Fantrax Chaps Choices – GW26

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!

 

Double GW26… For Fantrax!

After last weeks double gameweek for Draft Fantasy Managers, GW26 brings us a double gameweek for Fantrax players!  For an unknown reason Fantrax has selected Everton v Manchester City as the first match of GW26, rather than the final match of GW25… This means the deadline for our Chaps Choices has been brought forward!

 

Fantrax Alternative XI (Togga Scoring):

**60% ownership or below**

GW26 Fantrax

FWD: Michy Batshuayi

Team:  Crystal Palace

Opponent:  West Ham (Home)

Ownership:  26% (Fantrax)

Prospects:  The Belgian forward made a Transfer Deadline Day loan move to Crystal Palace, and we’re very excited about it.  We’ve looked into his prospects in full in our January Transfer Window Analysis – but essentially, he’s a must have acquisition!  Batshuayi  made his first appearance for the Eagles as a substitute in GW25, and gained the assist for Schlupp’s goal.  A decent start to life at Palace, and we expect more attacking returns this weekend as they face West Ham at home.  Batshuayi  gained 10 points during his cameo appearance in GW25… the prospects are looking good!

GW26 Points Scored:  0.5

 

FWD: Dwight McNeil

Team:  Burnley

Opponent:  Brighton (Away)

Ownership:  35% (Fantrax)

Prospects:  We are backing Brighton for a clean sheet here, but McNeil doesn’t need attacking returns to gain a decent Togga score!  The young winger has averaged 14.25 points per game during his last six appearances, having gained goals or assists in only three of these games!  McNeil is the type of player who’s essential to any Togga side, and that’s why he’s in our Hot List.  There are also two alternatives here; Barnes (38% Fantrax) and Westwood (39% Fantrax) also usually score well without the need for attacking returns.  The two Chaps are good shouts for GW26 too!

GW26 Points Scored:  13.5

 

FWD: Fernando Llorente

Team:  Tottenham

Opponent:  Leicester (Home)

Ownership:  40% (Fantrax)

Prospects:  Llorente has had a stellar couple of appearances since his awful GW23 own goal!  24.5 points, followed by 11.5 points from the bench; lovely stuff.  The Spaniard looks good for a start this weekend as Tottenham face Leicester in front of their own fans, and there’s a good chance that Llorente will bring home more attacking returns.  He has three in his last two games!  Competition for places is increasing at Tottenham, now that Son and Moura are back, but we expect the big man to still do fairly well over the coming weeks.

GW26 Points Scored:  11.5

 

MID: Leander Dendoncker

Team:  Wolves

Opponent:  Newcastle (Home)

Ownership:  4% (Fantrax)

Prospects:  Dendoncker came into the Wolves side a few weeks ago when they moved to more of a 3-5-2 formation, and he’s performed very well since.  The Belgian gained an assist against Everton in GW25, and subsequently made it two double figure scores in consecutive weeks.  This weekend Wolves face Newcastle at home, and Dendoncker has a great chance of another good score.  The likes of Moutinho, Jota, and Jimenez will surely be taken in all active leagues; Dendoncker is a viable alternative.  Davy Propper (11% Fantrax) is a great alternative for an under the radar midfielder; he’s been performing very well in recent weeks and Brighton face Burnley at home this weekend.

GW26 Points Scored:  7

 

MID: Andre Gomes

Team:  Everton

Opponent:  Manchester City (Home), Watford (Away)

Ownership:  16% (Fantrax)

Prospects:  We’re jumping on board the Fantrax double gameweek bus with Andre Gomes.  He’s not the most exciting of picks, but he did score Everton’s only goal during the 3-1 loss to Wolves.  Everton face Manchester City at home, and Watford away during GW26, which should allow Gomes to bring home a double digit score.  Worth a shot for the double fixtures!

GW26 Points Scored:  7

 

MID: James Ward-Prowse

Team:  Southampton

Opponent:  Cardiff (Home)

Ownership:  54% (Fantrax)

Prospects:  Ward-Prowse has been a revelation since being introduced to the starting eleven in GW20.  The young midfielder has scored three goals, and averaged 15 points per game since the turn of the year.  This weekend Southampton face Cardiff, and have a great chance of picking up a win.  If JWP is still a free agent in your Draft League, he’s an essential signing for any sized league.

