Our review of every game from the Premier League weekend… Get the lowdown on all of the action from the eyes of a Draft Fantasy Football expert!
Liverpool v Manchester Utd
Not much to report on here, as most of the assets on display are not likely to be free agents. Joe Gomez may be worth a look from the Liverpool defenders, but with clean sheets hard to come by, and rotation always a risk, he shouldn’t be a priority in your Draft League. Our Liverpool player of choice, as outlined on our ‘Injury Watch‘ page, is Adam Lallana. He’ll soon be back in the side, and now is the optimum time to pounce on one of Klopp’s preferred midfield options. Ander Herrera and Chris Smalling earned rare starts for Manchester Utd – although their prospects depend on the injury status of Marouane Fellaini and Eric Bailey respectively. Ashley Young started his fourth game in a row, and despite his lack of returns, he could be worth a look if he continues in a more advanced role.
Burnley v West Ham Utd
There were plenty of Draft Fantasy Football options on display at Turf Moor, with many players involved potentially free agents. Burnley disappointingly conceded at home for the first time since GW2, but we’d still recommend the likes of Ben Mee and Stephen Ward, as the upcoming home fixtures look strong. Elsewhere, Robbie Brady looks a decent pick up if he remains a free agent in your Draft League. One of West Ham’s attacking players who could be available is Manuel Lanzini. Recently returning from a couple of early season niggles, we’re expecting Lanzini to start replicating last season’s good form very soon. Winston Reid and Aaron Cresswell look like good options for next weekend at home to Brighton, if you’re in the market for a defender.
Crystal Palace v Chelsea
The returning Wilfred Zaha inspired Crystal Palace to their first goals, and first victory, of the season. As outlined in our ‘Injury Watch‘ feature, Zaha is key to Palace’s success, and is a must-have acquisition if he’s currently a free agent in your Draft League. Elsewhere, there were impressive performances from Mamadou Sakho and Andros Townsend. Is now the time to be picking up Hodgson’s men? The most interesting news on the Chelsea side of things, was a first half injury to Victor Moses. This could open the door to Davide Zappacosta at right wing-back, or it could give the likes of Antonio Rudgier or Andreas Christensen a chance to establish themselves in a back-three, with Ceasar Azpilicueta potentially moving over to wing-back. Elsewhere, possible differential Michy Batshuayi was hooked off after 57 minutes, and Willian continued to misfire, as rotation in the final third looks set to continue at Chelsea.
Manchester City v Stoke City
Guardiola’s men once again put on a footballing masterclass, with a 7-2 thrashing of Stoke City. From a Draft Fantasy Football perspective, if any of Manchester City’s attacking players are free agents, you need to sign them immediately! Even with Sergio Aguero’s speedy return to the matchday squad, the likes of Raheem Sterling and Leroy Sane are well worth picking up despite the risk of rotation. In terms of the Stoke City options, one player who is likely to be a free agent, and could become an asset if you’re after a third striker, is Mame Briam Diouf. Despite playing as a right-wing back, Diouf has started all but one game this season, and has now scored in his last two outings. With Stoke on pretty poor form, we wouldn’t recommend investing in their defence at the moment.
Swansea City v Huddersfield Town
As predicted in our ‘Calculating The Cleanie’ article, Swansea managed to gain their first home clean sheet of the season against a struggling Huddersfield side. All four of Swansea’s backline are likely to be free agents, with Federico Fernandez possibly the pick of the bunch due to his heightened potential for bonus points. Elsewhere, Jordan Ayew and Tom Carroll gained the assists, and could be options if you’re looking for a cheaper striker or midfielder. Both are guaranteed to start every game, and will pick up returns every few games or so. Not much to shout about on the Huddersfield side of things. They’ll be hoping to get Steve Mounie fit enough to feature next weekend, and he could potentially serve as a decent third striker.
Tottenham Hotspur v Bournemouth
An unusually quiet day for Tottenham’s assets on Saturday, with the only potential talking point being a rare start for Son Heung-Min. The change in formation, and personnel, was surely just down to the injury of Ben Davies. Harry Winks also started for Spurs, but his Fantasy Football potential remains low. For Bournemouth, the most noteworthy point would be surrounding Junior Stanislas. He earned his third start in a row, although he’s yet to gain any attacking returns so far this season. Stanislas is definitely one to monitor as the fixtures turn in Bournemouth’s favour in the coming weeks.
Watford v Arsenal
Watford’s early season form continued this weekend, with an impressive victory over Arsenal. There are potential free agents all over this Watford team, so now may be the time to start considering them! Abdoulaye Doucoure is already proving a good option, with the likes Roberto Pereyra and Troy Deeney looking like decent pick ups. Andre Carillo failed to start the game after his exerts over the international break, but he will be looking to force his way back into the starting eleven over the coming weeks. For Arsenal, Danny Welbeck returned from injury to go straight into the team, and Alex Iwobi earned a third start out of four. These could be good options going forward, with the continued speculation over the futures of Alexis Sanchez and Mesut Ozil. Elsewhere, Per Mertesacker made his first start of the season, and Rob Holding came on for an inured Laurent Koscielny. Mertesacker and Holding will be looking to take advantage of the recent injuries facing Wenger’s backline.
Brighton and Hove Albion v Everton
Another decent point for Brighton this weekend, with Anthony Knockaert getting the goal. If Knockaert can start showing his form from last season, he could be a great pick up considering Brighton’s upcoming schedule. If Pascal Gross is free, we’d highly recommend snapping him up. Failing that, Solly March is starting to establish himself in this season’s Brighton side. Everton continue to struggle, so taking on any of their assets comes with a real risk. Phil Jagielka seems to be first choice alongside Keane in central defence, so he could be worth a look if Everton improve their form. Further up the field, Oumar Niasse and Dominic Calvert-Lewin could provide decent options as a third choice striker.
Southampton v Newcastle Utd
Despite Southampton’s struggles to score goals, its likely that most of their attacking players are indeed owned in most Draft Leagues. Manolo Gabbiadini scored a brace to end his scoring drought, and Nathan Redmond gained his second assist of the season. If Virgil Van Dijk is still a free agent, we’d recommend snapping him up, despite the form of The Saints. On the Newcastle side of things, Joselu gained his sixth start in a row, and could be worth a punt ahead of playing Crystal Palace next weekend. Elsewhere, Newcastle have some decent differential options in midfield. Chrstian Atsu gained an assist this weekend, and Matt Ritchie and Jonjo Shelvey were sharing the set-pieces. All three of these could be a decent signing. With Newcastle playing Palace next weekend, Jamaal Lascelles could be worth a punt for a goal or/and clean sheet.
Leicester City v West Bromich Albion
Two second half goals brightened up a somewhat dull affair during the final match of the gameweek. A late goal from Rhiyad Mahrez, his first of the season, rescued a point for The Foxes. Mahrez is likely to be owned in most Draft League, but if he’s a free agent he’s definitely worth a punt. Elsewhere, the much fancied Harry Maguire failed to impress points wise, but he’s still a decent signing if currently free. For West Brom, the forgotten man Nacer Chadli stepped up to score on his first start of the season. Chadli is likely to be a free agent, and is well worth a look if he can keep his place in the side. Grzegorz Krychowiak also notched an assist, and he could be worth a look despite playing a more defensive game.
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