Best Fantasy EPL Players: Burnley

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 Burnley!



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Burnley Best Fantasy Players

As noted above, these are the Best Burnley Players for the Fantrax Fantasy EPL platform. We analyze the Clarets' top three prospects ahead of the new season, with an estimated draft pick for each player.


James Tarkowski

Position: Defender

20/21 Points: 341.75

20/21 Points Per Start: 9.5

Recommended Draft Pick: 65-72 (12 team league: 5th, 6th round)

Overview: Burnley's only real "premium asset". Rarely injured, around 10 PPS for every, this guy is the epitome of consistency win, draw or lose.

Burnley under Sean Dyche have become the embodiment of the "old-timey, classic English style" team. However many flashy foreign players and managers grace the Premier League, there is no erasing 4-4-2. Tarkowski is the talisman in a centre back pairing that is vital to how Dyche's men go about their business. Absolutely dominant in the air, both Ben Mee (10th overall, 4th among defenders) and Tarkowski (3rd overall, 1st among defenders), finished in the top 10 (top 5 for defenders) for most Aerial duels won last season. With the revamped Fantrax Default Scoring adding Blocked Shots, it was a pronounced aim to make centre backs more valuable, therefore it is no surprise that Tarkowski is one of the biggest beneficiaries of the change, shooting up the charts from 47th (in last year's scoring) to 28th (in the 21/22 scoring) in overall points standings for the 2020/21 season.


There have been rumours about his potential transfer away from the club. If that happens (if he stays a starter) his stock will surely only rise at a team with more potential to finish higher and collect more clean sheets, therefore drafting him around round 5-7 possesses very little risk. For those adventurous minded readers who like to analyse mocks and ADPs, it might be worth noting that he has been going in the 7th round round (or end of 6th) in most mock drafts and at the time of writing has an ADP of 75, so although I recommend going for him earlier, you might be able to snag him a little bit later than his suggested Draft Pick.



Chris Wood

Position: Forward

20/21 Points: 323

20/21 Points Per Start: 10.1

Recommended Draft Pick: 68-75 (12 team league: end of 5th, 6th round)

Overview: Under the radar mid-round gem. A perfect FWD3?

Salah, Kane, Vardy, Mané, Sterling, Aubamenyang, Lacazette, Son and.... Christopher Grant Wood. Those are the 9 players who have scored at least 10 goals in the last 4 Premier League seasons. Makes you think, doesn't it? The New Zealander has been consistently performing at a very high level for Burnley for the last 4 seasons. He has played around 85% of EPL games in the last 3 seasons and has been in the top 15 for Aerials won in all 3 seasons. He performed in the 93% percentile of all forwards in the 5 big European leagues last season according to data from FBRef. Not only is he a great aerial threat and a consistent scorer, Wood finished 7th overall in shots on target.


Those are the cold hard stats for you. He might not be flashy, he might not be capable of a 50 pointer (49.5 points against Wolves last season is surely an anomaly) but he is a player you can always count on to plug in whenever your premium assets see rotation in the league. He is the ideal FWD3, but I would not be disappointed if he ended up as my FWD2.



Dwight McNeil

Position: Midfielder

20/21 Points: 310,5

20/21 Points Per Start: 8.9

Recommended Draft Pick: 70-80 (12 team leagues 7th round)

Overview: One of the most under-the-radar, exciting, young English prospects in the Premier League. An accomplished crosser and set-piece taker.

McNeil has been a solid MID3 for the last few years in the Draft Premier League game. Just like his fellow Clarets in this article, he is less show, more consistency, when it comes to scoring those elusive fantasy points. McNeil gets his points the old fashioned way, as you would expect from a classic winger. ACNC (Accurate Cross - Not Corners) + KP (Key Pass) is his weapon of choice, and he has been the midfielder to record the highest number of successful crosses in the Premier League for the last 2 seasons. Additionally, he shares set-piece taking duties on a team that has been in the upper echelons of the Aerials Won tables for the past few seasons..


His ADP of 64 is more based on the lack of midfield options in the mid-rounds, rather than where I would actually recommend drafting him. He performed admirably, albeit unexcitingly in 20/21, finishing 44th in the overall standings. I would recommend going midfielder heavy in the early rounds as to avoid having to reach for a guy like McNeil, but if he is available in and around round 7 you can do much worse than drafting him.



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