Trade Targets: Selling High

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 were probably drafted late but have far outweighed their expectations: perfect players to trade away!

Here are five September sell high targets!

Mason Mount | 4 Apps | 2 goals | 0 assists | 61 points

Perhaps the number one sell high candidate in draft FPL leagues right now. Mason Mount has surprised everyone this season, everyone bar Frank Lampard.

The new Chelsea boss talked him up in pre season, making it clear that he will be part of first team plans this season. These comments caused many to take a late round flier on Mount. If that was you then you’ve been handsomely rewarded.

A 14 point showing in a 4-0 reverse showed promising signs, signs that were backed up by two goals in two games against Leicester and Norwich City.

Will he keep his place? It looks like it. When he plays, he’s a great option thanks to his shoot on sight policy and his share/dominance of set pieces.

Out of that supporting cast of himself, Christian Pulisic, Ross Barkley and Pedro, he’s certainly been the best. This late round flyer is one that could potentially be exchanged right now for a solid fourth rounder or an under performing third rounder.

John McGinn | 4 Apps | 1 goal | 1 assist | 50.5 points

If Mount was a late round flyer, John McGinn was deep into punt territory this summer. An ADP of 122 means the Scot was dropping to round 12 in most 10 man leagues, being drafted as a MID5 prospect by most.

After a goal in GW1 and an assist against Everton in GW3, McGinn looks like he could be that non-goal and assist dependant, fixture proof scorer that Andros Townsend and Nathan Redmond have been in previous seasons.

In the two games where McGinn hasn’t managed to pick up an attacking returns, he’s scored 10.5 and 12 points, helping him to being the 19th highest scoring player overall.

The Villa man will, no doubt, prove to be an incredibly handy squad player to possess this season but also one you can use to get yourself a sweet deal for a “bigger name”.

Todd Cantwell | 4 Apps | 1 goal | 2 assists | 41.5 points

Who? You’d be forgiven for asking who on earth Todd Cantwell was when he appeared on Norwich City’s GW1 team sheet at Anfield.

An experiment on a game with little expectation riding on it? It could have been at the time but Cantwell looked bright against Liverpool and went on to cement his place in the Canaries XI with two assists against Newcastle United.

While Mount and McGinn are ones I’d keep hold of, I believe it’s time to cash in on Cantwell. Why?

Firstly, I believe it’s unreasonable to expect his hot start to continue. Secondly, he plays for Norwich. We’ve all been thrilled by their attacking, fluid football but as the relegation dogfight inevitably sucks Norwich in, surely this will be replaced by a more pragmatic approach, something that won’t suit Cantwell.

For the record, I’d probably cash in on Teemu Pukki too.

Ashley Barnes |


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