Chaps Choices – GW17

We bring to you a new format for our weekly blog posts… Chaps Choices!!  This article combines our two standard weekly blogs, Calculating The Cleanie and Punting For Gold, to create a starting eleven of Premier League Draft Fantasy Football differential picks!

This article is here to give you hints and tips to help you find your golden ticket to a big score, recommending six attacking differentials and five defenders 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.


Chaps Choices Starting Eleven:


Bench: Lowe, Monreal, Doucoure, Pritchard, Andy Carroll.


FWD: Troy Deeney

Team:  Watford

Opponent:  Cardiff (Home)

Ownership:  35% (Draft Fantasy Football) / 81% (Fantrax)

Prospects:  It hasn’t been a vintage season for Deeney so far, with only two goals, but he’s back to full fitness now, and has a great home fixture against Cardiff in GW17.  A good performance against Everton in GW16 will have boosted Watford’s confidence, and we’re expecting them to gain a victory this weekend.  Cardiff have been much improved in recent weeks, but they are still struggling on the road.  We think this will be the week that Deeney nets his first goal since GW4!  Doucoure (28% DFF and 95% Fantrax) is a great alternative if you fancy a Watford midfielder… he’s bagged two goals in two games!

GW17 Points Scored:  2


FWD: Laurent Depoitre

Team:  Huddersfield

Opponent:  Newcastle (Home)

Ownership:  5% (Draft Fantasy Football) / 4% (Fantrax)

Prospects:  The big Belgian certainly isn’t the most talented, or prolific, of strikers, but he’s guaranteed to play this weekend – and we’re backing Huddersfield to defeat NewcastleDepoitre has started the last two games after Mounie’s suspension, and he’ll be looking to make the most of the final game that his fellow striker is ineligible for.  Huddersfield have actually been playing quite well in recent weeks, despite losing three games in a row.  They now face Newcastle and Southampton at home, and will be looking to take six points from these games!  Depoitre will be key to Huddersfield’s chances this weekend, and we think he’ll bag his first goal of the season.  Pritchard (0.1% DFF and 5% Fantrax) is a decent option for those managers not seeking a new striker.

GW17 Points Scored:  2


MID: Jota

Team: Wolves

Opponent:  Bournemouth (Home)

Ownership:  18% (Draft Fantasy Football) / 60% (Fantrax)

Prospects:  13 games without an attacking return, followed by two goals and an assist is two games?!  Could Jota finally be living up to the pre-season hype?  The big question is can he maintain this form and become a consistent source of points… only time will tell.  This weekend Wolves face a Bournemouth side who shipped four goals in GW16, so there’s every chance Jota will be able to find the back of the net once again.  The Spaniard has made our Hot List after his recent good form, and we think he’ll gain further attacking returns in GW17.

GW17 Points Scored:  4


MID: Lucas Torreira

Team:  Arsenal

Opponent:  Southampton (Away)

Ownership:  16% (Draft Fantasy Football) / 82% (Fantrax)

Prospects:  The Uruguayan summer signing has been excellent for Arsenal so far this season as their defensive midfield enforcer.  However, in recent weeks Torreira has actually gained a good amount of attacking returns!  Two goals and an assist in his last three games has promoted his prospects a huge amount – he even features in our Hot List at the moment!  This weekend Arsenal face struggling Southampton, and Torreira has a great chance of gaining further attacking returns.  The central midfielder is obviously not the most adventurous of picks, but Arsenal score a lot of goals and he’s guaranteed to start every game.

GW17 Points Scored:  2


MID: Robert Snodgrass

Team:  West Ham

Opponent:  Fulham (Home)

Ownership:  8% (Draft Fantasy Football) / 57% (Fantrax)

Prospects:  Our boy Snodgrass returned us a goal in GW16 as he featured in our Chaps Choices… so we’re going back for more as his ownership remains pretty low.  West Ham face a trip to Craven Cottage, as they come up against a Fulham side who are struggling for form, and more importantly, defensive stability.  The Hammers have been great going forward in recent weeks, and we expect this to continue.  Snodgrass has four attacking returns in the last three GW’s, and we’re expecting the Scotsman to bag more points this weekend.  Andy Carroll (3% DFF and 9% Fantrax) could be a big differential option, as he’s now returned to action and Arnautovic, and maybe Perez, are out injured.  He’s one to consider if Snodgrass has already been taken in your Draft League.

