Think Different: An FPL Tale Part II

Part two of this series will discuss a key metric I found a few years back, but until now I really haven’t used it during the season. In fact, I didn’t use it last year when building my squad ahead of the first game week. Like many metrics, you can take away from these numbers what you want. It’s not the end all, be all. Like many metrics used in FPL, there are some shortcomings, but I do like what it does provide when it comes to players who got it done all season long. In fact, it might hold a bit more value when looking at a 3-5 game run a potential replacement player. Just depends on how plugged into the FPL game you want to be. However, the more time you dedicate to the game doesn’t mean you will finish any better. Continue reading “Think Different: An FPL Tale Part II”

Think Different: An FPL Tale Part I

Each year FPL managers attempt to dissect their season and draw conclusions. If like me, you find yourself continuously questioning transfers, activation of chips and strategy as the year ticked on. The 2019-2020 Premier League season caused an upheaval in the FPL game, seeing the game go cold for nearly three months. As I have said, I lost nearly all interest in the game when the Premier League said it would push forward in a mad dash to finish the season. Continue reading “Think Different: An FPL Tale Part I”

Where Do We Go?

Now that the reality of relegation has set in at Vicarage Road, it will be time before we see the direction ownership and management want to take. I’ve had a few ask me for my thoughts on the direction of the club. There has already been some excellent articles from numerous supporters I follow, who have given their thoughts, it was about time I shared just a few of mine, even though these won’t apply to the FPL next season. Continue reading “Where Do We Go?”

Playing My Own Game

I’m not Apple, but since the restart have been thinking differently setting my GW30+ starting XI. Found it odd that FPL decided to allow managers unlimited transfers prior to the game week. About 12 days prior to the restart I cited “life speeding out of control,” in an article, Game Over and wasn’t going to play out the season. However, reneged on that thought and decided to spend some time (at work) on my FPL team. In hindsight I am glad I did, as the restart saw a strong 121 points, a successful captain and bench boost, as well as cutting my OR in half on the back of 8 out of 10 green arrows. Continue reading “Playing My Own Game”

FPL Season Over

As a Premier League season comes to a close there is always the anticipation for next season. That has been the case the last six years participating in FPL and connecting with many individuals who share a common interest. Over the years, I’ve delved deeper into the fantasy game; articles, spreadsheets, podcasts, interviews and writing articles for a number of websites. This year has been unprecedented with the pandemic sweeping the world, virtual nothing happen, as there have been shelter in place orders to slow the spread. Continue reading “FPL Season Over”

VAPM – Viable Transfers?

The last two years I’ve dug deeper into some key metrics to help with player decisions. This is one of many different metrics to us when when contemplating players of interest. This year, I’ve paid more attention to deficiencies in past seasons. It doesn’t come as a surprise that my midfielders are excelling when it comes to their point totals in relation to their price and minutes played. It’s a plethora of acronyms; PP90, PPM, PPMM and VAPM, as managers look for keys in the numbers to unlock their season. Continue reading “VAPM – Viable Transfers?”

2019/20 Premier League: GW3 Transfers

Let’s put GW3 into perspective, by looking back to the 2018/19 Premier League. After two game weeks last season, I scored 67 and 66 points with an overall rank of 970k. The main concern, the OR combined with the fact I started the season without a premium forward and watched Sergio Aguero sink a hat trick against Huddersfield Town. Without much thought or hesitation, I activated my wild card, using a very small data set of two weeks, while looking forward to what the fixtures held. Immediate satisfaction wasn’t to be, as it resulted in my worst score of the season, but over a 10-week period, the early wild card was successful. Continue reading “2019/20 Premier League: GW3 Transfers”

FPL: GW1 Starting XI

So the 2019/20 Premier League is steaming towards us with a Friday opener, as newly promoted Norwich City, return to the league to face Champions League winners, Liverpool at Anfield. Thoughts aside, we are now deep into our starting XI and much of the tinkering has subsided. For me, there has been some shifting of players and budget this last weekend, however for the last few weeks I held my Defensively Red, Offensively Blue strategy. As Friday approaches I still plan on six players from Man City and Liverpool in my starting XI, but have moved off a few key players in search of better value. Continue reading “FPL: GW1 Starting XI”

Defensively Red, Offensively Blue

The 2019/20 FPL season is just under a month away, as Liverpool gears up to kick off against a new cream puff up from the Championship. Many are already touting the #ALWAYSCAPTAINSALAH on Twitter, as manager continue to tinker and tweet their RMTs. Doesn’t that get boring? I’ll admit, I just dropped a 15-man squad on Twitter, but I wasn’t looking for anyone to RMT, but an interesting idea that I haven’t seen floated in the FPL community. Does that mean it’s THAT stupid? Let’s see. Continue reading “Defensively Red, Offensively Blue”

Keys to Success: FPL 2019/20

This is a series I promoted a few years ago, which is intended to help my focus over the 38-week Premier League season. Setting goals is commonplace for FPL manger and it’s typical to hear, “my goal is to finish in the top 10k.” We’ve all said it. That’s great goals play an important part to our season but to achieve them we need to a set a keys or principles to follow in order to make them a reality. Continue reading “Keys to Success: FPL 2019/20”

FPL 2019/20 Initial Thoughts

After some ridiculous price drops on Wednesday by FPL, the game went live early Thursday morning. This about a week earlier then last year, when the entire price list was leaked and FPL had no option but to open the game early. Driving to work, I had to quickly put together an auto draft team, just to get something on paper, as I have FPL ID #8204. However, a closer inspection of prices and players seems to leave a lot to be desired this season. Continue reading “FPL 2019/20 Initial Thoughts”

FPL: A Look Ahead

I’ve listened to a number of season ending FPL podcasts the last week, as well as dropping Episode 39: Season Ender Bender of The Pitch & Pint Podcast. While we call it the “off season” and some managers may take a break, I am considering how to improve my game ahead of next season. I’ve heard a lot of “buzz words” comes across some of these pods, as well as listener comments on what to take away from our mistakes this season. I know my mistakes, while glaring, they aren’t something that can’t be corrected. As for next season, here are some thoughts as to my approach. Continue reading “FPL: A Look Ahead”