Best Fantasy EPL Players: Liverpool
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 Liverpool!
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Liverpool Best Fantasy Players
As noted above, these are the Best Liverpool Players for the Fantrax Fantasy EPL platform. We analyze the Reds' top three prospects ahead of the new season, with an estimated draft pick for each player.
20/21 Points: 473.5 (4th overall)
20/21 Points Per Start: 15.2
Recommended Draft Pick: 3-7 (12 Team League: Round 1)
Overview: In a "down" year, he finished 4th overall. He's Liverpool's creative spark and his work on and off the ball means frequent fantasy points hauls.
Sadio Mane vs. Mo Salah is a go-to argument in recent years. Which one is a better pick? Which one should I bring in to my team? Frankly, my answer is "either one!" But if you twist my arm, I would take Mane maybe one spot higher. The reasoning for this largely depends on the fact that his counting stats (or ghost points) are so utterly reliable. Salah will have hat trick matches, but he'll also have matches where he's inexplicably nearly anonymous. With Mane, you can expect almost 10 ghost points per match, if last year is any indication. Finally, speak to any Liverpool fan or pundit and they will insist that Mane struggled mightily for large spells last season. Looking at his fantasy scores, you'd likely be happy with even a repeat of last year's performance as a Draft manager. So, the idea that he could find form and smash last year's numbers should be mouth-watering.
20/21 Points: 473 (5th overall)
20/21 Points Per Start: 13.1
Recommended Draft Pick: 4-7 (12 Team League: Round 1)
Overview: Liverpool's "Mr. Reliable" in terms of scoring goals, though last year saw him have a run of poor form. He's ready to make a statement this year by all reports, and we'll likely see his numbers improve slightly.
Off the bat, it's worth noting that if you play in a league that only awards fantasy points for traditional stats (goals, assists, clean sheets, etc), I prefer Salah over Mane this year. In all other formats, though, I've got him one spot behind. But don't get me wrong, Salah has his sights set high this year and should be in line for substantial fantasy returns. Salah has 22, 19, and 22 goals in the last three seasons. So, he's developed a baseline. However, last year his expected assists (xA) dropped from 8.73 to 6.53, which checks out when considering his and his team's struggles last season. So, the improvement that I expect to see this year will come in the form of increased assists, key passes, crosses, and dribbles. All of this to say that if Mo is still on your draft board after pick #5, puff out your chest and slam that "draft" button.
20/21 Points: 391.75 (16th overall)
20/21 Points Per Start: 11.4
Recommended Draft Pick: 12-18 (12 Team League: Round 1 to 2)
Overview: An elite level fantasy defender, Alexander-Arnold appears to be fit again and poised for a bounce-back year. After a year in which he faced heavy criticism and a snubbing from Southgate, TAA will be eager to set the record straight.
By basically every metric, Trent struggled last year. It's almost like there's a trend here for Liverpool players, eh? The key stat to point out with this player is the delta (or difference) between his stats from the first and the second halves of the season. As the season wore on, TAA improved from a measly 7.4 points per start to a whopping 15 to give him one of the largest PPS deltas in the league between the two halves of the season. To say that he found his form is an absurd understatement. At the end of the season, his play was world-class. Add him to the list of Liverpool players looking to make a statement this year, as Alexander-Arnold should be able to better the 2 goals and 7 assists he put up last year. But more importantly, he'll look for more consistency this year, which will solidify his fantasy value as well.
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