Top 5 Career Hall of Fame Analysis – Gameweek 33

In the Lukaku vs Kane head-to-head that was Gameweek 33, the Top Five Career Hall of Fame (HoF) voted in favour of the big Evertonian, with only Peter Kouwenberg captaining the Spurs man.

In what was a largely underwhelming gameweek Steve Poulsom was the biggest points scorer in Top Five. He moved up to 60,381 in the FPL rankings now only 11 points behind Marlen Rattiner who sits just inside the top 50,000. Considering there were 105 points and over 800K places between them in Gameweek 18, this is an impressive turnaround.

Heading into the Double Gameweek Marlen will be looking to widen the gap on Steve. Using his recent Wildcard the career number two brought in six players with two matches, the most out of our elite quintet. Though this includes Victor Valdes who is set to miss the first of Middlesbrough’s two fixtures, and the crocked Zlatan Ibrahimovic.

David Meechan, another to have used his Wildcard, had five players with two matches before injury intervened to potentially rob him of Valdes, teammate Fabio, and United’s big Swede. This could be seen as one of the dangers of wildcarding too early, however that would be to ignore the benefit David has gained from his Gameweek 30 Wildcard. He’s risen to 3,503 in the FPL standings from 14,564 in Gameweek 29.

Players with Two Matches in GW34ValenciaValdes, Gibson, Valencia, Zaha, Benteke,


Gibson, Valencia, ChambersValencia, ChambersValdes, Fabio, Valencia, Zaha


With Marlen the only manager to make a transfer so far this week, how many double gameweekers will make it into their teams?

Ville Ronka just has Manchester United’s Antonio Valencia with two matches. Will this change or is the Finnish Maestro feeling nonplussed with the fixtures?

This article focuses on the moves and strategies employed by the five elite managers who grace the upper echelons of the career Hall of Fame. Members can see the latest top five via our Live Hall of Fame update.

To help out I have also deployed Fusen’s FPL Statistico tool to gain an extra insight into their thinking.

Before we look at their teams in more detail, here’s why they are the best FPL managers:

Lowest rank in the last three seasons for any of the top five4,324
Highest rank in the last three seasons for any of the top five49


GW33 points4755626746
In the bank£0.1£0.0£1.2£3.3£0.4

Steve was rewarded for his unwavering faith in Liverpool’s Roberto Firmino with the Brazilian contributing 11 points to his total of 67. The former Hoffenheim player has been in Steve’s team for 28 matches this season. Contrast that with a manager renowned for his patience, Ville Ronka, whose longest serving player is Arsenal’s Alexis Sanchez at 25 matches. Infinite patience is not restricted to Finns or Buddhist Monks.

Now with form and a favourable fixture list on his side, despite the lack of a double gameweek, Liverpool’s top scorer last season could well remain in Steve’s team for the rest of the campaign.

Elsewhere Peter’s decision to bring in and captain Tottenham’s Harry Kane saw him continue his steady rise up the FPL standings. He now sits at 817 overall and remains the highest ranked out of the career Top Five. Hopefully this provides some consolation to being usurped as the number one manager in the Live HoF after only a week.

Name & HoF rankFPL IDPoint after GW33FPL rank GW33Best FPL rank 16/17*Worst FPL rank 16/17*
Ville #1 303271,86419,2608,637 (GW29)135,324 (GW19)
Marlen #2 600811,82947,02113,561 (GW20)101,648 (GW27)
Peter #367461,961817817 (GW33)243,702 (GW07)
Steve #439111,81860,38160,381 (GW33)845,911 (GW17)
David #5457551,9213,5032,433 (GW32)73,858 (GW09)

*from GW6 onwards

Only David of this quintet qualified for the cup and he went out in Gameweek 19. Marlen and David have played their Wildcards, all apart from David have played their Triple Captain chip, and three have also played their AOA chip.


