Updated: May 3
Our Gameweek 7 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 7 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.
GW6 Rank: 43
GW7 Rank: 34
What's Changed?: As part of our pre-season Draft Kit, I wrote extensively about the prospects of Ismaila Sarr. I really like him as a footballer, and after a strong season with Watford in the Championship I was confident he would be a reliable Fantrax asset this season. I summarized that Sarr would be a Top 70 player at least, and potentially a Top 50 player. I ranked the Watford winger 51st overall in my pre-season rankings, but after a consistently strong start to this season, Sarr now finds himself up at 34th overall! The Senegalese international has already scored 4 goals, as well as providing a good number of Key Passes, Shots on Target, and Successful Dribbles. I've now got Sarr ranked above the likes of Sterling and Mahrez, and a Top 30 position is perhaps on the cards. He's making a mockery of his Average Draft Position of 88!
Team: Leicester City
GW6 Rank: 65
GW7 Rank: 56
What's Changed?: I'll start this section by quoting my Ademola Lookman write-up from our Deadline Day Transfer Analysis article: "I would be willing to spend fairly big on Lookman ($30-40 FAB), especially if your roster needs an additional midfielder. He should establish himself on the right wing, and will hopefully provide Fantrax managers with a Top 75 player. Maybe even Top 50." This is pretty much what has happened. Lookman entered my Overall Rankings around the 65 mark, and after gaining his first Premier League start for Leicester at the weekend, I've bumped him up to 57th overall. If the Englishman is able to fully establish himself in this Leicester side, and replicate his superb ghost point form of GW6 (15 points without attacking returns), he'll easily enter my Top 50 over the coming weeks.
Team: West Ham United
GW6 Rank: 63
GW7 Rank: 54
What's Changed?: Jarrod Bowen is my final Hot player this week, after he moved up a further 9 places in my rankings. The West Ham man is proving himself to be a really strong Fantrax asset this season, and probably deserves to be higher. As per our Useful Draft Metrics page, Bowen has just an 18% reliance on Goals, Assists and Clean Sheets, and an average of 11.83 Points Per Start. However, I am slightly cautious about the Englishman after his poor scores at times last season. I backed him as a third round draft pick in 20/21, but he really didn't live up to expectations. Bowen does have all the tools to end the season a Top 50 player. Vlasic may take some minutes off him, but as we found with Benrahma last season, Moyes likes his new signings to settle in before putting too much pressure on them.
For the full list of all the Gameweek 7 risers, check out the Weekly ROS Rankings page!
❄️❄️❄️ Gameweek 7 Cold List ❄️❄️❄️
These are Fantasy EPL players that have fallen in our Weekly ROS Rankings. This may be due to poor form, dropping out of the starting XI, suffering an injury, or receiving a suspension. It's time to consider trading out these Draft Premier League players from your rosters!
Team: Tottenham Hotspur
GW6 Rank: 9
GW7 Rank: 15
What's Changed?: Oh Harry Kane. 15 points from 4 starts so far this season. You don't need me to tell you how bad the Englishman has been so far this season, so lets move straight on to my recommendations for moving forward with the Tottenham man!
Recommendation: If you own Kane, I would attempt to trade him out for the likes of Son, Antonio, Raphinha, Grealish or Trent as long as your roster construction can handle moving a forward for a midfielder or defender. If deals for these kind of players are unrealistic, then you have to hold Kane. Don't give him away for lesser players than that, as he should come good in terms of his goal scoring. Spurs should find a way under Nuno, or if not, a new manager will be brought in to revitalize the squad. The lack of ghost points is a worry, but his goals shouldn't be.
If you don't own Kane, then I would recommend trying to buy low on him. Offer up the likes of Watkins, Vardy, Jota, Foden and JWP in a straight swap and see if you can take advantage of a manager who may have given up on the Tottenham man.
Team: Manchester United
GW6 Rank: 27
GW7 Rank: 47
What's Changed?: I'm featuring another big name player who hasn't started the season well. Jadon Sancho. The Manchester United winger was a Consensus Top 10 player as per our Pre-Season Draft Rankings, but he's quickly fallen down my rankings and now finds himself at a lowly 47th overall. Sancho has gained 4 points from his 2 starts, and a further 4 points from his 3 substitute appearances. I'm not particularly concerned about his lack of playing time as he is still settling in at his new club, but the sheer lack of any positive contributions to the games he's played (from a Fantrax perspective) is really shocking.
Recommendation: Like Kane above, I would look to trade out Sancho for a good asset who you can trust, or bite the bullet and hold him in the hope that he improves. Try and trade out Sancho for players such as Gross, Tielemans, Pogba, Jimenez, Sarr or Toney. It may sound silly to give him up for players like Gross or Toney, but honestly they will serve you far better this season as, unlike Sancho, they have proven their quality Fantrax points scoring abilities. If you can't work out a deal for a good player you know will perform well, then hold onto Sancho and ride this one out. One goal this weekend or the next may make all the difference in terms of other managers' evaluations of Sancho.
GW6 Rank: 26
GW7 Rank: 37
What's Changed?: I'm a huge fan of Lucas Digne, but I don't like what I've seen so far this season. The Frenchman is scoring decently for ghost points (9.6 per start), but the fact that he's losing out on set pieces to Townsend and Gray is seriously worrying. As outlined in our GW6 Set Piece Takers review, Digne did take one corner, and did cross in both of Everton's free-kicks of the game. But with the left-back being an established figure at the club, and owning a quality set piece delivery, I would have expected him to have complete monopoly over this aspect of Everton's attack. He's still a very good Fantrax asset and comfortably inside my Top 40 players, but unfortunately it looks like he's not worthy of his ADP of 28.
Recommendation: In the unlikely event that you can trade Digne out for Van Dijk, Robertson, or Cancelo, do that, otherwise sit tight for now and hope he can reclaim corner kicks to boost his potential.
For the full list of all the Gameweek 7 fallers, check out the Weekly ROS Rankings page!
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