Big Numbers

FPL Gameweek 8: The key player and team statistics

Our Big Numbers piece looks at the key player and team statistics ahead of the next Fantasy Premier League (FPL) deadline.

We’ve again run down the stand-out figures in every position for this article, as well as looking at the strengths and weaknesses of various clubs.

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90% of the shots faced on target by Aaron Ramsdale (£4.6m) have been saved, which is the best save percentage of any goalkeeper with over one appearance. Arsenal have kept three clean sheets from the four games since Ramsdale and Takehiro Tomiyasu (£4.6m) were handed debuts, alongside the return from injuries of Ben White (£4.4m) and Gabriel (£5.0m).

13 goal attempts from bargain centre-back Shane Duffy (£4.3m). The Brighton man dominates set-piece threat stats, with more shots than any other defender. He has scored once and gained an assist for winning a penalty against Leicester City. His rate of 48.5 minutes-per-chance only falls behind Trent Alexander-Arnold (£7.5m) and Aymeric Laporte (£5.5m) of those defenders with substantial minutes.

10 touches in the opposition area from Matty Cash (£5.1m) since Aston Villa’s switch to a wing-back system. Cash has been allowed more attacking freedom over the past three Gameweeks, also coming second amongst defenders for shots (five). His goal and clean sheet against Everton returned 15 points.

217 touches in the attacking third recorded by Luke Shaw (£5.4m), the most by any defender. Despite falling in price and losing over 1.6 million owners, he ranks ahead of Joao Cancelo (£6.2m) and Alexander-Arnold. Additionally, he has the second-most successful passes in this portion of the pitch (108) for a defender and is third for chances created (18).

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314 Comments Post a Comment
  1. Mr Bird
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 3 Years
    13 days, 4 hours ago

    Is TAA really worth 1.5m more than the likes of Diaz, Cancelo and Azpi in the long term?

    The flexibility gained on WC is hard to pass up.

    1. Major League Shocker
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      13 days, 4 hours ago

      In Liverpool's last normal season, Trent produced NINETEEN attacking returns. That's one every other game. Attacking return + CS for Trent is pretty much guaranteed 3 baps too.

      1. Mr Bird
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        13 days, 4 hours ago

        I know…

        I’m drafting WC’s and the team just looks so much more balanced without him. You’re probably right though. He’s as close to essential as they come.

        1. Andy_Social
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 9 Years
          13 days, 3 hours ago

          If you can't make a balanced squad with Trent, then you've Threemiumed. The problem lies there.

          1. Sharkytect
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 7 Years
            13 days, 1 hour ago

            Trent is a premium

    2. lilmessipran
      • 9 Years
      13 days, 4 hours ago

      Yes

    3. Zim0
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      13 days, 4 hours ago

      Probably worth it over Dias and Azpi but value wise Cancelo for me is better.

    4. Nomar
      • 11 Years
      13 days, 4 hours ago

      There is a very good reason why he is £7.5m and £1.5m more than those other defenders.

    5. Bojack Horseman
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      13 days, 3 hours ago

      I think you're right to question it. Too often, assumptions about players lead me to the wrong decision, and Trent's someone who I just assume I absolutely must own - as you say, the flexibility you get from freeing up 1.5m is pretty attractive.

      1. Pep bites Kun
        • 5 Years
        13 days, 3 hours ago

        Everyone is absolutely correct to question value at a given moment. There's no doubt he's one of the best fpl assets over a season. In my own experience, I've had success dropping him for a period of time, when injured or mixed fixtures, and then having a plan to reinstate. It's up to each mgr to capitalise on opportunities as they present themselves.

    6. Mozumbus
        13 days, 1 hour ago

        Yes

    7. Cheeky Onion
      • 3 Years
      13 days, 4 hours ago

      1FT, 1.9m ITB, still have WC (no plans to use it)

      Current Squad:
      Sanchez
      TAA - Rudi - *Reguilon* - Veltman
      Salah - Raph - *Benrhama* - Sarr
      *Ronaldo* - Antonio

      Foster - Toney - *Tsim* - Brownhill

      Desired Squad:
      Sanchez
      TAA - Rudi - Cancelo - Dias
      Salah - Raph - Doucoure - Sarr
      Lukaku - Antonio

      Foster - Toney - Veltman - Brownhill

      What's the best way to get there while ensuring I have 11 playing this week incase TAA and Raph out?

