Photo: Xherdan Shaqiri for Liverpool; source: AS

State of things

Nine Gameweeks have come and gone by. An unusual Premier League year with the pandemic and many wild results later, the title race is still wide open. If you’re new here, first of all, welcome. We’re attempting to leverage the use of data available to understand if we can generate more points than the average player playing FPL.

We’ve had some mixed results. We’ve done well in some weeks and not so well in other weeks. The data never lies so we have not cracked the case yet and we may still not. However, The aim is to continue to…

Manchester City celebrates scoring a goal; source: EuroSport

It’s quite unfathomable to me that we are in the 29th Gameweek already. This year seems to have flown by so quickly. This could be partly attributed to the pandemic and the bizarre season we have been a witness to. It’s been fun analyzing each Gameweek. Over the past few Gameweeks, there have been some schedule changes due to fixture conflicts and we had to adjust. I didn’t make any significant changes to the team.

Last time we made changes, we brought in 4 players which cost us 12 points. …

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Quick update for this week. A fairly average week in-terms of results. Somehow, this coming week also seems to have Double fixtures for many teams! Since this is our first year, I didn’t anticipate more than two Double Gameweeks. Could also be a case of pandemic creeping in. Something to watch out for in the future seasons to come.

Gameweek 25 Results | ID 4749795 FantasyBall

West Ham players celebrate scoring a goal; source: Sky Sports

Some weeks we miss the mark and some are just out of our control but this one has done us well. Last week, we took the risk of using our Bench Boost to hopefully do well. Let’s see how we did.

Gameweek 24 Results

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A more interesting Gameweek with some expected results and some unexpected ones. No update was provided for Gameweek 22 as we made no changes to the team to save a transfer.

Last week, I spoke about how we should have gotten Callum Wilson over Ollie Watkins. Now, it turned out to be a blessing in disguise as we have news now that Wilson will be out with an injury for the next 6 weeks. But we also have another pickle pop up. Our defender James Justin also picked up a nasty injury (acl) which will rule him out for the…

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This will be a quick update due to the quick follow through of Gameweek 22.

Last week, we were so close to grabbing Callum Wilson who went on to score 2 goals over the weekend. Instead, we went for Ollie Watkins. I guess that’s been our luck lately. The usual high-flying players failed to perform

Gameweek 21 Results| ID 4749795 FantasyBall

Photo: Sadio Mane celebrates scoring a goal; source: France24

The Gameweek started off fairly boring, if I must say, with a couple of draws but then picked up. Clear standout winner for FPL managers being anyone who had West Ham, Burnley, Liverpool, or Manchester City. Manchester City, being the standout candidate with 5 goals. Last week, we almost splurged on İlkay Gündoğan but went for Bukayo Saka instead. Not a bad replacement as he too scored 13 points. Gündoğan, on the other hand got 14 points with 2 goals as well. The man just can’t be stopped at the moment.

Note: Harry Kane faces a lengthy spell out with…

Photo: Ashley Barnes scores for Burnley against Liverpool; source: JON SUPER

It was a precarious Gameweek. It could have gone all wrong but thankfully it didn’t. In a significant turn of events, Liverpool saw their long-standing unbeaten home run tarnished by none other than Burnley. Leicester, West Ham and Man City were the only teams that won both their games during the week so managers who held onto them were surely rewarded.

This week also saw the second sacking of the season following Slaven Bilic as Frank Lampard was ousted from the Chelsea managerial post. Expect a shift in results from the Chelsea games.

Other things to note include both Kevin…

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Quick update going into Gameweek 19 since the games are coming up quick. For the second time this season, the next Gameweek will continue after just a day of break.

Gameweek 18 Results

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We’ve arrived at one of the pivotal portions of our season. Free Hit. Due to schedule changes, less games are being played over the coming Gameweek and we need to capitalize on this weekend like many others will be.

It’s been a busy 2–3 Gameweeks with game after game, so the expected returns for FPL Managers were all over the place. We too suffered with underwhelming results. However, after a couple of weeks of non-return, we had a decent Gameweek.

Gameweek 17 Results

Tom Thomas

I geek on stats. Exploring the power of data. Sports Analytics. tomthomas.github.io

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