Scout Squad

The Scout Squad’s best FPL players for Gameweek 8

The best Fantasy Premier League (FPL) players for Gameweek 8 are debated by Fantasy Football Scout contributors Az, Sam, Neale and Tom.

For those new to this feature, it’s a weekly piece that always takes the form of a ‘Free Hit’-type selection for the upcoming Gameweek.

All of our panelists have put forward an 18-man long-list of Fantasy assets and will explain their notable inclusions and omissions below.

It also serves as a precursor to the Scout Picks, as the players listed will then be narrowed down to a squad of 15 (with the starting XI not exceeding a total cost of £83.0m) for final our weekly selection.

Each writer must meet the following requirements:

  • At least one goalkeeper costing £5.0m or less
  • At least one sub-£5.0m defender
  • At least one midfielder listed at £6.5m or below
  • At least one forward priced at £7.0m or lower
  • No more than three players from the same club

SCOUT SQUAD’S PICKS OF THE BEST FPL PLAYERS FOR GAMEWEEK 8


AZSAMTOMNEALE
GKAaron RamsdaleRobert SanchezAaron RamsdaleRobert Sanchez
Robert SanchezHugo LlorisRobert SanchezAaron Ramsdale
Illan MeslierEdersonEmiliano MartinezIllan Meslier
DEFTrent Alexander-ArnoldTrent Alexander-ArnoldJoao CanceloJoao Cancelo
Joao CanceloJoao CanceloTrent Alexander-ArnoldTrent Alexander-Arnold
Shane DuffyShane DuffyKieran TierneyMarc Cucurella
Ruben DiasCesar AzpilicuetaJoel VeltmanMatthew Cash
Kieran TierneyTino LivramentoCesar AzpilicuetaTino Livramento
MIDMohamed SalahMohamed SalahMohamed SalahMohamed Salah
Son Heung-minSon Heung-MinKevin De BruyneSon Heung-min
Phil FodenPhil FodenSon Heung-minRiyad Mahrez
Sadio ManéAndros TownsendPhil FodenKevin De Bruyne
Andros TownsendMason MountBukayo SakaBryan Mbeumo
FWDNeal MaupayRomelu LukakuCristiano RonaldoCristiano Ronaldo
Romelu LukakuNeal MaupayRomelu LukakuJamie Vardy
Michail AntonioRaul JimenezAdam ArmstrongHarry Kane
Jamie VardyOllie WatkinsMichail AntonioAllan Saint-Maximin
Cristiano RonaldoHarry KaneNeal MaupayNeal Maupay

Most popular picks: Robert Sanchez, Joao Cancelo, Trent Alexander-Arnold, Mohamed Salah. Son Heung-min, Neal Maupay (four), Aaron Ramsdale, Phil Foden, Romelu Lukaku, Cristiano Ronaldo (three)

AZ SAID

It’s a really tasty-looking bunch of games this weekend and the only matches I’d have any real confidence in calling are Manchester City beating Burnley and Liverpool putting Watford to the sword. With this in mind, I’ve selected six players from these two teams, including two City defenders (Joao Cancelo and Ruben Dias) and two Liverpool attackers (Mohamed Salah and Sadio Mané).

Elsewhere, I feel the Scout Picks are very much up for grabs this week. I like the look of Shane Duffy against Norwich, and he will be a menace at set pieces. As many (including myself) flock to expensive, premium midfielders, could the £4.4m Brighton man make a mockery of his price tag?

In midfield, despite Newcastle’s new wealth and Spurs’ indifferent form so far this season, this looks a good game for Son Heung-min to deliver and I would say he’s the best “non-Salah” player to consider captaining, if you were looking for a differential. He has only managed two goals in 10 games against the Magpies, but with Harry Kane not playing his best football, eyes will be on Son to deliver.

