Punting For Gold – GW14

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, and Fantrax with the rules being each player we highlight is required to have ownership of 35% or below (on DFF).  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.

 

Aaron Mooy

Position:  Midfielder

Team:  Huddersfield

Opponent:  Brighton (Home)

Ownership:  8% (Draft Fantasy Football) & 82% (Fantrax)

Prospects:  A 2017/18 Draft Fantasy Football legend has returned and didn’t Huddersfield need him back in his purple patch of last season.  Having featured in almost every GW this season, Mooy had not returned a single attacking point until GW13 when he picked up a brace of goals at Wolves.  This week, fellow strugglers Brighton are in town and having conceded six goals in three games; we’d expect Mooy and his Huddersfield team mates to pick up attacking returns in GW14.

Alternative Choice:  Steve Mounie (16% – Draft Fantasy Football & 37% – Fantrax).  If perhaps you are after a forward instead of a midfielder, Mounie offers a good alternate pick.  Admittedly his two attacking returns (both assists) is not a great endorsement but having picked up an assist last GW; he is bound to start against Brighton.  He picks up great Togga scores despite a lack of attacking returns, also.

GW14 Points Scored:  2

Pascal Gross

Position:  Midfielder

Team: Brighton

Opponent:  Huddersfield (Away)

Ownership:  32% (Draft Fantasy Football) & 84% (Fantrax)

Prospects:  It was the first start for Gross since GW4 and he didn’t exactly set the world on fire.  However, this chap has serious potential given his stellar performances of 2017/18 when he permanently featured in our ‘hot‘ list and became the biggest Draft Fantasy Football legend since Michu took the Premier League by storm in 2012/13.  Not to mention his impressive start to this campaign when he picked up a goal in the GW2 victory over Manchester United.  This GW pits Gross against Huddersfield.  Whilst Huddersfield have kept two clean sheets in three GWs, don’t get sucked into their defensive exploits; these cleanies came against newly promoted Fulham and Wolves.  Every dog has his day, we’d expect Huddersfield’s defence to revert to the norm this GW – goals, goals, goals!

Alternative Choice:  Anthony Knockaert (24% – Draft Fantasy Football & 81% – Fantrax).  If like in our Draft Fantasy Football league one of the managers (in our case Chap 1) has already snapped up Gross, don’t panic; Knockaert has been in good form during Gross’ absence becoming the focal point for the majority of all attacking play for Brighton.  Knockaert’s tally of four assists and a goal proving his credentials as an attacking threat.

GW14 Points Scored:  2

 

Matt Ritchie

Position:  Midfielder

Team:  Newcastle

Opponent:  West Ham (Home)

Ownership:  10% (Draft Fantasy Football) & 65% (Fantrax)

Prospects:  You might be wondering why we’ve punted on Ritchie over the alternate choice, Rondon.  Well, quite simply in terms of Fantrax scoring, the opportunities for potential returns are greater for Ritchie than Rondon.  Rondon is reliant on points from goals, whereas there are other scoring factors that come into play for Ritchie.  Either are reliable punts this GW as they are both guaranteed to start and Newcastle face a West Ham side that haven’t kept a clean sheet in seven GWs!

Alternative Choice:  Solomon Rondon (10% – Draft Fantasy Football & 32% – Fantrax).  Quite simply, if you don’t fancy Ritchie for GW14 but you like the look of Rondon, then we’d completely endorse that call.  Its a tough one between the two, both should bring home the goodies this GW.

GW14 Points Scored:  0

Luca Milivojevic

Position:  Midfielder

Team:  Crystal Palace

Opponent:  Burnley (Home)

Ownership:  32% (Draft Fantasy Football) & 98% (Fantrax)

Prospects:  Mr Penalty is back featuring in our content and it feels so good too!!  Milivojevic goes through long periods of picking up no attacking returns and then suddenly he’ll have a couple of games in a total purple patch of form picking up goals left, right, and centre.  We chaps think Milivojevic is about to hit one of his serious runs of form; and with Burnley coming up this GW we are backing our chap to get in the goals.  Burnley kept a clean sheet in GW12 but some would probably put that down to the exhaustion of the Leicester players more than the capability of the Burnley defence.

Alternative Choice:  Andros Townsend (23% – Draft Fantasy Football & 93% – Fantrax).  Maybe you are a bit sceptical of our punt on Milivojevic; if that is the case, then Townsend is a more conservative pick.  Like his Crystal Palace colleague, Townsend is a guaranteed starter and will fancy his chances against a Burnley side that has conceded fifteen goals in five games!

GW14 Points Scored:  3

Michail Antonio

Position:  Midfielder

Team:  West Ham

Opponent:  Newcastle (Away)

Ownership:  25% (Draft Fantasy Football) & 39% (Fantrax)

Prospects:  Its seems like such a long time ago now that Antonio was taking Draft Fantasy Football (and of course the Premier League) by storm but injuries have taken their toll and as such we’ve not seen the best of the talented chap!  However, having picked up two assists in literally thirty minutes of football and with West Ham’s injuries pilling up; Antonio looks set for a prolonged run in the starting 11.  The forthcoming fixtures are very promising avoiding a top 6 club in the next eight GWs; this punt might not necessarily turn out great for GW14 but could turn out a good one in the long run.  That being said, GW14 still offers potential with a trip to Newcastle.  Who whilst tight at the back, have shown over recent weeks, with injuries to key defenders that they can be fragile at the back.

Alternative Choice:  Javier Hernandez (31% – Draft Fantasy Football & 21% – Fantrax).  With reports circulating of an injury to Arnautovic; this is just one to have in your back pocket going into GW14.  Hernandez has not had much game time, but when opportunities have arisen; the Mexican international has stepped up with a goal and an assist.  With literally everyone else out injured, IF Arnautovic also joins West Ham’s ever growing injury list then Hernandez looks set to take a place in the starting 11.

GW14 Points Scored:  0

Total GW14 Score:  7

Average GW14 Score:  1.4

Season Average:  3 Points Per Player

 

📢 More Articles 📢

Check out our GW14 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!

 

📊 Previous Scores 📊

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