I don’t like to talk about my own team too much because I know full well that for every good week in Fantasy Premier League there can be a bad week… or three. I scored the same amount this week as I did in the first three gameweeks of this season combined (once hits are taken into account).
Having said that, what’s the point of running an FPL blog if I can’t record for posterity the best single gameweek score I can recall in eight seasons of playing the game? So I am going to post this here:
The thing I am most pleased about is not the overall score, but that my hit (I had already swapped Callum Wilson with Jamie Vardy) to replace Yaya Touré with Sadio Mané worked out so well. It was a tough call to make ahead of an away game against Chelsea, but the decision was a beautiful blend of liking the underlying statistics, long-term planning and using my football nous, with a sprinkling of gut feeling thrown in too.
Despite my great score this week, it’s clear there is an area of my team that needs some serious attention. I haven’t made a defensive transfer for four weeks and it shows. I secured nothing but appearance points from my back line this week. Thankfully I had buried Matteo Darmian at the deepest point on my bench so I didn’t have his -1 stinking up my team. The first problem though is Joe Gomez, who has lost his place at Liverpool. The sacking of Brendan Rodgers as Liverpool manager might change that, but it will be a few weeks before we know so I still think he has to go.
I’m reviewing the way in which I assess the potential of defensive assets and I would love your help. If you have any underlying statistics you favour for judging clean sheet performance, please leave a comment saying which ones and why. (If you haven’t posted before please note that there might be a delay the first time you post before the comment goes live.)
A few weeks ago I did some work on correlations of various underlying statistics to clean sheets and the best I could come up with was goals conceded. Ideally, I’d like to bring together a small basket of underlying statistics to assess the defensive potential of various backs.
I might post tomorrow, but after that I’ll probably take a few days off from blogging, in part to work on those defensive statistics and one or two other projects. Thank you to everyone who has read what I have had to say so far and I’d be delighted to hear from you, particularly your thoughts on selecting defenders.