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How to compare FPL players using minutes/appearance filters

When comparing players in the Premium Members Area of Fantasy Football Scout, it’s often useful to look at their ‘Minutes Per’ stats or check the ‘per90’ filter to level the playing field. 

This makes a comparison between players with disparate playing times more insightful. 

Ideally we want to target players who are certain starters, but first XI players may have missed a period through injury or perhaps they’ve burst onto the scene and gone on to establish themselves after impressing as a sub.

‘Minutes Per’ or ‘per90’ allows us to see who performs best if playing time were equal.

However, it’s important not to forget time played entirely; a sub who makes an impact off the bench might top a per90 stats table but that doesn’t mean we should be adding them to our Fantasy team.

By the same token, players who regularly complete matches will suffer compared to those taken off earlier in the game. Last season Gabriel Martinelli (£6.0m) averaged 64 minutes per match, so is looking at his per 90 stats slightly misleading if he’s not playing 90 minutes? A per appearance comparison might be better.

As always, context and interpretation is important. 

Refining Results

To help improve the results of a per90 comparison, last season we added two important filters to our Player Stats tables:

  • Minimum Appearances (‘Min App’)
  • Minutes Played per Appearance (‘Mins/App’)

Now we can refine our sample size by filtering out players who haven’t played many games, and we can also remove substitutes by setting the Minutes per Appearance (‘Mins/App’) filter.

  • top ten ‘minutes per expected goals’ from 2021/22 with Mane and Aubameygang removed

Applying these settings to our KPI Attacking table and sorting by ‘Minutes per Expected Goal’ makes for interesting reading.

Raheem Sterling (£10.0m) and Gabriel Jesus (£8.0m) feature prominently but while both are likely to get more pitch time this season, will they sustain their impressive ‘minutes per expected goal’ rates away from Man City?

Conditional Formatting

Premium Members have the option to refine their results even further when creating a custom Members table.

The ‘Conditions’ in a custom Members table act like the filters in Player Stats.

But, unlike in the Player Stats section, there’s no restriction on the filters/conditions that can be applied. So you can be much more specific with your requirements.

Perhaps you feel a minimum of 60 minutes per appearance is too generous and that 70 minutes would be better, you can apply that setting in a custom Members table.

  • top eight ‘xG per Shot Non-Penalty’ from 2021/22 with Mane removed

When creating this ‘High Quality Chances’ table, rather than filtering by the number of appearances I decided to set a minimum number of non-penalty shots instead. I also upped my ‘Minutes Played per Appearance’ to a floor of 70 minutes and added a ‘Minutes Played per Start’ filter.

The table throws up some fascinating results but perhaps raises more questions than answers.

Playing for a new team, in a new system, will Sterling continue to be presented with such high-quality chances? Or will Thomas Tuchel adapt his approach to get the best out of his new recruit?

Will Phil Foden’s (£8.0m) xG per Shot suffer following the arrival of Erling Håland (£11.5m) as centre forward?

Can the elite finishers from that table, Son Heung-min (£12.0m) and Jamie Vardy (£9.5m), who needed just 0.7 and 0.69 xG to score one goal, maintain their high level in front of goal?

Time Out

Whether it’s used for filtering results or for making an informed comparison, ‘time played’ is one of the most important considerations for a Fantasy manager.

And with the implementation of the five substitutes rule next season, it’s likely to play an even greater role in our decision-making. 

In part two, we’ll reveal the tweaks we’ve made to our time played stat used for all ‘Minutes Per’ and ‘per90’ metrics. In particular how we’ve improved the minutes recorded for those substituted in a match.

Often a stat we take for granted, playing time can have a crucial bearing on the stats tables we use when planning our transfers.

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  1. Chilli Heatwave
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 4 Years
    19 days, 8 hours ago

    Attempt at 3 premiums

    Sanchez
    TAA Walker James Tomiyasou
    Salah Neto Martinelli
    Kane Jesus Haaland

    1. Athletic Nasherbo
      • 5 Years
      19 days, 8 hours ago

      Souuuuuper

  2. marcos11
    • 1 Year
    19 days, 8 hours ago

    Thoughts?

