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!
It was a decent gameweek for the Fantasy Football Chaps in our predictions for clean sheet returns: Bardsley (Burnley), Aurier/Rose (Spurs), Mangala (Man City) and Lovern (Liverpool) give us 4/5 correct and averaging 6.66 points per player. Only Moses lets us down.
Not so good on our attacking returns predictions. Lanzini/Arnautovic (West Ham), Giroud (Arsenal), Albrighton (Leicester), Gayle (Newcastle), and Tadic (Southampton) did not fire; averaging 2 points per player.
Burnley v Stoke City
Not exactly the most thrilling of games. As we predicted in our ‘GW17 – Calculating the Cleaning‘ post, Burnley kept another clean sheet. It wasn’t all good news in defence for Burnley; left-back Stephen Ward limped off before half time. Early reports are that Ward could have damaged his knee; Draft Fantasy Football managers owning Ward will have a nervous wait. At the other end of the park, Scott Arfield (replacement for the injured Robbie Brady) pitched in with an assist. That’s an assist and a goal in his two outings since replacing Brady. Stoke. Enough said.
Crystal Palace v Watford
One of the most exciting endings to a game of football all season. Watford looked to be set on securing the 3 points, thanks largely to the goal of Daryl Janmaat assisted by Fantasy Football favourite, Richarlison. But in a crazy 5 minute period, Watfords Tom Cleverley saw red, and then Bakary Sako and James McArthur put Palace in front. Yet again, Draft Fantasy Football managers looking for those attacking differentials will be interested in the progress of Christian Benteke; who’s form is very poor. Can Benteke turn his form around, and if so, are you on the Benteke train? A small injury concern to Richarlison, but early reports would suggest this is nothing more than a knock.
Huddersfield v Chelsea
A really mixture of emotions for Draft Fantasy Football managers who had players involved in this fixture. Starting with those Draft Fantasy Football managers who have jumped onto Andreas Christensen; subbed off at 80 minutes, Christensen retained his clean sheet points as he left the field before Huddersfield scored. At the other end, those Draft Fantasy Football managers taking a punt on the likes of Willian and Pedro off the back of the blunt attacking performance put in by Chelsea at West Ham would have been delighted with their punt. Willian contributed a goal and two assists, whilst Pedro contributed a goal. Huddersfield have struggled in recent weeks, and chaps like Aaron Mooy and Tom Ince have still yet to really hit the form that Draft Fantasy Football managers would be looking to for cheap attacking returns.
Newcastle v Everton
One of our ‘Punting for Gold‘ players, Dwight Gayle, did not continue with his goal scoring form that has led many Draft Fantasy Football managers to either take the punt or to at least include him in their ‘Hot or Cold‘ watch list. Evertons resurgence has continued and as Draft Fantasy Football managers ourselves; we are most interested in cashing in on the Everton defence. Jonjoe Kenny, Cuco Martina, and Mason Holgate have all taken the opportunity to fill in for the bigger named players that would draw most attention. One name that didn’t feature on the night, but one that will be on most Draft Fantasy Football managers mind is Yannick Bolasie. Having been featured in our ‘Injury Watch‘ for some time; now is the time to snap up the Everton winger before a rival manager. Big Sam is likely to turn to Bolasie to inject some much needed pace that is severely lacking.
Southampton v Leicester City
A tale of two teams in contrasting form. Southampton continue to ship goals; having not kept a clean sheet since GW9 and their star defender Virgil van Dijk now featuring as a ‘cold’ rated player in our ‘Hot or Cold‘ player watch list. Leicester on the other hand are enjoying a purple patch; having won their last 4 fixtures. Leicesters players played with confidence, and although chaps like Marc Albrighton, a ‘Punting for Gold’ player this week, did not fire; don’t lose faith in attacking returns in the future.
Swansea v Manchester City
Not exactly a surprise result this one. It is hard to justify why any Draft Fantasy Football managers would have a Swansea player in their squad at the moment. Tammy Abraham is an exception given his cheap price; but Abraham has lost his starting shirt to Wilfried Bony of recent times. It’s difficult to give a review on Manchester City for Draft Fantasy Football managers; the only thing we can say is that if any of: Sergio Aguero, Leroy Sane, Raheem Sterling, David Silva, Kevin De Bruyne, Kyle Walker or Nicolas Otamendi are available – SNAP THEM UP!
Liverpool v West Brom
A big surprise result for Draft Fantasy Football managers reliant on some Liverpool attacking returns. It is worth keeping an eye on both the Liverpool and West Brom defences; Kieran Gibbs, Jonny Evans, Dejan Lovren, and Joe Gomez are all worth a look. With some promising fixtures on the horizon for both sides, clean sheet returns are a strong possibility over the Christmas period.
Manchester United v Bournemouth
The return of Romelu Lukaku? Lukaku’s goal was the difference between the two sides. Bournemouth have some challenging fixtures coming up over the Christmas period, couple this with a rotation of Callum Wilson and Jermaine Defoe up front, Draft Fantasy Football managers will be scratching their heads on the best way forward. Our advice would be to hold on to Wilson or Defoe if you have them. Eddie Howe likes playing two strikers, and its not like Josh King has been on fire this season.
Tottenham Hottspur v Brighton
The Spurs wing-back rotation continues. This week Danny Rose/Serge Aurier, next GW it will be Kieran Trippier/Ben Davies. We’ve been tracking this rotation for a few weeks and it appears to be the rotation strategy. Although we’ve called everyone to jump off the Spurs wing-back rotation, if you can get it right and play it to your advantage; Spurs have some potential clean sheets coming up (after Manchester City in GW18). Like Stoke, we have nothing to say about Brighton.
West Ham v Arsenal
Was anyone expecting a 0-0 draw? If so, we’d like to hear from you. This fixture had three of our players we backed in our ‘Punting for Gold‘ for attacking returns. Marko Arnautovic, Manuel Lanzini, and Olivier Giroud were no shows after some recent strong performances. It is likely that, with the exception of Aaron Cresswell, West Ham defenders are available in your Draft Fantasy Football league. If so, it might be worth a punt on one as West Hams fixtures are promising; and they have just held Chelsea and Arsenal from scoring.
📝 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!