Trades can make or break your Fantasy EPL season. Fact. A successful Fantrax Draft Premier League manager needs to be active in the trade market, always sniffing out a deal to improve their roster. Be it trading in a player before they explode, or trading out a player who just isn't performing, our Gameweek 6 Trade Advice article has all of your needs covered!
Get out there and use the below advice for Fantrax trades this week. Trading is fun!
Trade In Advice
Here we're going to be recommending Fantasy EPL players to trade into your side. These may be Premier League players who are performing consistently well and are likely to continue to do so. Or they could be players who are currently underperforming but are likely to improve their points haul in the near future.
Team: Aston Villa
Prospects: Watkins posted a ghost-point-laden 13.5 on his return to the starting XI a week prior against Chelsea only to follow that up with a limp 3 pointer in a comprehensive 3-0 win for Aston Villa. What is with this guy? Well, the "new-look" Villa is still a work in progress. This tiny little window is what makes all their assets easier to trade in. Rest assured, this is not going to be the case for long. Once Bailey and Buendia are introduced as regulars to this attack, all their assets will get a boost. Time to test the resolve of the manager who has 2 starts (one a 3 pointer) from his second round pick!
Verdict: I would target Watkins with some high-flying defenders and midfielders to start with the likes of Alonso and Duffy or Gallagher and Bowen. If you are looking for like-for-like, Trincao, Gray, Jesus, or Toney could tempt the manager holding Watkins.
Prospects: Finally! GW5 brought this 3rd round pick his first double-digit return of the season. Barnes, as much as the entire Leicester attack, has been below par (and that is the PC version). This is one of those times when the Fantrax points do not tell you the whole story. As someone who has suffered through more than 1 Leicester game this season, I can tell you that Barnes did look rusty but he has been their "almost" guy in those games. A cross skidding on wet grass to just miss him, a shot ricocheting off the foot of the defender when the GK was beaten already, a hair on the forward's big toe making him fractionally off-side, these are only some of the unfortunate events that have made this Harvey less Harvey Specter and more Harvey from This is England As long as Rodgers is keeping the faith, you can trust that he will start delivering points as well as attacking returns very very soon.
Verdict: You know the deal by now, get a player who is overperforming his xR (Expected Ranks, I just came up with this) and trade him at his highest value. Case in point: Odsonne Edouard for Harvey Barnes. Hats off Sesh Gremlin.
Trade Out Advice
Here we're going to be recommending Fantasy EPL players to trade out of your side. These may be Premier League players who are performing badly and are likely to continue to do so. Or they could be players who are currently overperforming and are likely to decline in value of the coming weeks.
Team: Manchester City
Prospects: If you have not listened to last week's Key Pass Collective, you should. It is good. You should always listen. We'll wait. OK, now that you are back, you will understand what I am talking about. Bernardo is nothing but an "upstairs toy". Has been for 2 seasons now. Pep came out saying that he wanted to leave. He did not leave and has been starting ever since. Let's take a moment and appreciate how difficult a job Pep has to keep 20+ world-class players from kicking up dirt for only starting 20 games a season. Now that the moment is over, we need to trade out Silva ASAP before he gets taken back upstairs and sits on the bench for 2 months straight.
Verdict: I would look to get in an underperforming player who has guaranteed minutes. In the long run: Digne, Bamford, Tarkowski, Tielemans come to mind.
Prospects: There is no way this DraftGenie favourite keeps performing at this rate for even the next month, let alone the whole season. It is likely you got him in for free off the waiver wire, so any trade value you can get for him is a win in my book.
Verdict: You can try aiming as high as Harrison, but settle as low as Matt Ritchie with this one. The main thing to consider is to trade short term value for long term value.
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