FPL Draft: Premier League Waiver Wire Week 15
December Premier League. If there is such thing as too much football, it is in December. The weekly games slip out of their weekend rhythm and spill into a senseless amount of midweek action. Tuesday games, Thursday games, Boxing day games, games that occur in alternate timelines where Arsenal come back to beat Spurs. It’s during December madness when manager vigilance wins fantasy matchups. Players with heavy schedules will have their value affected and that will be taken into account on the Fantasy Premier League waiver wire.
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Week 15 Premier League Waiver Wire
The FPL Draft waiver wire deals with players owned in 65% or less of Fantrax Leagues.
1. Javier Hernandez – Forward – West Ham – 28% Owned
Now there’s a name I haven’t heard in a while. Chicarito got recalled for a start for the Hammers against Newcastle and staked a claim for future minutes. He played behind Arnautovic, showing he is still a sharp ‘natural goalscorer’. His finishing was a mixed bag but in the end, he scored twice and looked like making it a hat-trick a couple of times. It’s getting more and more difficult to find useful fantasy forwards. If Hernandez continues to get playing time he can win you weeks. The positional scarcity and Hernandez’s ceiling makes him a priority waiver wire pick up.
2. Marc Albrighton -Midfielder – Leicester – 50% Owned
Albrighton is fast becoming the best-kept secret in Fantasy Premier League. Since he has been starting for Leicester this season, he has recorded double-digit fantasy points in every single game. This week’s assist might have been overshadowed by James Maddison’s brilliance but the cross to set it up was nothing to scoff at. Albrighton has plenty of quality and opportunity. There is a team in every fantasy league that should be starting Albrighton in his current form. Seriously consider picking him up from the Premier League Waiver Wire this week if you need midfield help.
3. Sead Kolasinac – Defender – Arsenal – 59% Owned
A change of system for Arsenal has proven particularly beneficial for Kolasinac. Rather than playing as a traditional fullback, Kolasinac now appears to be playing as a wing back in front of a back three, almost as a counterpart to Bellerin on the right. So far, he has excelled in this role and after this weekends result, it would be mad for Emery to move him. Arsenal are on cloud nine right now. A midweek trip to United won’t scare them in the slightest and Kolasinac will likely have a significant role in that game. Wingback defenders, especially ones on a top team are like gold dust this season. Check right now if Kolasinac is available and add him immediately from the Premier League Waiver Wire.
4. Yerry Mina – Defender – Everton – 50% Owned
All I want for Christmas is the faith that I have put in Yerry Mina to be vindicated. Mina has been on this waiver list a number of times, but this time, it’s not a drill. Injury’s meant he was sidelined to start the season before having to wait his turn to win a starting spot for the Toffees. He has now played 90 minutes in three consecutive games for Everton and has also started flashing signs of his aerial attacking ability that he showed in the world cup. At 6’4”, Mina really just has to be on the pitch to score fantasy points. His ownership percentage is creeping up so don’t wait too long to claim Mina from the Premier League Waiver Wire.
5. Solly March – Midfielder – Brighton – 13% Owned
As a Brighton fan, it makes me incredibly nervous to recommend March for anything. He is perennially a scapegoat for Brighton, but that might be overstated. March shows flashes of brilliance in every game he plays in but his inconsistency and occasional lack of quality often have fans questioning his ability to play at this level. For fantasy purposes, however, March has been a top 30 midfielder this season. He had two assists this week and will continue to get playing time in this busy period. In deeper leagues, you could do worse than picking up March off the Premier League Waiver Wire.
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