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 17 Waiver Wire has to offer…
Cheikhou Kouyate – Crystal Palace – Defender
“Defender” Cheikhou Kouyate has established himself as an important part of Crystal Palace’s midfield this season and his side are at the start of a kind run of fixtures which should bring with it some clean sheets.
Patrick Vieira’s side are surprisingly solid and looked superb against Everton as they got back to winning ways. Although Kouyate doesn’t venture too far forward from his sitting midfield position, his place in the heart of the action sees him pick up easy points through aerials won, tackles and interceptions and he managed a double figure Fantrax score against Everton despite conceding a goal.
Daniel Podence – Wolves – Midfielder
Raul Jimenez’s suspension will give someone else a chance to shine against Brighton in Gameweek 17 and I wouldn’t be surprised if that person is Daniel Podence. The Portuguese playmaker was excellent in his last start against West Ham and his exactly the type of creative force that a side that hasn’t scored for four league games is looking for.
I can see Adama Traore moving centrally with Podence taking up a spot out wide or in behind the striker. If Podence doesn’t get the call, it will be Francisco Trincao to start who I wouldn’t risk due to his poor recent form. Podence is the man you want.
Jordan Ayew – Crystal Palace – Forward
As suspected, Brentford’s clash with Manchester United has been postponed, meaning that original pick Sergi Canos will have to wait for another week. In comes Jordan Ayew, a striker who hasn’t scored in 43 games…but he is playing against Southampton.
Ayew has been a thorn on the sides of defences recently playing on the right side of the Palace attack. He set up Connor Gallagher’s first goal against Everton on Sunday and appears to be getting closer and closer to that elusive goal. This pick is as much about the opposition as it is the player with Southampton looking hopelessly exposed defensively in recent weeks, especially on the road.