Gameweek One was one to remember! We have barely had time to catch our breath but we are here already with your picks to target on the Waiver Wire ahead of round two!
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 first Waiver Wire of 2021/22 has to offer…
Emmanuel Dennis – Watford – Forward
Top of our waiver wire list this week (unless, of course, your league is yet to allocate Romelu Lukaku) is now Watford hitman Emmanuel Dennis. There was much deliberation during pre-season over who was going to fill the void at the head of the Hornets attack but Dennis answered it emphatically, linking up well with Ismaila Sarr to destroy a normally solid Aston Villa backline.
The Nigerian scored the opener before setting Sarr up for the second to cap off a stunning debut at Vicarage Road and the Watford faithful will have taken to him very quickly as he continued to excite with his raw pace and power. Not only did he score and assist, Dennis filled up the stat sheet nicely, ending on a more than respectable 30.5 points in Fantrax. He could be that permanent FWD3 that you are looking for!
Abdoulaye Doucoure – Everton – Midfielder
From a new Watford man to a former Watford man. We highlighted Abdoulaye Doucoure in our Gameweek 1 Differential XI article and he delivered instantly, proving that Rafa Benitez wants him to get forward a lot more by scoring in the first game of the season!
Doucoure didn’t do a lot else, coming away with a disappointing 12 points including that goal but there are encouraging signs that the former Fantrax favourite may be getting somewhere close to his brilliant best that saw him used as a very handy MID 3/4.
Jacob Murphy – Newcastle United – Midfielder
Now that he is a first team regular, I always feel that Jacob Murphy is a criminally underrated/underowned Fantrax asset. Despite seeing his team go down to a 4-2 defeat at home to West Ham on the first matchday, Murphy was a huge part of an exciting first 45 minutes, getting forward to great effect and even getting on the scoresheet with a well-timed header at the far post.
Newcastle’s opening half of the season hinted at the possibility of them being a lot more expansive this season and although star man Allan Saint-Maximin will be the one to get all of the Fantrax manager’s heads turning, Murphy’s 22 point haul can’t be ignored. Only 5% owned going into the game against a Villa side who shipped three on the opening day.
Ethan Pinnock – Brentford – Defender
Of course, Ethan Pinnock won’t be scoring 24.5 points every week but GW1 was an extremely good indication that Brentford will have plenty of resolve about them defensively. Pinnock managed to claim an assist but was also solid defensively and those theories that he will be the dominant defender when The Bees are tested aerially look to be correct.
Brentford travel to Crystal Palace in GW2 and may even be touted as slight favourites when contrasting their respective opening day exploits. Pinnock seems to be a defender worth holding for those favourable matchups like the one they will be facing this weekend.