Draft Fantasy Chaps Choices – GW27

Our weekly Chaps Choices article is here to give you hints and tips to help you find your golden ticket to a big score using our Alternative XI.  We recommend a starting eleven of Premier League Draft Fantasy Football differential picks, who could score big in the upcoming gameweek!

For this article we use the ownership statistics as per Draft Fantasy, with the rules being each player we highlight is required to have ownership of 35% or below, at the time of writing.  This way there’s a good chance some of these players will be free agents 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 system used by Draft Fantasy – with Bonus Points, but without Kante Bonus


Just a quick reminder to all you chaps out there; GW27 is one of those lame GW’s whereby a few teams do not have a GW!  Those team are: Everton, Manchester City, Chelsea, and Brighton!  


Draft Fantasy Alternative XI:

**35% ownership or below**


FWD: Salomon Rondon

Team:  Newcastle

Opponent:  Huddersfield (Home)

Ownership:  28% (Draft Fantasy Football)

Prospects:  An all time DFF favourite.  Rondon gets pretty bad coverage and is seen in many Draft Fantasy circles as a last resort but we (Chap 2 anyway) think Rondon puts forward a solid case for any Draft Manager looking for a low budget third, or even second choice (if your league is super competitive) option.  Rondon’s statistics aren’t the worst, with 6 goals and 3 assists to his name.  If you look deeper into the statistics; Rondon has been involved in 9 of the 22 goals (40%) Newcastle have scored.  On top of this, Rondon is a guaranteed starter which is going to be crucial over the future GWs with sporadic fixtures.  If you’re looking at things one GW at a time, then Rondon’s GW27 against Huddersfield is about as good as it gets in the Premier League.  Huddersfield have conceded 11 goals in their last 4 GWs; and have the second worst defensive records in the Premier League having shipped 48 goals to date.

GW27 Points Scored:  12


FWD: Dominic Solanke

Team:  Bournemouth

Opponent:  Wolves (Home)

Ownership:  4% (Draft Fantasy Football)

Prospects: One of the more exciting and bigger January transfers, life on the south coast hasn’t exactly started with a bang for Solanke.  However, we think now is the time to jump all over the young forward given that he has now played 90 minutes over two games; and will not only have found his match fitness but will have also begun developing some cohesion with his new colleagues.  With Wilson out injured until early/mid March, Solanke will get 4 GWs, possibly 5 GWs, in the side.  GW27 is an intriguing fixture with Bournemouth beating Chelsea 4-0 one week, and then losing to Cardiff the other; Wolves will fancy their chances.  Either way we expect goals, Wolves are not exactly water tight at the back; having only kept 1 clean sheet in their last 9 GWs.

GW27 Points Scored:  2


MID: Youri Tielemans

Team:  Leicester

Opponent:  Crystal Palace (Home)

Ownership:  0% (Draft Fantasy Football)

Prospects:  Another of the new face makes it into our GW27 lineup!  Having been regular Championship Manager (Football Manager in today’s currency) players for many years; we Chaps have a particular weakness for backing a legend from the game!  Don’t judge us – how many players have you drafted in the past because of their FIFA stats!?  Other than pick up a yellow card in his only appearance, Tielemans has done absolutely nothing since joining in January.  But given the ‘pressure’ on Puel for a result and the wavering form of Maddison we expect Leicester to turn to Tielemans to step up and pull the strings from a creative midfield role.  What of the GW27 opponents Crystal Palace?  Certainly a fixture Leicester should win, and although Palace have kept 2 clean sheet in their last 6 GWs they have also conceded 8 goals in the other 4 games.

If you don’t fancy the risk on Tielemans, fair enough.  Keep your eye on Harvey Barnes.  The youngster looks a real talent and already boasts an assist to his name.

GW27 Points Scored:  2


MID: Miguel Almiron

Team:  Newcastle

Opponent:  Huddersfield (Home)

Ownership:  0% (Draft Fantasy Football)

Prospects:  More newbies – we are rolling the dice this GW chaps!  Having come off the bench for his club debut in GW26, we fully expect Almiron to start in GW27 against Huddersfield.  The creative midfielder looked technically gifted in his brief cameo and like all Newcastle fans, Draft Fantasy managers will be hoping Almiron turns out to be as good as his reviews.  GW27 opponents, Huddersfield, will be the ideal side for Almiron to make his first start against, and given Huddersfield’s defensive record this season; we expect Almiron to get into the mix for an attacking return!

GW27 Points Scored:  3


MID: Diogo Jota

Team:  Wolves

Opponent:  Bournemouth (Home)

Ownership:  28% (Draft Fantasy Football)

Prospects:  How is this chaps ownership statistics so low?!  Jota has been on fire in recent GWs, and as a midfielder playing as a striker; Jota is an obvious transfer if available in your Draft league.  Surprisingly, for a team doing so well, with bundles of talent, and Nathan Ake; Bournemouth can’t defend.  The Cherries have the joint 3rd worst defensive record in the Premier League this season having shipped 47 goals.  First choice keeper Begovic has been dropped and despite keeping two clean sheets in their last 8 GWs (both Boruc in goal) Bournemouth have also conceded 19 goals in the other 6 GWs.  We expect Bournemouth to concede and for Jota to be right in the mixer, despite reports of a dead leg!

