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.
So if your third striker just got injured? Your fifth midfielder stuck in rotation hell? The Fantasy Football Chaps will help you out with some advice, tips and suggestions to give your Fantasy Football team a little boost!
Anthony Knockaert (Brightion)
After a slow start to the season, the Brighton midfielder who may well have featured as a ‘punt’ in your draft had almost been forgotten about. But with a goal and an assist in the past four games, Knockaert has started to show signs of settling into Premier League football. An excellent fixture this week will have Draft Fantasy Football managers looking to the in-form Knockaert who entertains a Stoke side that has not been the most solid at the back in this Premier League season. A word of caution; be mindful that the forthcoming Bighton fixtures are not anything to shout about.
Points Scored: 2
Johann Berg Gudmundsson and Jeff Hendrick (both Burnley)
This week the Fantasy Football Chaps are heavily featuring Burnley, read our ‘Calculating the Cleanie‘ feature to see more insight into potential Burnley differentials. However, it is also in the final 3rd of the pitch that we think Burnley can offer success to Draft Fantasy Football managers. Gudmundsson and Hendrick have been mainstays of the Burnley midfield this season, combining with 3 assists (all Gudmundsson) and 2 goals (both Hendrick). This gameweek 12 fixture at home to Swansea looks very set to be a one sided affair; with Swanseas away form anything but desirable. Looking further ahead, the fixtures fall relatively nicely for Burnley with Bournemouth, Leicester, Watford, Stoke, and Brighton all coming up in the next 6 gameweeks. So if your 5th midfield option isn’t really cutting it for you right now, look to the Burnley chaps for an excellent punt in the search for those gameweek differentials.
Points Scored: 3 and 6
Laurent Depoitre (Huddersfield)
Despite not making the side for the opening 3 gameweeks, Laurent Depoitre has since made his way into the hearts of the Huddersfield fans after scoring in the famous 2-1 win over Manchester United. Whilst only having scored 2 goals in the opening 11 gameweeks isn’t a great deal to write home about, the Frenchman visits a Bournemouth side who have found themselves conceeding soft goals this season. Expect Depoitre to start the fixture having made it into the starting 11 for the past 6 gameweeks; Depoitre would be an out and outright punt for any Draft Fantasy Football managers. However, if your 3rd striker is injured and there is likely to be slim pickings of strikers available; Depoitre might be the roll of the dice you need. If alternative striker options are indeed limited, check out our ‘Injury Watch‘ feature to see if there is a striker returning from injury that is worth taking a punt on over Depoitre.
Points Scored: 2
Callum Wilson (Bournemouth)
Having brought in veteran striker Jermain Defoe in the off season much was expected of Bournemouth; yet they have returned only 7 goals in 11 games so far. It was therefore a welcome sight to Bournemouth fans to see Wilson make his long awaited return from injury against Chelsea in gameweek 10. Wilson has since then completed 75 minutes of first team action in the 1-0 win over Newcastle in gameweek 11; with praise coming his way from manager Eddie Howe suggesting that Wilson looks strong and physical. With Defoe in poor form, and both Stanislas and King doubtful for the fixture against Huddersfield; Draft Fantasy Football managers should be looking to Bournemouth favourite Wilson as an alternate striker.
Points Scored: 17
Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain (Liverpool)
With the news breaking of Sadio Mane’s most recent hamstring injury, the Fantasy Football Chaps have been looking at how Draft Fantasy Football managers can break into one of the Premier Leagues most attacking sides; Liverpool. A true romanticist would jump straight onto the Daniel Sturridge train, after all, Sturridge has scored 2 goals and picked up an assist in what seems like only 100 minutes football over 11 gameweeks. A more systematic approach would be to take a punt on Georginio Wijnaldum. Wijnaldum has only missed 2 games so far this season having been tipped to be a likely bench-boy behind the bigger names, Wijnaldum has capitalised on injuries to Lallana, Can, Henderson, Coutinho, and Mane; but he has only returned 1 goal in this extended run.
So this brings us to Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, the biggest transfer deadline day mover joining from Arsenal before the window slammed shut. Since joining Liverpool, Chamberlain has had to be patient, limited to a few minutes here and there from the bench; but having been granted his first start for his new club Chamberlain put in a goal scoring performance away to West Ham that will have got Draft Fantasy Football managers acknowledging the England midfielder. Fresh from no International duties, and an ex-Southampton player; expect Chamberlain to be up for the challenge when his old side Southampton visit Anfield this gameweek. Do you change a winning side? Rarely. Couple this with the likely absence of Mane, and Chamberlain looks a good punt for Fantasy Football managers chasing the gameweek 12 differential.
Points Scored: 1
Total Score: 22
Average Score: 3.6
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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!