Who would be the top players in an EFL fantasy league, 2019/20?
Out of curiosity, I’ve applied the official Premier League scoring system (which can be found here under Rules > Scoring) to each of the three EFL divisions to see what the best possible squad would be. Just like the official game, I’ve picked the best-scoring combination of two goalkeepers, five defenders, five midfielders and three forwards (hopefully without putting anyone into the wrong category), although if this were a real game you probably wouldn’t be able to afford to put all of them in the same team.
The only element of the scoring which I haven’t been able to apply is the bonus points, as these include stuff like tackles and passes for which I can’t get hold of the data. Also I think the FPL rules are a bit more generous around assists, but overall I think it gives a reasonably accurate impression of what would happen if they rolled it out across the EFL.
I’ve not included the play-offs as that would give the players who played extra matches an unfair advantage.
For each division I’ve laid out the top players on a pitch, in a style reminiscent of the official Premier League version.
EDIT: for some reason Said Benrahma and Eberechi Eze were coming through as forwards when I ran this originally – they missed the first cut altogether but are actually the two top-scoring midfielders.
The three top-scoring defenders play for Leeds, which is unsurprising given their 22 clean sheets. While Ben White played every minute of their campaign, Stuart Dallas’ attacking output makes him the Trent Alexander-Arnold of the division. Benrahma was the top-scoring player overall: one of four Brentford players to make the cut – the Bees also boast the division’s top forward, second highest-scoring goalkeeper and third best midfielder. The other two promoted sides – Fulham and West Brom – each have two representatives while two Millwall players also make the cut.
The numbers for Leagues 1 and 2 are much lower due to their seasons being cut short. This squad is very blue, with Gillingham, Peterborough and Wycombe each having two representatives. Posh striker Ivan Toney was the top-scoring player of all, while Christy Pym was the top-performing goalkeeper. Oxford were the only other club with more than one player in the squad, notably the top-scoring midfielder James Henry.
Clubs from the South West dominate this squad, with four players from Exeter, three from Cheltenham (sorry my graphic generation skills aren’t nuanced enough to differentiate their kits), two from Plymouth and one apiece from Forest Green and Swindon. The latter boast the top-scoring player of all in striker Eoin Doyle, whose tally would have been sufficient to make the cut in the Championship team despite only playing 34 matches.
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