fantasy football advice – each teams top Points Per Match player – Part 3


Here is our fantasy football advice article where we concentrate on each teams top PPM player and give our view on their future prospects.  I also say how the individual player performed in the FFGeek team.  This article focuses on Burnley and Chelsea.

fantasy football advice – each teams top Points Per Match player – Part 3

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Burnley – Nick Pope £4.9m

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Nick Pope is the top points scoring goalkeeper in FPL as well as the top bonus point earner.  In PPM he’s 3rd.

However in saves made he’s only 6th, Burnley in xG conceded are a lowly 9th.  In goals conceded they are 10th and in shots per game conceded they are 14th.  Pope in save % is a lowly 11th.

He’s also quite frankly a hopeless keeper.  If you don’t believe me just watch this embarrassing GK performance against Chelsea .  It seems bizarre that Lampard is supposedly interested in him replacing Kepa after that performance.  Also Burnley were pretty much in line with goals and xG conceded which is what you’d expect at best from Nick Pope.

The key though is clean sheets.  Burnley incredibly, despite the above stats, have 11.  That’s 2nd only to Liverpool’s 12.  That’s despite Burnley’s overall pretty ordinary stats, as I outlined above, to say the least.  And when Burnley get a clean sheet Nick Pope gets bonus points is the general rule (or at least in 8 of 11 clean sheets).

The key seems to be that they are either awful or good which is why the overall stats are ordinary.  In  13 cases they had an xG of under 1 goal.  So in theory they deserve the clean sheets they got.

The question is can Burnley keep up the clean sheets.  That is the question.  The fixtures are ok if not outstanding.

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Nick Pope was in my team for 21 games at an average of 3.6 PPM.  Well below his PPM average of 4.4.  I sold him just as he went on a 8 game run at an average of 6.6 PPM.  Queue eye roll emoji here.

He is defined as a template player by my 10 top FPL managers definition.  I therefore may very get him in.

The only other Burnley players I would consider is £4.3m Defender Charlie Taylor or £6.1m forward Chris Wood.  Wood is ranked 8th in forwards over the season by his underlying stats in my forward player rankings articles.

I’m not a huge fan of £6.1m midfielder  Dwight McNeil.  His stats are pretty ordinary and he’s ranked 45th of all midfielders over the season in my midfield rankings article based on his underlying stats.




Chelsea – Tammy Abraham £7.5m

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Over the season in  my player rankings article for forwards had him at 7th when translating his underlying stats to FPL points.  It’s worth noting that 4 of the 6 players above had penalties as well as bonus points.

His underlying stats are very good.  He did get half his goals over a 3 game spell between GW3-5 which was 30% of his points.  The remaining games were at a lesser PPM of 4.1 which is far less impressive.

If you analyse the last 10 gameweeks though he kept up a similar set of underlying stats and was 9th in forward rankings so that makes it less of a worry for me.

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I had him in my team for 11 games at an average of 4.3 PPM which is less than his average of 5.2 PPM.  However only FPL managers who had him in that 3 game spell will be anywhere near the 5.2 PPM average.  Given he was on the bench in GW2 before that 3 game spell I imagine there were very few who  got those points.

I’m assuming that his absence the last few weeks before the season suspension was injury related especially GW28 when he was a sub rather than starting.

His fixtures to the end of the season (subject to how they are put together) aren’t great so I think it’s unlikely he will appear in my team.

The only other player I like for Chelsea is £6.9m midfielder Pulisic who has put up some great stats but is a bit of an unknown quantity in terms of how sustainable it is.

A fixture ease schedule for attacking players

Here’s a graphic where the teams are ranked by the ease of the defences for the remaining outstanding fixtures to the end of the season. Ignore GW36-38 and just look at them as a block for the end of the season which could quite frankly end up in any order

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A fixture ease schedule for defensive players

Here’s a graphic where the teams are ranked by the ease of the attacking teams for the remaining outstanding fixtures to the end of the season. Ignore GW36-38 and just look at them as a block for the end of the season which could quite frankly end up in any order

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