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*****Editors' Column:
IMPORTANT ~ Hi, is it sad, or is it exciting? Either way, we're moving FPLchess.net to twitter next season: @FPL_Chess ~ and we're really hoping you're going to join us there. Many of you already know that we've given you some great tactical pointers over the years, and the plan is for it to continue on twitter. According to FantasyFootballScout analysis, we advised you really well last season as well. Unless your profile on twitter suggests you're an FPL-based account, I won't be following you back on twitter. I only follow active FPL accounts that share useful FPL information (and a few poker sites :) ~ Whether you follow us or not, we hope to see you on the pages of FPL Chess Grandmaster next season.
@FPL_Chess@FPL_Chess ~ ♘ Very best wishes, Gary Swann.


Those already following @FPL_Chess on twitter will know that I've just watched all the Meet the Manager series by @FFScout_Joe - brilliantly done, Joe's found his vocation. As an ex-academic I particularly loved @MarchSimon 's contribution; however, the simplicity of Matthew Jones' @matthewpenycae approach smelt of genius. Highly recommended.

If you go to Meet the Manager Articles you can scroll through the interviews by clicking 'older articles.' The series includes our very own Kenneth Tang ** 5 sub-800 finishes. Awesome. Also, 2017/18 runner-up in our FPL Chess Grandmaster. Check it out. Fantastic stuff:
Kenneth Tang


Also, before you commit to transfers before the next gameweek, these are definitely worth a read:
FFS Articles

So you too don't understand the new xG and xA super-metrics. Me neither. Have a read of this by Bench Boost:
Using xG and xA in Fantasy Football

If you're like me you rarely have time to watch Match of the Day, so read Tom Campbell's brilliant twitter feed
@UtterlyTC MOTD musings & observations
from an FPL perspective.

There's also @fplkernow League Tables. Both of these brilliant weekly articles are now on the embedded twitter pages.

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⚽Roll of Honour:

♜ FPL Chess Grandmaster ♞

  • Thi Ha Zaw 2017-18 {299th in the world, out of 5,910,135}
  • John Somerset 2016-17. {581st in the world}.
  • Luke Cotter 2015-16.
  • Michael Atkins 2014-15. {Previous season 13th in the world}.
  • Mark Goodinson 2013-14. {7,458th in the world}
  • John Somerset 2012-13. {1,509th in the world}.
  • Mark Goodinson 2011-12.
  • Daniel Wright 2010-11.
  • THIS LIST WILL BE PINNED UP ON TWITTER NEXT SEASON


  • Registered 2010 to 2016 as FootballChess.net - then our 37-strong league grew to 800 under the new name of FPLChess.net.

  • Our lesser-spotted edition for friends & family has played out its time and will finish at the end of season 2018-19; leaving just the main Grandmaster Edition as the focal point for the 2019/20 season. The F&F was only a window so we could see where we all were in the big one.
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⚽Top 10 Final Result 2017/18:
♜ FPL Chess Grandmaster ♞

    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. Fantastic.
    The classy Kenneth Tang (four sub-400 finishes and now No.11 in the FFS Hall of Fame) takes the runner-up slot - Kenneth also 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 - Brilliant. Liam McAllister's Beanflicktas was 5th and 105th in Ireland - Awesome.
    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.

@UtterlyTC Tom Campbell has kindly given his permission for FPL Chess to reproduce his #MatchOfTheDay musings & observations from an #FPL perspective here for people who do not have twitter.

If you 'do' have twitter, it is obviously recommended that you follow him (@UtterlyTC) and get the information delivered directly to your twitter page.

Eek! These have now been transferred to the embedded twitter pages so that you'll see them immediately they are published, and will not have to wait for me to re-publish them. On the embedded twitter link, scroll down and click on his MOTD tweet, then click it again when it opens and negotiate with the left and right arrows. Gold.

@fplkernow Current FPL League Tables have been transferred to his embedded twitter page If you scroll down on his feed you'll see all his league tables for the week. Brilliant stuff.

This team (produced by @fplkernow) could have scored 2552 points and won @OfficialFPL 2017/18 season without using a single chip or making a single transfer.

2552 points

Twenty up-to-the-minute 'Information-rich' Twitter Accounts
(Please let us know if we've missed your favourite twitter feed!)

Twitter

Fantasy Football Scout

Tips, News and Views on all things Fantasy Football. Followers must be 18+

Twitter

Fantasy Premier League

The official Twitter account for Fantasy Premier League. The official Premier League app includes full #FPL team management. Download: http://preml.ge/app

Twitter

PremierFantasyTools

Official http://premierfantasytools.com account. Tools for sophisticated fantasy football managers.

