The Scout is tipping five players to produce big points in Gameweek 8 of Fantasy Premier League
Aaron Cresswell (WHU) £5.1m
The West Ham United defender has enjoyed a strong start at both ends of the pitch in 2020/21 FPL. He is the eighth top-scoring defender, combining three assists with two clean sheets to earn 32 points.
West Ham’s tough opening schedule makes Cresswell’s output all the more impressive. David Moyes’ men faced six of last season’s top-eight teams in their opening seven matches.
But they are now set to embark on a very favourable run of opponents that raises the all-round potential of Cresswell. According to the Fixture Difficulty Ratings (FDR), only two of the Hammers’ next 13 matches score more than three.
Although wing-backs Arthur Masuaku and Vladimir Coufal (both £4.5m) offer cheaper routes into the West Ham defence, the numbers suggest Cresswell can be worth the extra outlay.
He has created 13 chances this season, more than any team-mate. Indeed, that total ranks joint-top with Trent Alexander-Arnold (£7.4m) among defenders in FPL.
Assist potential: Cresswell’s delivery could be a major weapon for West Ham at home against Fulham this weekend. He has produced 15 successful crosses this season, a league-leading total.
The Cottagers, meanwhile, have struggled to defend such situations. They have conceded 16 headed attempts, with only four other sides allowing more.
Cresswell’s creativity can again prove decisive, marking him the go-to Hammers defender for their kind run of fixtures.
James Ward-Prowse (SOU) £5.9m
The midfielder has been a key influence in Southampton’s back-to-back wins over Everton and Aston Villa. Producing three goals and an assist in those victories, Ward-Prowse has delivered hauls of 11 and 17 points respectively.
That form, combined with his low cost of £5.9m in FPL, has made the 26-year-old a top target ahead of Friday’s 16:00 GMT deadline.
He is the third most-bought midfielder in the game, earning over 165,000 new owners for his Gameweek 8 home encounter with Newcastle United. The underlying statistics show why Ward-Prowse is such an important player for Saints.
His 11 chances created are a team-leading total, while his nine shots and six shots in the box both place third. As shown by his two direct free-kick goals against Villa, Ward-Prowse’s set-pieces are a major weapon for Ralph Hasenhuttl’s side.
And they could again prove decisive against the Magpies this weekend.