Picking the right blend of individuals is paramount, but which teams are the biggest hitters in the Premier League when it comes to Sky Sports Fantasy Football points?
Along with player trends, form and fixtures, a league table of Fantasy Football points accrued team-by-team can also give a clear indication as to where you may want to recruit coming out of the Overhaul period.
That, of course, ends at 12.30pm on Saturday, October 17, with the kick-off in the Merseyside derby between table-toppers Everton and champions Liverpool marking the end of the unlimited transfer period.
There have been goals galore in the 2020/21 season so far with no signs of that particular trend stopping. Some noticeable numbers can be taken out of the Fantasy points table, which throws up some surprises at the bottom end as well as the top.
State of Play
Unsurprisingly, there is a strong correlation with the teams who have scored in abundance and its correspondence to Fantasy Football points. The top two are unchanged in relation to the Premier League table, with Everton, Aston Villa, Tottenham and Leicester making up the top four. Three of those sides have scored 12 league goals, with Villa scoring 11, adhering to the pattern.
Everton are flying high at the top with 260 points, thanks largely to the sublime starts from Dominic Calvert-Lewin (47) and marquee signing James Rodriguez (40). Aside from these two, eight other Everton players have hit double figures for the year, proving collectively why Everton are ahead of the rest, and could be a worthy avenue to venture down for assets post-Overhaul.
Aston Villa’s 7-2 hammering of Liverpool not only maintained their 100 per cent record, but it rewarded a heap of Fantasy Football manager players who risked having those players within their side. No risk, no reward. This tallied a total of 88 points, with Ollie Watkins and Jack Grealish posting 26 and 25 respectively.
It is a tale of two opposites at the top and foot of the table. Tottenham thumped Manchester United 6-1 at Old Trafford before the international break, and that game alone threw up some key insights.
Tottenham racked up a hefty 95 Fantasy points in their win, which is more than Manchester United have accumulated all season, showing just how badly their start has been. Harry Kane and Heung-Min Son scored 37 between them to sink Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side.
Speaking of which, their measly 86 Fantasy Football points puts Manchester United in the relegation places, just one spot ahead of Burnley. Unsurprisingly, 25 of these have come from Bruno Fernandes, who drove Manchester United to third last term having signed from Sporting Lisbon in January. Though this is the case, both of his goals have come from the penalty spot, and aside from that Man Utd have mustered up just three goals from open play, one of which being an own goal.
Burnley have notched just three goals for the campaign, while Sheffield United have just the solitary goal to their name, highlighting why they take up the additional two relegation spots. Goals mean points, but so do clean sheets, and these sides have failed to register one this term.
The importance of exactly that can be emphasised in the case of Wolves, who have had an inconsistent start but have managed to keep two clean sheets out of a possible four. Due to this, Wolves defenders have earned 93 points alone from fixtures against Sheffield United and Fulham, showing how effective those bonus points from the backline can be, as well as how important it is to choose your defensive assets wisely.
If the first batch of Premier League games are anything to go by, then it would be worth investing some time into the fixtures which some of the form sides have in the weeks to come, and making that call as to whether you would back the players who make your XI to deliver for a sustained period of time.
Numerous drafts, debates, and transfers will have taken place over the past week or so, but we are now at the business end of the international break.
Many players have been performing superbly, with others perhaps performing under the radar, but who has been winning the race to be the most transferred in player during the Overhaul period?
Grealish has further enhanced his reputation and selection within Fantasy Football teams off the back of his role in England’s win over Wales on international duty. Aston Villa face Leeds, Southampton, Brighton and West Ham in their next six, so with that in mind it may not be surprising to see Grealish at the top of the pile.
In relation to the top point scorers in both Everton and Tottenham’s side, Rodriguez, Calvert-Lewin, Son and Kane make up the rest of the top five players transferred in. Everton do have a Merseyside derby on their hands, followed by matches with Southampton and Newcastle, but with Liverpool conceding seven to Villa, do fixtures now play as much of an important role as they once did?
They must do for some Fantasy Football managers, with Tottenham facing West Ham, Burnley, Brighton and West Brom in their next four outings. Even when are you not focusing specifically on fixtures, these are ones which scream points from a Tottenham asset’s perspective. Son, Kane, and dare I say Gareth Bale could prove invaluable during this period.
Saturday October 17, 12:30pm, is the deadline. Do not miss the free chance to change your team, and put yourself in with the chance of beating your mates and stealing the bragging rights.