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Welcome to our Fantasy EPL Glossary! Are you new to the world of Fantasy EPL and are wondering what our writers and podcasters are talking about? Simply need a refresher on what a certain term means? Then check out this amazing resource below. All the lingo, explained in simple terms. Get in touch if there is anything not covered below that you need an explanation of!

A FANTASY EPL GLOSSARY

ADP - Average Draft Position. The average spot in which a player has been drafted, based on all drafts that have been completed. On Fantrax, ADP takes all leagues into account, regardless of scoring system, so it can be a little misleading.

Ceiling - The upper limit of what a player is likely to score. 

Countering - Countering is a strategy where you acquire a player (usually through waivers or free agency) specifically because your upcoming opponent has their real-life teammate. In most cases, this teammate is the same position.

FA - Free Agent. A player who is not part of any roster and is available to pick up immediately. In the Fantrax player pool they are indicated by having a green plus sign to the left of their name.

FAB - FAB stands for Free Agent Budget. It is a type of waiver wire system that uses bidding to acquire players, as opposed to a predetermined order (i.e. ‘rolling waivers’ or ‘league-ordered waivers’). With a FAB waiver system, each team bids on any players they want using virtual dollars, with the highest bidder winning the player when waivers are processed.

Fixture Proof - A term for a player who should perform well no matter the opposition.

Flyer (flier) - Usually used to describe a player who has high potential but whose game time is uncertain. In the late rounds of drafts it is better to take a punt on a flyer than it is to draft a low-scoring player who is guaranteed playing time.

Floor - The lower limit of what a player is likely to score.

FP/G - Fantasy Points per Game. The total number of points a player has scored divided by the number of games they have played. A game counts the same if a player features for 90 minutes, or 10 minutes.

GACS% - The percentage of points a player gets from Goals, Assists and Clean Sheets. Unless your name is Sergio Aguero, a GACS reliance above 60% is likely to be unsustainable.

Ghost Points - These are points scored on Fantrax for actions other than Goals, Assists, and Clean Sheets. These Ghost Points, or peripheral points, reward players for (mainly) positive contributions to the game. So statistically good performances are rewarded, not simply attacking returns and clean sheets. Ghost Points are made up of Key Passes; Shots on Target; Interceptions; Tackles Won; Aerials Won; Clearances; Successful Dribbles; Dispossessions; and Accurate Crosses – No Corners.

gPP90 - Ghost Points per 90 minutes. Same as above, but as a calculation of Ghost Points per 90 minutes played by each player.

GW - Gameweek. A period in which a round of matches is played.

H2H - Head-to-Head. Each GW your team takes on another manager's team. Whoever scores the most points wins the matchup and is awarded 3 points. H2H is the most common format in Draft Fantasy EPL.

L3W - A player’s average score over the last three weeks. An indicator of form.

League Commissioner - The manager who is in charge of the league. The League Commissioner is tasked with making sure everything runs smoothly on the online platform of choice. The League Commissioner sets up the league, determines the rules and options (hopefully after reaching out to the fellow managers), will adjust waiver dates as required, and has the power to manually intervene on results or transactions if and when required. The Commish is also the resident Sepp Blatter, and needs to ensure the other managers are kept in line and follow the rules of the league accordingly. Being a commissioner is often a thankless task; if your commish does a good job, be sure to let them know!

Mock Draft - A practice draft. Managers do mock drafts in order to gain information on which players are being taken in particular places in the draft. This can be done with friends, but is better with random players. Mock Drafts can also be used to test out different strategies, such as going Mid/Mid with your first two picks.

OFPL - The official Fantasy Premier League game.

PP90 - Points Per 90. The total points scored by a player, divided by their total minutes played, multiplied by 90. This is a better reflection of a player's average fantasy output than FP/G, which gets skewed by substitute appearances. 

PP90 Against - PP90 Against calculates the average PP90 earned against each team for each position.

PPM - Points Per Match. The average number of points a player has gained per match that they have played in. A match counts the same if a player features for 90 minutes, or 10 minutes. The same as FP/G.

PPS - Points Per Start. The total number of points scored by a player when starting a game, divided by the number of games they have started. Games when a player appeared as a substitute are ignored. Given PPS both ignores substitute appearances, unlike FP/G, and takes into account the average number of minutes a player gets per start, unlike PP90, it is the most accurate measure of a player's average fantasy output.

ROS - Rest of Season. 

Roster - Your squad, your players; your roster. The term roster may be unfamiliar to non-Americans. It simply means the collection of players that make up your squad.

Set and forget - A term that refers to a player who you can start every single week without worrying about fixture difficulty or the risk of rotation. They play every game and score consistently well. James Ward-Prowse is the embodiment of 'set and forget'.

Sleeper - A player who you think is going under the radar and will therefore outperform his draft position. 

Stacking - The FF Genie special. Stacking your roster full of players from the same team. If you ‘stack’ two or three defenders from the same team and that team gets a clean sheet, you have a very good chance of winning your H2H match-up. If you ‘stack’ two or three attacking players from the same team and that team wins 4-0, you should get a large share of the spoils. A high risk, high reward strategy.

Streaming - Bringing in a low ownership/less fancied player for a one-off appearance in your team. The idea being you can pick up a free agent with a good fixture and plug them into your team for a one-off good score. This is a very common tactic when it comes to defenders because their scores are more influenced by fixture difficulty and there are usually a lot of them in the free agent pool.

Waiver Churning - This refers to the practice of picking up a player from the free agent pool and then dropping them in order to put them onto the waiver wire. This underhand tactic can be used to make several players ineligible for the upcoming gameweek; if you sign a player and then drop them the day before a gameweek starts, that player goes onto the waiver wire until the gameweek is completed. Fantrax has an option to prevent waiver churning, which we highly recommend using.

WAR - Wins Above Replacement. Originally a baseball term, the fine folk at Overthinking Football have a designed a model to determine player value in Fantrax EPL. Check it out here.

WW - Waiver Wire. A player who is on the waiver wire is not part of any roster and is required to ‘go through waivers’ before they can be picked up. This means that other teams also have the opportunity to acquire them. In the player pool a player on the waiver wire is indicated by having an orange plus sign to the left of their name. A player has to go through waivers once before they are allowed to be picked up, and they only go onto waivers if they were owned during the preceding gameweek. If they are signed from waivers on a Tuesday but dropped on a Friday, they wouldn’t go to waivers as they have already been through one set of waiver processing since the last gameweek ended. This happens if you prevent waiver churning, as above.

xFPts - Expected Fantasy Points. The boys at Overthinking Football created this metric for the Fantasy EPL Community. It replaces goals with xG (expected goals), assists with xA (expected assists), and goals against with xGA (expected goals against) totals to estimate the number of fantasy points a player would be expected to score, rather than what they actually score.

xG - Expected goals. Per Opta: “Expected goals (xG) measures the quality of a shot based on several variables such as assist type, shot angle and distance from goal, whether it was a headed shot and whether it was defined as a big chance.” Simple as that!

xPP90 - Similar to xFPts, but on a per Points per 90 basis.
 

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