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


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Here’s our fantasy premier league tips 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 tips – analysing the teams of 10 top FPL managers 

If the article is too long there’s a template 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. Keith’s last 3 years history are 17/18 (3,940), 16/17 ( 325) and 15/16 (9,280). See his GW3 team here

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 anount 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

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 3 review

The average score of the managers in GW3 was 51 compared to the game average of 50. That’s 1 point and 2% above the game average score. High score of the 10 was 61. The low score was 37. A spread of 24 for a relatively low scoring gameweek.

Although meaningless at this stage. The average overall rank of the top 10 FPL managers is 173k. An improvement of rank of 12k from last week.  The best overall rank is 10k and the lowest 782k.

The average total points are 222

The average team value is still £101.1m

My score as you may have seen in my early FFGeek team thoughts article was 43. That was lower than all but 1 of the managers and my total of 228 is better than 7 of the 10 managers although again it’s of little relevance at this stage of the season.

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

Mendy is in 10 of the 10 FPL managers teams

Wan-Bissaka is in 9 of the 10 FPL managers teams

Robertson is in 6 of the 10 FPL managers teams

Foster, Fabianski, and Peltier are in 4 of the 10 FPL managers teams

Boly, Alonso and Coleman are in 3 of the 10 FPL managers teams

Goalkeeper/Defence by team

Man City 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

Liverpool GK/Defs are represented 9 times in the 10 FPL managers teams

Watford and Bournemouth GK/Defs are represented 5 times in the 10 FPL managers teams

West Ham, Cardiff, Chelsea and Wolves GK/Defs are represented 4 times in the 10 FPL managers teams

Midfielders

Salah is in 10 of the 10 FPL managers teams

Richarlison is in 9 of the 10 FPL managers teams

Mane is in 6 of the 10 FPL managers teams

Bernardo Silva is in 5 of the 10 FPL managers teams

Mkhitaryan is in 4 of the 10 FPL managers teams

Stephens, Fraser and Jota are in 2 of the 10 FPL managers teams

Forwards

Aguero is in 10 of the 10 FPL managers teams

Zaha is in 5 of the 10 FPL managers teams

Kamara is in 3 of the 10 FPL managers teams

Gameweek 3 captain choice

10 of the 10 FPL managers went with Salah.

The FFGeek poll was 64% Salah and 21% Aguero.

The Site 1 poll in my GW3 captain choice article was 50% Salah and 21% Aguero.

Formations

Sorry didn’t get to this in time this week

Wildcards, chips, transfers and hits

No one used any of their chips this week including the wildcard

Transfers in and out

2 of the 10 managers carried over their free transfer to GW4. I only summarise the transfers when a player is transferred in more than once.

Transfers in

Mkhitaryan was transferred in by 4 managers

Ings and Alonso were transferred in by 2 managers

No one else was transferred in more than once

Transfers out

King and Bednarek were transferred out by 2 managers

No one else was transferred out more than once

The top 10k overall rank vs the 10 FPL managers

I won’t be doing this until GW8 when it will have hopefully settled down. The weeks before hand could see too much rank volatility.

The highest ranked manager

This is his team:

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This week he made no transfer.  His OR is 10k

The combined FPL managers teams

Here’s a team which tries to make a combination from the most represented players. It fits within the £100m budget. I will use this team as a guide for the template team which is part of the FFGeek alternate strategy teams. The base team is my FFGeek team



 

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So who’s essential?

Anyone or any defensive team that is owned by 7/10 of these managers I would take a lot of convincing not to own irrespective of my thoughts about them. In terms of serious managers likely to finish with high overall ranks I won’t be getting left behind by players that are owned by a large proportion of these managers.

That would mean:

A Palace defender (any of the 3), a Liverpool defender (probably Robertson) and a Man City defender (Mendy)

Salah and Aguero (both owned by the 10 managers)

No longer Richarlison (owned by 9 managers) as he is likely to be sold en masse following his 2 match ban

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