By Nanahene Djan
This article focuses on draft fantasy players who are used positively out of position or operate in advanced roles due to the coaches’ philosophy and formation. If these players are available in your league’s waivers then you’re in luck but if not, you can consider the suggested trade options provided.
Charlie Daniels, DEF:
Eddie Howe is one of the most attack-minded coaches in the league and although this free flowing fearless system does come back to bite him every now and then it elevates the attacking potential of his fullbacks. Daniels has 7 goals, 8 assists over the last 2 seasons and is actually tied second in assists among defenders over that period. With an FDR (Fixture Difficulty Rating) of 2 in all their next 6 matches after hosting Chelsea this weekend, Daniels and Adam Smith have the potential to be very viable fantasy options. Possible trading options are Huddersfield defenders, Danilo who has fallen behind Fabian Delph at Manchester City, or Burnley’s Matt Lowton.
Serge Aurier, DEF:
Pochettino loves to rotate his full backs/wing backs, we know this, but it seems the mercurial Aurier is quickly becoming a regular fixture on the Spurs PL team sheet. Over the last couple of seasons, Spurs have seemed almost fixture proof, especially in defence, and their set up with highly advanced fullbacks could make Aurier a consistent source of clean sheets and attacking returns. Look to trade Aurier with John Stones, Ryan Bertrand or Chris Smalling.
Junior Stanislas, MID:
With injuries to most of the Bournemouth forwards, Stanislas has found himself playing in a more advanced position. Even when the forwards all return expect Stanislas to be handed a free creative role in a system that looks to push all infield players up the field as often as possible. Howe’s confidence in Stanislas is not unwarranted as he is prolific when fit, which admittedly is not often. Stanislas is yet to play more than 1476 minutes (43% of total minutes) in a season but he is still a worthy addition to any draft team. Look to trade him in for Gylfi Sigurdsson, Michail Antonio or Granit Xhaka if he isn’t available on waivers.
Aaron Ramsey, MID:
Ramsey loves to shoot and his ability to tear away from his marker and pop up at the right time and place in the opposition box makes him a very enticing option. However, he is not nailed onto the team sheet and this makes him a high risk, high reward option. Don’t be too concerned about his deep lying starting position as he has proven to be an adept Fantasy point scorer even from central midfield. Attempt a handcuff in case Wenger decides to shuffle his line up and look to trade with Matt Phillips, Dusan Tadic or Juan Mata.
Jordan Ayew, FOR:
While a striker playing out of position is hardly ideal in a fantasy context, the introduction of Kanté Bonus Points on www.draftfantasyfootball.co.uk could increase appeal for hard working strikers tasked with closing down and providing for their forward partners. While Richarlison, tied first with Ayew for Kanté Bonus Points among forwards is the ideal option for attacking returns chances are he is not on the waivers and no opposing fantasy managers will be willing to listen to a trade offer, at least not one that makes any sense. Enter the Swansea supporting striker who has more tackles than any player in his position and has 2 assists to his name thus far, having played every minute of every game this season. Owned in just 10% of all leagues in Draft Fantasy you’re likely to find him on the waivers but if that’s not the case, it’ll be prudent to get him in for any of the forwards in the Southampton strike committee, West Brom’s Salomón Rondón, or Ayoze Pérez of Newcastle United (Pérez is listed as a Forward on draft.premierleague.com and realff.co.uk but a Midfielder on draftfantasyfootball.co.uk).
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