Punting For Gold – GW12

Premier League Draft Fantasy Football is all about picking a diamond from the rough, a hidden gem that no one else has considered, or a player hitting a good run of form.  This weekly article is here to give you hints and tips 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.

 

Erik Lamela

Position:  Midfielder

Team:  Spurs

Opponent:  Crystal Palace (Away)

Ownership:  21% (Draft Fantasy Football)

Prospects:  Another start and another goal for one of the Premier Leagues most in-form low ownership players!  Lamela has now taken his season tally to four goals and one assist; from only three starts!!  Lamela is holding off strong competition for a place in the starting lineup from the likes of; Son, Eriksen, and Alli.  We think Lamela will continue in the side this GW and with Crystal Palace up next, Lamela will look to add more woes on this Palace side that has not kept a clean sheet in 6 GWs.  Lamela didn’t play in champions league, but the others did; so he’ll surely start this weekend once again.

Alternative Choice:  Gerard Deulofeu (3% – Draft Fantasy Football).  Slow start for the summer signing having picked up an injury that ruled him out of much of the start of the season.  However, with his first start of the season Deulofeu picked up his first goal in GW10.  Playing in an advanced role, the midfielder is a great shout for any Draft Fantasy manager.   Strugglers Southampton is the test for Watford in GW12, having kept a clean sheet in their last two GWs a 6-1 thumping in GW11 will still be haunting the Saints defence.

GW12 Points Scored:  3

Junior Stanislas

Position:  Midfielder

Team: Bournemouth

Opponent:  Newcastle (Away)

Ownership:  6% (Draft Fantasy Football)

Prospects:  It was the first start of the season for the Draft Fantasy football Legend, and he took his chance with an assist; his second attacking return of the season having contributed a goal in GW7.  It has been only cameo appearances so far, but with King struggling with injury and the in-form Fraser dropping into a deeper role, Stanislas could well take full advantage.  Newcastle have been very well organised in protecting their goal, having kept four clean sheets this season!  However we think Bournemouth will have too much fire power for The Toon.

Alternative Choice:  David Brooks (13% –  Draft Fantasy Football).  Another Bournemouth boi that has really taken this season by storm!  Brooks’ attacking returns of late have been getting Draft managers heads turning; three goals in five GWs.  An excellent low price ranged midfielder for your squad!

GW12 Points Scored:  0

 

Josh Murphy

Position:  Midfielder

Team:  Cardiff

Opponent:  Brighton (Home)

Ownership:  2% (Draft Fantasy Football)

Prospects:  Murphy has been a ray of light in this Cardiff side that at times have looked so poor in attack.  Murphy has two goals to his name this season and is literally central to anything good that Cardiff string together.  He has electric pace and as the season has gone on, his confidence in taking on defenders has grown.  If your Draft League is a big one, with little options on waivers; Murphy is a good punt Chaps, as he looks likely to weigh in with around 5 to 6 goals in the season.

Alternative Choice:  Xherdan Shaqiri (43% – Draft Fantasy Football).  You might be asking why we’ve only included Shaqiri as an alternate punt.  Well, we’ve had to brake our 30% ownership rule for this chap.  Shaqiri is only an alternate choice as he is very likely to have been snapped up in your Draft Fantasy League.  If, as the Draft Fantasy ownership statistics would suggest, Shaqiri is available in your league; snap him up immediately!!  Shaqiri has 4 assists and a goal in his limited game time this season.  It is also highly likely that Shaqiri will start in GW12 against a Fulham side that haven’t kept a clean sheet all season; he didn’t travel to Serbia for the midweek Champions League game either!

GW12 Points Scored:  2

Demarai Gray

Position:  Midfielder

Team:  Leicester

Opponent:  Burnley (Home)

Ownership:  7% (Draft Fantasy Football)

Prospects:  Back-to-back attacking returns for the Leicester winger with an assist in GW10 and then a goal in GW11 adding to his goal in GW3.  There had been plenty of opportunities for Gray at the beginning of the season but sat out from GW7 through to GW10 and we’d expect him to now get a prolonged run in the side.  With strugglers Burnley arriving in GW12 for what will be an incredibly emotional day for all involved at the game; we expect both Gray and Leicester to go full throttle for the win.  Burnley haven’t kept a clean sheet in five GWs and have conceded 13 goals in the last three GWs!!

Alternative Choice:  Marc Albrighton (3% – Draft Fantasy Football).  If a wise old manager in your draft league has already snapped up Gray, do not panic; the reliable Albrighton is a safe and good punt!  Albrighton is highly underrated, but the good news is that Puel rates him more than Ghezzal.  We expect Albrighton to get a prolonged run in the side after two impressive starts in GW10 and GW11.

GW12 Points Scored:  3

Alex Iwobi

Position:  Midfielder

Team:  Arsenal

Opponent:  Wolves (Home)

Ownership:  8% (Draft Fantasy Football)

Prospects: Having come off the bench and picked up an assist in GW7, Iwobi was given a run in the side for three GWs but was unable to build on his GW7 attacking return.  Subsequently he was dropped for GW11 to the bench, but once again picked up another assist when called upon!  Iwobi has now contributed 3 assists and a goal this season, its clear he just needs a run in the team, and with patience running out for Mkhitaryan and Ramsey, we think Iwobi will have done enough to hold his spot.  Next up for Arsenal and Iwobi are Wolves who are in a mini crisis having lost three on the bounce, without a clean sheet in the past three GWs, and have conceding 6 goals.

Alternative Choice:  Grady Diangana (0% – Draft Fantasy Football).  Has nailed his slot as West Ham’s replacement for the injured Yarmolenko.  His promise is great, with exceptional turn of pace and he got his first attacking return with an assist in GW11, in only his second start in the Premier League.  The potential fixtures are great too; with only Manchester City (GW13 opponents) the only top 6 side to play West Ham until GW23!

GW12 Points Scored:  2

Total GW12 Score:  10

Average GW12 Score:  2

Season Average:  3.3 Points Per Player

 

Check out our GW12 Calculating The Cleanie article here!

 

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!

 

Previous Scores

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