Our Gameweek 2 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 2 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: West Ham United
GW1 Rank: 87
GW2 Rank: 65
What's Changed?: Where else could I start? Said Benrahma showed excellent pre-season form and as Fantrax drafts were progressing, it was becoming more and more clear that the Algerian was a player you needed to reach for if you wanted him. I was eyeing him up for Round 6 of my DPL Community League draft, but he was taken a few picks before I had the chance! Benrahma gained 20 points in Gameweek 1, and the West Ham man looks to be very much a forward on the rise. He didn't gain many ghost points, but he may not need to if he remains in clinical form. Benrahma has moved up 22 places in my Rest-of-Season Rankings, and I could easily see him edging into the Top 50 over the coming weeks. Try and trade him in for a big name such as Zaha, Werner, Wilson or Jesus. I can see him outscoring these types of players pretty easily!
GW1 Rank: 88
GW2 Rank: 71
What's Changed?: Another mid-range forward is up next: Wolves loanee Trincao. The Portuguese (where else) youngster has joined the midlands outfit on loan from Barcelona, and its already pretty evident why the Catalan giants signed him from Braga in January 2020. Trincao racked up 13.5 points without any attacking returns, with five successful dribbles being his main source of points. There remains a couple of question marks over Trincao's role when Neto returns from injury, but for the next few months he should be a mainstay in Bruno Lage's new look side.
Team: Tottenham Hotspur
GW1 Rank: 135
GW2 Rank: 77
What's Changed?: My final 'hot' player is Lucas Moura, and I need to hold my hands up and apologize for my Pre-Season Draft Ranking of the Brazilian. I ranked Moura a lowly 135th overall, and my Draft Society colleagues ranked him only slightly higher for a combined 107th place. I just didn't see him being a permanent fixture in the starting eleven, but after his masterpiece of a performance in Gameweek 1, I think I'm wrong. Moura was exceptional on the right hand side of an attacking trio, and gained really strong points in Fantrax because of it. Six successful dribbles, five aerial wins, and three key passes were his headline stats. I've moved Moura up to 77th overall, and would happily trade him in in exchange for players such as Gundogan, Ziyech, or Stuart Armstrong. Another performance or two like this and Moura will be inside my Top 50!
For the full list of all the Gameweek 2 risers, check out the Weekly ROS Rankings page!
❄️❄️❄️ Gameweek 2 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 these Draft Premier League players from your rosters!
Team: Manchester City
GW1 Rank: 23
GW2 Rank: 37
What's Changed?: And now on to the cold players. Raheem Sterling was inspirational during the Euros and after producing a series of stunning displays to lead England to the final, I thought he may carry over this form to the Premier League. Sterling did not have a good game against Tottenham, which is fine considering his limited pre-season. But the issue here is that he was poor on Fantrax, as well as being fairly average in real life. An elite level Fantasy EPL asset racks up decent points no matter how badly they play - Sterling doesn't do that.
Recommendation: I would consider trading Sterling out to an England-loving manager. This is early days, but the lack of ghost points and additional competition for places at City is a real concern. Look for Ings or Jota in terms of forwards, or the likes of Saint-Maximin, Soucek, or Barnes from the midfield pool.
GW1 Rank: 43
GW2 Rank: 56
What's Changed?: Ben Chilwell didn't feature in GW1, which is fine considering his late return for pre-season. So the Englishman hasn't dropped in my rankings due to any fault of his own. This is due to the form of his team mate Alonso. The Spaniard started against Crystal Palace and bagged a goal and a clean sheet en route to 31.75 points! Because of this, Chilwell has to drop in my rankings. I think Alonso is going to play more then many would have thought!
Recommendation: If you own Chilwell, you need to trade in Alonso to get a handcuff of that position... and similarly if you own Alonso, try and trade in Chilwell on a low to complete the set.
Team: Leicester City
GW1 Rank: 48
GW2 Rank: 93
What's Changed?: It doesn't look as though Kelechi Iheanacho is going to feature in the Leicester starting eleven, unless Rodgers reverts back to the system which enabled the Nigerian to thrive at the end of last season. We had high hopes for Iheanacho after his red-hot form in the spring, but after appearing from the bench in the Community Shield, as well as Gameweek 1, he could be in for another season as an impact sub. New signing Daka has also arrived to provide additional competition.
Recommendation: I would look to trade out Iheanacho for the likes of Benrahma, Trincao or Canos who all performed well at the weekend, or aim for someone like Torres or Wood who blanked during the opening weekend. I don't see Iheanacho being a regular feature for Leicester this season.
For the full list of all the Gameweek 2 fallers, check out the Weekly ROS Rankings page!
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