5 Euro Fantasy Players to Avoid
As Euro Fantasy managers do they final touch of their teams before the kick off on 11 Jun, we look at a few players that you should avoid.
Not all Fantasy games are the same, so here’s why we think you should give this five a miss.
Euro Fantasy Players to Avoid
Kante (FRA | 40%)
At time of writing, France’s Kante is the 5th most owned player in Euro Fantasy at 40%. Two of every five teams in the game have Kante.
Kante is of course a top player who has won almost every trophy at club and country level, including the UEFA Champions League as recent as a week ago.
He is however, not the type of player that will excel in Fantasy games.
Unlike in UCL Fantasy, no points are awarded for ball recoveries here in Euro Fantasy.
Midfielders earn points mainly from goals, assists, winning penalties and a single point from clean sheet.
Kante has only scored once for France since 2016. At club level, his attacking returns are equally low – about one goal every 18 games.
We can’t expect Kante to change his game for this tournament, so best to save his spot for other more attacking minded midfielders.
Robertson is the darling of FPL, with his set-pieces and marauding runs from the left wing for Liverpool
For Scotland, he is the captain but in all honestly, Scotland at the international stage is nowhere near Liverpool in the Premier League.
Internationally, Robertson has only been involved in 5 goals (3goals | 2 assists) in 45 games. This is a far cry from his club statistics, where he has been involved in 42 goals (5 goals | 37 assists) in 177 games.
More crucially, it is difficult to expect Scotland to keep any clean sheets in a Group with Czech, England and Croatia (in that order). The Scots had qualified via the play-offs and had only kept 2 clean sheets in their last 8 games (against Faroe Island and Luxembourg)
At 5.5m, he could use up too much of the budget.
In UCL Fantasy, Kimmich is a dream player for managers as he is listed as a defender but playing in a central midfield role.
This has been “corrected” at Euro Fantasy, where he is listed as a 6.0m midfielder.
Kimmich’s attacking returns for Germany are good – 3 goals and 13 assists in 53 caps. However, his last assist for the national side is back in 2019 and he plays now in a more defensive role.
More importantly, Germany face France, Portugal and Hungary in the Group Stages, the former two are of course formidable opponents at the international stage.
Kimmich’s price makes him worthwhile for consideration but his fixtures suggest otherwise.
Bruno Fernandes (19%)
Fernandes is FPL’s top goal scorer in the 2020/21 season but at the international stage, he is in a team with a certain Cristiano Ronaldo.
Suffice to say, Fernandes is not likely to have first dips on all of Portugal’s set-pieces, especially penalty kicks.
Another worrying stat is that Fernandes had only played one full match in Portugal’s last 10 and the Portuguese also have plenty of attacking options to rotate around.
At 10.5m, he is just simply not worth the splurge for a player who has not yet fully proven himself at the international stage.
For Bayern, Lewandowski’s statistics have been nothing short of amazing, 294 goals in 329 games, including 48 in 40 games last season.
Taking nothing away from that, it is also key to note that the Polish forward has been playing in a very good Bayern side which has absolutely dominated domestic football in the last decade.
For Poland, his scoring statistics are still good, but nowhere near the 1 goal per game ratio. He has 66 goals in 118 caps, closer to 1 goal every 2 internationals.
Poland are in a respectable group with Slovakia, Spain and Sweden but chances are Lewandowski will not be given as many goal scoring chances as he would be in a Bayern shirt.
At 11.5m he is the second most expensive player in Euro Fantasy so there is too much risk to have him in the team.
Some of these picks are most likely going to come back and bite us. Are there any other players to avoid? Let us know
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