Here’s our fantasy premier league GW8 review where we look for the players and teams with the best underlying stats from GW8 only. It’s an easy way to check on how one of your FPL team performed
Fantasy premier league GW8 review – the best underlying stats from GW8
They are just for GW8 not cumulative. It only includes players who started no subs.
The article is in 2 parts. We’ve started with the attacking stats for the players divided by position. Effectively we’ve taken their Non Penalty xG stats and their xA stats and converted them into FPL points and then ranked them. We don’t show the points but that’s how they’re ranked. It’s far more useful than just ranking them by NP xG and xA separately. I’ve tried to include who I think has the best stats plus added on some notable players that people will be interested to see how they performed. I haven’t attempted to rank every player.
There’s shots and key passes so you get a volume perspective as well as a quality perspective. I’ve also added a column where I have said yes or no to midfielders and forwards as to where I think their stats were adequate for their price. I’ve used an average ratio as a benchmark but it’s possible I still need to do more to see what the ratio should be.
The defender rankings are the tricky ones to take anything from as CBs will get the occasional tap in from set piece goal mouth scrambles which will have a high xG. The players in this schedule are a selected bunch
The 2nd part is just the ranking of team defensive and attacking performances which is the rank by xG and xG conceded. I’ve also included the GW8 fixtures so you can remind yourself who was playing if needed
Remember the stats are only for GW8 not cumulative. I intend to do this as my next article
Prices are as of Tuesday 9 October. The stats are all from the excellent free site understat.com
You can access the spreadsheet which has all the images through this google spreadsheet
Some observations from average position maps
I won’t put up a mass of plans but you can access them free from the excellent whoscored match reports
These are in no particular order
Hazard and Willian were very advanced and in front of Giroud in the front 3
Schurrle’s average position was central and ahead of both forwards Mitrovic and Vietto
Mkhitaryan was central and ahead of Lacazette
I don’t need to tell you that Kane’s average position was slightly behind the central Moura and slightly left Son HM
Midfielder Paterson joined the number of temporary forwards for Cardiff
Martial was wide left and very advanced. Pogba’s average position was very deep.
Solly March played as a number 10 for Brighton although temporarily, I imagine, until Gross is fit. Knockaert was very advanced and drifted in centrally.
Zaha although the LW in a front 3 had a fairly central average position.
Costa was more advanced on the right than Jota on the left.
Richarlison the CF, Sigurdsson the CAM
Ryan Fraser continues to player wide left but far forward almost making it a front 3. King and Wilson both have similar central average positions
D Silva played as a support striker for Aguero. Mahrez right Sterling left. Fernandinho and Bernardo CMs
Liverpool were in their front 3 although Salah way ahead of everyone, Firmino dropped deep as did Mane.
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