Chaps Choices – GW23

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!

Whether you play Draft Fantasy or Fantrax platforms, this article is here to give you hints and tips to help you find your golden ticket to a big score.  We recommend a team of Draft Fantasy differentials and Fantrax 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, and 60% or below on Fantrax (at the time of writing).  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**

gw23 dff

FWD: Ashley Barnes

Team:  Burnley

Opponent:  Watford (Away)

Ownership:  10% (Draft Fantasy Football)

Prospects:  Barnes and Wood have established themselves as the preferred forward pairing for Burnley, and the Clarets have won three Premier League games in a row!  Barnes has been on decent form, and is a good option for a third striker in your Draft Fantasy sides.  This weekend Burnley face a trip to a Watford side who very rarely keep a clean sheet.  Burnley should be able to find the back of the net, and Barnes will be heavily involved in their end product.  Fellow striker Wood (27% DFF), as well as young midfielder McNeil (0% DFF) are both good alternatives if Barnes is taken in your Draft League.  Barnes, Wood and McNeil are all currently in our Hot List due to their increased output.

GW23 Points Scored:  2

 

FWD: Fernando Llorente

Team:  Tottenham

Opponent:  Fulham (Away)

Ownership:  9% (Draft Fantasy Football)

Prospects:  Well well well, Llorente is a Draft Fantasy target??!?!  With Kane injured, and Son departed for the Asia Cup, Tottenham are very short on options up front.  Llorente could start this weekend as Spurs face a trip to struggling Fulham… if he’s on the pitch then he has a chance of scoring right?  Personally we think playing Moura up front, with Lamela, Eriksen, and Alli behind would be a better option, but with Moura still an injury doubt, Llorente is likely to start this weekend.  Worth a punt if you’re in a deeper league, or have shocking strikers!  An alternative here could be Rondon (25% DFF), who faces Cardiff this weekend.  Like Llorente, he’s a big target man who could bag a goal this weekend.

GW23 Points Scored:  0

 

MID: Ademola Lookman

Team:  Everton

Opponent:  Southampton (Away)

Ownership:  1% (Draft Fantasy Football)

Prospects:  The young winger finally earned a start in GW22!  Lookman played the full 90 minutes, and gained an assist, so he’s surely going to keep his place in the side!  Walcott has been struggling recently, and has been added to our Cold List due to his limited outputs.  We’ve been desperate for Lookman to get a chance, and he made the most of it in GW22.  This weekend Everton face a trip to Southampton, and have a decent chance of picking up a victory, despite the Saints’ recent upturn.  Lookman could be a very good acquisition for the second half of the season, as long as he can keep his place in the side!  If you’re after a striker, Calvert-Lewin (10% DFF) would be worth a punt.  He didn’t start in GW22, but came off the bench to score from Lookman’s pass… he has a decent chance of being re-instated into the starting eleven this weekend.

GW23 Points Scored:  2

 

MID: Erik Lamela

Team:  Tottenham

Opponent:  Fulham (Away)

Ownership:  24% (Draft Fantasy Football)

Prospects:  With Kane out injured, Son departed for the Asia Cup, and Moura struggling with an injury, now is the time for Lamela to shine.  We admit that Tottenham may struggle to cope with so many players being unavailable – Sissoko and Dier are also likely to be missing, and Dembele looks like he’s off to China.  However, a game against relegation strugglers Fulham means that Lamela will have plenty of chances to fill his boots.  Tottenham have a good fixture schedule coming up, so if he can re-establish himself in the side, he could be a great signing.  Because of this the Argentinean has been added to our Hot List!

GW23 Points Scored:  2

 

MID: Nathan Redmond

Team:  Southampton

Opponent:  Everton (Home)

Ownership:  4% (Draft Fantasy Football)

Prospects:  It’s been three games without an attacking return for Redmond, but he did gain four returns in the three games previous.  The English winger has been on great form since Hasenhüttl took charge, and we think he’s got a good chance of gaining attacking returns this weekend.  Southampton are much improved, and we expect them to find the back of the net against Everton; Redmond will be heavily involved in their attacking play!  Elsewhere, Ward-Prowse (1% DFF) and Long (2% DFF) are decent options if Redmond is taken in your Draft League.  Both have shown good form in recent games, and could well be involved in Southampton’s end product.

