Punting For Gold – GW5

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.

Demarai Gray

Position:  Midfielder

Team:  Leicester City

Opponent:  Bournemouth (Away)

Ownership:  20% (Draft Fantasy Football)

Prospects:  We backed Gray in GW4, and we’re going back for more, despite a lack of attacking return against Liverpool.  The youngster did play in a very attacking position though, as he was fielded up front in the absence of Vardy.  Leicester breached the Liverpool backline, as we expected, and Gray looked good throughout the game.  Now that Vardy is due back from suspension, we’re expecting Gray to return to his usual slot on the wing.  The Foxes face a trip to Bournemouth, and we expect both teams to score in an entertaining game.  With Vardy, Maddison, Ghezzal, as well as Gray, as an attacking threat, a goal or two will surely emerge.  Gray only sits in 20% of Draft Fantasy squads, and we believe he’ll secure some decent attacking points this weekend.

Alternative Choice:  Rachid Ghezzal (4% –  Draft Fantasy Football).  The new Mahrez!!  The Algerian winger marked his first start for Leicester with a goal in GW4, and he could now push on to become a good source of points.  If Demarai Gray doesn’t take your fancy, perhaps Ghezzal would be a good acquisition.

GW5 Points Scored:  2

Adama Traore

Position:  Midfielder

Team:  Wolves

Opponent:  Burnley (Home)

Ownership:  9% (Draft Fantasy Football)

Prospects:  Adama Traore really is a player who should be on your watchlist!  The young Spanish winger has only played 91 minutes of football for Wolves so far this season, but he’s made quite the impression.  Traore scored the late winner against West Ham in GW4, and we’re backing him to start this weekend as Wolves host a surprisingly leaky Burnley defence.  Helder Costa has been somewhat faltering on the right wing, and Traore looks set to take his place.  The Spaniard possess amazing raw pace, and takes on full backs for fun.  Now is the time for Wolves’ record signing to make his mark!  As an added bonus, if your Draft Fantasy Football league uses a Togga scoring system, this guy is literally a must have.  He’s notched an incredible amount of points during his brief cameos, due to the points he accrues for successful dribbles!!  He’s on our Hot List for this very reason.

Alternative Choice:  Joao Moutinho (17% – Draft Fantasy Football).  The veteran playmaker is enjoying life at Wolves so far, as he’s developing a good partnership with Ruben Neves.  Certainly not the most exciting of signings, but he’ll pitch in with the odd assist, and is scoring decent points on Togga scoring systems.

GW5 Points Scored:  1

Mohamed Elyounoussi

Position:  Midfielder

Team:  Southampton

Opponent:  Brighton (Home)

Ownership:  15% (Draft Fantasy Football)

Prospects:  Dusan Tadic’s replacement is really living up to his predecessors frustrating Fantasy Football characteristics.  Elyounoussi was fancied by Draft Fantasy Football managers during pre-season, as he was brought in as Southampton’s new creative force.  However, he didn’t start GW1 and didn’t play at all in GW2!!  Now he’s settled in a bit, the Norwegian winger is getting some decent game time under his belt, having started in GW3 and GW4.  This weekend Southampton face Brighton, and we’re looking for Elyounoussi to gain his first attacking returns.  We fancy the Saints for a win as Brighton usual struggle on the road.  Hopefully this will be the start of some decent displays from Elyounoussi, and he can put forward his case for a permanent slot in Draft Fantasy Football squads as a fourth or fifth midfielder!

Alternative Choice:  Danny Ings (38% – Draft Fantasy Football).  If Danny Ings is a free agent, it’s imperative that you sign him immediately.  With two goals in his first three starts, and a great fixture at home to Brighton this weekend, he looks set to bag another goal or two.  A great option for the rest of the season also!

GW5 Points Scored:  2

 

Andros Townsend

Position:  Midfielder

Team: Crystal Palace

Opponent:  Huddersfield Town (Away)

Ownership:  26% (Draft Fantasy Football)

Prospects:  No attacking returns so far this season for Townsend, but we’re overlooking that as Palace face a poor Huddersfield side in GW5.  We’re also overlooking the fact that Palace have lost three games in a row!  After losing to Southampton in GW4, the Eagles will be raring to go, hopefully with Zaha back in the side.  Townsend is a secure starter in a decent side, and plays an attacking role.  His lowly 26% ownership is perhaps surprising, but this may be due to the lack of attacking output so far this season.  We’re expecting that to change this weekend, so we’d recommend getting on board with Townsend before your fellow managers wait until he scores.  Crystal Palace now have four good fixtures in a row, so snapping up the Englishman would be a decent move for the coming weeks.

Alternative Choice:  Jordan Ayew (6% – Draft Fantasy Football).  Ayew gained his first start for the club in GW4, as Zaha missed out through injury.  Considering the shocking form of Benteke, and the apparent lack of trust in Sorloth, Ayew is worth a cheeky punt and hoping he can nail down a starting berth.  He performed well at times last season, and was a good third striker option.

GW5 Points Scored:  3

 

Dominic Calvert-Lewin

Position:  Striker

Team:  Everton

Opponent:  West Ham (Home)

Ownership:  14% (Draft Fantasy Football)

Prospects:  We’re going back for the young Everton striker, after successfully backing him during our GW4 Punts.  With Richarlison suspended for one more game, its looking likely that Calvert-Lewin will start again in GW5.  He marked his first start of the season with a goal last time around, and with Everton playing bottom side West Ham at home this weekend, he could bag himself another goal.  Three goals in two starts so far this season… the prospects are looking good for the former Sheffield United youth player.  There’s also a chance the youngster could oust Tosun as the main striker.  The Turkish international has not looked at his best so far this season, despite gaining two assists so far.  Could Marco Silva opt for a more agile option up front in Calvert-Lewin?  Its a possibility.

Alternative Choice:  Bernard (10% – Draft Fantasy Football).  The Brazilian winger missed out in GW4 due to injury, which was a shame considering he is tailor made to fill in for Richarlison.  He’s been passed fit for the weekend, and could well earn a start!

GW5 Points Scored:  1

 

Total GW5 Score:  9

Average GW5 Score:  1.8

Season Average:   3.7 Points Per Player

 

📢 More Articles 📢

Check out our GW5 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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