Punting For Gold – GW2

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.

We use the ownership statistics as per Draft Fantasy, with the rules being each player we highlight is required to have ownership of 30% or below.  That way there’s a good chance each player will be a free agent in your Draft Fantasy Football League!  Use these suggestions to give your team a little boost with a one week Punt!


Danny Ings

Position:  Striker

Team:  Southampton

Opponent:  Everton (Away)

Ownership: 21% (Draft Fantasy Football)

Prospects: One of the bigger moves on Transfer Deadline Day, Ings completed a late deal to take him to the south coast.  In Ings’ last full season, he contributed 11 goals and an assist in what turned out to be a stellar year, but since then, well we all know the story.  Looking back on last year, Ings managed to sustain a run of 8 games towards the end of the 2017/18 campaign.  These 8 games actually amount to a lot.  As Southampton boss Mark Hughes pointed out, Ings has completed full rehabilitation; in the gym, on the training park, back into first team football, and now a full preseason.  He’s as fit and strong as he has ever been.  A bright cameo appearance from the bench in GW1 certainly added some much needed spark to his new side, and all the talk is that Ings is ready to go.

Alternative Choice:  Stuart Armstrong (3% ownership – Draft Fantasy Football).  If you are a little bit skeptical about an early punt on Danny Ings, you might prefer to look to Saints attacking midfielder Armstrong as an alternate option.  The ex-Celtic playmaker looked assured and very confident on the ball in his Premier League debut in GW1, although he didn’t bring about any attacking returns he certainly looks more than capable at this level.

GW2 Points Scored:  7

James Maddison

Position:  Midfielder

Team:  Leicester

Opponent: Wolves (Home)

Ownership: 27% (Draft Fantasy Football)

Prospects:  There was so much anticipation going into the opening gameweek on whether Maddison would be able to cut it at the top.  Although he was unable to get any attacking returns, the confidence shown to demand the ball and to make Leicester tick was exceptional.  As we highlighted in our ‘Set Pieces’ guidance, Maddison was not only the main man when it came to free kicks; his quality over the dead ball was exceptional.  Lets not forget that this performance was also at Old Trafford of all places.  GW2 opponents Wolves will mark Maddison’s home debut, and whilst Wolves will still offer a stern test; Maddison was on song against Wolves last season picking up an assist in Norwich’s 2-2 draw.

Alternative Choice:  Marc Albrighton (10% ownership – Draft Fantasy Football).  Mr Reliable.  Albrighton is an Fantasy Football Chaps favourite because of his ability to tick over much needed points as an ideal fifth choice midfield option.  Although he didn’t start in the opening Premier League fixture, neither Demarai Gray nor Rachid Ghezzal impressed.  With Puel’s job apparently under threat; we expect Mr Reliable Albrighton to be back in the fold for GW2.

GW2 Points Scored:  9

Ryan Fraser

Position:  Midfielder

Team:  Bournemouth

Opponent: West Ham (Away)

Ownership:  4% (Draft Fantasy Football)

Prospects:  Fraser was the stand out performer in GW1 and shot straight to the top of our ‘Hot and Cold’ player rankings.  His well taken goal was well deserved, as Fraser controlled the game in the heart of the Bournemouth midfield.  With serial strugglers West Ham up next, we’d be looking to Fraser as a low budget fourth or fifth choice midfield option.  Fixtures are also rather kind, with only one (Chelsea) of the top six sides set to play Bournemouth in the opening 10 gameweeks, this punt would be a longer term punt than many others.

Alternative Choice:  David Brooks (0.2% ownership – Draft Fantasy Football).  Literally unheard of.  Brooks, a Manchester City academy graduate, joined Bournemouth in the summer from Sheffield United.  The young Welsh attacking midfielder impressed on his Premier League debut and was deservedly praised by Eddie Howe.  Brooks has such low ownership stats, it is very likely he is available in your Draft Fantasy Football league.  It’s worth keeping your eye on him, he’s going to play, he’s going to attack, he’s going to get better and better.

GW2 Points Scored:  6

Matt Ritchie

Position:  Midfielder

Team:  Newcastle

Opponent:  Cardiff (Away)

Ownership:  17% (Draft Fantasy Football)

Prospects:  Despite all the behind-the-scenes infighting, that continues to be the central theme running through Newcastle of recent years; the loyal Toon army can always rely on the performances of Matt Ritchie.  Arguably one of the most highly underrated fourth or fifth choice Draft Fantasy Football midfielders, Ritchie is both capable of scoring and setting up goals; as he proved in GW1 with an assist, which follows on from the 3 goals and 5 assists in 2017/18.  Newly promoted Cardiff look not only weak, but also slow and ponderous at the back; with their defence looking at times completely out of their depth in the 2-0 defeat to Bournemouth in GW1.  We think that the quality that Ritchie possesses, Cardiff will simply not be able to  live with him.

Alternative Choice:  Kenedy (10% ownership – Draft Fantasy Football).  It really is a bit of a toss of a coin for whether to punt on either Kenedy or Ritchie as we expect both to do well against Cardiff in GW2.  The Chelsea loanee was a little bit quiet in GW1 hence why we’ve chosen him as the alternate choice to Ritchie, but if there is one thing very much on Kenedy’s side this weekend; its pace.  The Brazilian is fast, and from what we saw of Cardiff in GW1, the last thing Cardiff’s defence needs this weekend is Kenedy running at them.

GW2 Points Scored:  2

Bobby Reid

Position:  Striker

Team:  Cardiff

Opponent:  Newcastle (Home)

Ownership: 10% (Draft Fantasy Football)

Prospects:  Cardiff’s big summer signing was one of last seasons leading Championship goal scorers with 19 league goals.  Ideally suited as a third choice striker option, Reid had a quiet start to life in the Premier League in GW1 having drawn a blank away to Bournemouth.  However, a home fixture against a Newcastle side that is without first choice defenders Yedlin and Clark, could well give Reid the platform to kick start his, and Cardiff’s season.  Newcastle are not the most constant of sides away from home and last seasons clean sheet record was poor on the road, so we are expecting goals in this one!

Alternative Choice:  Junior Hoilett (3% ownership – Draft Fantasy Football).  With Cardiff playing a Newcastle side that have struggled to keep a clean sheet away from home, we expect there to be goals.  Hoilett is an absolute nailed on starter for Cardiff and along with Reid he offers the most creative and attacking threat in what is a no nonsense direct game plan.

GW2 Points Scored:  1

Total GW2 Score:  25

Average GW2 Score:  5

Season Average:  3.9 Points Per Player


📢 More Articles 📢

Check out our GW2 Calculating The Cleanie article here!


📝 Ownership Statistics 📝

The quoted ownership statistics were taken from Draft Fantasy.  Check them out if you’re after an online platform for your Draft Fantasy Football league!  Draft Fantasy uses a scoring system similar to the standard Official FPL game, and has many customisation options such as Kante Bonus, flex positions, custom scoring, and end of season play-offs!


🔥 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!


📊 Previous Scores 📊

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