Trades can make or break your Fantasy EPL season. Fact. A successful Fantrax Draft Premier League manager needs to be active in the trade market, always sniffing out a deal to improve their roster. Be it trading in a player before they explode, or trading out a player who just isn't performing, our Gameweek 12 Trade Advice article has all of your needs covered!
Get out there and use the below advice for Fantrax trades this week. Trading is fun!
Trade In Advice
Here we're going to be recommending Fantasy EPL players to trade into your side. These may be Premier League players who are performing consistently well and are likely to continue to do so. Or they could be players who are currently underperforming but are likely to improve their points haul in the near future. These are your "buy low" players.
Prospects: We talked about this on this week's (08.12.) Key Pass Collective Pod a lot, but the situation with Digne changed from mildly frustrating, to full on panic mode last gameweek when he was dropped from the squad altogether leaving Rafa to play a centre back at LB. Details have since emerged about his exclusion and it seems that a feud with his manager is the main reason he was dropped. Recommending him for a trade in is very risky and it should only be done with the right roster construction. There are three possible outcomes for this situation.
He remains frozen out.
They reconcile somewhat so he gets back in the team,
Rafa leaves and Digne is reinstated into his former glory.
Option 1 is obviously the worst-case scenario and you should be looking for a player in return, losing whom will not cause you stress if this option materialises. Option 3 is obviously the best solution and you will be getting a potential Top 3 defender for a cut-price deal. Option 2 is the most interesting and however you look at Digne's value in this option will determine the value of the player you are going to offer. Two reasons to be optimistic about Option 2: A) He is actually only underperforming his ghost points from last season by 1 point per game, meaning that if Everton start getting some clean sheets, he should be comfortably hitting 15+ points regularly even without set piece involvement. B) DCL coming back will be a huge boost for the attack and it will provide more opportunities for him to get attacking returns.
Verdict: I would (and have done so myself) offer the likes of Salisu, Ruben Dias, Takehiro Tomiyasu or high flying Wolves defenders Saiss or Kilman to get Digne.
Team: Man Utd
Prospects: Another risky suggestion for trading in, but the window of opportunity for trading Bruno might close soon, so you have to act quickly. Bruno has won the "Fall from Grace" category in this month's Drafties Awards and rightly so. He scored SIX points in 3 games in the month of November. His fall has coincided with the manager change, which will make managers who roster him even more anxious about him going forward. I am not here to reveal that he has a bunch of underlying stats that suggest that he will bounce back, nor am I very confident in that. The only reason he is here is that he is a phenomenal player and good managers tend to get the best out of their best players. It is intangible and a trade here only works if the manager is in full panic mode, but it is always worth taking a risk with a player who has historically been an amazing fantasy asset.
Verdict: Now onto the difficult part. Who to give up. Let us get the obvious ones out of the way: I would not give up other top MIDs like KDB, Raphinha, ASM, Mount, for him. The other easy options are the lower-ranked MIDs I would easily give up for him (good conversations starters): Sancho, Maddison, Tielemans, McNeil, Buendia, Saka. The ones in the middle are the ones you are most likely to get a response for though. I would not give up Foden, Grealish, Silva for him, but I would give up Gallagher, JWP, Gundogan, Trossard to get him. For all the players mentioned here, you might need to add some FAB or a second player to get the deal across. Be warned, this is a highly risky trade.
Trade Out Advice
Here we're going to be recommending Fantasy EPL players to trade out of your side. These may be Premier League players who are performing badly and are likely to continue to do so. Or they could be players who are currently overperforming and are likely to decline in value of the coming weeks. These are your "sell high" players.
Team: Man City
Prospects: Silva has been a revelation this season and therefore our collective worst draft mistake here at the Draft Society. After declaring his desire to leave in the summer he has gone on to become a pivotal player for City this season. Topping the charts in most attacking and creative stat categories he is now firmly ranked as a Top 10 midfielder, maybe even Top 5. The real question is what happens with his role when KDB gets reintegrated into the team. With that uncertainty, it may be time to test the waters if you can find a buyer who believes he is top dog for the long haul.
Verdict: I would target top-level players. The aforementioned Bruno is very close in value and depending on personal preference, he could be an ideal target. KDB is a risk that could also pay off. I would try and package Silva with a DEF1, like James to have a crack at unanimous number one Mo Salah.
Prospects: Dennis has been the surprise package of the season as he is currently sitting at the dizzying heights of the number 2 spot among all forwards. Even before Ranieri's arrival, he was a solid point-getter, but since then he has really turned it on. Having secured one of the spots in the Watford front 3, he is a very solid FWD1 right now, who even with regression, I am expecting to end up as a top 15 forward by the end of the season. So why trade out? You know the story by now. He is a great asset to keep and run out every week, but if you can turn him into an even better player who might be underperforming, now is the time to do so.
Verdict: More established, non-AFCON effected FWDs would be my initial targets. The likes of Toney, Vardy, Antonio, or Jesus are good targets. I would also consider trading him for Jimenez, but that deal is very close and is only a possible win if Wolves get their act together in offense.
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