Think Different: GW1 Retrospect

This Think Different series began a few years back when I was a contributor to Fantasy Football Geek and initially focused on the viability of playing five defenders. While that strategy didn’t last long, the series did last a few seasons, before discontinuing submissions to FFG. This year, I’ve decided to revive the series on 6thGoal.com, posting the first of six articles on August 18, Think Different: An FPL Tale Part I. This series was conceived to follow my second team from pre-season planning and strategy, over 38 game weeks to see how a set and forget 5-man defense can get on in a very attack minded FPL game. Hopefully the first game week isn’t an indication of how things are going to go, but I am confident this team will rebound and finish the season with a respectable OR. More importantly, I am curious to see what I learn from this exercise. Continue reading “Think Different: GW1 Retrospect”

Think Different: 5-Man Defense

This article was to be included in the final installment of Think Different: An FPL Tale, but after putting the finishing touches on part five, I realized it was just too long. This is also a strategy I’ve been passionate about for a number of years and feel it can be implemented with success. As noted in the previous series an important part of this FPL game is selecting the right players ahead of the first game week. To date, I’ve yet to have a banger to start the season, but looking to get in and select players with the intention of keeping some players unchanged over the 38 week season. Continue reading “Think Different: 5-Man Defense”

Think Different: An FPL Tale Part V

Fancy numbers and key metrics looks great on paper, but as we know, the game is played on a grassy pitch. Preparation and knowledge of players and teams is key in putting out a starting XI that will be successful, there is still a pinch of luck involved when it comes to play the FPL game. This year preparation will take into account last year and how players performed in a broken season, coupled with their season ending statistics and some key metrics, including VAPM. None of this guarantees I will post a good season, but it should be an indication of players who will perform at or above the the level to achieve my total points goals. Continue reading “Think Different: An FPL Tale Part V”

Think Different: An FPL Tale Part IV

This is the fourth article in the Think Different series, where I discuss key metrics. Take away from these articles what you want, if anything. Like many metrics, this is useful information, depending on how you use the data. I believe metrics can help FPL managers when combined with other data sets and performance based statistics, when we examine players under consideration for the upcoming Premier League season. While I stand by the metric, if you don’t find interest in the results, do find one that helps you make your starting XI or transfer decisions as we roll over the 38-week season. Continue reading “Think Different: An FPL Tale Part IV”

Think Different: An FPL Tale Part III

Interest in the FPL game continues to grow year after year. The 2019/20 season saw over 8 million managers participate and it wouldn’t be a stretch to think that number will increase this season. We also anticipate some players potentially being listed under new positions, however, Trent Alexander-Arnold isn’t a midfielder. Ahead of every new season is the speculation of price increases. Last season, it was the £12.5 opening price for Mo Salah and his defensive teammates at £7.0. Price plays into all our decisions when it comes to fantasy and there are key metrics that can break down the price based on performance to see if those players are “good value” or overpriced when selecting your team. Continue reading “Think Different: An FPL Tale Part III”

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”

2019/20 FPL: Season Review

To be fair, I can’t do justice reviewing my FPL season, which ended on a green arrow, an OR at 207k. The season ended on March 9 when the league suspended play after GW29.  It was my hope the season would be null and void and I don’t voice that opinion because Watford was teetering on relegation in 17th position. Interest had been declining since October due to complications in my life and interest in the FPL game was at an all time low, no longer finding fun and enjoyment in what I was doing. Life took precedence with a pandemic on the horizon and our daily life in upheaval. Continue reading “2019/20 FPL: Season Review”

GW31+ Retrospect: 72 Red!

It sounds like some sort of NFL play call, however that was my final score for GW31+, which resulted in a red arrow. It’s always a tough pill to swallow when your starting XI finished 10 points above the weekly average (62) and it results in a red arrow. Not the first time it, nor will it be the last. I mentioned previously, I am not followed the ownership numbers of the top 1000 managers, that group finished on 69 points, which is partly responsible for the red arrow this game week. The KDB goal and points from players like Salah and Alexander-Arnold really hurt since I did not include any of those teams when I activated my Free Hit chip for the game week. Continue reading “GW31+ Retrospect: 72 Red!”

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”

Addicted vs Don’t Care

It’s been an interesting FPL season and we are not even to the full complement of BGW and DGWs yet. We will know more information regarding the run in by Thursday that will help guide our planning and decision making for the remainder of the season. For me, it’s been rough patch to a point that I’ve dropped recording the Pitch & Pint Podcast and The FPL Roundtable. No longer to listen to ANY podcasts specific to FPL. Strangely, I’ve been rolling in green arrows since GW20. Continue reading “Addicted vs Don’t Care”