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Fantasy EPL Gameweek 12: Hot or Cold Player Rankings

Our Hot or Cold Player Rankings are here to outline the current prospects of key Fantasy EPL Draft players.  The ‘Hot’ or ‘Cold’ status will help take away your emotional attachment to certain Premier League players and bring in the players that you need to help you dominate your Fantrax Draft League!

Use these hints and tips to increase your chances of success!  New kid on the block hitting good form?  Early draft pick not performing?  Use this article as an objective way to influence your transfer and trade activity!


🔥🔥🔥 Gameweek 12 Player Rankings: Hot List 🔥🔥🔥

These are Fantasy EPL Draft players that have risen in our rankings!  These are potential free agents on good form or established players that you should be looking to trade-in.  Keep an eye on these players, and bring them into your Fantrax squad if you can!


Jetro Willems

Position:  Defender

Team:  Newcastle

Ownership:  29%

Average Score Last 5 Games:  13.9 PPG

Next 5 Fixtures:  BOU (H), avl (A), MCI (H), shu (A), SOU (H)

What’s Changed?:  The big question is can Willems keep his place in the side with Ritchie due to return from injury?  Our colleague @draftgenie certainly thinks so, as the Genie suggests in this Gameweeks Waiver Wire and Trade Targets article that Willems should be on your waiver wire radar!  We think that given Willems current form you’d have to back the Dutch left-back to retain his place in the starting XI.  Willems has been instrumental in the two wins and one draw which have come in the last four Gameweeks with Willems playing a vital role in keeping the clean sheet in Gameweek seven against Manchester United; whilst also contributing two assists in the last four Gameweeks.  Willems is a threat going forwards and with a seasons average of 10.62 points per game is a solid Defender four for any Fantrax squad.


Leandro Trossard

Position:  Midfielder

Team:  Brighton

Ownership:  62%

Average Score Last 5 Games:  14.5 PPG

Next 5 Fixtures:  mun (A), LEI (H), liv (A), ars (A), WOL (H)

What’s Changed?:  This chap is a must have!  Despite having featured in only five games so far this season, Trossard has made a huge impression on the Premier League and in Draft EPL in general.  With already two goals and an assist to his name, Trossard looks to be a really talented footballer with the ability to turn a game on its head.  Don’t be put off by the next four fixtures, whilst they are tough on paper, both Manchester United and Arsenal struggle to keep clean sheets; United haven’t kept a cleanie since Gameweek 4 and Arsenal have registered only one clean sheet all season.  We highly recommend picking up Trossard now before a rival manager reads Genie’s suggestion that Trossard is Brighton’s “most exciting and talented attacker” and snaps him up!


Lys Mousset

Position:  Forward

Team:  Sheffield United

Ownership:  12%

Average Score Last 5 Games:  10.9 PPG

Next 5 Fixtures:  tot (A), MUN (H), wol (A), NEW (H), nor (A)

What’s Changed?:  We don’t expect the 12% ownership of Mousset to stay this low for too much longer.  Forwards are always at a premium and with Sheffield United in such good form and Mousset looking to be a nailed on starter for the next few Gameweeks; Fantrax managers will be jumping on the Mousset train as the hottest streaming player!  Why wouldn’t you stream Mousset?  He’s scored three goals this season, two of which have come in the last three Gameweeks.  Not to mention Mousset has turned provider on six occasions, five of which have come in the last three Gameweeks.  Also, take a look at those next five fixtures!  Like the rest of this Sheffield United side, Mousset is so hot right now!


Gameweek 12 Player Rankings: More Hot Players!

Fantasy EPL Defenders

  • Trent Alexander-Arnold (100%, Liverpool) – Just incredible this season.  A Top 5 overall player
  • Ricardo Pereira (100%, Leicester) – An elite defender this season, consistently scores well
  • Enda Stevens / Jack O’Connell (80%/73%, Sheffield United) – The Blades are terrific at the back, and these two Chaps are the pick of their defenders.  Basham is also a great pick-up
  • Diego Rico (76%, Bournemouth) – Continues to perform extremely well
  • Matt Targett (57%, Aston Villa) – The Villa full-back has been putting in great attacking performances recently
  • Kurt Zouma (41%, Chelsea) – Back to his best, scoring well and not clean sheet dependent
  • Dejan Lovren (40%, Liverpool) – Will be in the best eleven for the next month or so whilst Matip is injured
  • Christian Kabasele (10%, Watford) – Performing very well after returning to the side
  • Adam Smith (5%, Bournemouth) – Three clean sheets in a row, and as assist in Gameweek 11. Smith is playing well and has two great fixtures up next!

