Every football writer and their granny seems to be doing an alternative to the PFA’s Team of the Year for the 2014/15 season, so it felt like a good time to do a fantasy football one, albeit with a month still to go in the league.
Now before putting it together we have to decide whether we along with the FPL’s Dream Team or pick a 4-4-2 formation with the players with the most points. We might as well look at both, but I think the 4-4-2, which is the format the PFA use, is the best way to compare the two.
Looking at the Dream Team thus far, there is some crossover. John Terry, Branislav Ivanovic, Alexis Sanchez and Harry Kane all make both teams. Interestingly, Eden Hazard is cream of the crop in both categories. Having picked up Player of the Year at the weekend, he also has the highest number of fantasy points, with no one looking like catching him.
Biggest difference has got to be in goals where Simon Mignolet has supplanted David De Gea between the sticks. Who would have guessed that a few months back?
No place either for Ryan Bertrand, who is replaced by team-mate Nathaniel Clyne, while Diego Costa also misses out. Sergio Aguero and Charlie Austin are up front instead, demonstrating the kind of superb individual performances they have been dishing out on a regular basis.
Coutinho, funnily enough, is way, way off making the TotY by fantasy standards. In fact, the Brazillian is 18th in the list of midfielders in terms of FPL points gained this season. That makes him not even the best midfielder in Liverpool, never mind one of the best in the league. His spot is taken by Christian Eriksen/David Silva. If I were picking an actual team, I’d have Cesc Fabregas in over all of them based on his performances earlier on in the season. In any case, he’s not far off the pace: the Chelsea creator is one point behind Eriksen and Silva in the FPL charts.
When change the formation to 4-4-2 using FPL data this is what we come up with:
Not a major difference from the Dream Team, granted, but interesting enough to see Leighton Baines come in. The Everton defender is not someone who would have been on many people’s TotY, but I think it shows how useful full backs are for FPL managers.