Our Gameweek 38 Hot or Cold article is here to outline the current prospects of key Fantasy EPL players. The 'Hot' or 'Cold' status will help take away your emotional attachment to certain Draft Premier League players and help you bring in the players that you need to help you dominate your Fantrax Draft League!
Chap One has finally revealed his identity... can you guess where Chap Two is in the above image?!
Gameweek 38 Hot List
So here we are. My final article as a Draft Society writer. It's been an absolute pleasure writing for the Draft Premier League community over the last 4.5 years, and I'm finishing off with a slightly different version of the Hot or Cold article. This week I'm keeping things positive and only featuring Hot players. And I'll be harkening back to our usual final day of the season "Uber Differentials" version of the Sleepers XI, providing you with 5 low ownership gems who could win you your Championship in GW38.
In previous years these below 20% rostered recommendations have backed Gaetano Beradi for a clean sheet in 2021, Theo Walcott for an assist in 2020, and Nathaniel Mendez-Laing for 31 points all the way back in 2019! Don't worry if you don't remember Mendez-Laing; I barely do myself! Hopefully these picks help in your quest for Shiva Bowl's and Sacko Bowl's, or simply riding out the season in pure Taco style. Let me help you find some youth players who might be given a shot on the final day of the season, or under the radar players who you just haven't had the guts to punt on in previous weeks!
Team: Leeds United
What's Changed?: Joe Gelhardt was the first player I picked out for this article. The 20 year-old Leeds forward was given the start in GW37 due to James' suspension, and he didn't disappoint. Gelhardt provided a wonderful assist for Struijk's equalizing goal, keeping the Yorkshiremen in with a chance of avoiding relegation. BBC pundit Micah Richards even went as far as saying that Gelhardt "turned into Messi for five seconds" in response to the skill he showed to provide that all-important assist. Quite the compliment! Leeds play Brentford on Sunday, and at the time of writing their fate is still in their own hands. I'm backing Gelhardt to start once again, and he's got every chance of providing more magic to help Leeds survive!
Team: Manchester United
What's Changed?: Ah. Juan Mata. He was once a first round draft pick of mine many years ago. True story. The Spaniard's Manchester United career is coming to an end, and for some reason he's been seeing decent minutes in recent weeks. Mata has started ahead of younger players such as Rashford or Shoretire, but I'm not here to question the decisions of Ralf Rangnick. He clearly knows what he's doing (!). Anyway, this is probably your final chance to field Mata in a Draft Fantasy Football team. Are you going to get all nostalgic and hope the Premier League stalwart rolls back the years? You never know, he could add to his tally of 2 headed Premier League goals. Or maybe he'll hit the woodwork for the 12th time in his EPL career and cause heartache as you chase a GW38 win...
Team: Norwich City
What's Changed?: Norwich City winger Jonathan Rowe has been gaining solid minutes from the bench in recent months for the Norfolk based club. He reminds me of a young Ruel Fox in his heyday, but questions remain as to why he hasn't yet been given a start considering the Canaries have been mathematically relegated for a few weeks (and basically relegated for a few months). Dean Smith is preparing for his first full season in the Fine City, and I can see Rowe playing a decent role in Norwich's inevitable promotion back to the Premier League next year. The academy graduate could be handed the start this weekend, and he might be worth a punt despite the tough fixture against Tottenham. You never know, they may do the ultimate in Spursiness and lose to Norwich and hand 4th place back to Arsenal!
Team: Tottenham Hotspur
What's Changed?: This one is cheating a little, as Ryan Sessegnon shouldn't really count as an 'uber differential', but his % rostered is below 20% so I'm going to include him. The Tottenham youngster gained four starts in a row back in February/March before suffering an untimely injury. I never felt like Conte trusted Reguilon at LWB, and it seemed inevitable that Sessegnon would get another chance before the end of the season. The former Fulham starlet has now started five games in a row, and is gaining decent scores despite being classified as a midfielder and missing out on potential clean sheet points. Tottenham face Norwich on Sunday as they look to seal a remarkable turnaround and qualify for the Champions League. I'm backing Sessegnon to start, and score well once again.
Team: Newcastle United
What's Changed?: Emil Krafth has started seven games in a row for Newcastle. Who knew!! The 27 year-old right-back, formally of Helsingborg, Bologna, and Amiens SC, isn't particularly a Fantrax points magnet, but he did bag 13.5 big ones in the 2-0 victory over Arsenal in GW37. Newcastle face Burnley this weekend, and defenders playing against Burnley are usually good for a few points. Krafth, born in Ljungby, 1.84 meters tall, 39 caps for the Swedish national team, looks to be a decent pick-up this weekend, and his lowly 4% rostered points to him being a free agent in most leagues. Yes, I am using Krafth's Wikipedia page to fill out this recommendation. And yes, I am ending my Draft Fantasy Football writing career talking about Emil Krafth of Newcastle. Jeez.
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