Punting For Gold – GW9

Draft Fantasy Football is all about picking a diamond from the rough, a hidden gem that no one else has considered, or a Premier League player hitting a good run of form.  This weekly article is here to help you find your golden ticket to a big score, recommending five attacking differentials who could score big in the upcoming gameweek.

Your third striker just got injured?  Your fifth midfielder stuck in rotation hell?  We’ll help you out with some suggestions to give your team a little boost!


Manuel Lanzini (West Ham Utd)

After returning to the West Ham starting eleven last weekend against Burnley, Manuel Lanzini looks set to cement his place back in the first team.  After Dimitri Payet’s departure last season, Lanzini really stepped up his game in the second half of last season, notching eight goals and three assists.  The young Argentinian looked set to progress into a real midfield prospect this season, but due to a couple of niggling injuries, he’s struggled so far.  Now back to full fitness, expect Lanzini to help improve West Ham’s fortunes, and start replicating his own good form from last season.  Lanzini is likely to be a free agent in Draft Leagues, and ahead of a home fixture against Brighton and Hove Albion, expect him to kick-start his season this weekend!

Points Scored: 2


Christian Atsu (Newcastle Utd)

Christian Atsu still remains somewhat under the radar, due to the solid form of colleague Matt Ritchie.  Atsu has started all but one of Newcastle’s games this season, gaining one goal and two assists.  Granted these returns have not been amazing, but this is his first season playing week-in week-out in the Premier League, so he should improve his returns over the coming weeks and months.  A home fixture against Crystal Palace should bring goals for this Newcastle side, so Atsu is well worth a punt if you’re struggling for a fifth midfielder.  Good upcoming home fixtures also improve Atsu’s prospects.

Points Scored: 3


Mame Biram Diouf (Stoke City)

Despite mainly playing as a right wing-back, Mame Biram Diouf is Stoke City’s second highest points scorer this season, placed just one point behind the much fancied Eric Maxium Choupu-Moting.  Diouf has started all but one of Stoke’s games so far, having notched goals in his last two outings.  With strikers so hard to come by in Draft Fantasy Football, maybe its time to take advantage of Diouf, despite his defensive position.  A home fixture against a struggling Bournemouth side will give the Senegalese international plenty of opportunity to add to his goal scoring streak.

Points Scored: 7


Nacer Chadli (West Bromich Albion)

Nacer Chadli made his first appearance of the season Monday night, and took little time to open his account for the season, smashing in a free-kick to brighten up a dull game.  With Matt Phillips out of favour, Oliver Burke yet to really settle, and Jay Rodriguez and Salomon Rondon struggling for goals, Chadli has a real chance of re-establishing himself in Tony Pulis’ side.  A decent campaign last time around, with five goals and six assists, Chadli can be trusted to bring back solid returns on a regular basis.  A fixture away to Southampton could be further goals, as a usually resolute Saints backline conceded two at home to Newcastle last weekend.

Points Scored: 2


Andros Townsend (Crystal Palace)

With a trip to his former club Newcastle, Andros Townsend is one to consider for this weekend.  Having started every game so far this season, Townsend is obviously a creative player needed in the Crystal Palace side.  Despite a lack of attacking returns so far this season, Townsend has a real chance of breaking his duck now that Wilfred Zaha has returned to the side.  An incredible win against Chelsea last weekend proves that Palace have the desire to survive this season.  Look for them to take this form to Newcastle this weekend, and expect Townsend to be in and around the goals.  Good fixtures are also on the horizon for Roy Hodgson’s men.

Points Scored: 2


Total Score: 16

Average Score: 3.2


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🔥 Hot or Cold Player Rankings ❄️

Our Hot or Cold Player Rankings are here to outline the current prospects of key Draft Fantasy Football Players.  Our ‘Hot‘ or ‘Cold‘ status will help take away your emotional attachment to certain Premier League players, and bring in the players that you need to help you dominate your Draft League.  Use these hints and tips to increase your chances of success!


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