Every week we will be looking at the key players that are likely to be available to waiver and pick up on a Free Agent in your FPL Draft league for GW 2.
Unlike the original version of the game, players like Mohammed Salah, Raheem Sterling and Harry Kane will never be available once picked – so to win you must find value in the middle and lower order players.
Wolves do not have the best run of fixtures in the next couple of weeks – Man Utd (H), Burnley (H), Everton (A), Crystal Palace (H).
It is likely that Jota and Jimenez will be drafted in your league, if they aren’t they would be great picks.
The value for Wolves would be in their back line with the possibility of Boly, Dendoncker, Jonny being available to pick, all with attacking return potential as well as clean sheet potential.
Brighton (A), Watford (A), Norwich (H), Villa (A).
It is likely that Haller, Lanzini, Fornals and Felipe Anderson would have been picked in your draft already, these players are looking to be the mainstay in the West Ham attacking line so are worth looking at if not picked, considering their run of fixtures.
West Ham’s defensive line is questionable; however there is clean sheet potential over the next 4 games. Fredericks at right back would be the pick of the bunch with good attacking returns, followed by Balbuena and Diop.
The 3 – 0 to Brighton was disappointing by all accounts, but we would suggest that Watford didn’t play as badly as 3 – 0 would suggest.
Attacking for Watford, Delofeu and Deeney are the ones to look at if they’re not picked already. We wouldn’t look at picking Grey as there are likely to be better attacking options available on the waiver wire.
This might not be the week to bring in any Spurs players considering their fixture away against Man City on the weekend.
After this fixture however Spurs do look to have a good run of fixtures – Newcastle (H), Arsenal (A), Crystal Palace (H), Leicester (A).
Davinson Sanchez might be a mainstay in Spurs’ defence this year with Vertonghen apparently falling in to Pochettino’s bad books with fitness issues and with Alderwiereld running down his contract this year.
Kyle Walker-Peters looks to be playing in the RB position for the next couple of weeks at least and may retain this spot if his form is good.
Eriksen is worth picking up. It is looking on balance that he might stay this year amid transfer speculation.
Southampton are a team you should be looking to avoid in the near future. They put out an uninspiring display on the weekend.
Their fixtures are also tough Liverpool (H), Brighton (A), Man Utd (H) – these are fixtures where Southampton could get 0 points from 9.
If you are insistent on attacking returns from Southampton, we would suggest Che Adams who turned out an okay display against Burnley.
Sheffield Utd turned out a very good display, earning a well deserved point against Bournemouth in a 1 – 1 draw where the only goal they conceded was an unfortunate goalmouth scramble, rather than poor defensive play.
They also have some favourable fixtures coming up – Crystal Palace (H), Leicester City (A), Southampton (H), Everton (A). There is clean sheet potential here in 1 or 2 games.
Ender Stevens is our one to watch in the Sheffield defence, playing in the wing back role in a 3 man defence with potential for attacking returns.
Sharp and McGoldrick are sharing the minutes upfront s don’t look like appetising attacking assets, as we also don’t see Sheffield Utd scoring too many goals.
A surprise attacking pick for us would be Robinson who is a MID in the FPL Draft game, but is definitely playing upfront. Robinson is definitely one to keep an eye on.
Despite the 1-4 defeat at Anfield, which may be misleading, Norwich looked competent and sturdy in the second half of this game and is a team to keep an eye on.
However, their next few fixtures are not easy – Newcastle (H), Chelsea (H), West Ham (A), Man City (H).
Because of this, we would shy away for picking any Norwich defenders.
The stand out attackers are Pukki and Buendia, if you are looking for value from Norwich, it will be their attacking returns. The manager has also indicated that Norwich will continue to play free attacking football, so we can expect more 4-1 type scorelines going forward.
With the departure of Rafa Benitez as manager, it would be worth holding off on Newcastle players until we have a better understanding to how they will perform.
The first game against Arsenal was uninspiring and unimpressive. The only promising players being Joelinton and Almiron, who showed glimpses of creating a partnership and may provide attacking returns.
Newcastle fixtures are a mixed bag – Norwich (A), Spurs (A), Watford (H), Liverpool (A). It would be worth using the game against Norwich to gauge whether it is worth investing in Newcastle attackers.
Off the back of a blistering, albeit slightly misleading 4 – 0 win against Chelsea last weekend, there are only a few players in the Man United squad that may still be on the Waiver Wire.
We would expect that the back four for Wan–Bissaka, Shaw, Maguire and Lindelof have all been drafted, alongside De Gea. If any of these players are available, these should be a waiver priority.
Fixtures – Wolves (A), Crystal Palace (H), Southampton (A), Leicester (H)
Man United have 4 very winnable games with plenty of clean sheet potential coming up, as well as attacking returns. Assuming the main players Martial, Rashford and Pogba have been selected – it would be well worth risking a pick on Lingard, Peirera or Mata to be involved in goals over the next 4 games, as well as picking up the Midfielder clean sheet point.
Man City are tough team to find value in the Draft format of the game, as we can expect most Man City starters and even rotated players to be picked in the draft.
Apart from the select few fixtures over the season (away at Liverpool, Man United, Chelsea, Tottenham, Arsenal) – Man City have the potential to score goals and keep clean sheets.
If there are any ‘fringe’ Man City players available such as Stones, Zinchenko or Mahrez, these should be a priority on your waiver list.