Trade Targets: Buying Low

Trading isn’t for everyone. Many leagues that have lasted for a number of years have reached the point where trust between managers is beyond repair. However, in one well known Fantrax league in Iceland, the number of trades reached three figures. Staggering!

As difficult as it can be to pull off, it’s hard to deny that a good trade, even one that benefits both parties, can be the difference between mid table mediocrity and a convincing title win.

The secret to identifying a good trade? Buying low and selling high!

In this article, we will be analysing those who promise to deliver much but are currently delivering little; ideal players to target in a trade!

Here are five September buy low targets!

Diogo Jota | 4 Apps| 0 Goals | 0 Assists | 13 Points

Wolves were a revelation in last year’s Premier League, largely thanks to their deadly front two. Much was expected of new signing Raul Jimenez but few expected the deadly nature of midfielder Diogo Jota.

The Portuguese maestro formed a deadly strike partnership with Jimenez, with his end of season purple patch leaving Jota with impressive figures of 9 goals and 5 assists.

Jota’s stats understandably led to an average draft position of 51.19 with the majority of competitive leagues snapping him up in the 4th round.

Much more will have been expected from him by managers who plumped for him early in their draft. Those same managers may be ready to cash in on the Wolves man, especially with squad rotation creeping in this season, but there’s no doubt in my mind that Jota will still be well worth owning this season.

Ryan Fraser | 4 Apps | 0 Goals | 1 Assist | 20 Points

Many will have picked up Ryan Fraser off the waiver wire last season after finding himself in an out of the Bournemouth starting XI. If that was you, well done.

The Scottish pocket rocket had a breakout season to remember last season. Thanks to 7 goals and 14 assists in 2018/19, he was going as early as the tail end of the second round in many leagues this summer.

After setting the bar so high, Fraser’s start to the 2019/20 campaign has been less than remarkable. His first three outings produced scores of 0, 6.5 and 2.5 points respectively, leaving Fraser owners extremely frustrated.

An assist in GW4 at Leicester shows promising signs for those who picked the Scotsman. Some will, no doubt, still be looking to cash in on a player who has plenty of potential but is yet to live up to it this season. If you’re expecting to get him at a cut price, now is the time.

Andros Townsend | 4 Apps | 0 Goals | 0 Assists | 21.5 Points

Andros Townsend has always been a firm favourite of Fantrax/Togga managers and Roy Hodgson alike. The Crystal Palace winger is one of the first names on Hodgson’s team sheet and is the ghost points king in this version of FPL. Until two weeks ago…

Few Townsend owners will have been concerned by the fact that he started on the bench at Old Trafford in GW3, mainly due to the fact that many will have planned to bench him in their FPL team too.

The fact that he also didn’t make the Palace XI in the home fixture against Aston Villa in GW4 will be much more of a cause for concern.

Hodgson guided Palace to victories in both fixtures which will, no doubt, cause even more concern for Townsend owners. I’m confident that Townsend will (eventually) be reinstated in the lineup but a previously safe option now comes with an element of unexpected risk. His trade value has never been lower.

Wilfried Zaha | 4 Apps | 0 Goals | 0 Assists | 15 Points

Staying with Crystal Palace…Wilfried Zaha is another second round pick that isn’t currently cutting the mustard.

To say Zaha had an unsettled summer would be an understatement and it seems the summer saga(s) has affected his early season form.

Palace’s star man was linked strongly with Arsenal, Everton, PSG and Napoli throughout July and with the English clubs completing signings that can be considered “Zaha esque” (maybe Alex Iwobi is a bit of a stretch there), it may mean that when the rumours come circling once again in January, a move abroad may be most likely, something that can be used in potential trade negotiations.

Zaha is far too good to let the poor start continue into a poor season and will eventually reach the heights of his second round potential. It’s a great time to go in for Palace’s star man.

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