The Best Everton FPL players are becoming more and more popular amongst Fantasy Premier League managers. With Rafael Benítez‘s appointment, will Everton cement themselves as European challengers?
In this article, we’ll look at three of their best fantasy options for the 2021/22 season.
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The Best Everton FPL Players 2021/22 | Everton in Brief
Carlo Ancelotti‘s decision to abandon Everton after getting the call from Real Madrid was a huge blow for all involved with the club. Finally, it seemed, the Toffees had landed a manager capable of taking them to the heights that so many of their supporters believed they could reach.
Ancelotti’s tenure was successful, but it’s clear there’s still work to be done at the Merseyside club.
Enter Rafael Benítez, the latest highly decorated manager to take the helm at Everton.
We last saw Benítez in the Premier League at Newcastle. Since then, he managed in China before returning to England to take charge of Everton, citing COVID-19 as his reason for departure.
His appointment has not been without controversy. Benítez is the first man in the last 120 years to manage both Liverpool and Everton, and his infamous “small-club” remark whilst at Liverpool hasn’t been forgotten by some sects of the Everton fanbase.
I analysed the FPL impact of Benítez joining Everton in an earlier article, but here I’ll take a look at the best Everton FPL players for the 2021/22 season.
The Best Everton FPL Players | Lucas Digne (DEF – £5.5m)
At the risk of stating the obvious, Lucas Digne looks to be a great FPL pick for the 2021/22 season.
Digne managed to register nine assists last season in just 2,682 minutes. Based on data from our OPTA FPL Tool, Only Aaron Cresswell (£5.5m) had a better assists-per-90 than Digne amongst players who had played more than 2,000 minutes.
In short, Digne is an assist machine, and if Benítez can add more clean sheets to his game, he could be a serious force to be reckoned with.
He started the last two FPL seasons at £6.0m, so to see his price lowered despite such a strong showing in the 20/21 season is somewhat surprising. It makes him even better value, especially given that he missed nine games last season due to injury.
If he can stay fit, and if Benítez can bring rigidity to their backline, he could be a steal.
The Best Everton FPL Players | Dominic Calvert-Lewin (FOR – £8.0m)
FPL forwards that can reach a double-figured goal-tally are a rare find. Those that can do it two seasons in a row deserve particular attention.
Dominic Calvert-Lewin is one such forward. A worthy star of our best mid-priced FPL forwards article, the Englishman scored 16 goals and contributed six assists last season. His 2020/21 FPL points total was a very respectable 165.
There are other more popular FPL forwards on offer that scored more points last season than Calvert-Lewin. Patrick Bamford (£8.0m) and Ollie Watkins (£7.5m) are two such examples.
But what neither of those forwards have is a proven track record in the Premier League. How often have we seen a goalscorer have a great debut season, only to fade into obscurity thereafter?
Calvert-Lewin, meanwhile, has turned scoring in the Premier League into a multi-season habit. His non-penalty xG of 18.21 – the second highest in the league last season – only goes to reinforce the notion that his ascendency isn’t just a flash in the pan, but instead the coming-of-age of one of England’s top strikers.
The Best Everton FPL Players | Michael Keane (DEF – £5.0m)
If Everton sign Denzel Dumfries, he’ll probably make it into this article over Michael Keane, though he’ll almost certainly be priced higher than the Toffees’ highest scoring defender last season.
Michael Keane scored three goals and registered an assist in the 20/21 campaign: that’s only three less goals than James Rodriguez (£7.0m).
His goal tally is the third best among £5.0m defenders and, having solidified his place as a mainstay in Everton’s backline, he could benefit hugely from Benítez’s influence.
Undoubtedly, Keane is a less exciting pick than Digne. If both play equal minutes, it’s unlikely Keane will triumph over his colleague from an FPL perspective. But that’s why Keane is £0.5m less than the Frenchman.
FPL managers will have to weigh up whether it’s worth paying £0.5m more for an Everton defender who scored fewer points than Keane last season.
With that said, the Toffees have some of the best fixtures of any team. A defensive double-up for the first six Gameweeks shouldn’t be out of the question.
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 Everton deserves to be on this list!
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