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Draft Premier League: Gameweek 9 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 9 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 9 Waiver Wire Targets


Eberechi Eze

Position: Midfielder

Team: Crystal Palace

Ownership: 27%

Next 5 Fixtures: bur (A), NEW (H), wba (A), TOT (H), whu (A)

Prospects: Eze has arrived! The Palace midfielder finally got his first goal and assist of the season in the 4-1 win vs. Leeds. He finished with 26.5 points and commanded set plays, scoring and assisting from a free kick and corner respectively. Hodgson will surely continue with Eze in the XI, and Palace has a very friendly run of fixtures coming up, where Eze is a must-own!

This could spell bad news for those rostering Schlupp, and now would be the time to trade him out. Over the next month Eze could provide lower end MID2 value, and could be a set and forget MID3 for the majority of the season. If he is on your waiver wire he is a must pick up this week.

Verdict: I would use a top-level waiver claim or up to 10-15 FAAB on Eze.


Adam Lallana

Position: Midfielder

Team: Brighton

Ownership: 18%

Next 5 Fixtures: avl (A), LIV (H), SOU (H), lei (A), ful (A)

Prospects: Lallana put on quite the display against lackluster Burnley getting 11.5 points in the 0-0 draw, but he was all over the pitch. Potter mentioned how he would be careful with Lallana, and he was still getting back to his best. Now could be when we finally see Lallana shine for Brighton. The midfield pool is quite shallow so the former Liverpool man is worth a pickup. When Lallana plays further forward on the pitch he really racks up the points, he is the quality to help Brighton, and could see a few attacking returns start to come his way over the next month or so.

Verdict: I would use a mid-tier or 2-5% of my FAAB budget depending on my midfield situation to pickup Lallana.


Andy Carroll

Position: Forward

Team: Newcastle

Ownership: 0%

Next 5 Fixtures: CHE (H), cry (A), avl (A), WBA (H), lee (A)

Prospects: Wilson came off against Southampton with what seems to be a hamstring injury. The question will be how serious. There is every chance Wilson only misses the Chelsea game or is even on the bench for that one. If it is a more serious injury, then Steve Bruce could turn to Carroll to lead the line for the length of that injury. Carroll has always been a decent fantasy asset due to his aerials, and while this is a left-field punt, if you are desperate for a forward, it is worth the risk.

I would probably bench Carroll if he started against the in-form Chelsea but would play him in 4/5 of the next fixtures. This pickup is only worth it if Wilson is out for a month or longer, if not, I wouldn’t use Carroll in the Chelsea matchup.

Verdict: I would look to use a low-end waiver claim, and 0 FAAB on Carroll. He should fall through to free agency, as this is a very left-field punt.


Gameweek 9 Trade-In Target


Alex Telles

Position: Defender

Team: Manchester United

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

Prospects: Unfortunately Luke Shaw suffered an injury vs. Everton, after playing nearly every single minute for United this season. Ole said it could be a longer one, meaning Telles should slot right in. Manchester United have a very friendly schedule coming up, and Telles could put up some big numbers. While Bruno still will command set-pieces, don’t be surprised if you see Telles taking a few left-sided ones. With Harry Maguire to aim at, Telles could see some decent key pass numbers.

If we look at the stats Luke Shaw has racked up down that left side, it looks promising. Shaw was racking up a decent number of ghost points every week, but was unlucky with and own goal, yellow cards, and a lot of goals against. Telles is a much better crosser of the ball, and I would expect better ghost points than Shaw. We have yet to see what Telles can do in the EPL, but initially, I would think he can put up numbers to rival those of the top 10-15 defenders.

Verdict: I would look to offer a DEF2/3 + MID5/FWD3 to get back Telles. Try to offer a combination of T. Silva, Walker-Peters, Tierney, McTominay, Rice, Abraham or, McBurnie.


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