Gameweek 10 of the Fantasy Premier League season demonstrated that even elite FPL managers don’t always get things right.
By analysing the movements of a group of 1,000 managers with multiple top-10,000 finishes to their names, we can find out what the best of the best do to prepare their sides.
And while we would expect the top bosses to make the right calls most of the time, five of their most sold players ahead of the weekend ended up registering attacking returns.
Cristiano Ronaldo saw the biggest dip in ownership among our sample, dropped by more than 100 elite bosses ahead of Manchester United’s game against Tottenham.
Having conceded nine goals in their previous two league games, and with Ronaldo goalless in his previous four, managers would have also been put off by an upcoming fixture list including games against Spurs, Manchester City, Chelsea and Arsenal.
But while the omens were bad, United and Ronaldo managed a 3-0 win which included a goal and an assist for the forward, who notched 12 points.
Elsewhere, West Ham’s Said Benrahma lit up the league in the first two gameweeks of the season with two goals and two assists, but a four-week drought saw dozens of elites drop the £6.5m midfielder ahead of GW10.
While the top bosses weren’t bitten quite as badly as they were by Ronaldo, they did miss out on an assist and five points from the Hammer in his side’s 4-1 win against Aston Villa.
Southampton’s Adam Armstrong is another who fell out of favour with a number of our sample, but he only mildly punished them in return.
The cheap forward (£5.9m) went six gameweeks with no returns before an assist against Watford helped his side run out 1-0 winners.
Speaking of stings, two of the biggest came from Conor Gallagher at Crystal Palace and Raphinha at Leeds.
The latter had struggled between GW7 and GW9, missing a game and failing to score or assist in the other two.
It was however a surprise to see his ownership dip by more than 50 among the elite with freshly hammered Norwich his next opponents.
The Canaries had shipped seven at Chelsea and failed to win a league game by the time they kicked off against Leeds – Raphinha helped himself to a goal and nine FPL points as his side extended Norwich’s misery.
But the biggest elite miss of the gameweek went to the managers who dropped Gallagher.
The £5.7m midfielder had notched two goals and three assists in eight games ahead of his side’s trip to Manchester City, one of the most difficult games in the league on paper.
His ownership among our top sample dropped by 46, but a goal and an assist for the 21-year-old saw him score 13 FPL points and seal a famous 2-0 victory for Patrick Vieira’s men.
They may be excellent FPL managers, but even the cream of the crop are wrong now and then.