GW23 Points Scored:  2

 

MID: Ander Herrera

Team:  Manchester United

Opponent:  Brighton (Home)

Ownership:  2% (Draft Fantasy Football)

Prospects:  The Spaniard continues to perform well in Solskjaer’s new look Manchester United side.  Herrera hasn’t gained an attacking return in the last couple of games, but he’s played 90 minutes in both, and has looked good.  This weekend United face Brighton in front of their own fans, and another win and a clean sheet should be on the cards.  Herrera has a decent chance of gaining attacking returns once again, and looks to be a steady option for the coming months – he’s in our Hot List for this reason.

GW23 Points Scored:  2

 

MID: Samir Nasri

Team:  West Ham

Opponent:  Bournemouth (Away)

Ownership:  0% (Draft Fantasy Football)

Prospects:  Nasri made his first start for West Ham in GW22, and played much better than he had any right to after being out of action for so long whilst serving his drugs ban.  The Frenchman gained the assist for Rice’s winning goal, and some have said he deserved the man of the match award!  We’ve looked into Nasri’s prospects in depth in our January Transfer Analysis article.  This weekend West Ham face a trip to a Bournemouth side who are incapable of keeping a clean sheet at the moment.  A goal or two should be on the cards, and Nasri looks like a good punt for this fixture.  He should start again after taking the place of Snodgrass.  An alternative if a fellow manager has already snapped up Nasri would be Antonio (29% DFF); he’s getting fairly consistent minutes, and delivering decent attacking returns.

GW23 Points Scored:  2

 

DEF: Joel Matip

Team:  Liverpool

Opponent:  Crystal Palace (Home)

Ownership:  9% (Draft Fantasy Football)

Prospects:  Liverpool are really struggling for personnel at the back, so Matip should come straight into the side to face Crystal Palace this weekend.  Gomez, Lovren, and Alexander-Arnold are all out injured, so we would expect Matip to partner Van Dijk, and Fabinho to slot in at right back (he played centre back in GW22!).  We would expect Liverpool to be able to keep out Palace despite their depleted backline, so Matip looks like a decent option for GW23.  Crystal Palace have really struggled in front of goal so far this season!

GW23 Points Scored:  1

 

DEF: Victor Lindelof

Team:  Manchester United

Opponent:  Brighton (Home)

Ownership:  13% (Draft Fantasy Football)

Prospects:  Two clean sheets in a row for United, and Lindelof has played every game under Solskjaer so far… get in there!  We said after the new manager arrived that Lindelof should benefit, and it certainly looks that way.  Manchester United face Brighton at home this weekend, and another clean sheet looks to be on the cards.  Lindelof would be a good signing for any Draft team, and he’s been in our Hot List for the last few weeks because of this!  Phil Jones (25% DFF) is a decent alternative here, as he looks to be in favour, but will face competition from Smalling and Bailly now that they are back in contention.

GW23 Points Scored:  2

 

DEF: DeAndre Yedlin

Team:  Newcastle

Opponent:  Cardiff (Home)

Ownership:  11% (Draft Fantasy Football)

Prospects:  Be cautious with this one – Newcastle have a few defensive injuries!!  Lascelles, Clark and Dummett are all likely to be injured, so although Newcastle are playing Cardiff, a clean sheet isn’t guaranteed.  Certainly worth a punt though!  Yedlin has electric pace, and is a good outlet for the Magpies down the right hand side.  Before Lascelles’ FA Cup reply injury, we were confident of a clean sheet for Newcastle… still worth a shot though!

GW23 Points Scored:  6

 

GK: Tom Heaton

Team:  Burnley

Opponent:  Watford (Away)

Ownership:  31% (Draft Fantasy Football)

Prospects:  Burnley have won three games in a row, which has coincided with the return to the first team for Tom Heaton.  Hart has been decent so far this season, but bringing the veteran Burnley man back into the fold has worked wonders; we get a sense that the Burnley players just completely trust everything he’s down in between the sticks.  This weekend Burnley face a trip to Watford, and they have a decent chance of gaining a clean sheet.  Not many options for a goalkeeper below 35% ownership, so here we are with Heaton.  He’s a decent option going forward if he can hold off competition from Hart and the returning Pope.