    Sanchez
    TAA Cancelo James Chilwell Tomi
    Salah Diaz Rashford
    Kane Jesus

  3. Blues for Salah
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 3 Years
    19 days, 8 hours ago

    Is it

    (A) Nuts to consider Martial
    (B) Stubborn not to

    1. Ciarant20
      • 3 Years
      19 days, 8 hours ago

      Nuts if Ronaldo stays. He’ll have to start.

    2. Tcheco
      • 5 Years
      19 days, 8 hours ago

      Ronaldo hasn’t had a pre season so a viable option for the first 2 GW perhaps. I’m going rashford in midfield

  4. Ciarant20
    • 3 Years
    19 days, 8 hours ago

    Mendy
    TAA Cucurella James Tomiy
    Salah Diaz Rashford Mahrez
    Kane Jesus

    Fodder Neco Andreas fodder

    Gtg? I’m aware no Cancelo and Haaland + Cucurella min concerns. What would be alternative options? Tempted to do Kane to Haaland GW2. Cap Kane GW1

    1. Sanchit
      • 7 Years
      19 days, 8 hours ago

      If you're capping Kane and Haaland in GW1 and GW2, then why even have Salah?
      Salah+Cucurella to Robbo and Saka and then upgrade Tomiy/Rashford/Mahrez with the remaining money?

    2. Our Tiny Servant
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      19 days, 8 hours ago

      Cucurella? Tell me more

  5. NateDog
    • 1 Year
    19 days, 8 hours ago

    A) Odegaard + Fofana (/other 4.5m def)
    B) Martinelli + Cash (/other 5m def)

    Been on A for a while but considering B after reading that ESR is still struggling with injuries from last season (thus presumably making Martinelli's place more secure for a bit). The 4.5/5m def won't have to play each week as they'll rotate with Dasilva (who I'm happy to start depending on fixtures)

    1. Ciarant20
      • 3 Years
      19 days, 8 hours ago

      B + quite like Trippier or Cucurella/Walker at 5mil too.

    2. MyNameIsBigManRedro
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      19 days, 8 hours ago

      B

  6. adstomko
    • 6 Years
    19 days, 8 hours ago

    Based on fixtures, which one:

    A) Chilwell
    B) Sinisterra

    Already have Mount. Tempted by the Sinisterra punt, as Chelsea have Everton & Spurs.

    1. MyNameIsBigManRedro
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      19 days, 8 hours ago

      A

    2. Ciarant20
      • 3 Years
      19 days, 8 hours ago

      A

    3. The Senate
      • 4 Years
      19 days, 8 hours ago

      A

    4. bootsmanus
      • 3 Years
      19 days, 8 hours ago

      A

    5. marcos11
      • 1 Year
      19 days, 8 hours ago

      A

    6. adstomko
      • 6 Years
      19 days, 8 hours ago

      Had a feeling this would happen

    7. Sanchit
      • 7 Years
      19 days, 8 hours ago

      A

    8. Float
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      19 days, 8 hours ago

      B

      ....just kidding, it's obviously A

  7. The Senate
    • 4 Years
    19 days, 8 hours ago

    Feeling like I’m not seeing Son in many teams - are Kane/Haaland/KDB really better options?

    1. bootsmanus
      • 3 Years
      19 days, 8 hours ago

      It has to be with the other options in midfield. Few attackers are worth considering, but those spots do need to be filled.

    2. MamboNumberOne
        19 days, 8 hours ago

        I've got Son right now. I don't think he'll get more points than Salah but i reckon he can run him close and that extra million can be used elsewhere.

      • Our Tiny Servant
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 6 Years
        19 days, 8 hours ago

        I would love to have him if I could afford him. Just too many other picks are more viable.

      • onceuponatyne
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 8 Years
        19 days, 8 hours ago

        I'm struggling with this.

        I was on Son, but I find I can do Kane and Dias, but if I go Salah there's no real Spurs option I can afford.
        If Son was on pens, I'd be all over him.

