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Fantrax EPL: Gameweek 7 Ghost Point Hunters

We ain’t afraid of no ghosts. In fact, we seek them – ghost points, that is. Ghost Points are fantasy points that do not come from attacking returns or clean sheets. These can come in the form of key passes, shots on target, successful dribbles, interceptions, and tackles, among others. Identifying these points is essential for your Fantasy EPL prospects, and our Gameweek 7 Ghost Point Hunters article is here to help!

This Ghost Point Hunters article is based on the Fantrax Scoring System. Check out our Ghost Point Tracker page for the full list of Fantasy EPL players and their respective Ghost Point capabilities!

Gameweek 7 Ghost Point Hunters

We're finally back from holiday, and not a moment too soon. With a view toward refurbishing the brand after our replacements tried to poison you with heresy, we go back to basics to get you through lucky gameweek #7. We have a heavy south London vibe: Joachim Andersen (remember him?), Doucoure (the cheeky one), and Amadou Onana (Everton deserve a bone). On the honorable mention tip, we're going with this motley crew: Neil Maupay (speaking of heresy), Jordan Pickford (saved us this past GW), Jordan Ayew (sick of Palace yet?), Marc Roca (anyone from Leeds not ghost out this GW?), Lucas Paqueta (good debut), & Samuel Edozie (who?). Finally, the dreaded Dr. Peter Venkman goes to the lovable Oleksandr Zinchenko. Well, somebody has to pay the piper for that absurd result at Old Trafford.

Joachim Andersen

Position: Defender

Team: Crystal Palace

Rostered: 51%

Ghost Points Per Start: 10.3

Ghost Points Last GW: 16.5

Prospects: As nailed on as it gets and a consistent ghoster.

Verdict: If he is on your wire, pick him up. If not, try offering a MID5 (e.g., Moutinho) or a DEF with a bigger name (e.g., Varane). Or wait for a sub 20 point performance to pounce with a cheaper deal.

It's an important moment when a ghoster makes it to the big board. After featuring in the honorable mention section of an early version of GPH this season, Joachim Andersen is moving up in the world. The big Dane has shown flashes of ghosting brilliance all season long, which made our ears perk up at GPH long ago. But he had yet to put it all together for a huge performance. That is until this past GW v Newcastle.

In that matchup, Mr. Andersen delivered a mouthwatering 20+ points, 16.5 of which were of the scary score persuasion. This came from 1 Key Pass, 1 Tackle Won, 3 Interceptions,18 Clearances (WTAF!), 2 Blocked Shots, & 4 Aerials. And he paired it with a clean sheet to boot. Did we drop him right before he put in all this supernatural work? Of course we did. Did we pick him back up only to jinx him into another 6 pointer this weekend? No comment. With a double digit ghosting average, Andersen has burnished his ghosting bonafides this season. This usually meant he would post 6-8 points sans clean sheet. He also grabs the occasional set piece goal. Which is fine, but we have been waiting for this type of performance. We have no reason to believe he won't keep this up and the upcoming schedule isn't too bad - after Man Utd this GW, the only other top 6 opponent until the new year is goal-shy Chelsea at home in GW 9. We tip him to be a set and forget defender until he proves otherwise.

Cheick Doucoure

Position: Midfielder

Team: Crystal Palace

Rostered: 9%

Ghost Points Per Start: 7.3

Ghost Points Last GW: 16

Prospects: Omnipresent in the Palace engine room, the new signing is finding his feet. His place in the starting XI is secure and he should only get better. Let's hope he can keep up the momentum and find fantasy consistency.

Verdict: Pick him up!

Crystal Palace pulled off quite the coup this summer with the signing of highly touted midfield general, Cheick Doucoure, from Lens. Despite the big boys reportedly sniffing around, he ended up in South London, and he has not disappointed. He has been in the league for a month and is currently 3rd in the EPL in tackles and interceptions. The step up from Ligue 1 to the Prem clearly hasn't been too much for the CDM.

Fantasy-wise, Cheeky (yes, it works) started slow but has come into his own the past few GWs. Coming off a 15.5 point performance (with an assist), he dropped a tasty ghost point-laden performance v Newcastle this past GW. This included 2 Key Passes, 5 Tackles Won, 3 Interceptions, 1 Clearance, 1 Successful Dribble, & 3 Blocked Shots. My goodness. While Doucoure still needs to put the early concerns to bed with a few more double digit scores on the trot, things are looking up. He also passes the eye test, popping up in some dangerous areas. Get him in while you can.

Amadou Onana

Position: Midfielder

Team: Everton

Rostered: 14%

Ghost Points Per Start: 8.3

Ghost Points Last GW: 10

Prospects: Similar to his fellow CDM above, he's taking like a duck to water in the EPL thus far. Should be a consistent starter and will likely go from strength to strength. A decent high floor streamer/MID5.

Verdict: Pick him up!

It was a great GW for the CDMs. Sticking with this theme, enter Amadou Onana, Everton's midfield terrier. Oh na na what's my name - we can't be the only ones with this song on loop when the Senegalese comes up - also started slow but is putting in shifts. Over the past 3 GWs, he has averaged nearly 9 points per start, all ghosts.

In a tricky Merseyside Derby in GW 6, Onana posted double digit ghosties. These stemmed from 1 Key Pass, 6 Successful Tackles, 1 Interception, 3 Clearances, & 3 Aerials. He's a no nonsense midfielder who can also progress the ball. It's likely only a matter of time before he pops up for some attacking returns. And with this high floor he has shown, Onana can do a job in your midfield and is worth a punt, especially on a free.

Honorable Mention:

  • Neil Maupay (Everton FWD; 10 ghosts): Nope, not falling for it. Good debut but everything we know leads us to believe this is a trap. Your funeral.

  • Jordan Pickford (Everton GK; 17 ghosts): Move over, Dean Henderson, there's a new shot-stopper in town. Pickford was everywhere v Liverpool. And with his leaky defense, the shots should keep on coming thick & fast.

  • Jordan Ayew (Crystal Palace FWD; 11 ghosts): This guy continues to go under the radar despite ghosting in nearly every start. He's a must stream if he starts and you need a FWD.

  • Marc Roca (Leeds MID; 10 ghosts): In the long line, again, of CDMs to ghost well this GW, he popped up for ghosts and a cheeky goal. His teammate Tyler Adams had even more ghosts - we're a bit more suspicious of this one. But he's worth monitoring.

  • Lucas Paqueta (West Ham United MID; 9.5 ghosts): Those who dropped a hefty bid on the Brazilian on waivers this past week must be happy with his debut start. Let's see if he can keep it up.

  • Samuel Edozie (Southampton FWD; 4.5 ghosts): One to keep an eye on, the youngster (like everyone currently at Southampton) delivered 3 Successful Dribbles & a Key Pass in a 17 minute cameo. @draftgenie is on the case.

Dr. Peter Venkman Award:

  • Oleksandar Zinchenko (Arsenal DEF; 0.5 ghosts): We hate to say we told you so. This author called for the Ukrainian to be traded high after his terrific display in the opener v Crystal Palace. Since then? Two negative scores and an 11 pointer with a clean sheet. Zinchenko is averaging a miserable 5 ghosties per start. An incredible player IRL, he is playing more of an inverted midfield role that includes a lot of piecing together of attacks rather than being on the end of them. This continued this past GW v the evil empire, Manchester United. A -3.5 point performance included just two activities - an aerial and a dispossession. Zinchenko has achieved true Venkman status. Wait for his next decent shift, perhaps at home to Everton this weekend, before shipping him out. You've been warned again.

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