Draft Fantasy Chaps Choices – GW30

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.


Draft Fantasy Alternative XI:

**35% ownership or below**


🦅 FWD: Michy Batshuayi 🦅

Team:  Crystal Palace

Opponent:  Brighton (Home)

Ownership:  1% (Draft Fantasy Football)

Average Score Last 5 GWs:  4.2 🔥🔥🔥

Prospects:  The January transfer window signing once again stepped up in GW29 with a goal.  Batshuayi has been seriously impressive since making the move back to the Premier League and now has 2 goals and an assist in 5 appearances.  GW30 opponents Brighton have conceded 9 goals in their past 5 gameweeks; of which 4 came against struggling Fulham.

GW30 Points Scored:  2


🍬 FWD: Dominic Calvert-Lewin 🍬

Team:  Everton

Opponent:  Newcastle (Away)

Ownership:  18% (Draft Fantasy Football)

Average Score Last 5 GWs:  2.6

Prospects:  Whilst you won’t find Calvert-Lewin in our ‘hot’ form rankings list the Everton striker was very impressive leading the line in the GW29 draw against Liverpool.  This impressive display came off the back of a goal (he has 5 goals and 2 assists this season) in GW28 and looks certain to start in GW30.  Opponents Newcastle have been getting excellent praise for their back-to-back clean sheets in GW27 and GW28; but last week shipped 2 goals against a West Ham side struggling with injuries and form in front of goal.

GW30 Points Scored:  6


🦊 MID: Youri Tielemans 🦊

Team:  Leicester

Opponent:  Fulham (Home)

Ownership:  0% (Draft Fantasy Football)

Average Score Last 5 GWs:  2.6

Prospects:  We called it a few gameweeks ago – Tielemans can play!  Anyone that has spent too much of their life on Championship Manager will be able to testify to the quality of this chap, but in the last 2 GWs, Tielemans performances have done the talking with 2 assists.  The Belgian is pretty hot right now, and has guaranteed GW31 and 33 fixtures!  Opponents Fulham have conceded the most goals in the Premier League, (65 to date) having shipped another 2 goals in GW29; their last 5 gameweeks have seen 12 goals go into their net.  Youngster Harvey Barnes (1% DFF) is a good alternative here; although he was withdrawn early in GW29.

GW30 Points Scored:  9


⚒ MID: Manuel Lanzini ⚒

Team:  West Ham

Opponent:  Cardiff (Away)

Ownership:  13% (Draft Fantasy Football)

Average Score Last 5 GWs:  N/A

Prospects:  A huge Draft Fantasy favourite, Lanzini made his long awaited return to first team football in GW28 and played all 90 minutes in GW29.  The playmaker looked fit and comfortable in possession in his comeback.  We fully expect Lanzini to be an integral part of the West Ham side for the rest of the season and as such we highly recommend you snap him up before a rival manager does; he’s been in our Hot List for a good few weeks!  If you want to through Lanzini straight into your side, this GW looks to be an ideal one to do so.  Cardiff will be without star defender Bamba, and have conceded 11 goals in the last 4 gameweeks!  The Argentinean also has guaranteed GW31 and 33 fixtures.

GW30 Points Scored:  1


🏆 MID: Ilkay Gundogan 🏆

Team:  Manchester City

Opponent:  Watford (Home)

Ownership:  24% (Draft Fantasy Football)

Average Score Last 5 GWs:  3.4

Prospects:  Gundogan is an excellent GW30 punt for any Draft Fantasy manager looking for differentials this weekend.  With the likes of De Bruyne and Fernandinho out injured, we expect Gundogan to slot into the heart of City’s midfield.  With 5 goals and 2 assist this season, it is easy to forget that Gundogan is a seriously good attacking threat; and given his lack of game time the stats make even more impressive reading.

GW30 Points Scored:  2


🍒 MID: David Brooks 🍒

Team:  Bournemouth

Opponent:  Huddersfield (Away)

Ownership:  24% (Draft Fantasy Football)

Average Score Last 5 GWs:  N/A

Prospects:  Bournemouth have seriously missed Brooks in the last 4 gameweeks!  Brooks picked up an injury at the worst possible time, riding a wave of excellent form, his injury came straight after an inspired performance against Chelsea in which he scored 1 and setup another.  Back to full fitness now, and having played a full 90 minutes in GW29 we fully expect Brooks to start in GW30 against Premier League basement boys Huddersfield.  We’ve ranked Brooks as Hot, and he has guaranteed GW31 and 33 fixtures upcoming!

