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”

FPL: Luck vs Skill

Earlier this season, I posted an article titled, Luck in FPL? The topic is vehemently debated with no discernible outcome. The question of skill versus luck reared it’s head again on Twitter and as discussion raged on, the conclusion was, there is no right answer. If you playing well or have played well over a few season, you could finger skill as the reason for your success. However, if you have been spinning your wheels or struggling, you could say it was a run of bad luck. Continue reading “FPL: Luck vs Skill”

FPL Strategy: Second Thought

Nothing is written in stone…yet. We are finally in BGW31, the first big blank of the week, that features just 10 Premier League teams in action this weekend. Currently, my strategy has been to build to the blank game week. Last week I rolled the FT and have two ahead of this Saturday to bring in players who will feature in both BGW31 and BGW33 (hopefully). With European action midweek and FA Cup this weekend, there are still unscheduled games that need to fill some vacant game weeks. Continue reading “FPL Strategy: Second Thought”

Josh King: Forward Differential

It’s Friday and many FPL managers have had a listen to their favorite podcasts as they look ahead to DGW25, as Man City and Everton both play twice, but will blank in two weeks time. My thoughts however, aren’t on any double game week players. First, I can’t afford Leroy Sane without moving Mo Salah. Won’t happen, as the Reds travel to London Stadium. I could do the “hokey cokey,” dropping Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang in favor of Sergio Aguero for the DGW, only to bring Aubameyang back for game week 26 fixture away to Huddersfield. Continue reading “Josh King: Forward Differential”

Luck in FPL?

If you’ve played fantasy sports for any period of time, one component of the game is luck. Sometimes overlooked or not give due credit, it’s one aspect that is dynamic and can’t be controlled by players, mangers or FPL bosses. Last week, I was “lucky” because I held Ryan Fraser and Callum Wilson, who combined for 18 points.  These two players had been moved on by over 791k managers over the previous three weeks. Continue reading “Luck in FPL?”