      A) Benrhama + Tsim > Doucoure/Townsend/Grey + Cancelo (-4)

      B) Roll FT if TAA confirmed fit. Reguilon + Tsim + Benrhama > Cancelo + Dias + fodder next week (-4)

      C) Other

      1. RamaJama
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 9 Years
        13 days, 4 hours ago

        International players from Argentina and Brazil won’t feature GW 8

      2. I Member
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 6 Years
        13 days, 4 hours ago

        They won't return early. Doesn't necessarily mean they won't feature.

        1. Wild Rover
          • 11 Years
          13 days, 4 hours ago

          Brazil have a game in the early hours of Fri morning UK time. They may not even be back by Saturday, let alone play.

    8. Oliver Tockman
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      13 days, 4 hours ago

      I’m worried that Grealish is due a benching. Anyone else?

      1. Nomar
        • 11 Years
        13 days, 4 hours ago

        Every City player is due a benching.

        In my case, as a Torres owner, that has already come. As night follows day yours will surely follow. Its just a case of when.

      2. EugeMurts
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        12 days, 17 hours ago

        He will be dropped, he hasn’t been hot and now foden and kdb are back there’s more competition.

    9. Liberate HK - antichinazi
      • 3 Years
      13 days, 4 hours ago

      I stll think Raph would start if he had no or very little game time in the 3rd game of Brazil. Mindful that he was called up to Brazil for the 1st time

      1. mox81
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 2 Years
        13 days, 4 hours ago

        I'm keeping but will probably bench on this basis. Even if he starts, he'll be knackered and Southampton aren't pushovers. Will probs play Livra instead.

    10. dshv
      • 4 Years
      13 days, 4 hours ago

      Come on guys can’t decide..

      1. Son
      2. Grealish/foden with cash ITB.

      1. dunas_dog
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 6 Years
        13 days, 4 hours ago

        It depends how you use the additional cash

      2. Pep's Money Laundry
        • 6 Years
        13 days, 4 hours ago

        Son

      3. pundit of punts
        • 8 Years
        13 days, 3 hours ago

        Both

      4. Pep bites Kun
        • 5 Years
        13 days, 3 hours ago

        Son

      5. EugeMurts
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        12 days, 17 hours ago

        Foden over Grealish. Son is fairly regular but foden could blow up this season. Reckon they’ll score same points

    11. Old Gregg
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      13 days, 4 hours ago

      Unsure which combo to go with out of foden/son/cancelo on Wc.

      Ramsdale
      Taa-Rudiger-____-White-(Livramemto)
      Salah-____-____-Mbuemo-_____
      Lukaku-Antonio-Armstrong

      Which one please

      A) cancelo-Foden-Raphinha-(ESR)
      B) (Manquillo) - Foden - Son -(Luiz)
      C) cancelo-Son-ESR-(Luiz)

      1. dshv
        • 4 Years
        13 days, 3 hours ago

        Think son is the answer

        1. Old Gregg
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 4 Years
          13 days, 2 hours ago

          Thanks With foden or cancelo?

      2. EugeMurts
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        12 days, 17 hours ago

        A by a long shot

    12. DavvaMC
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      13 days, 4 hours ago

      Looking at getting rid of Jota and Benrahma which two would be good replacements?

      A. Doucouré
      B. Saka
      C. Mbeumo
      D. Townsend
      E. ESR

      Suggestions please?

      Thanks

      1. EugeMurts
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        12 days, 17 hours ago

        B and d

    13. Tepid Turtle
        13 days, 4 hours ago

        Hey folks,

        Current WC setup:
        Ramsdale (Foster)
        TAA Cancelo Rudi Dias (Livra)
        Salah Raph Saka (Townsend Luiz)
        Antonio Jimenez Lukaku

        But wondering about these changes:
        A) Dias Saka > Duffy, Foden
        B) Dias Saka Jimenez > Duffy, Son, Hwang

        Better off with those safe(ish) City def points or basking in the excitement of having Son?

        1. Major League Shocker
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 1 Year
          13 days, 4 hours ago

          Son is 10m, on a mid-table team with a defensive manager, not on pens, and you probably aren't going to captain him.

          Stick with original.

          1. Camzy
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 11 Years
            13 days, 3 hours ago

            Son is also a 200 pt a season player, on set pieces, super nailed and is one of the highest xG overperformers in the league. He's one of the most reliable points you can get in FPL.

            1. Andy_Social
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 9 Years
              13 days, 3 hours ago

              This is a headache. If I sell Sarr for Son, I've got nothing left over to improve the rest of the squad over the next few weeks. But the other options are all City - Grealish, Foden, Torres.

