Updated: May 3
Our Gameweek 12 Hot or Cold article is here to outline the current prospects of key Fantasy EPL players. The '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 The FF Chaps. The Draft Society's exclusive weekly refresh of Fantasy EPL prospect rankings!
🔥🔥🔥 Gameweek 12 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: Aston Villa
GW11 Rank: 29
GW12 Rank: 24
What's Changed?: Emi!!! Finally I can feature him in the hot section! With Buendia putting on some very decent ghost point scores the last three games (all double-digit hauls), and Dean Smith being sacked, now is the time to take a punt on the Argentine midfielder. We outlined just how good this chap can be in our Aston Villa Best Players article back in the summer... and finally Buendia may live up to his Fantrax potential. All the signs are pointing towards the former Norwich man getting a huge uptick over the coming weeks. I would try and trade him in for the likes of Townsend, McNeil, Tielemans... or maybe even a currently under-performing Saint-Maximin!
Team: Manchester City
GW11 Rank: 33
GW12 Rank: 26
What's Changed?: Gabriel Jesus had a pre-season ADP of 92... he's making a mockery of that, as well as a mockery of a more realistic draft position of around 50th/60th in competitive Fantrax leagues. The Manchester City forward has started all but two EPL games so far this season, which is insane for an attacking asset at City. Jesus is playing wide on the right, and is scoring incredibly well. He's ranked as the 6th best forward for Mean Points Per Start (13.7) as per our Useful Draft Metrics page, and he's the 10th best forward for Ghost Points Per Start (8.4) as per our Ghost Point Tracker. Jesus is probably the most surprising beneficiary of Pep Roulette so far this season, and I'd highly recommend trying to bring him into your roster.
Team: Tottenham Hotspur
GW11 Rank: 140
GW12 Rank: 99
What's Changed?: Cristian Romero looks to be another player set to benefit from a managerial change. The hard-hitting defender gained 11.5 ghost points in Gameweek 11, to go alongside his clean sheet. Romero had good Fantrax potential after arriving at Tottenham, but it just didn't happen for him under Nuno due to international breaks, fitness issues, and settling into life in a new country. Reguilon and Royal have been getting more heat due to their potential as wing-backs, but Romero could quietly be the strongest Tottenham defensive asset. Davies and Dier are also worth a punt, coming in at 154th and 155th respectively in my rankings.
For the full list of all the Gameweek 12 risers, check out the Weekly ROS Rankings page!
❄️❄️❄️ Gameweek 12 Cold List ❄️❄️❄️
These are Fantasy EPL players that have fallen in our Weekly ROS Rankings. This may be due to poor form, dropping out of the starting XI, suffering an injury, or receiving a suspension. It's time to consider trading out these Draft Premier League players from your rosters!
Team: Brighton & Hove Albion
GW11 Rank: 37
GW12 Rank: 52
What's Changed?: Just as we thought Gross was a trusted Potter player, guaranteed to start every game and give us a solid double-digit haul, he gets dropped. The most alarming thing is that he's either appeared from the bench after Mac Allister (GW10) or simply not at all (GW11). The German midfielder now sits alongside Mahrez and Sterling in my rankings as players who are worth rostering in the hope that they start for their respective clubs. Hopefully Gross gets back into the side over the coming weeks. He's a lovely Fantrax asset to roster.
Recommendation: For now I would hold Gross. As I've said above, he is worth rostering in the hope that he starts. After being benched for the last two games, I don't think there is much trade value. Attempt to trade Gross out for the likes of Trossard, Saka, or McNeil, but I'm not sure you'll get much success at this point.
Team: West Ham United
GW11 Rank: 97
GW12 Rank: 108
What's Changed?: I predicted Declan Rice to be the winner of our prestigious Fall From Grace award in our November '21 Drafties, and he's off to a good start thanks to a measly 3 points during West Ham's 3-2 victory Liverpool. I love Rice as much as the next Euro 2020-crazy Englishman, but not as a Fantrax asset. The West Ham captain has been over-performing this season, with a Mean Points Per Start of 11.2. I think this is unsustainable. Last season Rice's GACS reliance was 15%, compared to 28% this season. He could remain a 8-9 Points Per Start player, and be a perfectly serviceable asset, but not a Top 100 player for me.
Recommendation: I would look to trade out Rice whilst he's still the 11th highest scoring midfielder. Look to ship him out for the likes of March, Ritchie, Havertz, or Soucek. I strongly believe players such as these will serve you better between now and the end of the season.
Team: West Ham United
GW11 Rank: 44
GW12 Rank: 50
What's Changed?: Said Benrahma has dropped six places in my ROS Rankings, but this isn't directly his fault. West Ham just have other assets that are performing better in real-life, and on Fantrax. Fornals and Bowen have been taking the limelight in recent weeks, which has had an impact on the Algerian forwards scores. Benrahma has just one attacking return from his last six games, but his scores have still been fine. I'd still love to roster him, but his prospects have taken a hit due to the form of his colleagues. If there was one attacking player to drop out of Moyes' best XI, it would be Benrahma.
Recommendation: Keep hold of him. Benrahma has done nothing wrong to be on the end of this 'cold' categorization, his team mates are just outshining him at the moment. And will likely continue to do so.
For the full list of all the Gameweek 12 fallers, check out the Weekly ROS Rankings page!
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