Top Transfer Targets: Week 8

Another international break is behind us and what an eventful one it has been. Claudio Ranieri is back in the Premier League; Newcastle is under new ownership and Reece James is back on the training pitch. Unfortunately, there’s only a month until the next international break but let’s enjoy the next set of fixtures as the template is beginning to shift in FPL. Most are on their wildcards right now to find a way to triple Chelsea while also shedding Manchester United assets from their side and adding multiple Manchester City players just in time for Pep roulette to rear its ugly head.

I was close to wildcarding myself but a mixture of punting on Ben Chilwell last week and Trent Alexander-Arnold being fit for selection should allow me to hold my wildcard until week 15 for the Manchester United fixture swing. It’s tough to go too in-depth after an international break as we’re just not sure where fitness is but I’d like to take a second to talk about Watford.

While I may not agree that Xisco Munoz needed to be sacked at the moment, it is good that they made the move early as most of my issues with Watford moving on is that no team needs stability at the helm more than them. The Hornets have gone through six managers since Marco Silva left to take over Everton in 2019 and that number is technically seven adding in caretaker managers.

While most of his time was spent in the championship, Xisco has the best win percentage of those managers by a large margin. I also believe that upon winning promotion that managers should get more time than they do but it was clear that falling out of the League Cup and not looking up to it versus Newcastle and Leeds was enough to see a new face come in the door.

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This is where I’m torn because we’ve seen Claudio Ranieri come into a situation like this slightly later in the season with Fulham. Joining in week 13, Ranieri only picked up 12 points before being sacked after a loss to Southampton for Scott Parker to come in. It’s more of a warning that the grass isn’t always greener especially since Ranieri hasn’t replicated the success that he had at Leicester City. I don’t think that Watford will be as bad as the Fulham experience was but unless serious money is spent to improve the backline, it doesn’t matter who the manager is because they’re getting relegated. Ranieri will eventually give Watford more of a plan in attack but that won’t be enough on its own.

Looking at the NBC Sports League, while gameweek seven was forever ago, congratulations to Masireh Sillah who saw a Mohamed Salah triple captaincy take them to 88 points in quite a low-scoring week. Getting a double-digit output from Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg is another way to ensure that you have a good week. Hopefully, this team is wildcarding over the break though as it isn’t setup well for the current fixture run that is beginning.

Gameweek Seven manager of the week Masireh Sillah

Top Transfer Targets will look at the roster tiers in FPL breaking down the best options in each. The tiers will be broken down as 25-40 percent owned, 15-24 percent, 10-15 percent, under 10 percent which also includes my favorite punt of the week. The 40 percent club includes players who I won’t be writing about as how many teams they are selected in speaks for itself.

Let’s look at this week’s fixtures:

Saturday 16 October

Watford v Liverpool

Aston Villa v Wolves

Leicester City v Manchester United

Manchester City v Burnley

Norwich City v Brighton

Southampton v Leeds United

Brentford v Chelsea

Sunday 17 October

Everton v West Ham

Newcastle v Tottenham

Monday 18 October

Arsenal v Crystal Palace

The 40 percent club is made up of Mohamed Salah, Michail Antonio, and Cristiano Ronaldo. Due to injury worry, Romelu Lukaku hasn’t crossed the threshold yet but he’s going to be close by the time that the gameweek kicks off.

Worth your consideration (16-24 percent rostered):

Raphinha (MID Leeds United 6.6m, 20.2%): There has been hesitation on adding Raphinha due to the minutes that he played for Brazil but after logging 71 minutes Thursday prior to facing Southampton Saturday, the turnaround isn’t too different than a double gameweek. Leeds also needs Raphinha in attack badly so the worst case scenario would see him feature from the bench. Since transfers should at least take 2-3 weeks into consideration there aren’t many midfielders with a better run than Raphinha who faces Southampton, Wolves, and Norwich. If your side doesn’t have the budget to deal with a price rise, this is a transfer that you’re better off getting done now than waiting for next week and you’ll be happy to have him in the long haul.

Cancelo (DEF Manchester City 6.2m, 19.4%): Manchester City’s defense has been nearly impenetrable this season unless your name is Mohamed Salah. Facing Burnley this weekend is almost as close as you can get to a clean sheet lock while also giving Cancelo space to notch an assist and a double digit return. I had to check my glasses after reading this but Cancelo has logged 90 minutes in every league match for Manchester City this season so there should be no worries of Kyle Walker and Olekander Zinchenko eating into his minutes anymore. Cancelo has been good enough that some are adding him to go without Trent Alexander-Arnold which I don’t advise but he should be an essential inclusion for anyone on a wildcard.

Solid if not Steller (10-15 percent rostered):

Heung-Min Son (MID Tottenham 10.1m, 13.9%): A wildcard is no fun without a risky transfer or two and a short stop on Son could pay off. Newcastle may be under new ownership but unless the rules were changed, they can’t get in any of their planned signings yet. As Harry Kane has yet to get going this season, Son is the only true threat in the Spurs attack against a Newcastle side that has allowed a crooked number in five of seven games. Meanwhile Son has been involved in four of Spurs’ six goals this season carrying the talisman effect.

Rolling the dice (under 10 percent rostered):

Aymeric Laporte (DEF Manchester City 5.5m, 3.9%): Doubling up on the Manchester City defense is risky as you never know who will be benched but I’d rather do Cancelo and Laporte instead of Dias for the cost savings. If Laporte doesn’t start, someone like Valentino Livramento can come in as he won’t feature at all and when he does start he keeps a clean sheet. A clip of a clean in four of five starts is wild and while John Stones will get some matches eventually (maybe) just like when stones took the job last season, this is a partnership that you don’t break up barring injury.


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