Fantrax EPL: Gameweek 14 Hot or Cold

Our Gameweek 14 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 : the Draft Society's exclusive weekly refresh of Fantasy EPL prospect rankings!


Gameweek 14 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.


Bruno Fernandes

Position: Midfielder

Team: Manchester United

GW12 Rank: 27

GW14 Rank: 16

What's Changed?: Are we starting to see Bruno regain his draft day value? Well, his performances this season have been steady enough without being spectacular. But that all changed against Spurs in GW12 with a huge haul of 36.5 FPts, including a goal and a whopping 9... yes, 9, key passes! This performance was boosted by the lack of Eriksen in the side, which upped his number of set pieces. In fact, 10 of those points came from set pieces alone. So while we may want to temper expectations a bit, he's still put up some very handy ghost point performances in the last 3 games against some tough teams, with 12.5 vs Newcastle, 26.5 vs Spurs and 9.5 away at Chelsea. This is not what we've come to expect in recent years from Bruno, who has been more of a flat track bully, delivering hefty scores against poor teams while putting up goose eggs against the better sides. With the Ronaldo side-show being shelved, Bruno has the leadership role to create more from open play and I think he and United can only improve by getting him more involved in the attacking third.

Recommendation: His performance against Spurs has probably priced him out for many managers. But given United's favourable fixture run, if you could manage to bring him in as a 1-1 swap for players such as Mount or Odegaard, or even going as high as Ivan Toney, then I would take that.


Luke Shaw

Position: Defender

Team: Manchester United

GW12 Rank: 200

GW14 Rank: 106

What's Changed?: It's been quite the return to form from Luke Shaw, who has managed to wrestle his spot in the XI back from Tyrel Malacia, and put up double digit returns in his last 3 matches against some tough opposition. Shaw had a huge season in 2020/21, leading to a big Euros competition for him. However, we really haven't seen the same player since. Right on cue, in the run up to the World Cup, Shaw is back to something resembling his swashbuckling best form. Man United have a great set of fixtures for Defenders coming up and we could see some more big performances from him while he's looking to prove to Gareth Southgate that he should be in his England XI.

Recommendation: If you can still get him in on the cheap, I'd highly recommended it. Look to ship out a massively overperforming player like Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg, or even a big name underperformer that some may still rate, such as Jamie Vardy, who has very bad fixtures coming up.


Adama Traore

Position: Forward

Team: Wolves

GW12 Rank: 99

GW14 Rank: 76

What's Changed?Adama has taken another huge jump in my ranks! He's started the last 4 games on the trot since Bruno Lage was sacked, putting up a very healthy 12.9 PPS! While games against Forest and Palace saw a goal and assist, it's his consistent ghost points (shockingly without the plethora of completed dribbles) that's impressing me (and Ryan as well, who included him in his latest Ghost Point Hunters article). He has dropped ghost point scores of 8, 9.5, 8 and 11, despite some bad losses for Wolves. Now that's consistency. And just think what could happen if those mazy dribbles return! While we won't know the landscape at Wolves until a new permanent manager comes in, the caretaker manager likely won't make any big changes to the starting xi until the World Cup break. So those who roster him can enjoy a guilt free 3 GWs until the worry sets in. However, it has been reported that earlier in the season he was being eased in gently due to a prior injury, so his lack of involvement may have been to do with that, rather than his contract situation. As a result, there is cause for optimism in his rest of season value.

Recommendation: You've probably missed the boat on trading him in low by now, so I wouldn't overspend given the risk of his minutes falling off post-WC or a January transfer. However, if you do roster Adama, I feel like its sell high time if you can get someone to bite at the value of his current performances. Maybe one of your league mates will have fond memories of that glorious 2019/20 season and fancies him to replicate that. What would I be looking for in return? I'd aim for a Round 2/3 guy but maybe settle on a Round 4 guy - any lower and there's not too much point, you may as well enjoy the points while they last. Look at underperforming assets that have frustrated managers - folks like Robertson, Sterling, or even an injured Luis Diaz, who should return after the World Cup. Or you could easily settle for the likes of Calvert-Lewin, Tielemans or March.