GW23 Points Scored:  8

 

Draft Fantasy GW23 Team Points:  29

Draft Fantasy GW23 Team Average:  2.6 points per player

Draft Fantasy GW23 Team Average Ownership:  10%

 

Fantrax Starting Eleven (Togga scoring):

**60% ownership or below**

gw23 fantrax

FWD: Ashley Barnes

Team:  Burnley

Opponent:  Watford (Away)

Ownership:  31% (Fantrax)

Prospects:  Barnes and Wood have established themselves as the preferred forward pairing for Burnley, and the Clarets have won three Premier League games in a row!  Barnes has been on decent form, and is a good option for a third striker in your Draft Fantasy sides – he scores well on Togga scoring even without attacking returns!  This weekend Burnley face a trip to a Watford side who very rarely keep a clean sheet.  Burnley should be able to find the back of the net, and Barnes will be heavily involved in their end product.  Fellow forward McNeil (20% Fantrax) is a good alternative if Barnes is taken in your Draft League; he’s been scoring very well in recent weeks, and looks set to continue in the side.

GW23 Points Scored:  4.5

 

FWD: Ademola Lookman

Team: Everton

Opponent:  Southampton (Away)

Ownership:  12% (Fantrax)

Prospects:  The young winger finally earned a start in GW22!  Lookman played the full 90 minutes, and gained an assist, so he’s surely going to keep his place in the side!  Walcott has been struggling recently, and has been added to our Cold List due to his limited outputs.  We’ve been desperate for Lookman to get a chance, and he made the most of it in GW22.  This weekend Everton face a trip to Southampton, and have a decent chance of picking up a victory, despite the Saints’ recent upturn.  Lookman could be a very good acquisition for the second half of the season, as long as he can keep his place in the side!  If you’re after a striker, Calvert-Lewin (22% Fantrax) would be worth a punt.  He didn’t start in GW22, but came off the bench to score from Lookman’s pass… he has a decent chance of being re-instated into the starting eleven this weekend.

GW23 Points Scored:  4

 

MID: Erik Lamela

Team:  Spurs

Opponent:  Fulham (Away)

Ownership:  60% (Fantrax)

Prospects:  With Kane out injured, Son departed for the Asia Cup, and Moura struggling with an injury, now is the time for Lamela to shine.  We admit that Tottenham may struggle to cope with so many players being unavailable – Sissoko and Dier are also likely to be missing, and Dembele looks like he’s off to China.  However, a game against relegation strugglers Fulham means that Lamela will have plenty of chances to fill his boots, and he usually scores well on Togga scoring when given the chance – over 9 points per game on average.  Tottenham have a good fixture schedule coming up, so if he can re-establish himself in the side, he could be a great signing.  Because of this the Argentinean has been added to our Hot List!

GW23 Points Scored:  9.5

 

MID: Ander Herrera

Team:  Manchester United

Opponent:  Brighton (Home)

Ownership:  56% (Fantrax)

Prospects:  The Spaniard continues to perform well in Solskjaer’s new look Manchester United side.  Herrera hasn’t gained an attacking return in the last couple of games, but he’s played 90 minutes in both, and has looked good.  In Togga scoring he’s been gaining solid scores of around 8 points per game – no complaints with that!  This weekend United face Brighton in front of their own fans, and another win and a clean sheet should be on the cards.  Herrera has a decent chance of gaining attacking returns once again, and looks to be a steady option for the coming months – he’s in our Hot List for this reason.

GW23 Points Scored:  6

 

MID: James Ward-Prowse

Team:  Southampton

Opponent:  Everton (Home)

Ownership:  15% (Fantrax)

Prospects:  Ward-Prowse picked up a goal in the GW22 victory away to Leicester.  Its not just the fact that Ward-Prowse scored in GW22, but he’s also played in Southampton last 3 consecutive Premier League games; which clearly suggests he is in the managers plans going forwards and guarantees you a starting midfielder.  A set piece specialist, Ward-Prowse also scores well in the Togga format averaging around 7 points per game in this format.

GW23 Points Scored:  21.5

 

MID: Samir Nasri

Team:  West Ham

Opponent:  Bournemouth (Away)

Ownership:  47% (Fantrax)

Prospects:  Nasri made his first start for West Ham in GW22, and played much better than he had any right to after being out of action for so long whilst serving his drugs ban.  The Frenchman gained the assist for Rice’s winning goal, and some have said he deserved the man of the match award!  We’ve looked into Nasri’s prospects in depth in our January Transfer Analysis article.  This weekend West Ham face a trip to a Bournemouth side who are incapable of keeping a clean sheet at the moment.  A goal or two should be on the cards, and Nasri looks like a good punt for this fixture.  14 points and 3 key passes in GW22 – yes please!!

