Welcome to Telegraph Fantasy Football Focus by Andrew Ferguson. Andrew is a veteran all-round fantasy football player with four consecutive top 1000 single entrant finishes in TFF including finishing 88th overall last season. 

 

Welcome to a brand new weekly article series dedicated to TFF where we focus on the game data to help us analyse what is happening and what we should be looking at going forward.

 

Player Points – Overall

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Player Points

  • Man City and Leicester players dominate the top scoring players so far this season with an even spread of one each amongst the other top six teams
  • Strikers account for half of highest points scorers so far with Leicester defenders and the key Liverpool and Man City midfielders making up the remainder
  • Only Rashford is under 10% owned in the top ten
  • No goalkeepers in the top ten scoring players

 

Player Points – Last 6 Weeks

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Player Points – Last 6 Weeks

  • Six Leicester players in the top ten, with no Man City, Arsenal or Spurs players
  • Leicester defenders have dominated the last six weeks with three in the top six high scoring players. Can they keep it up?
  • Mousset has emerged as a budget striker to potentially enable a 5-3-2

 

Points per million (PPM) – Overall

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Points per million (PPM) – Overall

  • Leicester and Sheff Utd continue to dominate the points-per-million value players with all regular starting defenders in the top ten
  • Nine of the top ten points-per-million players are defenders
  • Seven of the top ten points-per-million players are below 10% ownership with five players below 5% ownership
  • No Man City, Chelsea, Liverpool, Arsenal or Spurs players in the top points-per-million players so far this season

 

Player Ownership

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Player Ownership

  • Midfielders and Strikers continue to dominate the top of the ownership charts (excluding Alexander-Arnold)
  • There are no Sheff Utd players and only two Leicester players in the top ten owned players despite their points and value to date
  • Only Abraham, Mount, Vardy and Chilwell have above 15 points-per-million in the top ten most owned players

 

Fixtures

Depending on what you are looking for we take a look at the next best three, six and ten fixtures and recommended players to help plan for short, medium and long term transfers using the excellent Hub fixture ticker also available here:

Next 3 Fixtures

The teams with the best next 3 fixtures are:

  • Southampton– Ings (5.0m)
  • Arsenal– Aubameyang (6.8m)
  • Chelsea– Abraham (4.3m)

 

Next 6 Fixtures

The teams with the best next 6 fixtures are:

  • Southampton– Ings (5.0m)
  • Chelsea– Abraham (4.3m)
  • Sheff Utd– Stevens (2.9m)

 

Next 10 Fixtures

The teams with the best next 10 fixtures are:

  • Chelsea – Abraham – injury dependant (4.3m), Pulisic (4.2m), Mount (3.2m), Tomori (2.4m)
  • Crystal Palace– Van Aanholt (3.2m), Ward (2.4m)
  • Southampton– Ings (5.0m)

 

3 Recommended Buys

Mane – with Liverpool’s burst of good fixtures coming up they are ripe for investment and Mane seems to be involved in everything. At only 32% owned there is still time to get on him and the points he will undoubtedly provide until they head to the World Club Cup

Soyuncu – at 2.3m he has surely been the bargain of the season so far. He is an enabler but also a key points scorer himself and Leicester’s fixtures remain excellent for the next few weeks

Rashford – the third highest scoring striker in the last six weeks has also now crept up to ninth in the overall points list. With good fixtures still to come he looks a shrewd buy with very low ownership to boot

 

3 Differential Recommended Buys (under 10% owned)

Pulisic (9% owned) – The 4.2m winger is rapid and loves a shot and with Chelsea having great fixtures for the foreseeable future he is bound to be in the points in a big way

Ings (1% owned) – If you are looking to steal a march over the next few weeks then Ings could be your man. He is on penalties and has very strong short term fixtures which could bring the points in for the incredibly low owned striker

Baldock (3% owned) – Sheff Utd have good long term fixtures and look very tight at the back. At 2.4m this full back could be a great enabler and also get some attacking returns to boot

 

Other Hub Telegraph Fantasy Football Resources

Fantasy Football Hub has you covered for all things Telegraph Fantasy Football all under one roof.

The latest TFF Podcast is available here as we review our teams, discuss hot topics and look at the month ahead. It is available to listen in all major podcast libraries including Soundcloud, iTunes and Spotify.

The TFF Planner here will help you identify fixture runs and the important 2-1 and 3-1’s to maximise transfer use.

Andrew’s personal TFF team, weekly review and transfer plans are discussed in detail for Hub subscribers weekly along with my FPL, Sky and Sun Dreamteam teams. If you aren’t a subscribing Hub member already click here and use code ANDREW10 for a 10% discount for monthly and annual standard subscription.

We also have the new TFF WhatsApp Chat group live for Premium Hub Members where we chat all things TFF along with fellow podcasters and TFF gurus Luke Wilson and Carl Weeks. Click here to subscribe and join in the chat again using code ANDREW10 for a 10% discount for monthly and annual Premium subscription.

Carl’s TFF Algorithm predicting the next six weeks points and our pre-season How to Play TFF and How to Win at TFF are great reads here

 

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