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GW10 Draft: Ward-Prowse can make up for lost time

The Scout 28 Oct 2021
James Ward-Prowse, Southampton

The Scout pinpoints the best overlooked players to target in Draft for Gameweek 10 and beyond

James Ward-Prowse’s return from suspension gives Fantasy Premier League Draft managers a strong option in midfield.

The Southampton playmaker has missed the last two top-flight matches after being sent off against Chelsea in Gameweek 7.

As a result he has plummeted in ownership across eight-team Draft leagues.

But having scored twice in his seven appearances this season, Ward-Prowse now has the schedule to thrive.

Saints face Watford, Aston Villa and Norwich City in the next three Gameweeks.  

Alternative options

Elsewhere among the overlooked Draft picks, Callum Hudson-Odoi and Joshua King both delivered double-digit hauls last weekend and have favourable fixtures against Newcastle United and Southampton respectively.

Meanwhile, an injury to Brentford goalkeeper David Raya is likely to give Alvaro Fernandez an extended run of starts between the posts. 

Managers should also look to the short-term and long-term schedules to help refine their targets, with a number of options still available in defence and attack. 

Arsenal

The Gunners visit Leicester City before hosting Watford and Newcastle in the next four Gameweeks.

After scoring his first goal of the season in Gameweek 8, Alexandre Lacazette made his first start of the campaign against Aston Villa last weekend. 

In defence, Gabriel’s all-round potential means he is the most likely to profit from the two home fixtures.

Brighton & Hove Albion

Managers should look to bring in Seagulls players this week and immediately bench them for the trip to Liverpool.

Following that, three of Brighton's five matches score only two in the Fixture Difficulty Ratings (FDR).

The versatile Joel Veltman offers a security of starts in defence, and Leandro Trossard’s 11-point haul against Brentford in Gameweek 4 highlighted the winger's explosive potential.

Burnley

Four of Burnley's next six matches score two in the FDR, lifting their appeal at both ends of the pitch.

Centre-back James Tarkowski offers a set-piece goal threat, while winger Maxwel Cornet has scored three goals in his four appearances. 

Crystal Palace

Similarly to Brighton, the idea is to get on Palace players now and bench them away to Manchester City this weekend.

Patrick Vieira’s men then face Wolverhampton Wanderers and Burnley in the subsequent two Gameweeks, which looks promising for Tyrick Mitchell and Michael Olise.

Full-back Mitchell claimed his first assist of the season last weekend. Olise was handed his first start of 2021/22 in Gameweek 9 after previously impressing off the bench.

Leeds United

Leeds also have a kind run of opponents, with each of their next six matches scoring no more than three in the FDR. They visit bottom side Norwich City this weekend.

Defender Diego Llorente delivered a 15-point haul against Watford in Gameweek 7. Rodrigo scored his first goal of 2021/22 last weekend and is set to continue up front in the absence of Patrick Bamford. 

Remember, the Gameweek 10 deadline is at 11:00 BST on Saturday 30 October.

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