Fantasy EPL Sleepers: Watford
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As noted above, these are potential Fantrax Sleepers from Watford. 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.
20/21 Points: N/A (~190.5 in the Championship)
20/21 Points Per Start: N/A (~13.4 PP90 in the Championship)
Recommended Draft Pick: Monitor pre-season fixtures and pick him up late if it looks like he'll be a starter.
Overview: Aging talisman might have one more Premier League season in him. Likes a header, loves a penalty.
As an Arsenal fan, I have no affection for Deeney and can’t pretend I wasn’t delighted when Watford’s 3-2 defeat to Arsenal confirmed their relegation back in July 2020. Now the Hornets are back in the Premier League and the aging striker may well have one last hurrah.
Deeney is a busy man: he’s a columnist for The Sun (don’t buy The Sun); he’s a TalkSport contributor; and he’s even got his own podcast, Deeney Talks. Given all his extracurricular activities and his advancing years, there’s a question mark over whether he will be a starter this season. To add to that, Watford have brought in several attacking options this summer, including Josh King, Emmanuel Denis, and Ashley Fletcher. But if it looks like Deeney is going to be leading the line he is definitely worth a late round draft pick.
The former resident of Thorn Cross Prison is great in the air and takes a mean penalty. He’s a bit slow now (not that he was ever quick) but he’ll likely average double digits when he starts; what more could you ask for from a late round punt?
20/21 Points: N/A (~63 points in the Championship and Premier League combined)
20/21 Points Per Start: N/A (~7.9 PP90 in the Championship and Premier League combined)
Recommended Draft Pick: Similar to Deeney, monitor those pre-season fixtures and pounce late.
Overview: Last season did not go to plan. Watford have given him a chance to prove he can still cut it at Premier League level.
King played 584 minutes in the Championship for Bournemouth, and 138 minutes for Everton last season. 0 goals, 0 assists. But the man has talent, and once upon a time he scored 16 goals in a Premier League season. Watford were after an experienced forward with a bit of pace, and this man ticks those boxes. Whether he'll start ahead of Deeney, or alongside him, remains to be seen but for pure nostalgia, if nothing else, the Norwegian international is worthy of a late round pick.
I do not recommend drafting King until the last few rounds, but if he ends up leading the line for Watford, there are worse punts you could make.
20/21 Points: N/A (~173 in the Championship)
20/21 Points Per Start: N/A (~7.5 PPS in the Championship)
Recommended Draft Pick: Last round only. Or wait to stream him.
Overview: The Austrian became first choice under new coach Xisco Muñoz half way through the season. His (and Watford's) stats are promising.
There aren't really any other Watford outfield players worth mentioning, so I'm recommending their goalkeeper, who could be the next Meslier. Bachmann had a save percentage of 76.1% last season; only Pope and Martinez bettered that in the Premier League. To add to that, Watford had the best defensive record in the Championship, with 23 clean sheets and only 30 goals conceded. If Muñoz believes that the best way to avoid relegation is to focus on defensive solidity, then Bachmann could be that dream Fantrax goalkeeper who faces a high volume of low quality shots.
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