Every Fantrax manager knows that Waiver Wire and Trade acquisitions can make or break your Fantasy EPL season. This weekly 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 25 Waiver Wire Targets
Average Points per Match: 6.92
Next 5 Fixstures: EVE (H), bri (A), mun (A), LIV (H), cpl (A)
Prospects: Masina has scored double digits in his last 3 starts and has an appealing next 2 games. Watford defense has improved under Pearson and Masina has seen solid returns when selected. There is a chance Femina regains his spot, but Masina has played extremely well and deserves another few starts. The Watford defender racks up a ton of ghost points and can be considered a DEF2 when in the XI. I would use a low-end waiver wire claim on Masina ahead of Gameweek 25. If Femina does regain his spot look to swap him in once line-ups are released.
Team: Aston Villa
Average Points per Match: 6.6
Next 5 Fixtures: bou (A), TOT (H), sou (A), SHU (H), Lei (A)
Prospects: If played in the right matchup Hause has the upside of a DEF1. He is a monster in the air and has the ability to win 10+ headers a game. Against low scoring teams, he is a must-start. Villa has been poor defensively but some of their defenders still hold good fantasy value. With Bournemouth in Gameweek 25, Hause is worth an immediate pickup. If Villa manages to keep a clean sheet Hause does have the potential to score 20+ points. He managed 15.5 points with no clean sheet or attacking returns against Watford. I would use a mid-tier waiver wire claim on Hause ahead of Gameweek 25 and use him as a rotational defender against low scoring teams.
Average Points per Match: 4.25
Next 5 Fixtures: liv (A), BUR (H), AVL (H), whu (A), NEW (H)
Prospects: Armstrong has managed 4 consecutive starts scoring 15+ points in 2 of them. There is news of Armstrong picking up an injury in the FA Cup tie. The hope is that is a minor strain where he will at most miss 1 game (vs. Liverpool). If Armstrong is available after the Liverpool game he is a must-own midfielder. Armstrong has had 13 total shots in his last 4 starts making him a massive attacking threat. The Saints have looked a lot better since he was introduced into the XI back in December. When healthy and starting Armstrong can be considered a low end MID3 with upside. I would look to use a mid-tier waiver wire claim on Armstrong ahead of Gameweek 25 and watch out for the injury news to make sure it is not too serious.
Gameweek 25 Trade In Target
Average Points per Match: 12.56
Next 5 Fixtures: mun (A), LEI (H), NOR (H), tot (A), BRI (H)
Prospects: Boly was back on the bench in the last gameweek for Wolves, and should be in the XI within the next 2 gameweeks. When starting Boly is easily a DEF1 with upside due to his threat from set plays. Now is the time to try and trade in Willy Boly. My assumption is most managers would have just got him off the waiver wire, so, for now, his price shouldn’t be too high. Try to offer a starting MID3/DEF2 to get in the top 10 defender that is Willy Boly. I would start with 1:1 offers with players such as: Ndidi, Trossard, Kante, Chilwell, Maguire, and Basham. Boly is a must target ahead of Gameweek 25.
Gameweek 25 Player to Trade Out
Average Points per Match: 10.93
Next 5 Fixtures: lei (A), MUN (H), TOT (H), bou (A), EVE (H)
Prospects: Azpilicueta has been outstanding as of late scoring 20+ points in 2 out of 3 of his last games. Now is the time to sell extremely high on the Chelsea defender. Chelsea has a tough defensive schedule coming up, and Azpilicueta’s value could take a hit. My advice would be to package Azzy in a deal with another player to go after a top 10 overall player such as Grealish or Buendia. Packing Azzy with a MID3 such as Trossard could potentially land you a player with the upside to finish in the top 5 overall in a 2:2 deal. I wouldn’t sell Azzy for anything less than an upgrade with his current form, but now is the time to take advantage of his recent scores and sell high!
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