Punting For Gold – GW13

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, excluding Kante bonus.

 

Ivan Cavaleiro

Position:  Midfielder

Team:  Wolves

Opponent:  Huddersfield (Home)

Ownership:  1% (Draft Fantasy Football) / 56% (Fantrax)

Prospects:  Cavaleiro has started the last two games for Wolves, and is beginning to take a more prominent role in Nuno Espírito Santo’s plans.  The Portuguese midfielder scored in his first Premier League appearance back in GW7, and is slowly working himself into favour.  The poor form of Jota means that Cavaleiro is pretty much guaranteed to continue on the left hand side of a decent attacking trio, alongside Jimenez and Helder Costa.  This weekend Wolves face a poor Huddersfield side, and will be expected to gain a win, and two or three goals to go with it!  Expect Cavaleiro to be involved in much of Wolves’ play in the final third!

Alternative Choice:  Helder Costa (3% – Draft Fantasy Football).  And on the right hand side of the aforementioned attacking trio, Costa offers a similar threat.  Zero goals and zero assists so far this season though… only a gambling manager would take a punt on this Portuguese winger!!

GW13 Points Scored:  1

Luciano Vietto

Position:  Striker

Team: Fulham

Opponent:  Southampton (Home)

Ownership:  22% (Draft Fantasy Football) / 11% (Fantrax)

Prospects:  Dilly Dong, Dilly Dong!  Claudio is back in the Premier League… get in there!!!  A much needed change at Fulham after GW12, as Slaviša Jokanović was sacked and replaced by managerial legend Claudio Ranieri.  Fulham face a poor Southampton side in front of their own fans in GW13, so Ranieri has a great chance of picking up a win and starting off with a ton of momentum.  One player that we’re backing to profit from the new manager is Luciano Vietto.  The talented Argentinian has performed fairly well for The Cottagers, despite being stationed out on the left flank.  He’s picked up four assists so far.  We’re predicting a move to a more central position under Ranieri, hopefully being stationed a lot closer to Mitrovic.  This could pay dividends for Fulham, and indeed Ranieri, and therefore Vietto is certainly worth a punt!  We think Fulham will indeed pick up the win this weekend.

Alternative Choice:  Ryan Sessegnon (13% –  Draft Fantasy Football).  Sessesgnon has been very disappointing so far this season, but now is his chance to start again.  The youngster has been moved around a lot this season, either playing on the left of a front three, or slotting in at left back.  We’re expecting Ranieri to move to a more conventional 4-4-2, with Sessegnon operating on the left hand side of midfield.  Worth a shot!

GW13 Points Scored:  0

 

Manolo Gabbiadini

Position:  Striker

Team:  Southampton

Opponent:  Fulham (Away)

Ownership:  7% (Draft Fantasy Football) / 11% (Fantrax)

Prospects:  Now then.  We did say we think Fulham will beat Southampton in GW13, but we didn’t say they would be keeping a clean sheet!  Fulham have been shocking at the back this season, and therefore The Saints are expected to score this weekend.  With Ings ruled out through injury, we’re backing Gabbiadini to take on the mantle as Southampton’s main attacking threat.  The Italian scored their only goal in the GW12 draw with Watford, and we think he’s got a good chance of doing the same this weekend.  Gabbiadini is an extremely frustrating player, as he can be really good, but also he can be really really really crap.  His confidence should be high after his performance last time around though, so we’re hoping that he’ll be the one to breach the Fulham backline.

Alternative Choice:  Charlie Austin (17% – Draft Fantasy Football).  The potty-mouthed striker has a chance at establishing himself in the Southampton starting eleven now that Ings has picked up an injury.  He’s a good finisher, and will bag a few goals if he’s given the service, and can maintain a good level of fitness.

GW13 Points Scored:  2

Salomon Rondon

Position:  Striker

Team:  Newcastle

Opponent:  Burnley (Away)

Ownership:  10% (Draft Fantasy Football) / 56% (Fantrax)

Prospects:  RONDON!!!  He’s back on the scene!  Two goals against Bournemouth in GW12 was enough to seal a second consecutive win for Newcastle, and more importantly, a spot on our Hot List!  The Venezuelan is a decent Draft Fantasy asset on his day… if he can bag 10 goals this season then he would have served you well.  Now that The Magpies have actually found a bit of form, Rondon is well worth taking a punt on.  Newcastle face Burnley in GW13, who have been pretty shocking at the back so far this season.  We reckon Newcastle will bag a goal or two, and Rondon will be their main attacking threat… get on board the Rondon train Chaps!

Alternative Choice:  Ayoze Perez (38% – Draft Fantasy Football).  Its not been a great season so far for Perez, but scoring the winner against Watford in GW11 has really helped his chances!  The Spaniard backed this up with a full 90 minutes in the GW12 victory over Bournemouth, so he looks set to start once again against Burnley this weekend.  You could do worse for a third striker in Draft Fantasy.

GW13 Points Scored:  2

Robbie Brady

Position:  Midfielder

Team:  Burnley

Opponent:  Newcastle (Home)

Ownership:  0.2% (Draft Fantasy Football) / 56% (Fantrax)

Prospects: Now here’s a nice little punt for you all.  Robbie Brady.  The talented Irishman has been working back to fitness after a serious injury, and is likely to be free in just about every Draft League out there.  He has 0.2% ownership on Draft Fantasy!  On his day he’s a great little player, and he was performing pretty well last season before suffering the aforementioned injury.  Brady has been involved in the last three games, and gained an assist in GW11.  With fellow midfielder Gudmundsson suffering with a slight injury, and Lennon struggling to providing attacking returns, GW13 could be the time for Brady to make his mark once again.  He started both of Ireland’s games over the international break, and has therefore proved that he is fully fit.  We’re hoping he starts for Burnley on Monday night (giving him additional recovery time) and bags an attacking return to cement his place in the starting eleven.

Alternative Choice:  Chris Wood (27% – Draft Fantasy Football).  It’s been a tough season so far for the big man, as he’s had to watch from the bench most weekends.  Wood bagged his first goal of the season in GW11, and then played the full 90 minutes in GW12.  Therefore, he looks set to start once again in GW13, and has a good chance of adding to his tally for the season.

GW13 Points Scored:  2

Total GW13 Score:  7

Average GW13 Score:  1.4

Season Average:  3.2 Points Per Player

 

Check out our GW13 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!

 

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