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Draft Premier League Gameweek 36: Hot or Cold Player Rankings

Our Hot or Cold Gameweek 36 Player Rankings are here to outline the current prospects of key Fantasy EPL players.  The ‘Hot’ or ‘Cold’ status will help take away your emotional attachment to certain Draft Premier League players and help you identify the players that you need to help you dominate your Fantrax Draft League! (When you see scores mentioned, know that we focus particularly on the Togga scoring format.)

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🔥🔥 Gameweek 36 Player Rankings: Hot List 🔥🔥


Jamie Vardy

Position: Forward

Team: Leicester

Ownership: 100%

Points Average Since the Restart: 13.5

Remaining Fixtures: SHU, @tot, MU

What’s Changed?: I’ve changed my tune slightly on Vardy. The knock against him previously was two-fold: he was thick in the middle of a massive goal drought and, when he didn’t score, he did little else to secure fantasy points for his owners. Well, both of those things have changed. Obviously, he’s back in the Golden Boot lead. But, he’s also scoring five to seven(ish) points per match based on his other actions on the pitch. All of that being said, I would try to trade high on Vardy now, just based on the remaining fixtures. As an example, I would happily trade Vardy for Bowen, Greenwood, Ings, Son, etc.


Jack O’Connell

Position: Defense

Team: Sheffield United

Ownership: 76%

Points Average Since the Restart: 12.5

Remaining Fixtures: @lei, EVE, @sou

What’s Changed?: He’s healthy. That’s what has changed. And we saw an immediate injection of confidence into the very heart of this squad. Last week, this article reminded owners that JOC was healthy again and advised all of you to go out and snatch up Sheffield United defenders who had been dropped. Well, I hope you did. If not, it’s not too late, as many SHU defenders remain free agents in many leagues. Plus, O’Connell and his defensive mates play a dejected and lost Leicester City team followed by Everton, who have looked pitiful.


Junior Stanislas

Position: Midfield

Team: Bournemouth

Ownership: 10%

Points Average Since the Restart: 9.4

Remaining Fixtures: @mc, SOU, @eve

What’s Changed?: With scores of 14, 10, and 19 in his last three matches, it’s no surprise that Stan the Man makes my hot list. He’s also a fantasy darling of the Draft community on Twitter. So, as a result, many are clamoring over the fact that he’s healthy, he’s getting minutes, and he’s in form! Aaaaaaaand now is the point where I remind you to look at the above fixture list. If you’re interested in Stanislas as a potential MID 3 to 4, fine. Pick him up. But do not allow yourself  to entertain the possibility that Junior is going to single-handedly win you the playoffs. I’m not particularly interested in trading for him, but if he’s on your waiver wire, go for it.


Gameweek 36 Player Rankings: More Hot Players!

Fantasy EPL Defenders

  • Matt Doherty (100%, WOL) – So incredibly consistent.
  • Lucas Digne (100%, EVE) – The only bright spot on this team at the moment.
  • James Tarkowski (98%, BUR) – Racks up aerials and clearances. The fixtures are a dream, too.
  • Willy Boly (96%, WOL) – A ghost machine. Start him always, no matter what.
  • Jack O’Connell (76%, SHU) – See above.
  • John Egan (73%, SHU) – See the notes on O’Connell above.
  • Toby Alderweireld (67%, TOT) – This is three matches in a row scoring 6+, though 2 were clean sheets.
  • Diego Rico (44%, BOU) – Caution: the fixtures are brutal.
  • Ryan Fredericks (23%, WHU) – Mouthwatering fixture list, and he’s been hot.
  • Craig Dawson (12%, WAT) – Since the restart, he’s been scoring 12+ or -1. The gamble is yours to take.

