Happy New Fantasy Year! Our weekly Statistical Analysis articles are back with the GW16 update. In this article, we will present the key facts and statistics of the Fanteam 1M PL Season game from the midweek games.
Gameweek 16: Team scores
This round was a unique one for our game. With two matches being unexpectedly postponed after the transfers deadline, involving three of the best teams in the league, we saw many teams being left with fewer players and overall lower scores across the table.
No surprise that the average score is the lowest we’ve seen so far in the season.
Here are some key numbers about the graph above:
- Best team of Gameweek 14: 82 points
- Average Score of Gameweek 14: 42.8 points
- Top 10% threshold for Gameweek 14: 57 points
- Top 25% threshold for Gameweek 14: 50.5 points
Gameweek 16: Top players
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 14. 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).
This week’s bubble chart looks a bit emptier than usual. This is because 2 matches got canceled, with many of the popular players in the game getting a blank week (De Bruyne, Rodrigues, etc.) – we didn’t include these players in the chart as they all got zero points.
Top fantasy scorers for Gameweek 16
- Ben Mee (4.6M – DEF): 13 Fantasy Points – 242 teams (0.96%)
- Ezgjan Alioski (4.5M – DEF): 12 Fantasy Points – 342 teams (1.36%)
- Stuart Dallas (4.8M – DEF): 10 Fantasy Points – 3.755 teams (14.96%)
- Jack Harrison (6.0M – MID): 10 Fantasy Points – 396 teams (1.58%)
- Patrick Bamford (7.1M – FWD): 10 Fantasy Points – 11.693 teams (46.58%)
Gameweek 16: How teams lined up
Top captains for Gameweek 16
Out of the top 6 captains selected, only 2 actually played a match this week! Around 9,500 teams had a captain that didn’t play due to a postponed match!
Luckily for them, the most popular captain pick, Salah, had a very bad match and scored only 3 points. This means that 9.6% of Bruno Fernandes teams should be very happy with their selection!
Top transfers before Gameweek 16
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 16
- Harry Kane (11.4M – FWD): 976 teams (3.89%)
- Joao Cancelo (5.1M – DEF): 959 teams (3.82%)
- Heung-Min Son (10.5M – MID): 923 teams (3.68%)
- Partick Barford (7.1M – FWD): 778 teams (3.1%)
- Kieran Tierney (4.7M – DEF): 495 teams (1.97%)
Most Sold Players before Gameweek 16
- Jannik Vestergaard (4.6M – MID): 1,568 teams (6.25%)
- Kevin De Bruyne (12.0M – MID): 815 teams (3.25%)
- Joel Matip (5.1M – DEF): 814 teams (3.14%)
- Timo Werner (9.7M – FWD): 727 teams (2.9%)
- Tyrone Mings (4.7M – DEF): 673 teams (2.68%)
Transfers overview for Gameweek 16
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.
Once again, we saw a very high percentage of teams not making any changes between the gameweeks. We consider this normal as the timeframe to make changes after the Boxing Day games was less than 24 hours!
However, a considerable percentage (10%) chose to pay a transfer penalty and do more than 1 transfer, probably because of the expected rest of key players and the tough matchups of the gameweek.
Gameweek 16: 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 pattern with very few wildcards being played is continuing for the fifth week in a row. With the possible postponements and the blank-double gameweeks coming next GW, it’s no surprise that 33% of the managers are keeping their wildcards for then.
Wrapping up: Standings after Gameweek 16
Below you will see a distribution of the team standings so far. For charting purposes, we’ve hidden the very low scores (below 580p) that represent ~0.5% of the sample.
The very low scores and absences of this week changed the landscape more than usual. We saw many teams dropping considerably if they were unlucky enough to have many players from the teams that did not play.
However, the leaders didn’t increase their lead considerably, as many of them owned the City players, preparing for a good streak of games for them.
- We now have 2148 teams (~9%) that crossed the 1000 points barrier
- Only 18 teams are now above 1100 points in total
- Around 22% of the teams are now below 820 points in total
- The average total score across the competition now stands at 886 points
I hope you enjoyed the 1M PL Season game – GW16 Statistical Analysis! If you enjoy statistics and want to find even more insights, read Fanteam 1M PL Season game – Weekly Statistical analysis – The road so far (GW8).