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Fantrax EPL: Gameweek 4 Hot or Cold

Our Gameweek 4 Hot or Cold article is here to outline the current prospects of key Fantasy EPL players. Our '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 Robbie P. 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.

Anthony Martial

Position: Forward

Team: Manchester United

GW3 Rank: 102

GW4 Rank: 75

What's Changed?Martial's pre-season form and Ronaldo's self-enforced exile while trying to look for a move away had many managers reach for him in drafts in the hope that we could be getting project re-start Martial, rather than the one that was so poor he was shipped off on loan to Sevilla last season. It was all looking so positive until a minor hamstring injury forced him to miss the first two games of the season, while Ronaldo was integrated back in the team and started vs Brentford. However, it was clear that United were missing something, and the youth and energy they put into the performance against Liverpool showed the potential the team has if they get behind ten Hag's tactics. Martial wasn't quite ready to start, but he showed in 45 minutes what United had been missing, massively improving the link up play and providing the assist for Rashford's goal on the way to 14 FPts (8 ghosties). Martial's performance surely puts him firmly back into contention as the first choice striker and, with a tasty fixture against Southampton coming up next, those who kept faith with him could be rewarded with some serious points!

Demarai Gray

Position: Midfielder

Team: Everton

GW3 Rank: 85

GW4 Rank: 60

What's Changed?Gray started the season as a potential rotation risk given the signing of McNeil. He did however get the nod to start the season, putting up a couple of poor 4.5 FPts scores that didn't really represent his good contributions on the pitch. But a goal and a whopping 23 FPts (14 ghosties) against Forest really showed what he can do. In this form, Gray gets in a really high volume of shots (6; 3 on target) which is music to the ears of fantasy managers. It was interesting to see McNeil chosen to be benched over Gray or Gordon to get a more recognised striker like Rondon into the team. Add in the ever increasing likelihood that Gordon moves to Chelsea, and in Gray it looks like we have a nailed attacking midfielder who can provide the goal threat this Everton team desperately needs!

Che Adams

Position: Forward

Team: Southampton

GW3 Rank: 169

GW4 Rank: 106

What's Changed?: Seemingly out of favour during pre-season, an unused substitute in GW1, a poor 4.5 FPts in 90mins in GW2, then benched in GW3. This was enough for many managers to lose faith and drop Adams to the waiver wire. However, it took just 32 minutes off the bench for him to score a brace against Leicester in GW3, plus another brace midweek against Cambridge United in the League Cup to put him firmly back in the picture as Saints' no.1 striker. Adams was going round 8/9 in most drafts and he's rocketed back up to this value for me. While we shouldn't expect him to keep up this scoring rate, Adams should be a solid asset for the rest of the season, especially given the lack of quality in the rest of Southampton's forwards assets.

For the full list of Gameweek 4 risers, check out our 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, being dropped from the best 11, suffering an injury, or receiving a suspension. It's time to consider trading out or dropping these Draft Premier League players from your rosters!

James Justin

Position: Defender

Team: Leicester City

GW3 Rank: 87

GW4 Rank: 126

What's Changed?: Let's face it, I could have put any Leicester player here not named Maddison or KDH, but Justin has fallen the farthest in my ranks. While he's been playing in a very advanced position, it hasn't translated into attacking output (short of a lucky fantasy assist own goal) or ghost points, with Justin registering just 5.4 gPPS and a measly 2.4 PPS due to how bad Leicester have been defensively. Rodgers seems to insist on attempting to shut up shop once they've gone ahead which is not working out at all for him at the moment. You can basically guarantee a Leicester game starts at 1-1 at this point. This is not good news for Justin, and if Fofana moves to Chelsea, you do not want to be going anywhere near Leicester's defensive assets.

Recommendation: Having drafted him in all three of my leagues I gave him one more chance in GW3 given the supposedly favourable matchup. However, that was the last straw and he has been dropped to the waiver wire without a second thought. I recommend you do the same.

Kai Havertz

Position: Forward

Team: Chelsea

GW3 Rank: 57

GW4 Rank: 74

What's Changed?: Havertz has started every game, not looked great, put up measly fantasy points (4.3 PPS) and is likely to have more competition for his place with Aubameyang looking likely to arrive soon. The Chelsea attack really hasn't got going yet and the balance between Havertz, Mount and Sterling just does not look right, with none of them a traditional no. 9. Havertz has registered just 0.2 xG+xA/90 in the first 3 GWs, while he put up 0.58 last season, so it's no surprise to see zero attacking returns, and for a forward who has never ghosted too well (5.4 gPPS last season), this is a real cause for concern.

RecommendationHavertz had been going in round 4/5 in drafts and if you can get anywhere near that value trading him away I would take that right now. If you can't get anything better than that I'd be tempted to hold in the hope that Havertz gets a return soon before looking to trade out again. Chelsea have a very favourable schedule coming up, with Leicester, Southampton, West Ham and Fulham, ranking them 2nd for forwards over the next four GWs.

Youri Tielemans

Position: Midfielder

Team: Leicester

GW3 Rank: 69

GW4 Rank: 84

What's Changed?: I'm going for another Leicester player here in Tielemans. With the return of Barnes to the starting XI and the switch back to a 433, this left no place for Tielemans in the starting XI, with Dewsbury-Hall preferred over him. With one year remaining on his contract, a move particularly to Arsenal has been mooted all summer, but has not quite materialised. Tielemans' value has always been more in his set and forget nature, guaranteed starts with a solid if unspectacular 7+ gPPS with 10 G+A per season thrown in for good measure. You could always expect a handy score from him every 3 games or so. However, if he stays at Leicester his role in the team looks to be diminished with the emergence of KDH and even if he gets a move to Arsenal, his route to points is compromised in a deeper role and a loss of set pieces.

Recommendation: I would look to trade him out now before anyone notices he was benched in the last match. He should still hold good name value, I would look to get Round 6/7 value or better in a 1-1 deal, or look to use him as +1 in a bigger deal.

For the full list of Gameweek 4 fallers, check out our Weekly ROS Rankings page!

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