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GW8 Saturday review: Vardy the go-to premium forward?

The Scout 17 Oct 2021

Leicester striker outperforms Lukaku and Ronaldo again ahead of a nice run of fixtures

A seventh goal of the season for Jamie Vardy (£10.5m) helped him into first place in the forward standings in 2021/22 Fantasy Premier League.

The Leicester City striker scored for the fourth successive Gameweek, earning eight points in a 4-2 home win over Manchester United.

With fellow big-hitters Romelu Lukaku (£11.7m) and Cristiano Ronaldo (£12.5m) blanking once again, Vardy strengthened his claim as the go-to premium forward in Fantasy.

Leicester’s upcoming matches raise further the appeal of the 34-year-old.

According to the Fixture Difficulty Ratings (FDR), only one of their next nine matches scores more than three.

Leicester's upcoming Gameweeks 
9 BRE (A) 2 14 SOU (A) 2
10 ARS (H) 3 15 AVL (A) 3
11 LEE (A) 3 16 NEW (H) 2
12 CHE (H) 4 17 TOT (H) 3
13 WAT (H) 2 18 EVE (A) 4

Leicester midfielder Youri Tielemans (£6.4m) could offer strong value over that run. 

The Belgian, who scored and earned 10 points against Man Utd, has blanked only once in his last four outings.

De Bruyne hitting form?

Kevin De Bruyne (£11.9m) and Bernardo Silva (£6.9m) also got double-figure hauls as Manchester City claimed a 2-0 home win over Burnley.

They both scored and collected the maximum three bonus points against the Clarets. 

De Bruyne has netted both of his goals for the season in the last two Gameweeks, totalling 19 points in that run. 

Aston Villa’s John McGinn (£5.8m) and Liverpool’s Mohamed Salah (£12.7m) were the joint-top scoring midfielders over Saturday’s seven matches.

McGinn earned his season-high haul of 13 points thanks to a goal and an assist against Wolverhampton Wanderers.

Salah, meanwhile, recorded his fifth double-figure haul in eight Gameweeks to extend his lead at the top of the player standings.

Liverpool’s Egyptian has 83 points, 27 more than any other player. 

Roberto Firmino (£8.8m) was the top performer in Fantasy on Saturday. 

The Brazilian was preferred to Diogo Jota (£7.5m) in Liverpool's starting line-up for only the second time this season. 

He seized his opportunity by firing a hat-trick in a 5-0 win at Watford to amass 20 points. 

Mendy moves to top

Edouard Mendy (£6.1m) climbed to the top of the goalkeeper standings after helping Chelsea to their fifth clean sheet of the campaign.

The Senegalese made six saves in a 1-0 victory at Brentford to earn nine points. 

His team-mate Ben Chilwell (£5.6m) was the only defender to deliver a double-figure score on Saturday.

Chilwell struck the winner against Brentford and also picked up three bonus, earning 15 points. 

He has scored in back-to-back matches after taking over from Marcos Alonso (£5.9m) in Chelsea's starting line-up.

And Chilwell's displays have made a big impact on the Fantasy transfer market.

Alonso is the most-sold defender in the Gameweek and second most-sold overall behind Ronaldo, moved on by 80,000+ managers ahead of Chelsea's Gameweek 9 home encounter with Norwich City

Remember, the Gameweek 9 deadline is at 18:30 BST on Friday 22 October.

Also in this series

Part 1: FDR Analysis: Palace offer value differentials
Part 2: GW8 FPL stats: Salah rewards record 3.5m backers
Part 3: GW8 Bonus points: Aubameyang on song for Arsenal
Part 5: GW8 Lessons: Is it time to sell Ronaldo?
Part 6: FPL experts: Who are the must-have premium players?

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