Big Numbers

FPL Gameweek 2: Analysis of the key underlying statistics

Our Big Numbers piece returns for the new season as we take a look at the vast array of data available in our Members’ Area and present the eye-catching statistics that may be of interest.

We’re only one Gameweek into 2020/21, of course, and these articles will likely be of more use when we have a bigger data pool to draw from.

Still, there was enough of interest to warrant a cursory look at the Opta numbers from the weekend.

We’ve run down the stand-out figures in every position, as well as looking at the strengths and weaknesses of various teams to assess which Fantasy Premier League assets could shine in Gameweek 2.

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712 Comments Post a Comment
  1. JURGENAUT
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    1 month, 10 days ago

    I'm having trouble logging into fantasy premier league website.... is anyone else? Cheers

    1. TheBrazilianRonaldo
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 10 days ago

      Bruno and KDB purchases have crashed it

    2. barry custard
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      1 month, 10 days ago

      Yep. Looks like its crashed.

      1. Amey
        • 2 Years
        1 month, 10 days ago

        It's working fine for me

        1. ⚔★Vibudh★⚔
          • 4 Years
          1 month, 10 days ago

          Same

    3. Amey
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 10 days ago

      Free WC !

      1. TheBrazilianRonaldo
        • 1 Year
        1 month, 10 days ago

        ?

    4. Lestat
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      1 month, 10 days ago

      its down for me too

  2. ⚔★Vibudh★⚔
    • 4 Years
    1 month, 10 days ago

    G2G?
    McCarthy (Steer)
    TAA Davies Justin KWP(Mitchell)
    Salah Auba Havertz (Bissouma)(Reed)
    Werner Ings Wilson

    A) Havertz to James Rodriguez
    B) Save

    Plan is to KDB to Auba next week, maybe with Reguilon now happening, I can save and do Davies to Saiss along with that

    1. Old Gregg
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 10 days ago

      Hmm. I have Havertz. There’s nothing wrong with the move.

      It’s just Chelsea have WBA after L’pool.

  3. Rigid Digit
    • 4 Years
    1 month, 10 days ago

    Alli => Van de Beek
    (already have the obvious switch - Rodriguez)

    Risky?

    1. Rinseboy
      • 8 Years
      1 month, 10 days ago

      whats the attraction with Van de Beek?

      1. Rigid Digit
        • 4 Years
        1 month, 10 days ago

        Likely to start, and less than 8.0m
        (nothing left in the bank - looking for a quick swap for Alli)

      2. TheBrazilianRonaldo
        • 1 Year
        1 month, 10 days ago

        Slang in Dutch for a car full of coke

    2. ⚔★Vibudh★⚔
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 10 days ago

      Don't

      1. Rigid Digit
        • 4 Years
        1 month, 10 days ago

        Possibly against better judgement, I'm thinking "Alli gets another week"

        1. TheBrazilianRonaldo
          • 1 Year
          1 month, 10 days ago

          ... on the bench

    3. Amey
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 10 days ago

      Incoming player is yeah

    4. Espanyolie
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      1 month, 10 days ago

      VdBeek is a great player. Take it from some one that has watched him live week in week out. (I’m an Ajax seasonticket holder). Has got quite the competition though with Pogba and Bruno. I don’t see him as competition for greenwood to be honest. Can’t imagine Ole got him to put him out wide on the flank as a winger. That would truly be wasting his talent.

      If he nails down a midfield spot, he’ll be gold at 8.0. But for now it’s wait and see if he actually nails down that spot.

      1. PompeyUpNorth!
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 8 Years
        1 month, 10 days ago

        Thank you

  4. jai1212
    • 6 Years
    1 month, 10 days ago

    A. Ayling
    B. James
    C. Holding
    D. TAA

    Which one to bench?

    1. ⚔★Vibudh★⚔
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 10 days ago

      B

    2. Pukki Party
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 10 days ago

      B

    3. Amey
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 10 days ago

      C
      Lowest upside for me. I think WHU will score.

    4. jomikijiq
      • 5 Years
      1 month, 10 days ago

      B

    5. Klaren
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 10 days ago

      I have all, definitely benching B.

