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GW13 Preview for OFPL Scoring Draft
This article is based on the OFPL Scoring System made famous by the Official Fantasy Premier League game. Bonus points and Kante Points (1 point for every two tackles or interceptions) are also included as per Draft Fantasy Football. Much of this insight will be applicable to OFPL Draft and Fantrax/Togga style too.
The international break is over, the football is back and so am I! I won’t waste any time waffling on with overused cliches, let's just get stuck into some fantasy chat.
The following teams have a good run of fixtures coming up and should be targeted for trades or free agent pick-ups.
Next Four Fixtures: Burnley (A), Brentford (H), Norwich (H), Brighton (A)
Spurs have had a rather underwhelming start under Conte but I don’t think that should be much of a surprise. His managerial style revolves around concrete organisation and unbelievable fitness and work ethic, both of with take time to implement. With these brilliant fixtures coming up maybe we will finally start to see the fruits of this labour.
Kane and Son are obviously miles ahead of any other players you could pick from this Spurs side, so I won’t even say anything further on them - we all know how good they are. The beneficiaries of the manager change in terms of minutes seem to be Lucas Moura, who has started every game under Conte in the RW position, and Ben Davies, who has come back in from the cold at LCB. My favourite defensive picks however are clearly the wing backs - Reguillon and Emerson Royal who are really attacking.
Next Four Fixtures: Arsenal (A), Norwich (H), Burnley (H), Leicester (A)
I’ll be quite honest with you I’m not a big believer in Eddie Howe, and I don’t really have any faith that he can keep this Newcastle side in the Premier League. I don’t think he will tighten up the defence enough, although I do still fancy Newcastle to score quite a few goals. For this reason when looking at this decent fixture run it’s the attacking assets I would certainly favour.
In the forward positions, Allain Saint-Maximin and Callum Wilson are their two star men, who look like good if not spectacular picks going forward. Aside from these two I would look to Joelinton, who played well vs Brentford and should keep his place after scoring and playing 90 minutes. In the midfield I also think Shelvey isn’t a bad pick, if Howe can tap into his creative talents he can rack up the assists. In defence, the only man I would even think about considering is Matt Ritchie, and that is purely for attacking returns as I’m not convinced Newcastle could keep a clean sheet against my local Sunday league side.
One Week Pickups
Goalkeeper or defenders with a bad fixture? Attacker with a potential short-term injury? No worries, I’ve got a smattering of players that could serve as good one-week punts to fill a void.
Guaita - Villa home at home this week for a staple in the save and bonus point categories, I fancy they could even keep a clean in this fixture too.
Sanchez - Leeds at home is not the terrifying fixture it was last season, and Brighton are very astute defensively.
Ait-Nouri - Norwich away for Wolves this week is great. Ait Nouri looks to have taken the spot from Marcal and has produced strong attacking numbers, with six chances created in the last four games.
Henry - It’s not an understatement to say Henry is one of the most attacking defenders in the league, and I fancy him to have some joy at home to Everton this week.
Cash - Villa looked in good shape at home to Brighton and they will look to carry their form away to Palace this week.
Podence - Played well and picked up an assist last week, so should keep his place for the fantastic Norwich away fixture.
Canos - More assists for Canos last week, and with how high and wide he plays I’m not surprised. There’s potential for more at home to leaky Everton this week.
Rashica - My favourite Norwich player by far, with a few decent fixtures coming up and a potential new manager bounce he’s the player I fancy to benefit the most.
Joelinton - Played 90 minutes and scored last week so you’d expect him to keep his place for the Arsenal fixture this week. I think Newcastle will score this weekend.
Joao Pedro - Potentially more of a long-term pick, but I fancy Pedro’s minutes to only increase for Watford going forward.
That concludes my picks to look out for in the free agent pool, as well as players to try to trade for. I hope you found this helpful, if so a follow over on Twitter would be much appreciated @SnakeDraftFPL
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