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Top 10k managers holding transfers as popular captain Fernandes delivers

Fantasy Premier League managers ranked inside the top 10,000 appear to have been rather conservative with their transfers for Gameweek 23.

Ahead of Double Gameweek 24, there was less fluctuation in the template than we usually see among the upper echelons.

That could indicate that the number of managers with two free transfers for the Double Gameweek could be significant.

For the first time in 2021, there were no names to enter the top 10k template for the latest round.

As things stand, just five of these players have two fixtures in Double Gameweek 24, namely João Cancelo (£6.0m), John Stones (£5.2m), Rúben Dias (£6.1m), Ilkay Gündogan (£5.9m) and Dominic Calvert-Lewin (£7.6m).

Meanwhile, Alex McCarthy (£4.6m) and Patrick Bamford (£6.7m) are the only top 10k template options with two fixtures in Double Gameweek 25.

Even among these unchanged 15 players, there were some interesting ownership alterations.

Mohamed Salah (£12.6m) came into Gameweek 22 owned by 92.1% of the top-10k but only 83.9% of them possessed the Egyptian after Saturday morning’s deadline.

Some managers may have sold Salah to get their hands on Son Heung-min (£9.7m) for Sunday’s meeting with West Bromwich Albion.

His ownership at this level has increased by 2.2 percentage points between the two most recent Gameweek deadlines.

Even with a clean sheet against Burnley and Double Gameweek 24 around the corner, Cancelo, Stones and Dias each saw their ownership in the top 10k drop for Gameweek 23 by 0.3, 3.0 and 1.35 percentage points respectively.

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A combination of form and fixtures helped Bamford, Michail Antonio (£6.7m) and Calvert-Lewin increase their stock in the upper echelons.

Two fixtures in Double Gameweek 25 helped Bamford to an ownership-rise of 1.4 percentage points for Gameweek 23.

Antonio’s went up by 7.2 percentage points although his new owners were dealt just a two-point score against Fulham.

And, ahead of facing Fulham (home) and Manchester City (home) next time out, Calvert-Lewin’s top 10k ownership has grown from 45.8% to 47.9% between Gameweeks 22 and 23.

Bruno Fernandes (£11.5m) was the top 10k’s favourite captain option for Gameweek 23.

After winning the Fantasy Football Scout captain poll, 44.6% of those in the top 10k handed him the armband for Saturday evening’s meeting with Everton.

His latest attacking returns will be welcome for those managers, although they may still have half an eye on the runner-up Son.

24.1% of the top 10k are banking on the South Korean bucking the trend of his recent form and capitalising on a West Brom defence that has conceded at least twice in each of their last seven Premier League matches.

Those who captained Antonio for his uninspiring outing at Fulham will certainly be disappointed but might take some crumbs of comfort from knowing they were not alone.

The West Ham forward convinced 20.6% of the top 10k to captain him for Gameweek 23, almost certainly influenced by Fulham’s recent lapse from their defensive improvements which, of course, proved to be only a temporary one, based on their 0-0 draw on Saturday.

Bamford (4.3%) and Salah (2.2%) are the extreme differential captains this round as they prepare to face Crystal Palace and Manchester City respectively.

This week’s captaincy statistics made for some interesting figures in the effective ownership department.

Fernandes was the only asset above 100% for effective ownership in the top 10k, his total ending up at 143.5%.

Antonio was in second place with 96.7% while Bamford (88.5%), Salah (84.0%) and Son (76.3%) complete the top five.

Gameweek 23 was a quiet week for chips among the top 10k, just 0.4% of them deploying their second Wildcard.

That was the most popular of the chips with 99.3% of the top 10k electing not to use one ahead of Double Gameweeks 24 and 25.

Chip Use Overall

For the second Gameweek in a row, the Wildcard has received more attention outside the top 10k than inside it.

When we look at the worldwide chip usage for Gameweek 23, we can see 1.6% of all managers played their second Wildcard.

