The FPL Draft waiver deadline for Gameweek 9 is this 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.
|Everton v West Ham|
|Bournemouth v Norwich|
|Aston Villa v Brighton|
|Chelsea v Newcastle|
|Leicester v Burnley|
|Spurs v Watford|
|Wolves v Southampton|
|Crystal Palace v Man City|
|Man Utd v Liverpool|
|Sheffield Utd v Arsenal|
Waiver & Free Agent Targets:
Goalkeeper & Defence
Upcoming Fixtures: BUR / sou / cry / ARS / bha / EVE
Considering the fact that Leicester have played Chelsea, Spurs, Liverpool and Man Utd in their first 8 fixtures, they have posted impressive results and find themselves deservedly 4th in the Premier Legaue.
In this run – the most difficult 8 match run of any PL team – they have only conceded 4 goals.
The tables have now turned and they have one really tough fixture in their next 6 against Arsenal, so we are banking on Leicester keeping a few clean sheets over the next weeks.
Out of the back 5 (including Schmeichel), Jonny Evans is the likely player that would be available in your waiver wire. Over the next 6 weeks he would be an astute 4th or 5th defender to have.
We would also consider trading one of your premium goalkeepers for Schmeichel. All 3 of Leno, Kepa and De Gea are struggling to keep clean sheets, but still have the perceived value of a premium pick. This is a move that may not pay off over 38 weeks, but will certainly help you in the run up to Christmas.
Upcoming fixtures: SOU / new / ars / AVL / bou / SHU
Just like Leicester, Arsenal are the only ‘top 6’ team that Wolves have to play over their next 6 games.
Encumbered with Europa League football, Wolves’ line ups have experienced a lot of rotation and their performances in the Premier League have been volatile.
Off the back of a shock victory against champions Man City, Wolves seem to be enjoying their new, slightly counter-attacking approach, which bodes well for their back line. Last year Wolves’ flying wing backs were the Zeitgeist – however you can expect less assists from Jonny and Doherty this year.
The Wolves back line is still very capable of clean sheets, recording 3 in their last 8, two of which came in their last two games. There is a chance that Boly, Jonny, Doherty, Saiss and Coady are all free to waiver in!
Newcastle have a tricky next fixture away at Chelsea, however after this have a run where they can compete against WOL / whu / BOU /avl. Newcastle started the season slowly, with Saint-Maximin coming back from injury.
The wide forward started in GW 8 completing 83 minutes, and passes the eye test. 57% of his touches are in the final third of the pitch, and he is always ready to receive the ball – enjoying a touch less than every 2 minutes.
He is almost certainly going to be available on your waiver wire, and is well worth a punt on your 5th place midfielder.
Anwar El Ghazi
The Aston Villa midfielder is in a rich vein of form, bagging four returns in his last three games.
Villa’s next game is home to Brighton where we can expect goals, and for Villa to yet again be competitive in the match.
El Ghazi has been involved in 50% of all Villa’s goals in the Premier League this season, firing off an attempt every 28 minutes. He is a forward thinking player, key to Villa’s attack and if he is available we would definitely pick him as a priority waiver.
It is worth bearing in mind that Aston Villa play Man City, Liverpool, Man United and Chelsea in their 5 games afterwards – so he may just be a priority for one week!
The seemingly unknown forward was handed his first start against Spurs, having appeared as a sub in all other games for Brighton and returned the favour with 2 goals in an emphatic win.
Brighton have been tinkering with their front line since the beginning of the season, however with a performance like that we can expect the Irishman to start again for Brighton against Villa this weekend.
Bearing in mind he has come on at the end of quite a few games, he is a trigger happy player, attempting a shot every 17 minutes. This is music to FPL owners ears.
Strikers are at a premium, so worth taking the gamble on your third choice forward in the case that Connolly cements his starting place and continues to score goals.
As we mentioned just above, starting strikers are at a premium, especially with many teams playing with one up top – this means there is a slim-to-none chance of you having 3 starting forwards.
We have been looking at Basthuayi as the ‘Gabriel Jesus lite’ – he scores goals on the international stage and despite only playing 45 minutes over 5 games this season he has registered a goal and an assist.
In any case that Tammy Abraham has an off game, Batshuayi is the preferred player to come on and is always expected to make an impact.
He is an interesting player to look at as a third choice forward, as Chelsea have a favourable next four games against Newcastle, Burnley, Watford and Crystal Palace.
TRADE VALUES – looking to sell high & buy low
Players to consider selling high:
- C.Wilson – has a return in 7 of his last 8 games, with some favourable fixtures to come. This is possibly the highest Callum Wilson will be worth all season and you could get a premium forward (e.g. Firmino/Lacazette) in return.
Players to consider buying low:
- Gylfi Sigurdsson
- Bernie Silva
- Gerard Deulofeu
- Wilfried Zaha
- Luka Milivojevic
- Diogo Jota
Mercenary Pick of the Week
Johnny Evans – Leicester are looking in good form, with defensive solidity. Ashley Barnes is likely to be missing for Burnley, negating a lot of their attacking threat.
Last week – Gundogan (points 1)
Raheem Sterling Rising Stars
Willian – back in Lampard’s good books, looks back in form after a month or so off.