Now, more than a month into the season, things are starting to take shape as managers make it clear who is in favor and who is not in favor, while struggling teams may feel the need to drastic changes in an effort to get back on track.
Whether they start every game or have factored in, this is the time of year when players can claim their role as key contributors for the long season ahead.
This week’s Opta data highlights a few playmakers who have shone coming off the bench, as well as sure prospects in the back half who are central to their teams’ plans and could be the difference in your Fantasy Football plans.
Newcastle United goalkeeper Nick Pope is in fine form, with the most saves in the league this season with 28, while holding the best save percentage (82.35%) and tied for the lead clean sheets (three).
It’s not just a small sample either. Since the start of the 2019-20 season, only Ederson (58) and Allison (45), widely considered the two best shooters in the league, have kept more clean sheets than Pope’s 38.
Also working in Pope’s favor is the fact that Bournemouth are one of six teams this season to average less than a goal per game, and have been held scoreless by Arsenal, Liverpool, Manchester City and Wolves.
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September 12, 2022
Full-backs have always been a bit of a cheat code in fantasy football due to their ability to take both clean sheets and a healthy dose of assists from centre-backs, and Nottingham Forest’s Neco Williams is in becoming a creator of quality chances.
No Forest player has created more chances than the 21-year-old’s nine – among defenders only Trent Alexander-Arnold (13), Kieran Trippier (11) and Diogo Dalot (10) have created more.
Williams has also played every minute of his team’s six games so far.
Manchester City’s Bernardo Silva is in fine form, scoring four goals (two goals and two assists) in his last four appearances.
City are the most successful team in the Premier League this season with 20 in six games, and after coming off the bench in the first two games of the season, Silva has now made four consecutive starts.
Silva’s goal contributions come from an expected 1.33 goals, with only team-mate Erling Haaland, Brentford’s Ivan Toney and Liverpool’s Roberto Firmino further exceeding their expected figure.
against Leicester City)
After spending £60m in the last transfer window to secure the 25-year-old from Everton, Tottenham rewarded Richarlison with his first start in their last top-flight game against Fulham, and he succeeded with an assist and a disallowed goal.
It was his second assist in his last three games, having come off the bench against Forest and playing under Harry Kane.
Leicester City were a team the Brazilian striker, who scored his first two Spurs goals in a Champions League win over Marseille earlier in September, reveled in against during his time in the Premier League, with his five goals against the Foxes matched his best tally. against any team (also five against Southampton and Wolves).
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