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Draft Premier League Gameweek 29: Hot or Cold Player Rankings

Our Hot or Cold 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 29 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!


Gary Cahill

Position:  Defender

Team:  Crystal Palace

Ownership:  8%

Form Last 30 Days:  10.25 PPG

Next 5 Fixtures:  WAT (H), bou (A), liv (A), BUR (H), lei (A)

What’s Changed?:  It’s been an impressive couple of weeks for Cahill who has now been involved in five clean sheets this season.  The last two clean sheets have come in the last two Gameweek’s, and Cahill has been absolutely superb; picking up a Man of the Match award at Brighton in Gameweek 28.  Cahill has registered five double-digit scores in the last eight Gameweek’s, which is impressive considering two of those double-digit scores came in a defeat to Sheffield United and having shipped two goals against Manchester City.  Draft Premier League managers should be taking note of Cahill, who has three fixtures coming up with potential high points on offer!


Ondrej Duda

Position:  Midfielder

Team:  Norwich

Ownership:  47%

Form Last 30 Days:  7.33 PPG

Next 5 Fixtures:  shu (A), SOU (H), EVE (H), ars (A), BHA (H)

What’s Changed?:  Norwich is blessed with outstanding Fantrax scoring midfielders, and Duda is one of them!  In only six appearances for the Canaries Duda has amassed 61 Fantrax points at an average of 10.2 points per gameweek.  As a Norwich City fan, I’ve seen Duda play live in four of the six appearances, he is a creative player.  It is also very clear that Norwich, who is very accomplished in attacking football, looks set on using Duda in the number 10 role for the remainder of the season.  So whilst Duda might have had a couple of quiet Gameweek’s (GW26 and GW27); he looks back on song picking up a huge 16 points against Leicester for producing no attacking returns.  If Duda is a free agent in your Draft Premier League; pick him up!


Christian Benteke

Position:  Forward

Team:  Crystal Palace

Ownership:  40%

Form Last 30 Days:  13.33 PPG

Next 5 Fixtures: WAT (H), bou (A), liv (A), BUR (H), lei (A)

What’s Changed?:  We are not joking around, this is not a drill!!  If Benteke is available, go and pick him up immediately chaps.  In the last six Gameweek’s Benteke has registered five double-digit scores, and his only single-figure score was a pretty decent nine pointer.  It is also pretty clear that Palace manager, Roy Hodgson is sticking with Benteke as his focal point, leading the attack from the start of the last six fixtures.  Despite scoring so well, Benteke has actually registered only one attacking return, a goal in the Gameweek 26 defeat to Everton.  But it is the ghost points awarded in Fantrax scoring that makes Benteke such a desirable asset.  With Watford, Bournemouth, and Leicester coming up, we fully expect Benteke to be able to dominate the defense aerially so more ghost points will be on the way!

Crystal Palace also has a guaranteed Blank Gameweek 31 fixture!


Gameweek 29 Player Rankings: More Hot Players!

Fantasy EPL Defenders

  • Trent Alexander-Arnold (100%, Liverpool) – Slowed down a little, but still an elite player
  • Matt Doherty (98%, Wolves) – Really finding his form!!
  • Harry Maguire (100%, Manchester United) – Continues to perform to a very high level
  • Marcos Alonso (93%, Chelsea) – Really playing well at the moment. Huge score in GW28
  • Willy Boly (88%, Wolves) – Back in the side, and scoring really well
  • Reece James (73%, Chelsea) – Scores really well when he starts… which is becoming more and more often
  • Dan Burn (47%, Brighton) – Back from injury, and back to scoring great ghost points
  • Shkodran Mustafi (44%, Arsenal) – Scoring really well, although is a slight injury concern
  • Charlie Taylor (45%, Burnley) – We’ve been highlighting him for months. Scoring really well!
  • Jan Bednarek (28%, Southampton) – The pick of the Saints defenders for us

