Although Erling Haaland is the dominant captain choice for FPL GW8, the lack of alternative premiums opens the door for some GW8 differentials.
GW8 will only see 7 of the original 10 fixtures played.
Brighton vs Crystal Palace has been postponed due to rail strikes. Meanwhile, Chelsea vs Liverpool and Manchester United vs Leeds have also been postponed.
All of these fixtures will be rearranged for later in the season. You can find out the latest information on our double gameweek schedule page.
However, even with a reduced gameweek, there are still a plethora of options to choose from.
For a full list of captaincy choices, check out our best FPL captains page.
- Fixture: Wolves (a)
- Anytime goal: 60%
- Anytime return: 67%
- Predicted points: 6.8
There’s a new king in town. The first, and best, captain choice is Manchester city’s goal-scoring machine.
Haaland has scored 22 more points, than any other fantasy player after seven gameweeks. It’s hard to see that gap getting smaller, too.
His 60% chance of scoring away to Wolves shows just how formidable he currently is.
With his ownership trending towards the territory of 80%, he will undoubtedly be the most picked captain.
While this makes his returns less valuable, it does mean, should you choose to put the armband elsewhere, that if he hauls it will be calamitous to your rank.
The last gameweek, he had an EO captaincy of 87%. With these skyrocketing numbers, it cements the point managers are playing dangerously, going without the Norwegian.
- Fixture: Leicester City (H)
- Anytime goal: 53%
- Anytime return: 62%
- Predicted points: 6.1
The second choice in line is a solid alternative. When Kane does play the Foxes, no introduction is needed.
Leicester City is statistically, Kane’s favourite opponent. In his 14 league appearances, he scored an astonishing 17 goals, alongside three assists.
In addition, Kane has returned in his last five games. Making him overall, the fourth-highest fantasy scorer this season.
He too, is second equal for most bonus points this season with nine points, alongside Brighton’s Alexis MacAllister.
With only 17% ownership heading to GW8, Kane is a nice differential armband candidate, in a way to climb your mini-leagues.
- Fixture: Nottingham Forest (a)
- Anytime goal: 42%
- Anytime return: 49%
- Predicted points: 4.6
Fulham’s standout attacker and their number 9, has had a terrific start to the season.
He’s had an astounding impact already, considering he’s come from a promoted club.
The Serbian has returned in 5 of his first 6 games, with the blank coming in GW2 at Wolves, which included him missing a penalty.
However, he has scored 6 goals thus far, alongside accumulating 7 bonus points.
A trip to the City Ground presents a brilliant opportunity for him to build on it.
Forest have kept just the one shutout so far, and have conceded 11 goals in their last three games.
- Fixture: Brentford (A)
- Anytime goal: 31%
- Anytime return: 43%
- Predicted points: 4.7
Another left-field choice worth considering is one of Arsenal’s many Brazilians.
Martinelli is the highest points scorer for Arsenal so far this season, with 36 points. This consists of three goals, an assist, and four bonus points.
Furthermore, he now has significant ownership within the overall bracket of the elite managers. He ranks fourth within the top 10k, 1k and top 100 managers, with overall ownership.
With Martinelli’s dazzling start to the season, it’s unsurprising his price has increased to £6.5m.
Alongside Gross and Haaland, he is one of three players to have risen by half a million (+0.5m).
- Fixture: Bournemouth (H)
- Anytime goal: 42%
- Anytime return: 50%
- Predicted points: 4.8
Alternatively, if you’re feeling really adventurous with your armband choice this weekend, Isak is worth strong consideration.
Firstly, he scored on his debut away at Anfield, which ended being a 2-1 loss to Newcastle.
However, his stats thereafter provide encouragement.
In Newcastle’s last league game, he recorded the highest xG of any player vs Crystal Palace. This was with an xG of 0.76.
The Swedish striker ranks inside the top 10 according to our FREE point predictor, with a projected points total of 4.7.
Plus, Isak has the platform to perform well over the next several gameweeks. Four of Newcastle’s next five fixtures rates as a 2 on the FDR.