Metrics

Heavy backing for Salah among emerging top 10k FPL managers

A quarter of Fantasy Premier League managers have already deployed their first Wildcard of the season.

And there is similar usage for that chip among the emerging top 10,000 in the overall rankings.

After the first four Gameweeks, 25.4% of managers worldwide have used their Wildcard to get a new squad, 6.2% of those doing so ahead of Gameweek 4.

Unsurprisingly, the Wildcard is the most fashionable of the chips thus far, with the Triple Captain (10.2%), Free Hit (6.1%) and Bench Boost (4.4%) less so.

These statistics arguably highlight just how much goes on outside the Fantasy Football “bubble” that we are sometimes guilty of reading too much into.

Wildcards have been hotly debated on these pages, and in the Twittersphere, for some weeks now. And yet, it is perhaps refreshing for those still holding onto that chip that they are still in the vast majority. 

The same is even true inside the current top 10k, as early as the season is.

As you can see, just 25.1% of managers at this level have pulled the trigger on the first Wildcard. 6% of those did so for the most recent round of action.

But there are still plenty of mitigating factors forming part of the top 10k at this stage of the campaign, which is evident from the chip usage outside of the Wildcard.

21.1% of these managers have already made use of the Triple Captain, 8% the Free Hit and 7.5% the Bench Boost. Each of those respective totals is somewhat higher than the corresponding usage at an overall level.

Still, we should not take too much away from the managers inside the top 10k after the first four Gameweeks on account of the chips.

As you can see from the table above, more than half of those who began the campaign well have done so without the help of any chips.

And no more than 30.5% made a fast start through the use of one.

These managers are mostly relying on Mohamed Salah (£12.2m) for Gameweek 4, 37.5% of the top 10k captaining him for Sunday’s trip to Aston Villa.

The Egyptian scored four goals on the road last season but was joint-top among Liverpool players for assists away from home (six).

Despite the captaincy debate proving a hotly contested one this week, and Kevin De Bruyne (£11.7m) edging the FFS poll (21.4% to 17.8%), Salah has commanded a considerable majority of armbands among the top 10k.

Jamie Vardy (£10.1m) is the second-most-popular captain at this level for Gameweek 4 but his backing of 11.7% is still 25.8 percentage points lower than Salah.

De Bruyne was not far behind the Leicester man, but his 11.7% backing for the captaincy in the top 10k were left bitterly disappointed with a second successive blank in Manchester City’s 1-1 draw at Leeds.

The 7.7% of top 10k managers who went for the in-form Dominic Calvert-Lewin (£7.5m) were rewarded accordingly, as he netted in Everton’s Gameweek 4 hosting of Brighton.

Even though Spurs face an unpredictable big-six clash with Manchester United, 5.2% of the top 10k have captained Harry Kane (£10.5m), who has averaged seven points per game thus far.

The early top 10k template makes for interesting reading, most notable how fractured midfield is at this level.

Salah is comfortable the most popular asset in that position, owned by 73.7% of managers, but that is 39.8 percentage points more than the second-most-fashionable.

James Rodríguez (£7.7m), who registered another home double-figure haul against Brighton, is that man, but he hardly has much clearance from De Bruyne and Wilfried Zaha (£7.2m).

Meanwhile, it is intriguing to note that, despite confusion over his fitness situation, 19% have held onto Son Heung-min (£9.0m) ahead of Gameweek 4 and the international break.

The fact that Liverpool have just one clean sheet in three matches so far has not stemmed interest in their defence.

Trent Alexander-Arnold (£7.5m), Andrew Robertson (£7.0m) and Virgil van Dijk (£6.5m) are three of the most popular in their position, while Tyrick Mitchell (£4.1m) remains the most fashionable in his price bracket.

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2,028 Comments Post a Comment
  1. Twisted Melon
    • 6 Years
    1 month, 21 days ago

    WC Activated.

    Sold ASM with the intention of buying back tomorrow if price drops. 2 weeks of playing with prices changes.

    current Defence: Chillwell Castagne Justin I Lamptey Mitchell.
    mad to go without Liverpool defence?

    1. The Knights Template
      • 7 Years
      1 month, 21 days ago

      Here comes the Hotstepper!

