fantasy premier league tips midfielders GW9 – player rankings


Here’s our fantasy premier league tips midfielders GW9 article in our player rankings series. There’s a table of stats to help you make a transfer choice.

fantasy premier league tips midfielders GW9 – player rankings

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


I’ve started with a selection of midfielders that I think will start GW9 and have some longevity in the team.

I’ve then looked at their expected goals and assists data in 18/19 so far as well as how it relates to their historical numbers. I’ve then adjusted it for their ability to over/underperform, their bonus potential, their fixtures over the next 6 and any specific 18/19 factors and numbers.

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

Stats definitions

There are a number of new stats this week so worth reading

SP/Pen: indicates whether the player has some set piece representation or penalty responsibility

Pts per 90: the FPL points earned per 90 minutes played in 18/19

Consistency: the % of starts where the player has scored a goal or assist. Sub appearances are ignored.

Mins last 4: average minutes of the last 4 matches. Generally I count sub appearances or rotation but not injury absences although there is some discretion there.

Fixture ease ranking so you can see who has the best fixtures from GW9-14 and GW9-11. See our fixture ease article

Underlying stats ranking is from our underlying stats article cumulative to GW8 where projected goals are turned into raw points. It’s their rank in relation to each midfielder on that articles schedule not for every midfielder. Info from the excellent free site article and the free site

VFM rank. I have divided their projected points by their price to get a rough value for money assessment. This time it just ranks them in relation to each other.

ATGS GW8 – 1 bookies anytime goalscoring odds for the player. It assumes they start and doesn’t include assist potential.  However it’s too early for their to be odds at the moment so I’ll update it later.

Player values are as of Thursday  11 October.

The schedule

Here’s the schedule. If difficult to read you can copy and paste it by using this link to the google spreadsheet

fantasy premier league tips midfielders GW9

A few comments

Salah appears to become pretty tentative with his finishing but he’s producing underlying stats at an even better rate than last season and his previous history doesn’t show any inability to finish off chances.  That plus the fixtures are the reason why he’s so highly ranked.

David Silva and Bernardo have some gametime risk around them associated with the return of De Bruyne.  Sane and Mahrez seem to have too much gametime risk to be in the schedule.

Richarlison is currently playing striker and eating away at least years inability to finish stats

Moura and Son also have some gametime risk associated with Eriksen and Alli although who know’s when either will return.  Moura is effectively playing CF at the moment

I’ve stayed away from Arsenal as who knows what selection will come out next after the Fulham team sheet.  Similarly for Man Utd although I could have put Pogba in retrospect even with his deep lying position v Newcastle.

I’ve left Willian off as I’m still a little wary on the him v Pedro selection question.

Fraser and Kenedy are injury doubts for GW9 and should be monitored

I think £5.0m Brooks of Bournemouth and £4.8m Murphy of Cardiff have some potential but they’re very hard to model given were so few games in and they’re both so new.

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