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Draft Premier League: Gameweek 25 Hot and Cold Rankings

Our Gameweek 25 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!

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🔥🔥🔥 Gameweek 25 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!


Ikay Gundogan

Position: Midfielder

Team: Manchester City

Ownership: 94%

Form Last 30 Days: 21.21 PPG

Next 5 Fixtures: ars (A), WHU (H), MUN (H), ful (A), lei (A)

What’s Changed?: The top scorer in the EPL in 2021, and the vital cog in the City midfield with De Bruyne hurt, Gundogan is having an incredible run of form that is impossible to ignore. He has been key to City’s great run as they push on to the EPL title. De Bruyne being out hurt has helped Gundogan advance more forward and get into positions to allow him to get more returns. I do expect Gundogan to experience a dip in form in terms of goals when De Bruyne is fully fit, so now could be the perfect time to trade him out on a high. I would aim for a MID1 level player and hope the other manager believes Gundogan can continue.


Luke Shaw

Position: Defender

Team: Manchester United

Ownership: 95%

Form Last 30 Days: 12.79 PPG

Next 5 Fixtures: NEW (H), che (A), mci (A), WHU (H), BRI (H)

What’s Changed?: Shaw has the most assists of any EPL player in 2021 with four, and has been one of the best United players in recent months. He has commanded corners, and led dangerous attacks down the left side, constantly pumping in quality crosses. It is safe to say Luke Shaw is having his best season as a United player and is probably the most in form left back right now. I would consider Shaw a top-five defender over the rest of the season, with the potential to provide double-digit scores almost every week. His key pass numbers have increased, and if United improves their clean sheet output his scores can only improve from there.


Harvey Barnes

Position: Midfielder

Team: Leicester City

Ownership: 99%

Form Last 30 Days: 15.86 PPG

Next 5 Fixtures: avl (A), ARS (H), bri (A), SHU (H), MCI (H)

What’s Changed?: Leicester City has been in great form over the last month and this season in general. Barnes in particular is having himself a nice purple patch, after a poor “project restart” showing, Rodgers is getting the best out of the Leicester winger. Barnes capped off his most recent display with a goal and a fantasy assist for just under 30 points in the 3-1 Liverpool win. Leicester comes into a good schedule over the next four games, and Barnes should be someone you look to trade in. Barnes should provide high MID2 value over the rest of the season.


Gameweek 25 Player Rankings: More Hot Players!

Fantasy EPL Defenders

  • Aaron Wan-Bissaka (99%, Manchester United) – An improvement in his attacking returns has seen him impress the last few months! 
  • Joao Cancelo (98%, Manchester City) – Cancelo is putting up some monster scores in Fantrax. The favourite for the #1 Defender spot!
  • Luke Shaw (95%, Manchester United) – The signing of Telles has reignited Shaw’s career. He takes a lot of set pieces and is the first choice LB.
  • Matt Targett (88%, Aston Villa) – Despite Villa’s struggles Targett has continue to put up great scores.

Fantasy EPL Midfielders

  • Mason Mount (100%, Chelsea) – Playing in a very attacking Chelsea side. Taking almost all set pieces, and becoming undroppable.
  • James Maddison (100%, Leicester City) – Maddison is back to his best, and should only improve.
  • Tomas Soucek (100%, West Ham) – A danger from set pieces, with four goals over the last month.
  • Jack Grealish (100%, Aston Villa) – Hard to ignore the form of this man this season, surely he will keep it up.
  • Bruno Fernandes (100%, Manchester United) – Getting a return almost every game, and the key cog in an attacking United team.
  • Bukayo Saka (99%, Arsenal) – The brightest spot for Arsenal this season, and turning into a top fantasy player.

Fantasy EPL Forwards

  • Raphinha (87%, Leeds) – One of the signings of the season, and playing like a FWD1.
  • Harry Kane (100%, Spurs) – What can’t Kane do? The #3 Fantrax scorer so far!
  • Raheem Sterling (100%, Manchester City) – Getting back to his best, on a team that’s flying high.
  • Jamie Vardy (100%, Leicester City) – The Vardy Party is here to stay!


❄️❄️❄️ Gameweek 25 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!