That works out at roughly 127,000+ managers pulling the trigger on a new squad this weekend.

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1,446 Comments Post a Comment
  1. Flair
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    2 months, 8 days ago

    Predictions for Liverpool vs City?

    1-1 for me

    1. OLEgend
      • 6 Years
      2 months, 8 days ago

      0-1

    2. Limbo
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      2 months, 8 days ago

      1-3

    3. Karan14
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      2 months, 8 days ago

      1-1

    4. THFC4LIFE
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      2 months, 8 days ago

      1-3

    5. Do I Not Like Orange
      • 8 Years
      2 months, 8 days ago

      0-0

    6. Flair
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      2 months, 8 days ago

      Last time Liverpool conceded more than 1 was GW5.

    7. diesel001
      • 4 Years
      2 months, 8 days ago

      1-2

    8. ALegendJ
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      2 months, 8 days ago

      1-1

    9. soumyeah
      • 6 Years
      2 months, 8 days ago

      1-2.5

    10. Warby84
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      2 months, 8 days ago

      1-1

    11. Alisson WondHaaland
      • 5 Years
      2 months, 8 days ago

      Gonna go against the crowd, 1-0 Pool. I think Pool will show that the title race isnt QUITE over

      1. Neo-Viper
        • 6 Years
        2 months, 8 days ago

        This

    12. Bushwhacker
      • 1 Year
      2 months, 8 days ago

      Don’t think anyone has a clue until we know if Pool have 5,6 or 7 starters.

    13. Big Mac 24
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      2 months, 8 days ago

      1-0 Salah

    14. JIMMY764
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      2 months, 8 days ago

      0-0

    15. DAZZ
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      2 months, 8 days ago

      0-0

  2. Do I Not Like Orange
    • 8 Years
    2 months, 8 days ago

    Got a spare City slot to fill for next week. Worth punting on Sterling to replace Soucek, or should I just play safe & get Dias?

    1. Little Red Lacazette
      • 4 Years
      2 months, 8 days ago

      Dias

    2. The Knights Template
      • 7 Years
      2 months, 8 days ago

      Sterlo

    3. ALegendJ
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      2 months, 8 days ago

      Raheem the dream

    4. Warby84
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      2 months, 8 days ago

      I’m tempted to (c) Dias

  3. Karan14
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 5 Years
    2 months, 8 days ago

    Can only start two out of these four?

    Bamford (ars)
    Son (mci)
    Grealish (bha)
    Cresswell (SHU)

    1. diesel001
      • 4 Years
      2 months, 8 days ago

      Cresswell and Grealish

      1. Karan14
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        2 months, 8 days ago

        Currently on those two.

    2. Magic Zico
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      2 months, 8 days ago

      Bench boost territory

      1. Magic Zico
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 2 Years
        2 months, 8 days ago

        Cresswell Bamford

      2. Karan14
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        2 months, 8 days ago

        Yup but I'd have to take a hit to sell Steer & Mitchell for BB so doesn't seem worth it.

    3. ALegendJ
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      2 months, 8 days ago

      I tend to play the forwards, so Bamford and Son from me

      1. Karan14
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        2 months, 8 days ago

        Yeah I like Bamford.

        But Son against the best defence in the league and I already have double City def. Just doesn't make sense. If I start him I'd rather sell him for Rashford this week.

  4. diesel001
    • 4 Years
    2 months, 8 days ago

    FPL Cup. Who do you think wins?

    1pt + Son(c) + Rudiger
    or
    Cancelo + Maddison + Gundogan

    1. Little Red Lacazette
      • 4 Years
      2 months, 8 days ago

      A

    2. Party time
      • 2 Years
      2 months, 8 days ago

      1

    3. ALegendJ
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      2 months, 8 days ago

      1

    4. mojoindojo
      • 7 Years
      2 months, 8 days ago

      B

  5. Pukki Party
    • 3 Years
    2 months, 8 days ago

    Worth doing Salah to Sterling for 24 and 25 if it means having Raphina over Soucek/Anguissa for Leeds double in 25?

