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MANY CONGRATULATIONS to Keir Reed (Fighting Gunther's) who wins FPL Chess Grandmaster Edition from Grey Head (Movelli Spurs) and James Morrison (FPL Pillars). David Arblaster (3 shirts on a line.) is 4th, Liam McAllister is 5th with Beanflictas for the 2nd year running - Fantastic stuff. Noel Sheehan (No Way Jòse) is 6th, Jamie Cottington (2LeftFeet) is 7th, David Ley (Oots)is 8th, Joe Isherwood (Aladdin Sané) 9th, and Tibi Kovacs (Anfield FC) is 10th.
Special mentions include Måns Axelsson's MaansGoalDiggers3.0 who was 11th, following up from his 6th last season; Matt Carter's AFC Wizard's Sleeve who were 4th last year and 60th this year. Two places below him is Michael Atkins' PVA Glue. Michael is a previous (2014-15) FPL Chess Grandmaster.
IMPORTANT ~ FPL CHESS GRANDMASTER is moving to twitter
I understand that some may jump ship as we're not online in the conventional sense anymore. To those people, thank you for your patronage. I hope you've enjoyed the web site over the years. Please be aware of course, that you don't need a twitter account to remain in our league, or visit our twitter page. Hopefully though we'll still be able to find your names on the pages of FPL Chess Grandmaster next season.
@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:
Also, before you commit to transfers before the next gameweek, these are definitely worth a read:
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.
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.
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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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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!