Chaps Choices – GW18

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, and 65% or below on Fantrax.  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!


Draft Fantasy Starting Eleven:

**35% ownership or below**


Fantrax Starting Eleven (Togga scoring):

**65% ownership or below**

GW18 Fantrax

FWD: Danny Ings

Team:  Southampton

Opponent:  Huddersfield (Away)

Ownership:  29% (Draft Fantasy Football) / 81% (Fantrax)

Prospects:  What a return to fitness for Ings in GW17 with 2 goals in the shock win over Arsenal bringing the Gunners’ 22 game unbeaten run to an abrupt end!  If available, Ings is an absolute must transfer for any Draft Fantasy Football manager; he will be the perfect 3rd choice striker option, or alternatively pick him up and use him as trade-bait.  Opponents for GW18 are strugglers Huddersfield who have lost 4 games in a row and conceded 6 goals in the process.  As injuries to key players mount for the Terriers this game looks to be crucial; hopefully they will go searching for goals and as such free up some space for Ings!

Fantrax Alternative:  Charlie Austin (25% ownership) – As Ings has very high ownership on Fantrax, Austin may be worth a look.  He’s scored on both of his last two appearances from the bench, so even if he doesn’t start, it might not matter.

GW18 Points Scored (DFF):  8

GW18 Points Scored (Fantrax): 0 (Austin)


FWD: Salomon Rondon

Team:  Newcastle

Opponent:  Fulham (Home)

Ownership:  25% (Draft Fantasy Football) / 49% (Fantrax)

Prospects:  Rondon is quickly becoming a bit of a cult hero at Newcastle.  Since joining Rondon has scored 4 goals and made 2 assists; not bad returns for a player in such a dreadful side.  As you all know chaps, form is absolutely everything in Draft Fantasy Football; picking up players on a burner and riding that form wave until it all comes crashing down and you realise you need to get rid.  This has never applied more than with Rondon right now; 2 goals and 1 assist in the last 3 GWs, plus a GW18 fixture against Fulham.  The Cottagers defensive record this season is truly spectacular, they’ve not kept a clean sheet all season and with a defence that would get shown up in the Championship.

Fantrax Alternative:  Steve Mounie (35% ownership) – With Rondon usually a poor scorer on Togga scoring, Mounie is a good alternative for manager using this format.  Mounie scores good points even without scoring, and should start this weekend as he returns from injury.

GW18 Points Scored (DFF):  2

GW18 Points Scored (Fantrax): 19 (Mounie)


MID: Gerard Deulofeu

Team:  Watford

Opponent:  West Ham (Away)

Ownership:  6% (Draft Fantasy Football) / 62% (Fantrax – Forward)

Prospects:  The Watford attacking midfielder has experienced a mixed bag this season, having promised so much and come in for such high praise in our season previews, Deulofeu could only boast 1 goal and 1 assist going into GW17.  We are hoping (Chap 2 in particular) that GW17 is the turning point for Deulofeu’s season; returning a goal and an assist in a man of the match display that lead his side to victory over Cardiff.  Of course, if you are still rather sceptical, an alternate pick (if available) would have to be Doucoure (27% DFF / 97% Fantrax).  The powerful box-to-box midfielder has been in sublime form over the past 3 GWs having picked up an assist and 2 goals.  Whilst the opponents West Ham are on a 4 game winning streak (2 of which came with a clean sheet) we still think this game has goals in it.  West Ham are not exactly water tight at the back; before their clean sheet in GW14 they had kept only 1 clean sheet in 13 GWs.

GW18 Points Scored (DFF):  9

GW18 Points Scored (Fantrax):  20


MID: Lucas Torreira

Team:  Arsenal

Opponent:  Burnley (Home)

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

Prospects:  Having unsuccessfully backed Torreira in GW17, we are going back in for another bite.  Many are considering the midfielder to be the signing of the season and his performances in recent weeks have been backing up the hype; 2 goals and 1 assist in 4 GWs – not bad reading hey chaps?  Of course, there is alternative Arsenal midfield option available: Iwobi (10% DFF / 47% Fantrax) a riskier option given he is more susceptible to rotation.  Opponents Burnley are, well Burnley!  8 goals conceded in 5 GWs Arsenal are bound to score right?