      1. It’s gonna Ben Mee
        • 6 Years
        1 month, 21 days ago

        Murderer

  2. Sgt Frank Drebin
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 4 Years
    1 month, 21 days ago

    Even worse is that Everton plays Liverpool next GW. If it wasn't for price changes I would even keep Werner and didn't take DCL.

    1. Mr. O'Connell
      • 8 Years
      1 month, 21 days ago

      I mean you don't have to buy DCL, but keeping Werner is just stupid at this point. Complete dud.

  3. Ibralicious
    • 6 Years
    1 month, 21 days ago

    So Vardy not worth 10.1 is the consensus on here?

    1. It’s gonna Ben Mee
      • 6 Years
      1 month, 21 days ago

      Definitely worth 10.1

      1. Ibralicious
        • 6 Years
        1 month, 21 days ago

        But everyone on here rates DCL higher :/

        1. It’s gonna Ben Mee
          • 6 Years
          1 month, 21 days ago

          There are three slots so get both

          1. Ibralicious
            • 6 Years
            1 month, 21 days ago

            Never a fan of taking hits so stretching myself trying to fit one of them in :/

    2. nerd_is_the_werd
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 21 days ago

      Can't see why not.
      Golden boot winner last season and already scoring this season.

    3. Camzy
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      1 month, 21 days ago

      I don't think so.

      Lots of good strikers.

      DCL, Jimenez, Ings, Wilson, Antonio soon. Heck, Kane is only 0.4m more and he has WHU bur BHA wba in his next 4.

      1. Ibralicious
        • 6 Years
        1 month, 21 days ago

        That's what I was thinking. But owning Vardy makes the 0.4 swing to Kane easier

  4. ceerus
    • 5 Years
    1 month, 21 days ago

    Wilson to Maupay?

    1. Willmissudimitrypayet
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 21 days ago

      Wilson OUT? What is your frontline?

      1. ceerus
        • 5 Years
        1 month, 21 days ago

        Jime DCL

        1. Willmissudimitrypayet
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 3 Years
          1 month, 21 days ago

          Nice. I got DCL and Maupay, looking at Wilson as potential 3rd striker. Would wait and see if anything more important comes up for sure

    2. Ibralicious
      • 6 Years
      1 month, 21 days ago

      He played well today, why get rid?

      1. ceerus
        • 5 Years
        1 month, 21 days ago

        Wilson (mun,WOL,eve), Maupay (cry,WBA,tot)

    3. Magic Zico
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 21 days ago

      No, sideways for precious FT

  5. Willmissudimitrypayet
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 3 Years
    1 month, 21 days ago

    How will the rotation at LB for Chelsea be you reckon? When the schedule tightens... Surely Chilwell won't play every minute.

    1. ceerus
      • 5 Years
      1 month, 21 days ago

      Chilwell is nailed imo

    2. PlumaPiedra
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 21 days ago

      I think Chilwell is nailed on.

    3. The Suspended One
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      1 month, 21 days ago

      No rotation at lb, azpi and James will rotate

    4. Willmissudimitrypayet
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 21 days ago

      Nice. Should we be looking at buying him then? With Kepa gone and everything

  6. Shark Team
    • 3 Years
    1 month, 21 days ago

    If you could keep only one long term who is this?

    A)Vardy
    B)Ings

    Vardy can't be stopped when he starts scoring so he can easily hit an 8 game scoring streak
    But considering their price and UEL action for Leicester seems more likely to keep Ings...

    1. The Suspended One
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      1 month, 21 days ago

      Ings for me

      Vardy a pen merchant

    2. Bielsa's Blue Bucket
      • 9 Years
      1 month, 21 days ago

      Logic says Ings but vardy is a bit of a machine and has it all including hunger. Leicester will outscore the saints if that helps

    3. The Littlest Robbo
      • 5 Years
      1 month, 21 days ago

      Ingsy

  7. Jdpz
      1 month, 21 days ago

      McCarthy, Nyland
      TAA, Dier, Tierney, Justin, Taylor
      KDB, James, Havertz, Podence, Bissouma
      Werner, DCL, Ings

      2 free transfers, 1.9M in the bank

      What to do?

