Fantasy Premier League

FPL Draft: Alli consistency demands attention

The Scout 5 Aug 2018
Dele Alli, Tottenham Hotspur

The Scout looks at the midfielders who could deliver for FPL Draft managers this season

The Scout looks at midfielders who have been mainly ignored in FPL but who could be key figures for Fantasy Premier League Draft managers in 2018/19.

Dele Alli (TOT)

The popularity of a Tottenham Hotspur team-mate has kept Alli out of many Fantasy managers' plans.

He sits in only three per cent of FPL squads, compared with Christian Eriksen's 17 per cent.

The England international tallied nine goals and 13 assists to finish as the eighth-top scoring midfielder last season.

And when selected, he scored or assisted 35 per cent of Spurs' goals, which was better than Eriksen's 30 per cent.

Raheem Sterling (MCI)

A substantial hike in cost to £11.0m in FPL means that just over two per cent of managers are backing Sterling.

But with no prices in Draft, the winger looks the best option in the Manchester City midfield.

He finished as the second-top scoring player in FPL last season, with a total of 229 points bettered only by Mohamed Salah’s 303 points.

Sterling produced 18 goals and 17 assists in 2017/18.

And his total of 26 big chances, or situations where the player receiving the pass is expected to score, was at least double that of any other Man City midfielder.

Mesut Ozil (ARS)

The Arsenal playmaker could rediscover his form in Fantasy under new head coach Unai Emery.

His team-mate Henrikh Mkhitaryan is a popular pick, owned by 17 per cent, whereas Ozil has claims just three per cent backing.

Ozil managed just four goals and nine assists last season to tally 112 points.

But having produced 14 goals and 30 assists over 2015/16 and 2016/17, the German can be a major factor once again.

Diogo Jota (WOL)

The Wolverhampton Wanderers player has also been ignored in FPL.

Only six per cent are backing Jota, with his team-mate Ruben Neves the most popular promoted player in FPL thanks to his 14.8 per cent ownership.

But it is Jota who offers the greater goal threat.

Stationed on the left of a front three, he supplied 17 goals and five assists in 44 appearances last term.

And his total of 120 shots on goal ranked second overall in the Championship in 2017/18.

Felipe Anderson (WHU)

The clamour to acquire team-mate Marko Arnautovic means that Anderson is part of just over one per cent of squads.

That could work to his advantage in Draft.

The Brazilian supplied four goals and seven assists in 21 league matches for Lazio last season.

He produced a goal or an assist every 104.6 minutes, compared with Arnautovic's average of 129 minutes for West Ham United.

Also in this series

Part 1: Mock drafts help shape plans in Fantasy
Part 2: FPL Draft: Catch out rivals with reliable defenders
Part 4: FPL Draft: Overlook Tosun at your peril

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