Fantasy EPL Sleepers: Brentford
Updated: Jul 21, 2021
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 Brentford!
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As noted above, these are potential Fantrax Sleepers from Brentford. These Fantasy EPL players are likely to be drafted in the later rounds, or not at all. Read below for three under the radar players who could provide excellent value in your pre-season draft.
20/21 Points: - (~429 in the Championship)
20/21 Points Per Start: - (~10.4 PP90 in the Championship)
Recommended Draft Pick: Wait as long as possible! In highly competitive leagues you may have to take him as early as pick 120.
Overview: A towering presence in defence who will win plenty of aerial duels. 'Nuff said.
He’s really good in the air. As Metallica would say: nothing else matters. As long as Brentford don’t concede goals at the rate West Brom did last season, he’ll score well. Pick him up at the end of your drafts and enjoy the 20 pointer against Burnley.
20/21 Points: - (~353 in the Championship)
20/21 Points Per Start: - (~9.2 PP90 in the Championship)
Recommended Draft Pick: No earlier than pick 145 (13th round in 12 team league)
Overview: Takes set pieces but doesn't do a huge amount else (in terms of Fantrax points). Think Oli Norwood, but hopefully a bit better.
Eagle-eyed Euros watchers may remember Mathias Jensen's assist for Maehle's goal against Wales. The Brentford no. 8 didn't start for Denmark, but he was a serviceable replacement once Delaney had run himself into the ground.
At Brentford he plays a more crucial role, mainly thanks to his set piece delivery. 43% of his key passes last season came from corners or free-kicks (a similar percentage to Joao Moutinho or Mason Mount) and of his 7 assists, 4 were from corners with 1 from a free-kick.
Jensen has a good passing range and uses his body shape to disguise his passes nicely, but for Fantrax purposes it'll be dead ball situations where scores the bulk of his points. Given his low ceiling I see him as late round pick only, but if Brentford adapt well to Premier League life he could be a solid 8-9 PPS player and a handy 5th MID.
20/21 Points: - (~223 in the Championship)
20/21 Points Per Start: - (~9.3 PP90 in the Championship)
Recommended Draft Pick: Late round punt only, but monitor his injury situation.
Overview: Talented youngster who will provide a goal threat. Might not be fit for the start of the season.
There aren't really any other Brentford players to get excited about, so we're going to talk about former Arsenal prospect Josh Dasilva. Dasilva’s numbers weren’t spectacular last season, but he scored 10 goals in 2019/20 and is a fun player to watch. He's got great acceleration and loves a driving run from midfield, as displayed in his man-of-the-match performance against Reading. His defensive contributions are rather lacking, but, having played as a forward in his youth, he'll make up for that with his eye for goal.
As a Hale End graduate, the opening game of the season against Arsenal will have added meaning for Dasilva and he'll want to show his former club what they're missing. The box-to-box midfielder suffered a season ending hip injury in February so keep tabs on his fitness, but if he’s ready for the start of the season he could be worth a late round punt.
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