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Fantasy Premier League: GW7 Preview

A look at the standout players and best captain choices in this GW7 preview. Plus, our best player picks for the next four gameweeks.

Standout Players GW7

New segment this week, replacing the usual big hitter. Highlighting players that are great choices for the GW ahead, not including the usual captain selections.

1. FWD – Chris Wood – 6.8m – Burnley

Fixture: Norwich (h)

Projected points: 13

A home fixture against a Norwich side who are poor at defending set-pieces looks like a dream fixture for Chris Wood & Burnley. He scored 3 goals in their two meetings the season before last, 2 of them coming in the home fixture. So with Bamford’s injury confirming he’s out for a month, Wood could be a great differential. I am confident he will score at least one goal this week but I’m backing him to grab a brace and get maximum bonus points.

2. MID – Said Benhrama – 6.6m – West Ham

Fixture: Brentford (h)

Projected points: 10

A home fixture against his old side Brentford. I think he will be really up for this game, and with him scoring in mid-week and having a cracking game against Leeds last week, the stage is set. On top of that, he scored a screamer against Brentford in pre-season and his link-up play with Antonio looks incredible. I’m projecting he grabs two assists.

3. DEF – Nelson Semedo – 4.9m – Wolverhampton

Fixture: Newcastle (h)

Projected points: 9

Sooner or later Semedo is going to have a big gameweek, so a home game against a poor defensive side in Newcastle looks a good bet. He seems more likely to get a goal than an assist, so I’m backing him to score but I’m unsure if he will keep a clean sheet.

Captain Selections

I believe there are 3 options this week: Lukaku, Ronaldo & Antonio.

Antonio – A home game against Brentford. Antonio keeps on performing like an elite attacker and thus, deserves our attention. I’ve chosen to captain him twice so far this season and both times it paid off massively.

Ronaldo – A home game against Everton. In pre-season United scored 4 past this Everton team, and although they have set up better defensively recently, I think there will be goals in this game.

Lukaku – A home game against Southampton. He’s blanked the past 2 gameweeks and has some managers worried. But he is a flat track bully so I’m expecting him to bounce back this weekend. He is my captain this week.

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Player Picks

Three players to consider for transfer that I project to have good returns over the next four gameweeks. Safe Bet, Calculated Punt & Risky Differential.

Safe Bet

Low risk. Over the next 4 gameweeks, expect this player to be reliable and get around 5-6 points per match.

Antonio Rudiger – 5.7m – Chelsea

Fixtures: Southampton (h), Brentford (a), Norwich (h), Newcastle (a)

Projected points per match: 5.75

Ownership: 17.4%

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He is the most nailed Chelsea defender to consistently start. So with some really favourable fixtures and the fact that Chelsea barely looks like conceding in most games, I’m confident he can be relied upon for FPL points. I am expecting 3 clean sheets out of the next 4 games, hopefully with a few bonus points. He is the definition of a safe bet.

Calculated Punt

Medium risk. They could far exceed the 5-6 points per match benchmark, but pose more of a risk than the safe bet.

Raphinha – 6.5m – Leeds

Fixtures: Watford (h), Southampton (a), Wolves (h), Norwich (a)

Projected points per match: 7.25

Ownership: 16.9%

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All four fixtures look great, but the home fixture against Watford to kick things off & the away game against Norwich look especially appealing. Raphinha has produced two steady FPL gameweeks back-to-back, so I think now is the time for some big returns from the Brasilian. I’m projecting two double-digit hauls in the next four.

Risky Differential

high risk-high reward. This player has low ownership with a high ceiling in terms of potential fantasy points. But is a much bigger risk due to a variety of factors like rotation, form etc.

Ben Chilwell – 5.6m – Chelsea

Fixtures: Southampton (h), Brentford (a), Norwich (h), Newcastle (a)

Projected points per match: 6.5 PPM

Ownership: 3.5%

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He hasn’t played a single Premier League minute so far, but with his inclusion at half-time during Chelsea’s game against Juventus in mid-week, that could be about to change. Knowing how Tuchel swaps and changes his players at the flip of a switch, I believe it is now Chilwells time to shine. He has the same fixtures as Rudiger, but I’m expecting a couple of assists on top of the clean sheets. He poses a risk of missing one or two of the games due to rotation, so he could be a great pick if you choose to double up on the Chelsea defence.

Best of luck and remember, as always, follow your gut and back yourself! Green arrows pending…

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