GW27 Points Scored:  1


MID: Michail Antonio

Team:  West Ham

Opponent:  Fulham (Home)

Ownership:  32% (Draft Fantasy Football)

Prospects:  All aboard the West Ham train chaps!!  Two GWs and two attacking returns for Antonio.  His goal and assist came at an excellent time for Antonio, who has struggled with his fitness and his form all season.  But with the club still in the middle of a huge injury crisis Antonio looks set for an extended run in the side.  It is also worth keeping in mind the sporadic nature of the fixtures in GW31 many sides not playing due to the FA Cup, West Ham and Antonio will be playing, giving any Antonio owners a nice little attacking option in a GW which will be a low scoring one.  Looking ahead to this GW fixture, we fully expect Antonio to continue his excellent run of form as his faces the Premier Leagues worst defence, Fulham.  A total of 58 goals conceded is the highest by 10 goals, and having conceded 15 goals in 6 GWs we are strongly advising all chaps to jump on the West Ham attackers for this GW!

GW27 Points Scored:  7


DEF: Jamaal Lascelles

Team:  Newcastle

Opponent:  Huddersfield (Home)

Ownership:  21% (Draft Fantasy Football)

Prospects:  The Newcastle captain and defensive rock has once again proved how vital he is to Newcastle this season.  Lascelles has been involved in all of Newcastle’s 7 clean sheets this season and has an assist to his name.  We highly recommend looking to Lascelles this GW if you are considering your defensive options.  For the obvious reason that Huddersfield cannot buy a goal; they have only scored 14 all season!  For this reason alone, it is the most guaranteed clean sheet on offer.  If your Draft League plays in a classic Head-to-Head format, and you are playing a manager with a Newcastle defender; regardless of whether Lascelles is available or not; it is essential to match off the cleanie!

GW27 Points Scored:  6


DEF: Jonny

Team:  Wolves

Opponent:  Bournemouth (Away)

Ownership:  15% (Draft Fantasy Football)

Prospects: As we mentioned above Bournemouth have bundles of talent and can score goals.  So this selection is more of an attacking selection than a defensive one.  Wolves might shock us and keep a clean sheet, but we are counting on goals.  Given Jonny’s more attacking role as left wingback, the opportunities for attacking returns are much greater. Jonny has already proved he is capable in the final third with two attacking returns.

GW27 Points Scored:  2


DEF: Declan Rice

Team:  West Ham

Opponent:  Fulham (Home)

Ownership:  7% (Draft Fantasy Football)

Prospects: Its been a an excellent season so far from the young West Ham star despite his sides indifferent form.  Categorised as a defender but playing in midfield means that Rice has the opportunity for attacking returns which of course are gold dust for defenders.  Defensively, we fully expect Rice to keep a clean sheet this GW.  Whilst Fulham poses quality players in attacking positions, they have not clicked, as the tally of 25 league goals would suggest.

GW27 Points Scored:  2


DEF: Ben Chilwell

Team:  Leicester

Opponent:  Crystal Palace (Home)

Ownership:  35% (Draft Fantasy Football)

Prospects:  Possibly one of the outstanding defensive performers from a side outside the top 6 sides this season; Chilwell offers both defensive and attacking returns with 7 clean sheets and 3 assists to his name this season.  GW27 offers another excellent opportunity for Chilwell to go in search of more points, with Palace his opponents.  Crystal Palace will be looking to new signing Batshuayi, and mainstays Zaha and Townsend to bring the fire power up front.  However, we think Leicester will have too much at home and will see this out for their 10th win and 9th clean sheet of the league campaign!

GW27 Points Scored:  0


GK: Ben Foster

Team:  Watford

Opponent:  Cardiff (Away)

Ownership:  27% (Draft Fantasy Football)

Prospects:  The Watford shot stopper has been in sublime form over the season, particularly in the recent weeks; seeing him climb into our ‘hot’ form rankings.  With 3 clean sheets in the last 4 GWs and consistently picking up points for the sheer volume of saves he makes (82 in total for the season), Foster has leaped into the 100 point mark; placing him in 5th highest scoring keepers for the season.  GW27 looks to be another idea fixture for managers in search of a clean sheet.  Foster takes on a rejuvenated Cardiff side that have scored 5 goals in their last 3 GWs, of which Cardiff have won 2.  That being said, we think Watford and Foster will have too much capability in defence to close the game out.

GW27 Points Scored:  3


GW27 Team Points:  40

GW27 Team Average Score:  3.6

GW27 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 GW27 Fantrax Chaps Choices article here!


🚨 Blank GW31 Strategy 🚨

GW31 sees the first major obstacle for Draft Managers this season, as the FA Cup Quarter Finals coincide with the Premier League fixtures that weekend.  Navigating the blank and double gameweeks is essential for every Draft Fantasy Football Manager, so we’re here to provide some hints and tips on the best strategy, as well as players to target.


📊 Previous Scores 📊

Average Team Score: 36 points

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