We at The Hype Train will be providing a regular series of Power Rankings updates throughout the season for each position in the traditional Fantasy Premier League game for our partners at the Fantasy Football Hub. We will be picking our top five picks for Goalkeepers, Defenders, Midfielders, and Forwards, providing a graphical aid for each chosen player, and the reasoning behind our choices. All aboard.

How do our Power Rankings work?

We use player form, fixtures, potential, and our own gut instinct, to form our own opinionated view on who we believe is the best asset for each position in the FPL. Each position (Goalkeeper, Defender, Midfielder, and Forward) has differing criteria which can help generate FPL points on a weekly basis, whether for short term gain or for the long haul.

For the purpose of this article we will list our top 5 and follow up with a player on the rise in that position to also consider.

All player prices and stats are reflective of the official Fantasy Premier League game at the time of publishing.

Power Rankings: Gameweek 8 (GK’s, DEF’s, MID’s, FOR’s)

With time not on our side this week we’re bringing the Power Rankings to you in one bumper edition, with all the risers, non-movers, and those falling, in their respective positions put under the microscope. We take a look at who made the Power 5 for Goalkeeper’s Defender’s, Midfielder’s, and Forward’s last week, the movers this week, and some insight into each position ahead of the next round of games this coming weekend.

We profile what we believe to be the best five players in each position in the FPL game right now after Gameweek 7 and heading into Gameweek 8.

POWER 5: Goalkeeper’s

Who were in the GK Power Rankings last week?
1) David de Gea (MUN) – a non-mover
2) Jonas Lossl (HUD) – rising from 3rd to 2nd
3) Petr Cech (ARS) – new entry
4) Thibaut Courtois (CHE) – new entry
5) Lukasz Fabianski (SWA) – falling from 4th to 5th

Who are in the Power 5 heading into Gameweek 8?
1) David de Gea (MUN) – a non-mover
2) Petr Cech (ARS) – rising from 3rd to 2nd
3) Ederson (MCI) – new entry
4) Fraser Forster (SOU) – new entry
5) Kasper Schmeichel (LEI) – new entry

We have three new entries into the Goalkeeper Power Rankings this week, with Ederson, Fraser Forster, and Kasper Schmeichel, replacing Huddersfield’s Jonas Lossl, Chelsea’s Thibaut Courtois, and Swansea’s Lukasz Fabianski.

Remaining in top spot is Man United’s David de Gea, who collected a sixth clean sheet from seven Premier League matches in a 4-0 victory over Crystal Palace. De Gea made one save against Palace in a predictably quiet afternoon and is unscathed after the international period, ahead of a trip to Liverpool.

Moving up to second is Arsenal’s Petr Cech, who has picked up a fourth consecutive FPL return after picking up an expected clean sheet against Brighton. Cech now has 28 points from the last 4 matches, and will be looking to add even more points with a potentially tricky visit to Watford.

Man City’s Ederson is our first new entry of the week, coming in hot after three successive clean sheets against Watford, Crystal Palace, and Chelsea. Ederson’s got two home games against Stoke and Burnley on the spin to aid the potential for points after 20 points from the last three appearances.

Coming in at fourth place is Fraser Forster, whose inclusion was wrestled with Chelsea’s Courtois. Forster has kept three clean sheets, and managed FPL points, every other week on odd Gameweek numbers (1, 3, 5, 7). Forster saved a penalty against Stoke in a 2-1 defeat, and hosts Newcastle and West Brom in the next two matches at St Mary’s.

Pilling up at the bottom of the Power Rankings is Leicester’s Kasper Schmeichel, who managed a second clean sheet of the season in a 0-0 away draw at Bournemouth. Leicester have a good run of fixtures to aid the thought of including Kasper in your own FPL squad.

