Fanteam 1M PL Season game – Gameweek 8 Statistical Analysis

In this Gameweek 8 Statistical Analysis article, we will present the key facts and statistics of the Fanteam 1M PL Season game from the previous weekend. Many fantasy managers are already looking forward to the World Championship of Online Fantasy Football and its running satellites throughout the lobby.

But let’s not forget about the 1 Million Game.

Season game – Gameweek 8 Statistical Analysis

Below you will find an extensive Statistical Analysis of Gameweek 8 including how players performed, who were the most popular transfers and how managers set up their strategies.

Gameweek 8: Team scores

A fact that every manager needs to know in the season-long game is how good the score of his team was in each gameweek. Here’s a more detailed look of how the teams ranked up in this Gameweek:

Here are some key numbers about the graph above:

  • Best team of Gameweek 8: 108 points
  • Average Score of Gameweek 8: 58.3 points
  • Top 10% threshold for Gameweek 8: 74.5 points
  • Top 25% threshold for Gameweek 8: 67 points
  • Percentage of teams between 40-70 points: 68%

Gameweek 8: Top players

A surprising week for some of the top players! The favorites didn’t do well on Gameweek 8, while a couple of wild picks made it into the top four, alongside two stars who faced very tough matchups where they weren’t expecting to score much.

  1. Bruno Fernandes (11.0M – MID): 16 Fantasy Points – Owned by 4.777 teams (19.03%)
  2. Lukasz Fabianski (4.5M – GK): 13 Fantasy Points – Owned by 516 teams  (2.06%)
  3. Eberechi Eze (5.0M – MID): 12 Fantasy Points – Owned by 78 teams (0.31%)
  4. Ollie Watkins (6.3M – FOR): 12 Fantasy Points – Owned by3824 teams (15.23%)

Let’s see below how some key players performed this week. The X-axis on the chart visualizes the player’s price, while the Y-axis the points scored on Gameweek 8. The size of the bubble shows how popular each player is. The top-left quadrant is where the best picks of the week lie (cheap and high-scoring), while on the bottom-right we find the underachievers (expensive and low-scoring).

Gameweek 8: How teams lined up

Top captains for Gameweek 8

Three players dominated the captaincy this week. The first three were offensive stars playing against weak teams, in the names of Kane, Son, and Werner. All of them disappointed, as the Spurs had a quiet match against West Brom, while Chelsea won with 4-1 with Werner being involved in just one of the goals. Combined, these three were owned by almost 70% of the teams!

Salah was the only one to come close with 8.3% of the managers trusting him in the tough matchup. He met the high expectations, getting 8 points after scoring the only goal for the Reds.

The highest-scoring player of the week, Bruno Fernandes, was only captained by a mere 1.3% and ended up with 16 points. With 19% of total teams owning him, it means that only about one in 15 teams that owned him chose the United star as their captain!

An interesting fact is that the only Defender that was captained by more than 1% was Ben Chilwell (1.2%). It seems like the crazy high-scoring season made its toll against them, as managers don’t trust teams to hold clean sheets.

Season game – Gameweek 8 Statistical Analysis top captains

Top transfers before Gameweek 8

In a season-long game like this, one of the biggest factors of each team are the transfers they make and which players are bought or sold over the season.

Below we have listed the 5 most popular purchases and sells for the week:

Most Purchased Players before Gameweek 8

  1. Kurt Zouma (4.8M – DEF): 2858 teams (11.39%)
  2. Hakim Ziyech (8.3M – MID): 2119 teams (8.44%)
  3. Ben Chilwell (5.6M – DEF): 1903 teams (7.58%)
  4. Timo Werner (9.9M – FOR):  1284 teams (5.11%)
  5. Arthur Masuaku (4.3M – DEF): 1180 teams (4.7%)

Most Purchased Players before Gameweek 8

  1. Kai Havertz (8.4M – MID): 2253 teams (8.98%)
  2. Danny Ings (8.5M – FOR): 2173 teams (8.66%)
  3. Romain Saiss (4.9M – DEF): 1889 teams (7.52%)
  4. Timothy Castagne (5.2M – DEF): 1347 teams (5.37%)
  5. Raul Jimenez (8.9M – FOR): 1282 teams (5.11%)

Transfers overview for Gameweek 8

Another important part of the game’s strategy is how managers spend their transfers. Choosing to pay a -4p penalty to change a player is a risky move, but is often important to tackle the matchups or save up enough funds for a key transfer.

Season game – Gameweek 8 Statistical Analysis transfers

This week, we see that most teams made only one transfer, doing minor changes and sticking to the weekly limit. About 3 out of 10 teams kept the same lineups. We believe that the biggest reason for that is managers chose to save up a transfer for the following Gameweek after a very uncertain international break. Considering the injuries and the Covid-19 news that broke, this might have been a wise choice!

We also see that around 3% of the teams made 3-4 transfers, paying a considerable penalty for the week. All teams that made 5 or more choices (1.7%) used their wildcards this week.

Gameweek 8: Wildcards used

Wildcards are used to “reset” your team, allowing unlimited transfers to be made for a single Gameweek. Each team has two wildcards available, one in the first half of the season, and one for the second half.

The Season game – Gameweek 8 Statistical Analysis shows that last week we saw the lowest amount of wildcards played so far, with only 1.7% of the teams activating it. 

55.1% of the teams are still holding their wildcards. We’re curious to see when managers will choose to pull the trigger – are they waiting for a double gameweek, or holding up for sudden injuries and Covid-19 match postponements?

Season game – Gameweek 8 Statistical Analysis wildcards

Wrapping up: Standings after Gameweek 8

Below you will see a distribution of the team standings so far. For charting purposes, we’ve hidden the very low scores (below 300p) that represent 0.6% of the sample.

Weekly Statistical analysis - The road so far (GW8) total score distribution

Surprisingly, almost all teams are really close to each other! The average score is 447.5 points, and most are very close to this! You can find more insights about this graph and a deeper analysis for the road so far in Fanteam 1M PL Season game – Weekly Statistical analysis – The road so far (GW8)

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