Here’s our fantasy premier league midfielders GW8 article where we give our midfield player rankings for GW8. There’s a table of information and discussion on some players of interest
fantasy premier league midfielders GW8 – player rankings for midfielders
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Important note before going further
The first schedule ranks players by their NON penalty underlying stats and expected assists converted to FPL points in GW1-7 to date. Those who have taken penalties have an * next to their name
Then there’s there fixture ease ranking their average minutes in the first 7 gameweeks plus their value for money factor and their anytime goalscoring odds
The 2nd schedule shows their xG90 and xA90
I’ve already posted the defender rankings
Player values are as of Thursday 5 November
The schedule ranked by midfielders NON penalty underlying stats over GW1-7
Here is the link to the google spreadsheet. You can go to file>make a copy and then sort it how you like.
A few players worth commenting on
Grealish and Barkley
A tricky fixture at Arsenal next but after that it’s a nice run. Grealish is in the form of his life but way ahead of last season is the warning. Barkley is also posting reasonable stats and held back a little by the average minutes. Shoots more than Grealish which I like and is cheaper
Fornals and Bowen
Both have good underlying expected stats and have the plumb Fulham fixture next but both have poor volumes. It could just be the tricky fixtures for Bowen as he was a little better last season but Fornals definitely is a low volume player.
The fixtures turn badly after GW8 but it’s hard to ignore someone in this form
Mane and Salah
Mane is definitely posting the best stats. It’s just how important are Salah’s pen duties. Tough fixture next v Man City
There are a few good fixtures in there and Sheffield next don’t seem to be the defensive side of last season. Chelsea also seem to have found their attack. However, Havertz is self isolating, Pulisic is an injury doubt and Ziyech has managed only 98 PL minutes. Ziyech’s 74 minutes which saw a goal and assist plus 14 points v Burnley also came from 1 shot and 1 key pass. There’s only Mason Mount to consider which seems a fairly dull alternative.
His 2017/18 season is the only 1 that looks remotely like this one so far although he is playing as a forward. The fixtures are very good. Milivojevic’s 3 game ban gives him pens for a while longer.
A fixture ease schedule for attacking players
Here’s a graphic where the teams are ranked by the ease of the defences they face over the next 6 gameweeks
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