Pro Pundits - Lateriser

Who are the best West Ham players in FPL ahead of their Gameweek 8 fixture swing?

Three-time top 200 finisher Lateriser takes a deep dive into the Premium Members Area statistics as he looks at the Hammers’ best Fantasy options for the weeks and months ahead.


West Ham United have impressed in the league so far this season. While David Moyes is everyone’s favourite meme, he’s giving it back to the critics by making some really good decisions.

At the back-end of the last campaign, West Ham were very close to getting relegated and Moyes made some difficult decisions in benching a lot of expensive talent – which paid off.

That trend has continued this season and the Hammers look like a completely different side. They sit amongst the best five teams in the league for shots in the box and are also amongst the top five for shots in the box conceded. Given that they have already faced Arsenal, Wolves, Leicester City, Tottenham Hotspur and Manchester City so far, those numbers look even more impressive.

Moyes’ troops are about to embark on a great run of fixtures after their game against Liverpool this weekend, which extends right the way through until Gameweek 20. Keeping that in mind, I thought it would be a good idea to take a closer look at options from West Ham in both attack and defence.

As you can see above, this is a very impressive fixture run for the Hammers and they look primed for offering a lot of value at both ends of the pitch. After Liverpool at the weekend, they only face Manchester United and Chelsea from the traditional top six between Gameweeks 8 and 20.

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I hope this deep dive into West Ham helps you with your decisions. Good luck for the Gameweek!  

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372 Comments Post a Comment
  1. GreennRed
    • 9 Years
    27 days, 16 hours ago

    Coufal.

    1. Dark Side Of The Loon!
      • 4 Years
      27 days, 16 hours ago

      Good call. Let's also wait on the Antonio news.

      1. Pukki Blinders
        • 1 Year
        27 days, 15 hours ago

        Antonio out makes Coufal a better pick not worse

        1. Big Hippo
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 8 Years
          27 days, 15 hours ago

          how so?

          1. Pukki Blinders
            • 1 Year
            27 days, 15 hours ago

            Will be feeding Haller who is more of a target man

            1. Amey
              • 2 Years
              27 days, 15 hours ago

              He's sh.t
              Antonio is 10x better player atm !
              I think Antonio out mens they'll have to defend more as their won't be any outlet. So they'll become weak at both ends

              1. Pukki Blinders
                • 1 Year
                27 days, 15 hours ago

                Defending more is only good news for Coufal and CS points. The way I see it is Haller = more crosses into the box from wingbacks

                1. Pukki Blinders
                  • 1 Year
                  27 days, 15 hours ago

                  and yes not denying that he's shoite either

            2. No Professionals
              • 3 Years
              27 days, 15 hours ago

              What?!

              1. Pukki Blinders
                • 1 Year
                27 days, 15 hours ago

                Read the above reply

            3. Fit_to_drop
              • 1 Year
              27 days, 15 hours ago

              Haller still has to stick them into the back of the net which he has failed to do since arriving to the PL.

  2. The Gambler.
    • 11 Years
    27 days, 16 hours ago

    Any news on Antonio lads?

    1. Miguel Sanchez
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      27 days, 16 hours ago

      Nothing confirmed but rumours it is a hamstring issue and could be a few weeks out

  3. Lateriser 12
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 8 Years
    27 days, 16 hours ago

    Thought it was a good time to deep dive into West Ham. Hope you enjoy the read.

    Also make sure you give this week's episode of The FPL Wire a go. Tom is on it and is quality.

    1. Dark Side Of The Loon!
      • 4 Years
      27 days, 16 hours ago

      It sure is. Great work guys!

    2. Gazza2000
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      27 days, 16 hours ago

      Cheers, was a good read and enjoyed the FPL Wire as well !

    3. Athletic Dildao
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      27 days, 15 hours ago

      Loved the pod. Excellent work again. Cheers!

    4. Dino
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 11 Years
      27 days, 4 hours ago

      Where can you find the wire podcast?

      1. jia you jia you
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        27 days, 4 hours ago

        youtube

    5. Dino
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 11 Years
      27 days, 4 hours ago

      Also are you not afraid bowens spot could be under threat from Benrahma? Or his minutes at least

  4. CroatianHammer
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 5 Years
    27 days, 16 hours ago

    Antonio and Souček already on my team, Masuaku and Cresswell the only others on my radar. Bowen a great choice if you want someone other than Souček.
    I expect Haller to start GW7, even with Antonio fit, if the intention is to boss from GW8 onwards.

