Punting For Gold – GW3

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!

N.B For the purposes of this article, we use the standard scoring systems used by Official FPL and Draft Fantasy – including bonus points.

 

Andre Gray

Position:  Striker

Team:  Watford

Opponent:  Crystal Palace (Home)

Ownership:  28% (Draft Fantasy Football)

Prospects:  The Englishman has started both games so far this season, and bagged himself a goal in the GW2 victory over his former club Burnley.  Things didn’t really work out for Gray last season, but with Watford moving to a two man strikeforce, he looks set for a productive spell up front with Deeney.  With five goals in two games, The Hornets look like a side with lots of attacking potential.  This weekend they face Crystal Palace at home, and will surely get themselves on the scoresheet a couple of times.  Expect Gray to be in the mix.  Snap him up while his ownership is still relatively low!

Alternative Choice:  Troy Deeney (35% – Draft Fantasy Football).  Deeney is a better option than Gray, but as his ownership is slightly higher, we’re unable to select him in this article.  If Deeney is free in your Draft Fantasy Football League, he’s a great acquisition and features in our Hot List.

GW3 Points Scored:  2

Andros Townsend

Position:  Midfielder

Team:  Crystal Palace

Opponent:  Watford (Away)

Ownership:  28% (Draft Fantasy Football)

Prospects:  We’re very surprised to see Townsend sitting below 30% ownership.  He’s guaranteed to start in an attacking position for a good mid-table club… he’s an ideal 4th or 5th midfelder for any Draft League squad!  We’ll gladly take full advantage of the low ownership though, and feature him in our Punting For Gold article for the first time this season.  Palace have looked good in their two games so far, picking up a good win away to Fulham, before suffering a somewhat unlucky 2-0 defeat at home to an impressive Liverpool side.  Townsend has looked in decent form, despite not gaining any attacking returns – the English winger had a shot crash against the crossbar in GW2.  Crystal Palace face a Watford side in good form, but as we expect both teams to score, Townsend has a good chance of picking up an attacking return.  Also, Townsend has gained three Kante Bonus points so far this season, for those of you who play with that feature enabled.  He could be a decent option for a Kante Bonus player if he keeps up his level of tackles/interceptions.

Alternative Choice:  Jeffrey Schlupp (23% –  Draft Fantasy Football).  Yes, he is classified as a defender, but as he’s playing in midfield, this seems like a great opportunity to highlight his potential in this article.  Schlupp looks set to continue on the left side of midfield, and considering he’ll gain clean sheet points every time Palace manage a shut-out, he would be a great signing.

GW3 Points Scored:  2

Danny Ings

Position:  Striker

Team:  Southampton

Opponent:  Leicester (Home)

Ownership:  30% (Draft Fantasy Football)

Prospects:  We successfully backed Ings in our GW2 Punting For Gold article, and we’re back for more as his ownership sits on our 30% threshold!!  The Southampton loanee has made a good start to this campaign, looking lively in both of his appearances so far this season.  Ings therefore features in our Hot or Cold Player Rankings.  As alluded to above, he bagged his first goal for his new club in the away defeat to Everton in GW2, and we’re backing him to do it again in GW3, as The Saints host Leicester.  Yes, Southampton are not the most creative side, but give Ings a sniff at goal, and he’ll take it!  The Foxes are without Jamie Vardy this weekend, and therefore we think Southampton can take motivation from this, and get a result!

Alternative Choice:  Nathan Redmond (3% – Draft Fantasy Football).  We’re not huge fans of Redmond, but Hughes trusts him, and he’s played 90 minutes both games so far this season.  He may be worth a punt if you’re playing in a league with lots of managers!

GW3 Points Scored:  2

Ryan Fraser

Position:  Midfielder

Team:  Bournemouth

Opponent:  Everton (Home)

Ownership:  24% (Draft Fantasy Football)

Prospects:  Again, we’re going back for one of our GW2 Punting For Gold successes.  Ryan Fraser has gained two attacking returns in two games, and Eddie Howe has been full of praise for the Scottish winger.  He’s featured on our Hot List since day one, and is still sitting at only 24% ownership on Draft Fantasy Football!  The Cherries face an Everton side that are yet to keep a clean sheet, and therefore we expect an open game between these two teams.  We expect both teams to score, and we expect Fraser to be heavily involved in Bournemouth’s attacking play.  Stanislas will be returning to the first team over the next month or so, and therefore Fraser will be giving his all in order to keep his place in the side.  He’s looking like one of the hidden gems of the season so far!

Alternative Choice:  David Brooks (1% – Draft Fantasy Football).  An alternative to Fraser is the little-known midfielder Brooks, who was signed from Sheffield United over the summer.  He’s been impressive in his two games so far, despite no attacking returns coming his way.  One for those of you in a larger Draft League!

GW3 Points Scored:  2

Will Hughes

Position:  Midfielder

Team:  Watford

Opponent:  Crystal Palace (Home)

Ownership:  8% (Draft Fantasy Football)

Prospects:  We’re going back in for another Watford asset, this time midfielder Will Hughes.  The young Englishman showed glimpses of his talent during an injury hit campaign last time around, which was very frustrating for Draft Fantasy Football managers!  This season he’s making the most of an injury to Deulofeu, as he’s started both games so far, and scored in the GW2 victory at Burnley.  This weekend The Hornets face Crystal Palace, and as stated above we expect them to notch a goal or two.  Hughes has a good chance of being involved in any goals Watford score, so he’s well worth a punt this weekend.

Alternative Choice:  Roberto Pereyra (45% – Draft Fantasy Football).  A better choice than Hughes, but the Argentinian midfielder has much higher ownership.  Pick up this Chap if he’s a free agent in your Draft League – he’s the Watford midfielder that makes our Hot List.  He’s taken over as The Hornets main creative outlet, now Richarlison has departed.

GW3 Points Scored:  2

Total GW3 Score:  10

Average GW3 Score:  2

Season Average:   3.3 Points Per Player

 

📢 More Articles 📢

Check out our GW3 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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