Punting For Gold – GW18

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 (West Ham Utd)

Another encouraging performance from Arnautovic against Arsenal in GW17 has promoted his prospects furthermore. The Austrian bagged a goal against Chelsea in GW16, and look for him to add to his tally over the coming weeks. The Hammers’ fixture list takes a big upward turn from here on. David Moyes’ men face an out of sorts Stoke City side this weekend, who are shipping plenty of goals. If Arnautovic is a free agent in your Draft Fantasy Football League, snap him up. He also features on the ‘Hot’ section of our Hot or Cold page.

Points Scored: 9


Demerai Gray (Leicester City)

With two goals in his last two starts, Gray is pretty hot right now. His electric pace, and unrivalled trickery, have served him well under Claude Puel. The youngster was reduced to a bench role for GW17, but he’s likely to come back into the starting eleven despite The Foxes’ devastating performance. Leicester face Crystal Palace at home for GW18, so a fifth consecutive win seems likely. If Gray is still a free agent in your Draft League, sign him up. If he’s taken by a fellow manager, a trade is worth considering.

Points Scored: 2


Scott Arfield (Burnley)

The Canadian international winger is definitely making the most of his chance in the side now that Robbie Brady has been ruled out through injury. Having lost his place in the side earlier in the season, Arfield has now gained a goal and an assist in his last two starting appearances. He’s likely to be a free agent in most Draft Fantasy Football Leagues, so he’s worth a shot ahead of The Clarets trip to Brighton. Confidence will be sky high in the Burnley camp at the moment, and despite a harder run of fixtures to come of Christmas, Sean Dyche’s men will surely continue to bring home steady returns. Arfield has made our Hot list after his performances in GW16 and 17.

Points Scored: 3


Roberto Pereyra (Watford)

The Argentinian has been unlucky with injuries so far this season, and is yet to really establish himself in Marco Silva’s Watford side. A potential injury to golden boy Richarlison, and a suspension for regular starter Tom Cleverly, means Pereyra could be brought back into the starting eleven. A home fixture against Huddersfield may bring attacking returns this weekend. Watford now have a very kind run of fixtures. Despite struggling for form over the last few weeks, its worth taking a punt on The Hornets. Troy Deeney may be a solid option is you’re looking for a third striker for the Christmas period.

Points Scored: 2


Aaron Lennon (Everton)

This one is pretty out there, but if you fancy a wild punt, or you’re in a league with lots of managers (10+) and reduced options, Lennon could be the one for you. The former England international has gained a couple of assists in recent weeks, and started against Newcastle in GW17 – gaining the assist for the Rooney goal. The Toffee’s face Swansea at home on Monday night, and Lennon should start once again due to the lack of options Big Sam has. With Yannick Bolasie set to return soon, as outlined in our Injury Watch feature, Aaron Lennon is the epitome of a one week punt!

Points Scored: 2


Total Score: 18

Average Score: 3.6


Previous Scores


Arnautovic, Lanzini, Gayle, Alrbighton, Giroud.

Total Score: 12. Average Score: 2


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


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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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