Twitter

James Egersdorff

Director at ESP & Fantasy Football Enthusiast. Number 1 ranked FFScout Hall of Fame. Writer for @FantasyFootyMag & 105th place FPL 16/17. FPL YouTube vlogger

Twitter

Tom Campbell

Don't look down on anyone, unless you're helping them up. The glass is half-full, & the other half was delicious. Be kind. #FPL

SCROLL DOWN FOR TOM'S MOTD OBSERVATIONS. GOLD.
Click them to bring them out, then click them again.

Twitter

FPL Kernow

FPL enthusiast. Love a stat. 12 seasons, highest OR 41k, lowest 423k. Last season 80k. Writer and stats man for @PlanetFPLPod.

Twitter

FPL Fly

#FPL Addict since 06 / Highest FPL finish 596th / Testicular Cancer Survivor - I'm half the man I once was / 🇨🇽 / Fly’s SuperLeague Code: 157-388

Twitter

Ben Dinnery

Freelance Injury Data Analyst. http://premierinjuries.com

Twitter

FPL General

Fantasy Premier League veteran. 3 Top 500 finishes in the last 4 seasons. Weekly podcast @59thMinutePod. Mini-league pin: 29104-7585. http://Patreon.com/fplgeneral

Twitter

FPL Updates

Providing daily Fantasy Football news | Tips | Injury Updates | Line-ups | For FPL Fans, by FPL Fans

Twitter

Fantasy ⚽ Manager

The official Twitter account for Fantasy Premier League. The official Premier League app includes full #FPL team management. Download: http://preml.ge/app

Twitter

FF Pundits

Providing #FPL advice, opinion & insight for the 2017/18 Fantasy Premier League season. World Cup Fantasy coming soon! Contact: info@fantasyfootballpundits.com

Twitter

Planet #FPL Podcast

James & @sujanshah present Planet #FPL. A Podcast with tips, advice, insults (mainly at each other) & banter! find all our content at http://planetfpl.com 79658-16777

Twitter

Always Cheating #FPL Podcast

Weekly #FPL podcast. 38 weeks. 2 managers. 1 podcast. 0 clean sheets. Hosts: @joshlandon, @bskbroiler. Support the pod! http://www.patreon.com/alwayscheating

Twitter

FPL Tips

Providing #FPL YouTube videos | Previews, Players to Watch, Team Selection & more EVERY Gameweek! SUBSCRIBE: http://bit.ly/FPLtipsSUB

Twitter

FF Geek

Twitter site for http://www.fantasyfootballgeek.co.uk For #FPL fantasy premier league and fantasy football managers for all formats. Get tips & advice

Twitter

Who Scored?

The largest detailed football statistics website. Follow @WSTipster for betting tips. Powered by Opta data.

Twitter

FF 247

Fantasy Football 247 is a website dedicated to providing #FPL managers with daily articles, advice, news, tips, and banter on our popular community chat.

Twitter

FPL Editor

http://fantasyfootballfix.com Content Editor / Providing #FPL editorial & analysis / 4x Top 20k finishes in 6 seasons / OR 16,973 info@fantasyfootballfix.com

Twitter

FPL Chess

FPL Chess (previously Football Chess) a free FPL mini-league and information-rich website. 800+ players.



Sixteen of the best FPL You Tube Channels
(Let us know if we've missed your favourite channel!)

FF Scout

FF Scout
You Tube Channel

Let's Talk FPL

Let's talk FPL
You Tube Channel

James Egersdorff

James Egersdorff
You Tube Channel

FPL Family

FPL Family
You Tube Channel

FF Fix

Fantasy Football Fix
You Tube Channel

FPL Tips

FPL Tips
You Tube Channel

FPL Nymfria

FPL Nymfria
You Tube Channel

FPL Boss

FPL Boss
You Tube Channel

The Football Republic

You Tube Channel
You Tube Channel

Football World

Football World
You Tube Channel

FPL TV

FPL TV
You Tube Channel

AFTV

ArsenalFanTV
You Tube Channel

FullTimeDevils

FullTimeDevils
You Tube Channel

100PercentChelsea

FPL Boss
You Tube Channel

Esteemed Kompany

Esteemed Kompany
You Tube Channel

The Redmen TV

The Redmen TV
You Tube Channel

Some of the best FPL Podcasts {Click on the Picture}
(Let us know if we've missed your favourite Podcast!)

WhoGotTheAssist?

PODCAST

WhoGotTheAssist?

