Updated: May 12
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 32 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: The Geordie trickster is back fit and firing. I already recommended him last week in my Start/Sit article and I hope everyone started him from the bench because he turned the match around after coming on with a goal and an assist. Saint-Maximin will be absolutely crucial in Newcastle's bid to avoid relegation and should provide close to round 1 value rest of the season.
Verdict: It is not going to be easy to get him in after last week, but the window should still be open. I would offer some more established names like James Rodriguez or Bukayo Saka to get ASM on your roster.
Team: West Ham
Prospects: Just missing out on the 40% ownership cutoff to be included in the Waiver article on Monday, Masuaku gets his spot here as a trade target. A low-scoring game last weekend should provide any manager hoping to acquire him with the in they need to start a trade conversation. A favourable schedule going into the final stretch of the season should see him rack up the points with plenty of opportunities for attacking returns.
Verdict: Jan Bednarek, Roman Saiss or James Tarkowski are some of the more established, yet less exciting names you could be offering to get King Arthur on your roster.
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: I don't hate having Captain America on my roster for the rest of the season, and him appearing in this article is by no means an indication that you should be looking to offload him in a fire sale. But it is always a good idea to see how excited your fellow managers are after a player has a breakout game, as Pulisic had at the weekend. Tell them he moved up 33 places in our Weekly ROS Rankings!
Verdict: When looking at fellow midfielders, I would consider the aforementioned ASM, Matheus Pereira or even someone like Jesse Lingard (in a 2-1) as trade targets for Pulisic.
Team: Crystal Palace
Prospects: What a disappointment Zaha has been for his managers this season. 7.75 points per game is nothing to write home about, but he has always been boom/bust, so you had to suffer through the lows to get the highs. The real problem is, that the highs are not coming this season. He has only scored 20+ points 3 times all season, with the last one coming at the beginning of December. With a blank GW coming up and a horror schedule, he is teetering on the edge of being droppable.
Verdict: If you can get Tielemans, Gross, or a heavily rotated Phil Foden for him based on his 10+ scores against Everton and WBA, you should take any of those and run.
Strategy in Focus: "What would my opponent do?"
Roster stability is something that is not talked about enough in daily conversation about Draft Premier League matters. Constructing a roster can mean a lot of things but it usually refers to the number of players you have on your roster of a certain position or the ratio of steady point-getter vs boom/bust players you have in your squad. Achieving a balance in these 2 areas is crucial if you want to mount a serious title challenge.
"... analysing your opponent's team can be almost as important to knowing your own if you want to cut a successful deal. Identifying your opponent's needs will be the key that gets you the players you desire."
Analysing one's own roster comes second nature to most of us as we stare at our team for hours on end usually either cursing or falling in love with our players. In trading, however, analysing your opponent's team can be almost as important as knowing your own if you want to cut a successful deal. Identifying your opponent's needs will be the key that gets you the players you desire.
Before approaching one of your opponents with a trade offer, put yourself in their shoes, try to imagine what sort of player you would be looking for to bolster your team then go back and see if you have players that fit the mould. I guarantee you, by using this strategy all your trade negotiations will be much smoother and the points you raise about why your opponent should take a certain player, will resonate more, therefore giving you a better chance at success.
Use it wisely.
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