For the full list of Gameweek 14 risers, check out our Weekly ROS Rankings page!


Gameweek 14 Cold List

These are Fantasy EPL players that have fallen in our Weekly ROS Rankings. This may be due to poor form, being dropped from the preferred XI, suffering an injury, or receiving a suspension. It's time to consider trading out or dropping these Draft Premier League players from your rosters!


Joelinton

Position: Midfielder

Team: Newcastle

GW12 Rank: 41

GW14 Rank: 56

What's Changed?: If you have had a look at our Useful Draft Metrics page recently, you may have seen an extremely worrying figure for Joelinton. While his 8.4 PPS total appears decent enough, his recent form has been woeful, as the Brazilian has put up just 2.9 PPS in his last 3 starts! This is a far cry from his early season form, when he was putting up 12.1 PPS from GW1-6. Those numbers were boosted by just 1 assist in that time, so these were huge ghost point performances worthy of mention almost every week in Ryan's Ghost Point Hunters articles. Joelinton has been benched a couple of times, but even back in the XI recently, his fantasy performances just haven't been up to it, with Bruno G seemingly given more licence to get forward.

Recommendation: The situation at Newcastle appears quite fluid in terms of the midfield roles, so I wouldn't panic just yet if you roster him. His value is too low to trade out, so I'd hold for now in the hope of some return to form. Would I trade him in on a low? Depends on the price, but probably not. However, I would certainly chuck a few FAB on him if he's been dropped to the waiver wire in your league.


Dominic Solanke

Position: Forward

Team: Bournemouth

GW12 Rank: 80

GW14 Rank: 120

What's Changed?: Solanke had been in great form, delivering12.3 PPS in 6 starts from GW5-11, scoring 2 goals and bagging 4 assists, repaying those managers who had been patient with him since Bournemouth's difficult run to start the season. However, a blank against Southampton in GW12 and then an ankle injury that forced him to come off at half time against West Ham has dented his value leading up to the World Cup. Solanke has also been overperforming on his expected stats by a good margin, 9.5 PP90 from 7.5 xPP90 so those 6 attacking returns from just 2.5 xG+xA. So he seems to have been on borrowed time anyway.

Recommendation: We still don't know the full extent of Solanke's injury, so I wouldn't look to drop just yet if you can afford to keep him on the bench. The maximum he will likely miss is just 3 GWs with the World Cup approaching. If you do manage to keep hold of him, Bournemouth are 4th for forwards in our Fixture Difficulty Tracker from GW17-22, so he could be good value for that period considering he's one of Bournemouth's only attacking outlets. That being said, if it came down to it and I needed a streamer to win my matchup in the next 3 GWs, I think I'd be ok with dropping him. I wouldn't be thrilled about it given the lack of depth in the forward department this season, but I think it's one of those borderline decisions that you might have to make depending on the make up of your squad.


James Ward-Prowse

Position: Midfielder

Team: Southampton

GW12 Rank: 19

GW14 Rank: 23

What's Changed?JWP started the season off as we've always known him, the set piece monopoly providing a very healthy ghost point base of 9.6 gPPS, with a goal and an assist to bump that up to 11.8 PPS. However, he's been abysmal since with just 6.3 PPS and no attacking returns. So what's caused this? The injury to Romeo Lavia has seen Ralph Hasenhuttl employ Maitland Niles or Diallo in a midfield two with JWP, who's been tasked with holding down the fort defensively. His key pass numbers have fallen off a cliff, averaging just 1 per game in the last 6 and his ghosting profile looks more like a defensive midfielder than that of a playmaker.

Recommendation: If you roster him, you must keep hold, as his value could not get lower than it is right now. Lavia is due for a return in the next couple of gameweeks and will certainly be back after the World Cup, which should give JWP that creative freedom once again. If you could trade him in on a low, I'd 100% recommend doing that. And if you could deal an overperforming asset such as Bruno Guimaraes for him, even better.


For the full list of Gameweek 14 fallers, check out our Weekly ROS Rankings page!


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