Fantasy EPL Midfielders

  • Kevin De Bruyne (100%, Manchester City) – The City man is the player to own this season
  • James Maddison (100%, Leicester) – Making this very good Leicester side tick
  • Youri Tielemans (100%, Leicester) – Not exactly under the radar, but not as fashionable as Maddison.  Arguably better though
  • Christian Pulisic (99%, Chelsea) – The highest scoring midfielder over the last five games… and he only played in four of those games!
  • Dele Alli (97%, Tottenham) – He’s back in the side and scoring goals
  • Emi Buendia (95%, Norwich) – Continues to shine in a poor Norwich side… just fantastic in Togga scoring!
  • James Ward-Prowse (86%, Southampton) – Putting together some great performances recently
  • Harvey Barnes (79%, Leicester) – The young winger is on fire, and will surely remain in the side now
  • Robert Snodgrass (38%, West Ham) – Two goals in two games, Snodgrass has taken his opportunity in the side
  • John Fleck (29%, Sheffield United) – Fleck is so consistent. He’ll gain 8 or 9 points every week without fail
  • Onel Hernandez (16%, Norwich) – Back from injury, and has displaced early-season favorite Cantwell

Fantasy EPL Forwards

  • Jamie Vardy (100%, Leicester) – On fire with goals both personally and the whole team!  All aboard the Leicester train.
  • Tammy Abraham (100%, Chelsea) – Continues to perform… a FWD1 for the rest of the season
  • Sadio Mane (100%, Liverpool) – Outshining the more sought after Salah at the moment, he’s the Liverpool player to won
  • Sebastian Haller (99%, West Ham) – Not goal dependent in the slightest, Haller is a top tier forward
  • Adama Traore (77%, Wolves) – Continues in the Wolves starting eleven, and a very decent FWD3 at the moment
  • Allan Saint-Maximin (38%, Newcastle) – Shockingly low ownership, ASM is putting in good performances without attacking returns


❄️❄️❄️ Gameweek 12 Player Rankings: Cold List ❄️❄️❄️

These are Fantasy EPL players that have fallen in our rankings.  This may be due to poor form, they have been dropped from the best 11, they have suffered an injury, or received a suspension.  It’s time to consider dropping these players from your squads!


Marcos Alonso

Position:  Defender

Team:  Chelsea

Ownership:  95%

Average Score Last 5 Games:  13.6 PPG

Next 5 Fixtures:  CRY (H), mci (A), WHU (H), AST (H), eve (A)

What’s Changed?:  How can a player averaging 13.6 points per game in the last five gameweeks be ranked as cold?  Dropped for Gameweek 11, Alonso was subbed relatively early in the 4-2 Gameweek 10 win over Burnley; not to mention that Alonso started in the midweek Champions League game against Ajax – never a good sign!  Alonso was also subbed in the Champions League fixture at half time, suggesting that Lampard see’s Alonso as the weak link and certainly the defender to make way when changes are required.  Either way, we expect Emerson to continue at left-back for Chelsea in Gameweek 12.

Recommendation:  With Alonso’s stock still relatively high, we would recommend that you look to trade for a solid defender two.


Todd Cantwell

Position:  Midfielder

Team:  Norwich City

Ownership:  74%

Average Score Last 5 Games:  5.1 PPG

Next 5 Fixtures:  WAT (H), eve (A), ARS (H), sou (A), SHU (H)

What’s Changed?:  Having burst onto the scene Cantwell was a must-have player during the opening rounds as Fantrax managers streamed the Norwich City youngster.  Impressive performances, most notably against champions Manchester City saw Cantwell averaging 11.1 points per game in the opening five rounds of the season.  But since the 11 point haul against Manchester City in Gameweek four, Cantwell has averaged only 5.1 points per game with no attacking returns.  Crucially, Cantwell has also lost his place in the Canaries starting XI with Onel Hernandez coming back into the side with great impact.

