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 Everton!
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As noted above, these are potential Fantrax Sleepers from Everton. These Fantasy EPL players are likely to be drafted in the later rounds (some of them). Read below for three under the radar players who could provide excellent value in your pre-season draft.
20/21 Points: 255 (79 overall)
20/21 Points Per Start: 12.1
Recommended Draft Pick:
Overview: Struggled with injuries and consistency after a white-hot start. It's now been rumored that he wants to leave after Rafa Benitez (whom Rodriguez has had disagreements with in the past) was appointed manager.
"I've just read your player overview, Joe, and everything you mention there is a reason why I shouldn't draft James Rodriguez." Exactly. I struggle to even call him a sleeper, but allow me to explain the current situation surrounding this baby-faced Colombian. First of all, he has stated that he would be open to leaving the club, and the club are willing to entertain offers. He and Rafa have documented disagreements about the way he was used (or unused, really) at Madrid. He's terribly injury prone. AND he can seemingly just switch off for periods of the season.
Beginning right now, these should be all of the things that you tell your league-mates, and remind them often. Do everything that you can to sabotage James's already-lowered valuation on draft day. No, he's not the traditional definition of a "sleeper." But, the doubts surrounding this man mean that you could potentially land Everton's midfield playmaker for pennies on the dollar. The club will have a hard time shipping off this aging diva who's held together with rice paper. Plus, their priorities will be focused on landing a RB and RW. I, personally, think that James will be lining up at #10 when this season kicks off. And that means that you can potentially get a 12.1 PPS (with almost 9 ghost points per game) player at an immense value... if you play your cards right.
20/21 Points: 285.5 (57 overall)
20/21 Points Per Start: 8.6
Recommended Draft Pick: 144-168 (12 Team League: Round 12-14)
Overview: An incredibly consistent 4th or 5th defender for your fantasy team who will rarely let you down with negative scores. Keane is the late-draft pick that adds insult to injury to your opponents after you've already had a great draft.
Let's start with the numbers and then we can discuss Keane's role in your team. Last year, this man averaged 8.6 PPS, which elevated him above the likes of Thiago, Matty Cash, and John McGinn. His WAR rating (Wins Above Replacement) saw him eclipse Timo Werner, Timothy Castagne, and John Stones. And this year's changes to Fantrax default scoring will only help CBs. Keane is the perfect sleeper defender to stand in for your studs when they're injured or to cover for your attackers when they have a brutal matchup. Very rarely will he deliver a negative scoreline and, more often than not, his output will benefit your team. Michael Keane is a late-round no brainer, provided he's in Rafa's plans.
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20/21 Points: N/A ( - overall)
20/21 Points Per Start: N/A
Recommended Draft Pick: 120 to 144 (12 Team League: Round 10-12)
Overview: Everton are purportedly looking for a much more progressive RB with pace and the ability to advance the ball along the right flank.
Read the Everton best players piece if you'd like to hear the immense praise that I have for Lucas Digne as a footballer and fantasy asset. However, any Toffees fan will tell you that having him and Richarlison on the left wing meant that Everton relied on the left side of the field to move the ball far too often (almost 70% of the time). Everton have stated their intention to change that by adding a playmaker at RB during this summer transfer window. If the latest talk is to be believed, that man could come in the form of Denzel Dumfries. There will undoubtedly be hype surrounding the move, so the sleeper status of this position could change quickly depending on who signs. However, if Everton's new right back is truly the player they claim to be looking for, he'll be a value in the late rounds.
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