Planet FPL

PODCAST

Planet FPL

The 3 Amigos

PODCAST

The 3 Amigos

Always Cheating

PODCAST

Always Cheating

The Punt

PODCAST

The Punt

Just Offside

PODCAST

Just Offside

FPL General

PODCAST

FPL General

FF Surgery

PODCAST

FF Surgery

FF Noise

PODCAST

FF Noise

FML FPL

PODCAST

FML FPL

The Game of Football

PODCAST

The Game of Football

FPL PODCAST AWARDS 2017/18

Premier Fantasy Tools
Twitter @FPLPodAwards

FPL Podcast Awards

FPL Toilet

PODCAST

FPL Toilet

A few of the best FPL websites {Click on the picture}
(Let us know if we've missed your favourite site!)

FPL Players Stats

Stats Centre
Shots on Target, etc.

FF Scout

FF Scout
Don't miss their You Tube Tuesday night Scoutcast. Great website, and great underlying stats for members.

Premier Fantasy Tools

Premier Fantasy Tools
Consistant Top 5K FPL Manager stats : Great for trying to reverse engineer their thinking! Fantastic site.

Who Scored?

Who Scored?
Great for free underlying stats : Shots per Game 'SpG'.

FF Geek

FF Geek
Bandwagons and Sinking Ships; Gameweek Analysis; Top FPL Managers; Great stuff.

Ben Dinnery

Ben Dinnery
Finger on the pulse for all Premier Injuries.

FF Fix

FF Fix
Predictive fantasy football algorithm and free Price Change Pridictor app (IOS & Android).

FPL Addicts

FPL Addicts
The talented MattCraigDT, and Jerome's match reports, are on hold. Please hurry back guys.

FF 247

FF 247
Lovin' this website. Particularly the Full Fixture Tracker. Ed.

FPL Discovery

FPL Discovery
Stats from top 10K FPL Managers. Recommended by Jonty of FFS fame.

FPL Statistics

FPL Statistics
Fantasy Player Price Change Predictions.

FF First

Fantasy Football First
Help, tips and stats for Fantasy Football managers.

FPL Updates

FPL Updates

My Little Nuts

MLN

FourFourTwo

FourFourTwo

Chess.com (Not FPL)

Play Chess for Free

Interviews with Champions - How they did it - Every season back to 2010-11 when a lesser-spotted ♖ Football Chess ♘ arrived on the scene.

Yusuf Sheikh
2017-18 FPL Champion.
Yusuf Sheikh

To listen to Yusuf, click link and scroll down to FPL Show Ep 41: FPL champion's secrets to success.

Ben Crabtree
2016-17 FPL Champion

Ben Crabtree

Dimitri Nicolaou
2015-16 FPL Champion

Dimitri Nicolaou

Simon March
2014-15 FPL Champion

Simon March

Tom Fenley
2013-14 FPL Champion

Tom Fenley

Matthew Martyniak
2012-13 FPL Champion

Matthew Martyniak

Sam Pater
2011-12 FPL Champion

Sam Pater

Chris McGurn
2010-11 FPL Champion

Chris McGurn

FPL Calendar : Immediate Gameweek tactical advice AND Strategic FPL : Long-term options and considerations

FPL Calendar

This Calendar will advise of key dates in the first half of each season, while people find their footing.

The strategical column (below) will try to explain what is considered 'best practice' - as in the best time to utilise the tools given, and how best to deploy them.

After FFScout appraisal of 2017/18 season, is was shown that this calendar correctly suggested GW35 over GW31 for the Free Hit (marginal victory), GW34 over GW37 for the bench boost, GW32 over GW33 for the Wildcard, and GW37 for the Triple Captain (tied with GW38). Fairly pleased with that.

  • Key dates for 2019/20 season will be published here in the summer.


Strategic FPL : Long-term options/considerations
previously known as Kasparov's column
last updated 24th March 2019 - but still completely relevant

Hopefully pre-season 2018/19, you availed yourself of the information at FFS Pre-Season Guide and, since GW1, visited PremierFantasyTools.com FPL Team Analyzer to look at what players the FPL celebrities/ex-champions have in their teams, and analysed how your team shapes up. Both fantastic sites.

Hang-on!

A popular time to play your 1st wildcard is in either of the first or second International breaks. If you can 'hang-on' until the third Internaional break even better, and pre-Christmas is better still; however, putting off your wildcard when your team is in dire need of refreshing is not the best course of action and you must use it by the end of the year. Use it or lose it. For your second wild card, which you get on 1st Jan, always save it for one of the Double Gameweeks, near the end of the season. The same can be said for your Bench Boost, Triple Captain, and Free Hit. The latter is useful for either Blank Gameweeks or Double Gameweeks, but don't waste it on a regular week. It's too valuable.

