Fantasy Premier League has become more than just a football game these days. You may consider it as part of the daily routine for millions of aspiring managers.
Consistency is the keyword of this game as to finish inside the top 10k and there are multiple aspects you have to take into consideration.
Generally, you have to keep yourself up to date with the latest football news and use this information to plan for future Gameweeks. You can’t select the best fantasy team without knowing a few things about the real teams. Watching games, reading football news and researching the match statistics that precede the fantasy points, can be a great help. While it’s definitely true that you can fluke a few good Gameweeks by playing the game ‘casually’, consistency is important in the long run, and this will come from careful planning and preparation.
In our opinion, the most important things to consider is having a good foundation of FPL knowledge – the philosophy of fantasy football. The managers that consistently finish inside the top 10k, or even the top 100k, don’t find themselves in that position by any accident but it’s through planning and studying the general rules and tips that we’re about to explore.
1. Dividing Your Budget
You need to think carefully about how much you are spending on each position: goalkeepers, defenders, midfielders and forwards. You also need to be aware of how much money you are investing in your starting lineup and how much you have stored in your bench players. It’s usually not a good idea to have your bench filled with expensive players that you aren’t earning points from. However, if you plan on rotating players, you will most likely have to spend more on your bench than if you plan on keeping the same 11 players each week.
The most common tactic is to spend the bulk of your budget on your 7 starting, attacking players. This could mean 5 midfielders and 2 strikers or 4 midfielders and 3 strikers but you definitely want some reliable ‘big hitters’ in there. Again, you may decide to choose a non-playing, cheap option for the 8th attacking player or alternatively, you could have 6 fairly strong attacking players and 2 weaker ones with fixtures that rotate well.
2. Choosing Your Formation
For most FPL managers, an attacking 7 is vital, and so they are forced to play 3 defenders for the majority of Gameweeks. But given that defenders tend to depend almost solely on clean sheets for points, this is an ideal strategy, because clean sheets are often harder to predict than reliable goal scorers.
Another tactic to consider is whether or not you will be making use of your full squad by rotating certain cheaper players, or whether you’ll stick to putting out more or less the same starting XI every week, with your bench being occupied by non-starters or super cheap, risky players that you don’t see yourself ever using. Both are valid strategies and you may decide to experiment with both throughout the season.
4. Must-Have Players
A core player is someone you plan on keeping for the majority of, if not all of, the season. These can sometimes be chosen at the start of the season, if you have a good idea of how a particular player will perform, based on the previous season. However, mostly you stumble upon these at least a few weeks in.
Halfway into a season, certain players within your team will have risen by so much that selling them would mean losing a lot of value and being unlikely to afford to get that player back in the future. These are your core players. As an example, let’s say I purchased Bruno Fernandes at 10.5 million… If his current price has increased to 11.6 million, you would actually sell this player for 11.0 million. The way this works is that it’s the current price divided by the purchase price which is then round down. If you were to sell him at 11 million and then want to purchase him back, you would then have to purchase him at the current price which would be a loss of 0.5 million in your squad using this example.
5. Importance of Fixtures
Most top FPL managers pay close attention to fixtures. Whilst everyone knows how important form is, a great number of people don’t plan very far ahead when it comes to fixtures.
A player’s upcoming fixtures are very important to consider because, for example, when teams face equally talented opponents, they tend to play more defensive and reserved. This will usually mean that an attacking player will get fewer chances to score, and it, therefore, might be a good idea to bench him in favour of a player who is facing an easier opponent.
Fixtures are also important when you are looking at rotating your squad. If you have a couple of budget defenders, you need to make sure that their upcoming fixtures alternate well so that for each Gameweek, one out of the two of them has a fairly good fixture.