The end of the calendar year marks an arbitrary reset promising hope and change in so many aspects of life. But for Fantasy Premier League, it marks slightly over 50 percent of the season and the start of the January transfer window. The waiver wire generally deals with mid-range talents with a good opportunity. However, the transfer window offers real opportunities. The transfer rumor mills are generally unreliable sensationalism but my god they’re tempting. Higuain to Chelsea? Pulisic to Liverpool? Whatever happens, positions are going to be shaken up, and the waiver wire will get a lot more interesting.
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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. Ander Herrera – Midfielder – Manchester United – 48% Owned
Finally! We can go back to hating United again! Manchester United might be beating up on lower table teams but they look awfully good doing it. Most of the skill players for United will be owned already in fantasy from name value alone but Ander Herrera is still available in 52% of leagues, which is an awful lot considering he has played in United’s last 7 games. You want any part of this team you can get at the moment and Herrera spoke this week about how he is expected to play a more attacking role under Solsjkaer. United will have a stiffer competition coming up, but who knows how good they can really be. Herrera is the number one priority Premier League waiver wire pick up this week.
2. Yerry Mina – Defender – Everton – 52% Owned
I’m so tentative to put Mina on this list once again but this time it’s more of a courteous reminder. Mina has started the last 8 games for Everton and looks to be nailed on as their starting center back. His points tallies haven’t been great, and neither has Everton’s defensive record of late. That being said, Everton faces a dream run of games coming up and will hope to see marked improvements at the back. Mina wins headers all over the pitch and is a threat to score on every set piece. Defenders with his upside, especially center-backs, are hard to find in fantasy so pick him up from the Premier League waiver wire now.
3. Steve Mounie – Forward – Huddersfield – 48% Owned
Owning Steve Mounie isn’t fun, it’s not exciting, and his ceiling is pretty low. However, Mounie is a nailed on every week starter and will consistently get decent points from his crosses and shots. Occasionally Mounie will grab a goal and return slightly higher than his baseline results, however, that’s more a bonus. If you can get 10-12 points a week from each player then you will have a shot at winning every week, and 10-12 is pretty much guaranteed for Mounie
4. Victor Camarasa – Forward – Cardiff – 60% Owned
Camarasa made the waiver wire a little while ago when Cardiff started to show signs of life and has progressed to confirm himself as Cardiff’s best player this season. The winning goal from Camarasa was sensational and it’s been the kind of goal he has been close to scoring a few time this season. His deep play leaves something to be desired but he is dangerous with the ball at his feet and his attacking movement is excellent. Cardiff no longer looks like relegation fodder and Camarasa can claim some responsibility for that. In turn, you can claim Camarasa from the premier league waiver wire before the New Year.
5. Jurgen Locadia – Forward – Brighton – 4% Owned
Until this game, Locadia looked like the definition of a bust for Brighton. He looked slow, inaccurate, and generally not good enough for a Premier League side when asked to fill in for the aging Glen Murray. However, against Everton, Locadia played as part of a front two with Andone and looked like a different player. Locadia joined the Seagulls with all the promise in the world and this game gave the fans a semblance of hope that he might achieve some of that potential. He still has competition for playing time with Murray and Andone, but if the two striker pattern continues, Locadia could be very interesting. Brighton has the best home record outside of the top 6. Locadia could provide some sneaky value in deep leagues making him an intriguing pick up on the Premier League Waiver Wire.
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