GW23 Points Scored:  3

 

DEF: Fabian Schar

Team:  Newcastle

Opponent:  Cardiff  (Home)

Ownership:  19% (Fantrax)

Prospects:  This man is a Togga beast averaging over 9 points per game this season!  Given the statistics, Schar is a much better option than Lascelles, but the concern will be as to whether Schar will start?  Schar’s appearances have been quite hit and miss recently, having started 2 out of the last 4 GWs; however prior to this Schar not only started, but was central to the back-to-back clean sheets in GW17 and GW18.  So you might be asking why are we punting on Schar this week; with Lascelles and Clark both potentially injured this GW Schar is the ideal Newcastle clean sheet cover.  Opponents Cardiff have only scored 6 goals in their previous 10 away games!

GW23 Points Scored:  37.75

 

DEF: Jannik Vestergaard

Team:  Southampton

Opponent:  Everton (Home)

Ownership:  13% (Fantrax)

Prospects:  Another defender that scores really well in Togga formats despite conceding goals.  The statistics don’t lie, and with an average points per game score of 7.46 we are confident of Vestergaard returning a good score, regardless of his cleanie potential in GW23 being relatively low against Everton.  Southampton have seen performances and results improve since the managerial change, but they will need to turn around quickly from a disappointing FA cup loss to Championship side Derby..

GW23 Points Scored:  10

 

DEF: Victor Lindelof

Team:  Manchester United

Opponent:  Brighton (Home)

Ownership:  32% (Fantrax)

Prospects:  Two clean sheets in a row for United, and Lindelof has played every game under Solskjaer so far… get in there!  We said after the new manager arrived that Lindelof should benefit, and it certainly looks that way.  Manchester United face Brighton at home this weekend, and another clean sheet looks to be on the cards.  The Swedish international is not usually a great scorer on the Togga format, but his performances the last couple of weeks have been good; if United keep a clean sheet, he’ll score fairly well.  Lindelof would be a good signing for any Draft team, and he’s been in our Hot List for the last few weeks because of this!  Phil Jones (24% Fantrax) is a decent alternative here, as he looks to be in favour, but will face competition from Smalling and Bailly now that they are back in contention.

GW23 Points Scored:  7.25

 

DEF: Kurt Zouma

Team:  Everton

Opponent:  Southampton (Away)

Ownership:  16% (Fantrax)

Prospects:  The Everton defender has started the last 6 Premier League GWs in a row, picking up a goal on his way to a big points haul in GW22!  Typically Zouma scores well even if Everton concede; averaging just under 5 points per game this season.  The GW23 fixture against Southampton could well bring a cleanie but even if it doesn’t, we’d expect Zouma to still score pretty well.  An alternative here would be Matip (23% Fantrax) who looks set to start this weekend as Liverpool face Crystal Palace.  Due to injuries at the back for Liverpool, he’ll play this one, and probably get a clean sheet!

GW23 Points Scored:  17

 

GK: Ben Foster

Team:  Watford

Opponent:  Burnley (Home)

Ownership:  41% (Fantrax)

Prospects:  Foster has scored really well in the last two GWs (10.25 points in GW22 and 13 points in GW21) despite conceding goals in both fixtures.  Foster’s higher point returns are largely down to his high save count.  Whilst we are punting on a few Burnley boys this GW, given the unpredictability of the sides in the Premier League we could equally see this fixture turn out a 0-0 and give Foster a clean sheet; which would be his first since GW18.  Regardless of whether the clean sheet comes or not, Foster should score well as his 6.49 average points per game statistic would suggest.

GW23 Points Scored:  18.25

 

Fantrax GW23 Team Points:  138.75

Fantrax GW23 Team Average:  12.6 per player

Fantrax GW23 Average Ownership:  31%

 

📝 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.

 

January Transfer Analysis

Not sure what to make of the January Transfer Window signings?  We analyse the prospects of every major signing here!  Use these hints and tips to rejuvenate your Draft Fantasy Football season!  January signings can make or break your season… anyone remember what happened when Aubameyang joined last January?  We do.  The manager who signed him went on to win the league!

 

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