fantasy premier league GW9 tips – analysing the teams of 10 top FPL managers

Here’s our fantasy premier league GW9 tips 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 GW9 tips – analysing the teams of 10 top FPL managers

THE 10 MANAGERS STATS

This season we welcome back 4 of last seasons managers who were the subject of our article. We add to that a new 6 managers. Stats of these managers are unbelievable 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 2,963

2. The top 10 FPL managers have not been out of the top 10k in the last 3 seasons (ie 30 times playing)

3. All 10 have finished in the top 1,000 in the last 3 seasons

GAMEWEEK REVIEW

A reasonably good week for the top 10 FPL managers. 8/10 had green arrows.

The average score of the managers in GW8 was 51 compared to the game average of 41. That’s 10 points and 24% above the game average score. High score of the 10 was 62. The low score was 41. A spread of 21 for a fairly low scoring gameweek despite the City score.

The average overall rank of the top 10 FPL managers saw an improvement to 681k compared to 837k in the last gameweek. An average rank improvement of 156k. The best rank is 121k and the lowest 1.554 million. If you calculated the median rank then that improved to 597k compared to 714 last gameweek. An improvement of rank of 117k. 9 managers have overall ranks better than 1 million.

The average points are 442.

The average value improved from £101.3m to £101.6m

If you’re interested my score was ok at 51 with no point hits and resulted in a 39k green arrow from 184k overall rank to 145k . I had a higher score than 4 of the managers. I’m ahead in OR terms of 9/10 top managers. My team value is up £0.7m on the last gameweek to £101.6m. My total points is 470. You can see my early thoughts on the FFGeek team article for GW9

GK/DEFS BY PLAYER

Elliot is in 10/10 FPL managers teams

Davies is in 7/10 FPL managers teams

S Ward is in 5/10 FPL managers teams

Foster, Cedric Alonso and Mee are in 4/10 FPL managers teams

Pope, Fabianski, Naughton and P Jones are in 3/10 FPL managers teams

GK/DEFS BY TEAM

Newcastle GK/Defs are represented 14 times in the 10 FPL managers teams

Burnley GK/Defs are represented 11 times in the 10 FPL managers teams

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

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

Southampton and Chelsea GK/Defs are represented 6 times in the 10 FPL managers teams

WBA GK Defs are represented 4 times in the 10 FPL managers teams

Man City and Man Utd GK defs are represented 3 times in the 10 FPL managers teams

MIDFIELDERS

Sterling is in 8/10 FPL managers teams

Carroll is in 6/10 FPL managers teams

Silva and Choupo Moting are in 5/10 FPL managers teams

Atsu, Richarlison and Loftus Cheek are in 3/10 FPL managers teams

 Eriksen, Salah, Chalobah and Gross are in 2/10 FPL managers teams

FORWARDS

Kane is in 10/10 FPL managers teams

Vardy and Lukaku are in 6/10 FPL managers teams

Jesus is in 3/10 FPL managers teams

GW8 CAPTAIN CHOICE

Kane was the captain in 10/10 of the FPL managers team

FORMATIONS

5-3-2 was used in 4 of the 10 managers teams

4-3-3 was used in 3 of the 10 managers teams

3-4-3 was used in 3/10 managers teams

WILDCARDS, TRANSFERS AND HITS

9/10 have now played their 1st wildcard. 5 played in this round.

None of the 10 have played their bench boost

0/10 have played their triple captain chip.

0/10 have played their free hit chip

In this round 2 managers took a 4 point deduction for an additional transfer

10 of the 10 managers made a transfer including the WC.

Transfers in

Transfers this week include the 5 wildcard transfers so they are pretty extensive

Sterling – by 8 managers

Vardy – by 6 managers

S Ward – by 5 managers

D Silva, Choupo Moting – by 4 managers

Pope, Hazard, Richarlison, Jesus – by 3 managers

Fabianski, Yedlin, Stones, Loftus Cheek – by 2 managers

No one else was transferred in more than once

Transfers out

 Transfers this week include the 5 wildcard transfers so they are pretty extensive

Mkhitaryan  – by 6 managers

Lukaku – by 4 managers

Carroll, Foster, Salah, Firmino, K Long, Mee by 3 managers

Eriksen, Chalobah, Ritchie, Mooy, Morata, Lacazette, Dawson and Bertrand by 2 managers

No one else was transferred out more than once

FOCUS ON 1 MANAGERS TEAM

As we said last week, the celebrity manager we followed last season finished around the 20k mark so he’s not in the group this season. This season were going to focus on the manager each week who had the highest finish last season with an amazing overall rank of 15 believe it or not.

 

 This week he used his wildcard and it was a fairly bold team to say the least.

His score this week was 43 so for the 3rd week in a row he was the 2nd lowest scorer of the 10 and his rank is 671k. A worsening of rank of 38k from last weeks OR of 633k. His points total is 439. He’s the 6th ranked of the 10 FPL managers

THE HIGHEST SCORER

 

His score of 62 took him to 455k OR and 448 points. He’s the 3rd ranked manager of the 10.  Surprising to see him with such a good score and only 1 City player.

THE LOWEST SCORER

 

His score of 41 took him to 838k OR and 433 points. He’s the 8th ranked of the 10 managers

I’ve often said that differences in scores in a gameweek come down to 1 of more of the following 3 things normally:

defence – only 4 points difference this time

Captain – no difference

A few attackers – there were only 3 players difference in the front 7 of the 2 teams. T Carroll, Eriksen and Atsu.  Those 3 accounted for 17 points difference.

THE TOP 10K OVERALL RANK VS THE FPL MANAGERS

Lets look at the differences in the teams

 

Some huge differences between the top 10 managers teams and the current top 10k.

The top 10 managers favour more than the top 10k (using 30% as a significant difference):

Elliot, Foster,  Mee,  T Carroll, S Ward, Cedric, Alonso, Mee, Sterling, Choupo Moting, Vardy and Kane

The top 10k favour more than the FPL managers (using 30% as a significant difference):

De Gea and Mkhitaryan

The top 10 k average score was 46 and the FPL managers average score was 51.

All this information is from the excellent site FPL discovery

THE COMBINED TOP 10 FPL MANAGERS TEAM

This is to give you a menu of players to pick from. It’s not meant to be affordable although this team definitely is.

 

GW5 TOP 5 OVERALL RANK FOLLOW

You may have seen my article last week on the top 5 overall ranked FPL managers as at GW5 who I contrasted with the start made by the top 10 managers in this article. In this section we’ll continue to monitor their progress

By the way the -28 is not a mistake.  It did happen.  Here’s the team as well.  I’m wondering if it was hacked?

Here’s a simple chart which we will keep updated

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