Fantrax EPL: Gameweek 10 Hot or Cold
Our Gameweek 10 Hot or Cold article is here to outline the current prospects of key Fantasy EPL players. Our 'Hot' or 'Cold' status will help take away your emotional attachment to certain Draft Premier League players and help you bring in the players that you need to help you dominate your Fantrax Draft League!
These Hot or Cold ratings are based on the data contained within the Weekly Rest-of-Season Rankings produced by Robbie P. The Draft Society's exclusive weekly refresh of Fantasy EPL prospect rankings!
Gameweek 10 Hot List
These are Fantasy EPL players that have risen in our Weekly ROS Rankings! Keep an eye on these Draft Premier League players, and bring them into your Fantrax squad if you can.
Team: Newcastle United
GW9 Rank: 26
GW10 Rank: 19
What's Changed?: I've been a bit slow to join the Kieran Tripper hype train but rest assured I'm here now. Trips has been one of the most consistent fantasy assets this season, starting every game for a Newcastle side that are much improved, particularly defensively. While he may have benefitted from a late sub handing him some jammy clean sheet points against Fulham, he still put up solid 9.75 ghost points, which has been the story of his season. The solid floor of 10.4 gPPS comes in large part from his set piece dominance - he's taking a whopping 65% of Newcastle's set pieces. It's this consistency in his source of points that makes him such a good asset. If you can trade him in for maybe a bigger name who is underperforming, such as an Virgil Van Dijk, I would take that in a heart beat.
GW9 Rank: 90
GW10 Rank: 72
What's Changed?: De Zerbi ball has got everyone excited about Brighton's attacking assets after a very strong showing away at Liverpool. However, pre-match, Welbeck, along with other Brighton assets, faced an uncertain future. Most analysis on De Zerbi's style seemed to point to the new manager using a different type of forward to Welbz. However, he got the nod and put in all action display, bagging an assist and a solid 8 ghost point showing. Welbeck has become quite the creator for Brighton so far this season, picking up 4 assists from 1.6 xA. But he still has no goals to show for his 1.3 xG. In a roundabout way Welbeck is producing the fantasy points that we'd expect (11.1 PP90 from 10.6 xPP90) and his rise in my ranks is a vote of confidence that he keeps his place in the team and keeps producing these very handy numbers. And if he starts scoring goals, look out.
Team: Crystal Palace
GW9 Rank: 46
GW10 Rank: 38
What's Changed?: My final 'hot' player is one who has been dividing opinions among sections of the Draft community given his high ranking of 45 in our Consensus Rankings. Olise's detractors were put off by his lack of starts and minutes to begin the season, which were due to injury, and also his disappointing number of starts last season when he was very slowly eased into life in the Premier League. So why are we so high on him at the Draft Society?
Quite simply he's shown that whenever he's on the pitch that he looks like an amazing talent, whether it be through stats or the eye test. Oh, and he delivers a wicked set piece, which really helps his floor of ghost points. Last season, Olise put up 9.8 PPS in 10 starts, but his 14.0 PP90 (10.0 gPP90) is what really shows his potential to be an elite fantasy asset once he gets consistent starts and minutes. Another very promising stat dredged up by Drafterthoughts was that Olise was 4th for open play xA/90 last season after Grealish, KdB, and Salah, now that's some esteemed company!
These stats backs up the eye test and real-life production. And sure enough, after the international break, Olise came straight into the side, playing the full 90mins against Chelsea in GW9. He put up 8.5 ghost points and what's even more promising was that Vieira found a way to fit Olise and Ayew into the same team together. This bodes really well for his starts going forward as they had previously been rotated in the right wing spot. So Olise has taken another bump in my ranks with his expected starts going up! If you can still buy low on him, I'd recommend doing it now, while you still can.
For the full list of Gameweek 10 risers, check out our Weekly ROS Rankings page!
Gameweek 10 Cold List
These are Fantasy EPL players that have fallen in our Weekly ROS Rankings. This may be due to poor form, they have been dropped from the best 11, they have suffered an injury, or received a suspension. It's time to consider trading out or dropping these Draft Premier League players from your rosters!
Team: West Ham United
GW9 Rank: 96
GW10 Rank: 111
What's Changed?: It's been coming, Antonio was dropped to the bench for Gianluca Scamacca against Wolves in GW9 and the Italian international really took the opportunity with both hands, scoring a goal and contributing really well to the team's link up play. This was in stark contrast to Antonio, who has looked out of sorts in his 6 starts this season. While it may to be too early to say the writing's on the wall for him as a starter, his inclusion in the mid-week Europa Conference League matchup side against Anderlecht isn't a great sign. Even worse, when he has started, he has been subbed off early and his fantasy performances have been pretty woeful, mustering just 6.2 PPS (even with 1 goal and 1 assist).
Recommendation: The boys on the Key Pass Collective Podcast had a great discussion on Antonio's value and I'm very much in agreement. I don't really want him clogging up a space on my roster, so I would look to ship him out to whoever rosters Scamacca and see if they fancy the handcuff. If all you could get is a bit of FAB in return, great. I wouldn't drop him just yet though, given that West Ham have some favourable fixtures coming up. So if you can't ship him out, I would hold to see if he does manage a start against Fulham or Southampton. If he does, you might be able to trade him out on a 'relative' high if he scores. If he doesn't, then it's time to say goodbye.
GW9 Rank: 21
GW10 Rank: 32
What's Changed?: It's been quite the introduction to the Premier League for Darwin Nunez, who looked like he could be an absolute world beater based on sub appearances in the Charity Shield against Man City and Fulham on the opening day of the season. However, a red card against Palace has really put the breaks on the hype surrounding him. His performances since his return from suspension have been pretty lacklustre, with no goals or assists to his name. With the return of Jota and the form of Firmino, his route to starts is very murky indeed.
Recommendation: Clearly you're not dropping a player of Nunez's quality. He has pure upside when he does play, it's just how and when those starts will materialise that's unclear. If you roster another Liverpool forward, then he's a hold for me as the value you're getting for him right now is pretty low. But if you don't, go after whoever rosters the other Liverpool forwards and see if you can ship him out for better value than he currently holds.
GW9 Rank: 92
GW10 Rank: 122
What's Changed?: To round off an all forward 'Cold' line up, I'm going with Mbeumo. He started off like a house on fire, but we have really seen him regress to last seasons form where he barely ghosted and you were relying massively on him getting a goal for any points. However, it's not just the ghosts that have dried up, Mbeumo has barely looked a threat on goal either. In GWs 1-4, he put up 6.5 gPPS and 1.3 xG. Meanwhile, from GW5-9, he's put up just 2.6 gPPS and 0.3 xG. Any hopes of him becoming a fantasy relevant prospect this season look to have truly been quashed.
Recommendation: I would happily drop him to the waiver wire, as there are players like Jordan Ayew who's only 22% rostered that I'd much rather have in my squad, especially given Palace's extremely favourable run of fixtures. If you can get anything for him in a trade, then fair play, but I just don't see it being worth the time and effort.
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