Here’s our fantasy premier league GW26 tips article where we analyse the teams of 10 top FPL managers where 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. A good week for the FPL managers with 9 of the 10 getting green arrows.
FANTASY PREMIER LEAGUE GW26 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
A good week for the top 10 FPL managers. 9 of the 10 had green arrows.
The average score of the managers in GW25 was 61 compared to the average of 47. Thats 14 points and 30% above the average score. The high score of the 10 was 71. The low score was 46. A closer spread of 25 for the gameweek.
The average overall rank of the top 10 FPL managers saw an improvement of rank to 199k compared to the last gameweek of 222k. An improvement of rank of 23k. The best rank is less than 100 and the lowest 704k. A couple of scores are distorting the average. If you calculated the median rank then that improved to 140k compared to 153k last gameweek. An improvement of rank of 13k. At the moment 4 have overall ranks inside 100k. 2 are inside the top 10k.
The average value sees a slight worsening to £105.0 from £105.1m in the last gameweek
If you’re interested my score was ok at 58. 2 of the managers had a worse gameweek score. My overall rank is now 294k compared to 319k last gameweek. An improvement of rank of 23k. I’m now ahead of 3 of the top 10 managers. My team value is low in comparison at £101.5m. A big drop on the last gameweek of £102.0m. My total score is 1310 points.
GK/DEFS BY PLAYER
Alonso is in 10/10 FPL managers teams
Coleman is in 6/10 FPL managers teams
Brunt, Foster and Pickford are in 5/10 FPL managers teams
Amat and Heaton are in 4/10 FPL managers teams
Jakupovic, Holebas, Baines Chambers and Pieters are in 3/10 FPL managers teams
GK/DEFS BY TEAM
WBA GK/Defs are represented 13 times in the 10 FPL managers teams
Everton GK/Defs are represented 12 times in the 10 FPL managers teams
Chelsea GK/Defs are represented 10 times in the 10 FPL managers teams
Middlesborough GK/Defs are represented 6 times in the 10 FPL managers teams
Swansea and Sunderland GK/Defs are represented 5 times in the 10 FPL managers teams
Stoke, Hull and Burnley GK Defs are represented 4 times in the 10 FPL managers teams
Sanchez is in 10/10 FPL managers teams
Alli is in 8/10 FPL managers teams
Phillips and Sigurdsson are in 7/10 FPL managers teams
Ibrahimovic is in 9/10 FPL managers teams
Lukaku is in 8/10 FPL managers teams
Costa and Kane are in 3/10 FPL managers teams
Benteke and Barnes are in 2/10 FPL managers teams
GW25 CAPTAIN CHOICE
Sanchez was the captain in 8/10 teams
Ibrahimovic was the captain in 2/10 teams
3-4-3 was used in 7/10 cases
3-5-2 was used twice
4-3-3 was used once
4-4-2 was used once
Wildcards, Transfers and Hits
0/10 have now played their 2nd wildcards.
None have played their bench boost
In this round 1 manager took a 4 point hit.
9 of the 10 managers made a transfer
Sigurdsson was transferred in 7 times
No one else was transferred in more than once
Lallana was transferred out 4 times
9/11 transfers were for the 6 teams (Everton, WBA, Hull, Swansea, Bournemouth West Ham) with the guaranteed fixtures in GW28. The other 2 were Alonso and Costa
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 55 compared to the Top FPL managers of 60.
The top 10 fpl managers I follow have some big differences (30% difference is the benchmark) with the top 10k rank. Here they are:
The top 10k favour the following significantly more than the managers I follow:
The 10 Managers I follow favour the following more significantly than the top 10k
Foster, Pickford, Alonso, Brunt, Coleman, Chambers, Holebas, Alli, Sigurdsson and Ibrahimovic
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.
A good week. At present he has a 27k overall rank, an improvement in rank of 12k from the last gameweek of 39k. His total points are 1,400 after a good score of 70 this gameweek. Just to give you a bit of context his last 3 years overall rankings have been 1,450, 277 and 90.
THE HIGHEST SCORING AND LOWEST SCORING MANAGERS IN GW25
The highest scorer was 71 for our leading FPL manager who’s now in the top 100
A low score of 46 sees him fall to 320k.
So again captains and defence make the difference as 5 out of the 7 attacking players are the same. The attacking players without the captain effect made a difference of 4 points. Out of the total difference of 25 points 11 were in defence and 10 were due to the captain difference. Small margins in FPL can make big points difference
By the way the lowest scoring manager this weeks last 3 years ranks are 6,162 and 930 and 3,391
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. From now on I’m going to force it into a team of my value £101.5m
Here it is:
Here’s the core team of players owed by more than 50% of the FPL managers. The highlighted non grey ones are those above 50%
The core players are then 7: Ibra, Lukaku, Sigurdsson, Sanchez, Phillips, Alli, Coleman and Alonso. Starting to look like more of a template now which is understandable going into the blank weeks.
If you cross reference this with the top 10k managers with players over 50% then by that only Sanchez and Lukaku are the essentials.
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