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Draft Premier League: Gameweek 8 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 8 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 8 Waiver Wire Targets


Rayan Ait-Nouri

Position: Defender

Team: Wolves

Ownership: 27%

Next 5 Fixtures: lei (A), SOU (H), ars (A), liv (A), AVL (H)

Prospects: Rayan Ait-Nouri is the latest in the proud line of amazing Wolves wing-backs. He was given a surprise start against Crystal Palace ahead of Saiss/Kilman/Marcal and he delivered scoring a goal and getting a clean sheet for the managers quick enough to pick him up. His spot at the left wing-back position is nowhere near safe or nailed on, but this is one bandwagon you should try to get on. After his all-action display, he will surely get a few starts in the upcoming congested schedule so definitely worth and add.

Verdict: I would not hesitate to use a mid-level waiver wire pick on him ahead of Gameweek 8, or spend 10-15$ FAB on him. Look out for rotation and consider that before making a claim.


Scott McTominay

Position: Midfielder

Team: Manchester United

Ownership: 30%

Next 5 Fixtures: WBA (H), sou (A), whu (A), MCI (H), shu (A)

Prospects: Having defensive midfielders on your Fantrax teams is not for everyone. McTominay was the only bright spot for Manchester United in their defeat to arch-rivals Arsenal on Sunday, but it was no surprise as we have become accustomed to these displays from the youngster who once again was instrumental in keeping the midfield balance. His Fantrax scoring is nothing to write home about, but if you need a plug-and-play midfielder, who will guarantee you 6-9 points, he is your man.

Verdict: I would use a low-end waiver wire pick on him ahead of Gameweek 8, and spend less than 5$ FAB to get him in.


Andriy Yarmolenko

Position: Forward

Team: West Ham United

Ownership: 5%

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

Prospects: Yarmolenko has not started a game in the EPL this season and has 67 minutes as a substitute in the last month. So why am I mentioning him in this article? Well, although managers who have been holding onto Haller have finally got what they wanted, a start for the Frenchman against Liverpool, it was not the vintage, aerial heavy display we were all expecting. Facing Fulham in GW8, therefore, might give Moyes the opportunity to further experiment with his front three in the absence of Antonio and Haller’s spot is nowhere near nailed on. 3 spots are up for grabs and Fornals, Bowen are definite front runners for 2 of them. That leaves Haller, Yarmolenko, and Benrahma to fight it out for the remaining one.

Verdict: With all this uncertainty, I would not spend anything but a low-end waiver claim or 0-1$ FAB on the Ukrainian. Chances are, you might be able to get him on a free.


Gameweek 8 Trade-In Target


Raheem Sterling

Position: Forward

Team: Manchester City

Next 5 Fixtures: LIV (H), tot (A), BUR (H), FUL (H), mun (A)

Prospects: With 2 goals and 1 assist this season, Raheem Sterling has certainly been part of the problem, rather than part of the solution at Manchester City. For those expecting fireworks against lowly Sheffield United, they were left disappointed as the City juggernaut we have been grown accustomed to seems to be struggling to get going.

The injuries for Aguero and Jesus have certainly been a huge factor and both Mahrez and Sterling have been struggling on the wings as a result of either one of them playing centrally or just not having a proper center forward who can occupy defenses in the middle of the field. Bernardo Silva seems to have been tasked with replacing his namesake, which he has struggled to do adequately so far, so all the creativity in midfield has to come from de Bruyne. All that said, I fully expect Sterling to justify his consensus 6th overall ADP and get going once everyone at City is healthy.

Verdict: A disappointing first 6 games will not mean you can get Sterling for a lot less than his draft day value, but if you can find a way to get him in for a player ranked 15-25, you will have made a great trade (be patient with your new acquisition as I only expect an uptick, once everyone is back). FWDs I would give up in a 1-1 include DCL, Vardy, Jimenez, Rashford. MIDs I would give up in a 1-1 are anyone not named de Bruyne, Grealish, or Bruno. As for defenders, I would give up any defender I have for him right now.


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