  5. Peter Ouch
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 2 Years
    27 days, 16 hours ago

    I mean let's be honest.
    Maupay is a mistake in any team

    1. GreennRed
      • 9 Years
      27 days, 16 hours ago

      He's alright when things are going his way. Likes a good whinge when they aren't. Hopefully Aaron can be a regular starter for Brighton.

    2. Pukki Blinders
      • 1 Year
      27 days, 15 hours ago

      In and out of my team in one week

      1. Jellyfish
        • 8 Years
        27 days, 15 hours ago

        Same...one week punt on wc. Already shipped for Bamford

    3. FPLMACKEM
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      27 days, 13 hours ago

      I'm really annoyed I took Adams out for him two weeks ago. His stats and fixtures looked so much better. If Antonio's fit it's an easy swap for me.

  6. Dark Side Of The Loon!
    • 4 Years
    27 days, 16 hours ago

    Looking at GW9 when it all starts turning around in terms of fixtures. Who would you have in your team:

    1) Ings
    2) DCL

    A) Bruno
    B) Rahford

    1. GreennRed
      • 9 Years
      27 days, 16 hours ago

      1A

      1. Dark Side Of The Loon!
        • 4 Years
        27 days, 16 hours ago

        With Everton's fixtures much better than Southampton's?

        1. GreennRed
          • 9 Years
          27 days, 16 hours ago

          Fixtures aren't what they seem this season, so far anyway. Ings is a better striker than Calvert Lewin until CL can prove he can be as consistent as Ings.

    2. Stram Dunk
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      27 days, 15 hours ago

      2A/B

  7. Reeker
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 7 Years
    27 days, 16 hours ago

    Semedo to Chilwell

    or

    Maupay to Antonio (if fit) this week

    Probably doing the other next week anyway

    1. GreennRed
      • 9 Years
      27 days, 16 hours ago

      Antonio. Why sell Semedo?

    2. Flair
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      27 days, 16 hours ago

      Antonio's probably injured for a while and Chillwell can wait a week but I'd go him if you have to

  8. theoldgit
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 11 Years
    27 days, 16 hours ago

    Antonio and Masuaku for me.

    1. Big Hippo
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      27 days, 15 hours ago

      Likewise. But Cresswell is tempting. Think it's a tough decision between him and Masuaka

  9. Giggs Boson
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 9 Years
    27 days, 16 hours ago

    Thanks LR.

    Been looking at Masuaku v Coufal myself. Masuaku is posting better numbers, and Coufal does seem to be prone to a YC [1], with 2 YCs in 3 games so far. So if both are nailed, I prefer Masuaku. But you've got me concerned about the possibility of Moyes switching to a 4231. That would mean Masuaku misses out... so perhaps Coufal is the wiser choice long term... I'm not sure...

    [1] https://www.whoscored.com/Players/111372/History/Vladimir-Coufal

    1. Well you know, Triffic
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      27 days, 14 hours ago

      Doubt Moyes changes his system. Fornels will make way for the new guy.

    2. Dino
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 11 Years
      27 days, 4 hours ago

      https://www.whoscored.com/Players/122980/History/Arthur-Masuaku

      Masuaku attacking returns virtually non existent last 4 seasons, just wondering why you would be favouring him over coufal?

      1. Giggs Boson
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 9 Years
        26 days, 19 hours ago

        Because he wasn't playing wingback then, he is now. His underlying numbers are superb, and passes the eye test for me. Seen him put in some nice crosses and seems to have made huge improvements. Moyes praised him too.

        Coufal's data isn't as good and he's prone to a YC.

        But for security of starts I would still prefer Coufal over Masuaku atm. You don't really want to be spending a transfer on a 4.5m defender down the line, and the threat of a formation change is real. Either Fornals or Masuaku has to make way for Benrahma. So Coufal for now.

        1. Dino
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 11 Years
          26 days, 19 hours ago

          Fair enough re positional change for masuaku but I seem to recall him playing as a wb for West ham a good bit in the past too. He could as you say just be maturing as a player also which would help. Coufal looks the play to me unless we are confident of west ham cs in which case the extra for Cresswell might be worth it.

