Fantasy Premier League, Gameweek analysis

After each gameweek, Joseph Crilley is going to be writing an article reviewing all the Premier League games from a fantasy perspective. He will be providing some stats and a brief summary on the performances and prospects of a few of the players. This is the second part of the fantasy premier league gameweek 10 review. Last year, Joseph finished with an overall rank of 13k.


For each game, I will be providing a stats table containing the following: Goals (G), Assists (A), Shots (S), On Target (OT), Key Passes (KP), Bonus points (BP) and fantasy points (FP). Any statistic highlighted in yellow signifies that the player leads that category for his team. Blue highlight shows the players that registered a fantasy return (goal, assist or clean sheet) and green shows any player that scored 10+ points.

The tables also include the Expected Goals and Expected Assists for each individual player. This is in addition to the expected goals for each team in brackets within the scoreline. BBC Sport provided a very useful piece to help explain this statistic. Essentially each shot is given a score between 0 and 1 as to how likely it is to go in the net. For example, suppose a shot taken from inside the box is worth 0.56; this will be added to the xG tally of the player who take the shot and added to the xA of the player who passes the ball to him. All underlying stats are from the brilliant website References to average position come from the twitter site 11tegen11.

CRYSTAL PALACE (2.14) 2-2 (0.74) WEST HAM

Looking at the xG score of both sides, Crystal Palace were unlucky to not win this game, but a good comeback meant they claimed a point.

One man that can consider himself unfortunate not to be on the scoresheet was Tomkins who had two headers wonderfully saved. Van Aanholt was withdrawn very early on after picking up a slight hamstring injury.

Zaha was the saviour for Roy Hodgson as he bagged the late equaliser after some good work in the opposition box. He had a good tally of 6 shots and is certainly the key man for Palace. Loftus-Cheek provided the assist after returning to the starting XI and had some more good stats with 2 shots and 4 chances created. Is Cabaye worth consideration? 5.4mil, on all set pieces and hit the post before having a free-kick well saved.

Some naivety in stoppage time meant that West Ham let victory slip out of their hands late on.

They had Hart to thank for keeping them ahead previously after he made several great saves. Cresswell laid on an assist after being reinstated to the starting line-up and was positioned at LWB but he was taken off early with a small injury.

A great goal from Ayew gave the Hammers a two-goal lead which was his third goal during his last two games in all competitions.

Hernandez was back on the scoresheet with a classic ‘Little Pea’ goal after some great movement to get on the end of a low cross.

WEST BROM (1.12) 2-3 (2.77) MAN CITY

Pulis’ men fought well but ultimately the quality of the opposition shone through.

There was no Dawson in defence due to the injury that he picked up in the last game. West Brom’s defence is normally a great source of fantasy assets, but they really do not appeal to me at this moment.

A surprising couple of assists for Barry, one of which was for Phillips who pounced on a poor defensive error.

Rodriguez scored his second goal of the season, but I just can’t see any players at the Hawthorns that I can recommend bringing into your FPL teams with their tough schedule.

Man City keep racking up the victories and they are still yet to fail to score in a league game this season.

The defence looked a bit shakier than it has in previous weeks and Otamendi was guilty of a shocking error for the second goal. He also picked up his 4th yellow card of the season which means he is just one away from a one-game suspension. Walker showcased his attacking ability again after sending in a great delivery to pick up an assist.

Another double-figure haul for Sané who is now 8 points clear at the top of the FPL standings. He has started the last 5 games and he scored with a great strike on Saturday. The German also laid on the assist for Fernandinho. Sterling came off the bench to score his 7th goal in his last 7 PL games and he also laid on two great chances that were missed. His expected stats remain extremely good and I’d be looking to hold him for now despite starting the last two games on the bench. One of these was for Silva, the most popular transfer out so far for GW11, but the Spaniard also had a great headed chance that he sent over which contributes to his great xG score. De Bruyne had the most shots of anyone on the pitch and had one wonderful opportunity that he sent inexplicably wide.

