The Premier League season really picked up momentum this weekend and…. it’s the international break. The bane of fantasy Premier League. Just as owners are getting excited about their teams’ prospects, trades are starting to happen, and the Premier League Waiver Wire is full of promising pickups, owners have to put down their teams and satisfy themselves with international qualifiers. There is seemingly no solution, but it is frustrating.
This week’s Premier League Waiver Wire features a murderer’s row of young talent. It also features the arrival of streaming options. Streaming players can be picked up for short-term spells while their fixtures are favorable, then dropped when a better streaming option becomes available. As always the Premier League Waiver Wire will feature players less than 65% owned in Fantrax Leagues.
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Premier League Waiver Wire: Week 4
Adama Traore – Forward – Wolves – 48% Owned
Adama Traore is built like Vin Diesel and moves like the Flash. Wolves record signing and absolute unit Adama Traore came off the bench again on Saturday to score the winner against West Ham. Traore came through the Barcelona system, and it is easy to see him breaking into a regular starting role shortly. Wolves have lived up to the hype so far this season, and Traore should flourish in this team. Traore is the top Premier League Waiver Wire pick up this week. He has the potential to be a top fifteen fantasy forward when playing regularly.
Ben Chilwell – Defender – Leicester – 57% Owned
Chilwell makes his third appearance on the Premier League Waiver Wire list this week, but I’ll be damned if he’s able to make a fourth. Chilwell’s modest returns so far don’t do him justice. He plays in an advanced position, often popping up in the opponents final third. Chilwell’s tendencies to get forward and his early flashes of attacking moves mean he could be a sort of budget Marcus Alonso. Leicester have a dream run of fixtures after the break, starting with an inviting matchup against Bournemouth. Chilwell will be a top Premier League Waiver Wire pick up this week and is a must-start option for at least eight of his next ten games.
Aaron Wan Bissaka – Defender – Crystal Palace – 61% Owned
Remember two weeks ago when Wan Bissaka was a thing? He did not have a glowing return after suspension, as he might as well have taken a seat in the stands during Southampton’s second goal. He could have also picked up another red card with an intentional handball to block a shot. Bissaka’s discipline troubles might not tell the whole story though as both offenses have come more out of necessity to keep his team in the game, rather than from petulant or undisciplined behavior. Palace and Bissaka missed Zaha against Southampton and will look to be a different team when he returns after the break. Palace has an excellent run of fixtures coming up, and Wan Bissaka will look to accrue attacking returns. He is a decent Premier League waiver wire pick up and will make a good streaming option against weaker teams.
Alex Mcarthy – Goalkeeper – Southampton – 39% Owned
Mcarthy kept his second clean sheet of the season as Southampton beat his former team Palace on Saturday. He was kept busy in a scrappy game but came away with six saves and an England call-up. McCarthy looks like he has improved under Hughes and proves to be an essential part of Southampton’s team. The Saints have a mixed bag when it comes to upcoming matches, and McCarthy is a streaming option. For teams desperate for a keeper that can rack up saves, Mcarthy makes a nice Premier League waiver wire pick up.
Glen Murray – Forward – Brighton – 42% Owned
Ugh. Are we really doing this? At 34, Glen Murray might be losing his hair and plodding around the pitch like he’s browsing high fiber breakfast cereals at the market, but he’s also scoring goals. Murray was the Seagulls top scorer last season and proved on Saturday that he can still finish them for Brighton. Locadia’s poor midweek Carabao cup game showed the Brighton fans that Murray really might be their best option. It’s been a slow start for Brighton, despite their win over United, but as they get going Murray will look to continue scoring. He also took Brighton’s second penalty after Gross had his saved earlier in the game. He is only a streaming option but could be a nice Premier League waiver wire pick up for teams needing forwards.
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