The Best Aston Villa FPL players surprised many Fantasy Premier League managers last season. Players like Emiliano Martinez (£5.5m) and Ollie Watkins (£7.5m) were near-essential, but can they and the rest of the Aston Villa side continue their form into the 2021/22 season?
Here we examine three Aston Villa players who could prove to be amongst the best mid-priced FPL options this season.
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The Best Aston Villa FPL Players 2021/22 | Aston Villa in Brief
Aston Villa’s flirtation with a top six spot last season represented a dramatic shift away from their 19/20 fortunes. Dean Smith‘s men were relegation favourites, but instead went on to finish 11th with 55 points.
Their performances were characterised by resilient defending and enough attacking flair to hurt even the most stubborn back-lines. Last season they scored just three goals less than Chelsea.
Their signing of Norwich’s Emiliano Buendia (£6.5m) is being read by many as a move to pre-empt Jack Grealish’s (£8.0m) rumoured departure.
Whether their talismanic playmaker leaves or not, Villa fans don’t seem concerned about their 2021/22 prospects. In Buendia they have an exciting talent who deserves to play for one of the Premier League‘s stronger sides.
This article could probably be filled with far more options, but here I choose just three of the best Aston Villa FPL players for the 2021/22 season.
The Best Aston Villa FPL Players | Anwar El Ghazi (MID – £6.0m)
I could’ve easily written about Bertrand Traoré (£6.0m) here, who registered seven goals and seven assists last season.
But there’s another Villa midfielder less owned than Traoré and, in my view, a better FPL pick. According to the Hub’s FPL player comparison tool, Anwar El Ghazi had the best FPL points per 90 minutes (6.20) at Villa last season.
That’s a pretty phenomenal total.
In 1604 minutes, El Ghazi scored 10 goals. His 100% record from the spot last season contributed four of those goals.
The astute amongst you might be wondering why someone given just 1604 minutes would make a worthy consideration for the 2021/22 season. Well, El Ghazi started Villa’s final seven games, scoring four in the process. He started alongside Grealish in the final two games too.
This all bodes well for El Ghazi’s 2021/22 campaign. Having asserted himself as a first-team mainstay, could El Ghazi prove to be one of Villa’s FPL shining lights next season? He’s certainly got the ability and the underlying stats to do so.
The Best Aston Villa FPL Players | Matt Targett (DEF – £5.0m)
Now that the excellent Emiliano Martinez is £5.5m, some FPL managers are looking for an alternative route into a Villa defence that only conceded two goals more than Manchester United last season.
In this regard, Matt Targett is quickly becoming…well…a big target. (Apologies.)
Of all of the £5.0m defenders in the game, Targett scored the most points in the 20/21 campaign. His four assists and 16 clean sheets were enough to tally 138 FPL points, a total that no other Villa defender could top.
According to our OPTA stats tool, he had an expected points of 161.7.
He also benefits from a great fixture run between Gameweek 8 to Gameweek 13, meaning he could be a viable rotation option for FPL managers with more money invested in their defence.
With Martinez 39% owned at the time of writing, the shrewd FPL manager may want to accommodate for a run of early clean sheets from Villa. In Targett, we have a nailed on, attacking full-back who promises to do exactly that, and then some.
The Best Aston Villa FPL Players | Ollie Watkins (FOR – £7.5m)
I can’t write an article about the best Aston Villa FPL players and not include the only Villa player I currently have in my FPL squad. Ollie Watkins, a saviour for me last season, deserves a starting berth in Gameweek 1.
His great attacking fixtures aside, it should go without saying that Watkins is the highest scoring £7.5m or less FPL forward in the game.
Last season’s tally of 168 points, comprised of 14 goals and nine assists, was remarkably impressive for a debut Premier League season.
An export from Brentford, Watkins doesn’t look like the sort of player who’s going to be a one-season wonder either. The talented 25-year-old hasn’t had a single-figured goal-tally since the 2015/16 season: where he scored eight goals in 20 games for Exeter.
He has some great underlying stats to back it up too. Watkins had the sixth-best xG last season (16.28) and, based on our OPTA stats tool, should’ve scored 193 points.
He’s as nailed as any forward in FPL, and with a rich history of goalscoring, a wealth of strong underlying stats and an affordable price-tag, it’s of no surprise that he’s currently the second-most selected forward in the game.
Do you Agree?
What are your thoughts? Comment on this article and let me know whether I’ve missed anyone. I’d love to hear who else from Aston Villa deserves to be on this list!
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