  5. ⚔★Vibudh★⚔
    • 4 Years
    1 month, 10 days ago

    Damn just seen that saints lineup..
    So Ings could possibly be benched vs Spurs?

    1. HollywoodXI
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      1 month, 10 days ago

      No chance

    2. Klaren
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 10 days ago

      Yeah they’ll just bench their first team for the PL games this season and solely focus on EFL cup.

    3. Bubz
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      1 month, 10 days ago

      Why would he be benched vs spurs??

    4. keefyefc
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 10 days ago

      No , but a good chance to have a 2nd look at a near full strength team which let a few of us down in g/w 1

    5. Old Gregg
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 10 days ago

      You can’t say for sure. But i would say it’s about rhythm, fitness and. Brentford are decent

    6. MikeBravo
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 10 days ago

      Quite clever by Saints. Treat the Carabao cup as a 'pre-season' match, but get knocked out to reduce the already congested fixture list. Stroke of genius I reckon.

  6. AF90
    • 8 Years
    1 month, 10 days ago

    Alli -> J Rodiguez tonight...then GTG?

    McCarthy
    TAA, Justin, Lascelles
    Auba, Salah, Havertz, Alli, ASM
    Werner, Adams

    Steer, Coady, Mitchell, Brewster.

    1. JollyGoodYellows
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 10 days ago

      Yeah I think I'm doing the same. Too many uncertainties with Alli.

  7. Giggs Boson
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 9 Years
    1 month, 10 days ago

    Interesting that VDS believes VDB can play as a 6
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h6rgO6ipH9Y&feature=youtu.be&t=196&ab_channel=ManchesterUnited

    Wonder if Ole will play him with Pogba and Bruno afterall...

    1. TheBrazilianRonaldo
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 10 days ago

      That would be dope

    2. Klaren
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 10 days ago

      Against bottom half teams, he can.

    3. Amey
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 10 days ago

      Maybe we all are worrying about thing doesn't exist.

      OGS played Fred with Pogba.
      I'm sure he'll play VBD with Pogba for starting few GW's and see how it goes.

      Scott, Matic will come IN for difficult games

      1. TheBrazilianRonaldo
        • 1 Year
        1 month, 10 days ago

        I watch all Utd games and don’t you think Matic is just too slow these days? He is really slow. Good tehcnical player but Ole wants all players to be fast and technical. Hence why Lukaku went

        1. Amey
          • 2 Years
          1 month, 10 days ago

          He's Freaking 50 years old.
          He's slow

      2. Giggs Boson
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 9 Years
        1 month, 10 days ago

        Excitement more than worry. He adds depth to the squad either way.

        I do wonder if Ole is going for a total football style though, where the midfield 3 takes turns going forwards or holding back. So while one is recovering energy the others are attacking. It would allow for relentless attacking pressure.

        1. Amey
          • 2 Years
          1 month, 10 days ago

          Would be lovely 😀

    4. Carefree Crew
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 10 days ago

      Read an interview with DvdB saying that when Ole contacted him about the move he wanted him to play around the box. That's from the player himself.

      Side note: Apparently he got more penalties than any other player in the league last season playing for Ajax.

    5. Carefree Crew
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 10 days ago

      Last week I spoke to Solksjear. It was about private things, but also about football. He said he’s been following me for a very long while. He said he knew exactly what my biggest strengths are and told me that he wants me to be in and around the 16-box at Man United too. Edwin van der Sar and Daley Blind helped me too with my decision.

      Guessing 16m box on the continent as opposed to 18 yards but could be a typo.

  8. Tmel
    • 9 Years
    1 month, 10 days ago

    Taking price out of the equation, Rashford or Greenwood?

    1. TheBrazilianRonaldo
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 10 days ago

      Rashford as he gets some pens and is less likely to be benched due to stupid pecking order

    2. Daniel - Go Granville
      • 11 Years
      1 month, 10 days ago

      Absolutely never you cant take the price out of the equation

    3. I Member
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      1 month, 10 days ago

      Rashford

    4. Klaren
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 10 days ago

      Rashford definitely. Maybe even with price in the equation, but not 100% on that, depends on Rashford’s form and transfer acitivity for RW.

