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 wasn’t too bad in gameweek 18 for the Fantasy Football Chaps in our ‘Punting for Gold‘ predictions, in particular with the 9 Fantasy Premier League points Marko Arnautovic.
Not so good for us with our ‘Calculating the Cleanie‘ predictions.
Leicester City v Crystal Palace
A real surprise result. We all expected goals, with Draft Fantasy Football managers owning Jamie Vardy and Riyad Mahrez banking on attacking returns. It wasn’t to be for those Draft Fantasy Football managers, but for those who own Christian Benteke will be rubbing their hands together in delight; if you haven’t been keeping an eye on The Fantasy Football Chaps ‘Injury Watch‘ feature, we’ve been advising that if available, to sign Benteke for weeks! The Crystal Palace forward pitched in with his first goal of the season and an assist for good measure. Wilfried Zaha continues to excite, but it is at the other end of the field that Palace impressed with another clean sheet for Julian Speroni; his second in four gameweeks.
Arsenal v Newcastle Utd
Arsenal grabbed the points as strugglers Newcastle failed to make any impact. Its a great time for Draft Fantasy Football managers to be riding the Arsenal clean sheet wave. There were more Fantasy Premier League bonus points for Laurent Koscielny, if your Draft Fantasy League rules allow for bonus points; then Koscielny is a must have. Newcastle on the other hand are really struggling for any decent form. The two big players that will have sparked some interest from Draft Fantasy Football managers Matt Ritchie and Dwight Gayle really aren’t producing the attacking returns.
Brighton & Hove Albion v Burnley
Not exactly a classic – we didn’t even watch the Match of the Day highlights!!! But yet again the Burnley defence pulls out all the stops and bags more clean sheet points; I’m not sure why we didn’t feature the Burnley defence in our ‘Calculating the Cleanie‘ feature. However, you will notice that the forthcoming fixtures are not kind to Burnley and as a result Burnley defenders have been ranked as ‘lukewarm’ in our ‘Hot or Cold‘ feature. For Brighton the poor form continues, and whilst they face Chelsea on boxing day, the fixtures don’t look to horrendous over the new year period.
Chelsea v Southampton
It seems to be a regular theme; Southampton have not kept a clean sheet since gameweek 9, their main defender Virgil van Dijk is ranked as ‘Cold’ in our ‘Hot or Cold‘ feature and the fixtures do not look overly kind. Draft Fantasy Football managers with Southampton defenders should be looking for trades; although the next fixture against Huddersfield could potentially bring some joy. Draft Fantasy Football managers that have been recently following our ‘Hot or Cold‘ feature would have seen us highlight the need to sign Willian and Pedro; they are so hot right now. On the other hand, anyone with Cesc Fabregas, the chap is rotation; get rid.
Stoke City v West Ham Utd
All aboard the West Ham train; we cannot recommend getting a West Ham chap more. Featuring heavily in our ‘Hot or Cold‘ feature, and in our ‘Punting for Gold‘ feature, chaps such as Marko Arnautovic, Manuel Lanzini, and Aaron Cresswell are essentials. However, a word of warning; Lanzini will be missing in gameweek 19. It’s quite the opposite as to where we Fantasy Football Chaps are at in our thoughts on Stoke; other than Xherdan Shaqiri we wouldn’t advice any Draft Fantasy Football chap to go near a Stoke chap.
Watford v Huddersfield Town
Well we didn’t see this one coming!! Welcome to the Aaron Mooy show. As a result of this game, we Fantasy Football Chaps have seen a massive rise in the interest in Mooy. A key set piece taker for Huddersfield, the play-making midfielder has some outstanding attacking potential as the festive period gameweeks are very favourable. Lets not start a massive panic over our Watford chaps. With Troy Deeney suspended until 13th January; Draft Fantasy Football managers would be well served in taking a punt on Andre Gray.
Manchester City v Tottenham Hotspur
Anyone seen Dele Alli? Or for that matter Gabriel Jesus? What about that time when it was summer, the weather was warm and de-icing a car wasn’t something you had to factor into your morning routine. It was about this time that Draft Fantasy Football leagues were coming together to draft their new squad for the 2017-18 season. Both Alli and Jesus were on everyone’s wish list; “he’ll be a second rounder for sure” we all thought. Well, Draft Fantasy Football managers with Alli or Jesus in your squads the time has come; we need to talk trades. There are no friends in Draft Fantasy Football, and we get it; you’re attached to Alli. “One more week; he’ll come good.” Yeah, OK – how many weeks have you been saying that? If you want advice on trades, keep your eye on our ‘Special Features‘ page where we will be dropping our tips on how to maximise the trade market in your Draft Fantasy Football league.
West Bromich Albion v Manchester United
All those Draft Fantasy Football managers that took the punt on Jesse Lingard are laughing hey? Lingard has scored and assisted more than Hazard, Sanchez, or Ozil this season. Not bad for someone that was probably a free agent in your Draft Fantasy Football league until about a fortnight ago. With excellent fixtures coming up for both Manchester United and West Brom it is essential to snap up any Manchester United big names that are free agents; this however is unlikely. So Phil Jones and Marcos Rojo might have to do.
AFC Bournemouth v Liverpool
It’s now absolutely essential to jump off the Bournemouth train and get as much distance as you can from this once point haven. All hopes that Jermain Defoe had turned a corner were slashed this gameweek and neither a clean sheet nor attacking returns are likely to be on the radar this coming gameweek; with Manchester City the opponents. Liverpools midfield rotation appears to be an issue for Draft Fantasy Football managers, with big name Saido Mane not having the impact we all expected and the slow reintroduction of Adam Lallana causing a few questions to be raised. Perhaps the other side of the town is where we need to be focusing at present?
Everton v Swansea City
The Wayne Rooney show. The Fantasy Football Chaps highly recommend you all jump on the big Sam train and get yourself some Everton players. We’ve had to create a whole new category in our ‘Hot or Cold‘ rankings just for this young man from Liverpool – he’s officially Shit Hot right now! Dominic Calvert-Lewin bagged another attacking return – props to you in you snapped him up in your Draft League. The Toffee’s failed to gain a clean sheet, but an assist for Jonjoe Kenny kept him ticking over nicely. Wilfred Bony departed very early on with an injury, so Tammy Abraham should be able to regain his starting place.
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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!