Updated: Sep 14
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 8 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!
Gamweeek 8 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. These are your "buy low" players.
Team: Manchester United
Prospects: With a few postponements this week, the best trade advice is to target players without a game. Bruno may be frustrating managers who used their first round pick on him due to his lack of ghost points and set pieces. In my opinion, the United attack can only improve from here. They are starting to finally show good form offensively, and with a longer break. ETH could have them really clicking when they return to the pitch. The front 4 for now will most likely consist of Rashford, Sancho, Antony, and Bruno as the CAM. I do see some rotation with Sancho and Martial when he is fit, but Bruno seems almost rotation proof barring an injury or a poor run of form. Manchester City is the next game for United, and managers in Fantrax sometimes have very short-term thinking. They will be looking at the fact that he blanks this gameweek, then goes up against Manchester City when United resume EPL action, and figure he could be worth dealing out. Now is the time to pounce on a player who should offer lower end MID1 value this year.
Verdict: I would look to offer a package involving players who are playing this week, and with "friendlier" schedules, but who probably can't match up to an in-form Bruno. Look to send an opening offer involving a package such as: Bernardo Silva + Youri Tielemans for Bruno. It may tempt the manager with two most likely starters this weekend, and you end up getting the player with the most upside in the deal plus a free roster spot for weeks like this when streaming is important. I am also fine with offering players who are outscoring Bruno right now and who may convince a manager to get rid of him. Players such as: Foden, Ward-Prowse, Harrison, and Odegaard are also good opening offers that might get accepted.
Prospects: Robbo is another player who is blanking this week, and who has been in far far worse form than anyone could have imagined. Sitting at a lowly 5.92 PPM, Robertson is performing worse than defenders still available on majority of waiver wires. Also, news has broke that he has an injury that will keep him out until after the International Break. Most reports do think he will be back within 1-2 games after the International break. The hope with this trade is the time off for Liverpool really helps them get their act together, as right now they don't even look like a team that will be challenging for Top 6 let alone an EPL title. Liverpool have 3 tough games after the break against Brighton, Arsenal, and Manchester City, and can easily concede and drop points in all three. I would use that exact argument plus the recent injury news to attempt to get Robertson in a deal. After those three fixtures, the schedule gets much friendlier for Liverpool. But I would look to get Robertson sooner rather than later, as his stock will not be cheaper this season. Robertson should be considered a lower-end DEF1, or a high-end DEF2 ROS. If Robertson is rostered by a Liverpool fan, I recommend switching your attention to Van Dijk, who should be considered a mid-tier DEF2 this season.
Verdict: Look to offer a potential deal involving an overperforming defender and a useable midfielder. Open with something like Neco Williams + Almiron. If you need to take it up a level, you could involve players such as Tarkowski, Eriksen, Perisic, Andersen, or Pereira.
Gameweek 8 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. These are your "sell high" players.
Prospects: Now here is a Liverpool player that I think you really should ship out, and the sooner the better. Firmino has had an unexpectedly great start to the season, and now is the time to sell the current 7th highest scoring forward in Fantrax. Firmino is really living off that 53 point performance in the 9-0 drubbing vs. Bournemouth. The issue for me is the lack of minutes now that he is fighting for spots with the likes of Diaz, Salah, Jota, and Nunez who all are probably ahead of the Brazilian in Klopp's mind. While there's no doubt Firmino will get good minutes from the bench, he really isn't one of those players you want to consider starting from the bench. The entire Liverpool team has been in poor form, and Firmino is shockingly one of the exceptions. While he may be rewarded with another start or two, this is probably the biggest reason to sell high and sell ASAP. Try to target the manager who rosters another Liverpool attacker, particularly Jota or Nunez.
Verdict: I would look to get in a more set and forget FWD2 asset in a deal involving Bobby. Try to target players such as Rashford and Zaha. You may need to add in an extra sweetener to pull this off, so don't be afraid to add in a MID3/4 such as Olise or Eriksen and even some FAB.
Alexis Mac Allister
Prospects: Brighton have probably just lost their best asset this season.... their erstwhile manager, Graham Potter. It remains to be seen who will replace him, and how this will affect a Brighton team that has been in incredible form. Mac Allister is a player that I think will suffer either from rotational minutes or from a dip in form. He is currently very reliant on attacking returns to produce a good score as he is only averaging 5.6 ghost points per start. Once the returns dry up (which l assume will happen soon), he will be a very frustrating player to roster. Right now he is performing like a high end MID2, but I would be very happy to get back MID3 level value for him. A big thing that remains to be seen is his role on both PKs and set-pieces when a new manager comes in.
Verdict: I would look to target players such as Gray, Tielemans, or an underperforming Bowen. You could potentially add in Mac Allister as part of a bigger deal for the likes of Bruno, Saka, Foden, or Saint-Maximin.
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