fantasy premier league GW21 review – ranking the underlying stats from GW21


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Here’s a brief fantasy premier league GW21 review article where we rank the underlying stats performance of players and teams from GW21 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 GW21

fantasy premier league GW21 review – ranking the underlying stats from GW21

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 3rd 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 GW21

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

fantasy premier league GW21 review

Attacking player underlying stats

So I’ve picked a number of FPL midfielders and forwards and converted their GW21 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 free sites understat and whoscored




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
Liverpool0.633
West Ham0.723
Arsenal0.7210
Leicester0.785
Man City0.847
Southampton1.0711
Wolves1.179
Watford1.2115
Spurs1.2712
Norwich1.4412
C Palace1.5515
Brighton1.5716
Chelsea1.5716
Burnley1.5811
Everton1.7816
Man Utd1.8510
Newcastle1.9916
Bournemouth2.1014
A Villa2.3321
Sheffield3.2719

A few value players in GW21

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.

£4.0m Def Hanley of Norwich has started the last 3 and I imagine will start until Godfrey is back form permitting.  Norwich aren’t the greatest defensive side so it’s a short term cheap bench option at best.

Foden of City and Muto of Newcastle started but they will be irregular starters at best I expect.

£4.5m Mid Alzate started for Brighton but prior to that it was 1 start in the last 4 so needs way more monitoring.

£5.0m James started at RB for Chelsea but it was his first start in the last 5 so unlikely to be of use to us.

£4.4m Def Saiss has started 5 of the last 6 for Wolves and should hold his place while Boly is out with an unknown return date.  He could even hold his place when he’s back given his competition is Bennett who’s been slow to be introduced back.

A few players of positional interest




Lundstram goes without explanation

Midfielders Redmond and Richarlison played as strike partners.  Both have competition for that position in Long and Kean so need monitoring as out of position players.

Felipe Anderson played as a CAM for West Ham.

De Bruyne played back as a CM in the Man City 3-4-2-1 formation

Mount although starting in midfield in a 4-3-3 actually had a very advanced position.

Grealish played as an LW is a 4-3-3

Zaha, Traore and Sarr had very advanced average positions

Dendoncker went back to being a CM as Bennett came back into the side.  I’m not sure that’s good news as he could be pushed out in a 3-4-3 by Neves and Moutinho.

That’s it hope you found it useful.  If you have any other observations add it in the comments

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