Two Underwhelming Fantasy Football Stars of 2021/22 Season

10:11pm Jan 10 2022

We’ve just passed the halfway stage of the Premier League campaign and, more importantly, the fantasy football season. You could be flying high at the top of your respective league amongst your group of mates or colleagues or languishing at the foot of the table staring down the prospect of the wooden spoon.

Picking the right players at the start of the season is vital for success, and selecting the wrong ones can end your hopes of winning your league before it has even started. Fairly obvious, right? What’s not quite so obvious is picking the right players, as even the strongest contenders can occasionally disappoint. Here are the three biggest disappointments of the fantasy season to date, although an improvement in form in the second half of the campaign could allow you to make a surge up the standings if you keep the faith.

Harry Kane

Kane was one of the most expensive players in the fantasy market in the official Premier League game at the start of the season at £12.5m after finishing as the top-scoring forward in the 2020/21 campaign. However, he has been extremely disappointing this term, notching only four goals and one assist in the Premier League, accumulating 53 points in 17 matches. Spurs failed to find top form in the early stages of the campaign under Nuno Espirito Santo.

The Portuguese’s system was not conducive to success in the final third, resulting in struggles for Kane and Son Heung-Min in front of goal. Antonio Conte’s arrival to replace Nuno has helped slightly, but Kane is still not firing on all cylinders. Spurs and Conte will be hopeful that he can have a resurgence in the second half of the season to fire the club into the top four of the Premier League, where you can currently find a price of 250/1 in the football betting odds for them to win the crown.

It is unlikely, to say the least, but Kane could help you win your league with a rich vein of form. His lowest tally since becoming Spurs’ main man in the final third in 2014 was his 2017/18 campaign when he mustered 17 strikes. The pressure is on Kane to ensure he passes that mark, which will involve scoring at least 13 goals in the second half of the season. Watch this space.

Bruno Fernandes

Fernandes was also a high-priced asset for fantasy owners to consider at £12m given his exceptional 2020/21 season. The Portuguese scored 18 goals and created another 14 to end the campaign with 244 points. He was one of the most coveted players at the start of the term and he was expected to play an influential role in allowing Manchester United to compete for the Premier League title. However, he has endured an underwhelming season much like the Red Devils. Fernandes began with a hat-trick to start the campaign in a 5-1 hammering of Leeds.

United fans were hopeful the result was a sign of a potential charge for the crown. However, Fernandes has added only two goals since, along with three assists. The Portuguese still has accumulated 72 points, but compared to others on the market, he does not represent value for money. You can find better prices for Bukayo Saka, Martin Odegaard, Mason Mount, Jarrod Bowen and Conor Gallagher among others.

There have been reasons for Fernandes’ decline as he lost his penalty-taking role to Cristiano Ronaldo after an uncharacteristic miss against Aston Villa, while his overall influence in the final third has diminished. Ole Gunnar Solskjaer paid the price for United’s struggles, but his successor Ralf Rangnick has not managed to improve the standard of performances. If United are to qualify for the Champions League next season, Fernandes will have to raise the level of his game, which would be good news for fantasy teams across the globe.