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…
Here’s the trades we recommend ahead of Gameweek 24…
Dwight McNeil – Burnley – Midfielder
The ever reliable Dwight McNeil was one of the top value draft picks in the early part of this season. Despite rarely getting on the scoresheet or even assisting (he still has no goals and only one assist to his name), the Burnley winger started the campaign by racking up the ghost points, mostly through key passes.
He has seen his points dwindle in recent weeks but a combination of the signing of a deadly new number nine, the return of Maxwell Cornet and all of the double gameweeks to come makes McNeil a prime candidate to get in on a trade deal.
Ollie Watkins – Aston Villa – Forward
It’s be an incredible month’s business at Villa Park with Steven Gerrard’s influence seeing Philippe Coutinho and Lucas Digne join the ranks. They come at the start of a period of friendly looking fixtures for Villa who will be hoping to mount a serious challenge for European football towards the end of this season.
Ollie Watkins is one of those who hasn’t hit the heights of last season, scoring only five times so far, but a combination of good fixtures and much improved service should see his form pick up dramatically. Now is the time to pounce for Watkins before the goals inevitably begin to flow!
Jack Harrison – Leeds United – Midfielder
It’s not really happened for Jack Harrison so far this season…until recently. Most of us who drafted Harrison this summer did so in the 3rd/4th round due to his reliability and constant supply of ghost points in 2020/21 but a tough start to this campaign saw the left winger lose his place in the Leeds United team and also on plenty of Fantrax rosters.
However, the few managers that kept faith in Harrison will have enjoyed his surprise hat-trick against West Ham, a performance which will have seen his ownership and stock rise dramatically. He was useful against Newcastle too, meaning now is the perfect time to sell him while he’s on a high. There is, of course, a chance Harrison is set to find the the form of last year but his value is on a season high right now.
Hakim Ziyech – Chelsea – Midfielder
While Romelu Lukaku and Christian Pulisic continue to struggle on as free agent worthy assets, Hakim Ziyech is arguably Chelsea’s most in form player at the moment. Missing out on AFCON due to a managerial dispute, the Moroccan topped off a Man of the Match display against Tottenham last time out with a goal of the month contender, coming away with a huge 28 points in Fantrax.
Competition at Chelsea is always fierce though so it may be a good idea to part with Ziyech while his form is good. Shifting Chelsea assets while the World Club Cup is on will be no easy task but you can use Ziyech to target a guaranteed starter elsewhere (someone like the aforementioned McNeil is a 2:1 deal).