Fantasy EPL Midfielders

  • Kevin De Bruyne (100%, MCI) – Apparently he’s good at passing? Oh, and everything else.
  • Paul Pogba (99%, MU) – Speaking of good passers of the football… he’s back.
  • Youri Tielemans (98%, LEI) – It’s strange. It’s like he’s trying again.
  • Michail Antonio (92%, WHU) – Did you know that 4 goals in a match is “officially” called a haul?
  • John McGinn (79%, AVL) – He’s finally scoring decently again. And they have some hope now.
  • Naby Keita (58%, LIV) – Quietly, he’s been putting in work for fantasy managers.
  • Tomas Soucek (51%, WHU) – We’ve been megaphoning his name for weeks.
  • Stuart Armstrong (49%, SOU) – Did you listen last week? I know… his name is “Stuart.” But he’s a baller!
  • Mark Noble (23%, WHU) – Protect your heart. Don’t expect it to continue.
  • Junior Stanislas (10%, BOU) – See above.

Fantasy EPL Forwards

  • Mohamed Salah (100%, LIV) – Don’t expect him to miss starts while he’s still chasing the golden boot.
  • Raheem Sterling (100%, MCI) – The fixture list is drool-worthy for a striker.
  • Jamie Vardy (100%, LEI) – See above.
  • Troy Deeney (90%, WAT) – Almost placed him on the cold list. Caution: It emerged that he’s slightly injured and may be rested.
  • Ismaila Sarr (63%, WAT) – Two straight games scoring 8+. They’ll need him to perform.
  • Ollie McBurnie (35%, SHU) – Averaging 12.5 PPG since the restart, and with little attention.
  • Jay Rodriguez (31%, BUR) – Appeared on last week’s hot list and came good again. His fixtures are great.
  • Dwight Gayle (11%, NEW) – I’m not saying to start him, but as an emergency back-up…?


❄️❄️ Gameweek 36 Player Rankings: Cold List ❄️❄️

These are Fantasy EPL players who have fallen in our rankings.  This may be due to poor form, they may have been dropped from the best 11, they may have suffered an injury, or received a suspension.  It’s time to consider dropping these players from your squads!



Position:  Forward

Team: Everton

Ownership: 100%

Points Average Since the Restart: 6.4

Remaining Fixtures: AVL, @shu, BOU

What’s Changed?: So, here’s an example of a striker who has always been goal dependent in fantasy football. In other words, you’re hoping for attacking returns from week to week, otherwise his score can be minimal. But, since the restart, it’s been worse than normal for the Brazilian. Richarlison is not even passing the eye test these days. He looks languid and is rarely involved in game-play. I really hate to compare someone to Joelinton, but in some matches the two are interchangeable. Sorry, not sorry. Richa needs to pick it up.

Recommendation: The saving grace in this instance is Everton’s fixture list. Richarlison has a golden opportunity to put up big scores against Aston Villa and Bournemouth. So, you’re keeping him. What other choice do you have? A trade would require that you sell him at a loss given his recent form.


Cesar Azpilicueta

Position:  Defense

Team: Chelsea

Ownership: 100%

Points Average Since the Restart: 12

Remaining Fixtures: NOR, @liv, WOL

What’s Changed?: 12 points per match isn’t too shabby, right? But what if I told you that aside from two monster performances against relegation fodder Watford and Aston Villa, Azpi’s averaged 3.25 points per match in the other four games since the restart. Chelsea’s defensive woes are well-publicized and, until a television station wants to pay me to discuss them, I’ll leave it at that. But just know that Azpilicueta as a fantasy asset has actually been quite disappointing, setting aside those two matches versus sub-par opponents.

Recommendation: Speaking of sub-par opponents, Chelsea play Norwich next! So that makes this an easy call: hold Azpi and enjoy the 30 points that he’ll likely score this week. Then, turn around and immediately trade him if you can. Offer the Tarkowski owner a straight up trade and see if you can make it happen.


