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 15 Waiver Wire has to offer…
Ashley Young – Aston Villa – Defender
Everyone loves an out of position defender in fantasy football and Ashley Young could be this season’s pick of the bunch. The veteran full back looks like a surprise favourite of Steven Gerrard’s at Aston Villa and may see more and more minutes going forward thanks to Leon Bailey’s latest injury.
Young looks to have a share of the set pieces and set up a goal from a corner in his 19.75 point haul against Crystal Palace in Gameweek 13. His ageing legs will stop him from playing every minute in the run in but with Matt Targett also picking up an injury against Manchester City in midweek, Young will certainly see plenty of action, whether that be as a right winger or a left back.
Ryan Fraser – Newcastle United – Midfielder
This may seem an odd one as Ryan Fraser has hardly set the work alight since Eddie Howe’s arrival (quite the opposite) but I can see him returning good numbers this week at home against Burnley.
Ciaran Clark’s early dismissal ruined any plans that Newcastle had of taking the game to Norwich City on Tuesday night and ruined Fraser’s night too with the Scot being the one withdrawn to make way for a defender in the 10th minute. On the bright side, he will be fresh and rested for Burnley’s visit, a game Howe’s side must win if they hope to kickstart any survival fight.
Joao Pedro – Watford – Forward
Fixtures aren’t getting any easier for Watford as they welcome current champions Manchester City this week following Wednesday’s defeat to current league leaders Chelsea. Joao Pedro was given a chance against Chelsea and turned in a good Fantrax score with 11.5 points without a goal or assist.
I don’t fancy Watford to get anything from City this weekend but as leaky as they are at the back, Claudio Ranieri has made the team much easier on the eye going forward and the attack shouldn’t be taken lightly (not many teams score past Chelsea, for example). If Kyle Walker is still out for City, I can see Joao Pedro giving stand-in left back Oleksandr Zinchenko a tough time.