We can all pick those elite names early in the draft to get off to a solid start. However, the key to “winning” your draft is identifying those late round “sleepers” who can back up the stars and propel you to your league title!
As part of our FREE draft kit, we’ve identified a sleeper from each Premier League team to target in your draft! In part two we kick off with European Champions Chelsea before stopping at nearly men (and FA cup champions) Leicester City!
Tammy Abraham – Chelsea (Forward)
Last Season: 6G, 2A, 76 Points, 4.22ppg
Recommended Round (12 Team): 14
The reason behind this whole pick is purely based on Tammy Abraham securing a move away from Stamford Bridge. As talented as the young striker is, Abraham appears to be nowhere near manager Thomas Tuchel’s plans and desperately needs that move away to re-kickstart his career.
As you’d imagine, Abraham has been linked with any club in the market for a centre forward, most notably West Ham, Tottenham and Arsenal. If you can get Tammy in before any move is finalised, you’re likely to be able to snag him in round 13/14. At that stage of the draft, you should already have you squad set and are at the point where you going for flyers, making Tammy a no-brainer. Depending on where he goes, Abraham should get you 15 goals per season so draft accordingly!
Christian Benteke – Crystal Palace (Forward)
Last Season: 10G, 2A, 314 Points, 10.47ppg
Recommended Round (12 Team): 7
Have I missed something over pre-season? Of course, new Palace manager Patrick Vieira will want to stamp his authority on his new team but as far as I can tell, Christian Benteke is set to be his first choice number 9 at the time of writing. Therefore, the fact I am seeing Big Ben going as late as pick 106 (on more than one occasion) in mock drafts is a little odd!
Benteke always has been and still is a Togga/Fantrax beast, winning aerials (205 of them last season) for fun. We’ve always said that if the Belgian could add goals to his game then he’d be a top Fantrax asset and, to his credit, he edged into double figures over the space of 30 games.
This is a very different segment if Vieira brings his own target man in but right now, Benteke is a must draft. If you can get him in round seven I still reckon you’re getting a bargain but mock data seems to suggest you’ll be able to wait for another round, maybe two!
Ben Godfrey – Everton (Defender)
Last Season: 0G, 2A, 11CS, 205.5 Points, 6.63ppg
Recommended Round (12 Team): 14
Finally! Fantrax/Opta have finally awarded Ben Godfrey with his position change, meaning he is now a Fantrax asset at last. Under Rafa Benitez, I think any Everton defender will be worth a look this season.
As much as I would rather have Michael Keane (and Lucas Digne, of course), Godfrey’s poor score from last season will put many off in the draft room but with that added 5 points for each clean sheet, amended aerials and clearances as well as the brand new blocked shots addition, he now has plenty more avenues to score points this time around.
Rodrigo – Leeds United (Forward)
Last Season: 7G, 4A, 211 Points, 8.12ppg
Recommended Round (12 Team): 8/9
All eyes will be on Leeds United attackers Raphinha, Patrick Bamford and Jack Harrison going into this summer’s drafts, and rightly so. The trio are all likely to fly off the board in the first three rounds thanks to Yorkshire side’s attacking flair and exciting, chance creating approach. Looking for a cheaper way into the Leeds attacking lineup? Look no further than Rodrigo.
The Spaniard’s first Elland Road campaign was a stop-start one but he showed glimpses of the quality he possesses and ended the season in fine form, scoring four times in his last four appearances. With Matuesz Klich’s minutes decreasing, Rodrigo looks certain to enjoy more playing time in 2021/22. He is likely to fall quite far in most drafts but his explosive potential would lead me to be willing to draft him in round nine, maybe even eight if I have had a solid first seven picks.
Ricardo Pereira – Leicester City (defender)
Last Season: 0G, 1A, 2CS, 66.75 Points, 4.45ppg
Recommended Round (12 Team): Round 8
A DEF1 of yesteryear, serious injury problems have seen Ricardo Pereira drop from being a Fantrax favourite to a streamer when fixtures are kind. However, this summer will be the flying Portuguese full back’s first full pre-season to get back to full fitness, meaning a return to fantasy fame could be on the cards.
It’s clear for everyone to see the Brendan Rodgers has been managing Pereira’s minutes but while others have been competing at the Euros, the full back has been able to concentrate on regaining the fitness that saw him become one of the best in his position in the Premier League.
Luke Shaw has shown it is possible to go from being a little fancied free agent to and elite scoring Fantrax defender so it’ll be up to Pereira to do exactly the same. With the prediction that he gets anywhere near his previous form, I’d be willing to gamble on him as soon as I have one defender, three midfielders and two or three good forwards in place.