Hub contributor Shaun Thorpe shares his brilliant Sky Fantasy Football tips and Gameweek 3 analysis. He delves into the data from the weekend’s fixtures to see who performed, who hit those important bonus tiers and who, perhaps, is creeping under the radar.
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Sky Fantasy Football Gameweek 3 Review
In this weekly article, I want to identify those Sky Fantasy players and teams who are going to perform on a consistent basis, either through form or fixtures.
I’ll start by showing at a top level which teams received the most points in Gameweek 3 overall. A base points-per-team will be 22 points (2 points per starting player). From a total league perspective the base score is 470 points (440 points from starting players and 10 Man of the Match performances).
A total of 900 points were scored over the weekend, which was the lowest of the season so far. In the second article of the international break, we’ll analyse the data from the season so far. We’ll also look into which teams concede the most points across the course of the season.
The graph below shows us which teams scored the most bonus points over the weekend and also which type of bonus they came from.
There was a lot more correlation between the teams who scored the most points and those that scored well on bonus. As we approach overhaul, it is we should definitely consider which teams consistently score the most points to properly target good fixture runs.
One of the biggest takeaways was West Ham not getting any bonus points over Gameweek 3. That’s surprising considering the form they’ve been in.
The above data gives us a quick view of who hit the Sky Fantasy bonus tiers in Gameweek 3. We’ll also keep running totals so we can see which players are the bonus magnets we want in our team (hopefully at reasonable prices).
It’ll also show us (specifically for passes and tackles) which players were just short of the level required.
As we can see Adam Webster (again), Rodri, James Ward-Prowse and Mohamed Salisu all hit bonus points in two tiers. Everyone else who hit bonus points did it in just one category.
Those that fell just short this week include Davinson Sanchez (£7.8m) who just missed out on both tackles and passing. Joel Matip (£8.4m) hit Tier 2 passing and was just 1 tackle away from Tier 1 there as well. Yves Bissouma (£7.5m) hit Tier 1 tackles and just missed out on the required passes.
However, if we look at the chart above it shows us who is performing well across all games. Adam Webster tops the charts after three games and looks a great budget enabler for the impending overhaul.
Perhaps unsurprisingly, the list is dominated by defenders and midfielders (given keepers and forwards only really have one type of bonus they score with). Kasper Schmeichel and Mohamed Salah will do well to stay on the list, but they show how there’s potential for bonus points even without clean sheets or goals every game.
No player has hit the tackles bonus in every game, but Adam Webster and Matty Cash have both hit Tier 1 twice then missed out by one tackle in the third game. Meanwhile, Sergi Canos and Cesar Azpilicueta have hit Tier 2 twice and in the third missed out by one tackle again.
In terms of passing, four sides are dominating the bonus points: Brighton, Liverpool, Man City and Chelsea. Obviously the latter got nowhere near after playing a half with only ten men in Gameweek 3, but going forward I think these four teams will offer great potential.
Any cheap regular starting player for these teams could really help extend the budget further up the field. Joel Matip and Andreas Christensen, I’m looking at you!
The chart above will become more useful over the course of the season, but it still gives us a good way of comparing players at different price points.
At this early stage, some players have had one good game and it sways their numbers. With that said, we’re already starting to see consistent players we can perhaps target post-overhaul. Michail Antonio (£8.8m) and Aymeric Laporte (£9.1m) look like the two most consistent options so far.
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Another great week with my A team, despite another captaincy fail from Bruno Fernandes (£11.8m) who chipped in with a one-pointer on Sunday. Mohamed Salah (£11.9m) contributed 9 points, Michail Antonio (£8.8m) hauled me 20 points (including captaincy) and the other mention goes to James Ward-Prowse, whose injury-time penalty was a massive swing in my favour.
72 points for the gameweek and a current position of 589 is a great spot to be in at overhaul, where things start to get really interesting. The B team is also doing reasonably well, sitting in 13k.
I did make the Salah – Kane punt in my B team on Sunday which ultimately proved fruitless.
In my next article I’ll dig into the upcoming fixtures, best players to go for in each team, single game days we should cover and reveal my team to attack the coming weeks.
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