The BEST FPL Team of 2021/22 season

2021/22 season of Fantasy Premier League is now over and it is time to look back, review it, and learn from mistakes in order to improve our FPL skills in the next season.

That’s why in this article, we will look at the best FPL team from 2021/22 season – the top-scoring combination of players respecting the budget and other constraints. 

Basically, the team (a zombie team) you would have picked at the start of the season and scored the maximum number of points possible.

First, some math introduction to this problem.

From a mathematical point of view, Fantasy Premier League is an optimization task.

We have our cost function (points scored by a combination of 11 players), and constraints (budget constraint, formation constraints, teams’ constraints).

Our goal is, of course, to maximize the value of our cost function – to maximize the points scored by our FPL team respecting the constraints.

So, let’s look at which combination of 11 players within the budget scored the most points last season.

  • We used a genetic algorithm to find a solution.
  • We were looking for 11 players in any eligible formation within the budget of 82.5 million – so the bench is 4-4.5-4.5-4.5.
  • We used prices from the beginning of the 2021/22 season.
  • We did not consider any substitutions and transfers.
  • Only one player was captain for the whole season

So, no transfers, no substitutions and no captaincy changes for this team. 

Here is the top-scoring combination of players, the best FPL team of 2021/22 season:

  • Lloris (5,5m);
  • TAA (7,5m), Cancelo (6m), Robertson (7m), Laporte (5,5m)
  • Salah (12,5m) (C), Son (10,5m), Bowen (6,5m), Maddison (7m), Saka (6,5)
  • Pukki (6m)

If you have picked this team at the beginning of the season, you would get 2409 points at the end of the season without transfers, without subs, and with Mahamed Salah captain every gameweek.

Lessons learned

The most important knowledge from the top-scoring team:

  • 4-5-1 formation was the best formation – heavy defence, premium goalkeeper, but no value up-front
  • The optimal team has two heavy hitters (10 million +) players – so it is something to have in mind when choosing the structure for the next season
  • Expensive defenders (Robbo, TAA, Cancelo) were worth it
  • No premium attacker, they just scored too low points in comparison with much cheaper defenders

Before the start of the season, we could have predicted (to some extent) that Salah, Son, TAA, Robbo, Cancelo, Lloris were going to be great picks for our FPL teams.

But it was unlikely that we would have successfully predicted that Maddsion, Saka, Pukki, Bowen, Laporte were going to have such an outstanding season.

The lesson learned here is: pick 5 or 6 “safe-heaven” players before the start of the season. And then, built a team around them during the season, when cheap options emerge.

The best FPL team from previous seasons

We did similar optimization at the end of 2020/21 and 2018/19 season as well, so feel free to compare best FPL teams and conclusions from those optimizations:

Conclusion

Optimization can help us to find the best solution for our FPL teams. It shows us how we should spread our money around, which formation we should use, how many heavy hitters we should field, and most importantly, how the structure of our FPL teams should look like.

Use the knowledge from the best FPL team of the 2021/22 season when tinkering about your team for GW1 of the next season.

Matej Šuľan

Fantasy Football enthusiast with two top 1k finishes in FPL. Best FPL overall rank: 119th in 2019/20 season. Four top 500 finishes in UCL Fantasy, best overall rank: 23rd in 2018/19 season. Founder of Fantasy Football Reports.

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