      Werner to Wilson, Bissouma to Son?
      Werner to Maupay, Havertz to Salah/Bruno?
      Werner to Kane, Tierney to Chilwell?

      maybe sell Werner for Wilson for now and wait?

      1. ceerus
        • 5 Years
        1 month, 21 days ago

        b with Salah

      2. MoeZe3bi
        • 4 Years
        1 month, 21 days ago

        b

      3. Willmissudimitrypayet
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        1 month, 21 days ago

        you think wilson will keep it up even with the tougher fixtures?

    • POTATO
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      1 month, 21 days ago

      Martinez | Forster
      TAA | Roberston | Saiss | C Taylor | Mitchell
      Salah | KDB | J Rodriguez | Foden | Podence
      Jiminez | Mitrovic | Bamford

      2FT and 0.2M ITB

      Thinking of Mitrovic/Bamford/Foden > Maupay/Wilson/Jorginho
      for -4 hit over the international break - worth it?

      1. Jdpz
          1 month, 21 days ago

          No

        • POTATO
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          1 month, 21 days ago

          Or
          Mitrovic & Podence >> Maupay & Jorginho
          for no hit ?

      2. MoeZe3bi
        • 4 Years
        1 month, 21 days ago

        Ryan-McCarthy
        AWB-Coady-Justin-Coleman-Mitchell
        KDB-Salah-Fernandes-Podence-Harrison
        Werner-Richarlison-4.5

        2FT-0ITB
        Why am I feeling this needs a WC even though I have 2FT

        WC team:
        Ryan-McCarthy
        Chilwell-Coady-Justin-Lamptey-Mitchell
        Zaha-Salah-Son-JRod-Podence
        Maupay-Kane-DLC
        1.4ITB

        1. FC Hakkebøf
          • 3 Years
          1 month, 21 days ago

          No TAA / Robbo.. Try again imo

      3. Jdpz
          1 month, 21 days ago

          Wilson or Maupay for next 5 gameweeks?

          1. Willmissudimitrypayet
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 3 Years
            1 month, 21 days ago

            gotta be maupay you would think.

        • MoeZe3bi
          • 4 Years
          1 month, 21 days ago

          is a man c asset essential?

          1. The Littlest Robbo
            • 5 Years
            1 month, 21 days ago

            As long as you have good captain options elsewhere I think you'll be fine

        • pjanns
          • 4 Years
          1 month, 21 days ago

          Werner + Mitro --> Wilson + Vardy

          Sounds ok?

        • ZimZalabim
          • 4 Years
          1 month, 21 days ago

          Fav band all time ? No genre restrictions ?

          1. The Suspended One
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 7 Years
            1 month, 21 days ago

            Bad religion

            1. Mr. O'Connell
              • 8 Years
              1 month, 21 days ago

              Nice

          2. Ibralicious
            • 6 Years
            1 month, 21 days ago

            Drake

          3. ZimZalabim
            • 4 Years
            1 month, 21 days ago

            Ive always said Led Zepp but lately im starting to think it might be the Beatles actually

            1. Slartibartfast
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 5 Years
              1 month, 21 days ago

              Can't go wrong with either tbf

          4. Slartibartfast
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 5 Years
            1 month, 21 days ago

            Tinariwen

            1. FortunesAlwaysHiding
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 7 Years
              1 month, 21 days ago

              Prince

          5. Bartowski
            • 10 Years
            1 month, 21 days ago

            Daft Punk maybe

          6. Jordan.
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 10 Years
            1 month, 20 days ago

            pink floyd

        • FC Hakkebøf
          • 3 Years
          1 month, 21 days ago

          A) Maupay/Wilson + Son + Rodriguez
          B) Jimenez + Son + Podence
          C) Jimenez + Rodriguez + Zaha/Barnes/Maddison

          1. BENOIT
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 4 Years
            1 month, 21 days ago

            A or B

        • KaBoZ: Kids,don't Drin…
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 5 Years
          1 month, 21 days ago

          Noob Question:
          If I take a hit, and then decide to play the Wildcard in the same GW, the 4 points I already lost on the hit are not returned back, right?