Lucas Digne

Position: Defender

Team: Everton

Ownership: 99%

Form Last 30 Days:  6.75 PPG

Next 5 Fixtures: liv (A), SOU (H), che (A), BUR (H), CPL (H)

What’s Changed?: Digne has not been the same since returning from his lengthy layoff, and specifically over the last month. Everton as a whole have failed to keep a clean sheet since their win vs. Chelsea back in December, and seem to be conceding goals for fun at the moment. Digne was known for commanding set plays, and having one of the highest defender floors in Fantrax. With Gylfi and James in the team, Digne takes let set pieces taking away his key pass and assist potential. I am in the camp that no longer believes Digne is a top 5 defender with players such as Shaw and Targett showing much better form.

Recommendation: I would look to trade out Digne for a lesser named DEF1 such as Shaw, or for a MID2/3 such as: Ward-Prowse, Antonio, Pogba, or Barkley.


James Rodriguez

Position: Midfielder

Team: Everton

Ownership: 100%

Form Last 30 Days: 6.75PPG

Next 5 Fixtures: liv (A), SOU (H), che (A), BUR (H), CPL (H)

What’s Changed?: Another Everton player makes the list. James has struggled since his first injury layoff a few months ago, and it seems teams have figured out his play style. I have never been a fan of Rodriguez personally, but his injury record and lack of consistency makes him a prime candidate for this list. Rodriguez should still be considered a low end MID2 – high end MID3 due to his set pieces, but will frustrate managers with his constant “rests”, and time on the sidelines. Everton as a whole are struggling, and James is suffering from that as well as the likes of Digne, Richarlson, and every Everton asset not named Calvert-Lewin.

Recommendation: I am all for trading out James for a more consistent starter with similar upside. Look to target the Everton fan in you league, and package James in a deal to get back someone like Harvey Barnes.


Hakim Ziyech

Position: Midfielder

Team: Chelsea

Ownership: 96%

Form Last 30 Days: 5.83PPG

Next 5 Fixtures: sou (A), MUN (H), EVE (H), lee (A), WBA (H)

What’s Changed?: Ziyech has only seen 1 start since Tuchel has arrived, and unfortunately, may continue too struggle for playing time, in a Chelsea side in fine form. Tuchel seems to prefer using wingbacks as opposed to wingers, which really hurts the playtime of players such as Pulisic and Ziyech. With the likes of Mount, Kovacic, and Jorginho in great form, I can’t see Ziyech winning back his spot anytime soon. I do think Ziyech will get at least 2-4 more starts over the rest of the season depending on Champions League rotation, and injuries, but he is unfortunately nothing more than an elite streamer until proven otherwise.

Recommendation: Ziyech is too big of a “name” to drop, but look to trade him out for useable every week value. Look for deals including players such as: Saint-Maximin, Lingard, Trossard, and Eze.


Gameweek 25 Player Rankings: More Cold Players!

Fantasy EPL Defenders

  • Ben Chilwell (99%, Chelsea) – Lost his spot in the XI, look to hold and hope for a revival, or trade out.
  • Kurt Zouma (64%, Chelsea) – The once #1 defender has lost his spot under Tuchel. Drop
  • Andrew Robertson (100%, Liverpool) – Scoring very poorly the last little while, hold and hope Liverpool improve.
  • Sergio Reguilon (65%, Tottenham) – Very poor scorer in Fantrax and now injured, look to trade out or drop.

Fantasy EPL Midfielders

  • Jarrod Bowen (92%, West Ham) – Scoring very poorly recently, look to trade out or bench.
  • Kai Havertz (76%, Chelsea) – We probably won’t see the best of Havertz this season, look to trade out!
  • Gareth Bale (44%, Tottenham) – Only the two starts for Spurs so far. Drop.
  • John McGinn (98%, Aston Villa) – Not putting up the same numbers as early season. Hope for improvement.
  • Christian Pulisic (97%, Chelsea) – Not seeing much playing time under Tuchel, trade out.

Fantasy EPL Forwards

  • Richarlson (99%, Everton) – Not scoring very well despite getting a lot of minutes, look to trade out.
  • Riyad Mahrez (97%, Manchester City) – Not getting consistent minutes, and scoring very poorly even when starting.
  • Anthony Martial (97%, Manchester United) – In and out of the XI, and in very poor form, trade out or hold.
  • Gabriel Jesus (95%, Manchester City) – Struggling with form, injuries, and COVID. Hold or trade out to the Aguero manager.


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