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FPL top 10k: Chip usage and players owned for Double Gameweek 34

Using LiveFPL’s vast array of tools, we look at the squad make-ups and chip usage of the world’s leading Fantasy Premier League (FPL) managers in Gameweek 34.

We will examine the 1,000 names in LiveFPL’s ‘Legendary Managers’ list – the historic cream of the crop, much like our own Hall of Fame – but chiefly those in the top 10k in the current overall rankings.

Between the two groups, these are the managers who can offer us a better gauge of FPL ownership and chip strategy, as opposed to the overall figures that are skewed by the vast numbers of untouched ‘ghost teams’.

There is heaps of useful information beyond overall and top 10k figures on the LiveFPL site, of course, such as ownership stats for different rank tiers.

TOP 10K AND ‘ELITE’ MANAGERS: GAMEWEEK 34 CAPTAINCY

Above: Gameweek 34 captaincy stats for the all-time greats (right) and the top 10k (left)

The majority of FPL managers have yet to see their nominated Gameweek 34 captain in action.

Over one in three of both the top 10k and the ‘elite’ managers have captained Kai Havertz (£7.9m), while around 30% of the leading Fantasy bosses handing the armband to Mason Mount (£7.7m).

There is plenty of backing for Mohamed Salah (£13.2m), too, which sends his ‘effective ownership’ figure beyond 100% in both cases.

READ MORE: What is ‘effective ownership’ and why is it so widely talked about in FPL?

TOP 10K: CHIP USAGE

Over 3% of the top 10k deployed a Free Hit in Gameweek 34 but the biggest chip activity centred around the Wildcard: just short of 13% of the leading 10,000 bosses permanently overhauled their squads for this latest round of fixtures.

Over one in four top 10k managers have maxed out their allocation, while around 45% have only chip remaining.

A mere 1% have three chips still to use.

Most of the top 10,000 managers have now used their Wildcard, Triple Captain and first Free Hit but around half still have a second Free Hit in hand, while just short of 40% have the Bench Boost still to play.

TOP 10K AND ‘ELITE’ MANAGERS: TEMPLATE SQUAD FOR GAMEWEEK 34

There are only two changes from the previous ‘template’ squad as Double Gameweek fever strikes again.

Both alterations are in midfield, with Havertz and Mount coming in for Son Heung-min (£11.1m) and James Maddison (£7.0m).

The most-owned forwards stayed as they were but all three players dwindled in popularity, with Harry Kane‘s (£12.5m) dip in ownership levels (down from over 50% to below 40%) reflecting the growing trend towards light investment up top.

OWNERSHIP STATS FOR THE 1,000 ‘LEGENDARY MANAGERS’ IN GAMEWEEK 34

TOP 10K: TEMPLATE FREE HIT SQUAD

Free Hitters unsurprisingly went big on Chelsea assets in Gameweek 34, with five of their players featuring in the graphic above due to split selections across the defence and attack.

These chip deployers probably wished they hadn’t bothered with options from the two Manchester clubs, although Cristiano Ronaldo (£12.2m) did at least find the net at the Emirates and he and his underwhelming teammates still have another match to come on Thursday.

There were a fair few calculated gambles, with Raheem Sterling (£10.5m) and Diogo Jota (£8.3m) – who are typically rotation risks on a medium-term level – included due to their assumed increased likelihood of a start in Gameweek 34.

TOP 10K: TEMPLATE WILDCARD SQUAD

We’re now living in a world where Teemu Pukki (£6.0m) is by some distance the most-owned forward among Wildcarders, which is some indictment on the rest of the striker pool.

The hunt for value up top has seen Wednesday’s two-goal hero Eddie Nketiah (£5.4m) come into the thinking, meanwhile.

Wildcarders haven’t quite gone so big on Chelsea assets, with the longer-term rotation risk around the FA Cup final perhaps at the back of their minds, but Mount and Havertz still feature prominently in the template squad.

The ‘big at the back’ approach is also evidently popular based on the above image.

Bukayo Saka (£6.8m) still features in this most-selected XV but his ownership here is 44.7%, well down on his figure among top 10k managers overall – suggesting quite a lot of Wildcarders jettisoned him ahead of Saturday’s 13-point haul.

AVERAGE NUMBER OF PLAYERS OWNED PER CLUB

If you’re looking for potentially explosive (if rotation-prone) differentials in the run-in, look no further than the league leaders: the average top 10k manager owns just 1.2 Manchester City players.

