Punting For Gold – GW8

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.


Ivan Cavaleiro

Position:  Midfield

Team:  Wolves

Opponent:  Crystal Palace (Away)

Ownership:  1% (Draft Fantasy Football)

Prospects:  The midfielder came on in GW7 from the bench for his first appearance of the season, and scored with his first touch.  With Helder Costa picking up an injury and Diogo Jota failing to pick up a single attacking return since GW1, we think Cavaleiro will be given a start for the first time this season.  What of the opposition?  Well, Palace have been good value for clean sheets this season; but in shipping two goals in GW7 they showed signs of weakness at the back which will suit Wolves style.

Alternative Choice:  Jonny (5% – Draft Fantasy Football) / Matt Doherty (8% – Draft Fantasy Football).  Both alternate Wolves choices are defenders, which typically would be a strange choice.  However, both Jonny and Doherty are playing in highly advanced roles on both flanks, meaning the potential for an attacking return from these two defenders are much higher than normal.  Between them, they have contributed three attacking returns in the opening seven GWs which has seen Doherty enlisted as ‘hot’ property in our Draft Fantasy Football player form rankings.

GW8 Points Scored:  0

Kelechi Iheanacho

Position:  Striker

Team:  Leicester

Opponent:  Everton (Home)

Ownership:  25% (Draft Fantasy Football)

Prospects:  The Leicester striker appears to have cemented his place in the starting eleven with competition either injured or out of favour.  Despite having only started in four of the seven GWs, Iheanacho has contributed three assists and a goal.  We are confident in Iheanacho starting GW8 having started the past two GWs.  The opposition in GW8 are Everton who have conceded 11 goals in the opening seven GWs, the joint 11th worst defence in the Premier League this season.

Alternative Choice:  Ricardo Pereira (42% –  Draft Fantasy Football).  We’ve selected another defender in our punts, but like Jonny and Doherty; Pereira is playing in an advanced role.  More advanced than the Wolves wingbacks, Pereira was actually fielded as an outright right winger in GW7; his potential for attacking returns has just gone through the roof!

GW8 Points Scored:  5

Abdoulaye Doucoure

Position:  Midfield

Team:  Watford

Opponent:  Bournemouth (Home)

Ownership:  29% (Draft Fantasy Football)

Prospects:  Another to feature in our ‘hot’ list, the Watford central midfielder is a bit of a left field pick in our punts this week, considering he has only picked up two assists this season.  Having scored seven goals and picked up three assists last season we know Doucoure has attacking potential.  GW8 see’s Doucoure and Watford welcome a Bournemouth side that hasn’t kept a clean sheet since GW1; we think this GW has the potential for Doucoure to add to his attack returns tally.

Alternative Choice:  Etienne Capoue (4% – Draft Fantasy Football).  If you are looking for something a little bit different, and you are not just interested in attacking potential then look no further than Capoue.  If your Draft Fantasy Football league deploys the ‘Kante rule’ then Capoue’s current Kante bonus score of 14 is the highest total in the Premier League; and with two sides like Watford and Bournemouth going at it, we’d expect Capoue to add to his Kante tally.

GW8 Points Scored:  1

Sam Vokes

Position:  Striker

Team:  Burnley

Opponent:  Huddersfield (Home)

Ownership:  3% (Draft Fantasy Football)

Prospects:  Its been a strange start to the season for the Welsh international, having to sit on the bench for the first four GWs before getting a starting slot for GW5, GW6 and GW7.  Giving Vokes time to settle into the side paid off in GW7, delivering his first goal of the season and a crucial goal in his sides 2-1 victory in Cardiff.  With Barnes sitting out GW7, Vydra in ropey form, and Wood carrying the can for the debacle of the opening four GWs, we’d expect Vokes to get his fourth successive start of the season in GW8.  Facing a Huddersfield side that has conceded ten goals in only three away fixtures this season; if you are after goals, then given the current form – we’d expect both Burnley and Vokes to be amongst them this GW!

Alternative Choice:  Johann Berg Gudmundsson (12% – Draft Fantasy Football).  One of our successful GW7 punting for gold selections makes the list again this week.  We are still pretty surprised with the low 12% ownership statistics coming out of the Draft Fantasy Football platform.  Gudmundsson is not only a guaranteed starter but has also proved his attacking worth with four attacking returns this season, three of which have come in the last two GWs.

GW8 Points Scored:  9

Erik Lamela

Position:  Midfielder

Team:  Spurs

Opponent:  Cardiff (Home)

Ownership:  17% (Draft Fantasy Football)

Prospects:  With Eriksen and Alli both likely to miss GW8 injured, and Lucas Moura not having made an attacking return in three GWs; perhaps this week will be Lamela’s chance at a first team start.  The attacking midfielder looked threatening when coming off the bench this season; having been limited to only 69 minutes (all from the bench) he has still returned one assist and two goals!  Surely this form warrants a start?!  If he does, then opponents Cardiff are likely to be no match; having conceded 16 goals this season and are completed rooted to the bottom of the Premier League.

Alternative Choice:  Anthony Knockaert (12% – Draft Fantasy Football).  Three assists and a goal this season, Knockaert is one of the most inform players to feature for a team outside the Premier League top 10.  We’re going back in for one of our GW7 punts again, even though last week didn’t come off; this week is a different ball game.  West Ham who’ve conceded eight goals on the road this season are Brighton and Knockaert’s GW8 opponents.  Looking beyond GW8, Knockaert’s forthcoming fixtures are very favourable making him not just a short term option: Newcastle, Wolves, Everton, Cardiff, Leicester, Huddersfield, Palace and Burnley are the next eight GWs.

GW8 Points Scored:  1

Total GW8 Score:  16

Average GW8 Score:  3.2

Season Average:   3.9 Points Per Player


📢 More Articles 📢

Check out our GW8 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 📊

Punts 1


Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s