Fantasy Premier League is the most-played fantasy football game, with over 6 million players. The aim is to pick out the best players with a £100 million budget. Based on their performances in real-life, points are awarded to these players. The players that accumulate the most points over a game week win the particular game week. Players with the most points over the 38 game weeks win the entire competition. Considering that there is a set budget, it is difficult to get all of the best players in your team. Thus, it is important to find players that get the most points at the lowest possible cost.
In the graph below, we will explore the players that received the most points per game and were the most worth-it for their price in the 2019/20 season:
The darker the dots on the players, the more points they have received per million. The most ‘worth it’ players here are Harvey Barnes of Leicester City, Nick Pope of Burnley and Callum Wilson of Bournemouth (currently at Newcastle). These players are bang for your buck as they return loads of points without compromising on expensive players like Kevin De Bruyne. The usual big-hitters are also here. Kevin De Bruyne, Trent Alexander-Arnold and Mohammed Salah feature in a good light.
A very evident outlier here is Borges Fernandes, or as better known, Bruno Fernandes. After joining Manchester United from Sporting in the January transfer window, he went on to score eight goals and collect nine assists in just 15 appearances. He accumulated 117 points in these games and puts him head and shoulders above the rest.
Fantasy Premier League as a whole requires a great understanding of statistics and the underlying data that makes a player great. For example, De Bruyne had an xG of 8.95 and scored 13 goals last season. Additionally, he had an xA of 17.35 and got 19 assists instead. With the visualisation above, we find out more statistics that help us find out the best players for our fantasy teams.