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 The Best Player Rankings in Fantasy Football

With the 2021/22 English football season well underway, many of you will be trying your best to make an impact in your fantasy football leagues. The official Fantasy Premier League (FPL) game has over seven million people registered to play it this season. Your name, if you’re reading this, is likely among that throng of FPL hopefuls. So, how difficult is it to propel your team to the top of the overall leaderboard in what is the ultimate fantasy football game in the world? It certainly takes a lot more than luck.

As an FPL player, you’re not expected to know who the best-value FPL players are at any given stage of the campaign. Everyone knows Mohamed Salah’s name will be top of the list in terms of points. But what about when you want to dig a little deeper and go searching in the bargain basement for players? It’s smart to look for a bit more bang for your buck. With budget limitations, your FPL team can’t just consist of superstars. Looking for those high-value purchases means you’ll need the assistance of some reliable FPL tips sites to help you out.

Player Rankings in the FPL

One source of information that you should make a staple of your FPL routine is a solid player rankings tool. Get yourself a top-quality site that shows you a detailed fantasy football statistics page. Be sure to like the layout of the site and consider it suited to your tastes. Then, rate it over a couple of gameweeks of the FPL season. This involves judging their predicted lineups, they’re probability ratings, their fixture analysis data - see what they got right and what they got wrong. You’ll soon see which site you feel happiest and more confident in using.

The player rankings page will contain plenty of data. This will range from the most basic, such as each player’s club, position (according to the FPL database), and who they are up against next. Then, you will also get to delve into more detailed stats such as the current ownership level for that player (what percentage of FPL teams own that player), and whether he is in the predicted lineup for the next game (according to that same site).

After that, it gets even more interesting. There is data giving you the probability that each player wins their next game, keeps a clean sheet (relevant to goalkeepers, defenders, and midfielders), scores in that game, or provides an assist. All of these probabilities are shown in percentage form.

On a good FPL tips site, the algorithm will use the aforementioned data to give you a Player Rankings total, relative to every other player in the game.

Using Player Statistics in Fantasy Football

When you have found a good-quality player rankings page, you should be able to click on each player’s name to find out more about their individual performance levels.

Take Mohamed Salah, for example. His most relevant FPL stats are all laid out before you in an easy-to-understand format. Sites like this must be user-friendly as many people can get a little turned off when they see a complicated setup. If they see too much data or too many numbers thrown at them, it can be completely overwhelming.

Once you follow it, though, you’ll notice average amounts for minutes played per gameweek, goals, assists, and key passes - all per gameweek. There will be extra ‘offensive’ stats to show their attacking prowess such as total shots, and shots on goal, as well as how many penalties he has won and how often he has hit the woodwork.

In terms of passing, as well as the aforementioned key passes, there will be crosses, and crosses on target (successful crosses).

Defensive stats will show how many saves (goalkeepers only) a player makes on average per gameweek, and how many tackles.

Finally, you’ll notice the disciplinary data which tells you how many fouls they make per gameweek as well as how many yellow and red cards they get.

Stick With the Best FPL Tips Sites

You should always stick with the best football data sites that are available. Find one that works for you in terms of how it’s presented and how easily you can understand the data in front of you. Once you do know what sites you would like to use regularly, rate them over a few weeks based on how accurate their predictions are and how ‘correct’ or close to correct the data they provided was in the end.

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