I wanted to include a Man City midfielder in my selection, and it’s between Jack Grealish and Phil Foden for me. While I think Grealish is more sure of a start, to me, Foden looks more threatening and more likely to deliver FPL returns. We’ve been waiting for Foden’s real “breakout” season in FPL, and I do wonder if we are seeing the beginning of it now.

Up front, Romelu Lukaku will be confident of getting a goal against newly-promoted Brentford, however, I don’t think this will be an easy game for Chelsea based on what I’ve seen of the Bees so far this season. In an incredible turn of events, it may be Neal Maupay who ends up as the pick of the strikers, and the in-form Seagull will fancy his chances against an out of sorts team of Canaries. With Manchester United still trying to get the most out of their new additions, Cristiano Ronaldo falls some way down my list – with the in-form Michail Antonio looking good in any match he plays in – and under-the-radar pick Jamie Vardy up against a patched-up United backline that won’t feature either Varane or Maguire.

SAM SAID

There is a pool of teams this weekend who look set to be great investments at both ends of the pitch.

Brighton face a Norwich side who, alongside Newcastle, have conceded more goals than anyone else. This bodes well for the Albion attack and Neal Maupay has been in good form, registering five attempts in the last two Gameweeks – two inside the box and one big chance. Alongside Maupay, Robert Sanchez also looks a great pick as Norwich have scored the fewest goals in the league so far, registering just two.

Like Brighton, Manchester City have a great match-up at both ends of the pitch. The last four fixtures against Burnley at home have finished 5-0 and therefore Ederson, Joao Cancelo and Phil Foden all look like fantastic options. With attacking potential as well as a good opportunity for a clean sheet, Cancelo seems the perfect pick this week. Foden, meanwhile, has the highest xG and xGI for Man City midfielders over the last two Gameweeks and merits the attention he is getting from FPL managers.

Alongside Brighton and Man City, Liverpool have a great fixture following the international break. With the news that Trent Alexander-Arnold is available for the weekend, he will likely be an important pick for the Gameweek with good potential for a clean sheet and attacking returns. Mohamed Salah’s highest ever FPL return came against Watford in the 2018/19 season and with his current form, he feels like a player you can’t afford not to own.

Chelsea also fit into this ‘great fixture on paper’ category, although I do expect their clash with Brentford to be harder than it seems on the ticker. With doubts surrounding Antonio Rudiger, I’m going with Cesar Azpilecueta to be safe and he is on good form following his brace of assists in Gameweek 7. With Thomas Tuchel’s comments about Mason Mount and Romelu Lukaku’s understanding, they both make my picks; hopefully, Lukaku will have recovered from the muscle fatigue that saw him miss out on Belgium’s third place play-off match in the Nations League.

I also fancy the Spurs attackers to finally find their feet and capitalise on a wobbly Newcastle defence who are yet to keep a clean sheet this season, hence both Son Heung-min and Harry Kane make my picks. If you want a real differential captain, one of these two could provide a huge boost.

TOM SAID…

Manchester City host Burnley on Saturday afternoon, having won each of their last four Etihad encounters against the Clarets’ 5-0. As usual, identifying exactly who will start isn’t straightforward, but given the upside, tripling-up feels like a risk worth taking. At the back, I’ve opted for Joao Cancelo over Ruben Dias, though both defenders are equally good picks, while further forward I’m tipping Kevin De Bruyne and Phil Foden. Both midfielders opened their 2021/22 Premier League accounts in Gameweek 7, and head into this fixture as real differentials, with ownerships of just 2.1% and 2.0% respectively.

Meanwhile, high-flying Brighton and Hove Albion have lost just one of their opening seven matches, and look a good team for bargain hunting this week. Their opponents – Norwich City – have scored just one goal from open play and sit bottom for shots in the box, efforts on target and big chances. That leads me to a defensive double-up via Robert Sanchez and Joel Veltman, with the defender hopefully in a wing-back role and therefore attacking the Canaries’ weaker left-flank. I’ve also found a spot for Neal Maupay up front, who has already netted four Premier League goals this season.

