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Fantasy Premier League Week 8 Tips: Big name striker moves abound

Alexandre Lacazette is an interesting option this week as Arsenal travel to Watford
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With several injuries to high priced players since the Week 7 column, Neil Monnery looks at potential players to bring in and move out ahead of this weekend's games...

"Bournemouth players have been a fantasy nightmare so far this season but one man has stood up and put in solid performances. This week though Charlie Daniels is up against the raging attack of Harry Kane and company. Pass."

Five to like


Alexandre Lacazette - £10.4m. With Alvaro Morata and Sergio Aguero out, the chances are you'll have some money to play with up front. The Arsenal man hasn't been a rip-roaring success just yet but a trip to Watford on Saturday night is the type I'd expect the Gunners to perform well in.

Gabriel Jesus - £10.5m. That Sergio Aguero car crash has changed the way a fantasy manager thinks about Manchester City. Jesus will surely start every game until Aguero is fit and ready to return. A must play every week.

Gabriel Jesus is currently trading at [3.3] to score first in Saturday's match on the Exchange

Michy Batshuayi - £8.1m. If you really want to roll some dice then how about with the young Belgian? Morata is out and Chelsea play Crystal Palace on Saturday in a game they should win handily. If Antonio Conte wants to go with a No.9 then at £8.1m, he's potentially the bargain of the weekend.

Michy Batshauyi is currently trading at [3.45] to score first in Saturday's match on the Exchange

Burnley Defenders - Various. It in only Week 8 and I've written about Burnley's defenders twice before already. Yet still none of them are selected by more than 8.1% of teams and I don't get why. They keep the same back four week in, week out and they are very defensively sound at home. West Ham this week at Turf Moor and another clean sheet in the offing.

Jack Wilshere - £5.4m. This would be a real gamble but it does seem as though Wilshere is slowly started to regain his form and fitness. If he gets the nod on Saturday evening, he'll be one of the best fantasy midfielders under £6.0m available. If you like to make big bold strategy decisions then keep him in mind.


Five to avoid


Sergio Aguero - £11.7m. 7.5% of teams still have the Manchester City man but no active manager should have anything to do with him. He's out for a good few weeks yet with injuries stemming from the car crash he was involved in a fortnight ago. Please transfer him out if you've forgotten.

Sadio Mané - £9.4m. A fortnight ago he was the first name in my players to like list. Following an injury on international duty, Mané is once more consigned to spending several weeks on the sidelines.

Alvaro Morata - £10.3m. Three injury plays on the spin but all are big names and need to be moved on. Morata is rated as a 50% chance to play at the weekend but you never risk it with such a high priced player.

Charlie Daniels - £4.9m. Bournemouth players have been a fantasy nightmare so far this season but one man has stood up and put in solid performances. This week though Charlie Daniels is up against the raging attack of Harry Kane and company. Pass.

Jesé - £5.9m. Remember when he signed for Stoke and scored the winner against Arsenal? The fantasy world fell in love with him as he was cheap and classed as a midfielder. Since then he's done naff all. Time to move on and forget about that performance early in the season.

If you think I'm wrong, Jesé is currently trading at [3.5] to score at any time Saturday's match on the Exchange


Captain's pick


I'm avoiding the Liverpool v Manchester United match like the plague because those games often turn into slug fests. Therefore I like Spurs at home to Bournemouth to get plenty of goals. Harry Kane, Dele Alli and Christian Eriksen like usual are very good captain options. Gabriel Jesus at home to Stoke is another I'd go for.

Spurs are currently trading at [3.3] for Any Other Home win in the Correct Score in Saturday's match on the Exchange

Remember the deadline to submit your teams for GW8 is 11:30 on Saturday.

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