There were no minutes for Aguero after he played 120 during the League Cup and we will be keeping a close eye on the teamsheet against Napoli midweek. Jesus started but failed to register a single shot, though his touch severely let him down when he was sent through on goal. The City strikers are tough to trust at the moment until a clear pattern emerges regarding who starts.

BRIGHTON (1.51) 1-1 (0.56) SOUTHAMPTON

Brighton maintain their unbeaten run at home and have not lost at the Amex stadium since GW1 against that Man City side.

The defence, which didn’t include Suttner again, was unable to bring the clean sheet home unfortunately. The Austrian missed out on a home game for the first TIME and it seems that he has now lost his place.

Gross picked up his 5th assist of the season and has taken himself to 6th in the overall midfielder standings. He created two other chances and is proving fantastic value for those looking for a budget midfield option. An impressive xA score from Knockaert and he also had one decent opportunity for himself.

The fine form continued for Murray with his 3rd goal in 2 games – is it time that we start considering as a serious option for our sides?

A decent point for Southampton which maintains their position in the top half of the table.

The return of Van Dijk has only resulted in one clean sheet from the four games that he has played so far. Yoshida dropped to bench after receiving a fair few transfers in for GW10.

Davis picked up his second goal of the season after heading the ball in after Ward-Prowse’s cracking free-kick smacked into the post. With 42 points from 10 games at just 5.1mil, there are certainly worse options than the Northern Irishman.

Another quiet game for Gabbiadini who could only send one shot towards the Brighton goal.

LEICESTER (1.38) 2-0 (0.58) EVERTON

A decent win for Leicester who always seem to impress during the early games of the tenure of a new manager.

An interesting selection from a fantasy perspective as 4.3mil Chilwell lined up in an advanced position which is certainly something to keep an eye on. A first assist of the season for Fuchs who also took 3 bonus points.

A great performance from Gray who started on the right side of midfield and he scored his first league goal this year. That meant that Mahrez was positioned in a central role where he picked up the assist for the opening goal which means it’s a goal and 3 assists for him during the last 3 games.

Vardy has a habit of scoring the first goal under new managers for Leicester and he comfortably tucked away the opener to punish the more than 100k managers that sold him. There was a surprising benching for Okazaki but there is often change with a new manager at the helm.

Everton were poor again during David Unsworth’s first league match in charge and they look desperate for someone to rescue them from this situation.

Keane missed out at the back due to an infection in his foot, but Kenny started at right back for the second successive gameweek. The defence was awful again and not worthy of consideration.

It was a shock to see Sigurdsson lining up on the bench but surely this won’t continue.

5.0mil Calvert-Lewin started again and is probably the single option that I would consider from Everton currently but only if you were looking to play 3-5-2.

BURNLEY (1.03) 1-0 (0.52) NEWCASTLE

Another decent result for Sean Dyche’s men at Turf Moor but there are worries about keeping hold of their manager.

Mee was the man to claim maximum bonus points in this game and managed to create a chance as well. 5 saves were made by Pope in goal on his way to a similar haul of 9 points and I still like the look of investment in the Burnley defence.

The winner came from Hendrick, but the Burnley midfield doesn’t contain much potential, especially with Brady continuing to blank.

Wood failed to start due to a thigh injury.  He’s still only rated 50% for GW11

Many managers within the FPL community were hoping for a 0-0 in this game but Newcastle couldn’t quite hold on for us.

They conceded the goal in 74th minute but at least Elliot returned a save point for those that decided to start him. I was surprised to see how highly Lejeune scored within the bonus points system despite the lack of clean sheet, something to watch.

Newcastle struggled to break down the opposition defence and Ritchie was particularly ineffective with just one shot during the game. Interest in himself and Atsu is reducing and there are some tougher fixtures coming up.

Joselu’s expected stats have dropped off quite significantly over the last four gameweeks and has had just 5 shots during that time. As such, his appeal as a budget striker option is dropping.

That concludes part 2 of the GW10 review. Part 1 can be found here. Feel free to post any questions or feedback in the comments section or you can find me on Twitter.

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