Draft Fantasy Soccer Waiver Wire: Week 7
With Week 6 in the books, fantasy owners should now be getting a good understanding of their team makeup. Teams can have a composition of safe players that give constant returns. Or in fact, a team might have a roster of boom or bust players, that represent a high risk and high rewards. Or, a mixture of both. Neither way is right, and both makeups can win you a fantasy league. It is worth taking an inventory on your team and seeing what your team makeup looks like and, in turn, what your team needs are, before making your week seven fantasy soccer waiver wire claims. As usual, the week seven fantasy soccer waiver wire will feature players owned in 65% or less of Fantrax leagues.
Draft Fantasy Soccer Waiver Wire
1. Danny Rose – Defender – Tottenham – 45% Owned
As I have stated before in this column, Danny Rose is very good at football. Saturday’s game against Brighton showed that Rose is the best left back at Spurs. He missed most of last season with an injury and sat out early this season after playing a lot in the World Cup, but it now looks like he has solidly won his starting spot back in the Spurs starting 11. Rose was the man of the match versus Brighton and ended up with one assist on three crosses. He seemed to be open in the attacking third every time Spurs pushed and could have had an even better day. Rose was in the conversation as a top-5 defender before last season. He has a high ceiling and a relatively high floor, as he should see his fair share of clean sheets with Spurs. Rose should be picked up in all leagues on the fantasy soccer waiver wire.
— Sean Sullivan (@Sean_Sullivan_1) September 25, 2018
2. Willy Boly – Defender – Wolverhampton – 49% Owned
Wolves looked excellent in what was a very entertaining game against United on Saturday. At 6’5”, Boly appears to be the sole target for Wolves when taking corners and he nearly scored on Saturday. Wolves are solid at the back and should start seeing more clean sheets this season from which Boly will benefit. Boly is one of the rare centrebacks that are a threat at both ends, a handy fantasy asset. His ceiling might not be perennially high, but he should have a consistently high floor. Wolves schedule looks much easier for the next four weeks. Owners needing a reliable defender who can score can do far worse than Boly on the fantasy soccer waiver wire.
3. Joe Hart – Goalkeeper – West Ham – 65% Owned
Six years. That’s how long it takes to get over being chipped by Andrea Pirlo in a major tournament. It’s been a free fall for Hart ever since that fateful night in Kiev, but he now looks to have found something resembling form. He is currently leading the Premier League in saves, and Burnley seems to have found a pulse. The former head and shoulders model looks like he has found a home as Burnley’s number one goalkeeper. Burnley have Cardiff and Huddersfield coming up, and Hart will have a good chance for a clean sheet in both games. This is the year when midtable goalkeepers give excellent fantasy returns, and Hart looks to join those elite ranks. Make him a priority soccer waiver wire pick up for teams needing a goalkeeper.
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4. Anthony Knockaert – Midfielder – Brighton – 64% Owned
We’ve got Knockaert, Anthony Knockaert; I’m just not sure you understand. Against Tottenham, Knockaert showed why he was an almost talismanic hero at Brighton before they got promoted. Brighton played down the wings against Tottenham with March and Knockaert and looked dangerous often. He could have scored a hat-trick in this one, against a good Spurs side, and his Iniesta like ‘croqueta’ move had Danny Rose chasing his tail. Brighton faces a tough challenge against City next week, but after that, the schedule eases up. Brighton needs to find goals, and Knockaert looks like an excellent candidate to step up and score them. Rotation risk and a bad attitude mean he has a low floor, but his ceiling is very high. If players don’t want to use a waiver pick on Knockaert, look to pick him up from free agency when the fantasy soccer waiver wire clears.
Bernardo Silva – 29.5
Aaron Lennon – 28 ?
Riyad Mahrez – 27
Ilkay Gundogan – 25.5
Anthony Knockaert – 25 ?
Johan Berg Gudmundsson – 22
— Sean Sullivan (@Sean_Sullivan_1) September 25, 2018
5. Jonjo Shelvey – Midfielder – Newcastle – 55% Owned
The shiny headed midfielder in the heart of Newcastle’s midfield is back in the team. He’s been out during Newcastle’s recent tough run of fixtures, but he played 90 minutes this week against Palace. He did look a little off the pace this week, but his talent is transcendent. He is Newcastle’s best play maker and he should start getting a chance to show that soon as the fixtures begin to ease up. Newcastle has looked bad this season, but in Rafa we trust. Newcastle isn’t expected to make the top half of the table, but they should be far better than they have shown so far. Shelvey is a speculative add and should also be a high floor, safe player. He is a flyer add on the fantasy soccer waiver wire this week.
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