Punting For Gold – GW15

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.

 

Javier Hernandez

Position:  Forward

Team:  West Ham

Opponent:  Cardiff (Home)

Ownership:  31% (Draft Fantasy Football) / 28% (Fantrax)

Prospects:  It’s not really worked out for Hernandez at West Ham so far, but the brace against Newcastle in GW14 has opened the door for him as a Draft Fantasy asset once again.  With injuries and a loss of form from a lot of his colleagues, it was only a matter of time before he started earning more game time… and boy did Hernandez take his chance.  Two goals in GW14, followed by a home fixtures against Cardiff in GW15.  Yes please!!  Cardiff have been improving in recent weeks, but we think West Ham will have enough to take home a win and a clean sheet.  If you’re struggling for a third striker, why not take a punt on this talented Mexican… if it works, you’re golden!

Alternative Choice:  Robert Snodgrass (0% – Draft Fantasy Football).  The Scotsman gained his first attacking return of the season in GW14, as he notched an assist during the 3-0 victory away to Newcastle.  Snodgrass is favoured by Pellegrini, and looks set to continue in the side for the foreseeable future.  Cardiff at home next for The Hammers.

GW15 Points Scored:  2

Bernard

Position:  Midfielder

Team:  Everton

Opponent:  Newcastle (Home)

Ownership:  17% (Draft Fantasy Football) / 49% (Fantrax)

Prospects:  The Brazilian is a very talented player, but it isn’t really happening for him at the moment.  Bernard gained assists in GW7 and 8, but since then he’s been faltering somewhat.  Silva is obviously a fan of him though, and he continues to start every game.  GW15 brings a home fixture against a leaky Newcastle side – the perfect opportunity for Bernard to open his account for The Toffees.  There’s a risk he’ll be rotated out of the side, but we think he’ll be given a chance to show his true talents against a Newcastle side that conceded three goals at home to West Ham last time around.

Alternative Choice:  Abemola Lookman (1% –  Draft Fantasy Football).  Pretty big punt considering the severe lack of game time the youngster has been given so far this season.  He’s featured for around 20 minutes in each of the last five games… he could be due a start against a poor Newcastle side if Bernard or Walcott are rested.

GW15 Points Scored:  1

 

Solly March

Position:  Midfielder

Team:  Brighton

Opponent:  Crystal Palace (Home)

Ownership:  1% (Draft Fantasy Football) / 13% (Fantrax)

Prospects:  Solly March continues to perform despite a lack of starting opportunities in recent weeks.  His start in GW14 was his first for a couple of games, and he made the most of it by gaining two assists!  The Englishman is now on 5 assists for the season, and is still largely under the radar despite consistently performing well.  There’s always a risk of rotation during the mid-week fixtures, but we think that March will keep his place in the side for the game with Crystal Palace.  This will no doubt be a feisty game between two bitter rivals, but there should be goals at both ends, and March is likely to be integral for Brighton once again.

Alternative Choice:  Pascal Gross (32% – Draft Fantasy Football).  We backed the German in GW14, but he was upstaged by March in terms of attacking returns.  Its possible that Gross will be benched for GW15, considering he’s not yet fully fit after suffering a major injury at the start of the season.  He’s always worth a shot though… a good long term acquisition nonetheless even if he only features from the bench in GW15.

GW15 Points Scored:  2

Ruben Loftus-Cheek

Position:  Midfielder

Team:  Chelsea

Opponent:  Wolves (Away)

Ownership:  2% (Draft Fantasy Football) / 28% (Fantrax)

Prospects:  Loftus-Cheek continues to perform when given the chance.  The young Englishman has scored in each of his last two appearances (GW10 and GW14), and could well earn himself a start in GW15.  Barkley has gone off the boil (and has picked up an injury), and Kovacic was removed in GW14 after suffering a potential problem.  The GW15 fixture away to Wolves is an ideal time for Loftus-Cheek to earn some additional Premier League minutes; and therefore he’s a good choice for a one week punt.  Mid-week fixtures are when rotational players come into their own in Draft Fantasy Football… this GW may be Loftus-Cheek’s time.

Alternative Choice:  Aaron Ramsey (58% – Draft Fantasy Football).  Ramsey’s contract is expiring in the summer, and he’s been reduced to starting in Europa League games alongside the youth side… but he continues to make an impact from the bench.  Two assists in the GW14 victory over Tottenham – he’s surely due a mid-week start against a struggling Manchester United side.  Worth a punt if he’s been ditched in your Draft League!

GW15 Points Scored:  10

Daniel Sturridge

Position:  Forward

Team:  Liverpool

Opponent:  Burnley (Away)

Ownership:  30% (Draft Fantasy Football) / 25% (Fantrax)

Prospects:  We’re gambling on Sturridge starting during the mid-week fixtures.  A trip to a poor Burnley side… an ideal time to give Firmino a rest!!  Sturridge came on for the final 15 minutes in GW14, which was his first Premier League action since playing 90 minutes GW9!  He’s a talented player, and will always be good in front of goal if given the chance.  If you’re in need of a one week rotation punt, the injury prone Sturridge may be your man!  Burnley have been in very poor form in recent weeks, and basically all season.  We’re not expecting much from them in GW15.

Alternative Choice:  Divock Origi (0% – Draft Fantasy Football).  The forgotten man made a surprise appearance in GW14, coming off the bench for Liverpool during the Merseyside derby.  Even more surprising was his freak goal to take the win for his side in the dying moments.  Unlikely to start in GW15, but should see minutes from the bench once again for managers with little options for forwards!

GW15 Points Scored:  2

Total GW15 Score:  17

Average GW15 Score:  3.4

Season Average:  3 Points Per Player

 

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Check out our GW15 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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