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Fantasy Premier League tips: Hints and guidelines to pick your first FPL team from your SK scout for gameweek 2

Abhishek Jain
SENIOR ANALYST
18 Aug 2016, 23:31 IST
Fantasy Premier League
Gameweek 2 starts with Manchester United taking on Southampton FC at 00:30 IST, Saturday

It’s that time of the year again when all the fantasy enthusiasts pick, plan, predict and organise their respective teams in order to score maximum points and ensure that they have the bragging rights at the end of the season! 

Introducing the ‘ICT index’ for the 2016/17 Fantasy Premier League

The ICT Index is a football statistical index developed specifically to assess a player as an FPL asset. It uses match event data to generate a single score for three key areas – Influence, Creativity and Threat. It condenses more than 40 match event statistics into four distinct scores. 

1. Influence

Influence is the first measurement - this evaluates the degree to which that player has made an impact on a match or matches over the season. It takes into account events and actions that could directly or indirectly affect the match outcome. However, the Influence score also processes significant defensive actions to analyse the effectiveness of defenders and goalkeepers.

2. Creativity

Creativity assesses player performance in terms of producing goal scoring opportunities for others. It can be used as a guide to identify the players most likely to supply assists. While this analyses frequency of passing and crossing, it also considers pitch location and the incisiveness of the final ball.

3. Threat

Threat is the third measure, producing a value that examines a player’s threat on goal, therefore, gauges those individuals who are most likely to score goals. While attempts are the key action, the Index looks at pitch location, giving greater weight to actions that are regarded as the best openings to register a goal.

All three of these scores are then combined to create an overall ICT Index score. That then offers a single figure that presents a view on that player as an FPL asset.

Rating the players according to their ICT index:

NamePositionPrice (£)Selected By (%)GW1ICT Index
Tadic (SOU)MID7.55.3218.1
Rondon (WBA)FWD6.53.1816.2
Redmond (SOU)MID6.091015.9
Coutinho (LIV) MID 8.125.21514.5
Aguero (MCI)FWD13.046.8914.3

Best Transfer Picks from the Scouts:

ScoutTransfer InTransfer Out
 NameGW1Price (£)FormNext 2 fixturesNameGW1Price (£)
Scout 1Llorente(SWA)56.55.0Hull(H)LEI(A)Gray(BUR)26.5
Scout 2Lamela(TOT)97.09.0CRY(H)LIV(H)Ayew WHU)17.5
Scout 3Deulofeu(EVE)26.52.0WBA(A)STK(H)Shaqiri(STK)96.5
Scout 4Stekelenburg(EVE)35.03.0WBA(A)STK(H)Lloris(TOT)25.5
Scout 5Sigurdsson(SWA)17.51.0Hull(H)LIE(A)Mane(LIV)79.0
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Captain Picks:

Obvious: Sergio Aguero (STK Away), Zlatan Ibrahimovic (SOU Home), Eden Hazard (WAT Away), Riyad Mahrez (ARS Home)

Risks: Philippe Coutinho (BUR Away), Nathan Redmond (MUN Away), Gylfi Sigurdsson (HUL Home) , Divock Origi (BUR Away)

Reminder: The deadline for Gameweek 2 is 23:00 IST, Friday

Note: All values synced as of 20:00 IST, Thursday

Hope you have a high scoring Gameweek 2!

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