Punting for Gold – GW26

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!


Junior Stanislas (AFC Bournemouth)

The talented Mr Stanislas returned to the Bournemouth starting eleven in GW25, and duly delivered a goal and an assist.  His minutes per attacking return statistics must be pretty, pretty good.  Stanislas has been suffering with injury problems all season, but when he’s fit, he’s a great prospect.  The Cherries are hitting a nice little run of fixtures, and confidence will be sky high after an astonishing 3-0 victory away to Chelsea.  The Englishman faces stiff competition for a starting slot, but he should retain his place in the side for the home fixture with Stoke in GW26.

Points Scored: 1


Daniel Sturridge (West Bromich Albion)

Oh Studgey!!  He’s got himself some guaranteed first team football for the first time in a couple of years!  He’ll be desperate to make the most of it, and get himself in contention for the World Cup.  Sturridge’s prospects are pretty good, and he should be in line for a starting slot at home to Southampton at the weekend.  The Englishman made a cameo appearance in GW25, but playing away to Man City, no one was really expecting anything.  Look for him to get on the scoresheet during GW26!  On a recent Twitter poll by @DraftAnswers, Sturridge was voted the best option for Draft Fantasy ahead of fellow new striker signings Tosun, Carrillo, and Ulloa.

Points Scored: 2


Andros Townsend (Crystal Palace)

Townsend has returned quicker than expected from injury, and he marked his first start for a few weeks with an assist against West Ham.  His Crystal Palace side face Southampton in GW26, who haven’t kept a clean sheet for a couple of months!  Expect Palace to score, and expect Townsend to be involved.  The Englishman is likely to be a free agent, after initially being ruled out for a month with injury.  Snap him up and watch the points roll in!

Points Scored: 2


Joao Mario (West Ham Utd)

The Portuguese attacking midfielder has been thrust straight into the starting eleven, due to West Ham’s large injury list.  He performed well on his Premier League debut against Crystal Palace, and he’ll have plenty of opportunities to bag an attacking return when The Hammers face struggling Brighton in GW26.  We’ve looked into Mario’s prospects in our January Transfer Analysis article, and he’s looking like a good signing for the coming weeks.

Points Scored: 5


Gerard Deulofeu (Watford)

Another new boy makes our picks for GW26, as Gerard Deulofeu will look to build on an encouraging debut performance against Stoke City.  Javi Gracia installed the Spaniard straight into the starting eleven, and it looks like he’ll stay there as long as his match fitness is good.  Watford are playing Chelsea on Monday night, but after a shocking performance against Bournemouth in GW25, Deulofeu looks to be worth a punt!  His prospects have been looked into further in our January Transfer Analysis article, alongside the likes of Lucas Moura, Olivier Giroud, Islam Slimani, and Guido Carrillo.

Points Scored: 13


Total Score: 23

Average Score: 4.6


Previous Scores


Batshuayi, Shaqiri, Walcott, Bernardo Silva, Guido Carrillo

Total Score: 22. Average Score: 4.4


Deeney, Albrighton, Walcott, Gundogan, Chamberlain

Total Score: 11. Average Score: 2.2


Carrillo, Wilson, Atsu, J.Ayew, Tosun

Total Score: 26. Average Score: 5.2


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

Total Score: 12. Average Score: 2.4


Wilshere, Arfield, Albrighton, Oxlade-Chamberlain, Atsu

Total Score: 10. Average Score: 2


Bernardo Silva, Mata, Fabregas, Lamela, Depoitre

Total Score: 14. Average Score: 2.8


Gundogan, Mooy, Mata, Arnautovic, Lingard, Depoitre

Total Score: 39. Average Score: 6.5


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

Total Score: 18. Average Score: 3.6


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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🔥 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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