POWER 5: Defender’s

Who were in the DEF Power Rankings last week?
1) Phil Jones (MUN) – rising from 3rd to 1st
2) Cesar Azpilicueta (CHE) – new entry
3) Nicolas Otamendi (MCI) – new entry
4) Chris Lowe (HUD) – new entry
5) Sead Kolasinac (ARS) – new entry

Who are in the Power 5 heading into Gameweek 8?
1) Phil Jones (MUN) – a non-mover
2) Nicolas Otamendi (MCI) – rising from 3rd to 2nd
3) Stephen Ward (BUR) – new entry
4) Cesar Azpilicueta (CHE) – falling from 2nd to 4th
5) Sead Kolasinac (ARS) – a non-mover

There’s one new entry in the Defender’s Power Rankings, with Burnley’s Stephen Ward replacing Huddersfield’s Chris Lowe.

Phil Jones, somehow, remains top of the Power Rankings charts this week after managing to miraculously overcome a knock to play against Crystal Palace in a 4-0 victory. With Bailly dropped against Palace, Jones and Valencia are the only two Defender’s to be involved in all six of Man United’s clean sheets this season.

After beating Chelsea 1-0 at Stamford Bridge during Gameweek 7, Otamendi is the representative on behalf of Man City’s defence, after managing to secure a fifth clean sheet of the season. Otamendi was booked against Chelsea but didn’t stop him in reaching 39 FPL points, the highest of any Man City defender. Games against Burnley and Stoke at home should strengthen Otamendi’s FPL appeal in the weeks to come.

A new entry in third sees Burnley’s Stephen Ward storm into the Power Rankings after a fantastic start to the season. Ward has been both an attacking and defensive asset this season, with a goal, an assist, and three clean sheets, with seven bonus points this season. A home game for Ward against West Ham is enticing for potential FPL owners, with Ward coming off an impressive points haul in a 1-0 away win at Everton, which yielded an assist, a clean sheet, and all three bonus.

Chelsea’s Apzilicueta falls from second to fourth, with Azpi part of the squad which fell to a 1-0 home defeat against Man City. Azpi retains his place due to Chelsea’s fixture list, with Chelsea travelling to Crystal Palace, before fixtures against Watford and Bournemouth.

Despite Nacho Monreal stealing the show for FPL players in a 2-0 home victory against Brighton, fan favourite Sead Kolasniac retains his place in the Power Rankings after picking up a clean sheet as part of the victory. Kolasniac has managed 28 points from the last four fixtures, but Watford might pose a greater threat to Arsenal’s backline than in recent matches.

POWER 5: Midfielder’s

Who were in the MID Power Rankings last week?
1) Mohamed Salah (LIV) – rising from 2nd to 1st
2) Henrikh Mkhitaryan (MUN) – falling from 1st to 2nd
3) David Silva (MCI) – a non-mover
4) Christian Eriksen (TOT) – a non-mover
5) Raheem Sterling (MCI) – new entry

Who are in the Power 5 heading into Gameweek 8?
1) Mohamed Salah (LIV) – a non-mover
2) Henrikh Mkhitaryan (MUN) – a non-mover
3) David Silva (MCI) – a non-mover
4) Christian Eriksen (TOT) – a non-mover
5) Richarlison (WAT) – new entry

There’s just one new entry into the Midfielder’s Power Rankings this week, with Watford’s Richarlison replacing Raheem Sterling at the foot of the table. Apart from that, it was a week to forget for most midfielders, so the balance of play stays the same ahead of Gameweek 8.

Mohamed Salah, who is on red hot form for Egypt, scoring both goals in a 2-1 victory over Congo, to secure Egypt’s place at the World Cup next summer, remains top of the Midfielder’s Power Rankings. After scoring in fixtures against Burnley and Leicester, Salah couldn’t continue his scoring form against Newcastle in a disappointing 1-1 draw at Newcastle. Man United at home next isn’t inspiring for FPL players.

Henrikh Mkhitaryan also remains where he was last week, in second place, after managing just 65 minutes, and no returns, in a 4-0 victory against Crystal Palace. The Armenian international is a popular transfer out ahead of Gameweek 8, but we’ve resisted dropping as Silva and Eriksen couldn’t capitalise last week with points.

