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 3 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 3 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: Sterling has had a somewhat poorer start to the season than most managers who drafted him would have expected. The only plus side is he looks to be a lock to start almost every game with him being one of the attacking focal points. Chelsea are about to enter a very friendly run of games: Leeds, Leicester, Southampton, West Ham, and Fulham. All these teams struggle defensively and Sterling could finally find his purple patch. A manager who took him in the first round may be getting slightly frustrated, and now is the time to test the waters to bring him in as a "buy low" target. If he starts to hit the heights we have seen he can, he will be someone you can easily trade out at the end of this friendly run, or keep to ride the form. He seems to be somewhat goal dependent, but he is currently the most dispossessed player in the league losing 5 points across 2 games in that category, clearly affecting his points. Sterling went to Chelsea to play every game he physically can, and Tuchel will use him like that with Pulisic, Ziyech, and Broja far from being trusted players.
Verdict: Some managers may be set on holding Sterling seeing the upcoming fixtures, but look to tempt them with a package deal including a forward who is overperforming with another overperforming midfielder or defender. Try to package some of these players in any deal for Sterling: Toney, Mitrovic, Zaha, Watkins, Joelinton, Lingard, Aribo, Burn, Koulibaly, or Royal.
Virgil Van Dijk
Prospects: Liverpool have had a horrible start to the season, and if it wasn't for Manchester United grabbing the headlines, there would surely be a lot more worry about this "title challenging" squad. I do believe Liverpool turn it around especially defensively but will struggle without the likes of Thiago, Matip, and of course replacing the irreplaceable Mane. Van Dijk has a combined 6.25 ghost points in 2 full games and looks very off the pace. He is a world-class defender and will figure it out sooner rather than later. Now is the time to try and get him on the cheap. Considering Liverpool couldn't keep clean sheets against newcomers Fulham, and mid-table Palace, managers will certainly be frustrated with any Liverpool defender not named Trent. Van Dijk is probably the best one to get on the "cheap" unless he is rostered by a Liverpool fan. Van Dijk has top 7 defender potential still, but I do expect him and this Liverpool squad to be slightly worse than last season.
Verdict: I would offer high-performing defenders or consistent midfielders for Van Dijk. You can package some of these players and even add 10-20% of your remaining FAB to any deal. Players such as Burn, Hojbjerg, Webster, Ake, Azpilicueta, Neves, Almiron, and McNeil may get you near Van Dijk. If not, look to step up a tier with players such as Davies, Dias, or Dalot.
Gameweek 3 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 in the coming weeks. These are your "sell high" players.
Team: Nottingham Forest
Prospects: Lingard seems like he will be very goal dependent this season, and got a fluke assist in the win vs. West Ham. While it was a huge win for Forest, you would have expected Lingard to have gotten more points in that type of game. 10 ghost points in 2 games isn't exactly great prospects for a player who went in rounds 5-6 on a team that won't score a plethora of goals. There will be someone in your league who believes in the Lingard resurgence after this "assist", and they are the prime target to ship Lingard to. If you can't sell Lingard on his own, look to package him with your FWD3, MID5, or DEF2/3 to try and get a slight upgrade in forward or midfield. Forest enter a somewhat tough schedule as well with Everton, Spurs, and Manchester City in the next 3. It is possible Lingard doesn't get a single return in the next 3, and his value will drop significantly.
Verdict: Look to trade Lingard 1:1 in deals for injured/underperforming players such as Barnes, Tielemans, Perisic, Odegaard, Rashford, or Kai. If you can package Lingard with another asset, you could look to aim a tier higher for players such as Vardy, Neto, Eriksen, Sancho, or Saint-Maximin.
Prospects: The most in-form player in the EPL is easily the biggest "trade now" target in Fantrax. Rodrigo was very lucky to get 2 goals last game after stealing Strujick's goal 1 yard from the goal line. Bamford has suffered an injury so Rodrigo should see a lot more starts, but I do fully expect his output to decrease. Three goals in two games, and almost a lock in the XI, should be enough to help you upgrade him for a "long-term" asset as a set and forget forward. You probably will need to package him with another asset who offers either a similar ceiling or a consistent floor. He is a good player to add in a package with the likes of Neves and Buendia to get a more safe, top-end asset. Leeds have a mixed schedule but it should be decent enough to get some bites on this forward.
Verdict: I would look to target players such as Toney, Zaha, Sterling, Sancho, and Grealish in deals where Rodrigo is packaged with another asset.
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