Recommendation:  Drop with immediate effect.



Position:  Forward

Team:  Aston Villa

Ownership:  77%

Average Score Last 5 Games:  8.9 PPG

Next 5 Fixtures:  wol (A), NEW (H), mun (A), che (A), LEI (H)

What’s Changed?:  The two goals and one assist collected by Wesley in the Gameweek eight demolition of an injury savaged and low in confidence Norwich City side skews his statistics somewhat.  So with this in mind, let’s leave out the 37.5 points taken from Gameweek eight and analyze Wesley over the other ten Gameweeks.  Without the two goals and assist that came against Norwich Wesley would be able to boast only two goals and no assists for the season, with a points total of 54; averaging 5.4 points per game.  As we’ve discussed at length on the FPL Kickaround Podcast; to win Draft EPL championships, you need consistent points scores, and reader, Wesley is not proving himself as a consistent point scorer.

Recommendation: Wesley’s stock is still at a level where you can probably leverage a relatively good trade.  We, therefore, recommend that you attempt to trade out Wesley.  You might be able to go bold and tempt a Pepe owner into trading!  If the likes of Deeney, Mousset or Maupay are available, then we’d be tempted to drop Wesley in favor of one of these chaps; preferably Deeney.


Gameweek 12 Player Rankings: More Cold Players!

Fantasy EPL Defenders

  • Harry Maguire (98%, Manchester United) – The big center back has averaged 4.4 points for the last five games… keep him, but he’s not performing well
  • Seamus Coleman (82%, Everton) – As we expected, Sidibe kept his place in the side for GW10.  You will have to drop Coleman if he continues to warm the bench
  • Toby Alderweireld (77%, Tottenham) – Drop him.  Scoring poorly and Tottenham have a leaky defense
  • Jannik Vestergaard (42%, Southampton) – Needs to be dropped. Scoring poorly and Southampton concede a lot
  • Sead Kolasinac (35%, Arsenal) – Tierney has taken his place in the side. Drop him

Fantasy EPL Midfielders

  • Christian Eriksen (100%, Tottenham) – Just not happening for him this season, and he looks set to leave in January. Try and trade him out
  • Riyad Mahrez (100%, Manchester City) – Zero minutes of action in the last three weeks. Try and trade him out
  • Ruben Neves (66%, Wolves) – Scoring extremely poorly, yet has 66% ownership. Drop him
  • Oleksandr Zinchenko (62%, Manchester City) – Time to drop him, Mendy is proving his fitness.  Minutes will be limited
  • Harry Wilson (57%, Bournemouth) – Very goal dependent, and not guaranteed to play – has to be dropped now
  • Solly March (47%, Brighton) – Not getting a look in at the moment, time to drop him unless you can afford to keep an non-playing player in your squad
  • Roberto Pereyra (44%, Watford) – Scoring very poorly, and not well suited to Togga scoring. Drop him

Fantasy EPL Forwards

  • Teemu Pukki (98%, Norwich) – Playing poorly, and on a big goal drought… Watford at home this weekend may be his final chance
  • Nicolas Pepe (96%, Arsenal) – We warned you Chaps a couple of weeks ago about Pepe’s minutes potentially reducing… he didn’t even make it off the bench in Gameweek 11
  • Ashley Barnes (87%, Burnley) – Scoring very poorly, but stick with him for now
  • Pedro (63%, Chelsea) – Not featuring at the moment, and doesn’t look like he will do any time soon. Drop him if you need the squad space
  • Moise Kean (47%, Everton) – Richarlison now playing up front… definitely time to drop Kean now
  • Glenn Murray (25%, Brighton) – Maupay and Connolly will keep him out of the side for the foreseeable future. Drop him


Previous Hot or Cold Player Rankings Editions: Gameweek 4 | Gameweek 5 | Gameweek 6 | Gameweek 7 | Gameweek 8 | Gameweek 9 | Gameweek 10 | Gameweek 11


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