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 38 Ghost Point Hunters article is here to help!
Gameweek 38 Ghost Point Hunters
Well, we made it. The final #*%$'n Gameweek is here. GPH would first like to thank you, the readers, for all your support over the course of this inaugural season. You are why we chase ghosts. We also want to extend our heartfelt gratitude to TDS and those who have filled in for GPH over the past 38 GWs - Totti, Draft Genie, & WJB to name a few. And props to Drafterthoughts for the most beautiful statistics known to man - the Ghost Point Tracker. Alright, enough with the mushy stuff, let's finish strong and get this title, eh?
After Sunday, we turn into pumpkins. There's no such thing as long-term value anymore. As such, in this week's edition of GPH, we're focused solely on GW38 streamers that should get you the ghosties to get you over the line. On the big board, we have: Davinson Sanchez, Ryan Sessegnon, & Miguel Almiron/Solly March. And the Honorable Mentions include: James Milner (wow), Konstantinos Tsimikas, Lucas Digne, Martin Odegaard, Marc Cucurella, & Oleksandr Zinchenko. And the final Dr. Peter Venkman Award goes to...Joelinton. Enjoy that on the beach, sweet prince.
Team: Tottenham Hotspur
Ghost Points Per Start: 7.6
Ghost Points This Past GW: 8.75
Prospects: With Romero out, Sanchez is nailed on.
Verdict: Can ghost and has a good matchup v Norwich - nice defensive streamer this week.
Some players live long in the memory despite not playing all that often. Davinson Sanchez is one of these. While he is not a regular starter, you likely have memories of him scoring well for you in the past. This season, the Colombian has only started 16 matches but boasts a solid ghost point average, making him a prime "when he starts, play him" candidate.
For those that did this past GW, you were rewarded with a 22 spot. Against Burnley, Sanchez forced a dodgy penalty & fantasy assist to go along with a clean sheet. But he also logged nearly 9 ghosties. These came from 1 Key Pass, 2 Tackles Won, 1 Interception, 3 Clearances, 2 Aerials, & 2 Successful Dribbles. As you can see, he's an active guy. With Cristian Romero still out with injury, Sanchez is all set to start the last GW v Norwich. Combine his ghosties and a date with the Canaries, and another double digit performance could be in the offing. We advised you to pick him last week before Burnley; if you didn't heed the call, repent this week.
Team: Tottenham Hotspur
Ghost Points Per Start: N/A
Ghost Points Last GW: 14.5
Prospects: When fit, Conte seems to prefer him over Reguilon at LWB. He should be starting on Sunday.
Verdict: Still not fully reliable but have to like his chances given his last performance and the matchup v Norwich. Worth a stream if you need midfield help.
It's been a strange journey for this young man. In 2018, Ryan Sessegnon took his Fulham team up from the Championship to the Premier League, scoring 15 goals en route, and was drafted way too early by yours truly. He later transferred to Tottenham and warmed the bench, then went on loan to Hoffenheim in Germany, and is now starting Left Wing Back for Spuds. A weird, trophy-less voyage, and he is still only 22 years old.
Fast forward to the present. As mentioned above, Sess is now the preferred LWB for Tottenham. Fantasy-wise, he is classified as a midfielder despite playing in defense - usually a bad combo. It has largely been this way for Sessegnon, with middling scores punctuated by a few assists (he has yet to score a goal since joining Spurs). Ghost points have been somewhat hard to come by even when he's started. However, this was not the case in GW37. Against Burnley, he dropped 14.5 supernatural scores from 4 Key Passes, 2 Tackles Won, 3 Accurate Crosses Not Corners (ACNCs), 2 Clearances, & 4 Aerials. Maybe Conte can conjure more fantasy points from the young lad. It's worth finding out this week v Norwich.
Miguel Almiron/Solly March
Team: Newcastle United & Brighton
Rostered: 17% & 27%
Ghost Points Per Start: 5.4 & 6.6
Ghost Points This Past GW: 7 & 7.5
Prospects: Rotated but usually score well when they play. Like everyone else this last GW, all dependent on them getting the nod on Sunday.
Verdict: If they start, stream away!
Here is a twofer for ya. These chaps are in a similar boat - they aren't nailed on but when they start, they usually score/ghost pretty well. We're talking about Miguel Almiron & Solly March, both of whom were in the starting XI for their respective teams this past GW.
Almiron secured a solid 7 ghosties against Arsenal - from 1 Key Pass, 3 Tackles Won, & 2 Successful Dribbles. His previous 2 starts yielded some poor results, but they were against Liverpool & Man City. Prior to that, he hit a nice purple patch. And he has Burnley on the docket this weekend. If he starts, he is decent value.
Now to Solly March. Given his tasty ghosties from last season, which was cut short by injury, he was the hipster's draft choice at MID3. But Potter roulette has ruined those dreams. Nevermind that, he posted a steady 7.5 ghosts this past GW, with 2 Key Passes, 1 Interception, & 2 Successful Dribbles. He likely won't set the world ablaze but can usually get 8 in his sleep. If he survives Potter's axe, act accordingly.
James Milner (Liverpool MID; 19 ghosts): We've shouted out the old man a few times this season - for good reason. He proved again this GW that he is a must streamer when he gets a rare start, dropping nearly 20 ghosties. If he somehow gets the nod in GW38, trot him out again.
Konstantinos Tsimikas (Liverpool DEF; 13.5 ghosts): Similar to his teammate above, the Greek ghost point God just balls when he plays. But he is also unlikely to get another start on Sunday.
Lucas Digne (Aston Villa DEF; 10 ghosts): He's truly back. Digne is finally putting together some consistent performances - he got an assist, yes, but still some tasty ghosts. But is it enough to start him v City this weekend?
Martin Odegaard (Arsenal MID; 10 ghosts): The Norwegian just keeps ticking, posting double digit ghosts somehow despite the team's abject performances. He should go out with a bang at home to Everton on Sunday. Imagine his numbers with an actual striker to feed.
Marc Cucurella (Brighton DEF; 17.5 ghosts): The South Coast Samson is definitely getting some newfound strength of late - whether it stems from his flowing locks or not - and kept it going this past GW. He should continue apace on Sunday.
Oleksandr Zinchenko (Manchester City DEF; 19.25 ghosts): Given the injuries, the Ukrainian should start again on Sunday. If he can replicate his ghosts from last GW, he'll be in for a haul.
Dr. Peter Venkman Award:
Joelinton (Newcastle MID; 2 ghosts): Rarely has a player undergone such a dramatic transformation mid-season than one Joelinton. In November, new manager Eddie Howe tasked this mountain of a man with ditching his number 9 position for that of a box-to-box midfielder. And Joelinton has done it with aplomb, with fantasy points to show for it. He now picks up more types of stats rather than just aerials & shots on target. He has seen some purple patches (see mid April) and a few lulls (the past few weeks prior to this GW) but overall has been dependable. This week yielded double digits but miserable ghosts - 10 with an assist is poor. It pains us to give this unwanted award to Sir Joseph of Lintonshire but it is warranted. He can drown his sorrows at the beach bar.
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