- Goalkeepers 62%
- Defenders 56%
- Midfielders 70%
- Forwards 73%
With almost half a season gone I thought it might be useful to perform a similar exercise and see where the trends are going (I have used points per 90 minutes to eliminate the high level of injuries for the premium players):
Conclusion: there is basically no correlation for any position! Midfield (59%) and defense (53%) are showing small signs of correlation while forwards (35%) are the worst by far. At the forward position we are not too far from saying a 6m forward has the same chance of a big season that a 12m forward.
Sometimes not learning something in one area is useful for learning something elsewhere and I think this is the case here. While I have been only including stats for top players for captain consideration, this analysis suggests that anyone should be open for consideration and captaining a Nasri or an Elmander is no longer an undue risk. I will update my future captain rankings accordingly and probably sell my expensive players too! Now to find something which does correlate to points . . .
The weekly rankings for GW17 can be found here