Here’s our fantasy premier league team tips GW22 article where we analyse the teams of 10 top FPL managers. These 10 managers have not finished outside the overall rank of the top 10k in the last 3 seasons. 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 team tips GW22 – analysing the teams of 10 top FPL managers
If the article is too long there’s a combined FPL managers team for the top 10 FPL managers analysed towards the end of the article.
Firstly, there are 9 new managers in the 10 this season and I’m delighted to say that one of them is our own FFGeek contributor Keith Spencer. You can find Keith on twitter here by the way Keith’s last 3 years history are 17/18 (3,940), 16/17 ( 325) and 15/16 (9,280).
We’ve also added Paul Williams to the FFGeek team who is also part of the 10 top managers. His history is 17/18 (412), 16/17 ( 1,382) and 15/16 (7,164).
The criteria I’ve always been looking for is managers who’ve finished in the top 10k for the last 3 years when FPL has become considerably harder due to the amount of people playing and the information available.
It took me hours and hours to track down 10 managers who’ve been so consistent and my opinion after doing so is that there are probably only 20 or so in the world that qualify.
The 10 managers stats
Just to let you know I’ve taken out the person who was distorting the average very negatively and replaced them with someone else meeting the last 3 seasons less than 10k OR. I haven’t amended the calculations below but they will be improved due to the substitution.
These managers are unbelievable and every bit as impressive as last season.
1. The overall average finishing overall rank of the top 10 managers in the last 3 seasons is 3,667
2. The top 10 FPL managers have not been out of the top 10k in the last 3 seasons (ie 30 times playing)
3. 7 of the 10 have finished in the top 1,000 in the last 3 seasons
Gameweek 21 review
A forgettable week for the 10 FPL managers. 7 of the 10 had a red arrow
The average score of the managers in GW21 was 53 taking into account point deductions for extra transfers. That’s compared to the game average of 54. That’s 1 points and 2% below the game average score. High score of the 10 was 61. The low score was 48. A relatively low spread for an quite high scoring gameweek.
The average overall rank of the top 10 FPL managers is 41k a worsening of rank from last week of 39k. The best overall rank is now around the top 100 and the lowest 140k.
The average total points are 1,298
The average team value is £104.1m
You can see my score and rank in the early FFGeek team article.
The combined total of individual players
I’ve included where there is a minimum of a player in 3 out of the 10 FPL managers teams
Wan Bissaka is in 10 of the 10 FPL managers teams
Doherty and Digne are in 8 of the 10 FPL managers teams
Fabianski is in 7 of the 10 FPL managers teams
Balbuena and Robertson are in 4 of the 10 FPL managers teams
Alonso and Patricio are in 3 of the FPL managers teams
Goalkeeper/Defence by team
Wolves GK/Defs are represented 12 times in the 10 FPL managers teams
West Ham GK/Defs are represented 11 times in the 10 FPL managers teams
C Palace GK/Defs are represented 10 times in the 10 FPL managers teams
Everton and Liverpool GK/Defs are represented 8 times in the 10 FPL managers teams
Chelsea GK/Defs are represented 5 times in the 10 FPL managers teams
Fulham, Man Utd and Brighton are represented 2 times in the 10 FPL managers teams
Richarlison is in 8 of the FPL managers teams
Hazard, Pogba and Salah are in 7 of the 10 FPL managers teams
Felipe Anderson is in 4 of the 10 FPL managers teams
Son and Snodgrass are in 3 of the 10 FPL managers teams
Kane is in 8 of the 10 FPL managers teams
Aubameyang is in 6 of the 10 FPL managers teams
Rashford and Kamara are in 4 of the 10 FPL managers teams
Ings and Jimenez are in 3 of the 10 managers teams
Gameweek 20 captain choice
6 of the 10 FPL managers went with Hazard
2 of the 10 FPL managers went with Aubameyang
2 of the 10 managers went with Kane
The FFGeek poll was 29% Kane, 26% Aubameyang and 24% Hazard
The Site 1 poll in my GW21 captain choice article was 26% Hazard, 25% Aubameyang and 20% Kane,
The top 10k captain choice (from the excellent free site FPL discovery) was 49% Hazard and 23% Kane and Aubameyang 15%. The FFGeek poll this time was not consistent at all.