        1. The Senate
          • 4 Years
          19 days, 8 hours ago

          I think the pens point May tip me towards Kane instead!

          1. onceuponatyne
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 8 Years
            19 days, 7 hours ago

            That's how I've gone.
            I'm now dabbling over Robbo instead of Dias for my Liverpool option...

      • CONNERS
        • 3 Years
        19 days, 8 hours ago

        KDB is in hardly any teams from what I've seen.

        Kane and Haaland are popular because they sit in the same position and price bracket making a swap easy should the need arise.

    3. bootsmanus
      • 3 Years
      19 days, 8 hours ago

      Who gets more points in the first 3?

      A) Digne and Jesus
      B) Laporte and Martial

      1. Sanchit
        • 7 Years
        19 days, 8 hours ago

        A

      2. DeuloRad
        • 6 Years
        19 days, 8 hours ago

        A

    4. JLAEST
      • 8 Years
      19 days, 8 hours ago

      Currently on:
      Raya Gazzaniga
      TAA Cancelo James Chilwell Dalot
      Salah Diaz Martinelli (Bailey Andreas)
      Kane Jesus (Archer)

      This forces me to bench 0.5, but I like it given some risk in Dalot/Bailey/Martinelli. Another option is just downgrading Dalot or Bailey to Neco or Dasilva and upgrading the other to Neto or Trippier, but not sure if it helps.

      Thoughts?

      1. bootsmanus
        • 3 Years
        19 days, 8 hours ago

        Bailey is a trap, spare the 0.5 and possibly keep it in the bank to move to a emerging enabler.

        1. BigManZimo
          • 4 Years
          19 days, 8 hours ago

          How can u say that 🙁 poor Bailey

    5. klopptimusprime
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      19 days, 8 hours ago

      Who will be this seasons Ruben Vinagre? In every draft but will soon fade into nothingness

      1. Sanchit
        • 7 Years
        19 days, 8 hours ago

        Neto

        1. bootsmanus
          • 3 Years
          19 days, 8 hours ago

          I second this

      2. Sameobi
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        19 days, 7 hours ago

        Jesus

    6. Sanchit
      • 7 Years
      19 days, 8 hours ago

      How about a Onemium?

      All 11 players from the top clubs.
      The one premium which you can obviously switch around will be capped most weeks and you will have decent mid priced captain options all around if the fixture is not favourable.
      I have an example with Son below. This could be Salah/Kane/Haaland

      4.5 4
      TAA Robbo Cancelo James Zinchenko
      Son Diaz Mount Saka 4.5
      Jesus 4.5 4.5

      This has 1.5 ITB so we can use that to upgrade the bench.

      1. Cojones of Destiny
        • 4 Years
        19 days, 8 hours ago

        very well balanced

      2. klopptimusprime
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 6 Years
        19 days, 8 hours ago

        If you can nail captaincy, very viable/explosive way to go about it

      3. DeuloRad
        • 6 Years
        19 days, 8 hours ago

        I like it, except not sure about Zinchenko and Saka value yet. Would be tempted to get a cheaper Arsenal plus Chilwell, leaving 1m ITB.

        1. DeuloRad
          • 6 Years
          19 days, 8 hours ago

          Oh so that would make 2.5 ITB in total!

      4. Our Tiny Servant
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 6 Years
        19 days, 8 hours ago

        Yes I’m on onemium with Halaand. So much money to splurge on the back 5

    7. fusen
      • 10 Years
      19 days, 8 hours ago

      The 22-23 FFS membership 'click for details' big button at the bottom of the article leads to a 'not found' error page for me.

      1. Geoff
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • Has Moderation Rights
        • 9 Years
        19 days, 7 hours ago

        Thanks, I've flagged to Tom he'll take a look Fusen.

    8. Cojones of Destiny
      • 4 Years
      19 days, 8 hours ago

      a. Rash + Bailey
      b. Marti + Bruno G.

