Fanteam 1M PL Season game – GW23 Statistical Analysis

After an intense week with games held almost every day, we are back during the FA cup break with a brand new statistical analysis. In this article, we will present the key facts and statistics of the Fanteam 1M PL Season game from gameweek 23!

Gameweeks 23: Team scores

This week we saw relatively high scores, with an unusually high concentration around the average value. The top 25% threshold is the closest we’ve ever seen it to the average, meaning that most of the teams had a very similar output.

The leaders of the Gameweek were very much ahead of the pack but they represented a very thin percentage of the total teams, therefore not affecting the overall standings a lot.

  • Best team of Gameweek 21: 107.5 points
  • Average Score of Gameweek 21: 62.2 points
  • Top 10% threshold for Gameweek 21: 76.5 points
  • Top 25% threshold for Gameweek 21: 70.5 points

Gameweek 23: 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 on the Y-axis the points scored on Gameweek 23. 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).

Top fantasy scorers for Gameweek 23

  1. Phil Foden (7.7M – MID): 15 Fantasy Points – 1.390 teams (5.54%)
  2. Miguel Almiron (5.8M – MID): 14 Fantasy Points – 22 teams (0.09%)
  3. Ilkay Gundogan (6.2M – MID): 12 Fantasy Points – 8.332 teams (33.19%)
  4. Dominic Calvert-Lewin (9.2M – FWD): 10 Fantasy Points – 8.341 teams (33.23%)
  5. Stuart Dallas (5.1M – DEF): 10 Fantasy Points – 4.452 teams (17.74%)
  6. Jack Harrison (6.0M – MID): 10 Fantasy Points – 455 teams (1.81%)

Gameweek 23: How teams lined up

Top captains for Gameweek 23

Gameweek 23 was a rare occurrence where all of the popular captains had pretty much similar outputs. Bruno Fernandes was once again the most popular pick, with Son following with an easy game ahead of him. Salah was third with 10.5%, even when facing the toughest matchup of the year. 

Top transfers before Gameweek 23

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 sales for the two weeks:

Most Purchased Players before Gameweek 23

  1. Ben Mee (4.7M – DEF): 1.348 teams (5.37%)
  2. Nick Pope (5.1M – GK): 1.265 teams (5.04%)
  3. Heung-Min Son (10.6M – MID): 912 teams (3.63%)
  4. Patrick Bamford (7.1M – FWD): 811 teams (3.23%)
  5. James Tarkowski (4.6M – DEF): 669 teams (2.67%)

Most Sold Players before Gameweek 23

  1. Wilfied Zaha (7.1M – MID): 1.336 teams (5.32%)
  2. Ben Chilwell (5.5M – DEF): 1.070 teams (4.26%)
  3. Kurt Zouma (5.1M – DEF): 649 teams (2.59%)
  4. Jordan Pickford (4.5M – GK): 619 teams (2.45%)
  5. Kieran Tierney (4.8M – DEF): 557 teams (2.22%)

Transfers overview for Gameweek 23

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 really few managers making significant changes to their teams. Surprisingly, less than 2% of the teams made 3 or more transfers, with one out of ten teams doing 2 and three out of ten doing 1. 

57% of the teams made 0 changes, either saving up for the next significant week (double for 4 teams) or being inactive due to falling behind.

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.

This was the third gameweek of the second half, with all teams having a fresh wildcard in their hands. In this gameweek, only 1.3% of the managers used a wild card. Most of the teams choose to save their wild card for a ‘’better’’ gameweek. We expect to see a significant number of wildcards next week, where four teams are playing a double.

Wrapping up: Standings after Gameweek 23

Below you will see a distribution of the team standings so far. For charting purposes, we’ve hidden the very low scores (below 870p) that represent ~2% of the sample.

The graph got even wider after this week… we see more and more teams falling behind, and can now distinguish a large “step” between the few elites that lead the pack and the average teams.

  • 1,416 teams (~5.6%) are above 1,500 points 
  • Only 20 teams are above 1,600 points (~0.08%)
  • ~2,000 teams are inside the tight window between 1,470-1,530 points (~8%), covering most of the paid spots between 50-110€.
  • Around 35% of the teams are now below more than 150p away from the paid spots
  • The average total score across the competition now stands at 1,306 points

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