The Best Watford FPL Players 2021/22
Here we’ll give you the best Watford FPL players for the 2021/22 season so you can spot those hidden Fantasy Premier League gems before the masses.
Watford were able to springboard back to the Premier League following their relegation at the end of the 19/20 season.
Their cameo in the Championship was characterised by a resolute defensive system, spearheaded by their promising new manager, Xisco. Not to be confused with late-nineties “Thong Song” singer, Sisqo.
Whilst Watford were hardly exhilarating to watch under the Spaniard’s leadership, they were proving very difficult to beat too. In the 27 games following his December 2020 appointment, Watford conceded just 16 goals, scoring a respectable – if not electrifying – 40 goals in the process.
The savvy among you will know where this is going. Watford undeniably have some potent attacking talent, but it’s their budget FPL defenders that really titillate the bargain-hunter in me.
Let’s take a look at the best Watford FPL players for the 2021/22 season.
The Best Watford FPL Players | Ismaila Sarr (MID – £6.0m)
Having just discussed the virtues of Watford’s defensive rigidity, let’s start with their best attacker last season: Ismaila Sarr. Scoring 13 goals – four more than any other Watford player – Sarr enjoyed a good Championship campaign last season.
Veteran FPL managers will already be somewhat familiar with the Senegalese winger. His last foray in the Premier League saw him register five goals and seven assists in 28 appearances for Watford. At £6.0m, he’s the most expensive of their assets.
Sarr’s performances tend to be punctuated by brief but game-changing flashes of brilliance amongst relative mediocrity. This is the same Sarr who silenced any talks of an invincible season for Liverpool after that wonderful brace towards the end of the 19/20 season.
As such, any FPL managers looking to buy him will likely need to exercise patience. Sarr is not a slow-and-steady returner who will chip in with occasional assists.
He’s in the mould of FPL players that will do nothing for weeks and then return 16-points when everyone has finally lost interest.
This makes him an awkward bench option. Sarr will probably be most effective as an affordable fourth midfielder, rather than a decadent fifth midfielder this season. He’s a talent that needs to be played every week, and has the ability to reward those FPL managers who stick with him.
The Best Watford FPL Players | Kiko Femenia (DEF- £4.5m)
Another blast-from-the-past, Kiko Femenia is once again an option for FPL managers.
A bit-part player for much of the 2019/20 Premier League season, Femenia seems to have cemented his place at right-back for Watford, playing 37 games last season.
He was productive, too. The Spaniard registered four assists – the joint-second highest in the Watford squad.
If (and it’s a big “if”) the Hornets can continue their fine run of defensive form into the Premier League, Femenia could well benefit from the points-winning combination of regular clean-sheets and occasional attacking returns.
Let’s not forget, Watford had the most clean sheets of any team in the Championship last season. That sort of pedigree shouldn’t be ignored without thorough consideration.
With a great set of opening fixtures, Femenia could be an intriguing defensive differential in that £4.5m category.
The Best Watford FPL Players | Daniel Bachmann (GK – £4.5m)
As I write, the third most-owned goalkeeper in FPL is a Watford shot-stopper. Only it ain’t Bachmann.
Ben Foster (£4.0m) is nearly 25% owned, proving to be the most popular £4.0m asset by some distance.
Hang on a minute, James. Aren’t we supposed to be reading about Daniel Bachmann?
Yes, yes we are. And for good reason. Whilst the FPL populace hovers its magnifying glass over Foster, his colleague, Bachmann, drifts surreptitiously under the radar.
Bachmann started almost every game under Xisco, but Foster’s appearance in the last game of the season (a dead-rubber) has invigorated FPL managers with the feeling that he might be a regular starter in the Premier League.
Unfortunately, the chances of Foster starting regularly in the Premier League are slim. Bachmann has been Xisco’s preferred choice between the sticks for some time, and word from the Watford camp is that they’re keen to extend his 2024 contract.
Indeed, Watford’s goalkeeping position appears to be one of the few that isn’t open to much change between now and the start of the 2021/22 season.
As far as budget FPL goalkeepers go, you could do a lot worse than Bachmann. The Austrian kept 13 clean sheets in 23 appearances in the Championship, and will look for similar numbers in the 2021/22 season.
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 Watford deserves to be on this list!
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