Every Fantrax manager knows that Waiver Wire and Trade acquisitions can make or break your Fantasy EPL season. This Gameweek 31 article is here to help managers pick up the best Draft Premier League players possible from the waiver wire, as well as suggest players to potentially target for a trade with a fellow manager!
Here we outline Fantasy EPL Waiver Wire Targets that have 30% 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!
Essential reading before the Tuesday waiver requests process!
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Gameweek 33 Waiver Wire Targets
Alexis Mac Allister
Average Points per Match: 2.75
Next 5 Fixtures: nor (A), LIV (H), MCI (H), sou (A), NEW (H)
Prospects: Mac Allister put in a decent 2nd half in the 3-0 loss to Manchester United. He finished the game with 3 key passes and took the majority of set plays before being subbed off. The hope is that he will start vs, Norwich, and that alone is worth a gamble on picking him up. With Mooy set to return to the XI, Mac Allister may lose some set-piece duty, but should still create a few chances vs. Norwich. After Norwich, Brighton has back to back terrible matchups, but have a friendlier end to the season. I would consider Mac Allister a MID5 with upside due to his talent from set-pieces. He is worth a mid-tier waiver wire claim if you are looking for a punt in midfield ahead of gameweek 33.
Average Points per Match: 7.60
Next 5 Fixtures: MCI (H), eve (A), mun (A), BRI (H), bou (A)
Prospects: Long made a return to the XI with 4.5 points in the victory vs. Watford. Shane Long usually has a decent floor due to his aerials and work ethic racking up a few counting stats. Even in the tough fixtures, I would still consider Long a FWD3 with a floor higher than the likes of Pukki, and Wilson. The Saints forward was probably dropped during his injury to your waiver wire and should be picked up before gameweek 33. Southampton looked great vs. Watford and will look to capitalize against a City team with nothing to play for. Long was taken off after 75 minutes so I would expect him to start again alongside the in from Danny Ings.
Average Points per Match: 6.71
Next 5 Fixtures: new (A), BUR (H), nor (A), WAT (H), mun (A)
Prospects: Soucek got himself a goal vs. Chelsea and was unlucky to have another ruled out by VAR. On top of being a threat from set-pieces, he has a solid floor of 5-7 points. West Ham has a very friendly schedule over the next 4 gameweeks, and Soucek may be the easiest Hammer to acquire. West Ham will still be pegged back defensively for periods in their friendly schedule allowing Soucek to rack up his defensive stats. In a day with 5 subs, owning a player that plays 90 minutes adds extra value to them. I would look to use a top waiver wire claim on Soucek ahead of gameweek 33. With a very shallow mid pool, he has the potential to be a set and forget MID4 over the next while.
Gameweek 33 Trade-In Target
Team: Leicester City
Average Points per Match: 12.2
Next 5 Fixtures: CRY (H), ars (A), bou (A), SHU (H), tot (A)
Prospects: Maddison has gone 15 games without a goal or assist, and Leicester as a whole has looked poor. If this team wants a chance at Champions League, their hopes may live with James Maddison. He managed seven points in 45 minutes vs. Everton and was Leicester’s best player when he came on. Maddison only has two double-digit returns in his last seven games and will hope to turn things around over the next few weeks. I would bump Maddison’s value down to high-end MID2 based on his recent performances, but he has the potential of a top 7 midfielder. In trade I would look to package a MID3 + FWD3/DEF3. Look to send a package deal including the likes of Kante, Henderson, Ndidi, Evans, Bertrand, Pukki, Lacazette.
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