 0.4 and at least get Maguire into your rearguard. He’ll score over the next few fixtures.

      Good luck!

  • JeanJean

    Hi Itchie,
    I have both Morata and Mane and I have used my wildcard. Should I take a minus 8 (-8) for the transfer or should I wait?

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