GW17 Points Scored:  11


MID: Ryan Sessegnon

Team: Fulham

Opponent:  West Ham (Home)

Ownership:  33% (Draft Fantasy Football) / 85% (Fantrax)

Prospects:  There were really high hopes for Sessegnon going into this season.  However, the youngster has also suffered badly with poor form which resulted in him getting dropped, and then reinstated as a left back.  Almost overnight, Sessegnon went from being ranked ‘hot’ to ‘cold’ in our Draft Fantasy player form rankings.  However, since the change in management, Sessegnon’s prospects have take a turn for the good as he’s started the last two GW’s in the more advanced role we are accustomed to seeing him play.  We think that the GW17 fixture at home to West Ham will produce goals, so expect to see Sessegnon add to his season tally of two assists and a goal.

GW17 Points Scored:  0


DEF: Dejan Lovren

Team:  Liverpool

Opponent:  Manchester United (Home)

Ownership:  24% (Draft Fantasy Football) / 71% (Fantrax)

Prospects:  Injuries to Gomez and Matip opens the door for Lovren once again, as he’s now recovered from his recent concussion.  The Croatian should slot straight into the defence this weekend as Liverpool host Manchester United.  Obviously not the easiest of games, but United have been very inconsistent so far this season, and Liverpool are extremely good at the back, especially at Anfield.  Lovren is likely to be a free agent in most Draft Leagues, and he’s well worth signing up for the foreseeable future; considering the injuries Klopp is being faced with, Lovren should be a key player over the Christmas period.

GW17 Points Scored:  2


DEF: Craig Cathcart

Team:  Watford

Opponent:  Cardiff (Home)

Ownership:  10% (Draft Fantasy Football) / 15% (Fantrax)

Prospects:  It is highly likely that this Chap will be a free agent in your Draft League (he is in our league) – here’s why we think you need to seriously consider signing him up!  Watford have an excellent chance of a clean sheet at home to Cardiff this GW, as Cardiff have scored only three goals in the seven games on the road this season.  Cathcart has been involved in all three of Watfords previous clean sheets this season and he also offers some attacking potential too; having picked up a goal in GW4.

GW17 Points Scored:  1


DEF: Laurent Koscielny

Team:  Arsenal

Opponent:  Southampton (Away)

Ownership:  23% (Draft Fantasy Football) / 22% (Fantrax)

Prospects:  With Sokratis and Mustafi both suspended for the GW17 clash with Southampton, Koscielny has a great chance of earning his first start of the season.  The Frenchman is likely to be a free agent in most Draft Leagues after suffering a serious injury at the end of last season, so now is the time to bring him in!  The Saints had been relatively frequent scorers over the past couple of GW’s but drew a blank against Cardiff in GW16, so the Arsenal defence should comfortably keep Southampton out and back up the GW16 clean sheet; their first since GW7.

If you aren’t keen on Koscielny for GW17, then we’d suggest looking to potentially Lichtsteiner (5% DFF and 16% Fantrax), but the more obvious and longer term solution would be Monreal (40% DFF and 82% Fantrax).  The Spanish international has returned to full fitness and will also be a guaranteed starter for the Gunners this weekend due to the suspensions in defence.  He has a good chance of keeping his place in the side too!

GW17 Points Scored:  0


DEF: Kyle Walker-Peters

Team:  Spurs

Opponent:  Burnley (Home)

Ownership:  0% (Draft Fantasy Football) / 5% (Fantrax)

Prospects:  What about this punt hey chaps!?  The 3rd choice right back for Spurs is a short term option for GW17 and not much beyond.  However, with regular right backs Aurier and Trippier both likely to miss out with injuries; Walker-Peters is an excellent shout having deputised with an assured performance in the crucial Champions League fixture in Barcelona during the week.  With Spurs entertaining a Burnley side that have failed to score a goal in five of their eight away fixtures, Walker-Peters offers Draft Fantasy managers playing in a classic Head-to-Head match the golden opportunity to cancel out your oppositions Spurs cleanie!

GW17 Points Scored:  0


GK: Jonas Lossl

Team:  Huddersfield

Opponent:  Newcastle (Home)

Ownership:  14% (Draft Fantasy Football) / 15% (Fantrax)

Prospects:  The low ownership Huddersfield goalkeeper has a really good chance of picking up is fourth clean sheet of the season when Newcastle visit in GW17.  Newcastle’s away form is not the best, and in their seven away games this season; the Toon have failed to score in three of those games.

It is also worth pointing out that if you are not in the market for a keeper this GW but like the look of a Huddersfield cleanie, then how about taking a punt on Chris Lowe.  The defender returned to the starting lineup in GW16 having sat out for a few weeks.  Lowe has picked up two assists and been involved in one clean sheet this season.  He is also a really good scorer in Togga format!

GW17 Points Scored:  3


GW17 Team Points:  27

GW17 Team Average:  2.45 points per player

GW17 Team Average Ownership:  17%


📝 Ownership Statistics 📝

The quoted ownership statistics were taken from Draft Fantasy and Fantrax.  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, where as Fantrax mainly uses the more intelligent scoring system made famous by Togga.


🔥 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!


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