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Who are the Best Chelsea Players ahead of FPL GW8?

With Chelsea hitting a favourable run of fixtures and many people wildcarding in GW8, now is the right time to bring their assets in.

The potential title challengers face teams that will be involved in a relegation battle this season, so one can expect them to pick up points. Here are some options to consider on your FPL Wildcard.

Romelu Lukaku

  • Price: £11.7m
  • Picked by: 37%

Facing Brentford, Norwich, Newcastle and Burnley in his next four, Lukaku is a must have for anyone wildcarding in GW8. Norwich and Newcastle are the two worst defences in the league, conceding 16 goals each and, along with Burnley, are conceding 15 shots per game.

The Belgian has been slightly unlucky not to have scored more than three this season, having a non-penalty xG of 3.1 (7th highest). Also, he’s got a high xA of 1.9,  the 8th best.

If you go without Lukaku for this Chelsea run, you could regret it. He has also started every Premier League game since he arrived from Serie A.

Timo Werner

  • Price: £8.6
  • Picked by: 2%

Although he has a reputation for missing chances, Werner has scored in his last two appearances for Chelsea. He always gets big chances, he has a npxG per 90 of 0.65, the 6th highest in the league.

As well as that, he’s averaging 1.5 shots on target per 90, the 9th most, getting a npxG per shot of 0.22, the fourth highest. He’s started the last two matches in the league, so could play a big part in the next few games.

He’s certainly a risky pick being far from guaranteed to start but could prove a fantastic differential.

Kai Havertz

  • Price: £8.2m
  • Picked by: 4%

Havertz has one goal this season, coming against Liverpool in GW3. The German also has a npxG of 0.9, the 5th highest in the squad.

He’s averaging 2.94 shots per 90 and scored four coupled with 6 assists last season. However, he hasn’t completed the full 90 this season, averaging only 43 minutes per match.

At the price of £8.2m, he might not be worth bringing in. He has started four of Chelsea’s 7 league matches but hasn’t in either of the last two.

Mason Mount

  • Price: £7.4m
  • Picked by: 9%

With one assist this campaign he’s gotten off to a slow start, but the toughest fixtures are now behind him. He has produced three goal-creating actions, third most at Chelsea, averaging 0.81 per 90, 9th most in the league.

The slight caveat to Mount is that he hasn’t started three of Chelsea’s last four matches, so it might not be worth spending £7.4m on a player whose minutes aren’t certain.

However, Chelsea looked far better with him on the field against Southampton. That could mean he’s more likely to start than it appears.

Marcos Alonso

  • Price: £6.0m
  • Picked by: 26%

Alonso is the highest scoring Chelsea player in FPL, scoring 39 points so far, and is also the defender in the side most known for getting forward. The wing-back had two goals and an assist last season, which he has nearly surpassed already, scoring once and assisting once.

He’s made 12 key passes, the most in the team, and also put four crosses into the box, often being the furthest player forward. However, against Southampton, Ben Chilwell started and scored, so his place in the team could be disputed.

At £6.0m he’s a great asset, but is also a rotation risk now.

Cesar Azpilicueta

  • Price: £6.1m
  • Picked by: 6%

Azpilicueta, the captain of the club, is the most likely defender to be nailed in this team, capable of playing centre-back and wing-back. He’s played in every game so far, starting 6 out of the 7 fixtures.

He has two assists this campaign, averaging an xA of 1.3 per 90. This is due to him supplying 7 goal-creating actions this term, the second most, averaging 1.16 per 90 and 3.31 shot-creating actions per 90.

He’s slightly more expensive than you’d like at £6.0m for someone who mainly plays as one of the three defenders, but will likely play every week so will be a good investment.

Antonio Rudiger

  • Price: £5.8m
  • Picked by: 21%

The second most nailed Chelsea defender is Antonio Rudiger. Playing every minute so far, he could be a set and forget option, whilst others are rotation risks.

This season he’s scored just once, matching his tally last season, but his goal threat isn’t what makes him appealing. He offers a consistent chance of a clean sheet, with Chelsea keeping 13 clean sheets in the league with him in the team since Tuchel took over.

Coming up in the next four games are teams that have scored only 20 goals between them, so clean sheets could definitely be on the horizon.

Reece James

  • Price: £5.5m
  • Picked by: 5%

James is a great Chelsea differential, with just 5% ownership. He’s playing in an advanced wing-back role and is part of a solid defence.

Scoring once and getting three assists last season, he has one goal and two assists this campaign. James is likely to get a lot of returns this season, averaging 1.45 returns per 90 this campaign. His xA per 90 is 0.55, and we can expect plenty of assists from him now that Lukaku is up front.

Additionally, he’s played three through balls, the 6th most, despite playing only 188 minutes this season. At £5.5m he is cheaper than Rudiger, Azpilicueta and Alonso, whilst providing just as much attacking potential as Alonso.

While his game time so far looks concerning, he has been injured and suspended for a lot of the missed time. If he becomes a certain, or even likely starter, he’ll become a player that everyone jumps on quickly.