Season Review: 15 Draft Flops

Here we outline 15 players who were complete let downs in Draft Fantasy Football this season.  These Premier League players performed below expectations, and scored horrific points hauls over the course of the season.  This list includes some big name players who would have been drafted early and majorly disappointed, as well as some new signings who didn’t live up to the pre-season hype!

 

**Our list includes the round that each of these players were drafted in our own classic 8 man Draft League, to give these picks a bit of perspective**

1. Davy Klaassen

Position:  Midfielder

Team:  Everton

FPL Points:  7

Season Review:  LOL!!!  Oh dear Davy Klaassen!  The Dutch international arrived with high expectations after leading a talented Ajax side to the Europa League Final last season.  The creative midfielder bagged 14 league goals during his final season with Ajax, and Everton duly snapped him up for £23 million.  The signs were looking good for a new mid-range midfielder for Draft Fantasy Football.  However, Everton also signed Rooney and Sigurdsson, and all three of these Chaps wanted to play in the number 10 position behind the main striker.  After a few awful performances to start the season, Klaassen was pretty much absent from the first team for the whole season.  He managed 7 league appearances, and not a single one of these lasted over 60 minutes.  A shocking season from a player earmarked for a productive season by many Draft managers!

Drafted:  6th Round

2. Mesut Ozil

Position:  Midfielder

Team:  Arsenal

FPL Points:  112

Season Review:  A decent season from Ozil, as he gained 4 goals, and 9 assists, totaling 112 points.  However, considering Ozil was a 2nd round draft pick for most, this was a shocking return.  The previous two seasons the German brought home 200 and 167 points respectively, so a score of at least 150 would have been expected.  Ozil experienced hugely inconsistent form, abuse from his own fans, mystery illnesses, and ended up missing the final 7 games of the season.  Ozil will perhaps be a third round draft pick next season, but his stock has certainly been lowered after this season.

Drafted:  2nd Round

3. Gylfi Sigurdsson

Position:  Midfielder

Team:  Swansea City / Everton

FPL Points:  96

Season Review:  The Icelandic international started the season at Swansea, but soon made a £50 million move to Everton, which had been rumoured for the whole summer.  Much was expected of Siggy this season, after gaining over 150 points for three consecutive seasons at perennial relegation strugglers Swansea City.  However, he only managed 4 goals and 4 assists, and didn’t even break the 100 points barrier.  It took the creative midfielder until his 11th game to bag an attacking return, and after a productive period between GW12 and GW18, Siggy went back to blanking most weeks.  Its hard to tell where he will be drafted next season, considering their managerial situation is undecided.  Maybe a 4th or 5th round draft, in the hope that he’s now settled at The Toffees.

Drafted:  3rd Round

4. Jermain Defoe

Position:  Striker

Team:  AFC Bournemouth

FPL Points:  60

Season Review:  It never really happened for the veteran striker this season.  After scoring 15 goals two seasons in a row at Sunderland, expectations were high after Defoe’s move to Bournemouth.  However, after struggling with form and fitness for most of the season, Defoe ended up with just 4 goals to his name.  Callum Wilson certainly took advantage of Defoe’s injury’s.  The Englishman’s stock has been significantly lowered, and considering his age, there will be question marks surrounding his chances of nailing down a regular starting berth next season.

Drafted:  4th Round

5. Toby Alderweireld

Position:  Defender

Team:  Tottenham Hotspur

FPL Points:  43

Season Review:  Toby is an elite level defender, playing for a top six club, and therefore one of the best draft defenders in the Premier League.  However, the Belgian suffered a serious injury after GW10, and only played 2 times after this.  A thoroughly disappointing season from this Chap, and there is plenty of speculation surrounding his future.  Hopefully he will remain in the Premier League, and bounce back next season!

Drafted:  5th Round

6. Kelechi Iheanacho

Position:  Striker

Team:  Leicester City

FPL Points:  54

Season Review:  The Nigerian moved from Manchester City to Leicester City in the summer, as he searched for regular first team football.  We wouldn’t say the expectations were high, but Draft managers everywhere were hoping he would produce solid returns as a second or third striker.  However, things never really worked out for Iheanacho, as he failed to secure a regular starting place.  He was given more opportunities towards the end of the season, and ended with 3 goals and 4 assists.  Hopefully he can push on next season, and form a good partnership with Vardy.

Drafted:  13th Round

7. Danny Rose

Position:  Defender

Team:  Tottenham Hotspur

FPL Points:  24

Season Review:  What a weird season for the Tottenham left back.  After missing the second half of last season through injury, Rose was expected to return to fitness around September time, and regain his place in the starting eleven.  However, Ben Davies started the season on tremendous form, and after a bit of rotation between GW11 and GW20, Rose faded once again, and only managed 4 further starts.  Apparently Rose fell out with Pochetitno, and considering the form of Davies, he simply wasn’t needed.  There will be plenty of rumours of Rose moving away from Spurs, with the likely destination Manchester United.  Hopefully these rumours will come good, and Rose will move away from the Spurs this summer and become a Draft Fantasy asset once again.

Drafted:  Undrafted

8. Javier Hernandez

Position:  Striker

Team: West Ham Utd

FPL Points:  93

Season Review:  Expectations were high for Hernandez, after he returned to the Premier League to join West Ham.  Perhaps one of the best forwards behind the big names, the Mexican would have been drafted fairly high in most leagues.  It didn’t really happen for him though, as he gained 93 overall points, and 8 goals.  The Hammers never really played to his strengths, and he couldn’t nail down a starting position with Marko Arnautovic often leading the line.  The new West Ham manager may be able to get the best out of Hernandez, but he’s likely to leave the club.

