Welcome to the Fantasy Premierleague FPL Draft Gameweek review.
After each weekend we will take a look at the value picks that had standout performances over the weekend. These players will be likely to still be available in your draft league to waiver in, and we will evaluate how we think they are going to perform over the next few weeks.
View From the Top
Spurs showed their mettle with a well earned 2 – 2 draw to Manchester City, coming twice from behind. Without one of their key players Son Heung-Min, who caused havoc at Man City last year in the Champions League knockout stages, it was hard to see Spurs competing with a strong Man City Side.
The standout performer for us was Erik Lamela, an unexpected starter for Spurs with Eriksen coming back into the side, nabbing a goal and an assist. If you’re looking for value midfielders to waiver in, Lamela may continue playing, especially against a beatable and unimpressive Newcastle next week.
Newly promoted Sheffield United and Norwich City continued to impress, both with home victories. 3 -1 against Newcastle and 1 – 0 against Newcastle respectively. Both teams have to play Chelsea in their next two games. Chelsea are a team finding their feet under new leadership, and over the next weeks you can bet on teams scoring goals against them.
Liverpool and Arsenal made hard work of their 2 – 1 wins against Southampton and Burnley respectively. However the usual suspects turned up for both teams. The player to watch is Dani Cabellos, looking to be a starter for the near future is switching between the number 10 and 8 roles, looking to be direct and creative.
Burnley continue to play as tricky customers, with a lot of FPL Draft value in their squad. Barnes and Wood are unmoved as a starting pair.
Ashley Barnes has scored 11 goals in his last 17 PL games. If he continues this form you should definitely think about how you can make a trade with someone in your league to bring him in.
When Burnley have favourable fixtures, McNeil and Gudmunsson are always worth a look at, who have assist potential in most games.
West Ham came away from Brighton with a well earned draw. Masuaku came in to replace Creswell who’s mistakes highlighted his lack of mobility against Man City last week as West Ham opted for a more attacking formation and outlook.
Trossard earned his starting spot, returning a goal for Brighton Hove and Athletic, however all of Brighton’s forwards were subbed off towards the end of the game for the second time in a row. Glen Murray – Brighton’s standout performer last year is yet to earn any attacking returns. If you have him in your squad we would suggest keeping a keen eye on his performances, as he may be a rotation risk soon.
Lanzini is threatening to replicate his 2017/18 form, if so, he should be strongly considered to be waivered in, or traded for one of your second/third pick midfielders. Always bear in mind however, that West Ham have the ability to blow very hot and cold. West Ham always have the potential for having an off-day…
Watford continued their poor run of form away to Everton, losing 1 – 0. Deeney and Delofeu are worth holding on to, however Watford are currently offering no attacking or defensive returns.
Everton are the only team to keep back to back clean sheets, and there is every chance they keep a third next week away to Aston Villa. If any of Keane, Mina, Coleman or Digne are available they are a must to waiver in.
Everton are still finding out who their preferred front line is, with Dominic Calvert–Lewin being subbed off again for the young Moise Kean. Although it looks like he Kean will be starting from the bench most games this year.
We would still avoid picking Bernard despite his goal. He always has the potential to score or assist, but, like Willian last year, only does so every 4 games or so.