Wait!

Ben Crabtree, way back when he was the 2016-17 FPL Champion, recommended what they call a mini-wildcard. FFS founder Mark Sutherns also likes this move. This is where you save your transfer for the following week, so that you have two transfers, and then you take a 4-point hit and do an extra transfer. Two transfers are quite limiting but when you've got three transfers then a whole new realm of possibilities opens up. Don't do it too often though - the 2017/18 FPL Champion Yusuf Sheikh only took 9 hits. This is a typical amount. In fact back in 2017-18 the top 50 players had less than 10 hits on average (8.2) all season. If you are going to play a mini-wildcard, perhaps 'wait' until the Friday or Saturday morning before locking your new players in. The stats from the 2017/18 season showed that most of the top 50 players followed this trend - rather than transferring in early in the week to save £100K. This is especially true after an International break, as we want to see they've returned from International duty in one piece.

Be Patient!

The ability to pick up early bandwagons at their inception should, in theory, substantially increase both team value and points; however, it is possibly a flawed strategy. If you've done your homework on the players you've got in, why remove them for the latest bandwagon that may end up being a sinking ship. 'Be patient.' This is key. Be always on the hunt for a good value player but let him prove his worth before ripping out one of your established players to get him in. Yes, you may have to pay a bit more but you'll be more confident that he's the real deal.

It's been said that after the 3rd International break it could be an ideal time to switch from a defensive strategy to an attacking strategy. By this I mean it can be a good idea to spend more on your defence from GW1 to about GW12. We shouldn't try to find three 4.5 and two 4.0 defenders - as we've no idea where the value is. I've tried rotating cheap defenders from the off and it just doesn't work for me (or anyone else probably). One good defender with the other four rotating might work for later on in the season but to begin with I think I'd prefer two good defenders, or even three; with two or three cheapies 'who play' rotating for the final slot(s). From GW12 we'll have a better idea of cheaper defenders - and where the value is, so we can switch to them and spend the money on attackers - and possibly five good midfielders. (continued next page...)

I've always believed that the best predictor for goals, is goals. 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 (these are players with low ownership that you have a good feeling about) who are facing weaker sides. Some experts firmly believe that underlying stats can be a better guide than form or fixtures. They rave about shots on goal, shots in the box, or big chances, 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 (I'm not knocking it, you get lots more. I couldn't imagine not being a member). 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:

Shots on Target : (a personal fav stat) and
Premier Fantasy Tools (a personal fav site - Excellent for stats)
Also, FPL Statistics : Price Change Predictions + stats from the top 50. Love it.
Who Scored? Excellent stats.
Who scores Home and Away (I'm not captaining him away from home again!)
FF Geek Top FPL Managers
FF Geek Gameweek Analysis
Football Fallout : Stats & Tools
FPL Discovery

The last one is stats based on us, rather than the footballers, and it is recommended by Joe at 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 6 million FPL Managers are doing. Joe's recommended site provides stats from only the top 10,000 FPL Managers.

Another idea - a much simpler one - was watching MOTD on a Sunday morning and making notes, but twitters @UtterlyTC does the job expertly for us.

One of the key strategies is to have one or two differentials in your team. As explained, 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 £13+million player in your squad, then he should be captain. It's alright the odd week putting it on someone else - that's fine - 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, perhaps 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... he needs to be in your squad. This means - if you're spreading the money around your squad, that you leave an exit strategy so you can ship him back in without taking a hit or ruining your team structure (discussed later). Managing this aspect of the game successfully - is very hard - but I imagine the rewards are there if you're up to it.

It is said that an important strategy is to have the heavily owned top players in your squad, so that if they have a good week you're not left behind; however, for absolute budget players the opposite is true. Having heavily owned bench fodder means that if they're not starting people will ship them out and they'll lose value. So when recruiting this type of player, it may be better to do your homework and find lesser owned bench fodder, who still might be able to get you a couple of points or at least preserve their price.

The strategy of having heavily owned top players has its limitations as well. If you have too many top players in your side then it means the bulk of your squad are cheapies. You have to find a blend. Adapting a fairly rigid price structure - for defenders, midfielders, and attackers might be the best way. It will stop you spending all your money on Salah, Kane, Aguero, Sterling, Hazard, and Lukaku, leaving no money for the rest of your team.

The following links to Fantasy Football Scout are available even for non-members. The pre-season match reviews are necessary reading, and following their team selection verbatim for GW1 would have got you 80-odd points last season!



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