Friday Free Agents: Gameweek 8

Each week you should be scanning the free agent market in your mini league looking for value pick ups that other managers have missed. These players won’t cost you your place in the Waiver Queue but can provide the extra few points you need on a short term basis. Here we give a full lineup of potential free agent players for Gameweek 8.

< You can learn more about this transfer tactic (called “streaming”) in our article FPL Draft Transfer Tactics: Streaming. >

 

GOALKEEPER: Nick Pope, 3.7% owned, Burnley Vs West Ham United.

Still surprises me that Pope is found hanging around in Free Agency in most Draft leagues. Since coming into the Burnley team for the injured Tom Heaton Pope is averaging over 5pts per game, a figure that could have been even higher considering he fell just short of qualifying for a clean sheet against Crystal Palace after playing 54 minutes. Burnley have a great defensive record (they haven’t conceded a goal against non Top 6 opposition this season) and only face 2 of last years Top 6 over the next 11 game weeks. Get him in!

 

DEFENDERS: Stephen Ward, 22% owned, Burnley Vs West Ham United.

If any member of Burnley’s back 5 is likely to be owned in your mini league it is points machine Stephen Ward (5.9 PPG). If that’s not the case then you seriously need to be considering him for this week and beyond. Also look out for defensive team mates Matt Lawton (4.0 PPG), Ben Mee (3.6 PPG) and James Tarkowski (3.4 PPG).

Jose Fonte, 24.8%  owned, Burnley Vs West Ham United.

Over the Hammer’s last 4 matches Fonte has kept 3 clean sheets and earned 3 Bonus Pts to boot. 7 PPG across that period is an excellent return and logic suggests this weekends fixture will be another low scoring game.

Rob Holding, 2.8% owned, Watford Vs Arsenal.

A perfect example of situational streaming here as Arsenal face something of a crisis in central defence ahead of GW8. With Mustafi, Koscielny and Chambers either missing or major doubts for this weekend highly rated youngster Holding is in line for a start. Having impressed in his sporadic appearances for the Gooners he will be eager to take his chance against Watford in Saturday’s evening kick off.

Cedric Soares, 22.1% owned, Southampton Vs Newcastle United.

With Ryan Bertrand and VVD almost certain to be owned in your league and some uncertainty over central defence with Yoshida, Jack Stephens & Wesley Hoedt sharing minutes the easiest way into the Saints defence is right back Cédric who has started all 7 games this season.

 

MIDFIELDERS:

Pascal Groß, 16% owned, Brighton & Hove Albion Vs Everton.

Groß put in six crosses, created three scoring chances, and made two tackles in GW 2-0 loss to Arsenal. If you could handpick your opponents then Palace aside a home game against troubled Everton would probably be the one. The away side have failed to win any of their last 11 PL games on their travels and are struggling for goals amid rumours of dressing room unrest.

Nathan Redmond, 24.5% owned, Southampton Vs Newcastle United.

One of the players highlighted by the Official FPL sites new sequencing metric Redmond has flattered to deceive in Fantasy for a long time. As ever though he seems on the crest of a huge performance. This year Redmond has been involved in 47 moves leading to a shot and has personally created 15 chances this season which is the same as Dele Alli and just one behind Fantasy Football superstar Christian Eriksen. Despite only finding the net 5 times this term Southampton have actually attempted 106 shots this season which is 20 more than reigning champions Chelsea.

Manuel Lanzini, 26.7% owned, Burnley Vs West Ham United.

Lanzini has suffered a stuttering start to the season due to injury but make no mistake he has the potential to be more than just a one week stream. The Argentine scored 8 goals last season and once fully fit will relish the chance to play behind an improved Javier Hernandez led forward line. Both Lanzini & teammate Antonio are among the very best guaranteed starters for non top 6 teams.

 

FORWARDS: Michy Batshuayi, 40.2% owned, Crystal Palace Vs Chelsea.

Unless you fell into a 2 week sleep since GW7 (considering the excitement level of the international break that’s actualy possible) you will be aware that injured forward Alvaro Morata tweeted and then swiftly deleted a photo of himself saying he was targeting a return for the Crystal Palace game this weekend. Now I’m no medical expert but I simply refuse to believe that Chelsea would risk their prize striking asset against a bottom of the league side who have yet to score a goal? Now factor in a crucial Champions League game 4 days later and all signs point to start for Batshuayi for one week at least. Conte’s pre match press conference should reveal more but for me Batshuayi is definitely worth a short term pick up.

Tammy Abraham, 19.7% owned, Swansea City Vs Huddersfield Town.

Abraham was tipped in this column in GW 6 and he brought home the bacon with 7 Points. Fellow forward Wilfried Bony has been given just a “50-50” chance of playing on Saturday and this further strengthens Abraham’s claim especially against fading Huddersfield who are winless in the last 4.

Joselu, 5.6% owned, Southampton Vs Newcastle United.

Another one who is just bubbling under production wise is Joselu who has had 20 shots this season, more than the likes of Vardy, Firmino and Chicarito. He is also 11th in the Official FPL’s ICT Index that measures a player’s Influence, Creativity and Threat. Fantasy managers will be hoping his goal against Liverpool last time out can be the catalyst for a run of points.

 

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