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Fantrax EPL: Gameweek 10 Ghost Point Hunters

We ain’t afraid of no ghosts. In fact, we seek them – ghost points, that is. Ghost Points are fantasy points that do not come from attacking returns or clean sheets. These can come in the form of key passes, shots on target, successful dribbles, interceptions, and tackles, among others. Identifying these points is essential for your Fantasy EPL prospects, and our Gameweek 10 Ghost Point Hunters article is here to help!

This Ghost Point Hunters article is based on the Fantrax Scoring System. Check out our Ghost Point Tracker page for the full list of Fantasy EPL players and their respective Ghost Point capabilities!

Gameweek 10 Ghost Point Hunters

It goes without saying that it was another weird week, lots of surprises, other than Conte-ball sputtering and Haaland scoring. Death and taxes. In that spirit, we have some old favorites but also some surprises. On the big board, we're going with Big Ben Mee, Wilfried Zaha, & Joe Willock. Meanwhile, heavy-hitters Thomas Partey, Bruno Guimaraes, Che Adams, and our first trio listing Douglas Luiz/Ollie Watkins/Ashley Young reside in Honorable Mention land. And it gives us no pleasure to grant the Dr. Peter Venkman Award to resident ghost point God, Pascal Gross - it happens to the best of us.

Ben Mee

Position: Defender

Team: Brentford

Rostered: 65%

Ghost Points Per Start: 9.3

Ghost Points Last GW: 14

Prospects: Has been nailed on at CB but with Ajer & Pinnock close to full fitness, he may have some competition. Watch this space.

Verdict: Pick up or try shipping a MID5 or FWD3 for him if you need a DEF.

It turns out that there really is life after Burnley. His former teammate, James Tarkowski, has proved it at Everton and now Ben Mee has done so in West London. The giant of a man has been a stalwart at the back for the Bees, starting every match. The results have been mixed, with only 2 cleansheets (v lowly Bournemouth & Man Utd) but his fantasy value has certainly increased.

The largely undrafted Mee boasts a tasty-sounding 9 points per start. But he has really been feast or famine and very inconsistent. Here are his scores in the last 8 starts -.75, 20.25, 1.25, 13.5, 2.5, 9.25, 4.5, 20. He has a bout of what I refer to as Sissoko-itis (named after Moussa Sissoko's Dr Jekyll & Mr Hyde routine); one week on, one week off. Every other GW is a treat, just have to time it right. This past GW v Bournemouth was certainly one of the good ones: 14 ghosts and a cleansheet. The scary scores came from a Shot on Target, 3 Tackles Won, 4 Clearances, 1 Successful Dribble (hey-o!),1 Interception, 4 Aerials, & 2 Blocked Shots. It was quite the all action performance. Now let's see if Mee can string together some more consistent performances and break the fever caused by Sissoko-itis this weekend v Newcastle. It's also worth monitoring if he keeps his job with Ajer & fantasy favorite Pinnock coming back into the fold. But in the meantime, enjoy the ride.

Wilfried Zaha

Position: Forward

Team: Crystal Palace

Rostered: 100% (a rarity here at GPH)

Ghost Points Per Start: 8.4

Ghost Points Last GW: 10.5

Prospects: Consistent starter and extremely dangerous, has ghost points, just needs to get back to nicking attacking returns. Now that the schedule has softened, he should explode.

Verdict: Try to trade him in before this GW starts - he has decent numbers so won't be cheap but he should only go up from here. Open with someone like Trossard+1.

We usually don't focus on very well known players here at GPH. But we're making an exception for one Wilfried Zaha. Trade him in, just do it. Following his white hot form at the end of last season, he has put in some good shifts so far this campaign, delivering 13.4 pps and 8.4 gpps (excellent for a FWD). And he has dropped these goodies in a very difficult schedule, which has included games against the likes of league-leading Arsenal (god, that never gets old), Man City & Liverpool.

