Articles Published: 4
Guides Published: 0
Latest Guides by Matt Whelan
|Full Name||Matt Whelan|
|How long have you been playing FPL?||18 years|
|What is your best OR Rank?||2,489|
In an earlier life, I used to build houses for a living. I have since left the industry to pursue a full-time career in writing. I have created a series of children’s books (Adventure Quest) and written a book on FPL called FPL Obsessed: Tips for Success in Fantasy Premier League
I have been playing FPL since 2004 when my friend Pat created a mini league called Hogs of War. I was instantly hooked. I spent three years trying to win that league before focusing on my global rank. In the 2010/11 season, I achieved my highest ever OR (2,489th). The next season, full of confidence, I received my worst ever OR (606k).
This fall from grace fascinated me, and I spent the next ten years or so experimenting with a multitude of unique playing styles to varying degrees of success. While I believe success in FPL can be achieved by managers with differing playing styles, there are several aspects which I feel transcend a multitude of playing styles and this concept forms the basis of my book.
While my natural inclination is to be quite risk-averse (others may say boring!) I would describe my playing style as balanced/adaptable. I tend to start the season off cautiously, opting for reliability and proven pedigree in my initial squads, but I am fully prepared to go differential as the season progresses, if I feel it’s the right thing to do. I’m usually quite good at detecting the nuances of each unique season and adapting to them.
I believe the largest element of FPL success is luck and I think this it is important to bear this in mind at all times. Realising that luck plays a large factor keeps you humble when things are going well and sane when things are going badly.
The Latest Articles By: Matt
14 September 2021
Can Mini-League Rivalries Have An Adverse Impact On Your OR?
20 August 2021
Forward Planning – Part 1
17 August 2021
Gameweek 1 Review – @fpl_obsessed
13 August 2021
Matt’s GW1 Team Reveal