Arsenal also supply three picks: Aaron RamsdaleKieran Tierney and Bukayo Saka. The Gunners have taken 10 points from their last four matches, with their new-look defence keeping three clean sheets during that time. Saka has also looked lively on the right wing, bagging a goal and assist, and encouragingly has been taking lots of shots. In fact, amongst all midfielders since Gameweek 4, only Liverpool duo Mohamed Salah and Sadio Mane have attempted more. Crystal Palace won’t roll over, but this is a match I see Mikel Arteta’s side dominating.

Elsewhere, Adam Armstrong is one of my top forward picks in Gameweek 8. The 24-year-old has had a relatively slow start since his summer move from Blackburn Rovers, but I see this match against Leeds United suiting him, and I’m more than happy to back him knowing that he might be on penalties in James Ward-Prowse’s absence, too. I also like Son Heung-min, and think opponents Newcastle United could leave space in behind in an attempt to get on the front foot and impress their new owners in the stands.

NEALE SAID

The Scout Squad is the easy part this week, with so many big hitters enjoying favourable fixtures; it’ll be the narrowing down to a starting XI for the budget-restricted Scout Picks that will prove to be the tricky part.

I expect Brighton assets will end up being the cash-freeing enablers in our Friday selection, so I’ll probably have a tough job selling Marc Cucurella when cheaper routes into the Albion defence are available. But the Spaniard was mightily impressive against Arsenal a fortnight ago and he’s accumulating some eye-catching numbers, sitting fourth among FPL defenders for touches in the final third since his debut.

On the subject of gallivanting wing-backs, Matthew Cash is enjoying the freedom of Villa’s right flank since the move to a 3-5-2. Only one defender has had more penalty box touches than Cash since the change in shape, and this weekend he’ll be up against an out-of-sorts Marcal. I’m also yet to be fully convinced that Wolves are over their early-season profligacy, as two goals against a dismal Newcastle defence is hardly Roy of the Rovers stuff.

Four of my five forwards are selected as much for the teams they’ll be facing: Newcastle are clean sheet-less; Spurs have conceded more goals than any other team in the last four Gameweeks; Leicester are a shambles at the back and have allowed more shots in the box than any other side in 2021/22; and Manchester United are down two centre-halves.

Injuries to Patrick Bamford and Raphinha solidify my Tino Livramento selection, while the likely unavailability of right-wing alternatives Gabriel Jesus and Ferran Torres (not that he is to be found in that role much these days) leads me to punt on Gameweek 1 bandwagon Riyad Mahrez for Manchester City’s annual 5-0 humping of Burnley. The Algerian has racked up 46 points across City’s last three home league meetings with the Clarets, scoring six goals in the process.

Finally, with doubts over Antonio Rudiger and Thiago Silva, I’m backing Bryan Mbeumo to continue to deliver the goods when Brentford entertain Chelsea. Seemingly the bigger goal threat than Ivan Toney in games of this magnitude, he ranks third for expected goals (xG) among all FPL midfielders regardless of price – not bad for £5.5m.

750 Comments Post a Comment
  1. FPL Doctor
    • 7 Years
    1 month, 21 days ago

    RMWCT

    Ramsdale
    TAA Cancelo James Duffy
    Salah Foden Saka
    Antonio Lukaku Armstrong

    Foster Livra Mbeumo Raphinha

    1. Boz
      • 9 Years
      1 month, 21 days ago

      Strong. I'd prefer Dias or Rudiger over Saka to give the option of 4atb

    2. mcginnntonic
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 21 days ago

      V similar to mine. I’ve gone maupay for one week booked in to trf to toney/armstrong. and i’m on mahrez over foden

    3. Dokdok666
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      1 month, 21 days ago

      actually my exact team haha, can't help but give you a thumbs up on that 🙂

  2. FPL Kaka
    • 6 Years
    1 month, 21 days ago

    I want a City defender in, what do you reckon?

