Fellow fantasy Premier League footballers:
My name is Peyman (pronounced ‘pay-mawn’) and I’ve been recruited to expand your thirst for football by taking you all into the world that is known as ‘Fantasy Premier League (#FPL).’ I’ll be posting a weekly column catering to your fantasy appetite and provide some expertise as far as overall strategy, team selection, captain/vice captain picks, scouting, watch lists, etc. over the 2013/2014 season consisting of 38 total game-weeks!
Ok, let’s get started!
Key basics to fantasy glory:
• First and foremost for all you players who support a club, which is probably most of us, remember this…mind over heart. Emotion should never play a factor in fantasy football, or you’ll be doomed to mid/bottom table mediocrity.
• Stay up to date with team news on a regular basis for injuries, fixtures, squad rotation, tactics, etc.
• Captain selection is vital – this will ultimately make or break your ranking, so choose wisely and try not to be too bold or it can backfire.
• Form over player quality, always.
• Look for the differential players. This can be key if trailing a major opponent/rival – choose a couple of players that the majority of FPL players don’t have, so you can separate yourself on pts. from others if they score well that GW (game week).
• Stay ahead of the game – plan according to favorable fixture match-ups and missing or DGWs (double-game weeks).
• Wildcards – timing is everything! It always varies and depends on each situation, but playing one early for much needed surgery to keep you competitive and on par with others before you’re too far behind, is not necessarily a bad thing. Keep an eye on the calendar for other competitions, int’l breaks and especially during the Winter season, weather and decide on when the timing is right for your team. When you do decide to play your wildcard, play it right at the beginning of the week so that you can take advantage of any price changes.
• Do not over invest in defenders, budget accordingly as the game’s highest scoring players historically have been from attack (mostly strikers and mf, hence their heavier pricetags).
• Don’t over think it! When in doubt, go with your instincts and don’t just take it from me or others – I’m human just like you!
PEYMAN’S PICKS – GW 3
DEF: Zabaleta, Collins, McAuley
MF: Ramsey, Silva(VC), Ben Arfa, Nolan
ST: Aguero(C), v. Wolfswinkel, Sturridge
BENCH (ALT. OPTIONS): Jaaskelainen, Rooney, Yanga-Mbiwa, Lambert, Soldado, Snodgrass
Other GW notes: From the “top four” clubs, beware of squad rotation and limited minutes for various fantasy stars, especially from Chelsea (no game this week) and City. You want players on your team relatively nailed on to play 90 mins. each week, especially for your season keepers. Typically you want to have a core of players whose values will rise that you will form your team around and alternate and rotate the peripheral players in/out based on form and favorable fixtures, etc. Those itching to play their wildcards try to hold out until after this GW, since we’ll have an int’l break period for a week where you can look to take advantage of price rises/falls and adjust accordingly based on injuries.
Be sure to check back before next GW after the international break for transfer news, headlines, injury updates, etc. After this week’s basic intro. I will continue to follow w/more detailed analysis and statistical breakdowns.
Good luck to all, cheers!
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