Here’s our fantasy premier league transfer 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 transfer 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. 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 21 review
The close proximity of gameweeks means I haven’t done an article since reviewing GW18. It’s been a good few weeks for the 10 managers with this week 7 getting a green arrow and 3 a red arrow culminating in a large improvement of their overall average.
The average score of the managers in GW21 was 63 after taking points deductions for extra transfers into account. That’s 15 point and 31% better than the game average of 48. High score of the 10 was 81. The low score was 51.
The average overall rank of the top 10 FPL managers is 309k. That’s an improvement by 174k over the last 3 weeks. The best overall rank is 40k (1,244 pts) and the lowest 1,003k (1,129 pts).
The average total points are 1,198
The average team value is £104.1m.
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
Alexander Arnold is 10 of the 10 FPL managers teams
Soyuncu is in 9 of the 10 FPL managers teams
Lundstram is in 8 of the 10 FPL managers teams
Rico is in 7 of the 10 FPL managers teams
Kelly is in 6 of the 10 FPL managers teams
Button is in 5 of the 10 FPL managers teams
Goalkeeper/Defence by team
Liverpool are represented 14 times in the 10 FPL managers teams
Sheffield United and Leicester are represented 9 times in the 10 FPL managers teams
Bournemouth are represented 8 times in the 10 FPL managers teams
Spurs are represented 4 times in the 10 FPL managers teams
Newcastle are represented 3 times in the 10 managers teams
De Bruyne is in 10 of the FPL managers teams
Grealish is in 8 the 10 FPL managers teams
Salah is in 6 of the 10 FPL managers teams
Maddison and Mane are in 5 of the 10 FPL managers teams
All is in 4 of the 10 FPL managers teams
Dendoncker and Martial are in 3 of the 10 FPL managers teams
Vardy is in 9 of the 10 FPL managers teams
Jimenez is in 5 of the 10 FPL managers teams
Ings and Rashford are in 4 of the 10 managers teams
Abraham is in 3 of the 10 FPL managers teams
Connolly is in 2 of the 10 FPL managers teams
Gameweek 21 captain choice
8 of the 10 FPL managers went with Vardy
1 of the 10 FPL managers went with Salah
1 of the 10 managers went with De Bruyne
The FFGeek poll for the GW21 captain choice was 47% Vardy, 16% De Bruyne and 11% Salah
FFGeek contributors in the same article were 59% Vardy and 24% Kane
Not done this week sorry.
Wildcards and Chips
All of the managers have now used their first wildcard in total and none have used a chip.
Only 3 of the managers and 7 carried over a free transfer. No managers took points deductions for an extra transfers.
No one was transferred in more than once
No one was transferred out more than once
The top 10k overall rank vs the 10 FPL managers
Unfortunately the excellent site FPL discovery isn’t going this season. However the livefpl.net does a version which isn’t as extensive but is still very helpful. Live FPL also gives you live FPL ranks and live league ranks during gameweeks.
Here I compare the most popular players in the top 10k and of the 10 top managers and show the difference. A negative means that the top 10k ownership % is higher than the 10 top FPL managers
|Player||Top 10k||10 top FPL||10 top FPL – top 10k|
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.
Liverpool defence – Alexander Arnold
Leicester defence – Soyuncu
Sheffield defence – Lundstram
Palace defence – Kelly
That’s 7 players. I haven’t counted Rico as he will be on the FPL bench mainly or Brighton as that number is largely non playing GK Button
That leaves 8 difference makers/bench warmers for your FPL team.
One managers team
This is the leading manager on 40k overall rank for this week and got 71 points this week
He has 7 of the 7 template players mentioned above.
His bench players are Hayden and Woodman. I’m also counting Rico as a bench player.
That leaves him 5 difference makers in Ings, Jimenez, Pope, Mane and Salah. 3 of which returned in GW21. His choice of Salah as vice also helped
Team value is high at £106.1m. His last 3 seasons overall ranks are 1k and 6k and 3k.
He carried over a free transfer this gameweek
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. This week it is completely not achievable at £109.1m
That’s it. Hope you found it useful
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