Punting For Gold – GW9

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.


Luciano Vietto

Position:  Striker

Team:  Fulham

Opponent:  Cardiff (Away)

Ownership:  16% (Draft Fantasy Football)

Prospects:  The forward has been one of the in-form players for Fulham and features in our Draft Fantasy Football player ‘hot’ list.  Vietto picked up an assist in his last outing, which takes his season tally to four assists.  We’d expect Vietto to get plenty of opportunities to bring home the attacking differentials this GW as he faces a Cardiff side that has conceded 17 goals in 8 games; 8 of which have come in the last three GWs.

Alternative Choice:  Jean Michael Seri (29% – Draft Fantasy Football).  An excellent 5th choice midfielder, Seri looks pure class and has settled into life in the Premier League well.  He has an assist and a goal already and we think he will continue to accrue points throughout the season.

GW9 Points Scored:  1

Anthony Knockaert

Position:  Midfielder

Team:  Brighton

Opponent:  Newcastle (Away)

Ownership:  12% (Draft Fantasy Football)

Prospects:  We’ve been very impressed this season by Knockaert and still can’t believe his ownership statistics are still so low.  Knockaert has picked up 3 assists and a goal so far this season, becoming Brighton’s attacking outlet since the injury to Gross and the continuation of his red hot form which see’s him well established in our hot / cold Draft Fantasy Football rankings.

Alternative Choice:  Glenn Murray (46% –  Draft Fantasy Football).  We are breaking our 30% ownership rule just to highlight that Murray is owned by less than 50% of active leagues in Draft Fantasy Football.  5 goals this season already; if he’s available you need to sign him – immediately.

GW9 Points Scored:  0


Position:  Midfielder

Team:  Newcastle

Opponent:  Brighton (Home)

Ownership:  4% (Draft Fantasy Football)

Prospects:  Last week we finally saw the Kenedy that got Draft Fantasy Football managers interested in the Newcastle winger last season.  This low ownership midfielder is an excellent punt as he will continue to play in an attacking position; and with some excellent fixtures on the horizon we expect Kenedy to add to the goal he picked up in GW8 against Manchester United.  There are normally a couple of downsides to a low ownership attacking player: 1 – he plays for Newcastle who do like to park the bus. 2 – he picked up a slight knock in GW8, but he should be fine.

Alternative Choice:  Yoshinori Muto (7% – Draft Fantasy Football).  If there are any Draft Fantasy Football chaps out there who have a poor strike force; Draft Fantasy is all about jumping on a potential star…is Muto that chap?  Who knows, but if your strike force is Austin, Calvert-Lewin and Depoitre then Muto is worth a serious punt!

GW9 Points Scored:  2

Joao Moutinho

Position:  Midfielder

Team:  Wolves

Opponent:  Watford (Home)

Ownership:  16% (Draft Fantasy Football)

Prospects:  We’ve been super impressed with Moutinho this season.  In fact, Moutinho has been under the radar for many weeks; the likes of Neves, Jimenez, Jonny and Doherty all getting the plaudits.  However Moutinho is the highest scoring Wolves midfielder and has contributed a goal and an assist already in his opening 8 games in the Premier League.  If your Draft league plays Kante points; he also pops up with a few every now and then.  This weeks opponents, Watford, are in woeful form having lost 3 of their past four games, conceding 9 goals in the process we’ve placed their whole squad on our cold form rankings list.  The wheels look to have come off the Watford bus, we expect goals in this game; and for Moutinho to be right in the middle of it all pulling the strings.

Alternative Choice:  Ross Barkley (10% – Draft Fantasy Football).  Just one to keep an eye on here chaps.  Under Sari, Barkley is emerging as a genuine starting 11 player and his game has notably more balance to it; whilst still offering serious attacking threat.  Lets not get too carried away, he’s started only 3 of the 8 games so far, and has only returned 1 assist and 1 goal.  However, his performance in GW8 and on international duty last week will have certainly caught the attention of many.  With Sari appearing to like Barkley, playing him in his preferred role; it might be a punt worth taking if you can afford to ride the rotation game that might take place with his only main threat for a starting role – Kovacic.  UPDATE 19/10/18: Ben Dinnery has reported Barkley has a small issue and could miss GW9.  This shouldn’t put you off, as we still think Barkley is one to keep an eye on.

GW9 Points Scored:  2


Position:  Midfielder

Team:  Everton

Opponent:  Crystal Palace (Home)

Ownership:  10% (Draft Fantasy Football)

Prospects:  Having picked up his first attacking return (an assist) in GW7 the Brazilian winging followed this up in GW8 with another attacking return and a couple of bonus points as well!  With Everton moving Tosun to one side, playing Richarlison in the false 9 role, this has opened up a slot on the left flank; a role that Bernard looks to have taken with both hands.  So with Bernard almost guaranteed to start GW9, lets take a look at his opposition; Crystal Palace.  Palace have kept 3 clean sheets out of 8 GWs so far, two coming in succession (GW5 and GW6) and when Palace concede, they tend to concede a couple of goals.  The corresponding fixture last season saw Everton put 3 goals past Palace; we expect more of the same.

Alternative Choice:  David Brooks (1% – Draft Fantasy Football).  The return to fitness of Stanislas has brought the best out of Brooks.  The right sided midfielder had impressed but failed to deliver any attacking returns all season until GW7 when he netted a stunning goal against Palace.  Brooks followed the success of GW7 up with another goal in GW8 which will surely be enough to secure his starting 11 spot for at least one more week.

GW9 Points Scored:  3

Total GW9 Score:  8

Average GW9 Score:  1.6

Season Average:   3.7 Points Per Player


📢 More Articles 📢

Check out our GW9 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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