fantasy premier league transfers GW26 – analysing the teams of 10 top FPL managers


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Here’s our fantasy premier league transfers GW26 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 transfers GW26 – 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 25 review

A good week for the 10 FPL managers with 7 getting a green arrow and 3 getting a red. The average rank of the 10 improved by a small margin as a result

The average score of the managers in GW25 was 61 after taking points deductions for extra transfers into account. That’s 14 points and 30% better than the game average of 47. High score of the 10 was 68. The low score was 53.

The average overall rank of the top 10 FPL managers is 142k. That’s an improvement by 18k over the last gameweek. The best overall rank is 13k (1,506 pts) and the lowest 509k (1,384 pts). I think the median overall rank is more reflective though and that is 92k

The average total points are 1,454

The average team value is £104.7m.

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

Button is in 5 of the 10 FPL managers teams

Pope, Robertson, Martin Kelly, Jack Stephens and Rico are in 3 of the 10 FPL managers teams

 Goalkeeper/Defence by team

Liverpool are represented 15 times in the 10 FPL managers teams

Sheffield United are represented 12 times in the 10 FPL managers team

Leicester are represented 9 times in the 10 FPL managers teams

Brighton are represented 7 times in the 10 FPL managers teams

C Palace are represented 4 times in the 10 FPL managers teams

Bournemouth, Burnley, Newcastle and Southampton are represented 3 times in the 10 FPL managers teams

Midfielders

De Bruyne and Salah are in 10 of the FPL managers teams

Grealish is in 8 the 10 FPL managers teams

Mane, Dendoncker and Martial are in 3 of the 10 FPL managers teams

Forwards

Ings is in 9 of the 10 FPL managers teams

Vardy is in 6 of the 10 FPL managers teams

Calvert Lewin is in 5 of the 10 managers teams

Jimenez is in 4 of the 10 FPL managers teams

Maupay and Connolly are in 2 of the 10 FPL managers teams

Gameweek 25 captain 

All 10 managers captained Salah

The FFGeek poll for the GW25 captain choice was 72% Salah, 10% Aguero and 4% Aubameyang

 Formations

Not done this week sorry

Wildcards and Chips

None have used their 2nd wildcard but all 10 have used their triple captain chip

Transfers

3 of the managers carried over a free transfer. 2 managers took a 4 point deductions for an extra transfer.

Transfers in

Jimenez was transferred in by 3 managers

Traore was transferred in by 2 managers

No one was transferred in more than once

Transfers out

Mane was transferred out 3 times

Vardy and Gazzaniga was transferred out twice

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

PlayerTop 10k10 top FPL10 top FPL – top 10k
Button355015
Pope29301
Lundstram8780-7
Kelly5130-21
Alexander Arnold8810012
Robertson22308
Soyuncu399051
Rico30300
Stephens33027
De Bruyne961004
Mane25305
Salah8710013
Grealish568024
Dendoncker113019
Martial143016
Traore3720-17
Cantwell3720-17
Vardy6560-5
Ings629028
Calvert Lewin125038
Jimenez35405

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 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

De Bruyne

Grealish

Salah

Ings

That’s 6 players.

Vardy is out as only 6 managers have him.  I have also taken Lundstram out as he appears to have lost his place and I can forsee transfers out or benchings next gamewwek.

That leaves 9 difference makers/bench warmers for your FPL team.

One managers team

This manager had the top score this week of 68




fantasy premier league transfers GW26

 

This is the manager who’s 4th of the 10 with an overall rank of 42k. His last 3 seasons overall ranks are 95th and 671 and 1k.

He has 5 of the 6 template players mentioned above and doesn’t have Ings. His template replacement player could be either of Abraham, Maupay or Calvert Lewin.  Lets assume Abraham.

His bench players are McGovern, Reid, Targett and McGovern

That leaves him 5 difference makers in Pope, Robertson, Son, Maupay and Calvert Lewin.

Team value is very low at £101.3m

This week his transfer was Gaazaniga out and Pope in.

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 achievable at £102.4m

fantasy premier league transfers GW26

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5 thoughts on “fantasy premier league transfers GW26 – analysing the teams of 10 top FPL managers”

    • LOL – its what happens when geek reuses the same template week in week out. Actually – if you add up the values of that team – it comes to £97.8m – very achievable in fact.

      • The values quoted are not the cost to buy all these players right now… E.g Salah is currently 12.7, and Lundstrum 5.1m. If the Geek owns the player already it will use the value he can sell the player for.

  1. Great article again geek. What is the view on the winter break, seems a bit disjointed, a few games next week, the the remaining games the following week, makes managing injuries key, will Mane be back for Liverpool’s next game in almost 2 weeks

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