    A) Williams —> Walker (free)

    B) Williams —> Dias (-4)

  3. Terry Tibbs: Top Pundit
    • 5 Years
    1 month, 21 days ago

    Who to play?
    A) Sarr (LIV)
    B) Livramento (LEE)
    C) Coufal (eve)

  4. Monster Muppets
    • 1 Year
    1 month, 21 days ago

    FPLstats and fix have both been horrible inaccurate on price up and down lately. Anything better? Or is it just the mass of wildcards f***** up everything?

    1. Holmes
      • 8 Years
      1 month, 21 days ago

      Its always same at start. Will get normal by GW15 or so since majority of the WC should be played by then.

  5. Igz08
    • 4 Years
    1 month, 21 days ago

    Bench one:

    A) Marcal
    B) Duffy
    C) Liv
    D) Sarr
    E) Toney

    1. Mr. O'Connell
      • 9 Years
      1 month, 21 days ago

      A

      1. Alex1995
        • 5 Years
        1 month, 21 days ago

        This

  6. Mr. O'Connell
    • 9 Years
    1 month, 21 days ago

    Could do with CR7 banging in a penalty or three this weekend.

  7. merin
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 6 Years
    1 month, 21 days ago

    What city attacker do you have?

    1. mcginnntonic
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 21 days ago

      mahrez

      1. merin
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 6 Years
        1 month, 21 days ago

        Did you consider Grealish or Foden?

      2. Ranger3
        • 5 Years
        1 month, 21 days ago

        Confident he will start ? He started only 1 game this season, I so want to take a punt on him too

    2. Holmes
      • 8 Years
      1 month, 21 days ago

      Noone

    3. Deulofail
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      1 month, 21 days ago

      Foden & Grealish

    4. Little Red Lacazette
      • 5 Years
      1 month, 21 days ago

      None

  8. mcginnntonic
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 2 Years
    1 month, 21 days ago

    Duffy or White?

    1. BOATIES FC
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 21 days ago

      Who is your keeper?

  9. BOATIES FC
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 3 Years
    1 month, 21 days ago

    Is Azpi the most nailed of the Chelsea def?

    1. Monster Muppets
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 21 days ago

      Mendy - rudiger - azpi

      then a complete toss-up after that. I bet chalubah starts this weekend.

  10. Alex1995
    • 5 Years
    1 month, 21 days ago

    How’s she looking chaps?

    Ramsdale Foster
    TAA Cancelo Azpi Duffy Livra
    Salah Raph Saka Mbuemo Brownhill
    Lukaku Antonio Jimi

    1. Monster Muppets
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 21 days ago

      template so fine

  11. Straya
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 4 Years
    1 month, 21 days ago

    Mount an option for fixture run? Anyone on him?

    1. Holmes
      • 8 Years
      1 month, 21 days ago

      Was considering but no easy route to upgrade Benrahma to him.

      He is not explosive enough, so multiple hits wouldn't make sense.

      1. Straya
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        1 month, 21 days ago

        Yeah nice - can do him for free from Torres so worth the punt. Some chance of pens maybe too

        1. mentaculus
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          1 month, 21 days ago

          Mount on pens over Jorginho & Lukaku? I highly doubt it

    2. AC/DC AFC
      • 6 Years
      1 month, 21 days ago

      A decent option.

      1. Straya
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        1 month, 21 days ago

        Cheers

  12. Voodoo
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 9 Years
    1 month, 21 days ago

    Would you take out Sarr for an Arsenal mid this week?

    Thinking Sarr > Saka.

    1. Alex1995
      • 5 Years
      1 month, 21 days ago

      For free yes

      1. Alex1995
        • 5 Years
        1 month, 21 days ago

        Or Mbuemo

  13. Beautiful Game
    • 9 Years
    1 month, 21 days ago

    Apologies, not up to date on injury news..

