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 22 waiver wire has to offer!
Sead Kolasinac | Arsenal | Defender | 31% Owned
One clean sheet and we’re already talking about getting Arsenal defenders in! However, this one is as much about the opposition as it is about Sead Kolasinac himself.
Arsenal face Crystal Palace in Saturday’s early kick off and will have to do it with an incredibly threadbare squad. Luka Milivojevic is now suspended and Wilfried Zaha has only been given half a chance of making it by Roy Hodgson. Even back up winger Max Meyer has been ruled out!
In short, start your Arsenal players. The feel good factor seems to be coming back at The Emirates and Palace barely have any fit senior players. A clean sheet and an attacking return for the adventurous Kolasinac could be on the cards.
Jose Holebas | Watford | Defender | 28% Owned
Another old Togga scoring favourite returns in Jose Holebas. With Kiko Femenia carrying an injury, Holebas is expected to slot back in at left back for a rejuvenated Watford side.
Similar to Arsenal, Watford play a severely depleted side in Bournemouth this weekend. Holebas should get plenty of chances to stride forward and whip some crosses onto the head of Troy Deeney.
Andreas Pereira | Manchester United | Midfielder | 26% Owned
Paul Pogba’s continued mysterious absence as well as rumours that Jesse Lingard could be leaving the club should see Andreas Pereira start in the number 10 role at home against Norwich.
Pereira’s few notable performances this season have come against lower opposition in Brighton and Burnley so the young midfielder will be hoping to regain some more confidence against the Canaries.
In the unlikely event Juan Mata gets the nod, he’s worth a start in this one.
Theo Walcott | Everton | Forward | 13% Owned
Theo Walcott has felt the benefits of Everton’s managerial change in the last few weeks, starting a couple of games and playing will on the right of the front three.
The former England man was the one bright spark in that dismal FA Cup defeat that the Blue side of Merseyside has already sought to banish from their memories.
Walcott should keep his place for a hone game against Brighton that you feel Everton must win to get their revival back on track quickly.
It may be worth noting that Liverpool new boy Takumi Minamino will be in a lot of league’s waivers this week. Jurgen Klopp threw him in at the deep end in the FA Cup Derby this weekend and he showed some nice touches. Not enough to use an early waiver pick or a substantial FAAB bid on though. The smart play may be to snag him with a mid tier waiver pick and try and tempt a Liverpool supporting manager with him as part of a trade package.