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Draft Premier League: Gameweek 13 Waiver Wire and Trade Targets

Every Fantrax manager knows that Waiver Wire and Trade acquisitions can make or break your Fantasy EPL season.  This Gameweek 13 Waiver Wire article is here to help managers pick up the best Draft Premier League players possible, as well as suggest players to potentially target for a trade with a fellow manager!

Essential reading before the Tuesday waiver requests process!

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Gameweek 13 Waiver Wire Targets

Here we outline Fantasy EPL Gameweek 13 Waiver Wire Targets that have 40% ownership or below on Fantrax.  These players will also have a favorable run of fixtures upcoming, so they could perform very well over the upcoming period!  Trade Targets will be players who look set to do well over the upcoming period, but their ownership statistics suggest they are probably taken in most draft leagues!


Matt Ritchie

Position: Midfielder

Team: Newcastle United

Ownership: 28%

Next 5 Fixtures: lee (A), FUL (H), mci (A), LIV (H), LEI (H)

Prospects: Ritchie managed a solid 10.5 points in the win vs. West Brom with three key passes. This was Ritchie’s first start since September, and fans and fantasy managers will be hoping he continues in the XI. Ritchie is a work-horse and it shows in his fantasy output, where he fills out the stat sheet quite nicely. He does take a few set pieces and may have a chance at the odd penalty as well if Wilson is off the field.

Even in tougher matchups, Ritchie is worth using as a MID5 due to his floor, and upside potential. Newcastle has a friendly next two fixtures, and Ritchie is a must-add ahead of them. While there is the chance he rotates due to his fitness levels, he is still worth a stash in the hopes he is in the first-choice XI in the long run.

Verdict: I would use a mid-tier waiver claim or 2-5% of my FAAB on Ritchie.


Luke Shaw

Position: Defender

Team: Manchester United

Ownership: 31%

Next 5 Fixtures: shu (A), LEE (H), Lei (A), WOL (H), AVL (H)

Prospects: Shaw marked his return from injury with 17.5 points against Manchester City, and was arguably the best player on the field. Shaw did his part locking down Mahrez and Torres very effectively. Ole showed a lot of trust in the left-back starting him ahead of Telles in what was a crucial game for United.

For now, I will stand by my belief that Shaw is the first choice LB at Manchester United. He will still rotate with Telles due to him being injury prone, and Ole wanting to encourage competition between the two. It would be best to roster both Telles and Shaw if you can. Shaw took his fair share of corners this match as well, with Bruno deciding to lurk on the edge of the box instead. I expect Shaw to rest either against Leeds or Sheffield, but he is still worth a waiver add.

Verdict: I would use a mid-tier waiver or 2-5% of my FAAB on Luke Shaw, especially after his MOTM performance.


Fabio Silva

Position: Forward

Team: Wolves

Ownership: 20%

Next 5 Fixtures: CHE (H), bur (A), TOT (H), mun (A), bri (A)

Prospects: Silva got his first EPL start for Wolves in the loss to Aston Villa, and scored 4.5 points. Wolves are still struggling for results winning only one of their last five games. Nuno changed things up by giving Silva a run in the XI, and dropping the once undroppable Boly to the bench. For the amount of money Wolves spent on Silva, Nuno may feel the need to give him a proper runout in the side before instantly dropping him back to the bench.

At only 18 years old, it will surely take him time to adjust to the levels of the EPL. With Jimenez set to miss an extended period, it is worth picking Silva up off the waiver wire. Yes, he will face rotation, but he will have upside playing alongside the likes of Adama, Neto, and Podence.

Verdict: I would look to use a mid-tier to top waiver claim on Silva, depending on your forward depth. Look to spend anywhere from 1-7% of your FAAB budget.


Gameweek 13 Trade-In Target


Sadio Mane

Position: Forward

Team: Liverpool

Next 5 Fixtures: TOT (H), cpl (A), WBA (H), new (A), sou (A)

Prospects: Mane is quietly having another very solid season in fantasy averaging roughly 14 PPM. The problem for him is the goals have dried up recently, with his last one coming October 17th vs. Everton. He still manages to show up and get 10+ ghost points every week. One thing I have learned in fantasy, people have very short memories. Mane had an absolute stinker vs. Fulham getting four points, and now is the time to send out some offers for him.

Liverpool has a busy fixture rest, and I only expect Mane to rest in one of the next 5-7 games. He is crucial to the Liverpool front 3, even more so with Jota set to miss the entire festive period. I would still back Mane to finish as a top 10 player, with a good chance of being a top 5-7 player overall.

Verdict: I would basically offer anyone except Bruno, De Bruyne, Salah, Kane, or potentially Grealish in a 1:1 trade for Mane. I would look to offer a package deal with a lower end FWD1 and a sweetener of FAAB, a MID4 or DEF3. Try starting with the likes of Rashford, Werner, Son in an offer for the Liverpool forward.


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