fantasy premier league tips midfielders GW7 – player rankings


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Here’s our fantasy premier league tips midfielders GW7 article in our player rankings series. There’s a table of stats to help you make a transfer choice and some brief explanatory narrative afterwards including their fixtures

fantasy premier league tips midfielders GW7 – player rankings

This is the 2nd article in our player rankings series. See the defender and GK player rankings article.

Methodology

I’ve started with a selection of midfielders that I think will start GW7 and have some longevity in the team.

I’ve then taken their expected goals and assist information from 17/18 and converted it into projected points through adjustments for minutes played bonus and fixtures. There’s also adjustments for any specific relevant 18/19 factors. For fixtures I’ve increased the view to 6 games.

Whether you believe the rankings or not there’s plenty of information to make your own decision

We are obviously only 5 gameweeks in so it’s inevitable that the large basis of information is based on last seasons stats

Stats definitions

Pts per 90: the FPL points earned per 90 minutes played in 17/18

Fixture ease ranking so you can see who has the best fixtures from GW7-12 and GW7-9. See our fixture ease article

Underlying stats ranking is from our end of season underlying stats article where projected goals are turned into raw points. It’s their rank in relation to each other not for every midfielder. Info from the excellent free site understat.com article

VFM rank. I have divided their projected points by their price to get a rough value for money assessment

ATGS GW7 – 1 bookies anytime goalscoring odds for the player. It assumes they start and doesn’t include assist potential

The comments are a very brief but with 23 midfielders I would be doing it all day unless that was the case.

The schedule

Here’s the schedule.  You can copy and paste it by using this link to the google spreadsheet



fantasy premier league tips midfielders GW7

Salah

Producing underlying stats even better than last years incredible season.  An explosion is imminent.  It’s just when

Chelsea (A)
Man City (H)
Huddersfield (A)
Cardiff (H)
Arsenal (A)
Fulham (H)

Hazard

Was poor against West Ham and underlying stats are pretty ordinary but consistently shown an ability to over perform them.  Has the big bonus of pens.

Liverpool (H)
Southampton (A)
Man Utd (H)
Burnley (A)
Crystal Palace (H)
Everton (H)

Fraser

Just playing out of his skin at the moment.  Even the loss to Burnley saw 4 shots and 4 key passes.  Has shown a real ability in the past to over perform his underlying stats as well.

Crystal Palace (H)
Watford (A)
Southampton (H)
Fulham (A)
Man Utd (H)
Newcastle (A)

Alli

Playing well just hasn’t got the rewards he’s deserved.  Looks much more like the goalscorer of last season.  Great next 2 fixtures

Huddersfield (A)
Cardiff (H)
West Ham (A)
Man City (H)
Wolves (A)
Crystal Palace (A)

David Silva

The Cardiff game showed that it’s not necessary for him to play every game in the absence of De Bruyne.  Now becomes a rotation risk like everyone else but on the pitch looks constantly looks like an assist and goalscoring threat

Brighton (H)
Liverpool (A)
Burnley (H)
Spurs (A)
Southampton (H)
Man Utd (H)

Mane

A poor game against Southampton isn’t representative of a good season so far.

Chelsea (A)
Man City (H)
Huddersfield (A)
Cardiff (H)
Arsenal (A)
Fulham (H)

Sterling

Hindered by the fact that he will always get a rest and attacking output not up to the standard of last season

Brighton (H)
Liverpool (A)
Burnley (H)
Spurs (A)
Southampton (H)
Man Utd (H)

Bernardo Silva

The Cardiff game showed he could deputise for his namesake in the CM position.  Still rotation effected

Brighton (H)
Liverpool (A)
Burnley (H)
Spurs (A)
Southampton (H)
Man Utd (H)

Eriksen

Has got set pieces but a shadow of himself at the moment.  All about fixtures and not much else.

Huddersfield (A)
Cardiff (H)
West Ham (A)
Man City (H)
Wolves (A)
Crystal Palace (A)

Pogba

Has the rare midfield boost of penalties but another United player way behind last seasons performances

West Ham (A)
Newcastle (H)
Chelsea (A)
Everton (H)
Bournemouth (A)
Man City (A)

Sanchez

Hard to believe it’s even the same player of FPL seasons past

West Ham (A)
Newcastle (H)
Chelsea (A)
Everton (H)
Bournemouth (A)
Man City (A)



Walcott

Some pretty mixed performances and looking a bit of a sub magnet but has the potential still.