The graph above shows the ranks of the Top Five managers over the 33 gameweeks so far. The vertical scale is from rank 1 to 1M. The distance between the ranks corresponds to the number of points separating them. For instance there are 201pts between rank 1 and rank 10,000, and 271pts between 10,000 and 1M. The graph gives an idea of how difficult it is to move up the ranks as you near the summit.



Only Peter handed Kane the armband, with David opting for teammate Dele Alli in the plum home fixture with the Cherries. Everton’s Romelu Lukaku had the remainder of the picks.

Heading into Gameweek 30 there wasn’t much to choose between the two main captaincy contenders. Yet in YMA’s Form and Fixture Analysis Kane was the number one pick and Lukaku ranked bottom. Burnley’s improved defence highlighting the possible difficulty facing Lukaku.

Over the season Sanchez has been picked as captain 30% of the time, averaging 14.4pts when chosen. Manchester City’s Sergio Aguero follows in popularity having been handed the armband 24% of the time, averaging 15.9pts as captain or triple captain, with Lukaku chosen 13% of the time averaging a mighty 20.7pts.

In the graphic below I’ve displayed this information for the five most popular captain picks.


Despite a relatively poor total this week it shows that overall Lukaku has handsomely repaid the faith placed in him when chosen as captain. You could argue that the trolls in this graphic are Tottenham’s Harry Kane and United’s Ibrahimovic. They have not been explosive choices on the few occasions that they have been trusted with the armband, averaging 12.0 and 13.2 points respectively.


ManagerVilleMarlenPeterSteveDavidAve. (c) pointsAs % of score
GW (c) Points12122412121426
Total (c) Points47546552342143846425

Peter remains the best performing manager out of the Top Five in his ability to select the right captain. His 523 points is the top score in this metric by some margin. It is no surprise that he is also the highest ranked FPL manager of the five.

What is slightly surprising is that David, with 438  captaincy points – 85 less than Peter – is only 40 points behind him overall. David could himself be in the top 1,000 had his captain contributed more than 22.8% to his overall score. This is the lowest percentage of the five.

To help you make your crucial captain decision be sure to read YMA’s Form and Fixture analysis together with the Captain Sensible articles. There may also be a Hot Topic from CRUZ88 to look out for.

TRANSFERS – Gameweek 33

Players InLukakuKane,  GibsonKane
Players OutVardyAguero, DaviesVardy

Not many transfers this week. In swapping for Vardy for Lukaku instead of Kane, price may have been a consideration for Marlen. The Belgian now resides in all five squads.


ManagerVilleMarlenPeterSteveDavid Average
GW33 Transfers012101
GW33 Points Hits004001
GW33 Immediate Points Gained from Transfers0313304
Minus Points Hits039303

The most successful moves this week belonged once again to Peter. His decision to captain Kane helping to add 9 points to his total of immediate points gained from transfers minus hits.

Total Transfers324054474243
Total Points Hits84092645251
Total Immediate Points Gained from Transfers167243332288256257
Minus Points Hits159203240224204206
Total Benched Points295167252237176225
£ Value (GW32)103.9103.9108.7106.4105.4105.7

Over the course of the season Peter has mustered more immediate transfer points than any of his fellow bosses at the HoF’s top table.

Immediate transfer success is not in itself proof of overall success but simply one part of a complex picture. Steve for instance is only 16 points behind Peter in this metric, however he is over 143 points behind overall.

Although the numbers would suggest that this season Ville’s patient approach isn’t as productive as Peter’s more assertive style. The career number one is 81 points worse off than Peter on immediate points gained from transfers minus hits, contributing to a 97 point difference overall. Both players still have their wildcards to play.

One obvious result of making more transfers is an increase in Team Value. Not surprising that Peter and Steve, having made the most transfers, have the most valuable squads.


One of the aims in FPL is to own players for their best periods and sell them when they are underperforming. Choosing which premium assets to invest in goes a long way to making up the total score for each manager. This week I’ve decided to take a look at how the Top Five managers have done with the three most popular captain choices – Sanchez, Aguero and Lukaku.

Below is a table showing the total points the Top Five have gained from each player.