    What's the latest news on James and Rudiger?

    Also, when's the Chelsea press conference?

  14. Mr. O'Connell
    • 9 Years
    1 month, 21 days ago

    Picking Cancelo after playing every minute so far and fully expecting him to start 1 of the next 4 or something stupid because that's how FPL works.

  15. Alex1995
    • 5 Years
    1 month, 21 days ago

    Foden/Toney vs Saka/Jimi?

    1. Ask Yourself
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      1 month, 21 days ago

      SJ for me

    2. ExpressoMySonny
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 21 days ago

      Agreed

  16. Ask Yourself
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 5 Years
    1 month, 21 days ago

    On WC x
    A) KDB + Hwang + Brownhill (play ESR every week)
    B) Son + Armstrong + Townsend/ESR rotation

    1. Alex1995
      • 5 Years
      1 month, 21 days ago

      B

    2. ExpressoMySonny
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 21 days ago

      B

  17. Pukki Blinders
    • 2 Years
    1 month, 21 days ago

    For the next 4 weeks…

    Dias or Cancelo?

    I’m feeling that Cancelo plays at least 1 less game than Dias in this time. Really can’t afford Cancelo to be benched this week of all weeks. And Zinch is fit.

    1. Mr. O'Connell
      • 9 Years
      1 month, 21 days ago

      See my post above. Still can't resist the lure of Cancelo, though.

      1. ExpressoMySonny
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 1 Year
        1 month, 21 days ago

        Cancelo if you have a solid bench

    2. Holmes
      • 8 Years
      1 month, 21 days ago

      It will always be Dias for me. Feels great to own him for no apparent reason.

    3. Old Gregg
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 21 days ago

      Depends on your other risks. I Was cancelo since day 1 of ITB. Now I want James in plus I have rudiger. Im now thinking Dias for that security.
      But as Mr.Connell says the lure of cancelo is strong.

  18. ExpressoMySonny
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 1 Year
    1 month, 21 days ago

    Draft question which one?
    A)Greenwood for Rashford
    B) Christensen for Chilwell

  19. Ginkapo FPL
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 10 Years
    1 month, 21 days ago

    Three South Americans, Lukaku, Alonso and Cancelo.

    Strapping in for a wild ride this weekend

  20. Dog and Fox
    • 5 Years
    1 month, 21 days ago

    Rudiger and 4,5 striker or White and A. Armstrong?

    Sanchez
    James Cancelo Livra TAA ........
    Salah Son Foden Mbeumo Raph
    Antonio Jimenez .........

    Thanks

    1. ExpressoMySonny
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 21 days ago

      White and Armstrong

    2. Nay08
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 21 days ago

      normally i would choose White and Armstrong, but with the rest of your team, it's Rudiger and 4.5

  21. Nay08
    • 1 Year
    1 month, 21 days ago

    if on a WC, which option is better?
    TAA+Chilwell/James+Toney
    or
    2 CHE Def (Azpi/Rudi+Chilwell/James) + Jimenez

    1. Deulofail
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      1 month, 21 days ago

      Probably the one with Trent

  22. Deulofail
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 5 Years
    1 month, 21 days ago

    No real clue who to captain and bench

    Foster
    TAA* (C)ancelo Tierney
    Grealish Foden Raphinha* ESR
    Lukaku* (V)ardy Jimenez

    Bachmann | Odegaard, Livramento, Shaw

    1. Ginkapo FPL
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      1 month, 21 days ago

      Doesnt really matter, your bench will play this week

      1. Ginkapo FPL
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 10 Years
        1 month, 21 days ago

        Captain Foden, Sell Shaw

        1. Deulofail
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 5 Years
          1 month, 21 days ago

          Shaw > Duffy (-4)?

          1. Ginkapo FPL
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 10 Years
            1 month, 21 days ago

            Look at the fixtures first

            1. Deulofail
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 5 Years
              1 month, 21 days ago

              Shaw > Valery (-4)?

