Fantasy Football

♖ FPL CHESS ♘

⚽Welcome to FPL Chess Grandmaster Edition : 2017/18 season.
We have around 800 players. Membership is now closed until the summer. We don't want new people joining just because it would mean them winning the league. We want the winner to have enjoyed playing in our league all season. ⚽

FPL Site

PLAYING YOUR FREE HIT? Please note: [quoted from the rules]

Like the wildcard, the Free Hit is used when confirming transfers. It cannot be cancelled once confirmed. Managers cannot benefit from any price changes gained from their new Free Hit squad; however, price changes applied to their previous line-up will take effect on their return once the chip expires.

Current Top 5
♜ FPL Chess ♞ Grandmaster Edition : 2017/18 season
  • 1. Bryte Carlton's WengerOutNow (needs to change his name!) 2128 points; 887th overall; 91st Arsenal.

  • 2. Kenneth Tang's QD2017 2118 points. Three sub-400 finishes. World No.9 in FFS Hall of Fame. Awesome!

  • 3. Ankit Srivastava's Red Walkers 2116 points.

  • 4. Liam McAllister's Beanflicktas 2115 points. In 2015/16 was 673rd in the world .
  • 5. Peter Manning's Prolific Pros 2114 points.

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⚽Roll of Honour:

♜ FPL Chess ♞ Grandmaster Edition

  • 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.
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For followers of our FPL Calendar, with tactical, and strategic (below the calendar) considerations, please click on the red fixed menu button : top left of screen.

FPL Chess is now responsive to mobiles, tablets, and desktops. There's embedded twitter accounts, You Tube channels, fantastic podcasts, links to great FPL sites, and links to all the FPL Champions' interviews with winning strategies going back to 2010-11.

There is no requirement for you to enter any personal information on this website, it is for information only. You should only enter personal information on websites where the address begins with https, rather than just http. The 's' means secure.

I'm hoping to get some valuble stats embedded within these pages before too long. In the mean time, if you're an FFS member - have a look at "Shots on Target" : You might also have a look at "Big Chances" on the same page. I read an excellent article by Rakkhi of FFS that suggested the two stats complement each other nicely and are perhaps the best indicator of future points. Worth investigating.

If you're not an FFS member, then see our FPL Strategies column for links to free sites that offer underlying stats.

I also recommend: FPL Team Analyzer by Premier Fantasy Tools. Search for the top players. Work out what they're doing right! Other free links Cheers, Gary x    twitter

GW35 deadline: 11.30am 21st April.   

⚽Roll of Honour: ♜ FPL Chess ♞ Family & Friends Edition

  • Terrific battle between Chris A. Munks' CAPT Tattybojangles, and Justin Kampel's Rocky Raccoon FC, 2017-18.

  • Registered 2010 to 2016 as FootballChess.net - then our 37-strong league grew to 800 under the new name of FPLChess.net. Still trying to gather the original 37 in the new F&F Edition - so we know how you're getting on. We can't see you easily amongst the 800. We miss you. Please use the 'contact us' form to ask for the F&F code.

Sixteen 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

Who Scored?

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

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

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

Ben Dinnery

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

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

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

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

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 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 General

Fantasy Premier League veteran. Four consecutive top 1% finishes. Current overall rank: 1,302. Weekly podcast @59thMinutePod. Enquiries: thefplgeneral@gmail.com

Twitter

FPL Tips

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

Twitter

FF First

World's best Fantasy Football blog winner. Get a #FPL boost from our best-in-class algorithm & experienced managers. Free help, tips, stats & point projections.

Twitter

FPL Fly

#FPL Addict since 06 / Highest FPL finish 676th / Testicular Cancer Survivor - I'm half the man I once was

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 Tips

FPL Tips
You Tube Channel

Football World

Football World
You Tube Channel

FPL Family

FPL Family
You Tube Channel

FPL Nymfria

FPL Nymfria
You Tube Channel

FF Fix

Fantasy Football Fix
You Tube Channel

The Football Republic

You Tube Channel
You Tube Channel

FPL Boss

FPL Boss
You Tube Channel

FPL TV

FPL TV
You Tube Channel

ArsenalFanTV

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

Thirteen of the best FPL Podcasts
(Let us know if we've missed your favourite Podcast!)

WhoGotTheAssist?

PODCAST

WhoGotTheAssist?

The 3 Amigos

PODCAST

The 3 Amigos

Waiting on the bonus points

PODCAST

FPL Herald

Planet FPL

PODCAST

Planet FPL

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 Gaffer Tapes

PODCAST

The Gaffer Tapes

The Game of Football

PODCAST

The Game of Football

Always Cheating

PODCAST

Always Cheating

PODCAST

PODCAST

PODCAST


A few of the best FPL websites
(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.

Who Scored?

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

Premier Fantasy Tools

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

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)

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

Awaiting Result
2017-18 FPL Champion

Pass!

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 : Immediate Gameweek Tactical considerations

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). 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.


Gameweek 35 deadline 11:30hrs (GMT) Sat 21st April.

This gameweek is simple, you play your free hit. If you've already used it, then it might require you taking a hit. Bear in mind that although each player you draft in will cost you 4 points, you should at least get 2 points each back (hopefully) just for them being there. But if the players you have are poised for a DGW in GW37 then it might be worth just keeping them and taking a low score in GW35. Otherwise you'd need another hit to get them back in. It's a tricky one. Best of luck.


Strategic FPL : Long-term options/considerations (update 27 March)

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.



Editor's column - sneaked under FPL Calendar and FPL Strategies

GW33

From 2018-19 How your editor gets on..
strictly following the FPL Chess strategic and tactical (calendar) columns

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.


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