Drafted:  3rd Round

9. Henrikh Mkhitaryan

Position:  Midfielder

Team:  Manchester United / Arsenal

FPL Points:  107

Season Review:  Flashes of brilliance from the talented Armenian playmaker, but much more was expected of him during pre-season, and indeed after the first few gameweeks.  Miki started with 5 assists in the first 3 games, but was out of the Man Utd side by GW12, and was hardly seen for the Red Devils again.  A move to Arsenal rejuvenated him somewhat, as he gained 3 assists during his first start for the club.  But as with much of the frustration with Miki, he was unable to sustain his good form as he followed up on this outstanding Arsenal debut with just a further 3 attacking returns for the remainder of the season.  Miki’s prospects are still fairly high for next season however, as a club more suited to him, as well as a new manager due to arrive, could very well provide greater attacking input and consistency.  Only time will tell.

Drafted:  3rd Round

10. Michail Antonio

Position:  Midfielder

Team:  West Ham Utd

FPL Points:  62

Season Review:  Just 62 points after an injury hit season for the versatile midfielder.  Very disappointing for Antonio, after two consecutive season tallies of over 125 points.  Much was expected of him this season, as he would have been looking to have a productive season ahead of this summer’s World Cup.  On paper, West Ham had a pretty decent starting eleven, but things didn’t click at the start of the season, and Antonio struggled to make an impact.  A couple of goals at the end of February raised the Englishman’s stock, but a serious injury ended his season shortly after.  One to watch as an under the radar pick next season perhaps.

Drafted:  5th Round

11. David Luiz

Position:  Defender

Team:  Chelsea

FPL Points:  32

Season Review:  Luiz played at the heart of the Chelsea defence during the 16/17 season, and was an outstanding performer during their run to the championship.  Things were looking good for a continuation of this heading into the 17/18 season.  The Brazilian bagged a goal in GW1, and started 8 of the first 10 games.  However, things hugely downhill after that, as he only made 2 further appearances for Chelsea.  Injuries and rumoured bust-ups were to blame, and now we’re left wondering if Luiz has a future at the club.  Chelsea are expected to bring in a new manager over the summer, so this may give the defender a fresh start.

Drafted:  5th Round

12. Fernando Llorente

Position:  Striker

Team:  Swansea City

FPL Points:  22

Season Review:  Typically, Llorente is great second or third place striker; but a late summer move to Spurs basically ruined his Draft Fantasy Football credentials.  Playing second fiddle to Harry Kane, in a side that rarely plays two strikers, and given the form of Son this season; points to Llorente being a waste of time for any Draft manager.  Perhaps a summer move to a newly promoted side or to a team that struggled up front this season, such as West Ham, could be on the cards?  Lets hope so, because if Llorente remains at Spurs, he is a wasted Draft asset.

Drafted:  7th Round

13. Adam Lallana

Position:  Midfielder

Team:  Liverpool

FPL Points:  13

Season Review:  A season to write off.  Injury in pre-season prevented Lallana from building on the impressive 2016/17 season and has ultimately cost him a place in England’s World Cup squad.  The time off will probably do him the world of good, and with a full pre-season under his belt, we expect Lallana to be back to his best in the 2018/19 season as a must have player in Draft Fantasy Football.

Drafted:  Undrafted

14. Eric Bailly

Position:  Defender

Team:  Manchester United

FPL Points:  55

Season Review:  Having started the season in sublime form with five clean sheets from six, including a goal; big things were expected of Bailly this season.  His position as a fairly high draft pick looked set to be justified.  However, since GW6 Bailly made only 4 starts and featured in only 6 games.  This was largely due to injury, but also Jose’s tinkering with his central defensive players hampered the Fantasy Football Managers who owned Bailly from the draft.  It is hard to say whether next season will be any different for Bailly, as Jose’s selections are too unpredictable.

Drafted:  7th Round

15. Andre Gray

Position:  Striker

Team:  Watford

FPL Points:  79

Season Review:  Watford made Gray their big end of August summer signing.  On paper Draft Fantasy Football managers were all for this move as Watford would be linking up Deeney and Gray, and Gray’s departure from Burnley would open up other striking options for signing.  Gray arrived as an established Premier League striker with a solid record, but a return of only 5 goals and 3 assists was not nearly enough for either Watford or Draft Fantasy Football managers alike.  As a result, Gray found opportunities limited and the sporadic appearances meant that managers couldn’t rely on this early round draft hopeful.  Little will be expected of Gray next season and he will be likely to slip under the radar; worth keeping your eye on him for a potential third choice striker, particularly if Watford do not go out to recruit!

Drafted:  4th Round

 

📢 Draft Hero’s 📢

Similarly, check out our 15 Draft Hero’s from the 17/18 season!

 

📝 Draft Platform 📝

Here at The Fantasy Football Chaps, we’re proud to be pioneer’s for having a Draft Fantasy Football League that runs COMPLETELY OFFLINE!  Check out our article looking into how to make this a reality, and have full control over customising your Draft League!

If this sounds like too much effort, we would highly recommend using an online platform from either the guys at Draft Fantasy or Fantrax.   Draft Fantasy uses a scoring system similar to the standard Official FPL game, where as Fantrax mainly uses the more intelligent scoring system made famous by Togga.  Both offer potential for end of season playoffs, as well as many other options for customisation!

 

🔥 Hot or Cold Player Rankings ❄️

Our Hot or Cold Player Rankings are here to outline the current prospects of key Draft Fantasy Football Players.  Our ‘Hot‘ or ‘Cold‘ status will help take away your emotional attachment to certain Premier League players, and bring in the players that you need to help you dominate your Draft League.  Use these hints and tips to increase your chances of success!

 

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