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Draft Premier League: Gameweek 2 Hot or Cold Player Rankings

Our Gameweek 2 Player Rankings are here to outline the current prospects of key Fantasy EPL players.  The ‘Hot’ or ‘Cold’ status will help take away your emotional attachment to certain Draft Premier League players and bring in the players that you need to help you dominate your Fantrax Draft League!

Use these hints and tips to increase your chances of success!  New kid on the block hitting good form?  Early draft pick not performing?  Use this article as an objective way to influence your transfer and trade activity!


🔥🔥🔥 Gameweek 2 Player Rankings: Hot List 🔥🔥🔥

These are Fantasy EPL Draft players that have risen in our rankings!  These are potential free agents on good form or established players that you should be looking to trade-in.  Keep an eye on these players, and bring them into your Fantrax squad if you can!


Rob Holding

Position:  Defender

Team:  Arsenal

Ownership:  19%

Form Last 30 Days:  13.75 PPG

Next 5 Fixtures:  WHU (H), liv (A), SHU (H), mci (A), LEI (H)

What’s Changed?:  Let me level with you reader, this is not a glamorous pick.  But the truth is, to win championships you need a couple of Rob Holdings mopping up at the back and ticking over some solid points.  And solid is exactly what you’ll get from Holding – 3 clearances, 3 interceptions, and an aerial duel won for good measure.  I think Arsenal will be much stronger at the back this year and Holding will be a permanent fixture.


Kalvin Phillips

Position:  Midfielder

Team:  Leeds United

Ownership:  77%

Form Last 30 Days:  15.5 PPG

Next 5 Fixtures:  FUL (H), shu (A), MCI (H), WOL (H), avl (A)

What’s Changed?:  Leeds showed us exactly what the Premier League has been missing out on for the past 16 years, and in Kalvin Phillips, the Yorkshire side has a midfield boss that will compete with the best in the league.  Phillips picked up an assist, but putting that to one side he held his own against the most formidable of attacking and midfield units.  With 3 interceptions and 2 clearances, Phillips showed just a snippet of his Ghost point potential.  Sign him up!


Alexandre Lacazette

Position:  Forward

Team:  Arsenal

Ownership:  98%

Form Last 30 Days:  14.5 PPG

Next 5 Fixtures: WHU (H), liv (A), SHU (H), mci (A), LEI (H)

What’s Changed?:  Did you draft him reader?  And whilst we’re on the subject, how does it feel to have picked up Lacazette as your 3rd, maybe even 4th choice striker in round 10/11?  Pretty good let me tell you reader.  Lacazette makes it into the hot list for GW1 because he was a gamble.  OK, not the sort of gamble that would have been taken on Andy Carroll starting and scoring a commendable 8 points, but a gamble nether-the-less.  I think Totti or Genie said it in the Rankings and Transfers Breakdown podcast: that gambling on Lacazette over someone like Neal Maupay as your 3rd choice, could well end up being the draft pick you look back on as the pick that won you the title.


Gameweek 2 Player Rankings: More Hot Players!

Fantasy EPL Defenders

  • Lucas Digne (100%, Everton) – Such an elite Fantrax player.
  • Willy Boly (99%, Wolves) – Solid start to the season for the ultimate Fantrax boss!!
  • Romain Saiss (96%, Wolves) – A big opening GW points haul and a goal for good measure.  We expect big points from Saiss this season.
  • Timothy Castagne (90%, Leicester) – Stepped into the vacant Ben Chilwell sized hole with absolute ease!
  • Gabriel Magalhães (80%, Arsenal) – The new recruit looks solid and is a serious aerial presence. 

Fantasy EPL Midfielders

  • James Rodriguez (89%, Everton) – Dreamy start for the former Galacticos!
  • Abdoulaye Doucoure (64%, Everton) – It wasn’t just the league debutant who shined, Doucoure is an old hand at Premier League football and was in fine form.
  • Jack Harrison (63%, Leeds) – Took his goal seriously well and his story to Premier League fame is a great one, go check it out!
  • Andros Townsend (25%, Crystal Palace) – A firm favorite amongst the FPL Kickaround podcast took his opportunity in GW1.
  • Jeff Hendrick (8%, Newcastle) – 23 points from GW1; unbelievable scenes Jeff!! 

