The drama was high and the tempers frayed across the premier league this weekend. Tuchel vs Conte as Chelsea thumped Spurs 2-2, Neville blinked first in the great pundits’ stare-off 2022 and Utd fans aside, everyone had a good chuckle at the seemingly never-ending and calamitous downfall of Manchester Utd. Will Erik Tent Peg turn it around vs a below-par set of Scousers this weekend…time will only tell. In the meantime, let’s have a dabble on the waiver wire for some sneaky punts and dubious gambles…
Position: DEF Team: Nottingham Forest GW Opponent: Everton (A)
It’s fair to say that it’s been a pretty hectic transfer window for Forest so far. Whilst the likes of Manchester Utd have floundered over De Jong and Rabiot and City missed out on Cucurella to league rivals Chelsea, Forest have been very steadily adding signing after signing. One of the earlier of these was Neco Williams. Whilst a few may have balked at his £17m price tag, few fantasy players will be sniffing at his underlying stats. With 4 shots, 2 key passes and on a handful of set pieces, Williams looks on course for potential returns at both end of the pitch as Forest face up to a lacklustre Everton side that look toothless in the final third.
Position: STR Team: Crystal Palace GW Opponent: Aston Villa (H)
Palace have started the season with two impressive performances against big name opponents. With Zaha looking in tip-top condition and Eberechi Eze breathing life into Palaces attacks, I’m looking elsewhere for attacking points this week as the Eagles take on a Villa side that looked well short of their potential, even against a poor Everton side last week. With Jordan Ayew returning just the single shot this season, I’m instead turning to Odsonne Edouard as a one-week punt to lead the line and produce the goods for Viera’s side this weekend.
Position: MID Team: Brighton GW Opponent: West Ham (A)
With fantasy managers distracted by the flare of Leandro Trossard and the two-goals that Pascal Gross sunk Utd with in gameweek 1, Solly March could be a sneaky pick for a very well coached Brighton side. With 2 shots on target and 2 key passes last time out, March can count himself a little unlucky to have only earned himself the 2 points. With the strength of those kind of stats however, I’m tipping him to hit the returns sooner rather than later. Next up for the Seagulls is a wounded West Ham side, yet to pick up a point in the league.
And there we have it. Until next week, happy drafting!