Every Fantrax manager knows that waiver wire and trade acquisitions can make or break your Fantasy EPL season. This Gameweek 17 article is here to help managers pick up the best 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!
Gameweek 17 Waiver Wire Targets
Team: Crystal Palace
Average Points per Match: 3.3
Next 5 Fixtures: BRI (H), new (A), WHU (H), sou (A), nor (A)
Prospects: Cahill put in a great display to help his side earn a clean sheet against Watford. Palace is riddled with injuries, so he looks set for a run in the side. Earning 13.25 points in the draw, he is a solid streaming defender over the next five weeks. With an easy run of games, Palace has the potential for a few more clean sheets. Cahill has the experience needed to keep this team defensively sound and provides a threat from set-pieces with his aerial ability. Ahead of Gameweek 17, I would use a low-end waiver wire priority claim on Cahill. He can be considered a solid DEF3 with the upside of a DEF2.
Average Points per Match: 6.0
Next 5 Fixtures: mun (A), ARS (H), BUR (H), new (A), mci (A)
Prospects: Calvert-Lewin scored two goals in the post-Silva era to help Everton beat Chelsea. He was lively all game and caused a solid Chelsea defense a lot of problems. He has earned his spot in the Everton XI and will look to continue his run against some leaky defenses in the coming weeks. Everton attack looked much better this week, and while they still can’t keep a clean sheet, it is worth investing in some attackers. DCL offers good ghost points thanks to his ability in the air and willingness to shoot. I would consider him a high end FWD3 with FWD2 upside. Ahead of Gameweek 17, DCL is worth a mid-tier waiver wire claim, especially if you are in need of a forward.
Average Points per Match: 3.3
Next 5 Fixtures: WAT (H), lei (A), WOL (H), SHU (H), tot (A)
Prospects: Gomez played well in his 2nd EPL start this season, earning a clean sheet and 15.75 points. While he isn’t in the first choice back four, it looks like Lovren suffered an injury, where the extent is unknown. It is worth taking a punt on Gomez ahead of a decent schedule for Liverpool. If both Matip and Lovren remain out, he will surely get a run in the XI. Pre-season Liverpool fans were hoping for a Van Dijk-Gomez partnership and it now looks like their time has come. Gomez can be considered a DEF2 when he starts, and if Liverpool improves on their clean sheet output, he could have DEF1 upside. I would use a mid-tier waiver wire claim on Gomez ahead of Gameweek 17.
Be wary though: Liverpool has a blank Gameweek 18, as they play in the FIFA Club World Cup.
Fantasy EPL Trade In Target
Average Points per Match: 10.72
Next 5 Fixtures: BOU (H), tot (A), SOU (H), ars (A), bri (A)
Prospects: Chelsea have faltered lately, but Kante is still picking up double-digit points in his last 3 starts. Kante seems to be everywhere on the pitch contributing offensively and picking up his usual defensive stats. In his new role under Lampard, he can be considered a low end MID2 for the rest of the season. I would look to trade for Kante by offering an under-performing player with name value. Kante will offer you the consistency and the upside in a set and forget midfielder. I would consider offering the likes of Tielemans, Milivojevic, Pukki, and Haller to get back Kante. To sweeten the deal, offer in a DEF3 or a midfielder/forward that spends a lot of time on your bench. Kante should be considered a top trade target ahead of the festive period.
Average Points per Match: 11.58
Next 5 Fixtures: che (A), BUR (H), ARS (H), bri (A), whu (A)
Prospects: Bournemouth has missed King dearly over the last few games, struggling for goals. King should be back for their tough match against Chelsea and now is the time to trade him in. King was on fire before his injury and producing ghost points of a FWD2 level. After Chelsea, Bournemouth has an easy run of fixtures where King could add in with a few goals and assists and a ton of ghost points. For the rest of season, King should be considered a high-end FWD2, with the upside of a FWD1. I would look to offer a combination of a FWD3 + MID3/DEF2. Try to package 2 of these types of players: Redmond, Fraser, Pukki, Willems, Deeney, Norwood, or Maguire to get in Josh King.
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