GW30 Points Scored:  3


🦊 DEF: Ben Chilwell 🦊

Team:  Leicester

Opponent:  Fulham (Home)

Ownership:  35% (Draft Fantasy Football)

Average Score Last 5 GWs:  1.2

Prospects:  Chilwell is likely to be taken in your league given the ownership statistics of 35%, but if he is available, we highly recommend you consider snapping him up.  GW30 opponents Fulham have only scored 2 goals in the past 5 gameweeks.  But looking beyond GW30, the next 5 gameweeks are exceptionally kind to Leicester; they face Burnley, Bournemouth, Huddersfield, Newcastle, and West Ham (these games include GW31 and 33 fixtures).  We think you’ll agree with us that the next 5 gameweeks could be tougher.  So ignore Chilwell’s current form and look to the next 6 gameweeks starting with Fulham in GW30 as the potential for both defensive and attacking returns are high.  If Chilwell has been taken in your Draft League, then look towards Evans (3% DFF), as he’s started the last seven games in a row.

GW30 Points Scored:  2


🔴 DEF: Joel Matip 🔴

Team:  Liverpool

Opponent:  Burnley (Home)

Ownership:  12% (Draft Fantasy Football)

Average Score Last 5 GWs:  5.4 🔥🔥🔥

Prospects:  With 4 clean sheets in the last 5 gameweeks, Matip is hot property as he continues to deputise for the injured Lovren and Gomez.  In total this season Matip has been involved in 6 clean sheets from only the 10 starts!  GW30 opponents Burnley should be no match for Matip and Liverpool as they look to get back to winning ways in their title push.  Matip offers an the best opportunity for Draft Fantasy managers to get a a premium top 2 defender into your squad.

GW30 Points Scored:  1


⚪️ DEF: Serge Aurier ⚪️

Team:  Spurs

Opponent:  Southampton (Away)

Ownership:  33% (Draft Fantasy Football)

Average Score Last 5 GWs:  N/A

Prospects:  Aurier looks set to prosper from the injury sustained to Trippier this week.  Despite not featuring a great deal this season, Aurier looks more at home with life in English football this season and has been involved in 2 clean sheets and contributed 2 assists in only the 8 games he has featured in.  Opponents Southampton should be no match for the Spurs defence as joint 6th worst goal scorers in the Premier League this season with 32.  Kompany (20% DFF) is a good alternative here, as he looks set to start with Stones and Laporte struggling with injuries.

GW30 Points Scored:  0


🦅 DEF: Jeffrey Schlupp 🦅

Team:  Crystal Palace

Opponent:  Brighton (Home)

Ownership:  8% (Draft Fantasy Football)

Average Score Last 5 GWs: 6.2 🔥🔥🔥

Prospects:  Schlupp is one of the most in form players going, having picked up 3 assists on the bounce and a goal in the last 5 gameweeks.  The beauty of picking Schlupp for your team is that whilst he is categorised as a defender, Crystal Palace are deploying him in a more advanced left wing position.  This weekends opponents Brighton will offer another ideal opportunity for attacking returns, but equally defensive returns as modest scorers this season, 5th lowest with 30 goals in total shouldn’t offer too much of a threat to Schlupp’s clean sheet potential.  If Schlupp has already been snapped up, the Wan-Bissaka (29% DFF) is a great alternative.  He gained an assist in his return to action in GW29.

GW30 Points Scored:  1


🍒 GK: Artur Boruc 🍒

Team:  Bournemouth

Opponent:  Huddersfield (Away)

Ownership:  1% (Draft Fantasy Football)

Average Score Last 5 GWs:  2.4

Prospects:  Boruc has done actually really well since getting back into the Bournemouth first team; despite the average score over the past 5 gameweeks.  If Bournemouth were going to drop Boruc it would have been after conceding 5 goals to Arsenal in GW28, but they stuck with the keeper who has 2 clean sheets from the 7 starts, and despite conceding a goal to Manchester City; Boruc was on fire as the score line could have been much worse.  GW30 opponents Huddersfield will offer very little in attack, they are the Premier Leagues’ lowest goal scorers with 15 goals from 29 games.  The Cherries also have guaranteed GW31 and 33 fixtures.

GW30 Points Scored:  6


GW30 Team Points:  33

GW30 Team Average Score:  3 points per player

GW30 Average Ownership:  15%


📝 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 GW30 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: 37 points

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