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!
Fantasy EPL Waiver Wire Targets
Ahmed El Mohamady
Team: Aston Villa
Next 5 Fixtures: EVE (H), cpl (A), WHU (H), ars (A), BUR (H)
Prospects: Aston Villa don’t look like a team that will keep many clean sheets, but most of their defenders still have value. El Mohamady had a fantastic game against Bournemouth scoring 17.25 points even with 2 goals conceded. This is largely due to his 5 key passes. The Egyptian fullback sent in 12 crosses, and I could see him continuing to supply his teammates with 5+ crosses a game. While Aston Villa will ship a lot of goals, it seems like their focus will be trying to outscore teams. This gives El Mohamady plenty of value, and the freedom to get forward. Aston Villa has an easy set of fixtures coming up and El Mohamady could provide you steady DEF2 value during that time. El Mohamady is worth a mid-tier waiver claim as there is still some risk on his starting spot.
Alternate Choice: If El Mohamady is already taken look out for Tyrone Mings. His Villa teammate scored 9.25 this past weekend and looks set to have plenty of defensive duties this season. Mings is owned in 42% of leagues, but if he’s sitting in your 12 team league, scoop him up ASAP.
Team: Norwich City
Next 5 Fixtures: CHE (H), whu (a), MCI (H), bur (A), cpl (A)
Prospects: Cantwell is living most 21-year-olds’ dream; getting the chance to show your worth in the biggest league in the world. The young midfielder did himself no harm vs. Newcastle scoring 24.5 points including 2 assists. Now, this wasn’t just a one-off performance against a shambolic Newcastle team. Cantwell scored 7 points in GW1 vs. Liverpool thanks to 3 key passes. With 8 key passes in 2 games Cantwell can be counted on for a decent floor, and has significant upside; especially if Pukki decides to have a go at the Golden Boot. I would bring Cantwell in as my MID 6/7 since Norwich have tough matchups. If Cantwell is available on your waiver wire, bring him in before you lose out! Could Cantwell be the next Gylfi Sigurdsson? I would use a top 5 waiver claim on Cantwell and enjoy watching him become the next EPL star.
Next 5 Fixtures: SOU (H), mci (A), BUR (H), new (A), che (A)
Prospects: Brighton has actually looked like a Premier League team this season thanks to Graham Potter. They have only conceded 1 goal in 2 games and could cause some sides trouble with how tight they are at the back. Dan Burn is probably the least known center back on that team after the big names of Duffy and Dunk. The 27-year-old has scored double-digit fantasy points in both gameweeks, including a massive display of 16.25 points this weekend with no clean sheet. Burn has an extremely low ownership, but picking him up now could help you start your title charge. Burn will be a consistent starter for Brighton this season and will provide DEF3 value for most matchups. I would look to use a waiver claim on Burn if you need a consistent defender or believe he will be Shane Duffy 2.0.
Team: Sheffield United
Next 5 Fixtures: LEI (H), che (A), SOU (H), eve (A), LIV (H)
Prospects: John Lundstram; the next OOP defender has been found. Everyone remembers Callum Paterson of last year, he was listed as a defender but played as the lone striker. This year Lundstram looks set for a run in a midfield trio. He has scored 28 total points this season and scored the winning goal vs. Crystal Palace this past weekend. Lundstram will be able to fill up the stat sheet and potentially receive clean sheet bonuses. Over the past 2 weeks Lundstram created 3 “big chances”, and he’s unlucky to not have any assists to his name. If Lundstram is on your waiver wire, GRAB HIM NOW! Lundstram has the upside of a DEF1 but is more of a DEF2/3 due to Sheffield being a promoted team. In my opinion, I would use the top waiver priority on Lundstram; unless someone accidentally decided to drop an elite player.
Fantasy EPL Trade Targets
Next 5 Fixtures: MCI (H), lei (A), EVE (H), sou (A), WHU (H)
Prospects: While trade targets are usually lesser-known players who could have massive upside, this week I go with an FPL star from last year. Fraser has had a rocky start to the season, scoring 5.5 points through 2 games with 0 goals and 0 assists. A lot of managers would have had to use a second-round pick on Fraser, and he is probably costing them matches at this moment. Fraser still commands set pieces, is dynamic, and Bournemouth will score a lot of goals. The Bournemouth midfielder could easily finish the season between 10-12ppm, and he is an every-week starter.
I would recommend offering a consistent mid who may be over performing with a DEF2/3. For example, Rodrigo on Manchester City has scored 16 points through two games but is at major risk of losing his spot to the reliable Fernandinho. Pairing Rodrigo with a mid-tier defender such as Coleman or Ben Mee could land you an elite MID! I truly believe Ben Mee and Rodrigo are currently over-performing and could tempt a manager who is currently 0-2 thanks to Ryan Fraser.
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