Punting for Gold – GW31

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.

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It’s been tough to pick out these GW31 Punts, as there is not likely to be many free agents out there from these eight sides!  If you’ve been reading up on our GW31: What’s The Deal?! blog, then hopefully you’ve been ahead of the game, and bagged yourself some of the marquee Draft Fantasy Football players ahead of this gameweek!  We’ve decided against featuring any Liverpool players in his blog, as their attacking assets are likely to all be taken by fellow Draft Fantasy Football managers.

 

Junior Stanislas

Team: AFC Bournemouth

Opponent: West Bromich Albion (Home)

Ownership:  46% (Togga) / 2% (Draft Fantasy Football)

Prospects:  The Englishman is the best option from the Bournemouth midfielders having started six games in a row, which included bagging a goal against Tottenham in GW30.  If this Chap is a free agent, he’s a must have acquisition.  Stanislas has been on our Hot List for a good few weeks, and is finding his form once again after an injury lay-off.  He is sure to be at the forefront of the Cherries’ play, as they host a West Brom side in disarray.  Expect goals in this one, and Stanislas is sure to be involved.  Another option if you fancy a bit of a punt is Jermain Defoe.  The veteran striker has returned to full fitness, and with Callum Wilson now blanking for a sixth consecutive game, Defoe has a great chance of starting in GW31.

Points Scored:  10

Aaron Mooy

Team: Huddersfield Town

Opponent: Crystal Palace (Home) 

Ownership:  83% (Togga) / 22% (DFF)

Prospects:  The Australian playmaker returned to the Huddersfield side in GW30 after a short injury lay-off, and has a great chance of attacking returns this weekend.  Mooy is always at the centre of the Terriers attacking play, with excellent passing skills, as well as deadly set-piece deliveries.  If Huddersfield are going to win this game, which they have a very good chance of, Mooy will be key to this.  Elsewhere, Alex Pritchard and Steve Mounie are great options, and both make our Hot List.  Rajiv Van La Parra is also worth a punt if these two are not free agents.  All three of these Chaps are in good form, and may well gain attacking returns in GW31!

Points Scored:  1

Salomon Rondon

Team: West Bromich Albion

Opponent: AFC Bournemouth (Away)

Ownership:  34% (Togga) / 23% (DFF)

Prospects:  The big man is definitely not a glamour pick, but he will surely start in GW31 and has a goal in him.  After scoring a well taken goal in GW30, Rondon will have confidence and has a good chance of getting on the end of a cross into the box once again.   Bournemouth have very rarely kept a clean sheet in recent months, so a West Brom goal looks likely.  If you’re looking for midfield coverage, Chris Brunt and Matty Phillips offer decent alternatives.  Both wide men will be looking to provide crosses to Rondon, as well as the big Baggies defenders when they’re up from corners.  Brunt is probably the best option, as he’s on set pieces, and is a more secure starter.

Points Scored:  5

Yannick Bolasie

Team: Everton

Opponent: Stoke City (Away)

Ownership:  15% (Togga) / 3% (DFF)

Prospects:  With an injury ruling out Everton playmaker Gylfi Sigurdsson, Bolasie could be the man to benefit.  He’s really struggled with his form since returning from a very serious injury, which is completely understandable, but now could be his time to deliver.  The winger was given a start in GW30, and duly gained an assist.  With Siggy now injured, this opens the door for Bolasie (and Walcott) to take a more influential role.  This is a bit of a punt, but the Democratic Republic of Congo man has a good chance of starting in GW30.  Looking elsewhere, Cenk Tosun looks a standout option.  He’s recently made our Hot List, but we haven’t officially Punted on him here as he’s likely to be taken by a fellow manager.  A great option if he’s a free agent in your Draft Fantasy Football League!

Points Scored:  2

Alexander Sorloth

Team: Crystal Palace

Opponent: Huddersfield Town (Away)

Ownership:  36% (Togga) / 1% (DFF)

Prospects:  This pick may backfire, but we’re going with Alexander Sorloth due to the lack of strikers that may be available from the GW31 teams.  The big striker has been a mainstay in the Crystal Palace side in the last few weeks, and he definitely has a chance of bagging an attacking return away to Huddersfield.  Sorloth’s ownership statistics would suggest that he is a free agent in a lot of Draft Leagues, so this is a decent option for those managers who are participating in larger leagues.  Elsewhere, Wilfred Zaha, Andros Townsend, and Christian Benteke are the obvious star attractions, but we would like to highlight the potential of Luka Milivojevic.  The Serbian international has gained solid points so far this season, due to his prowess from set-piece situations.  May be worth a punt, as he’s guaranteed to play, and could bag a goal from a cheeky penalty.

Points Scored:  0

Total GW Score:  18

Average GW Score:  3.6

Season Average:  3.8 Points Per Player

 

Check out our GW31 Calculating The Cleanie article here!

* Ownership statistics taken from www.playtogga.com and www.draftfantasyfootball.co.uk

Previous Scores

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