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 highlights three potential Fantrax Fantasy EPL Sleepers from Arsenal!
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As noted above, these are potential Fantrax Sleepers from Arsenal. 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.
Emile Smith Rowe
20/21 Points: 150.5 (180th overall)
20/21 Points Per Start: 8.2
Recommended Draft Pick: 97 or later (12 Team League: Round 9 or later)
Overview: Starlet that broke through last season and should be even better. The only concern is potentially a lack of starts. If he does nail down a starting role, he will be nice value.
ESR has been the darling of the academy for years and has had some solid loan performances at Huddersfield & RB Leipzig. But it was only in the middle of the 2020/2021 season that Smith Rowe finally got some Premier League starts. Arteta, in a sense of desperation for creativity, finally put his faith in ESR in December. The arrival of Odegaard in the January window shifted ESR around but he continued to get playing time. As a fantasy player, ESR had his ups and downs, ending the season with a solid 8.2 Points Per Start. His Ghost Points Per 90 of around 6, however, leaves something to be desired. But he and Arsenal should approve in the attacking third this season. If Arsenal buy more depth at the #10 and/or winger spots, ESR could find himself with a super sub role. If not, he will be good value. Either way, he is worth a punt in the later rounds.
20/21 Points: 89 (250th overall)
20/21 Points Per Start: 10.1
Recommended Draft Pick: 115 or later (12 Team League: Round 10 or later)
Overview: Martinelli has a ton of upside with his attacking verve and ghost point capability. The only knock on him is playing time. Will be golden if he gets a run of games.
Gabby is a fan favorite amongst Arsenal supporters for his unrelenting hustle and youthful exuberance. He can also play some football. A bad injury kept him out of the first half of the season but he came back with gusto (when he was given the opportunity). From just 7 starts, Marty had 3 attacking returns (2 goals and 1 assist) and finished with a respectable 89 fantasy points. Most importantly, he has upped his ghost point game. In previous seasons, he just didn't score well. This past season, though, he posted a tasty average of 9 Ghost Points Per 90. In short, when he plays, he balls. But with Saka, ESR, Pepe, and potentially Auba and a new signing competing for spots on the wings, Marty will likely find it difficult to nail down a starting role. The Olympics will also keep him from pre-season and likely the first few GWs. If he does nail down a starting role, though, look out.
Calum Chambers/New Right Back
20/21 Points: 85 (264th overall)
20/21 Points Per Start: 10
Recommended Draft Pick: 160 or later (12 Team League: Round 14 or later)
Overview: Chambers consistently started at RB at the end of the season and scored well while doing it. He ended the season with the 3rd best ppg in the team. Again, consistent starts is the issue.
Chambers has had a rough go of it, with injuries and loans keeping him out of the Arsenal starting xi. He also hasn't set the world on fire when he has been given the opportunity. But he showed promise in the latter stages of the season at right back, and had the fantasy points to prove it. Calum posted a few attacking returns and a respectable Ghost Points Per 90 average of over 8. Arsenal will almost certainly buy a new right back this summer, who is likely to take over the starting role from Chambers. If they don't, he could be a sly punt in the very late rounds on the hope that he becomes first choice.
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