Captain points mean that David has gained 283 points from leading FPL points scorer Sanchez, even though the player himself only has 210 points.

Below is a table showing the average points per appearance that the Top Five have gained from each player.


Overall every manager has made excellent use of this premium trio, with each one extracting more points per appearance than the player’s own FPL average.

When comparing David’s 9.8 average points per appearance from Sanchez to Peter’s 10.6, it puts his 283 total in a different light. Indicating that David hasn’t maximised his use of Sanchez as a team member and captain option as well as Peter. Especially when compared to the relatively low number of points David’s garnered from Lukaku.

Below I’ve put together a chart showing when each manager has owned the trio this season. The size of the circle reflects the number of points scored that week by the player. If the circle is solid white it means the manager owned the player that week. Where the white exceeds the boundary of the circle, it indicates that the player was captained or triple captained.


The chart clearly shows how Lukaku has become a popular selection and captain choice in later gameweeks. Overcoming his “Troll-kaku” moniker.


GW Formation3-4-33-4-33-4-33-5-23-5-2
Season Formation3-4-33-4-33-4-33-4-33-5-2
No. of Times Chosen2327201418
Ave. Points Scored59.75759.752.163.3

The standard 3-4-3 was again popular this week with three managers choosing this formation.

Over the season Ville and Marlen have been strong advocates of 3-4-3, Marlen opting for the formation 27 times. Yet it is David, favouring 3-5-2, who has scored the highest average points with 63.3. It has also been the most successful formation for Peter, the seven times he has chosen or defaulted to 3-5-2 he has average 69 points.

3-4-3 has been favoured 58% of the time by the career HoF Top Five, with 3-5-2 second with 24%. 4-4-2 is the third most popular on 11%.


Players in 5 teamsLukaku, Eriksen, Valencia
Players in 4 teamsAlli, Alonso
Players in 3 teamsSanchez, Heaton, Pickford
Attacking players under 6mBarnes x2, Zaha x2, King, Can, Fletcher


Goalkeepers – Heaton, Pickford

Defenders – Valencia, Alonso, Gibson, (McAuley / Chambers)

Midfielders – Eriksen, Alli, Sanchez, Sigurdsson, Zaha

Forwards – Lukaku, Ibrahimovic, Kane

With Ibrahimovic suffering a knee injury against Anderlecht the Swede won’t be featuring in the template for much longer. Replacements include Double Gameweek options; teammate Marcus Rashford, Palace’s Christian Benteke – already in Marlen’s team – and Middlesbrough’s Alvaro Negredo.


The season isn’t over yet but so far it seems a high points scoring season. With five gameweeks to go including three double gameweeks, it’s not impossible that we will see a record winning score. The current marker is 2,668 points set in the 2009/2010 season.  

With so many points on offer from a wide number of players an aggressive transfer approach is paying off for Peter. This is no doubt why he currently leads the way in Immediate Transfer Points.

Yet if you looked only at Transfer Success you might expect Ville to be the worst performing manager. In fact he is not, and is only 23 points outside the top 10,000. Clearly there is more to success than can be measured with these stats. 

The game is about making good decisions. We can devour stats, watch matches and highlights, read analyses to inform ourselves, but there’s no magic formula. As Peter (aka MyPrettyPony) would say ‘trust your gut’.

One of the most helpful things to come out of these articles is Peter’s willingness to offer insights around transfers and strategy in the comment section below. Hopefully, he will once again be able to share his thoughts.

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  1. Jonty
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • Has Moderation Rights
    11 months, 1 day ago

    Thanks for this. Will be intriguing to see how they react to the ibra news and who they captain.

    Will Ville take a risk?

  2. buzzkill
      11 months, 1 day ago

      Friend nailed?
      Looks decent for DGW at 4.2

      1. Dacourt
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        11 months, 1 day ago

        There's a bit of doubt as Agnew said Fabio's injury isn't as bad as first thought.

    • TopMarx
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      11 months, 1 day ago

      To see a more detailed view of each players’ chart including fixtures and points totals, please click on the links below:


      Hope you like them!

