Draft Fantasy 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!


Draft Fantasy Alternative XI:

**35% ownership or below**


FWD: Michy Batshuayi

Team:  Crystal Palace

Opponent:  West Ham (Home)

Ownership:  0% (Draft Fantasy Football)

Prospects:  All aboard the Crystal Palace forwards train, next stop struggling West Ham!  Having joined as a Transfer Deadline Day loan signing, Batshuayi marked his first appearance in style with an assist a day later in GW25!  We’ve broken down Batshuayi’s prospects in full in our January Transfer Window Analysis – so we won’t go into too much detail here.  But essentially he will be the main man for Palace as they look to pull clear from danger.  West Ham have conceded 6 goals in their last 3 GWs – the ideal defence for Batshuayi to make his first start against!

GW26 Points Scored:  1


FWD: Fernando Llorente

Team:  Tottenham

Opponent:  Leicester (Home)

Ownership:  23% (Draft Fantasy Football)

Prospects: It didn’t start particularly well for Llorente with an own goal in GW23, perhaps this is why the ownership statistics are still relatively low at 23%?  However, what we do know is that Llorente is very much the man in possession of the starting shirt having started GW24 and picked up a goal and an assist, and registering an assist in his 30 minute cameo appearance in GW25.  The next two fixtures are favourable to Llorente owners; GW26 opponents Leicester have conceded in all 4 of their last GWs, and GW27 opponents Burnley have only kept 1 clean sheet in their last 5 GWs.

GW26 Points Scored:  5


MID: Nathan Redmond

Team:  Southampton

Opponent:  Cardiff (Home)

Ownership:  15% (Draft Fantasy Football)

Prospects:  Having settled into a nice bit of form in GW17, GW18, and GW19 where Redmond picked up two goals and two assists; normal mediocre performances appeared resume until GW25.  Redmond starred for the Saints in GW25 picking up a goal to cap off a wonderful performance and like earlier on in the season, we expect Redmond to go on another run of good form.  With fixtures against Cardiff, Arsenal and Fulham; all sides that are pretty shocking defensively – we are backing Redmond to go on a points scoring spree.  Of course, if Redmond isn’t to your fancy, then look no further than his Southampton colleague and fellow midfielder James Ward-Prowse (5% DFF) who like Redmond blows hot and cold.  But when Ward-Prowse is hot, he’s very hot.

GW26 Points Scored:  1


MID: Joao Moutinho

Team:  Wolves

Opponent:  Newcastle (Home)

Ownership:  19% (Draft Fantasy Football)

Prospects:  The assist king.  5 assists in 3 GWs.  Everyone needs to be riding the Wolves bus right now, both Moutinho and Wolves are on absolute fire.  We cannot see the good form and purple patch drawing to a close yet either, with Newcastle (GW26), Bournemouth (GW27), Huddersfield (GW28), and Cardiff (GW29) the next fixtures; Wolves will be playing three of the bottom 6 sides.  If one of your rivals has already snapped up Moutinho then cross your fingers and hope that Jota (29% DFF) is still available.

GW26 Points Scored:  2


MID: Denis Suarez

Team:  Arsenal

Opponent:  Huddersfield (Away)

Ownership:  0% (Draft Fantasy Football)

Prospects:  Apparently Suarez has been brought in to play as a winger chaps!  Great news for any Suarez owners because other than Lacazette and Aubameyang there is little creative threat from Arsenal.  Suarez main rival for a starting shirt, Iwobi, hasn’t picked up an attacking return for 4 GWs so we fully expect Suarez to get the nod.  Although not as good as his namesake, we still rate Suarez highly in our January Transfer Window Analysis; keep an eye on this chap, his next three fixtures are kind!

Emery on how the arrival of Suarez will impact on Ozil: “No change. Is it now a bigger challenge for him [Ozil] to nail down a starting place? Suarez is coming here because we have a lot of problems with wingers.

GW26 Points Scored:  1


MID: Gerard Deulofeu

Team:  Watford

Opponent:  Everton (Home)

Ownership:  14% (Draft Fantasy Football)

Prospects:  A firm favourite of the FF Chaps, Deulofeu seems to have really settled into the season after a shaky and non-existent start.  Despite not having picked up an attacking return since GW20, Deulofeu is still a potential source of attacking potential given his advanced role in the Watford side.  With 3 assists and 3 goals already to his name, we expect Deulofeu to add to this tally over the coming weeks; entertaining an Everton side in GW26 who have kept only 2 clean sheets in their last 12 GWs and then Cardiff in GW27!