Nicolas Pepe

Position:  Forward

Team: Arsenal

Ownership: 93%

Points Average Since the Restart: 3.6

Remaining Fixtures: LIV, @avl. WAT

What’s Changed?: Before this last gameweek, Pepe apologists were arguing that his absence in the team was strictly because he was welcoming his new child into the world. So, those same people were enthused to see him start the North London Derby, only to have their hopes crushed as he “earned” -2 points in 77 minutes for fantasy managers. Such an abysmal match would be concerning in and of itself. However, he’s also facing a direct assault on his starting position by an in-form teenager.

Recommendation: With one of the best remaining schedules in the league, you’re certainly not dropping Pepe. Offer him up in a trade and any manager you approach will give you pennies on the dollar for him. I don’t like him as a super sub, either. This is a tough spot. The only option left to you is to simply hold Nico and start him if he’s named in the XI.

Gameweek 36 Player Rankings: More Cold Players!

Fantasy EPL Defenders

  • Trent Alexander-Arnold (100%, LIV) – Yep. I’m as surprised as you are to see him on the cold list.
  • Ben Chilwell (100%, LEI) – The injury could plague the rest of his season. It’s a real bummer.
  • Cesar Azpilicueta (100%, CHE) – See above.
  • Aaron Wan-Bissaka (100%, MU) – This makes 3 underwhelming performances in a row.
  • Joe Gomez (91%, LIV) – Pool has been conceding goals. As, as such, Gomez’s value is naught.
  • Caglar Soyuncu (90%, LEI) – Straight red card means he’s done for the season.
  • Ben Mee (84%, BUR) – He’s out for the rest of the season. Drop him.
  • Matt Targett (64%, WHU) – Looks set to miss 2 to 3 weeks.
  • Ricardo Pereira (56%, LEI) – Umm… out for the season. Why is he 56% owned?

Fantasy EPL Midfielders

  • James Maddison (100%, LEI) – Should be returning this week. We’ll see.
  • Dele Alli (99%, TOT) – Now appears to be injured. What an abysmal restart it’s been.
  • João Moutinho (99%, WOL) – Still struggling.
  • Diogo Jota (96%, WOL) – Usually the first man subbed off. And sometimes doesn’t start at all.
  • Lucas Moura (95%, TOT) – One good week does not a hot player make.
  • Wilfried Ndidi (94%, LEI) – Underwhelming lately… a lot like his whole team.
  • Mason Mount (93%, CHE) – It’s officially been a poor, poor restart for Mount in fantasy.
  • Gylfi Sigurdsson (92%, EVE) – I think he’s gone. And done. Done and gone.
  • Abdoulaye Doucoure (89%, WAT) – The Doucoure-as-a-#10 experiment is over. Drop.
  • Harvey Barnes (85%, LEI) – Looks relegated to the role of sub
  • Luka Milivolevic (82%, CRY) – Has had a miserable season.
  • Mesut Ozil (80%, ARS) – It’s hard to express what a bust he’s been since the restart.
  • Daniel James (84%, MU) – Might have permanently lost his spot to Greenwood.

Fantasy EPL Forwards

  • Richarlison (100%, EVE) – See above.
  • Roberto Firmino (100%, LIV) – Had a decent week. We’ll see.
  • Harry Kane (99%, TOT) – Same here. We’re monitoring.
  • Tammy Abraham (96%, CHE) – 1% drop from last week. Smart, folks! Smart.
  • Nicholas Pepe (93%, ARS) – See above.
  • Dominic Calvert-Lewin (89%, EVE) – Left his scoring boots… somewhere else.
  • Teemu Pukki (87%, NOR) – His struggles continue, as do Norwich’s.
  • Sergio Aguero (79%, MCI) – Don’t hold him. He’s most likely done for the season.
  • Christian Benteke (40%, CRY) – Drop immediately. He’s banned for the rest of the season.


Previous Hot or Cold Player Rankings Editions: Gameweek 28 | Gameweek 29 | Gameweek 30 | Gameweek 31 | Gameweek 32Gameweek 33 | Gameweek 35 | Gameweek 36 |

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