After an exciting week with more games than usual, we are ready to present the statistical analysis. In this article, we will present the key facts and statistics of the Fanteam 1M PL Season game from gameweek 26!
Gameweeks 26: Team scores
Gameweek 26 was the second highest-scoring Gameweek of the season so far! With 17 matches and all of the key teams competing twice, that was of course expected. This weekend we saw some tremendous changes in the standings, with a huge range of scores from teams that followed different strategies.
In part, that was a result of the heavy rotations some teams chose to do, leaving many of the managers with low-scoring captains as we’ll see later on. As a general note, most teams fell in the 80-100 points range, with some few leading the pack by 20-30 points.
- Best team of Gameweek 26: 142 points
- Average Score of Gameweek 26: 88.5 points
- Top 10% threshold for Gameweek 26: 112 points
- Top 25% threshold for Gameweek 26: 101.5 points
Gameweek 26: 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 26. 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 26
- Gareth Bale (7.6M – MID): 20 Fantasy Points – 413 teams (1.65%)
- Riyad Mahrez (8.9M – MID): 19 Fantasy Points – 572 teams (2.28%)
- Hugo Lloris (5.1M – GK): 17 Fantasy Points – 3.697 teams (14.73%)
- Jordan Pickford (4.5M – GK): 16 Fantasy Points – 2.643 teams (10.53%)
- Heung-Min Son (10.7M – MID): 16 Fantasy Points – 10.936 teams (43.57%)
Gameweek 26: How teams lined up
Top captains for Gameweek 26
With all the big teams having a double gameweek, there were plenty of captains to choose from. But each of them had its pros and cons. Some, like Salah and Fernandes, had a tough matchup. Some others, like the Manchester City players, were vulnerable to the rotation for resting. And others, like Kane or Calvert-Lewin, had easier matchups but were considered less trustworthy.
In the end, Kane was the most popular pick with 26.7%, with his Spurs teammate (Son) coming fourth with 10.5%. Salah took the #2 spot with 19.5% and Bruno Fernandes third with 13.1%. The Manchester City midfielders split most of the other top spots with Sterling, De Bruyne, and Gundogan summing up to 19%.
Top transfers before Gameweek 26
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 26
- Harry Kane (11.4M – FWD): 4.395 teams (17.51%)
- Dominic Calvert-Lewin (8.4M – FWD): 3.865 teams (15.4%)
- Harvey Barnes (7.7M – MID): 3.063 teams (12.2%)
- Lucas Digne (5.2M – DEF): 2.472 teams (9.85%)
- Ollie Watkins (6.4M – FWD): 2.368 teams (9.43%)
Most Sold Players before Gameweek 26
- Jack Grealish (7.3M – MID): 3.806 teams (15.16%)
- Patrick Bamford (7.1M – FWD): 3.747 teams (14.93%)
- Danny Ings (7.7M – FWD): 3.161 teams (12.59%)
- MIchail Antonio (8.4M – FWD): 1.839 teams (7.33%)
- Raheem Sterling (7.3M – MID): 1.629 teams (6.49%)
Transfers overview for Gameweek 26
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 was different. Very few teams made the usual single transfer, as most were trying to take advantage of the double gameweek. It was interesting that 33.8% of the teams made 2 or more transfers, with almost one out of 8 teams choosing to go really high, obviously using their wildcard.
Again we saw exactly half of the teams making no transfers. It’s now obvious that these teams are inactive, as they were probably left way too much behind in the standings. If you are reading this, you know you still have a shot for an in-the-money finish, as your teams will definitely perform better than them with just a few minutes of attention weekly.
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.
Wildcards were on fire this week. 18.3% were activated this week, as most of the managers were doing their best to get as many double gameweek players as possible. This will probably be the the most popular gameweek of the season for a wildcard play, as now only 60% of the teams have their cards available.
Wrapping up: Standings after Gameweek 26
Below you will see a distribution of the team standings so far. For charting purposes, we’ve hidden the very low scores (below 1,100p).
Many up-and-downs this week! As we saw, captaincy played a crucial role this time, as picking the correct player led to up to 30 point differences. The top teams are continuing to extend their lead, with the leader now being more than 250p away from the last of the paid spots.
- 517 teams (2%) are above 1,850 points
- Only 6 teams are above 1,900 points (~0.02%)
- ~6,928 teams are inside the 1,600-1700 point range, which is represented with the two tallest bars on the chart
- 10,150 teams (40.5%) are now more than 150p away from the paid spots
- The average total score across the competition now stands at 1,533 points