          1. LSK
            • 2 Years
            1 month, 21 days ago

            The hit is cancelled.

          2. TorresMagic™ - 48n69x
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • Has Moderation Rights
            • 11 Years
            1 month, 21 days ago

            Wildcard = no penalty.

          3. Kvothe
            • 5 Years
            1 month, 21 days ago

            Actually, they are!

          4. KaBoZ: Kids,don't Drin…
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 5 Years
            1 month, 21 days ago

            Thanks mates

        • deanchatt
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 8 Years
          1 month, 21 days ago

          Jiminez or Kane for next 3/4 games if getting Kane means a -4 and Jim can be bought with a free ?

        • Powers106
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 5 Years
          1 month, 21 days ago

          Is there any chance that Vinagre doesn't play? Those jammy Bissouma 9 points first off the bench....

          1. The Suspended One
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 7 Years
            1 month, 21 days ago

            Those points don’t exist, it’s a figment if your imagination

          2. wulfranian
            • 4 Years
            1 month, 21 days ago

            I think that Vinagre won't play.

          3. Neves say Neves
            • 2 Years
            1 month, 21 days ago

            He’s very close to a move to Olympiakos so he’s very unlikely to play

        • Brosstan
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 6 Years
          1 month, 21 days ago

          Another massive red arrow after Kdb and Zaha fails... Season over

          1. The Suspended One
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 7 Years
            1 month, 21 days ago

            Does that mean you are going to go away?

            1. Brosstan
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 6 Years
              1 month, 21 days ago

              Never as long as there are salty casuals on here who would celebrate my departure

              1. The Suspended One
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 7 Years
                1 month, 21 days ago

                Takes one to know one bud

          2. FC Hakkebøf
            • 3 Years
            1 month, 21 days ago

            Casual?

          3. Sloane426
            • 1 Year
            1 month, 21 days ago

            Zaha is a casual trap

            1. Brosstan
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 6 Years
              1 month, 21 days ago

              not as bad as Mousset

              1. Hakim Ziyech
                • 1 Year
                1 month, 21 days ago

                Bin Zaha

        • fcsaltyballs
          • 4 Years
          1 month, 21 days ago

          McCarthy
          TAA Saiss Justin
          Salah KDB Foden Podence
          Werner Ings DCL

          Button Davies Mitchell Bissouma

          1 FT, 0.0 itb

          1. Werner >> Jimenez
          2. Davies >> Lamptey
          3. Something else?

        • Mooster
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 4 Years
          1 month, 21 days ago

          Hit the Mahrez->JRodriguez-button only to find out he’s got ‘pool next....

          1. TorresMagic™ - 48n69x
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • Has Moderation Rights
            • 11 Years
            1 month, 21 days ago

            Covid might run wild.

            1. Mooster
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 4 Years
              1 month, 21 days ago

              Why did I do it.....:,(

              1. TorresMagic™ - 48n69x
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • Has Moderation Rights
                • 11 Years
                1 month, 21 days ago

                Transfer looks fine for now. Might be a supersub though.

                1. Mooster
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 4 Years
                  1 month, 21 days ago

                  Yeah. Suddenly i have 1.3itb. Not bad

          2. Hakim Ziyech
            • 1 Year
            1 month, 21 days ago

            & possibly benched after the IB duty with Columbia

            1. FC Hakkebøf
              • 3 Years
              1 month, 21 days ago

              Won't happen

          3. ZimZalabim
            • 4 Years
            1 month, 21 days ago

            tough game next and he has a game on wednesday so very likely returns late and doesnt start

            1. Mooster
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 4 Years
              1 month, 21 days ago

              I’ve already done it. Regretted it at once

              1. Hakim Ziyech
                • 1 Year
                1 month, 21 days ago

                Lol... at least you’ll get the price rise

                1. Mooster
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 4 Years
                  1 month, 21 days ago

                  Yes. That’s something! Yeay....

          4. Camzy
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 10 Years
            1 month, 21 days ago

            Learnt my lesson from last week.

            Not going to make any transfers before Saturday morning on deadline day thanks to all the internationals and COVID.

