Fantrax Mock Draft #2: Analysis Part 2

Myself and eleven other fantasy enthusiasts got our heads together and completed a mock draft. Here’s what happened in the crucial rounds six, seven, eight and nine!

Still not read part one? You can find it right here!

Round Six

My Pick

Dwight McNeil showed all the signs of being a potential FPL darling last season. The Burnley youngster whips a deadly ball into the box while obviously possessing an eye for goal. Hi value will only be decreased if his proposed position change does go through. What may hurt his value is any potential signings with the Clarets linked to Victor Camarasa this week.

Value Pick

Tonnes of potential value in this round. If Willian keeps his place then he will be a steal in Round 6 and the same can be said for team mate Olivier Giroud. No one really has a clue what Pablo Fornals will offer but if he puts in Manuel Lanzini-like numbers, round 6 is great value. Riyad Mahrez and Mesut Ozil also carry risk with massive upside. Great round.

Surprise Pick

In fairness to this manager (Tottiandor), Ayoze Perez hadn’t yet signed for Leicester. I’d now be very anxious about drafting Harvey Barnes at this stage. I also don’t like Ilkay Gundogan at this stage at all.

Round Seven

My Pick

I finally caved and drafted a defender, bringing in Kyle Walker. I certainly don’t love it but at the time thought he was the best defender left on the board. In hindsight, Michael Keane may have been a better pick.

Value Pick

Callum Hudson Odoi is said to be recovering from his Achilles injury at an impressive rate. An early return would mean CHO provides great value in round 7 as a fully fit Hudson Odoi is probably worth a pick in round 4 or 5. If this is finally the year that Sergio Aguero’s minutes are “managed” then Gabriel Jesus is a great pick, even if he is just used as a bargaining tool with the Argentinian’s owner.

Surprise Pick

Here’s the first goalkeeper. Alisson Becker is exceptional but I think this is still far too early to grab a goalkeeper. Ederson… *sigh*. Personally, I never even draft a goalkeeper but recognise the some managers like to have an elite stopper in place. If that’s you, surely you have to wait until at least round 9.

Round Eight

My Pick

Another punt for me. Ross Barkley’s Chelsea career is waiting to explode. Who better to nurture an attacking midfielder than Frank Lampard? Rumours suggest that Christian Pulisic may take the number 10 spot with Willian and Pedro on the flanks. If the young American ends up taking one of the wide spots then surely Barkley is in for a big season. Fully worth a punt at this stage. The chances are you will probably be able to snag Ross Barkley even later in your draft.

Value Pick

Could easily be Ross Barkley. If Johann Berg Gudmundsson re-finds his 2017/18 form this year then he is undoubtedly the pick of this round, maybe even the whole draft. Surely Sean Dyche will be able to find room for a fully fit JBG in his Burnley eleven, Emiliano Buendia is being talked about a lot in FPL circles during pre-season. It’s hard to say at this point whether this pick is good “value” but I’ve seen him go at 57th pick and 107th pick in two different mock drafts this month.

Surprise Pick

I don’t like David Luiz much in this format but it’s hard to ignore the fact that Gonzalo Higuain has been drafted in this round.

Round Nine

My Pick

Following a risky pick, I decided to go safe with Shane Duffy. Duffy is a monster in Fantrax scoring. His aerial prowess alone is enough for serious points but if new gaffer Graeme Potter can tighten up a leaky Brighton defence, the Irish giant should be sniffing around the top 10 defenders mark once again. I’m more than happy with Duffy and round 9 and would be prepared to take him as my number one defender if I manage to resist the elite group in the early rounds (which, by the way, I certainly will be).

Value Pick

None of us know how Daniel James will be used by Manchester United this season. Therefore, this is the sort of time to take a risk on him (no earlier). If he breaks into a lacklustre United attack, he’d be great value at this point. The Welshman has made a good early impression on United fans and looks very sharp in pre-season. Alex Oxlade Chamberlain comes with similar risk/reward factor.

Surprise Pick

For a ninth round, this one is pretty good. Mark Noble won’t be setting any games alight but the introduction of as certain new refereeing measure MAY increase his goal contributions through penalties. Plenty of high upside defensive players that could provide good value here.

Teams So Far…

Who has the best team so far? Comment below…


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