        2. Dino
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 11 Years
          26 days, 19 hours ago

          Ps where I was coming from with my original question is masuaku has always looked good and put up good numbers but always failed to deliver in any meaningful way. I was wondering if there was anything I was missing

  10. Gatsby
    • 9 Years
    27 days, 16 hours ago

    Very unsure what to do with this team - 2 ft

    Martinez (4.0 fodder)
    Mitchel, Dallas, Chilwell, Robertson, Saiss
    Grealish, Pulisic, Salah, Rodriguez, Bowen
    DCL, Kane, Wilson

    0.0 itb - 2 FT

    Any suggestions?

    1. Rbyrne95
      • 4 Years
      27 days, 15 hours ago

      I have the same front three, I cant decide what to do with Wilson but I feel like I pretty much need to get Ings into the team. So I'd consider that, also going by last week I have nae idea what the situ is with Jrod now.

      1. Gatsby
        • 9 Years
        27 days, 15 hours ago

        Ings is a good shout

        i feel like i need son for the long haul but will take 3 transfers to get him in, unless i downgrade robertson to a 4.0 and upgrade James

        1. Rbyrne95
          • 4 Years
          27 days, 15 hours ago

          Aye, Son is an essential. I'm genuinely considering getting rid of DCL for the next few game weeks for a hit to get Ings and Chilwell/robbo in. Maybe having Adams instead alongside Son could be an option

          1. Gatsby
            • 9 Years
            27 days, 15 hours ago

            not a bad shout to lose DCL, maybe his form is off as well as Evertons

            Cheers for the reply, plenty to think about anyways!

            1. Gatsby
              • 9 Years
              27 days, 15 hours ago

              James Rod & Wilson --> Son & Brewster (means i play bowen instead of Brewster now)

              Think thats me sorted!

  11. Miguel Sanchez
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 4 Years
    27 days, 15 hours ago

    Down with this sort of thing.

    Coufal now.

    1. Red Red Robins
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      27 days, 15 hours ago

      Not sure still, i just cant see Moyes changing formation. People (thats me included) thinking West Ham be hammered most weeks with how bad their fixtures have been. But with the way theyve come out it, you really think Moyes will go 'well weve done really well, now lets change it all up'

      I just cant see it

      Im going Masuaku, if he does get dropped, easy swap to Coufal

  12. YoungPretender
    • 6 Years
    27 days, 15 hours ago

    I'm almost certainly WCing for GW8. With that in mind, who is the best 1 week punt for GW7?

    1. Pukki Blinders
      • 1 Year
      27 days, 15 hours ago

      Save a week and do it gw9, you get the IB

    2. Christina.
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      27 days, 15 hours ago

      mitro

  13. Bubz
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 7 Years
    27 days, 15 hours ago

    Wow only just seen Digne news. Can just bench him for Ayling and save a transfer. Delighted with that

  14. JGP
      27 days, 15 hours ago

      My team:

      MARTINEZ
      ROBO. CHILWELL SAISS
      SALAH. SON. BARKLEY. HAMEZ
      DCL. JIMENEZ. WERNER

      I have 1 free transfer. What should i do to improve?

      1. AppleDunk
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 7 Years
        27 days, 15 hours ago

        Can always start by getting 4 more players?

      2. 2OLEgend
          27 days, 15 hours ago

          SAVE

      3. Pukki Blinders
        • 1 Year
        27 days, 15 hours ago

        Best 2 week punt mid below 7.5m ?

        A. Grealish (SOU, ars)
        B. Zaha (wol, LEE)
        C. Foden (shu, LIV)

        or any others I’m missing?

        1. Champione
          • 5 Years
          27 days, 15 hours ago

          B

          1. Champione
            • 5 Years
            27 days, 15 hours ago

            all three good options though

          2. Puntillimon
            • 5 Years
            27 days, 15 hours ago

            It’s gonna be 2 blanks

            1. Pukki Blinders
              • 1 Year
              27 days, 15 hours ago

              Zaha is a troll so would not be surprised... who do you recommend then

              1. Fit_to_drop
                • 1 Year
                27 days, 15 hours ago

                Guys on here were saying the same thing (Troll etc) about Martial at the start of last season and he turned out to be one of the best performing assets in the whole season.

                1. Pukki Blinders
                  • 1 Year
                  27 days, 15 hours ago

                  I for one was not one of them. Martial was in my team for the majority of last season. Zaha has been a troll for years

      4. Champione
        • 5 Years
        27 days, 15 hours ago

        Do we reckon Reece James keeps his place in the XI against Burnley?

        1. JGP
            27 days, 15 hours ago

            yh

          • Pukki Blinders
            • 1 Year
            27 days, 15 hours ago

            James in the easier games and Azpi in the tougher games I think

          • TorresMagic™
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • Has Moderation Rights
            • 11 Years
            27 days, 15 hours ago

            Depends on tonight.

