Punting for Gold – GW25

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!

 

Michy Batshuayi (Chelsea)

The only fit striker that Chelsea have in their first team ranks has been somewhat of a forgotten man since joining the blues.  An assist in his last outing against Brighton but more importantly, a full 90 minutes leading the Chelsea line after two faltering performances without a recognised striker.  Bournemouth will be attempting to stop the Chelsea man from adding to the two FA Cup goals Michy scored on Sunday v Newcastle; but their defensive record is nothing to write home about this season.  It is likely that Michy will be available in your Draft Fantasy Football league, and although there is talk of bringing in another striker at Chelsea; Michy offers an excellent GW25 option with potentially lucrative returns for your attacking punt!

Points Scored: 0

 

Xherdan Shaqiri (Stoke City)

All aboard the Paul Lambert train.  Stokes most influential player has been somewhat of a quite mover in Draft Fantasy Football this season.  Yet, Shaqiri has been picking up regular points, coupled with his relatively cheap price, we think this should make any Draft Fantasy Football manager sit up and take note.  An assist in his last outing sparked a 2-0 win for Stoke, and having had the FA Cup weekend off to refresh; Stoke will be in better shape than their gameweek 25 opponents Watford.  There is a new man in charge at Watford after a horrendous run of form, form that we cannot see changing in GW25.  Expect Stoke to go on the attack at home, and expect Shaqiri to be at the heart of those attacks.

Points Scored: 3

 

Theo Walcott (Everton)

An impressive start to life in the blue of Everton.  Theo grabbed the headlines for producing an assist which earned Everton a point against the impressive West Brom.  Whilst Walcott looked a little bit off the pace early on, his fitness is impeccable; playing the full 90 minutes.  Big Sam will certainly turn to his big January signing for more this gameweek when Leicester visit.  Leicester have been solid, if not spectacular at the back in recent weeks; but as Draft Fantasy Football manager owning a Leicester defender and the Everton attacker; I will be putting my faith in Walcott coming away with an attacking return over a Leicester clean sheet.

Points Scored: 15

 

Bernardo Silva (Manchester City)

With the shocking injury to Leroy Sane in the FA Cup tie against Cardiff, expect Bernardo Silva to step into the gap left on the left side of Manchester City’s front three.  When opportunities have come the way of Bernardo this season, he has invariably taken the chance with both hands; returns of four assists and two goals make for an obvious way to jump on the Manchester City attack.  Whilst the initial reports suggest that Sane will miss a month, ankle ligaments can be notoriously difficult to return from and a month can soon become two months.  However, caution must be applied too.  Jesus is due to return to full fitness soon, and would become a direct threat to Silva’s starting position.  Whilst the attacking returns are likely to come aplenty from Silva; it might only be short lived.

Points Scored: 3

 

Guido Carrillo (Southampton)

The new Southampton forward has been brought in this January in an attempt to change the lack of goals scored by Southamptons front men this season.  The Argentine features in our ‘January Transfer Analysis’ article and joins from Monaco where he registered 15 goals in 65 appearances; and we think that given Southamptons struggles in front of goal Carrillo could be quite a hit.   He is a guaranteed starter, is likely to get a run of games, and will have excellent service from the likes of Tadic.  Brighton are the opponents for Southampton in GW25, and visit Saint Marys having conceded 8 goals in the past three gameweeks.

Points Scored: 1

 

Total Score: 22

Average Score: 4.4

 

Previous Scores

GW24

Deeney, Albrighton, Walcott, Gundogan, Chamberlain

Total Score: 11. Average Score: 2.2

GW23

Carrillo, Wilson, Atsu, J.Ayew, Tosun

Total Score: 26. Average Score: 5.2

GW22

A. Ayew, Lamela, Okazaki, Mooy, Bernardo Silva

Total Score: 12. Average Score: 2.4

GW21

Wilshere, Arfield, Albrighton, Oxlade-Chamberlain, Atsu

Total Score: 10. Average Score: 2

GW20

Bernardo Silva, Mata, Fabregas, Lamela, Depoitre

Total Score: 14. Average Score: 2.8

GW19

Gundogan, Mooy, Mata, Arnautovic, Lingard, Depoitre

Total Score: 39. Average Score: 6.5

GW18

Arnautovic, D.Gray, Arfield, Pereyra, Lennon.

Total Score: 18. Average Score: 3.6

GW17

Arnautovic, Lanzini, Gayle, Alrbighton, Giroud.

Total Score: 12. Average Score: 2

GW16

Wood, Bony, Gayle, Townsend, Surman.

Total Score: 30. Average Score: 6

GW15

Pereyra, Defoe, Diouf, Albrighton, Niasse.

Total Score: 13. Average Score: 2.6

GW14

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

Total Score: 16. Average Score: 3.2

GW13

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

Total Score: 29. Average Score: 5.8

GW12

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

Total Score: 22. Average Score: 3.6

GW11

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

Total Score: 16. Average Score: 3.2

GW10

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

Total Score: 18. Average Score: 3.6

GW9

Lanzini, Atsu, Diouf, Chadli, Townsend.

Total Score: 16. Average Score: 3.2

GW8

Hendrick, Gross, Carillo, Bony, Batshuayi.

Total Score: 9. Average Score: 1.8

 

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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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