fantasy football hints – each teams top Points Per Match player – Part 4


Here is our fantasy football hints 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 Crystal Palace and Everton.

fantasy football hints – each teams top Points Per Match player – Part 4

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Crystal Palace – Van Aanholt £5.6m

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Actually Scott Dann was the highest with a PPM of 4.1 but I’ve applied a 1,000 minutes threshold so Van Aanholt is the top pick.  Palace are one of 4 sides where there is no attacking player with a PPM of 4.0 or higher.

On the face of it Palace have done well defensively with 9 clean sheets.  Only 5 sides have more.  It’s just as well given the limpness of their attack as only Newcastle and Norwich have scored less goals.  However the sustainability of their defence is questionable given that only Sheffield United that bettered their xG conceded by more than Palace.  While it’s true that a decent proportion is down to Guaita who has an excellent save % stat, how sustainable that is has to be questionable.

The other aspect for me is the price of Van Aanholt over his colleagues.  At £5.6m he’s £1.3m more than Joel Ward and there has been a similar gap to Martin Kelly previously for a 0.6 PPM difference to Kelly.    Although perceived as a marauding attacking defender he only ranks 16th in my attacking defender player rankings.  He has managed to score 3 goals compared to an xG of 1.6 which has helped his PPM.  At that price though you would have to play him every week.  That has seen a reasonable return at 4.0 PPM but will it be worth it going forward is the question?

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Interestingly I’ve only used Martin Kelly for 3 matches at a PPM of 2.0 as my sole Palace representative.  I’ve not used Van Aanholt mainly because I think he’s over priced in relation to his colleagues as Kelly started the season at £4.0m.  I think Van Aanholt is a player you could put in for a short run of very good fixtures and hope for the clean sheet plus goal and 3 point bonus giving you that 15 pointer that you dream about.  Personally I find it easy to put a player in for that run but sometimes more difficult to get out as your planned exit point gets overtaken by other priorities.

Given Palace’s fixtures to the end of the season and my question over the sustainability of Palaces defensive form I doubt whether I will see any Palace defender in my team to the end of the season.  Obviously we don’t know how the fixtures will be arranged which is the only question.




Everton – Richarlison £8.3m

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It’s worth noting that the 17/18 season was with Watford.

It’s been a pretty productive season for the Brazilian midfielder.  So much so that Barcelona have been rumoured to be interested in him.  A PPM for 4.9 is not be sneezed at that’s for sure even if his price at £8.3m is pretty steep for an Everton player.  His consistency of returns and his underlying stats especially have been good.  In my last midfield player rankings article he was 2nd only to Salah over the last 10 gameweeks when converting his underlying stats to theoretical FPL points.

He’s also had the advantage of playing the games since Ancelotti’s appointment mainly as a striker in a 4-4-2 formation.

The ongoing fixtures are a bit mixed but there are a few juicy home games if they end up stacked right.

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I haven’t had Richarlison in my  team so far this season.  I’ve preferred the cheaper forward in Calvert Lewin who’s £6.5m which is a big difference in price.  I did have Sigurdsson in my team at the beginning of the season which was a complete disaster.  Digne was a relative success at 4.0 points per match but Holgate although a cheap bench option principally has been disappointing.

I currently have Calvert Lewin in my side and for me the value difference makes him the better pick for me.

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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Best fixtures until the end of the season attackers

Best fixtures to the end of the season defenders

Each teams top PPM player – Arsenal and Aston Villa

Each Teams top PPM player – Bournemouth and Brighton

Each teams top PPM player – Burnley and Chelsea

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Disappointments – part 8

Disappointments – part 7

Disappointments – part 6

Disappointments  – part 5

Disappointments – part 4

Disappointments – part 3

Disappointments – part 2

Disappointments – part 1

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