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!
Arsenal v Tottenham Hotspur
All of Arsenal big names turned up; but for Draft Fantasy Football managers this is not much use as these chaps will already be taken. However, the return of Mustafi in the heart of the Arsenal defence will have put Draft Fantasy Football managers on alert. A goal, clean sheet, and three bonus points in the Fantasy Premier League points system.
Draft Fantasy Football is all about moving with the pace of the game. The Draft Fantasy Football managers that took advantage of the injury to Rose by jumping on the points collected by Davies now need to move on. Although Davies played, the rotation policy in the Tottenham defence appears to be doing them no favours.
AFC Bournemouth v Huddersfield Town
A real standout performer for Draft Fantasy Football managers in this fixture was the returning Wilson. The Bournemouth striker scored a hattrick and is unlikely to be owned by a rival manager in your Draft Fantasy Football league. Surman has gone completely under the radar in recent weeks and added another assist to his name; but the Bournemouth defence in particular is something that all Draft Fantasy Football managers should be keeping an eye on; particularly for a cheap clean sheet.
Burnley v Swansea City
One of our picks in this gameweeks ‘Punting for Gold‘ Burnley midfielder Hendrick added another assist to his 2017/18 Premier League tally. Another successful tip from the Fantasy Football Chaps was in our ‘Calculating the Cleanie‘ prediction. The Burnley defence is on great form at the moment, and should be an area that Draft Fantasy Football managers should be looking to get into. Pope is an excellent choice for a reserve keeper, and any one of Mee, Ward, Lowton, and Tarkowski in the Burnley defence would be worth a punt.
Crystal Palace v Everton
Finally one of this seasons biggest Draft players has come to the party, and oh how did Everton need Siggurdsson to step up. If you are one of the Draft Fantasy Football managers to have drafted Siggurdsson and stuck by him; now is the time to try and cash in on this weekends performance to leverage a potential trade. Zaha again returns excellent points, but don’t look much further than Loftus-Cheek for a cheap 5th midfield option; backing up his recent England debut with an assist this gameweek.
You would be forgiven to rue your luck if you have recently let Baines go (probably to get on the Burnley defence train). Baines pitched up with his second goal in consecutive games; but still Evertons defence is still leaking goals. There are better defensive options available to your Draft Fantasy Football team, it would be well justified in moving away from the big name players in Keane and Pickford.
Leicester City v Manchester City
As expected, the big names in the Manchester City side turned up. However, there might well be a potential opening for Draft Fantasy Football managers to get a piece of the Manchester City clean sheet potential. Stones limped off after only half an hour, and with Kompany putting in an assured performance, and is unlikely to be owned by a rival Draft manager, as we’ve been saying in our ‘Injury Watch‘ now is the time to jump on the City captain.
Liverpool v Southampton
Again there were no surprises with the stars of the show for Liverpool; but a player we have had our eyes on for a while, Wijnaldum weighed in with an assist. It isn’t just the assist however, its what that assist means for Wijnaldum potential to retain his place in a very competitive midfield.
Draft Fantasy Football managers will be considering their options on their Southampton players. This game aside, the defence is worth persisting with. However, in the attacking half, the big names; Gabbiadini, Austin, Redmond, and Tadic have failed to inspire.
West Bromich Albion v Chelsea
In what turned out to be Tony Pulis’ final game as WBA manager; Draft Fantasy Football managers would have been paying close interest in how Chelsea’s defence lined up. Once again, Christensen put in an impressive performance. The Danish international has impressed significantly since replacing Luiz in the heart of one of the strongest defences in the Premier League. Draft Fantasy Football managers need to be seriously considering Christensen as a viable way of getting on the Chelsea defensive train. Looking towards the other end of the field, Fabregas (if available) is a must. Two assists in this gameweek, the midfielder has been pulling the strings in the attacking third, and offers a genuine opportunity for points.
Any Draft managers with WBA players, please take note. Release these players. Now.
Manchester United v Newcastle
The King returns. Zlatan is back, and he is must have for your Draft Fantasy Football team; if only for the banter. Another striker of note is Newcastle’s Gayle; although he comes with a much lower profile, his goal in this gameweek, his first of the season, will undoubtedly guarantee Gayle more game time. Other notable performers who are unlikely to be owned by rival managers are goal scorer Smalling and make-shift left-back Young who picked up an assist.
Watford v West Ham United
Not the start David Moyse would have hoped for, but probably the start we all expected. Watford are an untapped resource this season. Gomes is a reliable reserve keeper, and attacking midfielder Hughes turned in a goal and assist to go along with the three bonus points he picked up in the Fantasy Premier League system. Hughes looks to be an exciting prospect for Draft Fantasy Football managers as a complete unknown and highly unlikely to be owned by rival managers.
Brighton & Hove Albion v Stoke City
Both keepers Ryan (Brighton) and Grant (Stoke City) were impressive although conceding two goals a piece. But for us here at the Fantasy Football Chaps, we cannot look beyond the performance of Izquierdo who picked up a goal and a Fantasy Premier League bonus point. For the bigger named players, it will be reassuring for the Draft Fantasy Football managers who own Shaqiri. The former Bayern Munchen midfield looked to be in sublime form on his way to assisting Stokes first goal of Monday Night Football.
📝 Draft Platform 📝
Here at The Fantasy Football Chaps, we’re proud to be pioneer’s for having a Draft Fantasy Football League that runs COMPLETELY OFFLINE! Check out our article looking into how to make this a reality, and have full control over customising your Draft League!
If this sounds like too much effort, we would highly recommend using an online platform from either the guys at Draft Fantasy or Fantrax. Draft Fantasy uses a scoring system similar to the standard Official FPL game, where as Fantrax mainly uses the more intelligent scoring system made famous by Togga. Both offer potential for end of season playoffs, as well as many other options for customisation!
🔥 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!