Getting your team selection correct in Draft Premier League is just as essential as your pre-season draft or your weekly waiver wire claims. And that’s exactly why we’re here to help with our Gameweek 32 Start and Sit article! We’re here to help you with some of the big Fantasy EPL decisions you may need to make for the upcoming fixtures.
Gameweek 32 Start and Sit
Whether you’re an obsessed EPL fan like our FantraxHQ team, or a casual player new to the world of Fantasy EPL, you know to start your attacking players against relegation-threatened sides. We’re not going to waste your time dealing with the obvious! The goal of this article is to delve into notable players across each Fantrax position and let you know if you should be starting or sitting those players.
Our format is as follows: We will be choosing 2 different teams. One will be our starts of the week, made up of non-obvious, low-rostered players. The other will be our sits of the week, made up of highly rostered, normally started players.
Starts of the Week XI
Average % Rostered: 11%
We’re going with Sam Johnstone between the sticks. Crystal Palace is a team reborn and has become fairly solid at the back. They’re coming off a clean sheet last GW & host struggling Everton at Selhurst Park. Johnstone should have a chance at some saves and potentially another cleanie.
In defense, we have a back 4. Chris Mepham has dropped 25 ghost points in the past two weeks and his Cherries host West Ham, a team that is horrific away from the London Stadium. Tosin Aradabioyo is in a similar boat – he’s been ghosting even better than Mepham, bagging over 18 ghost points last week. And he has a favorable matchup against relegation-fodder Leeds United at home. Toti, one word just like Prince but not to be confused with The Draft Society’s own, Tottiandor, has seemingly nailed down the Left Back spot at Wolves. He has been scoring fairly well and they take the trip to the King Power Stadium, which has been far from a cauldron this season. Rounding out the backline is Tyrick Mitchell, who gets forward and also picks up defensive points. He has the same advantageous matchup as Johnstone, playing host to the Toffees.
We also have 4 in the engine room. Jeffrey Schlupp provides a solid floor of at least 6-7 points and has the ability to nick attacking returns. The Everton defense, particularly away from home, has been very generous. Jordan Henderson looked 5 years younger this past GW – although it must be said that playing against Leeds is like sipping from the fountain of youth – and should be poised to score well against Forest at Anfield (if he doesn’t start, Thiago or Curtis Jones are good alternatives). Leander Dendoncker finally got a start over the weekend and did pretty well, scoring a solid 7. He has the potential to get even more ghost points but should be seen as more of a reliable than upside play. Finally, the youngster James Garner has shown flashes of brilliance this season and should continue to get the nod this GW. He got an assist last time out and is a danger from set pieces.
Last but not least, we have two strikers leading the line. Kelechi Iheanacho is one of the streakiest players in the business. We’re going to roll the dice again on Arnaut Danjuma as he scored from the bench last time out and provided some much-needed dynamism to a flailing Spurs side. As it is a late game, have some cover as there is no guarantee that he starts over Kulusevski or Son.
Sits of the Week XI
Given that this is a blank GW – Chelsea, Manchester United, Manchester City, & Brighton do not have any fixtures – it is not very helpful to advise who to sit. Most managers will not have that luxury. But what is useful in these moments is to know who you can afford to drop in order to field a competitive team. So here we go. No Chelsea asset other than maybe Reece James, Ben Chilwell, Joao Felix, & Kai Havertz is worth holding through the blank GW. For Man United, only the likes of Fred, McTominay, Varane, or others on the fringes should be ditched. Obviously hold all of your Manchester City assets (other than defenders, who are droppable in a pinch). And for Brighton, only defenders not named Estupinan (or Ferguson if the injury news is dire) should be cast aside. That’s your lot!
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