Our Fantasy EPL 21/22 Draft Kit promises to be the most comprehensive set of pre-season Draft Premier League articles ever produced! A key component of our Draft Kit will be the Team Preview articles which analyze key assets to sit alongside our all-important Draft Rankings. This article delves into the Best Fantrax Fantasy EPL Players from Arsenal!
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Arsenal Best Fantasy Players
As noted above, these are the Best Arsenal Players for the Fantrax Fantasy EPL platform. We analyze the Gunners' top three prospects ahead of the new season, with an estimated draft pick for each player.
20/21 Points: 284.5 (54th overall)
20/21 Points Per Start: 8
Recommended Draft Pick: 37-48 (12 Team League: Round 4)
Overview: Great player who will only get better this season. However, he flattered to deceive fantasy-wise, with his ghost points not matching his stellar play on the pitch. Nice asset but shouldn't overreach for him.
For Gooners, Saka has been a household name for a few years now. But 2020/2021 was a breakout season for the youngster; he nailed down a starting role and earned player of the season honors for an admittedly poor Arsenal team. Fantasy-wise, Saka provided late round value in the draft last season, ending as Arsenal's top fantasy scorer. His purple patch in December-February earned him a ton of plaudits from fantasy managers. But his ghost points (7.4 per 90) were somewhat underwhelming for a player as talented and exciting as Bukayo. Given his attractive play and fantastic season, I think he will go earlier (2nd round) than he should (4th round) in many leagues. Again, he is a great player but I want to see his ghost points match his performances before putting that much faith in him.
The #10 (TBC)
20/21 Points: N/A
20/21 Points Per Start: N/A
Recommended Draft Pick: N/A
Overview: Whoever Arsenal sign to take over this role should score well and, unless it's a big name, should be value in the draft.
When Arsenal plunged to the bottom of the league and were playing just miserable stuff, peaking with a home loss to Burnley, everyone knew the glaring problem. The Gunners were not playing with a number 10, and therefore lacked any semblance of creativity. Arteta eventually rectified this and started fielding first Emile Smith Rowe and then loanee Martin Odegaard in the position, with the result that Arsenal were a top 3 team in the 2nd half of the season. Who knew? Odegaard had a rough start but he found his footing and had some good performances. Whoever takes over this role (e.g., Houssem Aouar) should have ample opportunity for key passes and attacking returns, feeding the likes of Saka, Aubameyang, and Pepe.
20/21 Points: 224.5 (86th overall)
20/21 Points Per Start: 8.8
Recommended Draft Pick: 37-48 (12 Team League: 4th Round)
Overview: Coming off his worst season (IRL & fantasy-wise) in an Arsenal shirt, Aubameyang, while goal dependent, has nowhere to go but up this campaign.
Aubameyang was just awful last year. His ghosts and fantasy points halved from the season before, taking the Gabonese striker from top ten Fantrax scorer to not even the top scorer on his own team (he was 3rd after Saka and Lacazette). It was quite the fall from grace. Auba has always been goal dependent and that continued this season, with ghost points per 90 of around 5, but the goals dried up this past season. I expect the goal dependency to continue but the goals to return. He is still a clinical finisher and he and Arsenal should be much better this season, and they won't have the Europa League tiring them out. His lack of ghosties usually relegates him to my "do not draft list". But if his dramatic decline causes him to fall to the 4th Round, he becomes a nice value pick. I'd be very tempted by the prospect of old Aubameyang reemerging.
Alexandre Lacazette, if he stays, and Nicolas Pepe are also good prospects. Lacazette, despite a lack of consistent starts, was Arsenal's top goalscorer and 2nd best fantasy scorer. If he remains at the club, he will be great value in the later rounds. And Pepe was streaky but consistently performed when given the chance. With his late-season purple patch (13.3 PPS in the second half of the season) and Willian likely leaving the club - thank the lord - he should be a regular starter and solid fantasy asset. Kieran Tierney is similar to Saka: amazing play that somehow does not correspond to fantasy points (he posted a mediocre ghost points per 90 of 6 last season). He is also injury prone. Beware of taking him too early (before pick 100).
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