Christmas is a time to be grateful for what you have. Be grateful that you believed in Ryan Fraser at the start of the season. Be grateful that you picked up Ryan Snodgrass last week. Or, be grateful that some of your United players might actually become useful assets again. Your vigilance has done you well and if the results aren’t there yet, trust that they will come. Lastly be grateful, for the Christmas Premier League Waiver Wire.
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Week 18 Premier League Waiver Wire
The FPL Draft waiver wire deals with players owned in 65% or less of Fantrax Leagues.
1. David Brooks – Midfielder – Bournemouth – 51% Owned
Typically when it comes to fantasy sports, it is not a good strategy to be too reactionary. However, if you think that picking up Brooks after scoring twice on Saturday is reactionary, then you can’t have watched him play this season. Brooks is a special player, although his fortunes tend to rise and fall depending on Burnley’s form. The inconsistency in Brook’s game can largely be put down to inexperience. Brooks will continue to develop his game and in turn, he will continue to develop into a more reliable fantasy asset. I would rather be too early on Brooks than miss him altogether. Treat yourself to an early Christmas present and grab Brooks of the Premier League Waiver Wire now.
2. Victor Lindelof – Defender – Manchester United – 20% Owned
As the Glazers cast the ring of Jose into the fires of Mordor, a dark cloud is lifted from Old Trafford. In a way, it’s sad to see Mourinho go, but for fantasy purposes, it brings a lot of promise. United looked distinctively better in their 5-1 pounding of Cardiff, however, it was Cardiff. Pretty much every United player should get a boost in their value, however, Lindelof has a double boost as he also returns from injury. He is a clearance machine and will likely start most games for United. Let’s see how this plays out but Lindelof should be a nice stash from the Premier League waiver wire.
3. Matt Targett – Defender – Southampton – 26% Owned
Matt Targett will always be the ‘next big thing’ defender to me since I drafted him far too early in my first ever Fantasy EPL game. Since Bertrand has been injured, Targett has been back in the lineup and back in our lives. On a resurgent Southampton team, Targett is putting in work. He’s getting forward a lot, putting in crosses and taking good shots. So long as he continues to start, he is worth picking up from the Premier League waiver wire.
4. Pablo Zabaleta – Defender – West Ham – 20% Owned
So the bald Argentinian isn’t the points machine he used to be, but he can still do a job. Zabaleta occasionally shows flashes of the player he once was and his fitness appears to be good enough to have him starting almost every game. At 33 Zabaleta is only going to decline, but at the moment he is still getting forward, taking good shots and getting involved in attacking build-ups. West Ham has a nice run of fixtures coming up, and Zabaleta will have good opportunities to reap some of the attacking rewards. It may not be exciting but Zabaleta is a decent Premier League waiver wire pick up.
5. No One – No Position – Nowheres United – 0% Owned
Ok, so you probably think the mulled wine and sherry has gotten the better of me, but hear me out. The January transfer window is just around the corner. If you are in a league will a rolling waiver wire order then it might be beneficial to start saving that pick for the potential bigger prize that may move to the League in January. Last year the addition of Aubemayang in January likely won many owners (yours truly included) many leagues. Sit back, enjoy some turkey, have a glass of sherry, and worry about spending that waiver pick in January.
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