GW26 Points Scored:  3


DEF: Laurent Koscielny

Team:  Arsenal

Opponent:  Huddersfield (Away)

Ownership:  31% (Draft Fantasy Football)

Prospects:  The Arsenal captain was in inspired form in GW23 to shut out Chelsea, helping Arsenal pick up their first clean sheet since GW16.  In the process Koscielny scored his first goal of the season, which he doubled two GWs later in GW25 against Manchester City.  With Huddersfield up next, this is the most guaranteed clean sheet available in the Premier League this season, an Arsenal defender is essential! If Koscielny isn’t available, try your luck at Saed Kolasinac (32% DFF).  The left wing back offers more in attack than Koscielny.

GW26 Points Scored:  3


DEF: Willy Boly

Team:  Wolves

Opponent:  Newcastle (Home)

Ownership:  25% (Draft Fantasy Football)

Prospects: As we mentioned above, Wolves are the team to be riding right now and we don’t expect any decline in performance given their forthcoming fixtures.  Boly returned from suspension in GW25 and slipped straight back into the starting XI.  However there are multiple options across the Wolves backline for you to choose; Ryan Bennett (8% DFF) is an excellent choice but like Boly will offer less in an attacking form.  If available, left wingback Jonny (16% DFF) would be a good punt given his potential to attack more.  Regardless of who you punt on, we are backing Wolves for a clean sheet as Newcastle have only scored 3 goals away from home in their last 5 away trips!

GW26 Points Scored:  11


DEF: Victor Lindelof

Team:  Manchester United

Opponent:  Fulham (Away)

Ownership:  29% (Draft Fantasy Football)

Prospects: Solskjaer seems to have found the defender all Manchester United fans had been desperately seeking; although it has come as a surprise to be Lindelof!  Regardless, Lindelof has been in inspired form, picking up 3 clean sheets in his last 5 outings and as such we have included the Swedish international in our Hot List.  We don’t expect Lindelof to have many problems in GW26 as Fulham, who continue to battle away in the relegation zone, looked like they wouldn’t have scored in GW25 against Palace if they’d still been out there now.  Clean sheet incoming!

GW26 Points Scored:  0


DEF: Mamadou Sakho

Team:  Crystal Palace

Opponent:  West Ham (Home)

Ownership:  20% (Draft Fantasy Football)

Prospects:  Possibly one of the most underrated Draft Fantasy football defenders, Sakho consistently churns out points and makes him a very attractive low budget 4th / 5th choice defender.  It gets better for Sakho fans, with West Ham in GW26, we think a clean sheet could well be on the cards as West Ham’s attacking options are either injured or Andy Carroll.  Two other noteworthy mentions in the Palace defence are early season favourite Wan Bissaka (29% DFF) who is well worth snapping up if available given his price (if like us you follow Fantasy Premier League as the basis for your rules) and James Tomkins (10% DFF) who is less fashionable but has 3 clean sheets and a goal in the last 7 GWs.

GW26 Points Scored:  3


GK: Mat Ryan

Team:  Brighton

Opponent:  Burnley (Home)

Ownership:  20% (Draft Fantasy Football)

Prospects:  Relatively slim pickings in terms of keepers this week, so we thought we’d back a Brighton beach boy – Mat Ryan.  The Australian shot stopper will be looking to build on the clean sheet against Watford in GW25 with another solid performance at home to Burnley.  Despite Burnley’s form improving recently and signing Peter Crouch, Burnley are still far from prolific in front of goal and as such we think Ryan will come away with another cleanie!  This selection however is more than just GW26; Leicester aside – Brighton face Huddersfield, Palace, Cardiff and Southampton over the coming weeks.  Ryan is therefore one to keep an eye on!

GW26 Points Scored:  0


Draft Fantasy GW26 Team Points:  30

Draft Fantasy GW26 Team Average:  2.7 points per player

Draft Fantasy GW26 Average Ownership:  18%


📝 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!


📢 More Chaps Choices 📢

Check out our GW26 Fantrax 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: 36 points

Draft Fantasy XI 1

Draft Fantasy XI 2


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