Not one of City’s midfielders or forwards features in more than 5% of the top 10,000 squads, while only one in five of these managers have the defensive double-up – not that it paid off against Watford on Saturday.


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283 Comments Post a Comment
    1. Hazz
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      3 months, 16 days ago

      Cheers. Could see him play United still.

    2. DavvaMC
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      3 months, 16 days ago

      He will be back for United game.

    3. PartyTime
      • 1 Year
      3 months, 16 days ago

      So cameo vs Utd. Heck!

    4. PartyTime
      • 1 Year
      3 months, 16 days ago

      This is so annoying, if you checked the medical images & nothing then why not play him. Tuchel is a clown messing around with my fpl team!

    5. Rik Waller
      • 4 Years
      3 months, 16 days ago

      What a little fanny!

  1. Sun Jihai
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 10 Years
    3 months, 16 days ago

    If anyone wants to feel better, saw this pain:
    https://fantasy.premierleague.com/entry/1032465/event/34/

    James, Schar, Barnes, Wood, Broja, Cornet (as well as blanks from Cancelo, Son)
    -4 to sell Saka

    1. Danno - Emre Canada
      • 7 Years
      3 months, 16 days ago

      Pah amateurs, still on more points than me. Saka out for a minus 8 and own Bruno, Wood, Schar and Telles for some reason

    2. Haalander
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      3 months, 16 days ago

      Ouch that gotta hurt

  2. No Kane No Gain
    • 3 Years
    3 months, 16 days ago

    Reece James is the biggest FPL troll ever

    1. abaalan
      • 6 Years
      3 months, 16 days ago

      Where is he?
      Almost as bad as my Bruno move few weeks back.

  3. Razor Ramon
    • 6 Years
    3 months, 16 days ago

    James > Amartey (-4) last GW might just even out

  4. Hazz
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 5 Years
    3 months, 16 days ago

    Chalobah now starts in place of Christensen.

    https://twitter.com/ChelseaFC/status/1518207629146923008

    What a roller-coaster!

    Do we have any defenders left?

    1. Hazz
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      3 months, 16 days ago

      https://www.reddit.com/r/chelseafc/comments/uatnrq/_/

      Might have been supposed to start in the first place 😆

    2. OptimusBlack
      • 9 Years
      3 months, 16 days ago

      Yaaaaaay

  5. Sun Jihai
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 10 Years
    3 months, 16 days ago

    Looking very likely that City Wolves in GW36
    https://twitter.com/bencrellin/status/1518205004418592769?s=21&t=hQUXLbwgdnpatQ5MJ_pipQ

  6. The Polymath
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 6 Years
    3 months, 16 days ago

    I propose anyone who makes a MUD comment should be banned for 24 hours. A manager who is already upset because his player is out doesn't need this kind of borderline trolling.

    1. My heart goes Salalalalah
      • 5 Years
      3 months, 16 days ago

      No, enough snowflakes in this world

      1. The Polymath
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 6 Years
        3 months, 16 days ago

        I'm no snowflake, but a bit of forum etiquette would be nice.

        p.s. I dropped James for Werner so I'm not affected by the James no show.

    2. Scots Gooner
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      3 months, 16 days ago

      Nightcrawler, I think he’s talking to you

    3. P-P-A-P
      • 6 Years
      3 months, 16 days ago

      What's MUD?

  7. panda07
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 9 Years
    3 months, 16 days ago

    I captained Reece this week and have Salah VC, Cue a Salah benching today to protect him for midweek!

  8. artvandelay316
    • 1 Year
    3 months, 16 days ago

    So lucky I chose Alonso. It was a a coin toss between him and James. And my ML rival chose James!

  9. Free Hat
    • 3 Years
    3 months, 16 days ago

    Never thought saying a couple of months ago that Alonso would be a much better pick than James...

  10. Qubit
    • 13 Years
    3 months, 16 days ago

    Alonso over James was a deliberate move on my WC, minutes have looked dodgy for whatever reasons. Too much risk for the money at this point. He has played just 1 full 90 mins since gwk 19.

  11. JBG
    • 4 Years
    3 months, 16 days ago

    How hasn't Havertz scored yet? C fail

  12. THE SHEEP HUNTERS
    • 5 Years
    3 months, 16 days ago

    Saints on the Brighton Beach.
    Clowns!

  13. Differentiator
    • 6 Years
    3 months, 16 days ago

    Why are cards never issued for late head on head clashes. Thiago was so late there and bonks Soucek. Stonewall yellow in my books