              1. Ginkapo FPL
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 10 Years
                1 month, 21 days ago

                Why wont you come on over

                1. Deulofail
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 5 Years
                  1 month, 21 days ago

                  Don't want to take the hits anymore! 🙁

  23. Fodderx4
    • 4 Years
    1 month, 21 days ago

    Morning All, my wildcard is basically down to...

    a) Son and Hwang
    b) Foden and Jiminez / Maupay / or another with cash ITB for DCL
    c) Foden and DCL now

    I'd appreciate any thoughts, cheers.

    1. Rbyrne95
      • 5 Years
      1 month, 21 days ago

      Do you still have Trent? if not then perhaps B with Foden, Hwang DCL and enough for Trent?

      1. Fodderx4
        • 4 Years
        1 month, 21 days ago

        Yeah i still have trent and currently Antonio.

        1. Rbyrne95
          • 5 Years
          1 month, 21 days ago

          Probably B, wouldn't say DCL necessity this week. Depending on the funds for the rest of the team it's up to you whether Jimenez or Hwang.

          1. Fodderx4
            • 4 Years
            1 month, 21 days ago

            Cheers Mate, think Jiminez makes sense over Hwang so comes down to a v b.

            1. Rbyrne95
              • 5 Years
              1 month, 21 days ago

              Jimenez on Pens so that's always a bonus, still got him in my team.

  24. Rbyrne95
    • 5 Years
    1 month, 21 days ago

    Captain Cancelo over Salah? potential punt? or am I being daft?

  25. Freund88
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 5 Years
    1 month, 21 days ago

    Foden or Grealish?

    1. Fodderx4
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 21 days ago

      Foden

    2. Machine_Gunnerz
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 21 days ago

      Foden

  26. The Parrot
      1 month, 21 days ago

      Start
      A) Raphina (played 71 mins for Brazil)
      B) Brenrama v eve
      C) Livra v Leeds

      1. Fodderx4
        • 4 Years
        1 month, 21 days ago

        b because i sold him!

      2. Pompel
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 7 Years
        1 month, 21 days ago

        B or C

    • Mr Ozil
      • 7 Years
      1 month, 21 days ago

      Morning All,

      Which is better?

      A- Cancelo in a 5-3-2 formation
      B- Armstrong in a 4-3-3 formation

      Don’t have any City cover but am playing Livramento

      1. The Parrot
          1 month, 21 days ago

          Can you bench Livra and play 4-3-
          3 with Armstrong?

          1. Mr Ozil
            • 7 Years
            1 month, 21 days ago

            Yeah I can do so.
            Rudiger TAA and White to play

      2. Atimis
        • 5 Years
        1 month, 21 days ago

        Down to these options

        A) Play Greenwood, keep FT, Ronaldo Greenwood Benrahma/Sarr out next week for a hit
        B) Greenwood and Benrahma/Sarr out for a hit now
        C) Just sell Greenwood now and get Everton/Arsenal mid or even Mount punt

        Thoughts?

        1. Pompel
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 7 Years
          1 month, 21 days ago

          Would be tempted by C

      3. Steve The Spud
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 1 Year
        1 month, 21 days ago

        Raph just ordered a g and t off the trolley

        Not a good sign for owners

      4. Pompel
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 7 Years
        1 month, 21 days ago

        Due to spending too much time on here, I'm now scared to go without Cancelo or any other City cover, but sadly 0.1 short of Rüdiger -> Cancelo direct swap (assuming Rüdi is out this GW). Dias is ofc an alternative, but upside is lower. Tempted to take a hit for hopefuly longer time gain. Have Christensen for Chelsea cs cover

        A) Rüdiger + Coady -> Cancelo + Duffy -4pts
        B) Rüdiger -> Dias
        C) Rüdiger + Jota -> Cancelo + Mbeumbo/Saka -4pts
        D) Save FT, play Coady or Sissoko