Best Fantasy EPL Players: Leicester City
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Leicester City Best Fantasy Players
As noted above, these are the Best Leicester City Players for the Fantrax Fantasy EPL platform. We analyze the Foxes' top three prospects ahead of the new season, with an estimated draft pick for each player.
20/21 Points: 423 (11 overall)
20/21 Points Per Start: 13.2
Recommended Draft Pick: 20-25 (12 Team League: Late Round 2 - Early Round 3)
Overview: Every year is the year old man Vardy finally falls off. It hasn't happened yet, so gotta back him to keep bagging goals until proven otherwise. Top 15 scorer last season but age and goal dependence relegate him to Round 2 or 3.
The reports of the Leicester striker's "death" are greatly exaggerated. Given Jamie Vardy's reliance on pace and the fact that he's going up in years (he is currently 34), his legs have to go at some point. But the Vardy Party goes on. He chat shit and banged 15 goals and 9 assists last season, racking up over 13 points per start and ending just outside the top ten in total points. Leicester will likely stay around the top 6 and unless Vardy gets injured or his age finally catches up to him, he should be in amongst again. The knock on him is that he relies a lot on goals (the source of 55% of his points), particularly penalties (Leicester was awarded the most pens in the PL last season), which makes him boom or bust (his 6.7 ghosts per 90 is poor). He formed a tasty partnership with Kelechi Iheanacho late last season and now also has another strike partner in the form of new boy from RB Salzburg, Patson Daka. It will be interesting to see if Vardy gets rested a little more this season. Will Vardy lose steam at long last? I'll believe it when I see it.
20/21 Points: 369
20/21 Points Per Start: 9.9
Recommended Draft Pick: 35-40 (12 Team League: Round 4)
Overview: With Maddison out injured for much of last season, Tiels stepped up and took over set pieces. His points went up as a result, making him a top midfielder. If he can maintain this, he has MID1 potential. But the lack of certainty dings his value (he will go 3rd Round in a lot of leagues but I'd probably wait till the 4th).
The mercurial Belgian has shown glimpses. When Tielemans first came to the Premier League in the January 2019 window, he started like a house on fire. The following season, he was somewhat underwhelming. But this past season, he upped his game again, scoring 70 more points than the previous campaign. This was aided by the fact that the midfield was less crowded with Maddison out. Tielemans took over set-pieces in his absence and the points flowed. He scored nearly double digits per start and dropped roughly 8 ghost points per 90. Will he relinquish set pieces and revert back to the mean if Maddison stays at Leicester and regains form? That's the lingering question that keeps him from being Round 2 or Round 3 material for me. If Madders does go, Tiels' value goes right up.
20/21 Points: 316.5
20/21 Points Per Start: 11.7
Recommended Draft Pick: 27-35 (12 Team League: Round 3)
Overview: An amazing fantasy asset on his day, Madders was not himself for much of last season. Niggling injuries hurt his form and value. Can he reclaim set pieces from Tiels and go back to the top 5 midfielder that he has been? Worth the punt in Round 3 to find out (Round 2 too early for me, unless he leaves for Arsenal).
James Maddison has been a fantasy legend for a few years now; his free kicks and ghost points make him an exciting player to roster. He unsurprisingly went in the 2nd Round in most drafts last season. But a persistent hip injury prevented him from being at his best. He only made 24 starts and couldn't crack the top 10 for midfielders. Maddison showed flashes of his old self and still finished with nearly a dozen points per start and a respectable 8.6 ghost points per 90, and all this without full control of set-piece duties. He didn't make the England team so he should be fully rested and will have a proper pre-season. And hopefully the hip injury is in the past so he should crack on this campaign. The set-piece debate worries me but if he is nailed on, he should score better than Tiels (his superior points per start are a good indication of that). Madders will go in the 2nd Round in many leagues but unless he departs for Arsenal, where he would immediately take over set pieces and would not have to play Europa League on Thursdays, I'd rather wait until the 3rd Round given the set-piece uncertainty.
Honorable Mention: The legendary premium CDM, Wilfried Ndidi, can give you 7-9 but also pleasantly surprise you with 15 every now and again. He is a decent addition to the roster after round 9. Harvey Barnes is also a stud when healthy. But coming off of a long-term injury and being quite streaky & dependent on attacking returns, he is a high risk, high reward play.
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