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Fanteam 1M PL Season game – GW9 Statistical Analysis

In this article GW9 Statistical Analysis, we will present the key facts and statistics of the Fanteam 1M PL Season game from the previous weekend.

Gameweek 9: Team scores

This week the scores were relatively lower than the previous week, even though the top captains did pretty well… It seems like the low-scoring matches and the big derbies took a toll on fantasy teams’ performances.

Let’s see how the scores were broken down below:

Here are some key numbers about the graph above:

  • Best team of Gameweek 9: 94.5 points
  • Average Score of Gameweek 9: 56.6 points
  • Top 10% threshold for Gameweek 9: 72.5 points
  • Top 25% threshold for Gameweek 9: 65 points
  • Percentage of teams between 40-70 points: 72%

Gameweek 8: Top players

Most of the best players of this week are the usual suspects. Bruno Fernandes stands out as the only one who made the top 5 list back-to-back. The huge surprise, though, is James Milner from Liverpool, who stepped up to cover for his injured teammates. 13 managers should be very proud of their choice, being the only ones among 25k teams to bet on him!  

  1. Dominic Calver-Lewin (8.3M – FWD): 12 Fantasy Points 10,161 teams (40.48%)
  2. James Milner (5.0M – MID): 11 Fantasy Points 13 teams  (0.05%)
  3. Heung-Min Son (10.3M – MID): 10 Fantasy Points 10,011 teams (39.88%)
  4. Andrew Robertson (6.9M – DEF): 10 Fantasy Points 5,937 teams (23.65%)
  5. Bruno Fernandes (11.1M – MID): 10 Fantasy Points 12,113 teams (48.25%)

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 9. 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 9: How teams lined up

Top captains for Gameweek 9

It’s not that often that we find a player getting captained by 38% of the field, but this time Bruno Fernandes did it! An easy game, coming off a good week, key injuries plus some derbies on the schedule forced everyone to rely on the United’s playmaker. And he didn’t disappoint them, scoring 10 Fantasy points! 

Nobody was even close, with honorable mentions being Werner, Kane, and Calvert-Lewin who all did well this week. 

Grealish, De Bruyne, Salah, Aubameyang, and Sterling were all unlucky picks for the total of ~20% of the teams who chose them.

Top transfers before Gameweek 9

In a season-long game like this, one of the biggest factors of each team is 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 9

  1. Bruno Fernandes (11.1M – MID): 8062 teams (32.12%)
  2. Jack Grealish (7.0M – MID): 3871 teams (15.42%)
  3. Kevin De Bruyne (12.2M – MID): 3402 teams (13.55%)
  4. Hakim Ziyech (8.3M – MID):  3197 teams (12.74%)
  5. Ollie Watkins (6.3M – FWD): 3145 teams (12.53%)

Most Purchased Players before Gameweek 9

  1. Mohamed Salah (12.4M – MID): 9599 teams (38.24%)
  2. Trent Alexander-Arnold (7.0M – MID): 4657 teams (18.55%)
  3. Heung-Min Son (10.3M – MID): 3015 teams (12.01%)
  4. Harry Kane (11.3M – FWD): 2366 teams (9.43%)
  5. Raheem Sterling (10.9M – MID): 1349 teams (5.37%)

Transfers overview for Gameweek 9

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.

This week, we saw almost a quarter of the teams not doing any transfers. Is that because of inactivity after the international break or a tactic to save up a free transfer for the next gameweek? We are not really sure yet…

Most of the teams (61.6%) chose to make 1 or 2 transfers, sticking to the allowable limits for free weekly transfers. Very few teams made 3-5 transfers, avoiding the higher transfer penalties for that. However, we saw a lot of the teams doing 5 or more, which corresponds with the wildcard usage that we’ll analyze in the next section.

Gameweek 9: 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.

In the previous week (GW8), we saw the lowest amount of wildcards played so far, with only 1.7% of the teams activating it. 

This week is totally different though! We saw a 6-fold increase in this percentage, with 9.8% of the teams activating their wildcards! This made Gameweek 9 one of the most crucial ones for the whole season.

Still, around 45% of the players are holding their wildcards for future use. Time will tell if it was a wise choice to wait that long…

Wrapping up: Standings after Gameweek 9

Below you will see a distribution of the team standings so far. For charting purposes, we’ve hidden the very low scores (below 320p) that represent 0.6% of the sample.

The distribution looks very close to what we saw last week as expected. The average score is 504.2 points, and most are very close to this. Some key points:

  • About 3 out of 4 teams lie between 440-590 points
  • Less than 1% of the teams crossed the 620 point mark
  • Around 13% of the teams have fallen much behind, having less than 440 points

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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