The best Brighton FPL players can be legendary budget Fantasy Premier League options.
FPL managers who have played for a few seasons will remember when Shane Duffy (£4.0m) was a popular Triple Captain choice, or when Pascal Groß (£6.0m) notched up 164 points on his debut season. But how do their FPL prospects look ahead of the 2021/22 season?
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The Best Brighton FPL Players 2021/22 | Brighton in Brief
Brighton‘s precarious existence in top-flight football continues for another year, as Graham Potter‘s men finished 16th last season.
Since their promotion to the Premier League at the end of the 16/17 season, The Seagulls are yet to exceed 41 points in England’s top tier.
Look beneath the surface of this Brighton team, however, and things start to get a little more exciting. Potter, known for his nurturing of youth prospects, has a clear long-term plan.
This, coupled with their excellent underlying stats (their expected points last season would’ve seen them finish fifth), means they have plenty of FPL potential. Let’s explore it by looking at the best Brighton FPL players.
The Best Brighton FPL Players | Lewis Dunk (DEF – £5.0m)
The popular narrative this season is that Brighton‘s defence is worthy of consideration. There’s good reason for this. Remarkably, Brighton’s xGA (expected goals against) was only bettered by Manchester City and Chelsea last season.
In other words, they should have had one of the best defences in the league.
This has lead many FPL managers to opt for their goalkeeper, Robert Sanchez (£4.5m). He’s currently the second-most selected goalkeeper in the game.
Whilst Sanchez deservedly features in our best budget FPL goalkeepers article, I’d like to propose an alternative way into the Brighton defence: Lewis Dunk.
Believe it or not, Dunk was the joint-highest scoring defender in the league last season. His tally of five goals, which followed a haul of three goals and three assists in the season before, is a testament to his attacking threat.
Those goals are probably why Dunk is the second-highest scoring £5.0m defender this season. Imagine what he could achieve if his side kept as many clean sheets as the underlying stats claim they deserve.
For me, he might well be worth the extra £0.5m as a way of capitalising on the hype around Brighton’s back-line.
The Best Brighton FPL Players | Yves Bissouma (MID – £4.5m)
Good budget FPL midfielders are elusive. Yves Bissouma is the best of them: he scored more points last campaign than any other £4.5m option this season.
Need I say more? Well, yes. It’ll look lazy otherwise.
Bissouma played over 3,000 minutes last season, scoring one goal and 77 FPL points.
Fair warning: Bissouma is not going to light up your FPL squad. He’s not even the Tomas Soucek (£6.0m) type who fulfils his defensive duties whilst occasionally advancing forward.
Bissouma is the archetypal defensive midfielder. He knows his job and he sticks resolutely to it.
If you’re happy with a trickling stream of two or three points from your fifth midfielder, Bissouma is, quite literally, your best bet.
The Best Brighton FPL Players | Neal Maupay (FOR – £6.5m)
Despite being the second-highest scoring £6.5m forward, very few FPL managers will start their season with Neal Maupay among their ranks.
The Frenchman – who scored eight goals and assisted two last season – is exactly 2.0% owned at the moment.
This is a player who couldn’t even garner a mention in our article on the best mid-priced FPL forwards. How, then, has he found his way on to this list of best Brighton FPL players?
He gets a mention here not because of anything in particular that he’s done so far, but because of what he might do in the future.
Maupay arrived at Brighton from Brentford, where he scored 25 goals in the 2018/19 season. His debut season with the Seagulls saw him score 10 goals and three assists in 2763 minutes.
Not too shabby – particularly given Brighton are hardly a free-scoring outfit.
He was in the top 10 FPL players for xG (expected goals) last season, with 13.77. Of those top 10 players, he was by far the biggest under-performer.
That could bode well for those looking for untapped talent. Maupay has proven himself capable of prolific seasons, and he has the underlying stats to suggest that another one is on the horizon.
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 Brighton deserves to be on this list!
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