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.
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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
GW35 deadline: 11.30am 21st April.
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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). 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.
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.