PLAYER OWNERSHIP – REVISITED
Nothing stays the same in FPL for very long. Teams find form. Fixtures swing. Opinions change.
A month can be an especially long time in this game.
So without another word wasted, padding out this meandering intro, let’s crunch the numbers and see the latest stats – the all-important player ownership figures for your friends and rivals in the FFUK league.
Top this month, no doubt due to his affordable price tag, upturn in goals and newly-cemented status as Man United’s first-choice forward, is Marcus Rashford, with a whopping 92%.
Let that sink in, it’s near enough everyone in FFUK! (If you’re one of the 8%, give us a shout and let us know your thinking: maverick or mental?)
Rashford’s crowd-pleasing has knocked down the previous incumbent, AWB, whom despite gaining a couple of owners recently (now up to 84%), is only the third most popular player in the league.
Sandwiched between them, like a fine slice of Egyptian beef, is Mo Salah. Mo’s been hoovering up the percentage figures since January. Up 28% to 88%. The Harry Kane injury obviously leaving managers heavy with cash and wanting to take shelter somewhere safe.
So, what other trends can we spot this month? Who’s leaping up like a salmon? Who’s being washed downstream like a rotting trout?
Well, you can take your time and draw your own conclusions by comparing last month’s figures, but here’s a couple that stood out to me.
Sergio Agüero is up from 4% to 60%. Huge. The lure of Man City’s double gameweeks and the Argentinian’s consistency in front of goal proving hard to resist.
Going the other way, Felipe Anderson has been shown the door in vast numbers – down from 44% to just 4%. You lot are ruthless (but probably fair).
Compared to FPL
And, because we like to do our own thing compared to many of the 6m people playing around the world, here’s a stat worth raising your eyebrows over:
£4.1M Wolves defender Ryan Bennett is selected by 11.5% in FPL. But in FFUK, there are nearly three times as many owners, pushing him up to 30%. We all know a squad enabler when we see one, eh?
Potential differentials – over to you
It’s your team, so take your pick and reap the rewards. But Batshuayi surely only has to displace the lumbering, impotent figure of Christian Benteke to get a decent run in the Crystal Palace team. Owned by just 2%, the Batsman could yet prove heroic in helping you fly up the table.
Over and out.