Punting For Gold – GW17

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!


Marko Arnautovic and Manuel Lanzini (both West Ham Utd)

Draft Fantasy Football managers will have been watching closely as their Chelsea players fell away to a Marko Arnautovic goal which was deftly assisted by Manuel Lanzini.  The midfielders who feature in our player tracker, Hot or Cold, were the two points of difference between the two sides.  Whilst Arnautovic hasn’t shown outstanding form, this weekend goal was Arnautovic’s first goal of the season, Lanzini on the other hand has been West Hams main attacking threat of recent weeks with 2 assists and a goal to his name.  If Lanzini is a free agent in your Draft Fantasy Football league, a rival manager has made a mistake; and you need to sign him up immediately.

Looking ahead, the fixtures are kind to West Ham.  Next up is Arsenal who have conceded 4 goals in 2 games.  However it is the next 4 fixtures that can offer Draft Fantasy Football managers the potential for attacking returns from the West Ham duo.  With fellow strugglers Stoke, Newcastle, Bournemouth, and West Brom all up next.

Points Scored: 3 and 2


Dwight Gayle (Newcastle Utd)

The Newcastle front man has 2 goals and an assist in his last two fixtures, and in doing so Gayle has also cemented himself as the main front man for Newcastle.  If you’ve got a 3rd choice striker that isn’t getting a run of games, or is continuously coming off the bench; then Gayle will offer you a guaranteed starting 3rd choice striker.  Along with his form, Gayle’s next fixture is a promising one, hosting Everton who have looked poor at the back all season.

Points Scored: 2


Dusan Tadic (Southampton)

Its been a hit and miss season for one of Draft Fantasy Footballs all time greats, a historically cheap high scoring option, Tadic has struggled to really hit any consistency.  Having said that, Tadic has hit 2 assists and a goal in the past four gameweeks.  With Leicester and Huddersfield coming up in the next two gameweeks; if available we highly recommend taking a punt on Tadic for a short-term option in your midfield.

Points Scored: 2


Marc Albrighton (Leicester City)

What a difference a new manager can make to a side, but also to a player.  Albrighton is one of those gem Draft Fantasy Footballers: cheap, a regular starter, and a pretty consistent scorer;  its fair to say that Albrighton scores well in return for his price.  With 2 assists and a goal to his name in the past 4 gameweeks, not to mention the 6 bonus points, if you use the Fantasy Premier League scoring matrix.  Albrighton’s next two fixtures, Southampton and Crystal Palace, are both inviting matches.  Southampton haven’t kept a clean sheet since gameweek 9, and until gameweeks 14 and 15 Palace had failed to keep a clean sheet at all.

Points Scored: 1


Olivier Giroud (Arsenal)

In the last three gameweeks, Giroud has scored 3 goals in 79 minutes of football.  Now is surely the time for Arsene Wenger to jump off his pedestal and start playing the French striker.  West Ham, Newcastle, Crystal Palace, and West Brom are all coming up in the next 5 gameweeks.  Its a big gamble, but if you’re out of luck in your Draft Fantasy Football league, maybe you’ve got two or more of our ‘Cold’ ranking players in our Hot or Cold feature, then a roll of the dice on Giroud might be worth the punt.

Points Scored: 2


Total Score: 12

Average Score: 2


Previous Scores


Wood, Bony, Gayle, Townsend, Surman.

Total Score: 30. Average Score: 6


Pereyra, Defoe, Diouf, Albrighton, Niasse.

Total Score: 13. Average Score: 2.6


A.Ayew, Gayle, Rondon, Surman, Ramsey.

Total Score: 16. Average Score: 3.2


Loftus-Cheek, Sobhi, Hughes, Lanzini, Calvert-Lewin.

Total Score: 29. Average Score: 5.8


Knockaert, Gudmundsson, Hendrick, Depoitre, Wilson, Chamberlain.

Total Score: 22. Average Score: 3.6


D.Gray, Shelvey, Mooy, J.Ayew, Murray.

Total Score: 16. Average Score: 3.2


Stanislas, Doucoure, Mahrez, A.Ayew, J.Ayew.

Total Score: 18. Average Score: 3.6


Lanzini, Atsu, Diouf, Chadli, Townsend.

Total Score: 16. Average Score: 3.2


Hendrick, Gross, Carillo, Bony, Batshuayi.

Total Score: 9. Average Score: 1.8


📝 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!


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