I must repeat myself – one of the best apps to be ever developed on FB must the Fantasy Football Premier League App. I only started playing from the previous season, and boy am I hooked to it. Can’t wait for the new season to start over.
When I blogged about this addiction earlier, I was in the top 6% of about 520,000 players. Really proud to say I even stunned myself to end up in the top 0.2% (numerically ranked 1,341) from a total of 624,237 players. Sure is encouraging for this rookie to look ahead for a better outcome next season, don’t you think?
Of course, I have also learnt much over the course of this one season – tactics, strategies, etc. so I thought it would be a nice gesture to share my 10 best tips that helped me score those points last season..
1. Managing Injuries – Before the start of every gameweek, I will always check out who is injured, how long are they out, expected return date, etc. An injured player will most likely drop in value very quickly, and player returning from injury can increase in value just as fast. Knowing when to buy, sell and manage these injured players is crucial in increasing your budget. My favourite site to check out these injuries is physioroom.com Apart from telling you which player is down, they will even explain the intricacies of the injuries, for the more medical-minded ones. Heh.
2. Focus on a set formation – Starting with only $150 million, there’s no way you can build a star-studded team. Trick here is to stick to a certain formation for most gameweeks. For example, if you chose a 3-5-2 lineup, you’d only need to invest more in building a strong midfield, and buy cheaper players for your other position and subs. In due time, you can buy better players when your budget increases.
3. Unheralded Nuggets – Try not to buy too many ‘star-studded’ players from big clubs like Man U, Chelsea, Arsenal, etc. Since they have much depth, the chances of rotation is higher than other clubs and hence increase rick of your player being rested, etc.Do look out for ‘superstars’ in mid-table sides who get to play week in week out. Some good examples over the previous season include Villa’s Marc Albrighton, Blackpool’s Charlie Adam, Everton’s Tim Cahill, Blackburn’s Pedersen, etc.
4. The Need to Strike – Players like Tevez, Drogba, etc. will always top the goal-scoring charts. Problem is their fee is usually too high. And if your set formation (no. 2) is not heavy on the strikers, try this tip: buy strikers from clubs found at the mid-bottom of the league. My theory is although they will not score many wins, they need to find their goals from somewhere so their strikers will usually make a name on the charts too. I got quite a few good gameweeks from Dudley Campbell and Andrew Carroll. Other good examples include Peter Odemwingie and Sylvain Ebanks-Blake.
5. Choosing the Skipper – All captains score double so choosing the right captain for every gameweek is rather critical. My tip here is to pick a Superstar who is playing at Home that particular gameweek. it also helps if the superstar’s team has a soft schedule lined up for the next couple of weeks. I remember sticking with Lampard when Chelsea had a soft stretch of games in Mar-Apr 2011. worked out pretty well.
6. Use the Tools – On the top tab of the Fantasy Football home page, there are many useful links you can use to better strategise your game. The link to PLAYERS will take you to the list of all available players. You can sort this list by their points, value, etc. use this to scan for cheap player with high value. Believe you me, there are quite a number of them there. For example, Elmander’s starting price was only $8M, Ben Foster is a steal at $7M, Tim Cahill started with $11M, etc. The system can also tell you which player is more prone to receive yellow/red cards, etc. So, you will never see me buying Balotelli…and check out the upcoming ganes for all the teams. Really powerful stuff if used properly
7. Stay Up to Date – Stay alerted on injury news, transfers, suspensions, external friendly matches, African Cup, Asia Cup, etc. One quick way is to read the news feed from the homepage. many participants will post updates about the current situation from all over. You can usually get the latest key news from here. Forums here can sometimes give you tips on players to buy, sell,etc. too. Of course, I sometimes just google a particular player to get the latest news about him. Having subscribed to RSS feeds from football sites like Goal.com and Soccernet.com will help too.
8. Make a Quick Buck – One of they keys to success in Fantasy Football is increasing the budget. Basic knowledge is buy low, sell high. Now, whilst some smart speculations may land you some cheap gems who will shoot up in value very quickly, do look out for some quick makable bucks when a player strikes a hattrick, for example. When the trading window opens, make a quick grab for him…and watch his value shoot up thereafter. Or quickly sell star players when they are sidelined (value plummets very fast), and target to buy them again when they return.
9. Non-League Matches – Gotta be careful when you see these matches (eg. Champions League, League Cup, FA Cup, friendlies, etc.) looming in between gameweeks. I was caught several times trading players very early on when the window opened, only to find out some players fell to injuries from these non-league matches – costing me positioning problems and drop in player values. Tip would be to hold on to trading until after these non-league matches.
10. Special Gameweeks – Watch out for several gameweeks where some teams play twice (or thrice!). Plan ahead to have many players from such teams to be in action during these special gameweeks. I scored most of my points during these special weeks. I remember there was even one gameweek where 8 of my 11 players actually played twice. Reaped a bountiful of points that week.
Whew. There you have it. Some tips that helped me mast season. Do share if you have any other tips or strategies, OK? My personal goal is to break into the top 999 this coming season.