Fantrax Alternative:  Nathan Redmond (65% ownership) – With a very high ownership for Torreira on Fantrax, Redmond could be a good alternative.  He scores very good points without attacking returns, and could build upon his assist in GW17 as Southampton face Huddersfield this weekend.

GW18 Points Scored (DFF):  1

GW18 Points Scored (Fantrax):  19.5 (Redmond)


MID: Fabinho

Team: Liverpool

Opponent:  Wolves (Away)

Ownership:  11% (Draft Fantasy Football) / 53% (Fantrax)

Prospects:  The Brazilian midfielder has been slowly making an impression at Liverpool since his first start for the club in GW10.  Fabinho put in a particularly good performance against Manchester United in GW17, and gained an assist to go with it.  We think he will be a decent acquisition for the Christmas period, when the games come thick and fast!  This weekend Liverpool face a trip to Molineux, but we would expect them to win despite Wolves playing extremely well in recent weeks.  Fabinho obviously isn’t the most adventurous of picks, but he should serve you well during the festive football.

Fantrax Alternative:  Ander Herrera (31% ownership) – With Fabinho scoring fairly poorly on Togga scoring so far, Herrera is a great option if he can keep his place in the side under Solksjaer – he scores good points even without attacking returns.

GW18 Points Scored (DFF):  6

GW18 Points Scored (Fantrax):  16 (Herrera)


MID: Michail Antonio

Team:  West Ham

Opponent:  Watford (Home)

Ownership:  28% (Draft Fantasy Football) / 58% (Fantrax)

Prospects:  We’ve been banging on about the West Ham boys for some weeks now so it won’t be a surprise to see another pop up in our GW18 choices.  We successfully backed Snodgrass in each of the last two Chaps Choices, but he’s going to be taken in any active Draft League by now.  Antonio offers a genuinely good value attacking midfielder capable of delivering excellent attacking differentials to your GW18 Draft Fantasy Football side – he even played as a striker last weekend!  Having picked up 2 goals in his last 2 games, Antonio has a guaranteed spot in the heavily depleted West Ham side.  Opponents Watford have not kept a clean sheet for 7 GWs conceding 11 goals in the last 5 GWs.  This one is all set for goals!

GW18 Points Scored (DFF):  1

GW18 Points Scored (Fantrax):  5.5


DEF: Fabian Delph

Team:  Man City

Opponent:  Crystal Palace (Home)

Ownership:  33% (Draft Fantasy Football) / 32% (Fantrax – Midfielder)

Prospects:  Delph continues to occupy the left back slot in the absence of Mendy, and should do so again this weekend as City host struggling Crystal Palace.  Zinchenko was stationed at left back in the mid-week League Cup victory over Leicester, and therefore Delph is set to take over once again for GW18.  The Englishman doesn’t offer attacking potential, however, as he tends to float into a central midfield area when City have the ball; rather than bombing on down the wing like Mendy does.  Delph currently occupies a place on our Hot List simply for the fact that he’ll be in the City lineup most weeks.  City are without a clean sheet since GW13, but we think they will get back in business this weekend as they face a Crystal Palace side who have only scored 14 goals all season.

Fantrax Alternative:  Chris Lowe (15% ownership) – Unfortunately Delph is classified as a midfielder on Fantrax, so his potential is limited on this platform.  Therefore, we’re looking towards Huddersfield wing-back Lowe, who scores very well on this platform.  He managed 8.5 points on Togga scoring last weekend, despite conceding and only playing 59 minutes.

GW18 Points Scored (DFF):  4

GW18 Points Scored (Fantrax):  -4 (Lowe)


DEF: Jamaal Lascelles

Team:  Newcastle

Opponent:  Fulham (Home)

Ownership:  23% (Draft Fantasy Football) / 63% (Fantrax)

Prospects:  Newcastle face Fulham at home in GW18; a perfect opportunity to gain a victory and a clean sheet!  The Magpies produced their first clean sheet since GW11 last time around, and we think they will be able to make it two in a row this weekend.  Lascelles is an integral part of the Newcastle defence, and they look much better with him in the side after missing a few weeks with injury last month.  The English defender is likely to be a free agent in a lot of Draft Leagues after suffering this injury, and now is the perfect time to bring him in.  Fulham failed to score last weekend as they faced a resurgent West Ham side in front of their home fans… we’re not expecting them to perform well after travelling up north to Newcastle!

