Fantrax EPL: Gameweek 12 Sleepers XI

Our Gameweek 12 Sleepers XI article provides Fantrax managers with a lineup of Fantasy EPL hidden gems.  Our starting eleven of Draft Premier League differential picks will help you find a golden ticket to a big score this weekend!  These hints and tips will give you a better chance of picking up an all-important victory, as one of our picks could easily make the difference in a Head-to-Head game!

We'll be focusing on players that will bring us not only attacking returns or clean sheets, but also those players that score Ghost Points in the sophisticated and statistics based Fantrax Scoring System!


Fantasy EPL Gameweek 12 Sleepers XI

For this article, we use the % rostered from Fantrax. Our only rule is that each player we highlight is required to be rostered in 60% of leagues or below at the time of writing. Therefore there's a good chance these players will be free agents in your Fantrax Draft League!


GK: Vicente Guaita

Team: Crystal Palace

Opponent: Burnley (Away)

Rostered: 43%

Points Last Gameweek: 12.25

Prospects: It is never a bad bet to go against Burnley as they are not the most offensively prolific of teams (16th in Goals scored with 11) so a clean sheet could be on the cards. Even without a CS, Guaita is capable of putting in a performance with quite a few saves.


DEF: Joel Veltman

Team: Brighton

Opponent: Aston Villa (Away)

Rostered: 34%

Points Last Gameweek: 8.25

Prospects: Brighton have been a decent defensive team this season and although there is a decent chance of a new manager bump from Villa, Veltman is capable of filling out the stat sheet even without a CS.


DEF: Kostas Tsimikas

Team: Liverpool

Opponent: Arsenal (Home)

Rostered: 52%

Points Last Gameweek: 0

Prospects: Twitter has been clamoring for Tsimikas to get his chance in the first team for weeks and it looks like this will be the weekend it happens. Robbo's poor form has been a cause for concern, but it is his injury-related (hamstring) substitution on international duty that causes us to be more confident of Tsimikas starting. He was a Fantrax-scoring beast when given the chance earlier in the season, so I expect a similar return this time around. He also takes set-pieces when on the field.


DEF: Ben Davies

Team: Tottenham

Opponent: Leeds (Home)

Rostered: 12%

Points Last Gameweek: 12.75

Prospects: A Togga legend wing-back from the days of Poch, he has now been converted to a CB in a back 3 system by Conte. Davies has a decent chance to nail down a spot long term on the left side of the back 3 and the Spurs schedule is looking very good going forward, so he could be in line for a few clean sheets.


DEF: Jan Bednarek

Team: Southampton

Opponent: Norwich(Away)

Rostered: 27%

Points Last Gameweek: 12.5

Prospects: Being probably the least hyped member of the resurgent Southampton backline gives us the opportunity to actually include Bednarek here, so great for us! He has been a little more clean sheet dependant than Salisu and Livramento during this great run of fixtures, but he has a good chance of not conceding against Norwich, who have only scored 5 times so far this season.


DEF: Cheikhou Kouyate

Team: Crystal Palace

Opponent: Burnley (Away)

Rostered: 11%

Points Last Gameweek: 15

ProspectsKouyate is finally playing back in midfield, but he is still classified as a defender in Fantrax, which means you get "free" clean sheet points every time Palace manage to get one (2 in the last 2 games). Our second Palace player recommendation today is a perfect show of confidence for this new-look team who have been putting in big boy performances under Vieira's leadership.

MID: Stuart Armstrong

Team: Southampton

Opponent: Norwich (Away)

Rostered: 42%

Points Last Gameweek: 6.5

Prospects: Finally, Armstrong is well and truly back. Arguably the most talented player on Southampton has finally started a game last week and played 55 minutes, collecting 6.5 points in the process (which could have been far more if he hadn't fluffed a chance from a corner). He added an assist on international duty to his loud and clear announcement of his return. Overlook him at your own peril.


MID: Mathias Antonsen Normann

Team: Norwich

Opponent: Southampton (Home)

Rostered: 47%

Points Last Gameweek: 14.5

ProspectsNormann, or as we playfully refer to him, MAN, has been the only Norwich player worth rostering through the last month and a half with 5 double-digit performances in his 7 starts, which makes him a MID2 for the season. A new manager bump is incoming with the appointment of Dean Smith, so is there a chance Normann can get even better??


MID: Tanguy Ndombele

Team: Brighton

Opponent: Leeds (Home)

Rostered: 23%

Points Last Gameweek: -3.5

Prospects: There is a lot of uncertainty around how Spurs will line up and which players Conte will prefer to use. That said, a new manager brings a fresh start for some of the players out in the cold. On top of that, previous gameweek starter, Oliver Skipp is ruled out due to a 1 game yellow-card suspension so there's atleast 1 central mid spot up for grabs in GW12. There is no doubting Ndombele's ability but he has not been able to show it consistently in the Premier League yet. This might change with Conte's appointment and sorry Leeds could be on the receiving end of an Ndombele masterclass.


MID: Jonjo Shelvey

Team: Newcastle United

Opponent: Brentford (Home)

Rostered: 5%

Points Last Gameweek: 0

ProspectsShelvey is the punt of the week, assuming he will be in the XI. Shelvey will bring some creativity to a team that is in desperate need of it, outside of Saint-Maximin. If he gets the start, he is worth a punt as he could provide decent MID4 value this season. He'll also get a small share of Newcastle's set pieces.


FWD: Bryan Mbeumo

Team: Brentford

Opponent: Newcastle (Away)

Rostered: 59%

Points Last Gameweek: 10.5

ProspectsMbeumo has been slowly getting closer to consideration week by week. He has hit the post 6 times already this season and has the 10th highest xG in the whole league at 3.84 with only 2 goals to show for it. Time to pick him up and let him run loose against the Newcastle defence.


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