Every season, there are surprises — both good and bad. Today, I (Scott) feel like looking at the negative side of things, so in that spirit, here is my take on this season’s Fantasy Premier League All-Disappointment Team. It’s sure to start debates, so find us on social media to get the conversation started!
Goalkeeper: David de Gea (MUN), Joe Hart (BUR)
You would expect the second-most expensive goalkeeper (even still, 33 weeks in) to have more than the 10th-most points. To put it in comparison, DDG’s 19.12 points per pound at present pales in comparison to Alisson’s 25.25 points per pound. Hart was the Clarets’ keeper when the defense was terrible earlier this season. It’s left a hole in what was a staple in many FPL lineups — Burnley GK.
Defenders: Marcus Rojo (MUN), Gary Cahill (CHE), Ben Gibson (BUR), Leighton Baines (EVE), Antonio Valencia (MUN)
Rojo has 0 points on the season, which is better than the -1 he was carrying for most of the season. I get that Cahill is not getting playing time under new manager Mauricio Sarri, but surely he should be able to do something to fight his way in. He just hasn’t. When Gibson came back into the Premier League by joining Burnley, he surely envisioned getting more than 62 minutes on the season so far. FPL did too, judging by his price tag. Baines is a name brand defender in the league who played all 90 minutes in Everton’s first 3 matches. He’s had little playing time since. Forgive me for picking on United players, but Valencia was last year’s equivalent to this year’s Andy Robertson. Injuries or not, 16 total points is a disappointment.
Midfielders: Jordon Ibe (BOU), Alexis Sanchez (MUN), Kevin de Bruyne (MCI), Pascal Gross (BHA), Mo Salah (LIV)
I get that Ibe is cheap at 5.0, but when will he live up to his potential? Alexis has earned 4.4 points per pound on the season. He might qualify for the all-time disappointment team. I know that KDB’s season has mostly been lost to injury. His few appearances to end this season will hopefully help him get a head start on next season. Gross was one of the pleasant surprises last season. Time will tell if this year, injuries aside, was merely a sophomore slump. In the preseason, we said that the #1 FPL storyline this season would be Mo Salah because of his 13+ price. It’s true. A good (but maybe not great) season has left FPL owners wondering all year whether it’s worth owning him. With only one overall point more than Hazard right now, he makes our team.
Forwards: Romelu Lukaku (MUN), Harry Kane (TOT), Morata/Giroud/Higuain (CHE)
The volatile United season on the whole contributed to Lukaku’s place in this team. Losing his spot under OGS to Marcus Rashford for several weeks leaves him with 10 points per pound. Kane, the most expensive forward, may not end up in the top five in points for forwards. I don’t care which Chelsea striker you pick; they have all been disappointing and never once truly worthy of owning in FPL.