The Best Leicester City FPL Players 2021/22
The best FPL players for Leicester City were great value all over the pitch last season. In this article, we examine the best Fantasy Premier League options the Foxes have to offer.
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The Best Leicester City FPL Players 2021/22 | Leicester City in Brief
Leicester City finished fifth in the Premier League despite ending the campaign poorly for the second consecutive season. They finished one point off a Champions League spot after a 4-2 home defeat to Spurs on the final day.
The Foxes were defeated in three of their last five matches, winning 20 and losing 12 across the whole season. Yet Brendan Rodgers’ side won the FA Cup in a famous 1-0 victory over Chelsea at Wembley Stadium.
They scored 68 league goals which was the third highest of all teams along with Spurs and Liverpool. Their expected goals (xG) was the fifth highest with a figure of 63.92 so there was a notable overperformance in their attack.
Their defence left much to be desired, conceding 50 goals which was the 10th highest. Leicester kept 11 clean sheets so other than James Justin (£5.0m), their defenders didn’t offer nearly as much value as the Leicester midfielders and attackers.
In terms of FPL points, Leicester players accumulated 1,675 which was also the 10th highest. Yet players like Justin, Kelechi Iheanacho (£7.5m), Harvey Barnes (£7.0m) and James Maddison (£7.0m) were among the best options around their price.
Leicester have made three signings so far, including the highly-rated Boubakary Soumaré (£5.0m), Patson Daka (£7.5m) and Ryan Betrand (£5.0m).
The Best Leicester City FPL Players 2021/22 | Harvey Barnes (MID – £7.0m)
Harvey Barnes made 25 Premier League appearances last season, playing 1944 minutes.
The English winger scored nine goals and created five assists, registering a goal involvement every 139 minutes. This was only bettered by Iheanacho and Jamie Vardy (£10.5m) in the Leicester squad.
His partner in crime, Maddison, posted similar statistics with 2093 minutes played, eight goals and seven assists. Maddison is also on set piece duties and attained 12 bonus points compared to Barnes’ 13.
Barnes finished as the fifth highest scoring Leicester player in FPL (126) and started last season at £7.om so there has been no price change.
He suffered a long-term injury in a 3-1 home defeat to Arsenal in late February but is expected to return in Gameweek 1.
With 8.2% ownership, Barnes could be one of the best £7.0m options in the game. Despite overperforming his statistics with an xG of 7.26 and xA of 2.88, Barnes is a quality finisher and received nine big chances compared to Maddison’s solitary opportunity.
The underlying numbers are impressive, with Barnes registering 54 shots and 38 of them were inside the opposition’s box. He was also ranked second for shots in the box per game with 1.7 from Leicester players.
The Best Leicester City FPL Players 2021/22 | Kelechi Iheanacho (FOR – £7.5m)
The Nigerian international was one of the surprise FPL packages towards the business end of last season. He was able to establish himself as a key component in Leicester’s attack after being a squad player for the majority of his career.
Iheanacho went on to score 12 goals and notch two assists, nailing a spot in the starting 11 from Gameweek 22 when he opened his account for the season.
As pointed out by FPL veteran Abdul Rehman, Iheanacho was the highest scoring player in the league (92) from Gameweek 26.
Within this timeframe, the 24-year-old had 47 shots (third best in the league), 22 shots on target (second), 28 shots in the box (fifth) and 13 big chances (second).
Iheanacho also created a fair number of chances, making 1.7 key passes per 90 minutes – the third most in the squad. He also created 20 chances and five big chances so he can continue to deliver points when failing to be on the scoresheet.
Based on his form in the last fifteen matches, he should continue to start. Iheanacho managed 14 goals and three assists in this period, with only Gareth Bale having a better goal per 90 minute record last season.
However, with the arrival of Daka, nothing is certain and it wouldn’t surprise me if Rodgers rotated the forwards on the odd occasion. Should Iheanacho continue to start most games, he offers great value at £7.5m and 16.8% ownership.
The Best Leicester City FPL Players 2021/22 | Jamie Vardy (£10.5m)
Well, this would’ve been Wesley Fofana (£4.5m). In fact, it was Fofana until he sustained a horrific fibula fracture 10 days before the start of the season.
In that regard, Jamie Vardy is fourth choice here.
That’s the thing about Vardy though: he always seems to be fourth choice. At just 9.3% owned, Vardy is actually an FPL differential by most definitions. Despite 20+ goal involvements in every season since 14/15, the 34-year-old just can’t earn the trust of FPL managers.
The age-defying premium FPL forward enjoyed one of his finest seasons in the 20/21 campaign. Scoring 15 and assisting 14 in just over 2,800 minutes, Vardy’s 29 attacking contributions and 187 points were largely overlooked by the FPL population.
Vardy played every game he was fit enough to play last season. 31 games, to be precise. In those games, he registered the second highest expected goals (20.03). According to our OPTA FPL stats tool, his FPL points total should’ve surpassed 200.
Regardless of these incredible numbers, Vardy will continue to be overlooked as we approach Gameweek 1. But it feels inevitable that, as the season starts to unfold, managers start to take him seriously once more. Just like they do every season.
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