Our new Flat-Track Bully tool has recently been unveiled for our Members, with an explanation of how to use the feature available via this link.
This development allows subscribers to filter in/out opposition teams when trawling through the masses of Opta player data.
The tool will also hopefully prove very useful from an editorial perspective going forward and we begin our research with this feature by exploring how premium Fantasy Premier League midfielders fared in matches against the ‘big six’ last season.
While many Fantasy managers prioritise favourable fixtures over other factors, it is still worth scrutinising how players perform against tougher opponents – particularly the heavy hitters who may sit in our Fantasy squads for much of the season.
For this article, we have studied FPL midfielders whose end price was £8.5m or higher and who also started in more than 50% of their team’s league fixtures against the top half-dozen clubs.
Mohamed Salah, Sadio Mane, Raheem Sterling, Paul Pogba, Christian Eriksen, Dele Alli, Son Heung-min and David Silva will, therefore, form the basis of this analysis, with the likes of Kevin De Bruyne and Leroy Sane having been bit-part players in this category of fixture last season.
We have also overlooked Eden Hazard, who has now departed for Real Madrid.
We will delve into greater detail with Salah and Sterling for reasons outlined in the article below.
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