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Gameweek 26 Waiver Wire: Fantrax EPL

We're here every week giving you our tips on the best Draft Premier League players to pick up ahead of Fantrax Waiver Wire processing! Acquisitions via waivers can make or break your Fantasy EPL season, so make sure you follow our Gameweek 26 recommendations to help dominate your Draft League.

Eberechi Eze dribbles the ball for Crystal Palace.

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Waiver Wire Gameweek 26

Here we outline our Fantasy EPL Waiver Wire Gameweek 26 targets that have 40% rostered or below on Fantrax. These players should perform well over the upcoming period!

Craig Dawson (Ros 30%)

Prospects: The injuries keep piling up for Fantrax managers this season and some of the popular defender picks such as Pinnock and Shaw have been added to the roster dilemma for Gameweek 26, as popular teams such as Luton, Liverpool, Chelsea and Spurs don’t have a fixture this week. So if you are looking for an easy DEF stream, why not punt against the worst team in the league, Sheffield United? Wolves are having an amazing season under Gary O’Neil and don’t show signs of slowing down, especially following an impressive away win versus Spurs. According to our Fixture Difficulty Tracker, Wolves DEFs have the best fixture this gameweek as they come up against a dull Blades team, who already look relegated. Dawson seems the ideal pick as he also has the potential for a set-piece goal against a team that has struggled defending said situations. Lest we forget, Dawson had a goal that was ruled out for offside against Brentford in Gameweek 23. Apart from his attacking upside, Dawson also shows respectable defensive contributions having been 1st in clearances (19), blocked shots (8) and aerials (13) for all Wolves defenders since Gameweek 22.

Verdict: I would use a low-tier waiver pick or 1-2 FAB to get him.

Chris Richards (Ros 1%)

Prospects: If you can’t get a Wolves defender during this waiver window, maybe consider a Crystal Palace asset. After a terrible run of results, Roy Hodgson and the Eagles have parted ways and the London club has now secured the services of Oliver Glasner. Early signs indicate a possible 3-at-the-back system for Crystal Palace and this often results in a centre back scoring ample FPts via defensive contributions. In this case, Chris Richards is a possible gem that managers could grab. During Gameweek 25, Richards ended up as the top scoring Palace DEF with 12 ghost points, leading in clearances (8) and aerials (5). This week, Crystal Palace face Burnley, a team that has only scored 4 goals in their last 4 games. It is therefore no surprise that the Eagles DEFs have the 2nd best rated fixture according to our Fixture Difficulty Tracker . Punt on Palace!

Verdict: I would use a low-tier waiver pick or 1-2 FAB to get him.

Joao Gomes (Ros 8%)

Prospects: One of the easiest strategies in streaming assets is by targeting fixtures against the worst teams in the league. Therefore, picking a Wolves attacker seems a no-brainer against Sheffield United, a team that has conceded the most goals (14) in the last 4 games. Gomes isn't technically an attacking players, but he is currently on a great run of form. He registered his first two goals for the season in Gameweek 25, which means the Brazilian midfielder now has 3 attacking returns in 3 games. Based on our fixture rankings, Wolves MIDs have the best rated fixture this gameweek, so jumping on Joao could be a great move for any manager this week. 

Verdict: I would use a low-tier waiver pick or 1-2 FAB to get him.

Callum Hudson-Odoi (Ros 21%)

Prospects: Over the past 3 gameweeks, Hudson-Odoi has been the top scoring Nottingham Forest outfielder, averaging 18 FPts per game. This fantastic form is buoyed by the fact that the English FWD has now scored 3 goals in 3 games. The biggest concern with rostering Hudson-Odoi has always been his ability to stay fit and injury-free. That being said, in his last 3 games, CHO has played 88-90 minutes in each fixture, which is a fantastic sign as it’s the first time this season the Forest attacker has stayed on the pitch this long across consecutive games. Barring his goals, Hudson-Odoi has also been the most creative outfielder for Forest over the last 3 gameweeks, leading in key passes (7) and successful dribbles (6). Callum is finally looking like a solid FWD-3 for any roster.

Verdict: I would use a low-tier waiver pick or 2-3 FAB to get him.

Jean-Philippe Mateta (Ros 20%)

Prospects: According to our Fixture Difficulty Tracker, Crystal Palace FWDs have the best rated fixture in Gameweek 26. Although the Eagles have been without the creative services of Olise and Eze for the past few weeks, Mateta has quietly gone about his business still racking up attacking returns for faithful Fantrax managers, with a goal and an assist in the last 3 gameweeks. In fact, the French attacker has been the best scoring outfielder for the London club since Gameweek 23, averaging 11 points per start. Now with Glasner at the helm and being known for having an attacking philosophy, Mateta could continue his fine form as the Eagles host leaky Burnley, a team who conceded 5 goals in their last game.

Verdict: I would use a low-tier waiver pick or 1-2 FAB to get him.

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