    9. DeuloRad
      • 6 Years
      19 days, 8 hours ago

      For the starting XI:

      A) Vardy + Martinelli
      B) Son* + Neco/Andreas/Dasilva ("rotation")

      Vardy and Son both could be a GW1 captain option, then potentially perma-cap Haaland

      1. DeuloRad
        • 6 Years
        19 days, 8 hours ago

        Ignore the asterisk

      2. Cojones of Destiny
        • 4 Years
        19 days, 8 hours ago

        B

      3. MamboNumberOne
          19 days, 8 hours ago

          If Martinelli starts regularly then A.

      4. Kloppto
        • 7 Years
        19 days, 8 hours ago

        Case for a onesie:
        Ederson, 4
        TAA, Robbo, Cancelo, James, Trip
        Diaz, Saka, Mount, Sancho, 4.5
        Kane, (Johnson), 4.5

        5-4-1. Johnson as cover for prem forward especially if I swap to Haaland

      5. Fish up a tree
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 1 Year
        19 days, 8 hours ago

        Archer becoming the go to 4.5 striker. Another goal & the youngster could stake a claim of Watkins keeps missing sitters

        1. Kloppto
          • 7 Years
          19 days, 8 hours ago

          Possibly except he also missed a sitter. At least he scored…

      6. ᴋiɴɢ
        • 4 Years
        19 days, 8 hours ago

        Which combo?

        1. Raya + TAA
        2. Mendy + Robbo

        1. Kloppto
          • 7 Years
          19 days, 8 hours ago

          2

        2. 3 A
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 6 Years
          17 days, 9 hours ago

          1

      7. Milkman Bruno
        • 1 Year
        19 days, 8 hours ago

        Archer goal. Could have had a few. Probably the pick of the 4.5’s

      8. Sameobi
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        19 days, 8 hours ago

        I did a 5-3-2 Salah-Son-Kane-Haaland fourmium team yesterday and I can't bring myself to change it.

        1. Milkman Bruno
          • 1 Year
          19 days, 8 hours ago

          Been on a 352/442 Salah, Son, Haaland and Kane draft myself that hasn’t removed the premiums for a long while. Just the team around them

        2. Kloppto
          • 7 Years
          19 days, 8 hours ago

          Good luck getting captain option right but fair play

        3. Totalfootball
          • 5 Years
          19 days, 7 hours ago

          Team.?

          1. Sameobi
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 4 Years
            19 days, 7 hours ago

            The lads around them keep changing. It makes a lot of use of the 5.0 defender tier, but it feels weird not having any of the 8.0 midfielders in the engine room.

            I think that the only reason to proceed is bravado. So I probably will (I won't)

      9. Over Midwicket
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 10 Years
        19 days, 7 hours ago

        Amazing what you can do with a one premium team and spreading the cash. Obviously a worry if Kane/Haaland pops off but:

        Meslier.
        TAA. Cancelo. James. Tripps.
        Salah(c). Mount. Maddison. Saka. Rashford.
        Jesus.
        4.0. Fodder x3.

        So explosive. Early wildcard to get in premiums if needed.

        1. Kloppto
          • 7 Years
          19 days, 7 hours ago

          Agree. See post above. If premium forward then would like to have cover

        2. ganjalf
            19 days, 7 hours ago

            I played with one premium in the past but it failed every time. With more premium options you can replace every player with every other player without deducting points.

        3. onceuponatyne
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 8 Years
          19 days, 7 hours ago

          What do people think of this non-Salah madness? 😛

          Pope
          Trippier (C) / TAA / Robbo / Cancelo / Zincenko
          Bruno G / Mount
          Haaland / Jesus / Kane

          4m Keeper / Gordon / Andreas / Colback

          No Liverpool attack concerns me, but I think the potential assists from both Liv flanks might snatch a bit of it back.

          1. Kloppto
            • 7 Years
            19 days, 7 hours ago

            Close call but would go Diaz over mount

            1. onceuponatyne
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 8 Years
              19 days, 7 hours ago

              I actually agree, but I kinda feel I need some sort of Chelsea effort in there. 😐

              1. Kloppto
                • 7 Years
                19 days, 7 hours ago

                True. Just think that the first game might be big for Pool assets

        4. Invincibles
          • 8 Years
          19 days, 7 hours ago

          Final 3 spots in my team:
          A) Raya, Laporte, Bailey
          B) Mendy, Trippier, Neto

          1. ganjalf
              19 days, 7 hours ago

              B

            • Kloppto
              • 7 Years
              19 days, 7 hours ago

              B

              1. Froes
                • 8 Years
                19 days, 6 hours ago

                neto or bailey ?

