2 of the managers used their wildcard in GW9 and you can see those teams. It was a tough week though with 8 managers getting red arrows. Here’s our fantasy premier league transfer tips GW10 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 transfer tips GW10 – 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. The only repeat manager I’ve found again finished in the top 100 last season
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 a long time to track down 10 managers who’ve been so consistent and I imagine it will get harder and harder
The 10 managers stats
These managers are incredible 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 3,800
2. The top 10 FPL managers have not been out of the top 10k in the last 3 seasons (ie 30 times playing)
3. 3 of the 10 have finished in the top 1,000 in the last 3 seasons
4. 2 of the 10 have finished in the top 100 in the last 3 seasons
Gameweek 9 review
A poor gameweek for the 10 managers with 8 getting a red arrow and a reasonable overall rank average drop.
The average score of the managers in GW9 was 35 after taking points deductions for extra transfers into account. That’s 2 points and 5% worse than the game average of 37. High score of the 10 was 43. The low score was 35 -4 = 31
The average overall rank of the top 10 FPL managers is 649k. That’s worsened by 67k from last week. The best overall rank is 192k and the lowest 1,289k. It’s important to get a perspective though on OR at this stage. Despite their being nearly 1.1 million in overall rank between the managers there’s only 39 points. That’s 28k per average point. We’ve seen that 39 points can be wiped out in 1 gameweek. OR is still very misleading.
The average total points are 483
The average team value is £101.9m.
You can see my score and rank in the early FFGeek team article which I will do today hopefullu
The combined total of individual players
I’ve generally only included where there is a minimum of a player in 3 out of the 10 FPL managers teams
Goalkeeper/Defence by player
Pope is in 8 of the FPL managers teams
Alexander-Arnold, Lundstram and Soyuncu are in 7 of the 10 FPL managers teams
Otamendi is in 6 of the 10 managers teams
Button is in 5 of the 10 managers teams
Rico and Tomori are in 4 of the 10 FPL managers teams
Digne, Robertson and Van Dijk are in 3 of the 10 managers teams
Goalkeeper/Defence by team
Liverpool GK/Defs are represented 13 times in the 10 FPL managers teams
Burnley GK/Defs are represented 9 times in the 10 FPL managers teams
Man City GK/Defs, Sheffield, Brighton and Leicester are represented 7 times in the 10 FPL managers teams
Chelsea and Bournemouth are represented 4 times in the 10 FPL managers teams
Everton are represented 3 times in the 10 FPL managers teams
Sterling is in 10 of the FPL managers teams
Mount is in 8 of the 10 FPL managers teams
De Bruyne is in 7 of the FPL managers teams
Dendoncker, Salah and Cantwell are in 5 of the FPL managers teams
Hayden, Hudson-Odoi and Maddison are in 2 of the FPL managers teams
Abrham is in 9 of the 10 FPL managers teams
Pukki is in 7 of the 10 FPL managers teams
Wilson is in 5 of the 10 FPL managers teams
Aubameyang is in 3 of the 10 FPL managers teams
Connolly is in 2 of the 10 FPL managers teams
Gameweek 9 captain choice
7 of the 10 FPL managers went with Abraham
2 of the 10 FPL managers went with Wilson
1 of the 10 FPL managers went with Sterling
The FFGeek poll was 40% Abraham, 15% Sterling and 9% Aguero and Wilson
Not done this week sorry
Wildcards, chips, transfers and hits
Wildcards and Chips
2 of the managers used their wildcard this week. 5 have now used the wildcard in total and none have used a chip.
Here are the 2 Wildcard teams:
This manager got 36 points from his WC
Here’s the 2nd manager’s wildcard team. He got 43 points
9 of the managers (including the wildcarders) made transfers.
Callum Wilson was transferred in twice
No one else was transferred in more than once
Greenwood was transferred out twice
No one else was transferred out more than once
The top 10k overall rank vs the 10 FPL managers
At the moment my plan is to do this after GW10 when hopefully the overall rank table settles down a bit as overall rank is still very volatile. This means the set of managers in the top 10k will change drastically each week meaning the information is too changeable and therefore misleading and unhelpful rather than of use.
I use the 10 managers as a proxy for serious managers teams and have a basic rule of thumb that if 7 of the 10 managers have a player or a team defence then I will seriously consider getting that player in.
Here’s the template on that basis. The difficulty with tracking the template is that you’re 1 game behind it as you obviously can’t see what their transfers are leading up to the gameweek opening.
1 Liverpool defender – Alexander Arnold
Man City defender – Otamendi
Leicester defender – Soyuncu
That above is the core template.
Lundstram you could also count as well as he fist the criteria technically. Whether you think he will be benched enough not to be a threat is the question you need to ask yourself.
Pukki technically qualifies but after 5 blanks I expect this week he’ll be sold enough to be moved out.
I haven’t counted the Brighton defence as it’s made up significantly by a non playing £4.0m GK.
It’s a strong template at the moment with 9 players including Lundstram. That means there are 6 players as difference makers and permanent bench players available.
One managers team
Here’s the 3rd placed of the 10 managers on 496 points and 279k OR
You can see that he has 7 of the 8 core template players in Alexander-Arnold, Otamendi, Soyuncu, Pope, Sterling, De Bruyne and Abraham.
He also has Pukki and Lundstram to make 9.
His template replacement player for Mount I guess is Salah to make 10.
His permanent bench players are Dendoncker, Rico, Cantwell and Button to make 14 which leaves his difference maker as being (in addition to Salah) Haller
The combined 10 top 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 to help you choose your transfer rather than a realistic team and it’s value is not necessarily achievable. It’s about £104.3m
That’s it. Hope you found it useful
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