Those who think Fantrax Leagues are won and lost at the draft are wrong. Very wrong.
In fact this is where the winners will be winners because of their sharp eye for a bargain and the losers will be losers because…well, they ignore the Waiver Wire.
Each week, we will analyse those low ownership players that could win you your match up or even become a mainstay in your roster for weeks and months.Here is what the Gameweek 4 waiver wire has to offer!
Caglar Soyuncu | Leicester City (DEF) | 45% Owned | Avg 13.17ppm
Leicester were desperate to get the sale of Harry Maguire over the line in order to get a replacement in place before the start of the season. The Foxes managed half of the job in seeing their star centre back leave the club for a massively inflated figure. But with Lewis Dunk valued at a staggering £45 million and Nathan Ake a ludicrous 75, Leicester were forced to stick with what they had in an uninspiring Caglar Soyuncu.
But Soyuncu has surprised everyone so far. A clean sheet followed by an assured display at Stamford Bridge saw his Fantrax ownership spike before Gameweek 3. Those who took the gamble were rewarded. An expected clean sheet didn’t materialise but a surprise assist led to a tidy 23 point haul. Soyuncu is available in over half of Fantrax league’s and should be considered as a waiver wire pick ahead of his home game against Bournemouth.
Arthur Masuaku | West Ham United (DEF) | 5% Owned | Avg 7.25ppm
Arthur Masuaku has all the potential to be a great one week flyer this week. The Hammers left back loves to fly forward at will and should get plenty of attacking opportunities to get into attacking positions at home against Norwich.
The Canaries look good for a goal or two this season but Masuaka still scored 9 points in their last outing without any clean sheet. An attacking return for Masuaku wouldn’t be a surprise this week. Definitely worth a waiver wire punt.
Mateo Kovacic | Chelsea (MID) | 38% Owned | 9.67 PPM
Mateo Kovacic had next to no Fantasy football value last season but seems to have found a new lease of life under Frank Lampard in a new attacking Chelsea lineup. The Croatian international may only have got his chance in Gameweek 3 due to Ngolo Kante’s injury but he took his chance well, setting up Tammy Abraham’s winning goal and earning himself 17.5 points. Sheffield United’s visit should see more opportunities for Kovacic to add to his attacking returns.
Jota | Aston Villa (MID) | 6% Owned | 6.33PPM
Not that one, the other one. Aston Villa’s Jota has taken a little longer to reach the Premier League than his fellow Midlands namesake but his first start brought with it instant reward in Gameweek 3.
In swapping the Blues for their city rivals, fans will already have been fond of their new signing but the way he unlocked the Everton defence to set up Wesley’s opening goal will have further impressed the Villa faithful. If he can nail down his starting spot, now is the time to swoop for him on the waiver wire as his ownership should rise quickly. Villa face just one opponent from the “top six” in the next six weeks.
Andre Gray | Watford (FWD) | 15% Owned | 7.17PPM
Troy Deeney’s enforced extended absence will give another chance in a Watford shirt to Andre Gray. Despite another poor performance in Gameweek 3 in a dire start to the season for The Hornets, Gray got off the mark with an emphatic finish.
Watford will look to get their first points on the board against Newcastle United in Gameweek 4 and Gray will be key to any success that they have.