          2. ganjalf
              19 days, 7 hours ago

              S.Longstaff appear to be in form 4.5m midfielder. I don't expect same form in premier league but will he even play for Newcastle?

              1. Sameobi
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 4 Years
                19 days, 7 hours ago

                Newcastle's midfield 3 during the second half of last year, was:

                Longstaff/Willock - Bruuuuuuuno - The Mighty Joelinton (with Bruno as the Deep Lying Playmaker)

                Or

                Bruno - Shelvey - Joelinton (with Bruno advanced)

                Pre-season's given no clues for a preferred three yet.

              2. Float
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 4 Years
                19 days, 7 hours ago

                Think he's 5th choice for the 3 central midfield spots behind Bruno, Joelinton, Willock and Shelvey

            • ganjalf
                19 days, 7 hours ago

                Will N.Williams even play? I would rather pay 0.5m more for someone who play regularly than have him on the bench just because he is cheap.

                1. Kloppto
                  • 7 Years
                  19 days, 7 hours ago

                  A chance to play for sure but not certain yet. A lot of teams using the extra 0.5 for the upgrade elsewhere

                  1. ganjalf
                      19 days, 7 hours ago

                      I need a defender for rotation rather than using 0.5 for the upgrade elsewhere. GW3 is problematic for many defenders.

                      1. Kloppto
                        • 7 Years
                        19 days, 7 hours ago

                        Yep rotation is a different story. There are a few 4.5 defender options or rotate Pereira with a 4.5 defender

                2. Froes
                  • 8 Years
                  19 days, 6 hours ago

                  salah & jesus OR halland & martinelli

                  *Diaz included in both squads

                  1. Jebiga
                    • 10 Years
                    19 days, 6 hours ago

                    you need all 5 of them

                3. JuulKrapuul
                  • 3 Years
                  19 days, 4 hours ago

                  A) Salah - Saka - Rashford - Neto (- Andreas)
                  B) Diaz - Saka - Mount - Mahrez (- Andreas)

                  Have Kane as captaincy option.
                  Can someone remind me why I should take 2 premium options? Pretty sure B will outscore A

                4. Fpl_Ludwig
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 1 Year
                  17 days, 9 hours ago

                  Neto or Wissa?

                  Feels like Wissa is a bit overlooked

                  1. 3 A
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 6 Years
                    17 days, 9 hours ago

                    Neto, Wissa, Allister, Aaronson 5.5 all in my watchlist. Good fixtures for them

                    RMT tools tends to rate Neto more.

                5. balint84
                  • 6 Years
                  15 days, 23 hours ago

                  Recommended Aston Villa midfielder under 6.5? Any?

                  1. BigJarvishManmynameisq
                    • 8 Years
                    15 days, 23 hours ago

                    Nothing springs to mind

                6. dabrecker
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 5 Years
                  11 days, 20 hours ago

                  Feedback on team please:

                  Sanchez
                  Robertson, Zinchenko, Dalot
                  Sancho, Neto, Bailey, Salah
                  Kane, Haaland, Jesus

                  Steele, Botman, Williams, Andreas

                  1. Silecro
                    • 4 Years
                    11 days, 20 hours ago

                    I would rather play 5.0 def than Bailey, otherwise pretty good

                    1. David Parkinson
                        11 days, 20 hours ago

                        Bailey is half over base. 5.0 def is 1 over base.

                        1. Silecro
                          • 4 Years
                          11 days, 20 hours ago

                          He can drop bailey to dasilva, upgrade Botman to Trippier and have Neco as first sub.
                          I just dont rate bailey, basically he has to score every game to keep himself in the lineup

                  2. FPL alfie
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    6 days, 23 hours ago

                    i dont understand this article can someone help me