Updated: May 3
Our Gameweek 6 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 6 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.
GW5 Rank: 50
GW6 Rank: 38
What's Changed?: Nicolas Pepe started the season hovering around the 60th overall mark in my rankings, and I was quietly confident that this would finally be his season to shine. After a couple of decent performances to start the season, the Arsenal winger has really turned up the heat the last two weeks! Pepe has scored 40.5 points with just one attacking return, as he continues to be an influential part of Arteta's young side. The Ivory Coast international has almost a complete monopoly over set pieces, which is a sure-fire way to rack up ghost points over the course of the season. He's gained 8 Key Passes, 5 Successful Dribbles, and 4 Shots on Target in the last two games, and surely further goals/assists are just around the corner. I've now got Pepe ranked above Sterling, and he'll soon be rising above Mahrez too on this kind of form!
GW5 Rank: 46
GW6 Rank: 42
What's Changed?: Ivan Toney is the second forward to feature in the Hot or Cold article this week. The Englishman has acclimatized to life in the Premier League really well, and has two goals and one assist in five games. 69 points scored and an average of 13.8 points per game! These are really strong numbers, and I expect that they will continue. Toney has a good base of points from a mixture of Aerial Wins, Key Passes, Shots on Target, as well as Successful Dribbles against Wolves at the weekend. Toney is currently ranked 42nd overall after his impressive start to the season. He's certainly going to end the season a Top 50 player, and could easily finish inside the Top 40. Trade this chap in if you can!
GW5 Rank: 123
GW6 Rank: 103
What's Changed?: Another Arsenal player? And an Arsenal defender at that?! No, I haven't lost the plot. Takehiro Tomiyasu has played two games for the Gunners so far, and has looked pretty impressive. Of course, Arsenal have played against Norwich and Burnley in those two games, but nonetheless Tomiyasu looks to have the tools required to become a decent Fantrax option. I've moved the Japanese defender up to 103rd overall, and I can see him moving inside the Top 100 to rival the likes of Tierney, Zouma and Reguilon in my Weekly Rankings. 10 Aerial Wins in two games will do that.
For the full list of all the Gameweek 6 risers, check out the Weekly ROS Rankings page!
❄️❄️❄️ Gameweek 6 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
GW5 Rank: 42
GW6 Rank: 62
What's Changed?: James Maddison. Where do I start?! The Leicester man has had a shocking start to the season, and its probably going to get worse. After being withdrawn at half time during the 2-1 defeat to Brighton, I think Maddison will be benched this weekend. Our good friend @DraftAnswers dropped a Player Value Thread for Maddison, and the results were not pretty! I'm not as low as most are on the former Norwich playmaker, but he is tumbling down my rankings at an alarming rate. Poor performances in real life, and poor performances in Fantrax points. This is not what we expected for a genuine Fantasy EPL asset and second round draft pick!
Recommendation: Now, what to do with Maddison? If you roster him, I would try to trade him out for someone like Tarkowski, Azpilicueta, Bowen, Townsend, Firmino or Bailey. If you can't get someone around that kind of level, then you're going to need to keep him. Trading him out for a much worse player isn't a good call for me. You'll have to be patient with him. If you don't roster Maddison, then consider sending some low-ball offers such as McGinn, Bernardo Silva, Adams, Cash, or Cooper.
Team: West Ham United
GW5 Rank: 41
GW6 Rank: 53
What's Changed?: Next up is another pre-season favourite who continues to tumble down my rankings. Tomas Soucek. Last season's 19th highest points scorer with an average of over 10 points per game. This season has not started well for the Czech midfielder. Other than his goal scoring GW1 performance, his Fantrax scored have been awful and he's offering very little. But the positive about Soucek is that he's not going to lose his place in the side. He'll play 90 minutes every week, and therefore will have chances to correct his form. Maddison might struggle with this aspect. I'm therefore not as concerned about Soucek's points scoring form. I'm confident he'll be around the Top 50 players mark come the end of the season, despite a poor start.
Recommendation: I think Soucek requires patience. As I said above, he's going to start every game and have a chance to correct his form. Therefore, I would recommending keeping hold of the West Ham man if you currently roster him. You're not going to get good trade value for him at the moment.
Team: West Ham United
GW5 Rank: 62
GW6 Rank: 69
What's Changed?: And I'm finishing off my cold set of players with Aaron Cresswell. The West Ham left-back has seen a reduction in his output so far this season, and has fallen down to 69th overall in my rankings. The main reason for this is that Bowen is taking the majority of set pieces for the Hammers. Cresswell is down to just a 27% share of set pieces as per our amazing Set Piece Takers page. Goals, Assists, and Clean Sheets will still come for the experienced defender, but his Ghost Points have declined from last season. Don't get me wrong, Cresswell is still a good Fantrax asset, just not as good as last season.
Recommendation: I rank Cresswell around the same level as Tarkowski, Pereira, Wan-Bissaka and Tierney. If you roster Cresswell and prefer any of these players then there may be a trade there. Or if you could upgrade him to a defender such as Azpilicueta, Maguire or team-mate Coufal then I'd go for that.
For the full list of all the Gameweek 6 fallers, check out the Weekly ROS Rankings page!
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