All week long Micah Heath continues his Top 10 countdown of the most valuable players for 2017/18. The list weighs not just next season, but the coming several years, incorporating value for managers in FPL keeper leagues. Never heard of a fantasy Premier League keeper league? The concept is simple – each season every manager in your draft league is allowed to designate a handful of players who will remain on their roster next season. Those players are never made available to the rest of the league during your draft for the next season.
Of course, there are myriad versions of draft keeper leagues (including draft FPL dynasty leagues where your entire roster is carried over from one season to the next with only a supplemental draft each summer). We have avoided the drama and asked Micah to focus mostly on value next season, but also weigh the long-term potential of each player. There will be one new player discussed each day – concluding with No. 1 on Friday March 24 and Micah appearing on the March 28 edition of Talkin Togga!
- Christian Eriksen – Tottenham, Midfielder, Age 25
Since transferring from Ajax in 2013 Christian Eriksen has evolved into one of the premier playmakers in the EPL. Eriksen currently sits fourth among all players with 435 fantasy points (16.11 PPM). Eriksen ranks first among all players with 13 assists, ninth in shots on target (32), and first in key passes (77). Eriksen has also chipped in with six goals in 27 appearances. With goals, assists, key passes, and shots on target being the highest point producers for midfielders it is easy to see why Eriksen sits near the top of the league in total points.
Eriksen has recorded double digit fantasy points in 18 of his 27 appearances without once recording a negative return. Over 28 gameweeks Eriksen has made the Togga Perfect XI sixt times, proving that he is both consistent and capable of huge games. According to Rotowire.com Eriksen has improved his per game averages in goals, assists, shots on goals, accurate crosses and corners in comparison to last year.
Being the set piece taker for a high scoring team is an added bonus as each season a few assists and/or goals can be attributed to set pieces. Eriksen may not get the attention that Harry Kane and Dele Alli get, but most would argue that he is more important to a Tottenham team that is ever improving. At the age of 25 and with a contract that runs through 2020 Eriksen is an ideal catalyst to build your fantasy team around.
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