Fantasy EPL Midfielders

  • Kevin De Bruyne (100%, Manchester City) – Best player in the league!
  • Riyad Mahrez (100%, Manchester City) – Continues to perform really well
  • Jack Grealish (99%, Aston Villa) – Outstanding season for this Chap. Potentially a top 10 player
  • James Ward-Prowse (98%, Southampton) – Continues to play really well. Racks up great ghost points
  • Diogo Jota (95%, Wolves) – This guy is on fire!!! Trade him in if you can!
  • Abdoulaye Doucoure (88%, Watford) – Performing really well, and chipping in with attacking returns
  • Bruno Fernandes (87%, Manchester United) – Hit the ground running. Anyone that got hold of him in January is laughing now!
  • Ryan Fraser (86%, Bournemouth) – Finally showing some decent form!
  • Michail Antonio (80%, West Ham) – Really upped his game the last couple of weeks
  • Ashley Westwood (70%, Burnley) – Solid scoring midfielder, and guaranteed a GW31 match
  • Matt Ritchie (58%, Newcastle) – Back in the side for GW28, and scored double digits
  • Moussa Djenepo (20%, Southampton) – Missed out in GW28, but likely to start this weekend

Fantasy EPL Forwards

  • Raul Jiminez (100%, Wolves) – Continues to score goals, even against the top clubs
  • Richarlison (100%, Everton) – Performing really well this season
  • Nicolas Pepe (95%, Arsenal) – Two starts and two huge points hauls in a row!
  • Dwight McNeil (92%, Burnley) – The young forward has been playing really well in recent weeks. A huge haul in GW27
  • Troy Deeney (92%, Watford) – An old favorite of The Chaps, scoring goals and winning aerials for fun!
  • Dominic Calvert-Lewin (92%, Everton) – The young striker is thriving under Ancelotti
  • Joshua King (84%, Bournemouth) – Back in the side, and consecutive double-digit scores
  • Steven Bergwijn (83%, Tottenham) – Started life in the Premier League exceptionally well
  • Ismaila Sarr (60%, Watford) – The hero of Gameweek 28! Trade him in if you can!!
  • Olivier Giroud (55%, Chelsea) – Started the last two games, and gained attacking returns in both
  • Pedro (54%, Chelsea) – Started the last couple of scored really good ghost points
  • Shane Long (34%, Southampton) – Really good low ownership option
  • Oliver McBurnie (28%, Sheffield United) – Now nailed in the side, and scoring really good ghost points
  • Jarrod Bowen (24%, West Ham) – Started his first game in GW28, and got himself on the score sheet


❄️❄️❄️ Gameweek 29 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!


Aymeric Laporte

Position:  Defender

Team:  Manchester City

Ownership: 66%

Form Last 30 Days:  6.75 PPG

Next 5 Fixtures:  mun (A), BUR (H), che (A), LIV (H), sou (A)

What’s Changed?:  It was on the FPLkickaround podcast that Chap 2 questioned whether he would go out and pick up Laporte.  There were two reasons for Chap 2 not wanting to rush to sign the Manchester City defender: 1 – City’s defense has been so poor this season, there were questions raised as to whether Laporte would make much of a difference.  To his credit, he did.  Point 2 – Laporte had been out for an injury for a long period, and what happens to a player after a prolonged period on the sidelines; typically they pick up another minor setback soon after returning.  Case in point, Laporte is set for another month on the sidelines!

Recommendation:  We’d recommend dropping Laporte.  It is the business end of the season and there are plenty of other options available.


Leandro Trossard

Position:  Midfielder

Team:  Brighton

Ownership:  65%

Form Last 30 Days:  2.5 PPG

Next 5 Fixtures:  wol (A), ARS (H), lei (A), MUN (H), nor (A)

What’s Changed?:  An absolute colossal Fantrax player Trossard could be.  The frustration that surrounds Trossard in Draft Premier League is huge; with some weeks Trossard looking unplayable and others, he looks decidedly average.  It isn’t completely the fault of the player, as the Brighton manager, Graham Potter, continues to persist with the wild rotation.  This must have an impact on the players and Trossard in particular looks like a player who hasn’t been able to build any momentum.  Regardless, Brighton is one of those sides who whilst nobody is talking about just yet, could slip into a relegation battle.  They need to start getting the best out of Trossard and the need the best out of him soon.

