It was a week like few I can remember in FPL with a mixture of blanks and double figure scores from players that divided scores between good and bad like few weeks do. The top 10 managers were not immune as you will see from the scores. The updated version has words added in italics so you can easily follow the additions. We’ve added the scores and shown the 2 teams with the highest and lowest score which was a real eye opener. Here’s the feature where we analyse the teams of 10 top FPL managers who in the last 3 seasons where none have finished outside the top 10k. The top 10 Managers have played 30 times in the last 3 years and none have finished outside the top 10k in that time. Considering how variable the last 3 years have been this is remarkable consistency and shows an ability to adapt strategy in different seasons. It also gives you a view other than my own on strategy and player selection.
FANTASY PREMIER LEAGUE GW5 – ANALYSING 10 TOP MANAGERS – UPDATED
THE 10 MANAGERS FPL STATS
The stats of the top 10 managers are incredible again this season.
1. The overall average finishing position of the top 10 managers is 2,943
2. The top 10 FPL managers have not been out of the top 10k in the last 3 years (ie 30 times playing)
3. 9 of the 10 have finished in the top 1,000
It was a tough week for alot of the top 10 managers with some being rescued by Lukaku. 4 of the 10 had green arrows.
The average score of the managers in GW4 was 44 compared to the average of 36. Thats 8 points and 22% above the average. The high score of the 10 was 68. The low score was 25. An incredible spread of 43 for the score. You’ll see those teams below which you’ll find very interesting.
The average overall rank of the top 10 FPL managers is 432k a drop in rank of 88k from the average of 344k in the last gameweek. The best rank is 58k and the lowest 1.063m.
The average value is high at £101.6m up from £101.2m in the last gameweek. This is in part due to the wildcard activation.
If you’re interested my score was 51 above the gameweek average and the 4th highest of the managers. My overall rank of 81k is ahead of all but 2 of the top 10 managers. My team value is low though in comarison at £100.9m.
GK/DEFS BY PLAYER
Amat is in 9/10 FPL managers teams
Valencia is in 8/10 of the FPL managers teams
Friend is in 7/10 FPL managers teams
Stones is in 5/10 of the FPL managers teams
McAuley is in 4/10 FPL managers teams
Williams is in 3/10 FPL managers teams
GK/DEFS BY TEAM
WBA GK/Defs are represented 16 times in the 10 FPL managers teams
Man Utd GK/Defs are represented 10 times in the 10 of the FPL managers teams
Swansea GK/Defs are represented 9 times in the 10 FPL managers teams
Middlesboro GK/Defs are represented 7 times in the 10 of the FPL managers teams
Hull GK/Defs are represented 6 times in the 10 of the FPL managers teams
Sunderland, Man City and Everton GK/Defs are represented 6 times in the 10 of the FPL managers teams
Hazard is in 9/10 FPL managers teams
Capoue is in 7/10 FPL managers teams
Redmond is in 6/10 FPL managers teams
Sanchez is in 5 of the FPL managers teams
Sterling is in 4/10 FPL managers teams
Ozil and Firmino are in 3/10 FPL managers teams
Ibrahimovic are in 10/10 FPL managers teams
Benteke is in 6/10 FPL managers teams
Lukaku is in 5/10 FPL managers teams
Rondon is in 3/10 FPL managers teams
GW4 CAPTAIN CHOICE
Hazard was the captain in 8/10 teams
Sanchez was captain in 1/10 teams
Costa was captain in 1/10 teams
10 FPL managers played 3-4-3
Wildcards, Transfers and Hits
4 played their wildcards
of the 6 that didn’t 3 of the 6 took a 4 point hit. 1 took an 8 point hit.
Everyone made a transfer
This ignores wildcards so just the 6 managers who didn’t
Benteke and Sanchez were transferred in by 3 managers
Lukaku was transferred in by 2 managers
No one else was transferred in more than once by the 6
Aguero was transferred out by all of the 6 managers
Townsend was transferred out by 2 managers
No one else was transferred out more than once
COMPARISON WITH THE TOP 10K
Here’s a comparison with the how the top 10k overall rank average team looks like. The information is provided by the excellent site FPL discovery. Ranks given the early nature of the game are very volatile so don’t read into it too much at the moment.
What it does show is that the top 10 fpl managers I follow main differences with the top 10k rank are big:
The top 10k favour the following significantly more than the managers I follow:
De Gea, Shaw, Walker, Lamela, Negredo and Costa
The 10 Managers I follow favour the following more significantly than the top 10k
Foster, Valencia, Stones, Friend, Amat, Sanchez, Capoue, Redmond, Lukaku, Benteke
FOCUS ON 3 MANAGERS TEAM
Again we focus on the managers team who last season finished the highest of my then top 10 FPL managers. After being 800k on Sunday he is today 295k thanks to Lukaku. That shows how volatile the rank is at this time of the season so don’t pay too much attention to it. This manager is the closest thing to a fantasy football celebrity there is due to his consistent results so we’ll keep an eye on him. Interestingly though his value looks good at £101.4. This week he used his wildcard too.
Here’s the top scorer of the week with 68 he’s 58k:
Here’s the lowest scorer with 25. The moved him from 30k to 280k
That shows how fine the margins are as in the attacking areas there were only 3 differences. Those 3 differences meant 45 points difference in score. FPL is a 50/50 game and decisions on one or 2 players can be crucial but this is an extreme.
TOP 10 MANAGERS COMBINED TEAM
Here’s a team to represent the top 10 managers. Those highlighted are where it’s different to my team. It’s valued at around £101.2m
The differences between my team and this one are as follows:
Top 10 Valencia v FFG Shaw
Top 10 McAuley v FFG Kone
Top 10 Sterling v FFG Barkley
Top 10 Capoue v FFG Fletcher
Top 10 Sanchez v FFG Firmino
Top 10 Benteke v FFG Gray
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