  9. Daniel - Go Granville
    • 11 Years
    1 month, 10 days ago

    EPL cup notes.

    Mitro scored.

    Southampton playing first 11 or so.

    Everton and Leeds play second string lineups.

    Anything to add?

  10. Snooze ya lose
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 11 Years
    1 month, 10 days ago

    Looks like Bruno and Kdb rising again tonight ☹️

    1. Daniel - Go Granville
      • 11 Years
      1 month, 10 days ago

      🙁 why KDB why???

    2. Rassi
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      1 month, 10 days ago

      "Again"?

    3. Lord - Blaming it on Rio
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      1 month, 10 days ago

      What do you mean again?

      1. Rasping Drive
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 11 Years
        1 month, 10 days ago

        Because they have both been over 100% these last two nights and haven’t risen

    4. james 101
      • 8 Years
      1 month, 10 days ago

      Awesome

    5. Snooze ya lose
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 11 Years
      1 month, 10 days ago

      Sorry my bad! Didn’t mean to say again. No price change yet either

  11. Vazza
      1 month, 10 days ago

      Just an observation - there are some people (including myself!) who are constantly on these FPL forums. Think some of us need to find another hobby. Haha!

      1. Amey
        • 2 Years
        1 month, 10 days ago

        🙄

      2. Vazza
          1 month, 10 days ago

          By no means, this was a criticism.

      3. PepSala
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        1 month, 10 days ago

        Seriously guys does anyone actually know if price rises will happen to players that haven't played yet

        1. TheBrazilianRonaldo
          • 1 Year
          1 month, 10 days ago

          No one knows. I think it won’t. That’s just my view

        2. Bubz
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 7 Years
          1 month, 10 days ago

          No

        3. Vazza
            1 month, 10 days ago

            No one knows mate. It’s a complete mystery at this stage.

        4. IN SANE IN DE BRUYNE
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 4 Years
          1 month, 10 days ago

          James Justin in a lot of wildcards..
          He will probably lose his spot when Pereira is back, right?

          1. TheBrazilianRonaldo
            • 1 Year
            1 month, 10 days ago

            Shush. Let the value increase and those who had from gw1 get to pocket the change when selling

            1. Lord - Blaming it on Rio
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 5 Years
              1 month, 10 days ago

              ... and don't tell anyone that wildcard transfers don't affect price changes.

              1. TheBrazilianRonaldo
                • 1 Year
                1 month, 10 days ago

                Ah yeah bummer

          2. TheBrazilianRonaldo
            • 1 Year
            1 month, 10 days ago

            Yes probably

          3. Vazza
              1 month, 10 days ago

              Absolutely

            • SHOOTER MCGINN
              • 5 Years
              1 month, 10 days ago

              Definitely. But could be a while away yet

              1. IN SANE IN DE BRUYNE
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 4 Years
                1 month, 10 days ago

                Expected back GW5

          4. bitars
            • 3 Years
            1 month, 10 days ago

            Would you wildcard this team?
            I am not at all happy with my team.
            Ryan, Walton
            TAA, Davies, KWP, Vinagre, Mitchell
            Auba, Salah, ASM, Son, Bissouma
            Werner, Adams, Antonio

            -First of all i dont like the Ryan as a goalkeeper because i really want to have Lamptey. Don't wanna double up on Brighton defence either. And also like Bissouma as my fifth midfielder and monitoring Trossard for the future.
            -Vinagre didn't even start.
            -Spurs double up with Davies and Son. Only reason was good fixtures but i rather own some other good player for the money Son costs and Davies probably gonna lose his spot to Reguilon.
            ASM is not effective at all.
            Werner up against Liverpool and is flagged.
            Antonio was the player to take out anyway due to the fixtures.

            Wildcard team would be.
            Leno, Macey
            TAA, Lamptey, Saiss, Mitchell, Lewis/ Van Dijk
            Auba, Salah, Trossard, James, Bissouma
            Martial, Adams, DCL/Vassilev
            and 0,5 itb
            Can switch Auba to KDB next GW.

            Crazyness or go for it?

            1. TheBrazilianRonaldo
              • 1 Year
              1 month, 10 days ago

              I’d just take a -4 and get rid of Antonio and Vinagre.

