Updated: May 13, 2021
We ain’t afraid of no ghosts. In fact, we seek them – ghost points, that is. Ghost points are fantasy points that do not come from attacking returns or clean sheets. These can come in the form of key passes, successful dribbles, interceptions, accurate crosses, and aerials, among others. Identifying these points is essential for your Fantasy EPL prospects, and our Gameweek 35 Ghost Point Hunters article is here to help!
This Gameweek 35 Ghost Point Hunters article is based on the Fantrax Scoring System.
Check out our Ghost Point Tracker page for the full list of Fantasy EPL players and their respective Ghost Point capabilities!
Gameweek 35 Ghost Point Hunters
It's nearly squeaky bum time for Fantasy EPL managers. Just four more GWs to move up the table and potentially get yourself a title. This is when you disregard big names and draft position (you should have already started to do this) and, instead, focus on weekly matchups, form, and recent ghosties. Yours truly was a proud father this past GW as GPH alumni - Martinelli, Bale, and Burn - gave opposition managers a haunted house tour. But we need to continue the search, no time for complacency. These three chaps may be the new class: Ferran Torres, Vitinha, and Martin Odegaard. They should be on your waiver wire or prove to be cheap trade targets and can hopefully continue the fright.
Team: Manchester City
Ghost Points GW34: 13.5
Ghost Points Per 90: 6.3
Prospects: A peripheral player for most of the season, Torres seems to have nailed down a spot in the PL/B team (not the CL team), which is great news for fantasy managers. He is likely to start most games ROS.
Verdict: Could potentially be on your waiver wire but more likely need to trade a MID4 +1.
Let the self-congratulation continue. I picked up Torres (despite his betrayal of my beloved Valencia) last week and he proved a treat. Torres, like many City players, has been a luxury item and hasn't featured too often. And when he did, he was ok, but didn't show too many supernatural qualities. Until now. In addition to his goal, Ferran was a ghost-faced killer: 4 Key Passes, 1 Shot on Target, 1 Tackle Won, 1 Interception, 2 Successful Dribbles, and 1 Aerial. Basically, the lot. He seems to have found his footing after almost a year in the Premier League and should be playing most matches ROS with the title all but locked up and the focus almost exclusively now on Champions League. For that reason he's just moved up 27 places in our Weekly ROS Rankings! Let's see if the ghosties persevere; Torres is one for the future but also the present.
Vitinha (one word, like Prince)
Team: Wolverhampton Wanderers
Rostered: 1% (the few, the proud, the desperate)
Ghost Points GW34: 13.5
Ghost Points Per 90: 8.3
Prospects: Vitinha got a surprise start this past GW. Nuno warned about injuries and praised the youngsters after the game. Vitinha should get a majority of starts if the youth revolution/injury worries continue.
Verdict: On 99% of your waiver wires (and likely overlooked this week).
This game we love never ceases to throw up surprises. Vitinha, only known to the enlightened ones, got himself a rare start against West Brom, having not received the starting nod since the last lunar eclipse. And he did not disappoint, posting 13.5 scary scores from the following: 4 Key Passes, 1 Shot on Target, 1 Interception, and 3 Successful Dribbles. Is it a flash in the pan? I would normally assume so but the Wolves manager, Nuno Espirito Santo, noted after the match that young bucks like Vitinha should continue to get opportunities ROS. And with nothing to play for, why not? With the main playmakers Neto and Moutinho out, the ghost points are seemingly up for grabs. If this continues, Vitinha could provide decent value off the wire. One to keep an eye on.
Team: The Arsenal
Ghost Points GW34: 12.5
Ghost Points Per 90: 6.4
Prospects: Odegaard looks to have been overlooked for the Europa League this week (TBC), which means he should be starting v West Brom this weekend. And he should start most games ROS, with a good schedule.
Verdict: Might be on your wire; more likely, another trade similar to the Torres one above is needed.
Looks more like a teenage alpine skier than a footballer, but Martin Odegaard has impressed on loan for Arsenal this season. The Norwegian started slowly but his talent has been undeniable since his first appearance. The fantasy points are now flowing. In his first start since getting over a recent knock, he crossed over to the other side again, dropping over a dozen ghost points: 5 Key Passes (melts my heart), 1 Accurate Cross Not Corner, 1 Clearance, 1 Successful Dribble, 1 Aerial. Odegaard started v Newcastle, so he might not be in Arteta's plans for the Europa League semi-final on Thursday. He is thus more likely to be selected for West Brom over the weekend and to stay in the preferred PL squad (Emile Smith Rowe could be in the opposite situation and Odegaard seemingly scores better when he has the #10 role to himself). Chelsea & Blank GW36 notwithstanding, Arsenal have a soft schedule ROS and the Norwegian should take advantage.
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