fantasy premier league GW17 review – ranking the underlying stats from GW17


Here’s a brief fantasy premier league GW17 review article where we rank the underlying stats performance of players and teams from GW17 only. It’s a quick way to have a look at how one of your attacking players or defensive teams performed in the gameweek.  We also highlight value players and out of position players from GW17

fantasy premier league GW17 review – ranking the underlying stats from GW17

I’ve messed about with different ways of reviewing gameweeks and it’s hard to find a balance between providing too much irrelevant information for the sake of it and providing too little which doesn’t tell the full story.

So it’s the 2nd week of me experimenting with this format.  I give some basic underlying stats for a number of attacking players. I’ve also added teams defensive performances and highlighted a few value players and those playing in a more advanced position than their FPL classification

The match results from GW17

Here’s the FPL results page so you have a little context to the information that follows;

fantasy premier league GW17 review

Attacking player underlying stats

So I’ve picked a number of FPL midfielders and forwards and converted their GW17 only expected goals and expected assist numbers into theoretical FPL attacking points and then ranked them from highest to lowest

There’s also the minutes played plus shots and key passes made. I don’t display the theoretical points the players are just ranked from them.

Information is from the essential free sites understat and whoscored and are all the underlying stat information you need.

If you want to see their next fixtures go to our fixture ease article

fantasy premier league GW17 review

By the way I was confused by Maupay being top but I believe the shot which had a 0.89 chance of going in was from the corner when Propper floated it across and Maupay shot from virtually the goal line and it was saved by Guaita.

Grealish’s xG includes 0.76 for the penalty

De Bruyne’s finishes were difficult low probability shots which he specialises in scoring which is why the xG isn’t that high.

Defensive rankings

The defensive teams are ranked by the lowest expected goals against ie the best defensive performances for the gameweek. I’ve also included shots conceded information for more context



Team DefencexG AgainstShots against
Man City0.286
Man Utd0.288
West Ham0.8111
Sheffield Utd0.978

A few value players in GW17

These are players who are cheap in comparison to their team mates. That could because they are covering injuries or because they have unexpectedly got into the team for form reasons of themselves or negative form of a team mate.

Henri Lansbury – £4.4m Villa Mid – A potential option as an FPL bench player who’s not a CDM.  His first start of the season but Smith does seem to fiddle with the midfield 3.  Has shown an ability to score goals in the dim and distant pass.  So just a watchout at the moment.  Douglas Luiz was on the bench for this one

Cantwell – £4.7m mid Norwich – in and out of the side at the moment so not a buy but maybe a hold.  Hard to see Buendia losing his place to him again.  This time it was Hernandez on the bench instead.

Long – £4.6m fwd Southampton – started the last 3 now and got past 80 mins in all 3.  Manager is a real tinkerer though so could change at any time

Martinelli – £4.5m forward – started the last 2 keeping Lacazette out of the side but presumably the motivation is to allow Aubameyang to play CF.  A new manager could easily change things

Holgate – £4.4m def Everton – Also played as a defensive midfielder but due to injuries.  Started the last 8.  It’s just whether you believe in the Everton defence

Martin – GK West Ham £4.1m – Originally 3rd choice but came in after Roberto’s poor form. Fabianski seems a few gameweeks away at least. You’d really have to have nothing else to do though with your team especially as they don’t play in GW18.

Out of position players

These are players who play in roles more advanced than their FPL classification. Eg midfield classification playing as strikers

Lundstram needs no introduction as defender playing as a midfielder

Richarlison £7.8m midfielder plays as Calvert Lewin’s strike partner in 4-4-2 in Ferguson’s first 2 matches in charge. Has played as a striker before for Everton.

Antonio £6.9m midfielder plays as a striker partner for Haller for West Ham in a 4-4-2.

Salah £12.2m midfielder for Liverpool.  Played as a CF in a 4-3-3.  Has done this before but it is changeable.  No game in GW18 remember.

De Bruyne £10.3m mid.  Played as a CAM in a 4-2-3-1 rather than a CM in 4-3-3.  City in possession pretty much play with a front 5 anyway when they have the ball so how much of an effect it had is hard to say.   If you compare average positions in the last 2 games the differences in De Bruynes aren’t particularly significant but you would think it would allow him to be more central.  Guardiola afterwards certainly said it gave him more ability to attack and less defensive requirements which is a positive.  Interesting to see if the formation stays.

That’s it. Hope you found it useful

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