          • Klaren
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 3 Years
            27 days, 15 hours ago

            Roughly 50% chance. The downside is I don't think today's match will provide any indication on it. Lampard doesn't hesitate starting players he is happy with in back to back games. But he just randomly rotates some positions in some games.

          • Champione
            • 5 Years
            27 days, 15 hours ago

            Cheers guys. Honestly can't believe why Lampard doesn't play him every week. Think he looks decent every match

            1. Dino
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 11 Years
              27 days, 4 hours ago

              Because he can't defend

        2. Rhodes your boat
          • 4 Years
          27 days, 15 hours ago

          Thoughts here with1ft 0.2itb

          Martinez
          robbo konsa lamptey Mitchell
          Salah sterling son
          Werner jimi dcl

          Forster soucek burke dunne

          1. TorresMagic™
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • Has Moderation Rights
            • 11 Years
            27 days, 15 hours ago

            Play Soucek, bench Lamptey/Mitchell.
            Maybe save.

        3. estheblessed
          • 5 Years
          27 days, 15 hours ago

          I have 1 FT and £0.3m

          Martinez
          AA, Chillwell, Saiss
          Son, Salah, Grealish, Bruno
          Mitro, Ings, DCL

          Nyland, Anguissa, Mitchel, Dunne

          a) Mitro to Bamford - even though Fulham have West Brom next?
          b) Save or other suggestions?

          1. 2OLEgend
              27 days, 15 hours ago

              Save and reassess next week.

          2. Baines on Toast...
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 10 Years
            27 days, 15 hours ago

            My main worry is – do the wheels come off without Antonio hustling upfront?

            1. Gatsby
              • 9 Years
              27 days, 15 hours ago

              no imo, the team is set up very well for him, but players like bowen, fornals, lanzini, benrahma still to come in.
              All in form players biting to play atm.
              Main worry for me (as a west ham fan) is that we turn up against bigger opposition but not the mid/lower table teams

              1. Baines on Toast...
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 10 Years
                27 days, 15 hours ago

                Thanks. No better way to find out than Liverpool followed by Fulham!

                1. Gatsby
                  • 9 Years
                  27 days, 15 hours ago

                  very true!! We will soon know 😀

            2. Would Ed Woodward
              • 1 Year
              27 days, 15 hours ago

              I think so, he provides a much better outlet than Haller, they could be pinned back without him.

              1. No Professionals
                • 3 Years
                27 days, 15 hours ago

                Yes I can see the ball coming back at them much more often. Antonio is a human wrecking ball.

          3. jimbo90
            • 5 Years
            27 days, 15 hours ago

            Martinez
            TAA Saiss Lamptey Mitchell Taylor
            Son Salah Foden Hamez Podence
            Kane DCL Brewster

            1 FT / 2.2m ITB

            Worth rolling the transfer? Maybe Podence to Grealish/Zaha? Looking to get in KDB or Bruno next week at the expense of TAA if he doesn't haul this week

          4. davies
            • 6 Years
            27 days, 15 hours ago

            Captain:

            A) Salah (WHU)
            B) Sterling (shu)
            C) Kane/Son (BHA)

            Play:

            1) Lamptey (tot)
            2) Brewster (MCI)

            1. TorresMagic™
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • Has Moderation Rights
              • 11 Years
              27 days, 15 hours ago

              Captains are all good, you expect Spurs to score so maybe Brewster.

          5. JGP
              27 days, 15 hours ago

              ANy suggestions?

              MARTINEZ
              ROBO. CHILWELL. SAISS
              SALAH. SON. BARKLEY. HAMEZ
              DCL. WERNER. JIMENEZ

              RYAN. DUNNE. ANGUISSA. MITCHELL

              0.5 in the bank. 1 free transfer

              1. TorresMagic™
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • Has Moderation Rights
                • 11 Years
                27 days, 15 hours ago

                Save and less CAPS.

            • Forza Papac
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 4 Years
              27 days, 15 hours ago

              Start KWP or Targett (will be starting Martinez)?

              1. 2OLEgend
                  27 days, 15 hours ago

                  KWP

              2. Lignja
                • 3 Years
                27 days, 15 hours ago

                What to do with 2ft, nothing that i want to change...wanted Mithcell to Killman but now 0.1m more for it , thet 0.1 is making geting Kdb back harder in future...

