Here’s our fantasy premier league midfielders GW4 article where we give our midfield player rankings for GW4. There’s a table of information and discussion on some players of interest
fantasy premier league midfielders GW4 – player rankings for midfielders
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Important note before going further
As I did for the defender player rankings I’ve used last years stats to rank the players and provide PPMs but updated them depending on events that happened in GW2. I’ve added latest anytime goal scorer and fixture ease stats. It will be 6 gameweeks before I move to totally 20/21 stats.
Player values are as of Friday 2nd October
The schedule ranked by midfielders underlying stats over the season
Here is the link to the google spreadsheet. You can go to file>make a copy and then sort it how you like.
Ignore the numbering. Players have been removed due to injury, gametime risk or no longer in the league.
New players to the league
Here I’ve used their previous clubs stats but not tried to turn those into premier league stats.
It will be 6 gameweeks before I move to totally 20/21 stats
Discussion on a few players for GW4
Salah and Mane
I personally think it’s worth having 1 of the 2 in your team as they both justify their high price on last seasons stats even before you factor in captain thinking. I personally prefer Salah as he shoots more and has penalty duties. They’ve both started fairly similarly with 3 goals but 2 of Salah’s are penalties and strip those out and Salah looks far inferior from an underlying stats point of view.
De Bruyne and Sterling
Again I would have 1 of these in my team. Sterling is a goalscoring midfielder whereas De Bruyne is an assist based midfielder with penalty duties. De Bruyne’s likely template ownership and penalties is what sways it for me. Sterling’s start has been pretty ordinary with just 1 assist in his first 2 games and his underlying stats are very ordinary. He could play as a CF in Aguero’s and Jesus’s absence and it’s unfair to judge him on 2 games. De Bruyne has started better overall with the penalty bump to his stats.
Mahrez and Foden
I’ve said before that Foden is exceptional value and only ranked as low as he is as last season he averaged 39 minutes per game. Give him anything like 70 minutes average on last season underlying stats and you’ve got someone who would prove real value for money. His underlying stats after 2 games aren’t near that though. Mahrez despite only averaging 59 minutes last season was proving value for money even on those numbers. The problem is these 2 could share the RW position in a 4-3-3 although Pep played 4-2-3-1 v Leicester and played them as RAM and LAM respectively. Mahrez has started with just the 1 game and a goal and assist
Probably the 1 cheaper player I’d be looking at for this gameweek. Has started the season with a goal and assist in GW2 v Burnley although 2 blanks apart from that. 3 90 minute stints though which is positive and the underlying stats over the 3 games are positives. 2 good
A fixture ease schedule for attacking players
Here’s a graphic where the teams are ranked by the ease of the defences they face over the next 6 gameweeks.