2021/22 – GW3 Waivers, Trades and Free Agents
Welcome back to GW3 – 2021/22 of the FPL Draft Hub waivers summary.
We will provide a round up of waiver options and hidden gems, as long as ones to dump in some sell-high/buy-low targets as we look ahead to GW3.
Chelsea, Liverpool, Brighton and Spurs continued their perfect start while a number of teams are still looking for their first points after the opening two weeks. New FPL superstar Romelu Lukaku got his first outing for Chelsea against Arsenal and as @FPLDraftHubPod alluded to in last week’s podcast, that was a fixture that looked good for him on paper, and he absolutely terrorised the Arsenal defence particularly in the first half. His teammate Reece James posted the highest single game week score from a defender so far, unlikely to be beaten this season.
There were a number of other big scores from defenders this week as we saw a lot of clean sheets in line with pre weekend expectations with the likes of Mings, Duffy Laporte, Alexander-Arnold, and Diaz all recording double digit hauls.
Some of the players that have been discussed in this week’s podcast include Benrahma Dele Alli, and Aubameyang. Now remember, this isn’t standard FPL, so we won’t be debating Bruno Fernandes or Salah or any of the other big players as the vast majority of these will have been mopped up on draft day, and will be off the table for many managers out there. So the only players we discuss are ones that the stats show have the potential to be available for you.
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Joel Matic – Liverpool
The Liverpool defender is owned in just 16% of eight team leagues at the moment. You should definitely want to get him in if you can afford to park him on the bench for this week’s game against Chelsea. But someone that can get you consistent points for the next few weeks after that.
Said Benrahma – West Ham
Now his ownership doubled from 23 up to just over 45% this week. And we think you can expect to see this trend continue ahead of GW3 as he’s currently second overall in points behind teammate Mikhail Antonio, wonderfully consistent with a golden assist each game so far, looking like West Ham are continuing to build on the impressive season that they had last year. He looks really comfortable and settled in the Premier League.
Dele Alli – Spurs
The enigmatic playmaker is owned in 46% of leagues currently, and he was the second of @FPLDraftHubPod‘s collaboration tips to come through with a goal, and it’s now just down to Leandro Trossard to complete the set of successful tips. It was interesting to see that Dele Alli was on penalties and when we wrote these notes Kane’s future was still very much up in the air. However today he has released a statement pretty much suggesting he will stay. Regardless, the way Alli is playing suggests he’s definitely a starter these days. And we know from seasons past that he’s got an eye for a goal.
FPL Draft Hub Hidden Gems
These are all players who are currently sitting on less than 10% ownership:
Ashley Young – Aston Villa
Just under 6% owned 10 person leagues. He’s now 36 years old, but he continues to prove he is more than good enough at the top level and he now looks to be preferred to Targett at left back, starting in Villa’s 2-0l win over Newcastle. Given there is also a chance that Young gets thrown further forward on any given match day, he is good value for attacking returns to a home game against Brentford next makes any of the Aston Villa defenders hot property again.
Japhet Tanganga & Eric Dier – Spurs
The first is Japhet Tanganga, who’s only just 7% owned in 8 person leagues, then Eric Dier, who’s owned just over 9% of leagues. With Rondon having an injury issue and Spurs not conceding a goal yet, it is highly likely that Nuno goes with the same back for in the next match against Watford, which is another good opportunity for a clean sheet. Not only do you have the clean sheet potential with Dier, he is always a threat from set pieces. But that’s running in at the front post from a corner or smashing in a free kick from the edge of the D.
Tanganga has practically same rationale as Dier – solid right back performances so far, and that’s now his spot to lose.
Pablo Fornals – West Ham
The last player in the hidden gem section is Pablo Fornals – appearing in only 5% of leagues. He is definitely the poor man’s way into the West Ham attack, but there needs to be a big drop in performance before Moyes considers changing things up, so it looks like his spot in the 11 is fairly settled for now. As long as Antonio stays healthy, any of the West Ham attack is a fairly decent FPL option. The only thing that could impact his chances of playing is if Jesse Lingard comes back to West Ham or if somebody else comes in last minute in the transfer window.
Players to DUMP!
Target – Aston Villa
Looks to be out of favour for the league team and that run out in the Carabao Cup game really says it all.
Vestegaard – Leicester City
Based on comments from Rogers this week, we’re not too bright on him getting a game soon due to fitness issues.
Tsimikas – Liverpool
He has done a cracking job for the opening two weeks for managers that picked him up but with Chelsea coming up next and Robertson fairly close to return there probably isn’t much more value in him that you can squeeze out and you may be better served getting in a more reliable points getter for for the upcoming autumn period.
Ayoze Perez – Leicester
If he doesn’t do anything, @FPLDraftHubPod will never speak of him again. So consider that done.
Bernardo Silva – Man City
There are very strong rumblings that he’s on his way out this summer. And if you’re in leagues with less than 10 teams you should probably drop him now, but for larger leagues he is probably worth holding on to him until after the windows definitively shut because you’re going to be really scratching around for any half decent replacement for him.
Players to SELL HIGH
Marcos Alonso – Cheslea
He was the most wavered in player ahead of game week two, so a number of you listeners will have picked him up last week. @FPLDraftHubPod is still sticking to his preseason prediction that Chilwell will be an elite level defensive asset this year. So now could be the time to cash in on the Chelsea defender while his stock is pretty high.
Paul Pogba – Man United
He has provided 5 assists after just two games, which is likely to be a considerable chunk of his output over the course of the season. We think it could be a good time to see what kind of trade value you could get for him. expect some further pain in the short term if you do offload him and really don’t undersell him as we know he’s got a double digit goal and assist season in him.
Players to BUY LOW
Aubameyang – Arsenal
Managers that took him high up in the draft will already be starting to get cold feet but really we don’t have any reason to doubt him in the Premier League this season as he’s only been on the pitch for 29 minutes. A strong showing in the League Cup against West Brom on Wednesday is an omen that he’s back to the the form he had the year before last. And if you can get a decent deal for him, I would definitely see what you can do.
That’s it for this week. It is still hard to make some proper assessments of the players and the teams themselves as there are still so many ins and outs to happen in what’s shaping up to be a busy end to the transfer window.