            2. bitars
              • 3 Years
              1 month, 10 days ago

              *Sorry Adams should be Callum Wilson.

            3. Amey
              • 2 Years
              1 month, 10 days ago

              Log Off 😉

              (Absolutely no need to WC!)

            4. Vazza
                1 month, 10 days ago

                Play your team this week without making any changes. Capitain Auba and hopefully he scores well. Then transfer three of your worst players next week for a nominal cost of 4 points. Happy days.

              • Revival
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 8 Years
                1 month, 10 days ago

                Wouldn't wildcard. Wait for a couple of gameweeks to see the form teams and players emerge

                1. bitars
                  • 3 Years
                  1 month, 10 days ago

                  Thanks guys.

            5. Inazuma X1
              • 3 Years
              1 month, 10 days ago

              New Article

              1. Vazza
                  1 month, 10 days ago

                  Haha! Thanks

                • Lord - Blaming it on Rio
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 5 Years
                  1 month, 10 days ago

                  Clear it?

              2. LanMi
                • 3 Years
                1 month, 10 days ago

                GKP: Steer (McCarthy)
                DEF: Doherty, Alexander-Arnold, Webster (Ayling) (Vinagre)
                MID: De Bruyne, Aubameyang, Son, Saint-Maximin (Pereira)
                FWD: Mitrović, Bamford, Jiménez

                1. sandman58
                  • 1 Year
                  1 month, 10 days ago

                  Play 352
                  Downgrade Mitrovic to 4.5 striker (lad from Liverpool)
                  Upgrade elsewhere

              3. Revival
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 8 Years
                1 month, 10 days ago

                Got 0.5m ITB. Really stuck on which transfer to do.

                A) Son > Rashford
                or
                B) Ings > Martial

                1. CBonci
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 4 Years
                  1 month, 10 days ago

                  I would do Ings > Martial of those 2

                  1. Revival
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 8 Years
                    1 month, 10 days ago

                    Thanks. Yeah that was the original plan pre-gameweek 1

                2. bashtag
                  • 5 Years
                  1 month, 10 days ago

                  a

              4. Hect.OR 98th
                • 10 Years
                1 month, 10 days ago

                Any ideas? As an FPL veteran I'm genuinely stumped as to the best move (or not) this week. Got a war chest of £3m ITB.

                McCarthy Steer
                Vinagre TAA KWP Davies Mitchell
                Alli Auba Salah ASM Soucek
                Werner Wilson Davis

                Instinct says to hold and have 2FTs next week, but Alli looks a concern. Trouble is, not enough data to work with so any replacement would be a punt.

                1. sandman58
                  • 1 Year
                  1 month, 10 days ago

                  Alli to Bruno
                  Auba to KDB next week

                2. Garfield1001
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 6 Years
                  1 month, 10 days ago

                  Alli to Bruno or James

                3. St. Stephen XI
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 1 Year
                  1 month, 10 days ago

                  Alli to Bruno parks the money in a pretty safe place. You're at least moving from an asset looking like it could lose value to one looking like it could gain.

                4. CBonci
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 4 Years
                  1 month, 10 days ago

                  I think it’s best to hold (listen to your gut!) but if you want a United asset yeah I agree Alli to Bruno.

                  Watch the forward options too, e.g. upgrade to Davis > DCL

                5. stat sifter 888888
                    1 month, 10 days ago

                    Alli for a better mid (either as placeholder or season keeper) this GW, Vinagre is pointless even on the bench and I would seriously question Soucek. Couple of other tinkers that I'm sure are in your plans and pretty decent shape.

                6. stat sifter 888888
                    1 month, 10 days ago

                    The Southy game has been impossible to find anywhere. Can anyone who watched/is watching the game reassure me that they are playing their usual high line and that it looks vulnerable? Much appreciated.

                  • bashtag
                    • 5 Years
                    1 month, 10 days ago

                    Wise ffs community... would you take a hit to bring Rashford in for Pulisic?
                    Am I being a knee jerk?

                    1. CBonci
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      • 4 Years
                      1 month, 10 days ago

                      Don’t take a hit, Pulisic could score against Pool (again) even with limited time.

