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 2 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!
Gamweeek 2 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.
Team: Aston Villa
Prospects: While he was surprisingly left out of the starting XI in GW1, surely he comes back into the side after that horrific display from Aston Villa against Bournemouth. I'd be surprised if Stevie G doesn't shake it up and reinstill his confidence in Ollie. The downside is that the Villans looked really poor - this is a good buy low if you believe in the Birmingham-based side bouncing back from the opening defeat.
Verdict: Those who drafted Watkins (in round 3 or 4 in most drafts) are likely unsettled by the shock benching of the English forward in GW1. Test their resolve by offering someone like Pascal Gross or Daniel Podence +FAAB.
Prospects: RAN has nailed down the LB spot since Marcal's return to Brazil. He just dropped over a dozen ghost points on opening day v Leeds. He should crack on and have more opportunities for assists as the Wolves attack improves with the addition of Guedes and the return of Raul Jimenez.
Verdict: Ait-Nouri's value is a little lower than draft day after he only mustered 3.5 points in GW 1 (an own goal and 2 goals conceded masked his ghost point display) and a loss to Leeds dented managers' confidence in Wolves assets. This is likely the best time to trade him in, especially given the kind run of fixtures, including Fulham at home in GW2. Open with a 1:1 deal with a DEF that scored very well in GW1 (e.g., Schar, see below) or include a MID5 (e.g., Billing) & a DEF3/4 (e.g., Davies).
Martin Odegaard: Had an off game, not worried long term. This team will cook and he'll play an integral role. Cheaper than draft day.
Gabriel Jesus: His stock hit crazy pre-draft highs. While 7 v Palace on opening day is nothing to shake a stick at, it is less than the hype led you to believe was coming. He'll be a menace all season; get him in now while you still can.
Gameweek 2 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.
Prospects: The Swiss looks to be the right-sided CB for the Magpies, relegating one of Dan Burn & Sven Botman to the bench. Schar started the season like a house on fire with a 31 point performance. While he'll likely be a half decent asset moving forward, he can't come close to keeping this up. He had a pps of less than 7 last season - this is an aberration. It's best to trade out on a high if you can, particularly given the difficult run of fixtures forthcoming.
Verdict: Push for a better DEF on a down week (e.g., Ait-Nouri, see above) and go from there, or throw him in as a sweetener in a larger deal. He should be an attractive option for your fellow league mates.
Prospects: Given his 24+ point debut for the Gunners in GW1, we've likely hit "Peak Zinny". He should be comfortable in the LB role for another few GWs but Kieran Tierney is back (he had a brief cameo v Palace) so he likely won't be nailed on for much longer. He could, of course, come in as a midfielder every now and again but this is likely only for specific matchups or to cover for injuries. You may want to cash in while you can.
Verdict: The market for Zinchenko should be pretty high - take your league's pulse on him. Try for an elite DEF, ideally one who had an off game in GW1, like Lucas Digne or perhaps Joel Matip. You could also package Zinny+1 for a MID2 or FWD2.
Emerson Royal: Scored well but surely he isn't nailed on. Deal out on a high while you can. Let someone else, potentially the Doherty rosterer, deal with the headache of Spurs wingback roulette.
Pascal Gross: He looked good and seems like tasty value for those who drafted him after the 7th round. But I'd be tempted to cash in here depending on what I could get back for him. He had a goal and assist but his ghosties weren't all that great & we know that he'll likely be rotated at some point.
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