    1. lindeg
      • 2 Years
      2 months, 8 days ago

      100% yes

      1. Pukki Party
        • 3 Years
        2 months, 8 days ago

        Thanks

  6. Little Red Lacazette
    • 4 Years
    2 months, 8 days ago

    Next week captain choice is clearly DCL right boys & girls?

    1. Party time
      • 2 Years
      2 months, 8 days ago

      DCL, Gündoğan, Bruno, Salah.

      Yet to pick

    2. diesel001
      • 4 Years
      2 months, 8 days ago

      Yes

    3. Dark Side Of The Loon!
      • 4 Years
      2 months, 8 days ago

      City might be an issue. Fulham has tightened up too.

    4. Flair
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      2 months, 8 days ago

      That Everton display has put me off if anything. City is most likely a 2 pointer so seems like a cap basically just for the Fulham fixture.

    5. IRBOX ⚽
      • 4 Years
      2 months, 8 days ago

      100%

    6. HollywoodXI
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      2 months, 8 days ago

      I think Sterling is a strong captaincy choice

      1. Bushwhacker
        • 1 Year
        2 months, 8 days ago

        Sooo much chance of a benching

    7. ebb2sparky
      • 10 Years
      2 months, 8 days ago

      No not in my opinion

  7. Dark Side Of The Loon!
    • 4 Years
    2 months, 8 days ago

    Who wins:

    A) Sterling + Salah
    B) Gundo + Son + 3 pts

    1. Tcheco
      • 3 Years
      2 months, 8 days ago

      B

    2. Party time
      • 2 Years
      2 months, 8 days ago

      B

    3. ALegendJ
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      2 months, 8 days ago

      B

    4. IRBOX ⚽
      • 4 Years
      2 months, 8 days ago

      B by some margin

    5. Bushwhacker
      • 1 Year
      2 months, 8 days ago

      B ; but because of the 3 pts

    6. mynameisq
      • 7 Years
      2 months, 8 days ago

      A

    7. Disturbed
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      2 months, 8 days ago

      A

  8. Tcheco
    • 3 Years
    2 months, 8 days ago

    Areaola + Lookman to Pope + Gundogan for the DGW?

    1. Pukki Party
      • 3 Years
      2 months, 8 days ago

      Yes

    2. ALegendJ
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      2 months, 8 days ago

      Yup

    3. mattrobb
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      2 months, 8 days ago

      But look at BGW 29. Fulham and Leeds are the the only safe game right now.

  9. HollywoodXI
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 6 Years
    2 months, 8 days ago

    Will Man Utd likely double in GW26?

    1. Pukki Party
      • 3 Years
      2 months, 8 days ago

      Yes

  10. FFS Ultras are for Kinnear
    • 7 Years
    2 months, 8 days ago

    Harry Kane has no authority to score today. No authority whatsoever

    1. TheDragon
      • 3 Years
      2 months, 8 days ago

      Umm.....

      Read the standing orders! Read them and understand them!

      1. FFS Ultras are for Kinnear
        • 7 Years
        2 months, 8 days ago

        I'm waiting to use that for someone who asks about FTs after a FH

  11. IRBOX ⚽
    • 4 Years
    2 months, 8 days ago

    Arise Sir Dominic! Can’t believe people actually benched him

    1. Dark Side Of The Loon!
      • 4 Years
      2 months, 8 days ago

      True! But then I had to pick between him and Salah. I benched Salah.

    2. FFS Ultras are for Kinnear
      • 7 Years
      2 months, 8 days ago

      Problem is that everyone will (c) him next week

    3. Atimis
      • 4 Years
      2 months, 8 days ago

      Surely people been blinded by last United game.