Fulham (H)
Leicester (A)
Crystal Palace (H)
Man Utd (A)
Brighton (H)
Chelsea (A)

Maddison

Hard to really assess him on 5 PL games but produced 3 good sets of stats in the last 3 games.  Has some set pieces and direct free kicks

Newcastle (A)
Everton (H)
Arsenal (A)
West Ham (H)
Cardiff (A)
Burnley (H)

Ramsey

Finally broke his duck with 2 fairly fortuitus assists vs Everton.  The CAM psotion doesn’t seem to suit him and his attacking output is very por compared to last season

Watford (H)
Fulham (A)
Leicester (H)
Crystal Palace (A)
Liverpool (H)
Wolves (H)

Schurrle

Great shooting volumes but hasn’t shown himself to being a particularly clinical finisher

Everton (A)
Arsenal (H)
Cardiff (A)
Bournemouth (H)
Huddersfield (A)
Liverpool (A)

Richarlison

If you’re wondering why he’s assessed so low then the reason is that he has to show that he can finish off the plentiful chances he creates.  Something that 3 games this season can’t change after woeful finishing stats for Watford last season.  If you believe he can finish and last season was an aberration then he ranks far higher than this as he produces good shot stats

Fulham (H)
Leicester (A)
Crystal Palace (H)
Man Utd (A)
Brighton (H)
Chelsea (A)

Sigurdsson

Has set pieces but that’s about it

Fulham (H)
Leicester (A)
Crystal Palace (H)
Man Utd (A)
Brighton (H)
Chelsea (A)

Pereyra

Really gone off the boil after a good start

Arsenal (A)
Bournemouth (H)
Wolves (A)
Huddersfield (H)
Newcastle (A)
Southampton (A)

Gundogan

A great score against Cardiff but rotation risk and some ordinary shot and assist stats limit him

Brighton (H)
Liverpool (A)
Burnley (H)
Spurs (A)
Southampton (H)
Man Utd (H)

Moura

Just has been flattering to deceive and his attacking underlying stats to be honest have been pretty ordinary despite playing as a striker.  Add to the fact that you’ve got Son and Lamela waiting in the wings at the very least as subs for him.  These are the reasons for the low ranking.  Great next 2 fixtures though so would be a brave man to sell even with the limitations

Huddersfield (A)
Cardiff (H)
West Ham (A)
Man City (H)
Wolves (A)
Crystal Palace (A)

Ozil

Has been a shadow of himself. The RAM position just isn’t working for him

Watford (H)
Fulham (A)
Leicester (H)
Crystal Palace (A)
Liverpool (H)
Wolves (H)

Lingard

Another player who has just been very poor.  Also a substitution magnet.

West Ham (A)
Newcastle (H)
Chelsea (A)
Everton (H)
Bournemouth (A)
Man City (A)

Knockaert

Some promising performances so far this season but alot to do to be an option.  Terrible entry fixture

Man City (A)
West Ham (H
Newcastle (A)
Wolves (H)
Everton (A)
Cardiff (A)

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7 thoughts on “fantasy premier league tips midfielders GW7 – player rankings”

  1. Hi geek , the rankings article is one of my favorites here..
    I am thinking myself to move out this week Walcott, I was thinking about Richarlison, as I think that he is very dangerous, in your eyes it’s better to save the transfer? I don’t have Hazard because I believe in Mane but to see Fraser in 3rd place is very surprising, and I am starting to think about him ..

    • The thing about Fraser is that when he has played as an attacking midfielder he has produced very strong stats against the non top 6 sides. That was last season as well as this season. Not only that he’s been a pretty clinical finisher as well. He also has decent fixtures. Put this all together and you have a really strong case for a high ranking.

      I said to Ming above that Richarlison’s ranking depends on whether you believe he can finish off the chances he creates. Last season his actual goals and expected goals were miles apart. We also don’t have any history to judge whether that’s typical or an aberration. Each manager has to decide whether they think he will finish off his chances or not. If you think he will then his ranking should be far higher as he produces very good underlying stats.

      Hope that helps and good luck this week

      • Thanks dear Geek for the detailed answer! My gut feeling is with the Brazilian, so I hope my decision is right!! Good luck to you, happy with your strong performance with your WC team

  2. Yaniv, dont worry about geek ,he is having a laugh putting eriksen, bilva, schurrle, wally, pogba sanchez above Richarlison. Nailed on. Team built around him. Looking good.

    • Hi mate. I understand your comments about Richarlison which is why I clarified my comments so carefully. He has very good underlying stats and I agree he looks threatening. He has had a problem last season finishing off the chances he creates. 3 games this season doesn’t change that fact.

      If you think that will change then he is much higher in the rankings. That is a judgement each manager has to make for themselves.

      Hope that helps clarify the ranking and good luck this week

  3. Hi geek, just having some cheeky banter. None the less i think i and your many readers appreciate your articles and insight. As ypu have said to each their own

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