      1. The Rumour Mill
          11 months, 1 day ago

          Nice work with these! Did they come about from our discussion last week? 🙂

          1. TopMarx
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            11 months, 1 day ago

            Yes 🙂 now I've developed the template and formulas for the charts in excel it's basically just a copy and paste job to do each one. Fairly straight forward. I will get a few more done for next week. I really like them, glad you do too! very interesting to see the data this way I think.

            1. The Rumour Mill
                10 months, 28 days ago

                I think they're fantastic, display what I was thinking of but in a far better way than I could have come up with! Yes they make it very clear, looking at them and comparing them to my own team, I can't believe I didn't own Lukaku until week 24!! Huge amounts of potential points lost, especially for a lot of that time I had Benteke and Ibra up front doing nothing haha. On the flipside though I caught Sanchez early which helped a lot. You can really see recently how Sanchez has dropped off pointswise too. Same goes for Aguero compared to the first few weeks of the season.

                1. TopMarx
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  10 months, 23 days ago

                  In the end I didn't have time to do anymore this week but planning to do more before the end of the season. Thank you for the inspiration 🙂 hope you have a good gameweek

          2. blueallthrough
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            11 months, 1 day ago

            what am I looking at?

            1. TopMarx
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              11 months, 1 day ago

              More detailed versions of the chart in the article; charts showing when each manager has owned Aguero, Lukaku and Sanchez this season.

              - the size of the circle reflects the number of points scored that week by the player.

              - if the circle is solid white it means the manager owned the player that week.

              - where the white exceeds the boundary of the circle, it indicates that the player was captained or triple captained.

              The charts linked to above also include fixtures and the points scored by the player each week.

              Hope they make sense?

        • TopMarx
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          11 months, 1 day ago

          As I'm moving over the next couple of weeks these articles might be more stats and graphs than comment for the next few gameweeks. The writing is the bit that takes me the longest. However if anyone fancies helping out and doing the writing part let me know, it might be nice to get someone else's take on the stats anyway. Thank you.

          1. Farcelona123
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            11 months, 1 day ago

            Great job Tm,one of my favourite articles of the week.

        • FC Lackless [BALEGIUM]
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          11 months, 1 day ago

          Cheers TM

        • My Pretty Pony
            11 months, 1 day ago

            Thanks, TM.

            Had a really crappy week outside FPL, so not really had my head on the football, but if you're interested I'm torn between Negrado, Benteke or maybe Rashford (probably in that order at the moment) in for Carroll and I believe that there is an article on just that dilemma which I'll be getting into shortly. I was never really sold on Ibra even before the injury.

            I picked out Negrado a few weeks ago as I have hazy memories of high scoring games in bygone years between relegation battlers which swung back on forth as the teams attacked with reckless abandonment. I appreciate that doesn't sound like Boro though!

            Haven't even considered captain.

            1. TopMarx
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              11 months, 23 hours ago

              I'm sorry to hear that MPP, I hope FPL provides a welcome distraction.

              Yes I think I'm likely to swap Aguero for Negredo. He was in my team at the start of the season, I remember him being awesome when he played at City, though he has looked slow in a Middlesbrough shirt. It's the fixtures, desperate need for wins, and his improved form in the last four GWs that makes me think he could do something. Not such a secret weapon though now!

              If Benteke had better fixtures I would choose him, though he could still do well in the Liverpool game.

              In the midfield I'm thinking about dropping one of my Spurs mids, I think 3 Spurs is too many and the next two fixtures aren't as easy as Bournemouth at home. Looking at Hazard, King, Zaha and Firmino. So a few choices there!

              Hope you have a good weekend on and off the pitch so to speak.

          • TopMarx
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            11 months, 4 hours ago

            Good luck everyone! Especially those who have captained Negredo 😉

          • TopMarx
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            11 months, 4 hours ago

            Captain choices for the Top Five in GW34:

            Ville - Negredo
            Marlen - Rashford
            Peter - Negredo
            Steve - Benteke
            David - Sanchez