              Caught in a trap...

        2. EugeMurts
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          12 days, 17 hours ago

          Current setup is good

      • Atimis
        • 5 Years
        13 days, 3 hours ago

        Which option sounds best?

        1) Ronaldo, Townsend/ESR/Mount, Sarr, Duffy
        2) Ronaldo, Townsend, Foden, Duffy -4
        3) Kaku, Foden, Sarr, Duffy -4

        1. Champione
          • 6 Years
          13 days, 3 hours ago

          3

      • Willesden Mariner
        • 3 Years
        13 days, 3 hours ago

        Am I over-thinking?

        The obvious move is:

        A) CR7 to Lukaku

        OR

        B) Ayling to Walker (can't afford Dias/Cancelo)

        OR

        C) Hold transfer and in GW9: 2FT Lukaku and Dias/Cancelo come in.

        1. Camzy
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 11 Years
          13 days, 3 hours ago

          I'd consider taking that -4 this week. These are players you'll want fairly long term. It also opens the door to other moves later with your FTs.

          1. Champione
            • 6 Years
            13 days, 3 hours ago

            This

          2. Willesden Mariner
            • 3 Years
            13 days, 3 hours ago

            Thanks. I still have my wild card, but not keen to use it yet. Cautious about taking a hit, but it would set me up for the next 4 to 6 weeks.

      • Champione
        • 6 Years
        13 days, 3 hours ago

        A) Son + Jimenez
        B) Son + Antonio
        C) Foden + Vardy
        D) Foden + Antonio/Jimenez + cash

      • Camzy
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 11 Years
        13 days, 3 hours ago

        If TAA is out, anyone want to talk me off this cliff?

        Ramsdale Foster
        Cancelo Rudiger Laporte Duffy Livramento
        Salah KdB Raphinha Townsend Brownhill
        Lukaku Antonio Toney

        KdB for a few weeks before switching to Son is very tempting.

        1. Atimis
          • 5 Years
          13 days, 3 hours ago

          When we may hear anything more about TAA?

          1. Camzy
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 11 Years
            13 days, 3 hours ago

            Not until late next week probably. I kinda hope he's out. I feel my team is more exciting with him out but if he's fit, it's very hard to leave him out.

            1. Atimis
              • 5 Years
              13 days, 3 hours ago

              True that!

        2. Bojack Horseman
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 3 Years
          13 days, 3 hours ago

          Looks really good to me. Sure you can survive without TAA for a few weeks.

        3. Ask Yourself
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 5 Years
          13 days, 3 hours ago

          Pretty identical to mine ffs but you have more money so I’m Jimenez to your Antonio and Manquillo to your Duffy. We usually pick similar but we have an excuse this time because there isn’t much to choose from

          1. Ask Yourself
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 5 Years
            13 days, 3 hours ago

            Btw if TAA out I’m just getting Robbo as a placeholder. Not keen on faffing with KDB and a defender to get him back

        4. Pegboy
          • 11 Years
          13 days, 3 hours ago

          Just get Son now. new whu MAN eve look like decent fixtures

        5. Pep bites Kun
          • 5 Years
          13 days, 2 hours ago

          I saw an earlier draft structure of yours with blanks. This looks close. Besides TAA, what other sacrifices, if any, have you had to make to fit in an 11.9m KDB?

      • Pegboy
        • 11 Years
        13 days, 3 hours ago

        a) Doucoure + Foden + Hwang (Hwang/Doucoure rotate with defender)
        b) ESR + Raph + Jimi (ESR rotates with defender)

        Probably got to be B

      • Andy_Social
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 9 Years
        13 days, 3 hours ago

        I wouldn't expect Trent to miss more than GW8. Those subsequent GWs when KDB has cameos while Trent is Trenting will be painful.

        1. Andy_Social
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 9 Years
          13 days, 3 hours ago

          * meant as a reply to Camzy above.

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      • Old Gregg
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        12 days, 22 hours ago

        WC pretty much sorted. I’m Unsure which combo to go with out of foden/son/cancelo

        Ramsdale
        Taa-Rudiger-____-White-(Livramemto)
        Salah-____-____-Mbuemo-_____
        Lukaku-Antonio-Armstrong

        Which one would you choose please

        A) cancelo-Foden-Raphinha-(ESR)
        B) (Manquillo) - Foden - Son -(Luiz)
        C) cancelo-Son-ESR-(Luiz)