Fantasy EPL Sleepers: Wolves
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 Wolves!
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As noted above, these are potential Fantrax Sleepers from Wolves. 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: 94
20/21 Points Per Start: 5.7
Recommended Draft Pick: 200-220 (12 Team League: Round 13-14)
Overview: Talented young Left Back, showed flashes of brilliance, and can score decently in Fantrax. If Wolves don't buy a new LB, he should have the spot nailed on and could provide DEF3 value in the late rounds.
The telenovela, "As the Wolves Left Wing Back Turns", was a popular broadcast last season. Jonny, Marcal, Kilman, Saiss, Ibrahim Moustafa, Boris Johnson, and finally Ait-Nouri made cameos in the spot. Ait-Nouri ended up providing the best performances in the role and should be the nailed on starter next season. Fantasy-wise, his ghost points were patchy but the highs were high. Like all Wolves assets but particularly the fullbacks, in a more attacking system under the new manager, he could be even more explosive. And he could add more attacking returns with better targets to aim for up front (forgive me, Willian Jose). This makes RAN pure value in the later rounds.
20/21 Points: N/A (new signing); at Barcelona last season, he scored 10.8 ppg & 7.3 gpp90 (h/t to @DraftLad)
20/21 Points Per Start: N/A
Recommended Draft Pick: 97-120 (12 Team League: Round 9-10)
Overview: Very exciting new signing for Wolves. The former Barcelona winger seems a promising fantasy asset but has some question marks. The upside, though, makes him a worthy punt in the middle rounds. x`
Following the well-trodden route from the Catalan capital to the English Black Country, Trincao has Wolves supporters buzzing with anticipation and expectation. Largely occupying the right wing, the young Portuguese (shocker, I know) has the potential to thrill and get some ghost points (likely successful dribbles) along the way. Trincao is clearly Lage's guy (his first signing) and should be given ample opportunity to shine, particularly with Neto out injured and Adama's future up in the air. But there will be competition in these attacking areas and one never knows how quickly a new signing will adapt to the Premier League. This makes him a gamble, despite the well-earned hype. He is likely boom or bust, making the 9-10 round territory fertile ground for Trincao.
20/21 Points: 149.25
20/21 Points Per Start: 7.1
Recommended Draft Pick: 169 to 192 (12 Team League: Round 14-15)
Overview: Fantrax legend turned mediocre defender, Boly is a nostalgia pick. He has a great chance to be 1st choice CB & his aerials can provide a great floor. Can be late round value if he puts last season behind him.
The behemoth defender, along with the rest of the Wolves defense, had a blinder in the 2019/2020 campaign. Slick Willy's aerial prowess resulted in a ton of ghost points and also coincided with a fair amount of clean sheets. He ended with an impressive12 PPG. This past season, however, Boly suffered from injuries and caught COVID-19, and Wolves were awful and shipped goals left and right. All this unsurprisingly blunted his fantasy value. The hope is that the new manager rates him, he can get in a good pre-season, and he then regains form. That 2019/2020 season proved that he has it in his locker to be a solid DEF2. Recency bias (and perhaps skittishness due to him missing games because of AFCON in January) will likely lead to Boly being available really late. There is a reason for that but his upside makes him a good sleeper candidate.
Wunderkind Fabio Silva should get better this season and while fairly goal dependent and unlikely to be a nailed on starter, he is worth monitoring. There will likely be a ton of new signings to also keep an eye on. Defensively, Romain Saiss would be an excellent sleeper given his ghosting ability, but he is likely leaving for pastures anew. If not, take a punt on him late.
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