Talking on David Silva, the Man City playmaker remains in third, and is a massively popular option heading into Gameweek 8’s home game against Stoke. Over 130,000 players have banked on Silva, who has six assists this season, with eight bonus points, and 5 clean sheet points.

Christian Eriksen, who is the top FPL midfielder with 45 points, fills the fourth spot on the Power Rankings list, after failing to manage a goal or assist in a 4-0 victory at Huddersfield. It was an off day for Eriksen, who was ill leading up to the match, but FPL players will be expecting more of the Dane when Bournemouth visit Wembley for Gameweek 8.

The only new entry to the Power Rankings this week is the Brazilian winger for Watford, Richarlison, who has had a very good few weeks for the Hornets. Scoring a last-gasp winner at Swansea in a 2-1 victory, Richarlison followed this up with another last-gasp goal, this time away at West Brom in a 2-2 draw. Overall, Richarlison has three goals, two assists, and four bonus points, heading into a big home match against Arsenal.

POWER 5: Forward’s

Who were in the FOR Power Rankings last week?
1) Alvaro Morata (CHE) – rising from 2nd to 1st
2) Romelu Lukaku (MUN) – falling from 1st to 2nd
3) Sergio Aguero (MCI) – a non-mover
4) Harry Kane (TOT) – new entry
5) Jamie Vardy (LEI) – a non-mover

Who are in the Power 5 heading into Gameweek 8?
1) Romelu Lukaku (MUN) – rising from 2nd to 1st
2) Harry Kane (TOT) – rising from 4th to 2nd
3) Gabriel Jesus (MCI) – new entry
4) Jamie Vardy (LEI) – rising from 5th to 4th
5) Marcus Rashford (MUN) – new entry

There are two new entries in the Forward Power Rankings this week, with Morata and Aguero, who are both injured, making way for Gabriel Jesus and Marcus Rashford.

Regaining top spot is Man United’s Romelu Lukaku, who scored late on against Crystal Palace in a 4-0 victory during Gameweek 7. Lukaku is now the outright leading scorer in the Premier League with seven goals from the opening seven matches, and has only failed to score against Leicester, the game in which Lukaku missed a penalty. It is Liverpool next up for Lukaku, who has recovered from an ankle problem, who have only kept two clean sheets this season.

The Hurrikane has stormed the Power Rankings charts and now is sitting pretty in second after scoring six goals away from home in three matches. Kane’s braces against Everton, West Ham, and Huddersfield, have yielded thirteen points from each match, with nine bonus points and 45 points in total. Next up, struggling Bournemouth visit Wembley, with FPL players expecting Kane to break his Premier League goal drought at the national stadium.

It is a straight swap for Man City forwards in the third Power Rankings spot, with Jesus coming in for Aguero, whose partying led to a car accident and a fractured rib. Jesus, who missed the 5-0 home win against Crystal Palace due to rotation made amends to his FPL owners after assisting Kevin De Bruyne in the 1-0 win at Chelsea. Now the tables have turned and Jesus is riding high as Stoke and Burnley visit the Etihad next.

Jamie Vardy is one stubborn player, having overcome potential injury troubles ahead of three Gameweek’s this season. Vardy, who was unable to score in a 0-0 draw away at Bournemouth, has scored five goals this season, and rises in the Power Rankings due to the lack of in-form forward players in the FPL. Vardy has a good run of fixtures and is the best third choice for a forward, especially with Aguero and Morata recently injured.

Propping up the rest of the pack is Man United forward Marcus Rashford, who has been in fine FPL form this season. Rahford is the eighth top forward with thirty-three points, and has scored twice this season, with three assists. Rashford was a joy to watch against Crystal Palace, assisting twice, and is a danger man on the left of United’s attacking heading into an away tie at Liverpool.

All aboard.