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Big Stats Award Winners -2017/18

We’re all familiar with the official Premier League player awards, such as the Golden Boot, which was won by Liverpool’s Mohamed Salah for scoring the most goals (32).

The Golden Glove, for most clean sheets was won by David De Gea (18) and the recently introduced Playmaker award for the most creative player, was scooped by Kevin De Bruyne (16 assists).

But what about those who have posted remarkable statistics during 2017/18? This article will look back on 38 Gameweeks of data to find out who the Big Stat Awards should go to.

Please note: each recipient of a Big Stat Award had to have started at least 19 games or half of the games this season. 

Baseline Bonus Award

Winner: Lukasz Fabianski

This award goes to the player with the highest BPS Baseline across the season. BPS baseline is an excellent indication of which players are likely to get bonus points, as it highlights those that get positive bonus for actions outside of the obvious, such as goals scored, clean sheets and assists. In first place is Swansea stopper Lukasz Fabianski, with a BPS baseline of 672.

In second is Chelsea defender Cesar Azpilicueta with 653 and Stoke stopper Jack Butland in third with 622.

Couldn’t Hit A Barn Door Award

Winner: Christian Benteke

This award is based on Big Chances Missed. Incredibly, the highest points scorer in the history of FPL, Salah, missed the most big chances this season with 23, followed by Benteke with 20 and, interestingly, Harry Kane with 18.

However, when you factor in the number of big chances missed as a percentage of the player’s ‘Total’ Big Chances, then there is only one clear winner  – the Palace striker.

This season the Belgian only had 23 big chances in total this season and he missed 20 of them, which is 87%, whereas Salah missed 53% of his big chances and Kane fluffed 46% of his.

Octopus Goalie Award

Winner: Jack Butland

This is based on Minutes Per Save and is the key indicator for goalkeepers who rack up save points throughout the season. Top spot goes to Butland with a save every 21.7 minutes, silver goes to that man again Fabianski (24.1 minutes per save) and bronze to West Ham’s Adrián (24.8 minutes per save).

The Fox In The Box Award

Winner: Sergio Aguero

The criteria for this award is Minutes Per Goal Attempt In The Box, possibly one of the biggest stats in Fantasy Football.

Looking at who is firing the most shots, most frequently in the box often reveals the players most likely to score. Aguero wins this one with a shot in the box every 24.6 minutes, closely followed by Kane (25.3 minutes) and Salah (25.8 minutes).

Top Crosser Award

Winner: Pascal Groß 

There is nothing more annoying than watching a live game and seeing a full-back or a winger putting lots of wayward crosses in the box that sail high above their intended target. With this mind, we look at the statistic of Successful Crosses and recognise those players with pinpoint accuracy.

Brighton number ten Pascal Groß leads the way with 70 successful crosses, closely followed by Gudmundsson on 65 and De Bruyne on 61.

The ‘On Me Head’ Award

Joint Winners: Marcos Alonso And Chris Smalling

When choosing a defender for your Fantasy team, you always want them to offer something more than just clean sheets. With this in mind, this award is based on Goals From Set Plays for defenders.

Top of the pile is Chelsea’s raiding left wing back Marcos Alonso and Manchester United centre back Chris Smalling with four set play goals apiece this season.

While Alonso’s free kicks will always be a part of FPL folklore, it seems that Smalling’s somewhat under-the-radar set piece threat may make him a shrewd Manchester United defensive pick next season, if he an retain a first XI berth. While David De Gea may garner a higher ownership, he will be stuck rooted at the opposite end of the pitch watching while Smalling trots up for those corners.

Tellingly, Smalling also has the highest Goal Conversion in the league last season with a whopping 30.8% of his chances scored.

The Team Relies On Me Award

Winner: Steve Mounie

This award is given to the player with the high Goal Involvement. First place is striker Steve Mounie who was involved in 57% of Huddersfield’s goals last season; second place goes to Salah (54%) and third place perhaps unsurprisingly goes to Stoke playmaker Shaqiri, who scored or assisted around half of Stoke’s 35 goals.

If Huddersfield up the goal threat next season (and admittedly they start from a low base with just 28 goals scored, the second lowest in the league), then a nailed-on Mounie could be a potent third striker. More importantly perhaps, when you consider that Liverpool were the division’s second highest scorers with 84 goals and that Salah was involved in more than half of those goals, it may make Salah essential in the 18/19 season, price-hike or no price-hike.

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  1. QPRUTD
    • 2 Years
    3 months, 5 days ago

    Nice read Virg!!
    Does Azpilicueta cover Alonso's goal threat with bonus points? Could save some bucks there.
    BTW I don't how is it possible to score or assist exactly half of 35 goals (17.5) 😉

    1. FPL Virgin
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      3 months, 5 days ago

      Thanks, matey. If Conte goes, everything could change for Alonso and his marauding raids forward. He may become the most overpriced defender in FPL history.

  2. FPL Virgin
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 2 Years
    3 months, 5 days ago

    Thank you so much for publishing. Would it be possible to promote this with a tweet from the FFS account, as well, please?

  3. FPL Virgin
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 2 Years
    3 months, 5 days ago

    Please can the typo on "Kooking" be changed to "looking". Thank you 🙂

    1. Slouch87 On The Up
      • 2 Years
      3 months, 5 days ago

      "Shari"

  4. Witty Pun: Tʜᴇ Cᴀsᴜ…
    • 1 Year
    3 months, 5 days ago

    Good read tbh. Nice one virg

    1. Deulofail
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      3 months, 5 days ago

      Agreed. Thanks Virg. I'd like to see Alonso taking free-kicks with his head to prove himself worthy of this award tbh

      1. FPL Virgin
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 2 Years
        3 months, 4 days ago

        Heh-heh ... a set play goal is a set play goal. Doesn't matter which part of the body it is off!