    4. Atimis
      • 4 Years
      2 months, 8 days ago

      But I’ve also made mistake and went (c) Antonio over Bruno

      1. TheDragon
        • 3 Years
        2 months, 8 days ago

        That’s wasn’t a mistake

        Just a bad outcome

    5. Tcheco
      • 3 Years
      2 months, 8 days ago

      There are players with better fixtures & benching headaches galore. Understandable

  12. Atimis
    • 4 Years
    2 months, 8 days ago

    So United and Spurs likely to get DGW26? Who else?

    1. Pukki Party
      • 3 Years
      2 months, 8 days ago

      Check Ben Crellin twitter

      1. FFS Ultras are for Kinnear
        • 7 Years
        2 months, 8 days ago

        This. Gotta give it to the guy. He does a fantastic job. Puts the scouts to shame 😉

        1. FFS Ultras are for Kinnear
          • 7 Years
          2 months, 8 days ago

          Maybe they can offer him to work for FFS. Free membership and a Sports Direct mug is the living wage of FFS workers apparently

  13. Tingate
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 7 Years
    2 months, 8 days ago

    Areola
    AWB - Cancelo - Dias
    Saka - Rashford - Fernandes - Sterling (C)
    Watkins - Bamford - Antonio

    Forster - Coufal - Soucek - Justin

    2FTs - 4.6M ITB

    Want DCL for next week, should I just get him in for Antonio despite him playing Sheff Utd at home?! As fixtures don't look great for the few weeks after.

  14. TheDragon
    • 3 Years
    2 months, 8 days ago

    Son to define the gameweek one way or another today

    I actually hope he gets a middling score (like 7 points) so it’s not an extreme impact....

    In reality we all know he is either scoring a hattrick or getting sent off

    1. Le Bluff
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      2 months, 8 days ago

      70% EO so a haul won't hurt THAT much.

      Surprisingly he's a huge differential for those who have captained him.

      1. TheDragon
        • 3 Years
        2 months, 8 days ago

        A 20 pointer from his would do a lot of damage still

        Ye it’s a very weird scenario - what swayed me not to get him is I’d literally only want him for this week so he also costs 2 transfer (one in one out)

        He could quite easily get a 20 pointer if Kane is back. But could also quite easily get a 2 pointer if Kane isn’t

        It’s a unique situation!

  15. Le Bluff
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 9 Years
    2 months, 8 days ago

    For those who have already played FH, but still have BB and WC remaining, what's the plan?

    I'm thinking of:
    - BB'ing in 24
    - WC'ing in 25 which will allow me to target Leeds on DGW 25, field 11 DGWs in 26, whilst also allowing to start building towards BGW 29.

    1. TheDragon
      • 3 Years
      2 months, 8 days ago

      It’s very tempting

    2. Karan14
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      2 months, 8 days ago

      I'm in the same situation and still considering WC25 BB26 with a couple of Leeds assets on bench who will play in GW29 but won't have a double in 26.

      My bench for this week isn't great that's why I don't like the idea of BBing in 24 plus I'll have to take a hit.

  16. IRBOX ⚽
    • 4 Years
    2 months, 8 days ago

    Why do people give themselves benching headaches? Recipe for disaster. Nailed cheap fodder is all that is required for bench and ensures the best possible outcome for stating eleven 100% of the time

    1. HollywoodXI
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      2 months, 8 days ago

      Unless your fodder is Soucek (except this week)

      1. ebb2sparky
        • 10 Years
        2 months, 8 days ago

        I think you need to re assess your definition of fodder

    2. TheDragon
      • 3 Years
      2 months, 8 days ago

      I’d normally agree but we are in a unique situation where you can get your ‘perfect’ starting 11 and have loads of cash left. So some would argue why not get as strong a bench as possible?

      Having loads of good players to pick from isn’t a bad thing, it’s another opportunity for a manager to gain ground if they can pick which players to bench ‘correctly’

      1. FFS Ultras are for Kinnear
        • 7 Years
        2 months, 8 days ago

        This season we have plenty of money itb hence our benches are stronger

    3. Super Saints
      • 4 Years
      2 months, 8 days ago

      I've stuck with nailed cheap fodder all season and it's worked fine, no benching headache's and don't miss out on big hauls. Most I've had on my bench is Coufal 6.