Fantasy EPL Forwards

  • Mohamed Salah (100%, Liverpool) – Obviously.
  • Willian (100%, Arsenal) – Arsenal fans must still be wondering how they’ve picked him up on a free?
  • Jamie Vardy (100%, Leicester) – Opening GW Vardy-party.  All aboard!
  • Dominic Calvert-Lewin (98%, Everton) – With the likes of Richarlison, James, and Doucoure feeding the young Englishman, he’s in for a bumper season!
  • Callum Wilson (81%, Newcastle) – Dream debut for the former Bournemouth forward who massively struggled last season.


❄️❄️❄️ Gameweek 2 Player Rankings: Cold List ❄️❄️❄️

These are Fantasy EPL players that have fallen in our rankings.  This may be due to poor form, they have been dropped from the best 11, they have suffered an injury, or received a suspension.  It’s time to consider dropping these players from your squads!


Matt Doherty

Position:  Defender

Team:  Spurs

Ownership: 100%

Form Last 30 Days:  3.75 PPG

Next 5 Fixtures:  sou (A), NEW (H), mun (A), WHU (H), bur (A)

What’s Changed?:  Doherty looked great going forwards and was probably Spurs only real threat.  But he’s joined a poor side, who looked as flat and boring to watch as the documentary.

Recommendation:  Hold on to Doherty for a few more weeks as his stock will stay high; just don’t be afraid to trade him in for a tier 2 or 3 defender in a few weeks after Spurs have ruined him.


Jarrod Bowen

Position:  Midfielder

Team:  West Ham

Ownership:  98%

Form Last 30 Days:  0 PPG

Next 5 Fixtures:  ars (A), WOL (H), lei (A), tot (A), MCI (H)

What’s Changed?:  New season, same old West Ham.  Bowen has serious potential and is a good Fantrax points scorer so let’s not be too hasty and make any rash decisions.  You would have drafted him fairly early, so stick by him.  Bowen will come good!

Recommendation:  Hold on to Bowen for now, and after a couple of solid points hauls look to trade out.


Roberto Firmino

Position:  Forward

Team:  Liverpool

Ownership: 100%

Form Last 30 Days:  -0.5 PPG

Next 5 Fixtures:  che (A), ARS (H), avl (A), eve (A), SHU (H)

What’s Changed?:  Not a good start.  To be honest reader, we’re not big Bobby fans (in a Fantrax perspective – he plays the best false 9 in Europe).  Many managers would have drafted the Liverpool forward in the second or third round, and his points score in GW1 was pretty shocking considering!

Recommendation: Try and trade him out early doors if you can get a decent deal.  But his stock is low, so you’ll be better off keeping hold of him rather than trading him out for a much lower level player.


Gameweek 2 Player Rankings: More Cold Players!

Fantasy EPL Defenders

  • Trent Alexander-Arnold (100%, Liverpool) – Mr. Elite defender looked a bit flat-footed and tired; which is to be expected after a long international week.  He’ll be back!
  • John Egan (97%, Sheffield United) – Just be aware Chaps.  Keep an eye on your Sheffield United defense: second season syndrome, Europa League toil, and whilst Ramsdale is a very good keeper, he’s no Henderson!  Prediction:  Sheffield defensive assets to plummet.
  • Ruben Vinagre (67%, Wolves) – Turns out he is not the replacement for Jonny!

Fantasy EPL Midfielders

  • Nathan Redmond (98%, Southampton) – A poor start for a normally solid performer.
  • Ayoze Perez (94%, Leicester City) – It doesn’t help that I’m never particularly hot on Perez but he did literally nothing in 67 minutes.  
  • Pablo Hernandez (89%, Leeds) – Whatever Leeds fans say, Hernandez is not the next Emi Buendia.  Move on.

Fantasy EPL Forwards

  • Nicolas Pepe (99%, Arsenal) – We’ve been here before reader, the whole of last season.  He isn’t going to be a regular starter!
  • Diogo Jota (90%, Wolves) – Out of the starting lineup and unlikely to get back in for a while given the performances of Neto and Podence.
  • Steven Bergwijn (85%, Spurs) – Spurs looked unfit and generally dreadful, and Bergwijn is going to struggle in this side.


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