        1. Deulofail
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 2 Years
          3 months, 4 days ago

          "THE ‘ON ME HEAD’ AWARD" 😉

  5. speedyboyzz
    • 1 Year
    3 months, 5 days ago

    Nice work Virg! Good concept

  6. shotgunnufc
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 6 Years
    3 months, 5 days ago

    great article, helps me start to think how to use the members stats better next season as well

    1. FPL Virgin
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      3 months, 4 days ago

      Thanks Shot Gun. These really are some of the big stats that reveal the best players in the game. Goal Involvement. Shots in the box (on target). Set piece threat for defenders etc etc.

  7. Berbinho's Forehead
    • 7 Years
    3 months, 5 days ago

    Make Virgin a mod and get him on the scoutcast.

    1. TopMarx
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      3 months, 5 days ago

      The viewing figures would break YouTube, let alone Mark's poor broadband connection!

      1. FPL Virgin
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 2 Years
        3 months, 4 days ago

        Looks like they're going to force me into becoming number 1 in the world before they get me on 🙂

    2. Hotdogs for Tea
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      3 months, 4 days ago

      #justiceforvirg 🙂

      1. FPL Virgin
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 2 Years
        3 months, 3 days ago

        +1

    3. the snazzy viking
      • 1 Year
      3 months, 9 hours ago

      I would start watching it then

  8. FC Lackless [BALEGIUM]
    • 1 Year
    3 months, 5 days ago

    Can't see it happening unfortunately ... although enjoyable the scout-cast is too comfy and set in their ways. Last of the summer wine indeed.

    1. FC Lackless [BALEGIUM]
      • 1 Year
      3 months, 5 days ago

      reply fail ...

  9. PDM (Top 1000) ANY Season L…
    • 9 Years
    3 months, 5 days ago

    W.T.G.
    Very interesting article 🙂

    1. FPL Virgin
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      3 months, 4 days ago

      Thank you. It was fun to write. 🙂

  10. Anathallo
    • 8 Years
    3 months, 5 days ago

    Good article, thanks for writing.

    1. FPL Virgin
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      3 months, 4 days ago

      Thanks for taking the time to read it, m8.

  11. TopMarx
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 5 Years
    3 months, 5 days ago

    Nice one Virg!

    1. FPL Virgin
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      3 months, 4 days ago

      Thanks TM. It's a little bit draining researching and writing articles. I have no idea how you manage your incredibly detailed HoF articles every week. It must take a monumental effort.

  12. The Mighty Hippo
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 2 Years
    3 months, 4 days ago

    Excellent article, some very interesting (and surprising) stats

    1. FPL Virgin
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      3 months, 3 days ago

      Thank you 🙂

  13. KAPTAIN KANE
    • 1 Year
    3 months, 4 days ago

    Great way to sum up some of the key stats to help influence next season's pickings! Cheers

    1. FPL Virgin
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      3 months, 3 days ago

      Thank you 🙂

  14. Hotdogs for Tea
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 3 Years
    3 months, 4 days ago

    Nice article Virg 🙂

    Hopefully after, and in your own words, ... ‘’ Incredibly, the highest points scorer in the history of FPL, Salah, missed the most big chances this season with 23‘’ you will stop banging on about his lack of baps 😉

    1. FPL Virgin
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      3 months, 3 days ago

      How can the FPL bonus points system not reward the greatest ever FPL player?! Crazy situation!

      1. Hotdogs for Tea
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        3 months, 3 days ago

        He is rewarded, he was the third highest baps scorer ... even though ... and in your words ... he missed the most big chances than any other player -

        1. FPL Virgin
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 2 Years
          3 months, 3 days ago

          Few can deny that the BPS system needs a tweak here and there.

          Fabianski gets bonus for picking the ball out of his net 5 times. Salah gets nowt for a goal and an assist. Reform is required for next season.

          1. Hotdogs for Tea
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 3 Years
            3 months, 3 days ago

            Don’t you read your own words lol ? He misses more big chances than any other player in the entire league, he gets 18 bps for his goals and gets penalised for his misses ... not the fault of the system if he scores more than anyone else but also misses more chances than any one else too, surely you understand that as an Elite FPL player and potential Scout Cast member 🙂

            1. FPL Virgin
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 2 Years
              3 months, 3 days ago

              Consistently Getting into goalscoring positions where you receive a big chance is a skill ... A positive ... Not something that should be penalised.

              A striker who is anonymous for 90 minutes should get negative baps, not Salah.

              1. TorresMagic™ - 54 Qua…
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • Has Moderation Rights
                • 9 Years
                3 months, 3 days ago

                Missing a big chance = not skillful enough 😉

              2. Hotdogs for Tea
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 3 Years
                3 months, 3 days ago

                We are talking about Salah lol ... not other players ... Salah has the third highest baps and was rewarded, he would have had more if he didn’t miss so many good chances and didn’t wastefully give the ball away ... surely if you are to get on the Scout Cast you have to consider all the facts and be big enough to admit your mistakes 🙂

  15. Darth_Krid
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 1 Year
    3 months, 4 days ago

    Great article Virg, thank you.

    Hope Fabianski moves back to the Prem next season. Consistently does it year after year!

    1. FPL Virgin
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      3 months, 3 days ago

      Thank you 🙂