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GW9 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.
Gameweek’s that follow International Breaks are often unusual, so I’m glad to get GW8 out of the way to try to return to a semblance of normality. Hopefully GW9 will prove fruitful for some of the players I’ve picked out today.
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 (H), Watford (A), Villa (H), Norwich (A)
Saints have had a bit of a wobbly start to the season, but with a win over Leeds last week it looks like they could start to turn things around, and with these next four fixtures it wouldn’t be surprising if it started now. Saints look defensively pretty secure, if not spectacular, going forward, but with these fixtures I still think there is a player or two that could emerge.
Starting at the back, I think any of the nailed on defensive options are decent, Livramento being the best due to his attacking threat. He’s closely followed by Salisu, Bednarek and McCarthy who are all pretty nailed on to start. In terms of attackers, the two picks I would look to are Redmond and Broja; neither are particularly exciting, but both look like they’ll get the nod for these decent fixtures.
Next Four Fixtures: Leicester (H), Burnley (A), Norwich (H), Newcastle (A)
Brentford are really starting to look the real deal, if they can start finishing a few more of their chances I think they could really start racking up the points, and these next four fixtures will be key for that. With good options all over the pitch it’s time to start picking these players before they get snapped up!
Toney and Mbeumo are the clear best picks on the team, but if they’re already taken I would look to Janelt in midfield if it’s clear he’ll return from injury this week. I also quite like Canos, it’s just a shame he’s classified as a mid which limits his point ceiling somewhat. Defensively I don’t think you can go wrong with either the left-wing back Henry, or the left centre back Pinnock. Alternatively in goal Raya is also a good source of points for them.
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 - Palace look like a decent defensive unit and Guaita has always been good for save and bonus points. Good fixture at home to Newcastle.
McCarthy – Saints are much improved defensively recently and are playing at home to Burnley this week.
Salisu - Talented defender with a good fixture, also looks like he’ll be good on bonus points.
Guehi - Nailed on a centre back for Palace with a good fixture this week, most attacking defender from set pieces for Palace.
Godfrey - Sure starter in the standout fixture of the week at home to Watford.
Janelt/Canos - Leicester have looked shaky at the back and I fancy Brentford to do well, after Toney and Mbeumo I think Janelt is the best attacking option if he’s confirmed to be back from injury, if not then I would go for Canos.
Olise - Lively winger for Palace against a shaky Newcastle defence.
Redmond - Seems to have his spot locked down in the Saints attacking line (for now) and should do damage vs Burnley. On set pieces in the absence of JWP.
Broja - Looked like a talent with a smart finish vs Leeds and should keep his place for the next game.
Rondon - With Calvert-Lewin ruled out for another few weeks, Rondon should once again start for Everton in a great fixture.
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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