FANTASY PREMIER LEAGUE GW18 TIPS – ANALYSING 10 TOP FPL MANAGERS

Here’s our regular feature where we analyse the teams of 10 top FPL managers who in the last 3 seasons none have finished outside the top 10k. The top 10 Managers have played 30 times in the last 3 years and none have finished outside the top 10k in that time. Considering how variable the last 3 years have been this is remarkable consistency and shows an ability to adapt strategy in different seasons. It also gives you a view other than my own on strategy and player selection. Another bad week with 8 of the 10 having red arrows. Even  the “celebrity” manager had his 2nd consecutive red arrow.  

FANTASY PREMIER LEAGUE GW18 TIPS – ANALYSING 10 TOP FPL MANAGERS

THE 10 MANAGERS FPL STATS

The stats of the top 10 managers are incredible again this season.

1. The overall average finishing position of the top 10 managers is 2,943

2. The top 10 FPL managers have not been out of the top 10k in the last 3 years (ie 30 times playing)

3. 9 of the 10 have finished in the top 1,000

GAMEWEEK SUMMARY

A bad week for the top 10 FPL managers. 8 of the 10 had red arrows.

The average score of the managers in GW17 was 45 compared to the average of 47. Thats 2 points and 4% below the average score. The high score of the 10 was 59. The low score was 37. An relatively high spread of 22 for the gameweek.

The average overall rank of the top 10 FPL managers took a small leap backward to 306k compared to the last gameweek of 258k. A worsening of rank of 48k. The best rank is 5,000 and the lowest 1.13m. A couple of scores are distorting the average. If you calculated the median rank then that is 127k  compared to 128k last gameweek. A worsening of rank of only 1k. At the moment 2 have overall ranks inside 100k. 1 is inside the top 10k.

The average value is the same as last week at £104.7m.

If you’re interested my score was in comparison a good one at 49. Only 3 of the managers had a better gameweek score. However it didn’t help my rank.  My overall rank is now 659k compared to 639k last gameweek. A worsening of rank of 20k. I’m still ahead of 2 of the top 10 managers. My team value is low though in comparison at £102.9m down from £103.3m last gameweek. My total score is 846 points.

GK/DEFS BY PLAYER

Alonso, Amat and Pickford are in 7/10 FPL managers teams

Holebas is in 6/10 FPL managers teams

Foster is in 5/10 FPL managers teams

Heaton is in 4/10 of the FPL managers teams

Lovren, Pieters, Jakupovic, Walker are in 3/10 FPL managers teams

GK/DEFS BY TEAM

WBA GK/Defs are represented 11 times in the 10 FPL managers teams

Swansea GK/Defs are represented 8 times in the 10 FPL managers teams

Chelsea and Sunderland and GK/Defs are represented 7 times in the 10 FPL managers teams

Watford GK/Defs are represented 6 times in the 10 FPL managers teams

Liverpool, Stoke, Hull GK Defs are represented 5 times in the 10 FPL managers teams

Burnley and Spurs GK/Defs are represented 4 times in the 10 of the FPL managers teams

MIDFIELDERS

Sanchez is in 10/10 FPL managers teams

Sigurdsson is in 8/10 FPL managers teams

Eriksen is in 7/10 FPL managers teams

Hazard are 6/10 of the FPL managers teams

Fletcher is in 5/10 of the FPL managers teams

FORWARDS

Kane is in 10/10 FPL managers teams

Costa is in 9/10 FPL managers teams

Origi is in 6/10 FPL managers teams

GW17 CAPTAIN CHOICE

Kane was the captain in 10/10 teams

FORMATION

9 FPL managers played 3-4-3

1 FPL manager played 3-5-2

TRANSFERS

Wildcards, Transfers and Hits

10/10 have now played their wildcards.

In this round 1 managers took an 4 point hit.

7 of the 10 managers made a transfer

Transfers in

Eriksen was transferred in 6 times

Origi was transferred in 3 times




No one else was transferred in more than once

Transfers out

Firmino was transferred out 6 times

Iheanacho was transferred out 4 times

No one else was transferred out more than once

COMPARISON WITH THE TOP 10K

Here’s a comparison with the how the top 10k overall rank average team looks like. The information is provided by the excellent site FPL discovery.

The top 10k average score was 50 compared to the Top FPL managers of 45.

What it does show is that the top 10 fpl managers I follow have some big differences (30% difference is the benchmark) with the top 10k rank. Here are the main ones:

The top 10k favour the following significantly more than the managers I follow:

None

The 10 Managers I follow favour the following more significantly than the top 10k

Foster,  Alonso, Amat, Holebas, Lovren, Sigurdsson Origi, and Kane

FOCUS ON 1 MANAGERS TEAM

Again we focus on the managers team who last season finished the highest of my then top 10 FPL managers ending up in 1,400th position. This manager is the closest thing to a fantasy football celebrity there is due to his consistent results so we’ll keep an eye on him. At present he is in 109k overall rank a big drop in rank from the last gameweek of 67k. His total points are 913 after a poor score of 38 this gameweek. Just to give you a bit of context his last 3 years overall rankings have been 1,450, 277 and 90.

I was right in my prediction that last week he would take out Firmino for Eriksen.  This week he will definitely take out one of Kane or more likely Costa for Ibrahimovic

THE HIGHEST SCORING AND LOWEST SCORING MANAGERS IN GW17

Highest scorer

A good score of 59

Lowest scorer

a low score of 37

The power of defence

So there were 22 points difference in the 2 scores.  However only 2 was in the attacking players as only 3 players were different.  Defence though accounted for 20 points difference.  29 to 9.

TOP 10 MANAGERS COMBINED TEAM

Here’s a team to represent the top 10 managers. Those highlighted are where it’s different to my team. It’s unaffordable at around £106m.

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  • Stephen T

    Raise your hand if you are still baffled by your squad? Yeah, been that way since GW6 and things haven’t improved yet. Always seem to be one move behind and it continues to cost my total points and ranking. 1 point better than the average last week, thanks in part to a strong defensive showing (Courtois, Jones and Loven,,,Cedric, not so much). But offensively the struggles continues. Two weeks with Kane and no returns. Hazard continues to frustrate, Sanchez picked up an assist, pleased with play of Allen. Sigurdsson, I missed the boat and he didn’t return either.

    Taking a 4 point hit this week and moving Sigurdsson and Kane in favor of Walcott and Zlatan. Fingers are crossed. In the coming week I am looking at Phillips of WBA and Zaha. Curious to see if Pardew out at Palace will change how they play offensively.

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