GW26 Points Scored:  6

 

DEF: Martin Montoya

Team:  Brighton

Opponent:  Burnley (Home)

Ownership:  3% (Fantrax)

Prospects:  We successfully backed the huge differential in Martin Montoya in GW25 – he gained a whopping 17.5 points.  Pretty good for a 2% owned player!!  We’re going back for more, as Brighton host Burnley in GW26.  We fancy Brighton for another clean sheet, as they are well organised at the back, and have shown decent resilience in recent weeks against sides much better than themselves.  Montoya gained an assist in GW24 to show his potential down the right hand side.  Mat Ryan (42% Fantrax) also sits below our 60% ownership rule, so he’s a decent option for any managers after a streaming goalkeeper for this weekend.

GW26 Points Scored:  1

 

DEF: Victor Lindelof

Team:  Manchester United

Opponent:  Fulham (Away)

Ownership:  47% (Fantrax)

Prospects:  The Swedish defender has been performing very well since Solskjaer too the reigns at Manchester United; he’s been in our Hot List ever since!  Lindelof has been a fairly poor Togga scorer this season, but has upped his game in recent weeks.  He’s averaged 11.45 points per game over the last five games!  This weekend United face a trip to Craven Cottage to face relegation battlers Fulham.  The Cottagers have been on better form in recent weeks, but we’re still backing Lindelof and United to shut them out, and gain a second consecutive clean sheet.

GW26 Points Scored:  0

 

DEF: Jan Bednarek

Team:  Southampton

Opponent:  Cardiff (Home)

Ownership:  8% (Fantrax)

Prospects:  How the heck is Bednarek’s ownership still as low as 8%??!?!??  Sign him up right now, Chaps!  The Polish defender has averaged 13.75 points per game over the last five games, and has scored over 20 points in two games; both of these games he didn’t even keep a clean sheet!  This weekend Southampton face Cardiff at home, and we’re backing them to win and keep a clean sheet.  Bednarek will surely gain a double figure haul, with clearances and aerials being his bread and butter.  Team mate Vestergaard (20% Fantrax) is a decent alternative if Bednarek is taken in your Fantrax Draft League.

GW26 Points Scored:  7.5

 

DEF: Ryan Bennett

Team:  Wolves

Opponent:  Newcastle (Home)

Ownership:  48% (Fantrax)

Prospects:  Wolves just continue to perform in the Premier League this season.  Since switching to a 3-5-2 formation, they’ve found their form once again and moved up to 7th in the league!  In GW26 they face a poor Newcastle side at home, and will surely gain a win and a clean sheet.  Here we’re backing big centre back Ryan Bennett, as he’s a guaranteed starter, and decent Togga scorer.  Bennett is well worth a punt for this gameweek, and beyond.  Wolves have a nice fixture list for the next few weeks!

GW26 Points Scored:  8.5

 

GK: Vicente Guaita

Team:  Crystal Palace

Opponent:  West Ham (Home)

Ownership:  8% (Fantrax)

Prospects:  Crystal Palace face West Ham this weekend, and have a good chance of a clean sheet to make it two in a row.  Hodgson has a good squad at his disposal, more so now that Batshuayi has joined on loan, and will be keen to push on in the second half of the season.  Guaita has returned from injury and taken back the goalkeeper spot.  He’s likely to be a free agent in most Draft Leagues, and would be a great pickup for this weekend.  Alternative routes into the Palace backline would be Schlupp (13% Fantrax), Tomkins (55% Fantrax), or Sakho (30% Fantrax).  Schlupp gained a mega score in GW25, as he scored a goal to go with the clean sheet!

GW26 Points Scored:  5

 

Fantrax GW26 Team Points:  67.5

Fantrax GW26 Team Average:  6.1 points per player

Fantrax GW26 Average Ownership:  26%

 

📝 Ownership Statistics 📝

The quoted ownership statistics were taken from Fantrax.  Check them both out if you’re after an online platform for your Draft Fantasy Football league!  Fantrax mainly uses the more intelligent scoring system made famous by Togga, and has a fully customisable experience!!  The options available so League Commissioners is just insane!

 

📢 More Chaps Choices 📢

Check out our GW26 Draft Fantasy Chaps Choices article here!

 

🔔 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!

 

📊 Previous Scores 📊

Average Team Score: 104

Fantrax 11 1

 

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