fantasy premier league transfer tips GW5 – analysing the teams of 10 top FPL managers


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Here’s our fantasy premier league transfer tips GW5 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 GW5 – analysing the teams of 10 top FPL managers

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Introduction

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 4 review

A bad gameweek for the 10 managers with 8 getting a red arrow.

The average score of the managers in GW4 was 52 after taking points deductions for extra transfers into account. That’s 5 points and 9% lower than the game average of 57. High score of the 10 was 66. The low score was 38.

The average overall rank of the top 10 FPL managers is 544k. That’s worsened by 217k from last week. The best overall rank is 93k and the lowest 1,599k.

The average total points are 244

The average team value is  £100.7m.

You can see my score and rank in the early FFGeek team article.

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

Digne is in 7 of the FPL managers teams

Alexander Arnold, Van Dijk and Robertson are in 6 of the FPL managers teams

Zinchenko and Lundstram are in 5 of the 10 managers teams

Ryan and Button are in 4 of the 10 managers teams

Pope and Rico are in 3 of the 10 FPL managers teams

Goalkeeper/Defence by team

Liverpool GK/Defs are represented 18 times in the 10 FPL managers teams

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

Everton GK/Defs are represented 8 times in the 10 FPL managers teams

Man City GK/Defs are represented 7 times in the 10 FPL managers teams

Sheff Utd GK/Defs are represented 6 times in the 10 FPL managers teams

Bournemouth and Burnley GK/Defs are represented 3 times in the 10 FPL managers teams

Midfielders

Sterling is in 10 of the FPL managers teams

Salah, and Dendoncker are in 9 of the 10 FPL managers teams

De Bruyne is in 6 of the FPL managers teams

Martial is in 4 of the FPL managers teams

Perez and Mount are in 3 of the FPL managers teams

Forwards

Pukki is in 9 of the 10 FPL managers teams

Greenwood is in 6 of the 10 FPL managers teams

Wickham is in 4 of the 10 FPL managers teams

King and Haller are in 3 of the 10 FPL managers teams.

Jota and Wilson are in 2 of the 10 FPL managers teams

Gameweek 4 captain choice

10 of the 10 FPL managers went with Sterling

The FFGeek poll was 68% Sterling, 10% Aguero and 10% Salah

Formations

Not done this week sorry.

Wildcards, chips, transfers and hits

Chips

No managers at this stage have used their wildcard or chips

Transfers

8 of the 10 managers made at least 1 transfer

Transfers in

Mount was transferred in 3 times

De Bruyne was transferred in 2 times

No one else was transferred in more than once

Transfers out

Martial was transferred out 4 times

Robertson was transferred out 2 times

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 around gameweek 5 or 6 when the overall rank table settles down a bit as overall rank will be very volatile to start with

The template

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 defence in their team then I will seriously consider getting that player in.

Here’s the template on that basis.  I’ve included De Bruyne even though he’s only owned by 6 as I suspect he will qualify next week through his score and with Norwich being the next fixture.  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.

The template therefore is

2 Liverpool defenders

Digne

Man City defender

Salah

Sterling

De Bruyne

Pukki

I haven’t counted Dendoncker as he’s primarily a bench player or the Brighton defence as it’s made up significantly by a non playing £4.0m GK.

That leaves 3 players as difference makers if you cover the template.




One managers team

Here’s the leading manager at the moment with a 93k OR.  He transferred in Digne for Robertson this week.  His last 3 seasons are 1k, 6k and 3k

He has 7 of the 8 template players I mention above with just 1 Liverpool defender instead of 2 the difference.

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.

fantasy premier league transfer tips GW5

Thats it.  Hope you found it useful

Other posts

Gameweek 4 review

The early FFGeek team thoughts

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3 thoughts on “fantasy premier league transfer tips GW5 – analysing the teams of 10 top FPL managers”

  1. I’m glad it wasn’t just me who had a bad gameweek! All those set and forget teams with aguero as captain hurt (as well as the active managers who got him in), along with a Sterling blank… Ouch

  2. This is always my favourite article of the week. See how the consistent top managers are lining their teams up.

    It’s actually quite a reassuring read too !! I scored only 46 points . Interesting that the “experts” averaged only 52 against a gameweek average of 57 !!! I feel very good about my team, especially knowing it largely mirrors the thoughts of some very respected top players.

    It appears to be just one of those weeks when “ the casual players got lucky” .. they certainly outscored the serious students of the game.. so maybe that’s not sustainable.. we will see.. certainly keeping the faith , knowing that my team is exactly where I want it right now

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