I apologize for the difficult format on the first run through of the Fantasy Points Table in yesterday's First XI post. I have created a newer version that should be a bit easier to read. I've also add in some additional information per Jeremy's suggestion (correlation to Goals Scored) to see how that shakes things up.
Click past the jump to see what we've uncovered:
Here are some additional notes that you might find interesting:
- Rovers are quite the hard team to figure - they actually score more goals than average (8th overall in "goals for" in the Premier League) but they somehow conspire to convert those goals into very little actual fantasy output (they are 19th in fantasy points produced).
- Liverpool, Swansea, and QPR are vying for the title of "the Anti-Rovers" - None of these three teams are even remotely prolific when it comes to scoring goals. Liverpool are barely averaging a goal per game yet they have translated that into 7th place in the real table and 6th place in the fantasy points table. The reason for Liverpool's success in producing fantasy points can likely be chalked up to their defending (they're the second stingiest defense in the league). For QPR and Swansea who are poor and so-so on defense respectively the answer seems likely to come from their style of play.
This analysis is leading me to the conclusion that there are teams whose style of play is more conducive to picking up the sorts of "phantom points" that the Yahoo fantasy format rewards. For instance, Stoke has scored essentially the same number of goals as QPR and conceded significantly fewer but still manage to score significantly fewer fantasy points as a group. This leads you to believe that there is something in the way one or the other (or both) of those teams plays that has a significant fantasy impact. I don't have time to investigate further right now but when I do have some time, I'll definitely be delving into more detail to see what I can find.