Wilf fared well against another top 6 side this past GW, Chelsea, posting double digit ghosties. These stemmed from 1 Key Pass, 1 Shot on Target, 4 Tackles Won (!), 2 Interceptions, and only 1 Successful Dribble. The Ivorian showed his ghosting versatility there, putting the hard yards on the defensive side. GPH salutes you. But now let's get back to some slaloming dribbles and attacking returns. Zaha is ready to do just that, with some tasty fixtures forthcoming: Leeds, Leicester, Wolves, Everton, Southampton, & West Ham. Dios mio. Let's have it!

Joe Willock

Position: Midfielder

Team: Newcastle

Rostered: 56%

Ghost Points Per Start: 7.8

Ghost Points Last GW: 14

Prospects: Has become a consistent starter in the Magpie midfield and solidifying himself as a decent MID3/4.

Verdict: Not entirely sold on him as anything other than a serviceable midfielder. Trade out on a high, pick him up if he is somehow on your wire, or be happy with what he's providing as you likely picked him up on a free.

Joe Willock has been dead to us for sometime now. Having bought into his a goal a game form at the tail end of his loan at Newcastle, only to be severely disappointed the following season, we're just not ready to be hurt again. But that doesn't mean you can't. His 14 ghosties this past GW - 4 Key Passes, 2 Shots on Target, & 1 Tackle Won - will certainly get you up for it.

The former Arsenal youth product has had his ups and downs up north. Again, Willock started out like a house on fire in his first few starts, dipped like everyone else under Steve Bruce last season, and has started to find his footing under Eddie Howe. Ghost point-wise, he was pretty goal dependent in that aforementioned run of goals (shocker), and has been mixed otherwise - 7.8 this season & 6.6 last season. The former is pleasant reading for Willock rosterers but color us skeptical. The 14 scary scores came against a shorthanded Fulham (as you can see below, many Magpies took advantage) and his history of inconsistency is hard to shed. Trading out on this high is likely the best course of action. Call us jaded.

Honorable Mentions:

  • Thomas Partey (Arsenal MID; 14 ghosts): This was the Partey that intrigued us last February and that forced his way into our Round 13 draft board. Sadly, he has been missing until now - crazy how facing Spurs can do that. Not buying back in yet - this excellent display, unfortunately, has been the only one this season. We're monitoring to see if it was an aberration. Having said that, he's a decent streamer this GW v Liverpool (guaranteed starter & will have plenty of do) if you get jammed up.

  • Bruno Guimaraes (Newcastle MID; 10 ghosts): Newcastle had the majority of the game against a ten man Fulham side and a lot of its assets got some flattering scores. Still not convinced by Bruno this season; he has been dreadful other than in this fortunate matchup. Trade high.

  • Che Adams (Southampton FWD; 10.5 ghosts): Che has a knack for sneaking up on fantasy managers with some solid ghostly performances - a la Jordan Ayew - and he's doing it again. Worth trying to swoop.

  • Douglas Luiz/Ollie Watkins/Ashley Young (Aston Villa MID/FWD/DEF; 13, 15.25, 13 ghosts): Villa, like Newcastle, also had a decent amount of gametime v a ten man opponent this past GW, allowing many of them to feast. Having said that, they face the swiss cheese defense of Forest up next. Let it ride.

Dr. Peter Venkman Award:

Pascal Gross (Brighton MID; 1 ghost): We respect our elders here at GPH, the folks who have ghosted year in, year out. Pascal Gross is one such legend whose GPH hall of fame status is never in doubt. However, this doesn't shield you from criticism or even from Venkman. The good doctor DGAF about the past. The languid German showed up against Liverpool in his worst Octoberfest form - dropping a single, solitary ghost point, from a lone successful dribble. Is this a sign that Pascal won't score as well under the new manager, or just a minor blip? Granted, Liverpool is usually a tough opponent, especially for a player who needs a lot of the ball. But he has been slightly under-performing his GPPS stats from last season (7.4 v 8.1) despite the higher PPS. We reckon he'll be fine - the fact that he started in De Zerbi's first game in charge is a good sign - as the Seagulls seem primed to score a fair amount of goals in this new system. Gross stands to benefit, as long as he can improve his fitness (he was yanked in the 64th minute visibly gassed). He still has to hold this L though.

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