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Fantasy EPL Sleepers 22/23: Fulham

Updated: Jul 28, 2022

Our Fantasy EPL 22/23 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 highlights Fantrax Fantasy EPL Sleepers from Fulham, as we highlight three potential hidden gems for the new season! Click here for details on how you can access our 22/23 Draft Kit.

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Fulham Sleepers

As noted above, these are potential Fantrax Sleepers from Fulham. These Fantasy EPL players are likely to be drafted in the later rounds. Read below for three under the radar players who could provide excellent value in your pre-season draft.

Andreas Pereira

Position: Midfielder

21/22 Points: N/A

21/22 Points Per Start: N/A

22/23 Projected Points Per Start: 7.7 (28 starts)

Recommended Draft Pick: 120 or later (12 Team League: Round 11 or later)

Overview: The former Man United midfielder returns to the Prem after multiple loans abroad (Flamengo in Brazil, Lazio in Italy, and two in Spain before). Last time out in the Prem, in the 2019/20 season, he started 18 games and scored 8.6 pp90 and 6.9 gpp90. But that was a long time ago, and since then he's gone through ups and downs. He was loved at Flamengo and actively spoke about wanting to stay there, but United had other plans and sold him to Fulham.

With the Cottagers, Andreas will likely play as the furthest forward 8 in a 4-3-3 or as a 10 in a 4-2-3-1. In preseason, he has done both, looked sharp and has also split set pieces with Harry Wilson (Wilson is a lefty and Andreas a righty). As with all promoted sides and transfers, it's a guessing game with little data as to how a player turns out. What we know is that Pereira works hard on both sides of the ball, takes sets, and will likely have a consistent starting spot in the Fulham squad. His projection (factoring in the difficulty of the league and expected performance of his promoted side) of 7.7 is nothing very special for a midfielder, but there's room for upside if Marco Silva's side keeps their attacking ways and goes on a run (or plays an easy opponent). Pereira's ADP is around 120 and we think that's just about right, but an attacking mid with sets is a decent shot to take that late, especially if your midfield is weak from early in the draft.

Kevin Mbabu

Position: Defender

21/22 Points: 141* (In the Bundesliga

21/22 Points Per 90*: 9.1* (14 starts)

22/23 Projected Points Per Start: 7.8 (18 starts)

Recommended Draft Pick: 130 or later (12 Team League: Round 12 or later)

Overview: Mbabu is the most recent signing for Silva's Cottagers, and hopefully the first stage of shoring up the defense in preparation for the likely relegation battle. After 3 years in the Bundesliga with Wolfsburg, the RB has made the jump and he'll compete with Fulham mainstay Kenny Tete for a starting spot. Mbabu has had his share of availability issues, only starting 14, 19 and 18 games in the last 3 seasons, despite generally being the preferred option. But when he's fit, he's a high volume, if inefficient, right back, which can work well for fantasy, as long as he's on the field. He put up 11.8 and 10.5 ghost points per game in the last 2 seasons. On FBRef he's 99th percentile in dribbles completed in the top 5 leagues (2.6 per 90), 98th in aerials (2.7 per 90), and high in tackles (2.7 per 90), interceptions (2.2), and clearances (2.6) as well. His inefficiency comes from his pass success rate (70%, 9th percentile), his tackles success rate (42%), and his pressure success rate (31%). So you see the issue.

If he can win the starting job, and more importantly keep it, he should be a useful asset, despite Fulham conceding many goals. But if he's an inefficient, poor defender for a relegation-threatened team, he may be benched for the more reliable Tete. He's not a known name like Pereira, nor a guaranteed starter, nor an early signing, so you can likely get a draft-day discount on him. I'd imagine his ADP is 150 or later when he's in the system, but I'd be comfortable taking him in the 12th or later if you're looking for an upside defender late.

Honorable Mention(s):

Manor Solomon, a winger from the Ukrainian league, signed this offseason and looks to have plenty of potential and dribbling ability. Whether he can contribute more, quickly, for a team likely to be relegated is the big question.

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