The lists of Top 50 YFF gamers picks I've been posting at the start of each game week may be interesting (to some). But I admit they haven't been particularly useful in guiding our own team decisions. That's because (of course) they're only available after the deadline.
What may be more helpful is a long-term look at the top gamers' player picks: who they keep and for how long, and even how much they fiddle with their lineups between games.
So, inspired in part by K.M.'s fanpost of a few days ago that's exactly what I've done: collected the 21 weekly lineups for each of the current Top 20 sides. Unfortunately it's a bit too much data to simply paste here, so you can access it in Google Docs, by clicking this link:
Given my current standing in the game (4,450th) I'm not in a position to start giving lessons based on this data, so I won't. But I did find it interesting in several ways: the use of long-term "keepers" like Vertonghen and Cazorla, forwards like Suarez and Snodgrass as shorter-term "keepers" and even the position of players on the team sheet (slots 2, 5 and 9 particularly), which indicates (I think) how much, or little, team owners are messing with their sides between games (and the confidence they have in certain players as keepers), and also the formations they're choosing to use (since slot 5 is usually a midfielder, but can also be a defender, etc.).
The weekly points for each player chosen are also included, as are the weekly point totals for each team owner.
I'd be interested in any other conclusions that can be drawn from this data. Maybe it'll help give the minnows like myself a kick-start going into the second half of the season.