    4. JIMMY764
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      2 months, 8 days ago

      Loads of reasons.

      1. Many are still coming off the back of their BB, or preparing a BB.

      2. Random Covid postponements.

      3. Soucek.

      4. No Kane, KDB, underperforming Robbo + TAA means a lot of people have spread funds.

      1. THE KING CANTONA
        • 1 Year
        2 months, 8 days ago

        5. Owning City players too 😛

    5. Tingate
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      2 months, 8 days ago

      I played my WC and BB a few weeks back and after that game where Pep benched Cancelo and Sterling i've been reluctant to transfer out the players from my bench down to fodder. Fair enough they might sit on and my bench some weeks and get points but I don't need the cash but it doesn't really matter if they were going out for fodder anyway and on the odd occasion due to rotation they might get auto subbed in.

    6. bench boost for every gamew…
      • 4 Years
      2 months, 8 days ago

      Because 8 mill people does not play the game in the same way? To have bench headache also means flexibility.

      1. IRBOX ⚽
        • 4 Years
        2 months, 8 days ago

        Lol means a disaster

        1. bench boost for every gamew…
          • 4 Years
          2 months, 8 days ago

          No it means you can leave an injured player on bench for example, you can save transfers etc. And you also give yourself a challenge, to pick the right one. And how can you use 100m now anyway If you have 3 fodders?

    7. The Train Driver
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      2 months, 8 days ago

      Been plenty of gameweek where a good bench has been an advantage. Especially now when you'll have plenty of cash ITB.

      What's the difference between having a shitty scoring bench and money ITB or a good scoring bench with less money ITB? You would still play the same players.

      1. bench boost for every gamew…
        • 4 Years
        2 months, 8 days ago

        I think his point is the old one, maximising your 11. In theory that shall give you most points, but we all know that is not necessarily always the outcome.

        1. IRBOX ⚽
          • 4 Years
          2 months, 8 days ago

          This! Maximise your 11 100% of the time.

          1. bench boost for every gamew…
            • 4 Years
            2 months, 8 days ago

            If there were any equivalence between pounds payed and returns but is that factually based? Just in theory.

    8. BDA Shadow
      • 6 Years
      2 months, 8 days ago

      In a normal season I would agree with you, although it's not nearly as cut and dry as you are making it out to be.

      Flexibility is king. being able to save a transfer here and there because you have a viable bench option can save plenty of hits, especially when injuries get bad, which can happen in any season.

      This season with games being cancelled the bench has been more important than ever. I would still keep it reasonably low for nailed players but coincidentally the pool of good premium options is tiny compared to normal so there's too much money and not enough transfers around to properly distribute it.

      Normally a 4.0 defender and a 4.0 keeper (playing or not) are the way to go. This season I think rotating keepers is a little more viable (although prices haven't accommodated that) and the bench really should be three deep.

  17. vincentwsho
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 2 Years
    2 months, 8 days ago

    Play 2 out of 5 in DGW24:

    A) JRod (FUL, MANC)
    B) Grealish (bha)
    C) Bambam (ars)
    D) JRich (FUL, MANC)
    E) Siggy (FUL, MANC)

    1. Tingate
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      2 months, 8 days ago

      I'm guessing JRich is Richarlison?

      A & D.

  18. Little Red Lacazette
    • 4 Years
    2 months, 8 days ago

    So many points on bench that I am seeing all over Twitter.

  19. DK_13
    • 5 Years
    2 months, 8 days ago

    Dier has been a great buy. 4 appearances for me 4 points + 2 times didn't even play with no subs coming on for him. And -0.2 in TV

  20. BDA Shadow
    • 6 Years
    2 months, 8 days ago

    Thank god Son, you beauty.

  21. BDA Shadow
    • 6 Years
    2 months, 8 days ago

    Great, Son (c) injured in the middle of a counter off the ball...