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The Best Differential All-Rounders

As ‘the time that bears no fruit deserves no name‘, so I have used my time to set aside any boring thoughts about international breaks and check some specific stats for defenders that have low ownership (that is under 10 per cent).

In this article I will be discussing my own criteria for selecting differential defenders, give my reasoning behind that selection criteria, and then make a list of the selected players.

Theory of the All Rounders

Thankfully, the creators of the FPL game have set it up to find a balance between attacking and defending skills. This is so clear when examining how players earn both direct points and bonus points.

Players earn direct points through scoring goals, making assists, and achieving clean sheets.

Also, players can be awarded bonus points for other footballing skills: successful tackles, blocks, interceptions, clearances, recoveries, saves, completed passes, shots on target, key passes, creating chances, successful crosses and dribbles.

Hence, an ‘All-Rounder’ is a player who is good at a wide range of the skills mentioned above – one more likely to attract FPL points, whether directly (goals, assists, and clean sheets) or indirectly (bonus points).

So, a possible differential candidate has to be able to demonstrate that he has a mix of attacking and defending skills in order to be considered for a position on the ‘All Rounders’ list.

For a defender to be an all rounder he should have a reasonable number of the attacking skills (goal attempts, key passes, creating chances, successful crosses, and aerial threat), make a reasonable number of completed passes per game, and also have as many as possible of the defending skills, but not necessarily all of them.

Putting theory of All Rounders into operation

In order to find the differential all rounders I will be using some tables that are available in the Members Area, and examining some specific stats which, in my opinion, are the most important for that purpose. The defender should appear in the top ten list for these stats to show that he is a candidate for the ‘All Rounders’ list.

1) Finding the differential defenders who have reasonable attacking skills

Involvement. Stats to be examined:

  • Touches in the final third
  • Successful take ons

Distribution. Stats to be examined:

  • Successful passes
  • Successful crosses
  • Chances created

Goal Threat. Stats to be examined:

  • Touches in penalty area
  • Goal attempts

Set pieces. Stats to be examined:

  • Attempts from set pieces
  • Successful corners

As this article uses a lot of members stats, only those with a valid Fantasy Football Scout subscription can access it in full.

21 Comments Post a Comment
  1. TopMarx
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    • 7 Years
    12 days, 4 hours ago

    A really interesting exercise El Estadístico, thank you for posting.

    I think the simplicity of the process works very well, but I also wonder if it could be refined at all. For instance, there's some duplication of data - successful corners are included in successful crosses - should both be counted? And what about when a player does very well in a particular category - Cresswell has created 17 chances, significantly more than the others - should that be given more weight? Also, I wonder if the stats should be weighted in terms of FPL points - a defender scoring a goal is worth twice as many points as an assist, should attempts at goal be worth double chance creation stats?

    I'm not sure about the answers to those questions, just some thoughts, and if you started to weight stats differently you would end up with your own ICT Index!

    Thank you again and good luck this GW.

    1. El Estadístico
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      11 days, 23 hours ago

      Thanks for posting this article TOPMARX. I wrote down your notes. I agree with your thoughts, and I will take it into consideration.
      Thanks again for all the kind words.
      Wishing you best of luck this gameweek.

      1. TopMarx
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        • 7 Years
        11 days, 22 hours ago

        Thank you, and just to be clear - they were thoughts, really intended for discussion, thoughts that need more thought! I think it's really interesting to combine stats like this and use them to identify candidates for your team. I look forward to reading your next article 🙂

        1. El Estadístico
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          11 days, 22 hours ago

          No, it is very thoughtful of you. I think that these thoughts can help in further development of my criteria.
          I really appreciate that.
          Many thanks.

          1. TopMarx
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            • 7 Years
            11 days, 21 hours ago

            A pleasure.

  2. joeleenus
    • 5 Years
    12 days, 3 hours ago

    My leftfield W/C leaving room for Salah and KDB/Sterling in the coming weeks.

    Martinez (Forster)
    Chillwell - Cancelo - Cresswell (Justin - KWP)
    Fernandes- Rodriguez - Grealish - Zaha - Jota
    Calvert-Lewin - Watkins (Brewster)

    7.9 ITB

    Destroy here:

    1. CSF150473
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      11 days, 18 hours ago

      Decent team, I would have KDB in for rod straight away though ,

  3. popey
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    • 2 Years
    12 days, 2 hours ago

    really good article - Would be good to overlay with upcoming FDR, despite horror start to season the SHU wingbacks might quietly become a good diferential option

    1. El Estadístico
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      11 days, 23 hours ago

      Thanks. I totally agree with your opinion about SHU wingbacks.

  4. Boris Bodega
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    • 5 Years
    12 days, 1 hour ago

    Great article, thanks for posting.

    1. El Estadístico
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      11 days, 23 hours ago

      Many thanks.

  5. slavkob
    • 3 Years
    12 days, 1 hour ago

    Who scores more for gw9?

    A) Justin
    B) KDB(-4)

    1. motty47
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      12 days, 48 mins ago

      Would prefer KDB

  6. FantasyHero
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 4 Years
    11 days, 13 hours ago

    good article!

    1. El Estadístico
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      11 days, 11 hours ago

      Thanks for your support.

  7. PompeyUpNorth!
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 8 Years
    11 days, 8 hours ago

    Lovely article thank you. I will certainly use some of the information to finalise my wildcard this week. This also confirmed my Cresswell thoughts. Well done!

    1. El Estadístico
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      11 days, 5 hours ago

      I am really pleased with your comment ☺️.
      Many thanks, and good luck with your wildcard ✌️.

  8. citizencoin
    • 7 Years
    11 days, 5 hours ago

    I didn´t read the article because I have no access. Can someone reveal what is said about west ham players?

    1. El Estadístico
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      11 days, 5 hours ago

      The article concludes that both Masuaku and Cresswell are among the very best All Round defenders.

      1. citizencoin
        • 7 Years
        10 days, 9 hours ago

        Thank you. Thought and hoped so 🙂 I have Masuaku in my squad and I have been impressed with his speed and work rate lately. best of luck for all for GW9

        1. El Estadístico
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          10 days, 8 hours ago

          Thanks. I have transferred Masuaku into my team this week. CHEERS