Last season, I attempted my first Fantasy Premier League preview to assess which Everton players fantasy football owners should buy, avoid, and keep an eye on. Here’s how I did:
Players to buy:
Lucas Digne - 120 points (8 assists, 9 clean sheets) ranked 18th out of 178 defenders
Gylfi Sigurdsson - 95 points (2 goals, 4 assists) ranked 45th out of 204 midfielders
Richarlison - 165 points (13 goals, 5 assists) ranked 5th out of 62 forwards
Jordan Pickford - 117 points (9 clean sheets) ranked 12th out of 50 goalkeepers
Overall, most of my picks hit the mark. Richarlison had a superb campaign. Digne and Pickford didn’t quite live up to their performances from the 2018-19 season, but still made their presence known. Sigurdsson had a horrendous time out despite 13 goals and 6 assists the year prior. All in all, not too shabby.
Players to avoid:
André Gomes - 39 points (1 assist, 0 goals) ranked 119th out of 204 midfielders
Theo Walcott - 63 points (2g, 4a) ranked 83rd out of 204 midfielders
Dominic Calvert-Lewin - 126 points (13 goals, 1 assist) ranked 14th out of 62 forwards
Michael Keane - 90 points (2 goals, 7 cleansheets) ranked 35th out of 178 defenders
I was certainly wrong about Calvert-Lewin (sorry, Dom) who put up some great numbers. Keane also managed to put in a decent showing. Walcott provided some slight attacking returns while Gomes’ tragic injury caused a big impact on his production.
Players to keep an eye on:
Moise Kean - 53 points (2 goals, 2 assists) ranked 33rd out of 62 forwards
Alex Iwobi - 52 points (1 goal, 0 assists) ranked 94th out of 204 midfielders
Jean-Philippe Gbamin - 4 points (0 goals, 0 assists) ranked 186th out of 204 midfielders
Séamus Coleman - 55 points (1 assist, 5 cleansheets) ranked 71st out of 178 defenders
Djibril Sidibé’s inclusion certainly didn’t help Coleman at all. Iwobi struggled with adjusting to the new set-up. Kean looked promising towards the later stage of the season. Gbamin’s injury was a big blow.
Overall, Marco Silva’s abysmal time at the club last season certainly didn’t help with any of these players’ performances at all. With Ancelotti in charge, I’m expecting a much better season for the Blues. Needless to say...second time’s the charm.
I’m back again to tell you which Everton players to buy, which to avoid, and which to keep an eye on for the upcoming FPL season.
Players to buy
Richarlison - £8.0
Things are a bit up in the air with Ancelotti still trying to sort out the strongest formation to play, however, it seems that Carlo likes the 4-4-2 set-up with Richarlison and Calvert-Lewin leading the line. With two straight 13-goal seasons for the Brazilian, don’t expect his form to drop anytime soon.
Dominic Calvert-Lewin - £7.0
Despite him being on my “players to avoid” list last season (sorry again, Dom) the 23-year-old should have another great showing this season. Despite succumbing to a bit of a goal drought towards the end of last season, Calvert-Lewin will be full of hunger and ready to hit the mark right off the bat.
Lucas Digne - £6.0
While many owners will vie for the “flashier” fullbacks in Alexander-Arnold, Robertson, Doherty, Azpilicueta, and Wan-Bissaka, Digne is a great differential pick to steer you clear of the otherwise copy-and-paste teams. With the departure of Leighton Baines, Digne should receive plenty of minutes, and the new faces in the midfield should help with the Frenchman’s overall production.
Players to avoid
Gylfi Sigurdsson - £7.0
Sigurdsson had an absolute horror-show last season and it seems unlikely that he will bounce back anytime soon. While he might offer the occasional assist or two, it seems likely that his better days are far past him even when he makes it into the starting lineup.
Jordan Pickford - £5.0
Pickford has received some arguably just criticism over the past year or so due to his apparent immaturity and lack of composure. There are much better options out there that will save you the headache(s).
Séamus Coleman - £5.0
Age and injuries are catching up to the 31-year-old (soon to be 32 in October). With the return of Jonjoe Kenny, it’s uncertain how Ancelotti will play his cards. But for now, keep Coleman away from your team.
Honorable Mentions - Bernard - £5.0, Theo Walcott - £6.0, and Alex Iwobi - £6.0
All three of these players fall under the same category titled “inconsistent”. While they might provide some moments of flashiness, they don’t offer much stat wise, so you should steer clear.
Players to keep an eye on
Moise Kean - £6.0
Kean is most certainly in Ancelotti’s plan, as the Italian duo look to implement more goals for the Blues this season. However, things are uncertain as to if Kean will be a regular starter or not. Calvert-Lewin and Richarlison should be the regular strike force up top, but Kean will surely look to make an impact off the bench. Ancelotti might throw a curveball and start Kean and Calvert-Lewin up top the first few matches with Richarlison on the wing. With all that being said, wait a few gameweeks before considering adding Kean to your team.
Anthony Gordon - £4.5
Gordon is another youngster like Kean who Carlo is very fond of. With Bernard’s inconsistency and injury history, expect the 19-year-old to get plenty of looks this season, however, it may take him a few weeks to start providing goals and assists.
James Rodríguez - £7.5
James’ talents are simply too hard to ignore. The Colombian joins Allan as one of Ancelotti’s former stars. James could slot into the number 10 role or play out on the right, where Everton desperately need help. It might take some time to learn the new system and adjust to the Premier League, but seeing as he will be arguably one of Everton’s biggest signings in recent history, James could be a hot buy.
With the transfer window ending in October, a few more players could most certainly come and go. Be sure to stay up to date with all the latest moves the club makes. But for now, this list should help lead you to Fantasy Premier League glory.
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