Most FPL managers are over-smart. They take decisions mostly on intuitions and biased love for the players that belong to their favorite team. I can give you my own example, my team name for many years was “Ser Jaime Vardy” and Jaime Vardy was almost always my captain. It doesn’t matter if he played a home game against Norwich or was in a tough away game of Anfield or Etihad, Jaime was the captain of my team no matter what. 😀
These are the kind of mistakes you and I need to avoid at any cost. In this blog, I will cover the top 7 mistakes and fantasy football tips that can improve your team towards better points scoring.
1. You can’t have all the Superstars in your Team
The budget is limited and a manager can hardly sign 3 to 4 big-name players. If you are going for 5 or 6, there will hardly be any budget left to complete your team within the £100m budget.
Select 2 goalkeepers, 1 from a big team like Liverpool or Manchester City, and a 2nd choice from a strong defensive mid to bottom table Premier League team like Brentford or Brighton.
These are the basics of team selection. You can sign the rest of the players in mid-price range easily and line up a team that is already ahead of half of the managers even if you don’t make any change in your team for the rest of the season.
2. Choose your Captain wisely
A captain in Fantasy Premier League is worth 2 players meaning whatever he scores, the points get doubled. Now the tip here is that don’t go for both extremes.
Some managers experiment with a new captain every game week while there are others who don’t make any captain change throughout the season. Like I gave you the example of Jaime Vardy in the beginning.
Keep your choices of captain between 3 to 4 and don’t experiment with an unproven goalscorer like Teemu Pukki. Out-of-the-box experiments can leave a disastrous effect on your game week score.
3. Don’t listen to your Heart
I know you have a favorite Premier League team. And it is quite possible that you want to put all your favorite players in the team. Maybe your team was a contender to play in Europe or a title contender in the past, but now is struggling to put any consistent performance.
I also know that it is very hard to not choose your own players and take the help of your rival teams to help you score big. But if you want to be in the list of top managers, you have to keep your personal biases aside and sign players that are good for the team.
If you are not signing Salah or Reece James only because they are your rivals, you are putting 80% of managers at an advantage against you. So the fantasy football tip here is that don’t listen to your heart, make signings on merit.
4. Stats Matter
While the platform is giving you access to all sorts of stats, it is good to make use of every detail about teams and players. The OfficialFPL on Twitter is a great example of it.
Keep an eye on their insights and you will get many valuable tips that are hard to figure out on your own. They have a team dedicated to finding the kind of stats that a manager won’t be able to find by himself.
5. Decision on Wildcard
If your team is failing to score anything significant in 1st few game weeks, don’t hold on to your wildcard. Use it early and fix your team before total damage is done.
You get 1 wildcard for half a season and another for the 2nd half of the season and the best time to use it is whenever it is needed to use.
And as far as other chips are concerned, you can surely delay them for the later stages of the season when there are double game weeks and stuff. The tip here is that don’t hold on to your wildcard transfers if the team is in great need of it, and use other chips when you see your team is going to score big in a game week. Usually a double game week is the best time to use your chips.
6. Don’t invest too much in Defense
If you are relying on your players to get you clean sheets, it will be the worst strategy to score big in the fantasy premier league.
Invest heavily in forwards and especially midfielders. They are the actual points scorers and you won’t find any better fpl tip than this one. It’s a guarantee, in 90% game weeks, the top scorer is a midfielder or a forward.
7. You can still take a Risk
Calculated risks are very much safe. If two big teams are playing each other and you know a player who is in great form and a big game player, it is very much advisable to put your trust in him.
Risking the armband on him is very much safe. The tip here is that do check out where they are playing and what’s the form of the opponent team. There are always enough hints that can impact your gut feeling whether the player is going to perform big or not. e.g. Harry Kane can do it both home and away against Arsenal but against Manchester City, Liverpool, and Chelsea you have to look at the situation. Muhammad Salah in current form can perform anywhere. Reece James should be in every team in my opinion for every game…
That’s all in 7 common mistakes in fpl. Do check out these fantasy premier league tips to line up an even better team and dominate the mini-leagues.