Not done this week
Wildcards, chips, transfers and hits
None of the managers have used their 2nd wildcard
None have used their triple captain, free hit or bench boost chip.
I suspect the FPL managers will use the 2nd wildcard either just before or during a double gameweek. This is where teams play twice due to FA Cup postponed games being put into other gameweeks. This is usually around GW34 and GW37
I imagine the triple captain chip and the bench boost chips will be used when their is a double gameweek.
The free hit chip will probably be used in the week where the fixtures are depleted by the FA Cup quarter finals. This could leave only 4 or 5 games in the gameweek depending on how premier league teams advance.
Transfers in and out
I only summarise the transfers when a player is transferred in more than once.
7 of the 10 managers made a transfer.
Pogba was transferred in by 4 managers
No one else was transferred in more than once
Sane was transferred out by 2 of the 10 FPL managers
No one else was transferred out more than once
1 managers took an 8 point deduction for a extra transfers
The top 10k overall rank vs the 10 FPL managers
The schedule shows the players in the top 10k overall rank teams percentage wise vs the 10 top FPL managers I follow.
|GKs||top 10k||top 10 managers|
The top 10k average score was 53 compared to the 10 top managers average of 53.
I use 30% as a rule of thumb as a significant variation between the two player sets. Here’s a breakdown:
Owned by more than 30% of the top 10k over the 10 FPL managers
Owned by more than 30% of the 10 top FPL managers over the top 10k OR
Balbuena owned by 4 of the 10 top FPL managers but 5% of the top 10k
All the information is provided by the truly fantastic free site FPL discovery.
We’re now back to a situation where the top 10k and the 10 top FPL managers teams are reasonably similar
The combined FPL managers teams
Here’s a team which tries to make a combination from the most represented players. Please note that it is meant to be a menu of players rather than a realistic team and it’s value is nothing like achievable
Distribution of the most popular players
Here’s a schedule which shows who’s got 5 particular players
The results aren’t surprising
No one owns all 5.
Unsurprisingly, no one owns the 4 of Kane, Hazard, Salah and Aubameyang. However 7 of the 10 own 3. Of the 3 managers who don’t own 3 of the players, 2 own Pogba.
So who’s worth considering as essential?
I define this by either 70% of the top 10k own a player or defensive team or 7 of the 10 top FPL managers own him
Digne (owned by 8 of the 10 FPL managers)
Doherty (Wolves defence represented 12 times in the 10 FPL managers teams)
Fabianski (West Ham defence/GK represented 11 times of the 10 FPL managers teams)
Liverpool defence (GK/Def represented 7 times of the 10 FPL managers)
Hazard (owned by 7 of the 10 FPL managers)
Salah (owned by 7 of the 10 managers)
Richarlison (owned by 8 of the 10 FPL managers)
Pogba (owned by 7 of the 10 FPL managers)
Kane (owned by 8 of the 10 FPL managers teams)
Plus a maybe
Wan Bissaka (owned 10 of the 10 top FPL managers but is often a bench player so maybe avoidable)
So that’s 9 essentials and 1 maybe. This leaves room for 5 differentials/bench two pointers.
A new template has formed.
The most template team of the 10
Interestingly the only man with the full set of template players is our very own Keith Spencer
He has all 9 of the above. Even more interesting he was the manager with the lowest score of 48 this week. His current rank is 45k. As I said above, Keith’s last 3 years history are 17/18 (3,940), 16/17 ( 325) and 15/16 (9,280).
He therefore has 6 differential and bench players to make up the 15
His differentials are Felipe Anderson, Ings, Rashford and Balbuena (for double West Ham defence). He has 2 bench players in GK Hamer and Gunnarson.
His low score this week was down partly to the template failure but also only 1 of his differentials returning and picking Hazard as captain.
Here’s his last week team.
That’s it. Hope you found it useful
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