            1. Mooster
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 4 Years
              1 month, 21 days ago

              I’ll probably learn that after x-mas as usual...

        • Mr. O'Connell
          • 8 Years
          1 month, 21 days ago

          Martinez
          Saiss, Robbo, Lamptey
          Salah, KDB, Barnes, Foden, Podence
          Werner, Jimi

          Forster, Brewster, Mitchell, Dunne

          2.2 itb, 1 ft. 1 hate of Everton.

          A) delete team
          B) delete team
          C) delete team

          1. Kvothe
            • 5 Years
            1 month, 21 days ago

            Guess you can’t get it wrong!

        • dunas_dog
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 5 Years
          1 month, 21 days ago

          Is this squad bad enough to give me worst ever ranking of 3.2 m ? What changes do I need to consider- no funds in bank but 2 free transfers. Or stick with it?

          Martinez Forster
          TAA James Saïss Lamptey Mitchell
          Salah KDB Foden Podence Burke
          Werner Jiménez DCL

          1. Mr. O'Connell
            • 8 Years
            1 month, 21 days ago

            Foden, Podence and Werner all need to go.

        • MoeZe3bi
          • 4 Years
          1 month, 21 days ago

          Thoughts about Townsend?
          Is there a better 6.1 midfielder?
          I have Podence

          1. LSK
            • 2 Years
            1 month, 21 days ago

            I’m hoping Trossard will be good value at 6m

          2. The Littlest Robbo
            • 5 Years
            1 month, 21 days ago

            Don't do it, get yourself a cheapie like Soucek or Jorginho and invest the rest the money elsewhere

        • Sloane426
          • 1 Year
          1 month, 21 days ago

          Any update on Salah covid?

          1. TorresMagic™ - 48n69x
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • Has Moderation Rights
            • 11 Years
            1 month, 21 days ago

            Travelled.

          2. Hazz
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 3 Years
            1 month, 21 days ago

            https://twitter.com/itsrameezeh/status/1312500879736463361?s=19

            Wouldn't be with the team if he had. COVID.

        • wulfranian
          • 4 Years
          1 month, 21 days ago

          Should i sell Coleman for a hit?Coleman/Soyuncu/James/Targett/Douglas is my defence.

          1. Mooster
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 4 Years
            1 month, 21 days ago

            I would. Great player but often injured. Meet pool next

            1. wulfranian
              • 4 Years
              1 month, 21 days ago

              cheers.Best pick up to 5.0?

        • Bruce Lee
          • 2 Years
          1 month, 21 days ago

          Any hall of famers doing great this season?

          1. The Suspended One
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 7 Years
            1 month, 21 days ago

            #1 is

            1. TorresMagic™ - 48n69x
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • Has Moderation Rights
              • 11 Years
              1 month, 21 days ago

              and #2, pro pundits.

              1. TorresMagic™ - 48n69x
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • Has Moderation Rights
                • 11 Years
                1 month, 21 days ago

                *3

            2. Bruce Lee
              • 2 Years
              1 month, 21 days ago

              who

              1. The Suspended One
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 7 Years
                1 month, 21 days ago

                Fabio

        • Ibralicious
          • 6 Years
          1 month, 21 days ago

          Missed the price changes again ughhhh was just about to bring DCL in but now he isn't worth the 7.6

          1. Mooster
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 4 Years
            1 month, 21 days ago

            That was last night

        • Bruce Lee
          • 2 Years
          1 month, 21 days ago

          FPL down? wth?

          1. HollywoodXI
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 6 Years
            1 month, 21 days ago

            Glad it’s not just me

        • HollywoodXI
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 6 Years
          1 month, 21 days ago

          Anyone else having issues logging into the FPL?

          1. LSK
            • 2 Years
            1 month, 21 days ago

            Yeah just kicked me. Must be having issues

        • IRBOX ⚽
          • 3 Years
          1 month, 21 days ago

          If anyone knows how to pick a captain, please let me know. Thanks in advance

          1. Hazz
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 3 Years
            1 month, 21 days ago

            Went against what people here told me to do.

            Will see if it pays off.

            1. Kvothe
              • 5 Years
              1 month, 21 days ago

              If it’s Auba, it’s gonna work!