Fantasy Football Commandments

Those of you who saw my earlier post bemoaning the poor performance of my Fantasy Football team will know that I need some guidance. I plan to give myself that guidance in the form of some basic commandments that I will refer to before I make team choices in future.

At least that’s the new plan of action to turnaround the fortunes of my stuttering FPL team. Whether or not I actually use these rules and make impulse picks instead is another matter, which leads me to the first commandment…

Fantasy Football Commandments

  1. Thou shalt consult the FPL commandments before weekly team selection and transfers. Otherwise you might well end up regretting that transfer pick of Giroud and making him your captain. Again.
  2. Thou shalt make RVP captain. A bit of a strict rule perhaps, but I am prone to a crazy last minute captain choice, so I need this kind of discipline.
  3. If the apocalypse is nigh and RVP is unavailable, make a choice on captain from your top 2 valued strikers/midfielders. Keepers and defenders score/assist rarely, so the potential upside is often limited – if in doubt pick your captain based on price. Don’t worship false idols!
  4. Thou shalt model your team/squad around 3-4-3. This is generally the most efficient way of maximising points, followed by 3-5-2.
  5. Thou shalt prioritise expensive players in your team. Basically, try to find bargains in and around your team to enable you to afford as many top players as possible. Look at points per million (ppm) to help you in this, and consider ‘backup’ players in strong teams where the player ahead of them has recently picked up a long-term injury/suspension.
  6. Thou shalt ensure that your whole squad plays regularly. Even your cheaper ‘squad’ players should be ready to contribute points by automatic selection if by some catastrophe one of your starting 11 does not play.
  7. Thou shalt consider form and upcoming fixtures when making transfers. I’d say a 6-game horizon is useful to consider for players in teams outside the top 5. The most expensive players, like RVP, don’t really require consideration to fixtures but form can still be useful guide.
  8. Thou shalt not have an expensive keeper. Mid/lower placed teams face more shots and this can offset the number of clean sheets a higher placed team gains. In any case, at the time of writing, Stoke and Sunderland have conceded as many goals as Chelsea and Man City respectively.
  9. Thou shalt not spend points on transfers. The limit of 1 transfer per gameweek is worth adhering to, unless a player is injured/suspended/out of favour. If spending points on a transfer, you need to consider how likely it is that the new player will score >4pts more than the player transferred out in that gameweek.
  10. Thou shalt check the number of fixtures in each gameweek. Usually towards the end of the season, due to cup commitments and fixture adjustments, some players play 2 games in 1 gameweek. In these cases, capitalise and weight your team towards these players – even if it means spending points on transfers. If you can phase players in/out a week or 2 before that GW then all the better.
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