The Waiver Wire: Gameweek 9

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 9 waiver wire has to offer!

Matt Targett | Aston Villa (DEF) | 27% Owned

Matt is one of those to target in those waivers this week…

Matt Targett has taken his time in settling into the Aston Villa lineup but looks to finally be taking his chance. The left back, signed from Southampton in the summer, was touted by many as a late round draft pick due to his attacking potential and he registered his first assist of the season in only his second appearance of the season.

With Brighton at home next on the horizon after the international break, Targett should bring in another decent score in Gameweek 9.

Steve Cook | Bournemouth (DEF) | 26% Owned

Steve Cook’s low ownership at this stage of the season surprised me a little. That is until I saw that Bournemouth are still yet to keep a single clean sheet eight weeks into the new season.

Cook tends to be one of those who scores well in spite of goal concessions and has scored a solid 6.75 points or more on four occasions. Clean sheets are surely to come for The Cherries. Back-to-back fixtures against Norwich City and Watford will provide good opportunity for clean sheets for Cook and co.

Aaron Mooy | Brighton (MID) | 9% Owned

There was plenty of notable performers for Brighton in their humbling of Tottenham at the weekend. Having started only two games ahead of Gameweek 8, Aaron Mooy was given another chance to remind us that he’s a talented footballer despite being part of one of the worst teams in Premier League history last season.

Despite the dirge of talent around him, Mooy put in some sparkling performances for Huddersfield Town and did exactly the same in his full home debut at the Amex. Spurs found it impossible to deal with Mooy’s combative style, eye for a pass and wicked delivery with the Australian midfielder racking up 12.5 points without being involved in a goal.

Brighton have a friendly run of fixtures up to November the 30th, meaning Mooy should continue to score well. With the midfield pool so sparse, his 9% ownership makes him a great option to claim off this week’s waiver wire.

Allan Saint-Maximin | Newcastle (FWD) 19% Owned

We’ve already touted Allan Saint-Maximin as a future favourite of ours. Now we have some form of (albeit small) proof that suggests he will be a decent option in Fantrax and a player that is simply great fun to own.

The flamboyant winger was a constant thorn in the side of the Manchester United on Sunday and his all action performance yielded a healthy score of 8.5 points in a game where Newcastle had just 32% possession.

In 140 minutes of action, Saint-Maximin has already registered two shots on target, three key passes and nine successful take-ons. If he’s on your waiver wire this week, go and get him. A genuine long term option.

Aaron Connolly | Brighton (FWD) | 4% Owned

Who? Before this weekend, you’d be forgiven for asking who Aaron Connolly is. “The latest tormenter of Tottenham” is now the answer to that question.

Connolly burst on to the Premier League scene in style at the weekend, striking twice to add to Tottenham’s considerable woes. His 4% ownership suggests a few took a gamble on him in Gameweek 8. If that was you, well done.

The Irish youngster is highly thought of but may only have been given his chance due to injuries but his performance on Saturday has certainly given Graeme Potter a decision to make. A low risk, high reward option to gamble on the waiver wire this week.


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