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Draft Premier League: Gameweek 7 Waiver Wire and Trade Targets

Every Fantrax manager knows that Waiver Wire and Trade acquisitions can make or break your Fantasy EPL season.  This Gameweek 7 Waiver Wire article is here to help managers pick up the best Draft Premier League players possible, 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 7 Waiver Wire Targets


Michy Batshuayi

Position: Forward

Team: Crystal Palace

Ownership: 30%

Next 5 Fixtures: wol (A), LEE (H), bur (A), NEW (H), wba (A)

Prospects: Batshuayi got his first return of the season with an assist in the win vs. Fulham. Crystal Palace haven’t been the best attacking wise, but looked great vs. Fulham although most teams do. Batshuayi is still worth a pickup, in easy games he will have FWD2 upside, but could be a set and forget FWD3 most of the season. Based on the early signs he will be somewhat goal dependent, so ideally you would bench him against teams Palace will have a lot of defending to do. Over the next few weeks he should start as your FWD 2/3 and could get his first goal of the season over the next month.

Verdict: I would use a mid-tier waiver claim or about 7-10% of my FAB budget.


Jan Bednarek

Position: Defender

Team: Southampton

Ownership: 26%

Next 5 Fixtures: avl (A), NEW (H), wol (A), MUN (H), bri (A)

Prospects: Clean sheets are very tough to come by this season, but Southampton have three so far. Bednarek scored 11.25 points in the win vs. Everton. While his ghost points weren’t great this game, I still have hopes for some decent scores over the next month. Southampton have been very good at the back against non “top 6” teams this season. Over the next few games they come up against some very inconsistent attacks and could keep 2-3 more clean sheets. Bednarek will probably see a few scores of 10+ over this time, and is worth playing in most of the matchups as a DEF3.

Verdict: I would use a low-end waiver claim or about 1-3% of my FAB on Bednarek.


Vladimir Coufal

Position: Defender

Team: West Ham

Ownership: 12%

Next 5 Fixtures: liv (A), FUL (H), shu (A), AVL (H), MUN (H)

Prospects: Coufal has started the last three games for West Ham and has two 10+ scores. He got his first assist in the draw vs. Manchester City for that spectacular Antonio goal. West Ham as a whole has looked great this season since that GW1 defeat. After the match against Liverpool, they have a pretty decent run of games where their assets could see some big returns.

It is worth picking Coufal up now and benching him for the Liverpool game. He will be a lot easier to waiver in this week as opposed to right before he plays Fulham. That goes with any West Ham assets on your waiver wire. Coufal should provide solid DEF2 value after the Liverpool game, and could see his key pass numbers improve as well.

Verdict: I would look to use a mid-tier waiver claim or about 4-6% of your FAB budget on Coufal.


Gameweek 7 Trade-In Target


Michail Antonio

Position: Midfielder

Team: West Ham

Next 5 Fixtures: liv (A), FUL (H), shu (A), AVL (H), MUN (H)

Prospects: Antonio has picked up where he left off last season with three goals in his first six games, including the overhead kick against Manchester City. Antonio is a set and forget player when he is healthy and currently sits at 12 PPM. There are small rumors about a hamstring knock, although it doesn’t seem serious. Now could be the time to trade him in, ahead of West Ham’s very friendly run. I don’t expect Antonio to miss any games or at most the Liverpool one with what Moyes said he thinks is a cramp. IF he gets 30 starts this season there is no reason he can’t be a top 7 midfielder! Finishing at 14 PPM last season after 19 starts, I would put him closer to 12 PPM with 28-32 starts. Very few midfielders in his “tier” can score 20+ as easily as he can.

Verdict: I would look to offer a MID2 + DEF2 for Antonio or would even consider offering a “big name” MID2 in a 1:1 deal. Look to offer the likes of Barnes, Havertz, Zaha, Bowen, Boly, Gomez, and Keane in a deal for Antonio.


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