What is the best FPL Gameweek 8 Free Hit team? FPL Junior (five top 17k finishes in the last six seasons) shares his FPL tips by selecting a team each week to try and score as many points as possible. In essence, he will be playing his Free Hit Chip every single Gameweek.
Don’t forget to check out our Ultimate Guide to FPL Gameweek 8 which has everything you could ever need to help you make the best decisions ahead of the deadline.
The Best Gameweek 8 Goalkeeper
Aaron Ramsdale (£4.6m)
Arsenal rank second best for xGC over their last four games which has seen them keep three clean sheets. As a budget option, Ramsdale fits the bill at home to Crystal Palace.
The Best Gameweek 8 Defenders
Aymeric Laporte (£5.5m) and Joao Cancelo (£6.1m)
Manchester City’s defence has been incredible this season with their only blip coming last Gameweek against Liverpool.
I’ve decided to go for the double up against Burnley who have only scored more than one goal once this season.
Laporte saves me a bit of cash and seems to be back in Pep Guardiola’s good books this season.
Cancelo is clearly the most attacking option to go with and he’s ranked top for final third passes amongst defender this season with 188.
Shane Duffy (£4.4m)
Target Norwich hasn’t fared too badly in recent weeks. As a result, I’m going to continue that trend with Brighton this week.
Only Man City have conceded fewer shots (37) and shots inside the box (20 than Brighton over the last four games.
The Best Gameweek 8 Midfielders
Heung-Min Son (£10.1m)
Despite the likely buzz around the stadium and amongst the players, I still think Newcastle is a fixture worth targeting.
While Spurs are bang out of form, Son is showing some form. His numbers don’t stand out but he has registered a big chance a game on average over the last three and has created six key passes.
Mohammed Salah (£12.7m)
It was a breathtaking performance against Man City and it’s no surprise he was the first name on the teamsheet this week. Watford is a great fixture for him to go big again in Gameweek 8.
Jack Grealish (£7.9m)
I’ve rolled the roulette wheel in Man City’s midfield. This is despite normally ending up on the wrong side of the roll.
It’s hard to believe Grealish has started every game this season and a game against Burnley is difficult to turn down this week.
Bukayo Saka (£6.3m)
Arsenal have turned their bad start around and are providing some good value options in the midfield.
Saka ranks third amongst midfielders over the last four games for shots inside the box (9). He has accumulated just the one big chance though.
His eight key passes has helped him reach two assists over that period and he’s one of the main cogs in Mikel Arteta’s team.
Crystal Palace’s defence have been hit or miss this season but at £6.3m, Saka offers good value to facilitate several big hitters.
Best Gameweek 8 Forwards
Romelu Lukaku (£11.7m)
Despite some fitness concerns, Lukaku seems fine to play against Brentford in Gameweek 8.
The Belgian was extremely unlucky to blank last Gameweek so I have no concern about his three consecutive blanks.
Chelsea have been over-performing their xG in recent games. Yet I think they’ll have plenty of chances against Brentford despite the Bees‘ impressive start to the season.
Neal Maupay (£6.6m)
Maupay’s numbers don’t stand out but he’s been ticking over points wise. He has had two big chances in his last four games with a 1.26 xG tally but when you’re up against Norwich, I think he’s most certainly worth a try.
Raul Jimenez (£7.5m)
Jimenez delivered the goods in Gameweek 7 with a brace of assists and he’s staying in the eleven against Aston Villa. After all, the Villains have a lot of international players who will struggle to return in time for tomorrow’s match.
His stats are a bit of an anomaly as he has recorded five shots, four inside the box and four big chances in his last four games.
Despite having limited chances, he’s getting very high-quality ones. But his big appeal is his creativity, which adds another string to his bow. His three big chances created are second highest for forwards over the last four.
Foster (£4.0m), Christensen (£5.0m), Allan (£4.6m) and Livramento (£4.2m) are on the bench.
FPL Gameweek 8 Free Hit Team
All stats used in the article can be found using Fantasy Football Hub’s OPTA Stats tool.
Check out our Fantasy Premier League 2021/22 Ultimate Guide
Our Ultimate FPL 2021/22 Guide has everything you could ever need to be a successful FPL manager including guides, team previews, player picks, strategy articles, tools, stats, expert team reveals and much much more…
We have all the other main Premier League fantasy football games covered too…
Be it Sky Fantasy, FanTeam, Dream Team or Telegraph Fantasy, we have all the very best fantasy football tips, advice, tools and everything else you could wish for to become a better fantasy football manager and dominate your mini-leagues.
Become a Fantasy Football Hub member