The FPL Draft waiver deadline for Gameweek 7 is tomorrow morning, so here is our timely round up of who they top performers have been so far, and who we expect to perform in weeks to come.
|GW7 Fixtures||GW8 Fixtures|
|Sheffield U v Liverpool||Brighton v Spurs|
|Aston Villa v Burnley||Burnley v Everton|
|Bournemouth v West Ham||Liverpool v Leicester|
|Chelsea v Brighton||Norwich v Aston Villa|
|Crystal Palace v Norwich||Watford v Sheffield U|
|Spurs v Southampton||West Ham v Crystal Palace|
|Wolves v Watford||Arsenal v Bournemouth|
|Everton v Man City||Man City v Wolves|
|Leicester v Newcastle||Southampton v Chelsea|
|Man U v Arsenal||Newcastle v Man U|
Free Agent Targets:
The polish number 2 should be your first GK to pick up if available, he has recorded 3 clean sheets in a row and there are a great run of fixtures for West Ham against Bournemouth, Crystal Palace, Everton, Sheffield United, Newcastle and Burnley. The whole team looks organised under Premier League winning manager Manuel Pellegrini. Even if the hammers do concede, Fabianksi has picked up a save point in 5 out of the 6 games so far this season
Should be your number 2 GK option if available – Arsenal still look poor defensively, but Leno leads the way in save points, picking up 2pts in each of the last 3 games (7 overall – tied top with Lloris). Arsenal will also enjoy a goof run of fixtures against Man Utd, Bournemouth, Sheffield United, Crystal Palace and Wolves – there are plenty of teams in that list who are still struggling to score goals.
We would recommend that you stick with Burnley defence, as their fixtures are against Norwich, Aston Villa, Everton, Leicester, Sheffield United, Chelsea and West Ham.
Second to Burnley, you should look at West Ham defence – fixtures detailed above for Fabianski. Issa Diop is available in our 10-man league, and in the last 3 games he’s scored 6/6/8
Spurs also have a nice run of fixtures against injury struck Southampton, Brighton and Watford. Hugo Lloris is back in goal after his wife gave birth so that should sure them up at the back. Serge Aurier may still be floating around some waiver piles and performed well against Leicester. Owners of Davinson Sanchez may want to consider moving him on – during his shaky start to the season, manager Pochettino may opt to stick with the tried and tested Alderweireld and Vertonghen combination.
Otamendi – in case he is free in smaller leagues – is a nailed on Man City defender that is also a goal threat, so picking him would be a no brainer. Man City will keep at least 1 in 2 clean sheets.
Defensive Players to Avoid:
- Lundstram – currently leads the way for defenders, 32 points puts him ahead of Trent Alexander–Arnold. This is misleading as all the points have come from 2 games with attacking returns (+ all the bonus). Sheffield United have a tough run coming up, to play Liverpool , Watford, Arsenal, West Ham next and could concede a few.
- Any Southampton Defender – next games are Spurs, Chelsea, Wolves, Leicester, Man City, Everton and Arsenal.
The Argentine is one of the only Spurs players exuding some calmness. He is in favour with Pochettino, does not have a contract dispute hangover and is doing the job asked of him. Registering 2 goals + 2 assists already; he has started every game and could be your only way into the Spurs attack.
The Brazilian performed well against Liverpool, with Barkley & Pulisic not doing anything to nail down a spot yet and Lampard may feel he brings some experience that the team is otherwise lacking. You may be put off as he has had no attacking returns so far (235 mins total), and only registered 3 goals + 7 assists last season. We would expect a similar amount this year, coming from the bench. Callum Hudson–Odoi is a looming presence as he returns to fitness, but we wouldn’t expect him to start in the league before the next international break – Willian might be worth a short term punt.
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West Ham have a good run of fixtures and Noble seems to be playing closer to a number 10 role in Lanzini’s absence. He will be on penalty duty when on the pitch – if you’re desperate, team full of injuries and need a fifth midfielder, Noble would be one to consider.
Midfielders to avoid:
- Jack Grealish – Aston Villa look like they are struggling. Grealish plays very well but don’t think it will translate into Official FPL Draft points too often. He currently has 20 points from 6 games (2 assists) and see that form likely to continue over the season.
- Matteo Guendouzi – very similar player to Grealish, likes being the one to grab the game by the scruff of the neck, tackler/passer/dribbler. However we can’t see where the FPL Points return is coming from. His form is almost identical to Grealish 19 points from 6G (2 assists) – we expect to see that continue over the season too.
The overlooked man in a lot of leagues.
There has been lots of hype after Barnes’ cracking start to the season. Wood is now reminding everyoneof his prowess with 2 good finishes, being unlucky not to complete his hat-trick too. Burnley have a run of fixtures coming up.
He is unlikely to be free, but maybe one to trade for. He played very well against Southampton and Bournemouth have decent fixtures coming up. He takes penalties and has 1 goal + 2 assist so far. We would expect those numbers to rise very soon.
The Wolves forward may have been dropped following 0 returns in 5 games, but he took his first goal at the weekend with a favourable home game against Watford next – this could be the start of a good run for Jota.
Last week’s Rising Star pick registered his first return of the season (assist) last week. Although he has a run of games against some good defences, any chances Southampton are able to carve out are likely to be crosses/set-pieces – where he doesn’t have to think too much. With less pressure on the team to get a result, it could be time for him to open his PL account.
TRADE VALUES – looking to sell high & buy low
Players to consider selling high:
- Ceballos – not necessarily trading high, but could use his reputation or look to move him on to an Arsenal fan wearing the same rose-tinted glasses they used to see Wilshere through. From what I’ve seen Ozil will get plenty of minutes in the Premier League.
- Fraser – again, not necessarily trading high, but should be somebody in the league willing to take him based on last season’s form. Previously mentioned him when talking about the importance of patience, but the fact he isn’t starting games is worrying and the player who he’s subbed on for is Harry Wilson, who is not going to be dropped to the bench any time soon. I do think he’ll get games as Solanke continues not to deliver and King will move forward.
- Mahrez – 13th overall, 6th best mid currently on 35 points. Has only played 300 minutes, so averaging over 10 points per 90 (1 goal + 5 assists). People will be taking note of him and with the cup competitions starting to occupy the midweeks, you may have your eye on safer premier league starters. Having said that he will be a player that scores 15 points one week, and 1 point the next, so would think very carefully before moving him out and think about the long stretch ahead.
- McGinn – he has quality up top, but don’t see villa scoring many, use his good start to the season to move him on – would try for the likes of Ayoze Perez (owners may be getting fed up)
Players to consider buying low:
- Gylfi Sigurdsson
- Bernie Silva
- Gerard Deulofeu
- Wilfried Zaha
- Luka Milivojevic
- Diogo Jota
Mercenary Pick of the Week
Daniel James – 3 goals in 6, home to a poor Arsenal defence, seems to have locked down a starting spot, can see a big game from him.
(Last week –C Adams (1A – 5 points- Record 2-3)
Raheem Sterling Rising Stars
Buendia – no Norwich players so far in the rising stars (probably because they made such a good start it seemed too easy a pick), but Buendia has looked very good so far and has a few games coming up against CRYSTAL PALACE/AVI/BOURNEMOUTH where he’ll get space to turn and do some damage.