Greetings fellow Fantasy Premier League managers! I’m Dean, and I’ve launched a new FPL management tool - asliga.com – that provides you with stats, graphics and tips to help you get the most out of your FPL team.
The good folks here at Fantasy Premier League Hints have allowed me to contribute a guest post for your reading pleasure, and hopefully it will become a regular occurrence. I thought for our first article I’d show you 5 things we've discovered by browsing players on Asliga this week that will hopefully help you with your upcoming management decisions.
1. Ulloa isn’t firing away from home
On Asliga you can click on any player’s name, anywhere on the site and discover you have a whole range of in-depth player information right at your fingertips. We have broken it all the statistics down into home and away which can provide interesting insights.
Ulloa has exploded out of the gates this season, scoring 5 goals and returning the second most fantasy points with 38. His low price point has been attractive to fantasy managers, which has seen his ownership rise over recent weeks to 18.1% and his price increase to 5.9m.
However, whilst browsing though his statistics, we've noticed Ulloa doesn't seem to be pulling the trigger away from home. The Argentine forward has only taken a measly 2 shots on the road, against 10 at home in as many games. Interestingly enough, his shooting accuracy is 50% both home and away, but with few chances seemingly falling his way outside the King Power stadium, you might want to sit him on your bench for away games.
2. Silva is flourishing away from home
On the flip side, one man who has been a stalwart of many FPL teams over the last few years, David Silva, seems to be much more effective in his travels than is his own backyard.
Silva has thus far contributed 1 goal and 2 assists to Manchester City’s title defence, and all of them have come away from home. He has taken 4 shots away compared to 1 at home, and provided 12 key passes away compared to 4 at home. He has had roughly the same amount of passes in the final third home and away, so this would suggest he is just finding it easier to pick a pass or make space for a shot away from the Etihad.
With Aston Villa, West Ham and QPR all away in the next 5 games Silva might be one to watch, especially if you need to replace the injured Ramsey.
3. van Persie has narrowed his aim
When Falcao arrived at Old Trafford, everyone was wondering whom van Gaal was going to drop to make room for the Columbian. The former Arsenal striker was struggling for form, and having drawn blanks is his first three appearances many believed it would be RVP who would be the one to take a place on the bench.
Whether van Persie just needed a few games to get going, or was simply galvanized by the threat of Falcao I couldn’t tell you, but the Dutchman has now scored in his last two outings and is sporting a 100% shooting accuracy.
Granted, he has only had three attempts at goal, but if you’re going to hit the target every time and score every 1.5 shots, you don’t need that many chances.
RVP’s price tag is a hurdle most managers will not be able to get past, but with Manchester United’s defensive woes, they will need to outscore their opponents to have a chance of getting any results. No doubt van Persie is hungry for goals.
4. Romelu Lukaku is improving
As a Chelsea fan, I’ve always had a soft spot for the big Belgian. It seemed like such a fairy tail when he arrived at Chelsea – He was playing with his idol, Didier Drogba, at his dream club. However, it never really worked out for Lukaku and he has now found a new home on Merseyside.
Like van Persie, Lukaku also failed to hit the back of the net in his first three games, which frustrated managers all over who counted on the Everton forward bag a goal or two, despite the fact he faced the likes of Chelsea and Arsenal.
However, Lukaku has now scored two goals in his last three games, and if you look at the graphic provided you can see that his shooting is improving most every week. His shots on target are becoming more and more frequent, and whilst he had fewer chances last week, he boasted his first 100% shooting accuracy match of the season.
If Wayne Rooney left you with a big red hole in your front three, you might want to take a sneaky look at the Belgian forward who is facing a Red Devils side this weekend with all sorts of defensive problems.
5. Fabregas’ price is rising, but his points return is falling
It may be a bit too soon to panic, but the Spanish midfield maestro has drawn a blank in his last two gameweeks. One of Asliga’s features is a tool that allows you to import your FPL team to experiment with your line up and see if each player is scoring enough points to justify their price and place in your squad. We do this by allowing you to set a weekly points target, and then calculate how much each player needs to score weighted by their market value.
As you can see in the image, our target is 60 points per gameweek and over the last four gameweeks Fabregas has provided on average 2.3 points below his required target of 6.8.
As Chelsea proved last week, any player in their embarrassment of midfield riches can step up and supply the cutting edge needed to tear apart Premier League defences, with Willian and Oscar stealing the show. Fabregas has still provided the most key passes in the whole league with 20, so there is no shortage of scoring opportunities, but if it comes to pass that Fabs relaxes into the pack and shares the fantasy spoils with his team mates, we may need to assess if his price and his points return equate to money well spent.
So that’s it for now! If this was helpful, feel free to sign up to Asliga to see how we can help you improve your own FPL team. We have two pricing options, 15 pounds for a season pass or a monthly subscription for 3 pounds per month – which is peanuts if you just want to try it out for a few weeks.
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