Trading well is key to building that high upside, title winning squad but anyone who has played in a draft league will know exactly how difficult it can be to get a deal over the line!
The art to trading is knowing who to target and when to strike as well as which players to use in the trades. This weekly segments looks into the strategy of selling high on those overachievers and buying low on those studs that haven’t performed as expected…
Harvey Barnes – Leicester City – Midfielder
This is more of a “trade in” than a “buy low” target. GW5 saw the first double figure score of the season from Harvey Barnes and this looks like a prelude for what is to come. Couple a decent ghost point effort with a goal and assist last week in the Europa League and a massive Fantrax score is surely on the horizon.
His value will have increased thank to his last two performances but if you can convince the current owner that GW1-4 is the norm rather than the showing in GW5 ahead of what could be a big day for him against Burnley then you could be on to a winner. I still think this is going to be a huge season for the young winger!
Harry Kane – Tottenham Hotspur – Forward
There’s no too ways about it, Harry Kane just isn’t himself at the moment. Tottenham were comprehensively outplayed by Chelsea at the weekend but even in their promising opening half an hour, Kane was barely involved.
Owners will be hoping that the midweek goal against Wolves in the Carabao Cup will kick start some form for their talisman but he just looks miles off the pace at the moment. Why should you trade him in then? He’s Harry Kane. That’s about it. He will get better.
Marcos Alonso – Chelsea – Defender
The highest scoring defender and second highest scorer in the whole of Fantrax is…Marcos Alonso?! We’ve all been waiting for Ben Chilwell to slide back in at left wing back but after another excellent performance against Spurs at the weekend, the place looks like Alonso’s to lose.
The Spaniard is at his scoring peak now, no doubt about that, and now is as good a time as ever to cash in. Chilwell WILL get game time soon, he’s too good not to, so you can use Alonso to target almost any other player in the game at the moment, especially if the Chilwell owner has another very decent player you like the look of!
Leandro Trossard – Brighton – Midfielder
There wasn’t many other candidates for “sell high” options with the usual suspects beginning to put up the high scores. Ismaila Sarr came to mind but I have gone for Leandro Trossard who has finally woken up over the last two weeks.
The Belgian followed his match winning, 18 pointer against Brentford in GW4 with an even more impressive 24 point display which contained just one assist against Leicester on Sunday.
Why is now the time to trade? Because Trossard is SO frustrating! The same player who puts up 24 points in a tough fixture against Leicester is the one who will end on -0.5 in a much easier game. I can’t be dealing with the inconsistency so if I owned Trossard anywhere (which I don’t due to the aforementioned frustrations) I’d be looking to bring in someone a lot more reliable (Dwight McNeil, Jarrod Bowen…) while Trossard is playing well. Don’t wait for the next negative score!