You said you wouldn’t bother this year. it’s too much effort to keep up. yet here you are, spending hours playing with your fantasy first division team for the new season.
The best intentions at the start of a season to stay on top of transfers and substitutions throughout the campaign have almost always been forgotten by October, and come on, you’re absolutely certain you won’t bother next time.
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But then the transfer market kicks in and before you know it, you’re looking through the rosters of newly promoted teams for the best bench fillers. Before doing so, you can also read these 11 tips…
1. rotate your goalkeepers and defenders
It is common for fantasy players to pick a starting goalie from one of the big clubs and the cheapest possible backup to keep him on the bench. don’t.
Instead, choose two £4.5m/£5m keepers to rotate, depending on who and where they play. at home against a struggling team? get him into manchester city? put him on the bench.
By doing this, you should have a better chance of getting clean sheet bonuses during the season. even the best clubs have plenty of games against their rivals where you wouldn’t necessarily back them to keep a clean sheet, but if you pick the right two goalkeepers from the bottom half or mid table sides you’ll almost always get into a weekend that at least one of them wanted to keep things under lock and key.
all of the above also applies to defenders. you’re going to need some cheaper squad fillers, but instead of filling your bench with rags, spend on two or three cheap defenders that you can rotate to maximize your chances of getting 6+ points.
If you’re really interested, look through each club’s match rosters to find the best rotation options; there are many fpl match difficulty sites out there.
Ideally, you should choose between two clubs that are at home on different weekends and don’t play too many difficult games at the same time.
2. don’t choose your backline from seven different clubs
Another common practice is to pick your two goalkeepers and five defenders from seven different clubs, on the basis that you are increasing your chances of at least one clean sheet bonus.
however, by doing that, you’re also reducing your chances of getting really big scores, given that it’s unlikely that all the clubs in your selections will keep opponents out on the same weekend.
Instead, consider picking a couple of your backline from the same (defensively strong) teams, meaning you’re relying on fewer of them to score some 0’s.
3. spend your money on defense
Many people pack their defenses with various cheap options in order to afford more expensive midfielders and forwards, but the right back in the £5m/£5.5m range will rack up far more points than a midfielder of the same value.
trent alexander-arnold was the highest scoring defender in fpl in 2021-22, finishing with 208 points. The highest scoring midfielder in the same price range was £7m Bernardo Silva, who scored 53 (fifty-three!) fewer points on 155.
joao cancelo (£7m, 201 points), andrew robertson (£7m, 186 points), virgil van dijk (£6.5m, 183 points), joel matip (£6m, 170 points) and Aymeric Laporte (£6m, 160 points) all scored more than that.
Usually spending an extra million on a defender instead of a midfielder will give you much more value.
4. consider incorrectly listed players
any player used in a position further forward than listed by fpl is worth considering. It’s what makes Mohamed Salah an expensive but essential choice: he has won three of the last five Premier League Golden Boots.
He himself insists he’s a winger, which is true, but he plays in a front three and consistently racks up more points than the listed forwards in the game. there is a big difference between salah and fabinho, but in fpl terms, they are the same.
Also, to reinforce the previous point about the value of defenders, look for teams that are likely to play full-backs. ivan perisic for 5.5 million pounds seems like a bargain.
5. choose your marquee signatures carefully
Often, fantasy leagues are decided by who has picked the right big money signings. There are usually a handful of players that everyone picks (harry kane, mohamed salah, kevin de bruyne, etc), but you have to be absolutely sure that they are going to hit the ground running.
The best fantasy players are those brave enough to avoid following what the crowd is doing and of course make the right differential pick, so think carefully about who you’re spending your big money on and don’t be afraid. to change things from the beginning. even his joker could come into play if he’s desperate.
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6. don’t be blinded by a player’s club
another common mistake is to select as many players as possible from the big six clubs, on the basis that they win more games, score more goals and get more clean sheets.
The reasoning is sound, but the big six clubs also rotate much more. Also, think hard about signing a top-tier club’s holding midfielder when an additional £0.5m-1m could make him one of the mid-tier club’s top creative threats.
7. know your set-piece takers
When buying these deals from smaller clubs, it’s worth checking out who has been committing set pieces and penalties in pre-season.
that’s why luka milivojevic became a must pick for everyone a few years ago. and why bruno fernandes suffered a strong fall after the arrival of christian ronaldo.
but it’s worth investigating to find out who’s been drawing corners for the various teams at the table during preseason.
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8. beware of new signings
It can be tempting to get too excited about players brought in from abroad, but remember that there is often an adjustment period for overseas transfers.
There’s nothing wrong with giving him a few weeks to see how darwin nunez settles in liverpool, for example. a bad start can cause you to immediately lose interest, so you want to make sure your forwards start to work.
9. choose players who actually play
It sounds obvious, but many fantasy players fill their benches with the cheapest possible players who rarely play, keeping midfielders unlikely to get goal or assist bonuses, and defenders they have no intention of dealing with. rotate.
If you’ve followed all of the above tips, everyone on your team will be an advantage, but just as a reminder: never waste money on players who aren’t going to guarantee you at least two points for playing 60 minutes each week.
This is more of a reiteration of everything that’s already been said, but it’s really worth a bit of digging unless you want your fantasy aspirations to be over by September.
Find out who’s been playing consistently in pre-season, who’s struggled with injuries, who’s lost their stride and which youngsters have broken into the first-team squad.
Watch for players with poor disciplinary records. know who is playing where. And above all, don’t pick players based solely on their reputation or points from last season, or you could burn your fingers.
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11. make changes
This is perhaps the hardest to maintain, but to have any chance of succeeding in fantasy football, you really need to invest some time before each game week to ensure you rotate players based on your opponents, transfer players who are injured or out of shape, and pick off any players who have reached a purple spot before their values skyrocket.
Remember folks, fantasy football is for life, not just for August.
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