We’re back ladies and gentlemen, the Premier League, topflight football, Thomas Tuchel’s tricky Blues, the Champions of Europe, oh, and big Rom as well. But that isn’t all, oh no, it’s time to end the bragging from last season, time to start the deep diving analysis and it’s the moment that seasons and friendships start and pivot on. Fantasy Football lads and lasses, is here once more.
Unlike last season when Chelsea’s defenders were the highest scorers in the team and the player choices were relatively limited, the 2021/22 season promises to include a vast majority of Blues players in what makes out to be an exciting Premier League Unlike last season when Chelsea’s defenders were the highest scorers in the team and the player choices were relatively limited, the 2021/22 season promises to include a vast majority of Blues players in what makes out to be an exciting Fantasy Football Premier League race. race.
Here, we’ll be taking a look at the best Blues players to use this season and some predictions for highest point scorers, dark horses and early season captain picks.
What does last season tell us?
First up, what can we learn from last season? A year that saw Timo Werner fitted into most teams early on but then stranded for most of the season as the German struggled to impact Chelsea in the way that fans had hoped for. It was the defence (fluctuating from Kurt Zouma’s early golden boot quest to the unflappable consistency of Antonio Rudiger, Thiago Silva or Andreas Christensen) that most people used in their teams.
This season promises to be different with Tuchel’s use of Kai Havertz as a false nine, or his general improvement whilst playing as an outside 10, something to keep an eye on, alongside the introduction of Italy’s leading bagsman.
Last season’s chief point pickers were Mason Mount (147), Edouard Mendy (140), Ben Chilwell (139) and Timo Werner (128). Mount leading the way, (scoring 10 more points than his total for 2019/20) benefited from his six goals and seven assists (along with registering 14 clean sheets).
Elsewhere, the solidity of Mendy throughout the season saw the Senegalese stopper rack up a huge 16 shut outs (conceding just the 25 goals). At 6.0m he will be a strong contender for most people’s goalkeeper spot this season as well.
Ben Chilwell also benefited from his goal contributions, clocking three goals and 6 assists, the most he has tallied up since his debut season in 2016/17. This was the same number (9) as Andy Robertson and just one less than Trent Alexander-Arnold, Chilwell playing nearly 900 minutes less than the pair and also coming in cheaper.
Best Chelsea bets for 2021/22 Fantasy Football
So, the big question will be who is going to bank the most point this season. The list is expansive. We could see Mount near the top again, he’s almost certainly going to be a mainstay in Tuchel’s starting eleven again this season and with a certain Belgian upfront you can only see his assists (especially from open play) rising. On top of this, he will be playing with a confident, in-form and firing Havertz from the start, if this duo can spark then Mount will be in the points for sure.
It will also be hard to look past the new man up front. Romelu Lukaku, back again, is surely going to be in with a shout at the golden boot and his goalscoring ability will make him a hugely popular pick for the strikers. With Mount and Havertz just two of the numerous attacking options available to Chelsea this season, Lukaku is going to be a favourite to be in the points time and time again this season. Add in the mortar attacks that can come from Reece James’ whippy right foot crosses and it is feasting season for the Belgian. He is sure to grab you a shed tonne of points in the Fantasy Football Premier League.
It would also be a wise move to back King Kai. His relatively unspectacular season saw just ten goals contributions, though his end of season form, followed up by his outstanding contribution to Germany’s Euro 2020 escape make him a must have for FPL managers this season. His further forward starting position will put him in the box more and his silky nature will score more points than last season, by quite a distance.
Further back, if Tuchel can keep his Blues defence as water tight as last season there’s bound to be more clean sheet bonuses and consistent points from the back five that play. Antonio Rudiger will likely be at the centre of any defensive set up for Tuchel, the German has had a sensational 2021 and if his form continues then he will be a point-hoover. Elsewhere in the defence there are high hopes for Reece James if he plays as a wingback or centre back. His crossing and attacking strength combined with the Belgian beast up front could prove to be an exciting link up for Fantasy Football managers. Chilwell himself will also be expecting more gametime and more points as the Blues strengthen their attack.
If I had to stick my neck out and make a prediction for who will end the season with the most points then it would have to be Lukaku. The dream seems too good to be true, but the facts are that with his Premier League record and Chelsea’s options around him, goals shouldn’t be hard to come by.
Fantasy Football preview: Blues dark horse
Everyone is boring at the start of the season. Teams are filled with Kanes, Ings’, Fernandes’, Trents and all the rest. But when it gets to the season starting and you want to take a risk, you back yourself and the hunch that comes over you, which Chelsea players might serve you well as squad players?
With the way that Hakim ZIiyech has started preseason he could be a good shout for a midfield slot. He will likely end the season with less points than Mount and Havertz but the Moroccan wizard tends to pop up in games and be the difference maker. Especially after a Champions League or midweek game, Ziyech is setting his stall out to be the first rotation for Tuchel.
Hardly the second coming of the tinkerman, Tuchel does like to rotate and keep opposition teams and Fantasy managers on their toes. In defence he is likely to be more reliable (and less infuriating) than Pep Guardiola’s changeable teams. However, if you can play the cards right and find the right fixtures, Ziyech could be a big point scorer when others overlook him.
Afterall, if everyone had the same team then it wouldn’t be any fun. Often it’s those that go under the radar that make key differences, sticking with a player through a lean spell and backing them to bag you bonus points the week after. Ziyech could be a handy man to possess this season, a joker up your sleeve.
El Capitano picks
Finally, who to start the season as your go to man. Your captain. Your chief point scorer.
Double points is a vital part of this game, this weekend life, making the right choices early on can swing a season and get you invested and hooked for the year.
Looking at Chelsea’s opening fixtures with four of six ranked as a four-difficulty ranking, the Blues have a tough start. With that in mind, the options would appear to be attackers, obviously able to benefit from their goals and not impacted by goals conceded.
This points towards Chelsea’s hopefully deadly duo, Lukaku and Havertz. Being the most likely to hit the ground running, perhaps two of the most in form players and also two of the first names on the teamsheet, these are the go-to-guys.
With Lukaku’s new arrival there is perhaps an uncertainty as to his match sharpness and readiness to play, for the first few weeks Kai might be the guy to take the captains armband.
Best of luck with your Fantasy Premier League seasons, may they be long, prosperous and leave you with the bragging rights over your mates. Be back next week as we give the best Chelsea FPL guide ahead of the Blues trip to the Emirates.
Written and edited by Tom Coley (@tomcoley49)
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