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FPL Points Per Million – Team Of The Season

If you’ve been reading our new series of data driven articles, you will be fully aware of the concept of Points Per Million (PPM) and after highlighting the value that can be found in each of the four positions, it is time to tie things altogether.

With the final gameweek of the 2019/20 campaign now behind us, the dust will have settled on an arduous FPL title tilt and with prizes being handed out in private mini-leagues around the world, we can look at what the most efficient PPM team of the season would look like. We are sure you will find this information useful if you plan to enter  Fanteam's €1M guaranteed season-long EPL game starting September 12th.

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For each position, we will highlight the top four players on a PPM basis and then look to build some form of squad from it, while should we go over 100.0m in terms of budget, we will have to dig a little deeper to find an enabler or two.

With that in mind, we need to first look at the goalkeeping department and a quartet that looks as follows (points rankings for each position are taking from the respective top 14 points scorers).

 

FPL Goalkeepers:

Player

£

Points

Points Rank

PPM

PPM Rank

Pope

5.2

170

1

32.7

1

Henderson

5.2

160

2

30.8

2

Patricio

5.3

153

4

28.9

3

Ryan

4.7

135

9

28.7

4

 

Take a bow Nick Pope, as he wins our DraftGym award for being the most efficient goalkeeper in terms of PPM and the highest scoring no.1 in the whole of the 2019/20 FPL Universe. It certainly paid to have the Burnley star at the top of your starting eleven.

Next up, we are going to look at the men who find themselves protecting their goalkeeper and see who the most efficient defenders were in terms of PPM.

 

FPL Defenders:

Player

£

Points

Points Rank

PPM

PPM Rank

Lundstram

4.6

144

5

31.3

1

Baldock

5.0

142

8

28.4

2

Egan

4.7

133

9

28.3

3

Van Dijk

6.5

178

3

27.4

4

 

As when looking at our previous article, the case for the defence is very Sheffield United based and this could do us a real favour in terms of selecting a whole team, as their lower values can easily be spent further up the pitch.

Which leads us nicely to the middle of the park and with an abundance of players arguably labelled in the wrong category (attacking forwards such as Salah and Mane), this is where an abundance of points could be racked up.

Read more: FPL Defenders: Point per Million

FPL Midfielders:

Player

£

Points

Points Rank

PPM

PPM Rank

Grealish

5.9

149

10

25.3

1

De Bruyne

10.6

251

1

23.7

2

Martial

8.5

200

5

23.5

3

Traore

5.6

130

14

23.2

4

 

Double celebration for Jack Grealish, as not only has he managed to keep Aston Villa in the Premier League, but he has also won the crown for being the midfielder with the highest PPM in the 2019/20 FPL game.

His relatively cheap value will also serve us well and now we will have to see if there are any bargains to be found in terms of the attack line.

Read more: FPL Midfielders: Understanding Points per Million

FPL Attackers:

Player

£

Points

Points Rank

PPM

PPM Rank

Ings

7.6

198

3

26.1

1

Ayew

5.1

132

12

25.9

2

Jimenez

8.0

194

4

24.3

3

Maupay

5.7

131

14

23.0

4

 

Danny Ings may have missed out on the top-scoring accolade, but he has certainly been a decent hand in terms of FPL performance and his goals were a huge component in Southampton avoiding the drop this season.

Read more: FPL Forwards: Points per Million

Now that we have our snapshot of players that have offered the highest performance in terms of PPM, we can now start to build a 15-man squad and one that is also under budget by quite a margin:

 

The Full PPM Squad:

Player

£

Points

Points Rank

PPM

Pope

5.2

170

1

32.7

Lundstram

4.6

144

5

31.3

Baldock

5.0

142

8

28.4

Egan

4.7

133

9

28.3

Grealish

5.9

149

10

25.3

De Bruyne

10.6

251

1

23.7

Martial

8.5

200

5

23.5

Traore

5.6

130

14

23.2

Ings

7.6

198

3

26.1

Ayew

5.1

132

12

25.9

Jimenez

8.0

194

4

24.3

Subs:        

Patricio

5.3

153

4

28.9

Van Dijk

6.5

178

3

27.4

Willian

7.3

168

8

23.0

Maupay

5.7

131

14

23.0

 

  • Overall Value: 95.6 (4.4m under budget)
  • Starting eleven total points: 1843
  • Average points per starting eleven player: 167
  • Overall total points: 2473
  • Average points per squad player: 164

 

Analysis

With three Sheffield United defenders also in place, Dean Henderson had to be omitted from the squad and this meant, that Rui Patricio from Wolves took his seat on the Team PPM substitutes bench.

It is a little difficult to say what an exact score this team could provide, but if we used a little artistic license and say that the starting eleven never changed and no transfers were made (meaning they accrued each and every point), they would be some distance from winning the overall game.

This year’s champion, Alexsandar Antonov, racked up an incredible 2575 points this season – a difference of 732 more compared to Team PPM. This means that overall efficiency is perhaps not the absolute way forward.

When you look at the team, only Nick Pope and Kevin De Bruyne make the starting eleven, having also been the highest scorers per position, while both Trent Alexander-Arnold and Jamie Vardy are nowhere to be seen.

What this suggests, is that

there needs to be a semblance of balance between selecting the big names that are available and going purely on a PPM basis

because although you will save money (as highlighted in our budget surplus), you will sacrifice overall points.

Ultimately, PPM should not be the bedrock of how you create your team. However, it can certainly allow savings to be made and from here luxury players can be installed – names such as Alexander-Arnold or Vardy could be utilised as upgrades.

Hopefully, this sample of analysis across the last few weeks has at least offered you some form of insight and it is something that you can utilise going into the 2020/21 season, one that thankfully is not all that far away.

Which means, we will be back with more data-driven concepts along the way and if there are any ideas that you would like us to research and analyse for your benefit, please let us know via our twitter account @draftgym

Read more: FanTeam €1 million season-game explained. FPL and FanTeam comparison.

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