                McCarthy
                Chilwell, Saiss, Lampty, Ayling, Mithcell
                Salah, Son, Rodriguez, Pulisic, Grealish
                Dcl, Kane, Brewster

                2ft 0.4m itb

                1. Boly Would
                  • 4 Years
                  27 days, 15 hours ago

                  Not keen on the Mitchell to Kilman move. Mitchell not been dropped yet, and Kilman surely could be in the same boat at any time?
                  If benching Lamptey, what about him to West Ham def, Coufal?

              3. Atimis
                • 4 Years
                27 days, 15 hours ago

                Have 2FTs, what would you ?

                1. Lamptey to Kilman
                2. Maupay Stephens to Brewster Foden
                3. Maupay to Bamford/Antonio

                1. Boly Would
                  • 4 Years
                  27 days, 15 hours ago

                  3 to Adams

                  1. Pukki Blinders
                    • 1 Year
                    27 days, 15 hours ago

                    this

              4. Captain_Shirokov
                • 2 Years
                27 days, 15 hours ago

                Martinez
                Robbo - Chilly - Dallas
                Salah(c) - Son - Pulisic - Grealish
                Kane - DCL - Maupay

                (KWP, 4.4m, 3.9m)

                2 free transfers and not a clue what to do. Zilch in the bank.

                Pulisic and Maupay are testing my patience at the minute, should I move them on?

                1. Boly Would
                  • 4 Years
                  27 days, 15 hours ago

                  Maupay to Adams?

                  1. Captain_Shirokov
                    • 2 Years
                    27 days, 15 hours ago

                    Hmmm, I'm off the opinion that it's Ings or nothing from Soton

                    1. Boly Would
                      • 4 Years
                      27 days, 15 hours ago

                      Maupay + Pulisic to Ings + Bowen?

                2. No Professionals
                  • 3 Years
                  27 days, 15 hours ago

                  I’d be making any transfers with gw10 fixture swing in mind. Look at who you’d want for that week and work your transfer plan to that.

              5. farmerfat
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 5 Years
                27 days, 15 hours ago

                Cresswell and Antonio are the two I am keeping eyes on.
                Cresswell got a mean free kick on him too.

                1. NateDogsCats
                    27 days, 15 hours ago

                    This is where I'm at too. Hopefully Antonio isn't out but that's 2 weeks in a row now with a question mark over his hamstring so even if he's passed fit this week I still might hang on and see.

                2. The Littlest Robbo
                  • 5 Years
                  27 days, 15 hours ago

                  Anyone know how nailed on Balbuena is? He has started the last 4 games.

                  I need a 4.4 defender and he seems the best option excluding Kilman & Mitchell

                  1. Pukki Blinders
                    • 1 Year
                    27 days, 15 hours ago

                    Guess he's alright but that extra 0.1 would help a lot

                  2. Hint
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 1 Year
                    27 days, 15 hours ago

                    I'm in the same boat. Looking at him or a Newcastle player. Would guess he's fairly nailed for now though so leaning towards him.

                3. The Count of Monte Cristo
                  • 8 Years
                  27 days, 15 hours ago

                  Not owned any Everton assets all season (to my annoyance).

                  Dodged a bullet over the past 2 weeks.

                  Fixtures still good for them - should I be looking to get James / DCL in now?

                  1. Pukki Blinders
                    • 1 Year
                    27 days, 15 hours ago

                    Now is not the time for DCL with Digne out

                    1. Boly Would
                      • 4 Years
                      27 days, 15 hours ago

                      Digne ban reduced to 1 game

                    2. The Count of Monte Cristo
                      • 8 Years
                      27 days, 15 hours ago

                      Same goes for James?

                4. kopite65
                  • 6 Years
                  27 days, 15 hours ago

                  thoughts? 2ft 0.1 itb
                  martinez/steer
                  robbo chill dallas mitchell kwp
                  salah son puli grealish bissouma
                  kane wilson dcl
                  cheers

                  1. kopite65
                    • 6 Years
                    27 days, 15 hours ago

                    looking at wilson to antonio for w hams fixtures after pool game
                    maybe kwp to coufal ready for fixture trans? save 1 ft?

                    1. NateDogsCats
                        27 days, 15 hours ago

                        Newcastle have a pretty damn good run of games coming up mostly against teams that concede, not too keen personally on the idea of dropping Wilson.

                        1. kopite65
                          • 6 Years
                          27 days, 15 hours ago

                          Cheers, got good point