Our Gameweek 4 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!
These Hot or Cold ratings are based on the data contained within the Weekly Rest-of-Season Rankings produced by The FF Chaps. The Draft Society's exclusive weekly refresh of Fantasy EPL prospect rankings!
🔥🔥🔥 Gameweek 4 Hot List 🔥🔥🔥
These are Fantasy EPL players that have risen in our Weekly ROS Rankings! Keep an eye on these Draft Premier League players, and bring them into your Fantrax squad if you can.
Team: Manchester City
GW3 Rank: 73
GW4 Rank: 57
What's Changed?: I gave Ferran Torres a fairly generous pre-season ranking of 65th, although I wish I had been bolder. The young Spaniard played pretty well at the Euros, and has started all three Manchester City games so far this season. Although Torres hasn't scored that well for ghost points, he shouldn't need to. If he's starting for Pep, he needs to be starting for all Fantrax managers. With City unable/unwilling to bring in a new striker ahead of the new season, it looks as though Torres is going to start more often than not. After 32.5 points, two goals, and one assist against Arsenal, I've moved him up to 57th overall. Torres has really strong potential to move into the Top 50 and higher if he can remain in Pep's starting eleven!
Team: Crystal Palace
GW3 Rank: 131
GW4 Rank: 96
What's Changed?: Conor Gallagher followed up a strong 10 point display in GW2, with a monster 29.5 point display in GW3! The Chelsea loanee scored both of Palace's goals against West Ham, and looks to have firmly established himself in Vieira's new look side already. Gallagher has taken nine set pieces during his 180 minutes of action so far, which equates to 75% of all of Crystal Palace's set pieces. If he remains on set piece duty, and maintains his license to roam forward from midfield, Gallagher could be a really strong MID3/4 option in Fantrax this season. I've moved the Englishman up to 96th overall, and he has potential to go a little higher.
Team: Norwich City
GW3 Rank: 152
GW4 Rank: 143
What's Changed?: And finally, we need to talk about Norwich. I'm highlighting Pierre Lees-Melou after a few really encouraging displays so far this season, but I also want to return to a topic I considered during pre-season; Will Norwich Survive?. At the time of writing, I was pretty certain the answer to the question posed in that article was no. But after a really strong end to the summer transfer window, I think they actually have a chance of staying up. The signings of young, talented players in Sargent and Tzolis started to get my hopes up, and ending the window by bringing in Williams, Kabak, and Normann on loan has brought an increased sense of optimism. These three loanee's are genuine Premier League quality players, and Sargent and Tzolis, as well as Rashica, Gilmour, Aarons and Cantwell, have potential to enter that bracket. In short, readjust your opinion on Norwich's prospects. Yes, they have lost all three games so far this season, but they were all against top quality opposition. Things are going to be different from now.
In short, readjust your opinion on Norwich's prospects. Yes, they have lost all three games so far this season, but they were all against top quality opposition. Things are going to be different from now.
Now back to Lees-Melou. The experienced Frenchman has played pretty well for Norwich so far, and has scored decently in Fantrax. Two scores of 10 in home defeats to Liverpool and Leicester, as well as 3.5 during the away loss to Manchester City. Those are some really encouraging numbers, gained from a variety of attacking and defensive statistics. I've bumped Lees-Melou up nine places to 143rd overall, but he has potential to break into the Top 100 over the coming weeks and months. Rashica features at 108th overall, and Aarons has also entered my Top 150 after some strong ghost point scores so far. New signing Normann is one to watch; he could become a strong defensive midfield option. He's very good at tackling, likes to shoot from distance, and has a dangerous long throw.
For the full list of all the Gameweek 4 risers, check out the Weekly ROS Rankings page!
❄️❄️❄️ Gameweek 4 Cold List ❄️❄️❄️
These are Fantasy EPL players that have fallen in our Weekly ROS Rankings. This may be due to poor form, they have been dropped from the best 11, they have suffered an injury, or received a suspension. It's time to consider trading out these Draft Premier League players from your rosters!
Team: Leicester City
GW3 Rank: 36
GW4 Rank: 43
What's Changed?: What a horrible start to the season it has been for Harvey Barnes. Points scores of 3.5, 4, and 2, and being taken off between 63 and 71 minutes in all three games. Not what you would expect from a player with a Pre-Season Draft Ranking of 33! I was all set to take him at the end of the second round in my Community League Draft as my tactic was to draft midfielders with my first four picks... luckily someone took him before I had the chance! Barnes is coming back from injury, but after a full pre-season most of us were expecting the Englishman to build upon his very good season last year.
Recommendation: Barnes owners have two options. Be patient with him and hope that he returns to his expected level of Fantrax output. Or trade him out now and consolidate the level of value he currently has. For this option, I would look at bringing in the likes of Tielemans, Saka, Van Dijk, or maybe even Trincao.
Team: Leeds United
GW3 Rank: 59
GW4 Rank: 74
What's Changed?: I should probably have ranked Rodrigo lower than 74th after recent events, but I still believe that Bielsa believes in the Spaniard. 4.5 points against Burnley, followed by the arrival of Dan James from Manchester United. It hasn't been a good couple of weeks for Rodrigo. I like to think I'm patient with players in Draft Premier League, but it may soon be time to drop the former Valencia forward. It remains to be seen how Leeds will line-up after spending £25m on James, but Rodrigo could easily be the one to miss out with Harrison or Raphinha moving centrally to accommodate the new arrival.
Recommendation: I think you've got to hold onto Rodrigo for now. His trade value is pretty much non-existent. Wait it out to see how Leeds line-up over the next few weeks and re-asses the situation. Alternatively, if the likes of Armstong, Edouard or Gray are free agents in your league, I'd be tempted to make the swap.
Team: Crystal Palace
GW3 Rank: 60
GW4 Rank: 84
What's Changed?: Next up is another forward impacted by late activity in the transfer market. Crystal Palace finally signed a new forward, bringing in Frenchman Odsonne Edouard from Celtic. I really like this signing, and it looks as though Christian Benteke will be the one to make way from the Palace starting eleven. It may be a few weeks before Edouard is brought into the side though, so Benteke might be given an opportunity to prove himself now that he faces genuine competition.
Recommendation: The only real option here is to hold Benteke. The guy is a Fantrax beast when he's starting. Even if Edouard takes his place in the side, he's worth holding onto and slotting into your side when he does gain a start.
For the full list of all the Gameweek 4 fallers, check out the Weekly ROS Rankings page!
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