fantasy premier league team tips GW22 – analysing the teams of 10 top FPL managers


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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

Goalkeeper/Defence

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

Midfielders

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

Forwards

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.

Formations

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.

Transfers in

Pogba was transferred in by 4 managers

No one else was transferred in more than once

Transfers out

Sane was transferred out by 2 of the 10 FPL managers

No one else was transferred out more than once

Hits

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.

GKstop 10ktop 10 managers
Fabianski5170
Patrício1230
Ederson9n/a
Alisson810
Foster4n/a
Lloris3n/a
Kepa3n/a
DEFs
Wan-Bissaka82100
Digne6280
Doherty6180
Robertson6030
Alonso4030
David Luiz1910
Kolasinac16n/a
Alex-Arnold1220
Balbuena440
MIDs
Hazard7370
Salah7070
Pogba6370
Richarlison6380
Felipe Anderson5140
Son3330
Snodgrass930
Martial1420
FWDs
Kane6380
Jiménez5530
Aubameyang3460
Rashford3340
Wilson2010
Kamara2040
Ings1430
Mitrovic7n/a
Ings1830

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

No one

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

fantasy premier league team tips GW22

Distribution of the most popular players

Here’s a schedule which shows who’s got 5 particular players



fantasy premier league team tips GW22

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.

fantasy premier league team tips GW22

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8 thoughts on “fantasy premier league team tips GW22 – analysing the teams of 10 top FPL managers”

  1. So seems Salah isnt essential? interesting.

    Im trying to decide whether to go Hazard, Salah, Kane or Salah, Kane, Aub.

    • Rob apologies yes he is by that definition. Somehow I didn’t include him but have corrected him. Thanks and apologies. Good luck this week

  2. 7 of the 10 have him so I think he is.

    I’m making same decision as i need funds for Salah. Im leaning towards Hazard due to limited cheaper (c £7m) midfield replacements whereas selling Abu allows me to bring in Rashford or Arnie who look good value.

    • Tom you are correct and I’ve amended the article. Thanks for the clrification. Apologies for my mistake. Good luck this week

  3. The funny thing is that I have only 2 from the 5 in the table (no body there has only 2), and my rank is not so bad 10k. I guess it’s all about placing the right players in the right time and not going after the template

    • Hi Yaniv

      The 5 players weren’t particularly about the template it was more about how the 10 managers were treating and fitting in the 5 premium players who were owned by a number of them. Technically I don’t classify Aubameyang as template at the moment although he is as close as you can be. It would be interesting to see how you got to 10k and comparing your team with the template over the first half of the season to see how compared. It will also be interesting to see how you do going forward with just 6 of the current 10 template. By my calculations you have 6 in Liverpool def, Digne, Doherty, Salah, Richarlison, Kane. I would say your template replacement players are Son for Hazard, Rashford for Pogba, Kolasinac for West Ham defence and Shaw for West Ham defence. That’s why you had such an awesome week.

      I do agree with what you say it’s definitely about getting the right players at the right time. I think having regard to the template to try and minimise big rank drops is just my preference for playing. The reason I’m at 120k is due to the times I’ve moved away from that.

      Good luck this week!

  4. Thanks Geek, I will try to write something about it tomorrow regarding the template players, and which ones are good or bad for our OR

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