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10 Of The Biggest Fantasy Premier League Disappointments So Far

10 Of The Biggest Fantasy Premier League Disappointments So Far

This weekend will see Matchday 11 kick-off at various Premier League grounds. It doesn't seem like over two months since people were scrambling to pick their fantasy teams.

What FPL has done this season is deliver the usual surprise packages, the high performers, the low performers and of course the disappointments.

If you had any of these from the get go and expected a high haulage of points, you might be filled with regret. A lot of this list were highly sought after before Week 1.

After all, if you compare any players yield to Mohamed Salah so far this season it leaves you in a pool of your own tears wondering why on earth every player can't be like him.

Some of the Fantasy Premier League disappointments so far:

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Andy Robertson - Liverpool - 25 points

It might seem a bit harsh to place Andy Robertson in this list, but given his past three seasons, we had high expectations for the Scotsman. His role at Liverpool this year has seen more rotation than any other. Konstantinos Tsimikas has provided much needed cover at left-back and almost outperformed him in terms of FPL points. He should be better than being behind 44 other defenders.

Harry Kane - Tottenham - 25 points

You probably could have bet the house that Kane was going to be in this list. His poor club form hasn't translated well into FPL points, with his goal scoring record only a shadow of what it was in previous seasons. For context, he earned 242 points last year, which was the second highest in the league. This year, he's on course to make below 100. It's a damning assessment of a once top performer.

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Leon Bailey - Aston Villa - 20 points

I, for one, was very excited at the prospect of Leon Bailey at Aston Villa. Signed as part of a replacement for Jack Grealish, he had been lighting it up in the Bundesliga before moving to Villa Park. Unfortunately Dean Smith has opted to break Bailey in slowly, and any cameos we've seen from him so far have been encouraging but scarce. 20 points isn't bad considering how little he's played.

Raheem Sterling - Manchester City - 19 points

Another player that has been on the wrong side of selection, many will have picked Raheem Sterling after his heroics for England at Euro 2020. Surely given his tournament form Pep Guardiola would have had him in the fore of his plans? Unfortunately not. Sterling is almost a victim of Manchester City's depth, and the signing of Jack Grealish has put him further back in the pecking order.

Jadon Sancho - Manchester United - 11 points

Almost 2% of squads currently have the former Borussia Dortmund man. I'm sure that was above 10% when Sancho signed for Manchester United. His €85 million price tag would suggest that he deserves more game time. But Jadon Sancho has featured in seven Premier League games so far. The big factor is most of those have come off the bench, which has left little yield in FPL points.

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Kasper Schmeichel - Leicester City - 28 points

It might be weird putting a goalkeeper here, but not many could have called Kasper Schmeichel being fourteenth in the goalkeeping ranks. It's mostly down to Leicester's poor defensive record this season, with only four teams in the Premier League having conceded more goals than them. Schmeichel kept eleven clean sheets last year, but has only managed one so far this season.

Romelu Lukaku - Chelsea - 31 points

Big Rom is most definitely lower on this disappointments list than others. Having earned 31 points despite missing the last two games due to injury, the Belgian is a reliable FPL scorer. However, we hold him to higher regard than that. Costing a sizeable 11.5 points, Lukaku was expected to be a top performer this year. He's managed to eclipse the average two point total on two occasions so far.

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Harvey Barnes - Leicester City - 17 points

Here are some of the midfielders outperforming Harvey Barnes; Kenny McLean, Ruben Loftus-Cheek, Michael Olise, Jakub Moder, Jacob Murphy, Juraj Kucka and Sean Longstaff. It's fair to see Barnes hasn't delivered on the high expectations carried over from last season. A knee injury did rule him out of action for a good chunk earlier this year, so it could be partly down to that.

Vladimir Coufal - West Ham United - 18 points

The Czech Republic international has played a mountain of games over the past year, it's fair to say. A stalwart in David Moyes' revitalised West Ham outfit and for country at the Euros, Coufal was definitely a surprise package last season. This year he's failed to replicate a high FPL performance with injuries an issue. Ranked 70th out of all defenders, many will be hoping he makes a bit of a leap.

Kelechi Iheanacho - Leicester City - 26 points

It seems a bit harsh to have another Leicester player in the list, but Iheanacho is included for his heroics in the second half of last season. The Nigerian burst onto the scene racking up huge points at the end of 2020/2021. This year, he hasn't missed a Premier League game. The only thing is he's only started in four. Those have been in the previous four, so we could be in line for higher points.

See Also: Mo Salah Has Once Again Become A Fantasy Premier League Cheat Code

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Jonathan Byrne

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