Fanrax Alternative:  Fabian Schar (15% ownership) – Lascelles’ fellow centre back is a better option on Fantrax, as Schar is the central defender that picks up most of the interceptions and clearances.  His ownership is a lot lower too!

GW18 Points Scored (DFF):  6

GW18 Points Scored (Fantrax):  16.25 (Schar)


DEF: Stephan Lichsteiner

Team:  Arsenal

Opponent:  Burnley (Home)

Ownership:  6% (Draft Fantasy Football) / 16% (Fantrax)

Prospects:  Stephan Lichsteiner will receive plenty of playing time over the Christmas period due to an injury suffered by Hector Bellerin, and he looks set to start in GW18.  The Swiss veteran will step in a right-back, and should be a free agent in most Draft Leagues.  Arsenal face a Burnley side who have been poor in front of goal all season, so we would expect a clean sheet for The Gunners here.

Our initial pick in this slot was Laurent Koscielny (23% DFF / 39% Fantrax), but Emery’s comments during his Friday press conference has raised a doubt as to whether the Frenchman will feature in GW18.  Koscielny is a better long term option, but for GW18 going with Lichsteiner may be the best bet!

GW18 Points Scored (DFF):  1

GW18 Points Scored (Fantrax):  1.25


DEF: Victor Lindelof

Team:  Manchester United

Opponent:  Cardiff (Away)

Ownership:  13% (Draft Fantasy Football) / 14% (Fantrax)

Prospects:  With the news of Jose Mourinho leaving Manchester United this week, everyone is getting a little bit excited about their prospects!!  Managers have been scrambling to acquire their forgotten stars, hoping that the change in management will breathe new life into their assets.  Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s appointment as caretaker manager means that all Draft Managers will be keeping an eye on the formation and personnel over the coming games.  One player who could benefit from this appointment is Victor Lindelof.  With Solskjaer being a fellow Scandinavian, we think he will persist with the inconsistent Swedish defender – but now that Mourinho has departed, he could finally become a confident Premier League player.  Lindelof returned from injury in GW17, and we think he’ll get the nod in the heart of the defence this weekend as United face Cardiff.

Fantrax Alternative:  Matt Targett (18% ownership) – With Lindelof being a notoriously bad points scoring on the Togga scoring system, we’re backing Targett here after great performances in GW16 and GW17.  Next up is Huddersfield for the young full-back.

GW18 Points Scored (DFF):  2

GW18 Points Scored (Fantrax):  3.25 (Targett)


GK: Asmir Begovic

Team:  Bournemouth

Opponent:  Brighton (Home)

Ownership:  28% (Draft Fantasy Football) / 22% (Fantrax)

Prospects:  In goal we’re opting for Begovic, who has surprisingly low ownership for a starting goalkeeper from a decent Premier League side.  Yes, we know Bournemouth aren’t the most reliable at the back, as they are without a clean sheet since GW9, but this weekend may be the one!  Bournemouth face a Brighton side who failed to score during their last away game in GW16, and we think they may do the same this weekend.  Murray’s form has dropped the last couple of games, Gross is not yet back to his best, Izquierdo and Jahanbakhsh are struggling with injury… Solly March has been their best attacking player the last couple of games.  If you need a new goalkeeper for this weekend, Begovic looks like a good option!

Charlie Daniels (5% DFF / 21% Fantrax) is a good option is you’re after a Bournemouth defender.  His ownership statistics suggest that he’s a free agent in most Draft Leagues, and he’s been a regular feature in the starting eleven over the last couple of months.

GW18 Points Scored (DFF):  9

GW18 Points Scored (Fantrax):  19.25


Draft Fantasy XI

GW18 Team Points:  49

GW18 Team Average:  4.45 points per player

GW18 Team Average Ownership:  20%


Fantrax XI

GW18 Team Points:  116

GW18 Team Average:  10.5 points per player

GW18 Average Ownership:  33%


📝 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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