A fantastic finish with an International flavour at FPL Chess, with long-time leader Thi Ha Za reclaiming No. 1 spot on the final day. He also won the Global Myanmar League. A fantastic achievement. I think he even plays for Myanmar, and Ayeyawady United. Awesome.
The classy Kenneth Tang (four sub-400 finishes and now No.11 in the FFS Hall of Fame) takes the runner-up slot; although still came 9th in the Global Hong Kong League. Nice one.
Kevin Weisz' beautifully named 'The Desperate Donuts' claimed 3rd in FPL Chess and 16th in the Global South Africa League. Great stuff.
Matt Carter's Shatner's bassoon was 4th in FPL Chess and 2nd in the Global Uganda League - fantastic.
Liam McAllister's Beanflicktas was 5th and 105th in Ireland.
Måns Axelsson's MånsGoaldiggers 3.0 was 6th and 40th in Sweden, Jake Batten's DannyBoffinTruckFC 7th and 1006th in England, Stuart Wilson's Laurelhill 8th and 86th in Scotland, Peter Manning's Prolific Pros 9th and 188th in Ireland, and Victor Ekström's Weeping Viggos was 10th and 80th in Sweden.
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This Calendar points you in the direction of immediate gameweek tactics. It tries to advise when and how to negotiate wildcards, and chips, through blank gameweeks (GW31 & GW35) and double gameweeks (GW34 & GW37).
Gameweek 1 deadline will appear here when known! (BST : British Summertime) (UTC/GMT+1)
This calendar is not only aimed at new players, to help with tactical options (International breaks, double-gameweeks, blank-gameweeks, and advice on how best to use your chips) but also seasoned players to remind them of important dates. Along with the FPL Strategic column, it attempts to explain what is considered 'best practice' - as in the best time to utilise the tools given, and how best to deploy them. For player selection we offer a vast array of links to great FPL twitter accounts, podcasts, and links to great FPL sites that provide you with underlying stats etc. Plus links to all the FPL Champions' interviews and their winning strategies going back to 2010-11.
Have a great summer everyone.
Ben Crabtree, 2016-17 overall winner (See Interview in Champions section), recommends what some people call a mini-wildcard. You carry a transfer over, then take a 4-point hit, and change altogether three players. It's just like a mini-wildcard, and costs you 4-points. The major difference is that you can't always do what you want with only swapping two players. When swapping three players however, a whole new realm of possibilities open up.
Your editor is going to test this approach, and play a mini-wildcard during each International break at the beginning of the 2018-19 season, and save his proper wildcard until December. The ability to pick up early bandwagons at their inception should substantially increase both team value and points, in theory! Providing we give the players time to increase £200,000 before shipping out (so we get the £100,000). This won't always work to our benefit. You have to be both good and lucky. Doing it on just the opening gameweeks however, when genuine bandwagons are first emerging, is a strategy to consider.
Making strategic hits, rather than guilt-ridden hits, will be liberating. Set yourself free of guilt. Make it part of your strategy.
I believe that the best predictor for goals, is goals. Form over fixtures every time. A player, who is out of form, won't necessarily find form just because he's against one of the lower sides; especially when they park the bus.
I think however, I've been guilty of underestimating stats. Stats could show when a player is coming back into form, but hasn't translated it into goals yet. So ideal territory when scouting for differentials. Some experts firmly believe that underlying stats can be a better guide than form or fixtures. They rave about shots on goal, or shots in the box, for instance, suggesting the player is getting into the right position and will surely click anytime now. FF Scout provide this service but I believe it's only for paid-up members. Our web site links however, include sites that offer underlying stats at no charge. A list of the best free ones we found (that include top FPL Manager stats) are FPL Stats, Premier Fantasy Tools, Who Scored? FF Geek Top FPL Managers and FF Geek Gameweek Analysis, FPL Statistics : Price Change Predictions, Football Fallout : Stats & Tools, and FPL Discovery. The last one is stats based on us, rather than the footballers, and it is recommended by Jonty of FF Scout. This is a site that gathers stats from just the top 10k FPL Managers. The quick way to know which players each week to get rid of, and which players to put in their place is check out the dropdown box on the FPL site itself - and sort by 'Transfers in (round)' and 'Transfers out (round)' - but that only tells you what all 5 million FPL Managers are doing. This site provides stats from only the top 10,000 FPL Managers. Also, if you're keen on stats, check out Premier Fantasy Tools I'm trying to reverse engineer how top FPL Managers finish in the top 5K every season ~ Awesome! The Three Amigo's podcast (see Podcasts) suggested another idea: watching MOTD on a Sunday morning, and making notes. Not the daftest idea I've ever heard. I should really give that a go myself rather than trying to commit everything to memory.
A key strategy is to have one or two differentials in your team. These are players with low ownership that you have a good feeling about - perhaps due to the previously mentioned underlying stats. You could even play them as Captain on a week when the Captain choice isn't obvious. To reiterate that point: Only try a differential with the Captain's armband on, when the Captain choice isn't clear-cut. When it is clear-cut, just follow the herd, and pick the market leader. As in Poker, and Snooker, sometimes you have to play the percentage game - FPL works along similar lines.
If you're going to have a £13million player in your squad, then he should be captain. It's alright the odd week putting it on someone else, but if you're going to spend that much money on a player then he should really only be in your squad when he is clearly the number one Captain choice; otherwise, you should get rid of him and share the money out amongst other players. Harsh but fair! I know there's a fear factor, of you shipping him out and him getting a hat-trick, but that will only really hurt when "everyone" is on him - due to him being the "clear" gameweek captain favourite. And whenever there is a "clear" Captain favourite - you need to be on him.. This means - if you're spreading the money around your squad, that you leave an exit strategy so you can ship him back in with the minumum of fuss. Managing this aspect of the game successfully - is very hard - but could be the key to propelling you up the league.
The following links to Fantasy Football Scout are available even for non-members. They also have pre-season match reviews in the summer months, that I always look forward to. I'll update these links accordingly.
Next season (this might be embarrassing!) your editor is going to be reporting in this space, on how he's getting on when strictly following options suggested in our FPL Calendar, and FPL Strategies columns. It may end in tears!
Hope you like the new layout of our webpage. The previous code wasn't responsive to mobile or tablets so it needed upgrading. I know it's still not brilliant but hopefully I can soon sharpen up the pages a bit, and with your feedback I hope to improve it further so that we're cooking on gas ready for the start of next season. The weekly tactical information and suggestions are still in the FPL Calendar, and the long-term strategic options are still in Kasparov's Kolumn, aka FPL Strategies. The twitter accounts are populated with ones that are a constant source of valuable information, rather than just being chatty - but I'd welcome any suggestions of good ones that I've missed, along with You Tube channels, podcasts, websites, etc. See Contact us on the main menu (or scroll to the bottom). Thank you.