                      1. stat sifter 888888
                          1 month, 10 days ago

                          There's no reason to bring in Pulisic before GW2. Hold off.

                          1. stat sifter 888888
                              1 month, 10 days ago

                              Fs tough day, Puli's a good transfer just a week early. GW2 wise Rashford for Pulisic is a good punt but there's little point going back again. I would advise possibly WCing if there's no other way to avoid losing points, doing all your tinkers now and then using the funds to do a striker for Jimmy GW3 and Pulisic GW4.

                              OR you could take the hit for Pulisic this week (maybe 1 point) and avoid the stress when he starts to take off again.

                          2. bashtag
                            • 5 Years
                            1 month, 10 days ago

                            I think you speak sense! Thanks

                      2. BobbyDoesNotLook
                        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                        • 3 Years
                        1 month, 10 days ago

                        Good ol question

                        A) Bruno + Dcl
                        B) Martial + Hamez + 1.0m

                        And another:
                        1) Alli to Hamez or
                        2) for -4 either A or B

                        1. stat sifter 888888
                            1 month, 10 days ago

                            1 and then B later imo.

                        2. MOZIL
                          • 4 Years
                          1 month, 10 days ago

                          Hamez or Greenwood?

                        3. Hazz
                          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                          • 3 Years
                          1 month, 10 days ago

                          Just checked the scores. Southampton, oh dear!

                          1. stat sifter 888888
                              1 month, 10 days ago

                              Knew my comment would come to fruition. Very good sign for my team.

                            • PompeyUpNorth!
                              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                              • 8 Years
                              1 month, 10 days ago

                              Nice

                          2. 2hotty
                            • 3 Years
                            1 month, 10 days ago

                            Play 1?
                            Soucek
                            Pereira
                            C taylor

                            1. stat sifter 888888
                                1 month, 10 days ago

                                Taylor if you're convinced he'll play. Pereira always looked dangerous for West Brom but you have to factor in the quality of team he's playing for. Soucek is my least favourite although v. popular on here.

                            2. Paul Psychic Octopus
                              • 9 Years
                              1 month, 10 days ago

                              Aaagh! Am never scared to take hits after GW1 and had planned to do Saliva > James and Alli > James Rod. Set phone alarm to do FPL transfers at 11.00 pm. Then was so exhausted from work and stress, fell asleep. Noooo! Saliva drops 0.1m and now I cannot do the dual moves.

                              Someone tell me if I'm mad also to do Robertson > Digne for a mini wild card -8 hit, in order to enable the planned moves. Or just ride out the Saliva situation for now and do just Alli > James Rod?

                              1. stat sifter 888888
                                  1 month, 10 days ago

                                  Oooh unlucky. Maybe just WC? What's the point in taking a -8 hit and a 0.1 budget reduction?

                                  If not, the Saliva situation will go nowhere but down so if you want Digne do it.

                              2. lpujic
                                  1 month, 10 days ago

                                  dunk-alder-mings-taylor-walker and free gabriel, shaw and coleman, draft in case, im 9th in league so i might get both trades in, help?

                                • CBN
                                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                  • 7 Years
                                  1 month, 10 days ago

                                  Superb article.

                                • Lestat
                                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                  • 10 Years
                                  1 month, 10 days ago

                                  A - Son and Antonio to Bruno and Brewster?

                                  or

                                  B - Son and Antonio to Rashford and C Wilson?

                                  each is a 4 pt hit.

                                  or

                                  C - keep Son and Antonio.

                                • CroatianHammer
                                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                  • 5 Years
                                  1 month, 10 days ago

                                  That was a full strength Saints team, and they did not do well... is it a question of some yard of pace being missing for someone? Either way, I'm happy to hold zero of their players currently.

                                • RamaLangaDingDong
                                  • 2 Years
                                  1 month, 10 days ago

                                  Hi Dudes, just watched the Scoutcast and Andy/Gianni's preview of GW2.
                                  There appears to be some sexy new functionality on the official site that shows upcoming fixtures etc. under each player. How do you access this? I normally access FPL using a laptop rather than by phone, but I don't see those features...?