Recommendation:  We’d recommend sticking by Trossard for now, although picking up a consistent midfielder like; Saiss (32%), Capoue (35%), or McArthur (69%) is tempting if you need guaranteed starters!


Gerard Deulofeu

Position:  Forward

Team:  Watford

Ownership: 94%

Form Last 30 Days:  4.17 PPG

Next 5 Fixtures:  cry (A), LEI (H), bur (A), SOU (H), che (A)

What’s Changed?Deulofeu had been on fire through December and into the New Year, but the last couple of Gameweek’s had brought some low scores.  Whilst these low scores were not horrendous and we certainly wouldn’t have been promoting the need to drop Deulofeu from your squad; his form would have warranted keeping a close eye on.  However, the news broke late last week, just before the Gameweek 28 fixtures took place that Deulofeu will be ruled out for the rest of the season with a knee injury.

Recommendation: This is a pretty obvious one, you need to drop Deulofeu straight away.


Gameweek 29 Player Rankings: More Cold Players!

Fantasy EPL Defenders

  • Toby Alderweireld (70%, Spurs) – Spurs are really poor at the back . Drop him
  • John Lundstram (65%, Sheffield United) – Ousted from the side. Time to drop
  • Nathan Ake (58%, Bournemouth) – Not sure why his ownership is so high, scores really poorly
  • Joel Matip (57%, Liverpool) – Not getting a look in. Lovren started ahead of him in GW28
  • Victor Lindelof (50%, Manchester United) – Never scores well in Togga Scoring
  • Diego Rico (50%, Bournemouth) – Not started the last two games. Drop him
  • Kurt Zouma (38%, Chelsea) – Not starting at the moment. Drop him

Fantasy EPL Midfielders

  • Felipe Anderson (95%, West Ham) – Doesn’t look to be in Moye’s best XI at the moment!
  • Pascal Gross (87%, Brighton) – Stuck on the sidelines. Drop him if you’re struggling for players
  • Daniel James (82%, Manchester United) – Didn’t feature in GW28, and on really poor form
  • Luka Milivojevic (81%, Crystal Palace) – Not played the last two games. Drop him
  • Jorginho (87%, Chelsea) – Suspended for the next game, and scoring pretty poorly anyway
  • Manuel Lanzini (69%, West Ham) – Riding the bench. Drop him
  • Giovanni Lo Celso (58%, Tottenham) – Starting every game, but not scoring very well at all
  • Andros Townsend (39%, Crystal Palace) – Can’t get into the side. Drop him
  • Johann Gudmundsson (36%, Burnley) – Struggling with injuries. A great asset, but time to bite the bullet and ditch him
  • Alex Iwobi (34%, Everton) – Scores poorly, and can’t get into the side at the moment

Fantasy EPL Forwards

  • Raheem Sterling (100%, Manchester City) – Not hitting the heights he should be, and City sometimes look better without him in the side!
  • Jamie Vardy (100%, Leicester) – The goals have dried up. A good fixture schedule coming up though
  • Tammy Abraham (97%, Chelsea) – Struggling with injuries at the moment. Worrying times for his owners
  • Willian (97%, Chelsea) – Not in the side at the moment, after a great few months of scoring form!
  • Ayoze Perez (96%, Leicester) – Never been a fan. Not sure how he starts every game
  • Teemu Pukki (95%, Norwich) – Struggling for goals, and points
  • Joelinton (60%, Newcastle) – The forward continues to struggle for goals and Fantrax points


Previous Hot or Cold Player Rankings Editions: Gameweek 21 | Gameweek 22 | Gameweek 23 | Gameweek 24 | Gameweek 25 | Gameweek 26 | Gameweek 27 | Gameweek 28

Navigating Blank Gameweek 31 is essential for all Fantasy EPL managers! With two games postponed, you need to make a plan!!

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