So here we are at the start of a brand new season, one which will undoubtedly provide us with a lot of excitement but also many headaches and dilemmas when selecting our Fantasy Premier League teams.
Due to this we have looked back to the 2013/2014 season to see what lessons could be learnt, and what advice could be given.
One trap that many of us fall into with transfers, is that there is always a temptation to take a points hit and bring in more than one player per week. However this can sometimes backfire, and is usually best to keep to a minimum, but it can also be very rewarding if it comes off.
There were various instances where an early transfer done days before the deadline has turned out to be a wasted transfer. This occurred numerous times where Mr Aguero picked up late injuries and also when Mr Rooney had a training ground injury which only came to light late Friday evening. Therefore, transfers should be delayed for as long as possible to minimize any risk and wasting points on unnecessary transfers.
There is often a reluctance to ‘jump on the bandwagon’ which can result in missing out on many points, and not gaining any advantage over your competitors, as by the time he is brought into the team he will also be in the majority of others. A second advantage of jumping on the bandwagon can be seen that it allows you to purchase the player at a lower price and avoid those price rises.
There may be a circumstance where you’re frustrated and wish to improve the overall rank, and one way of doing this may be by taking a risky captaincy selection. However, unless you are chasing the game and are way behind, there is no need to take unnecessary risks with the captaincy selection. Undoubtedly it can pay high dividends if it comes off, however 9 times out of 10 it doesn’t. A prime example of this is not captaining Luis Suarez last season. There were times when Liverpool would have a tough game, however he would usually outscore any other captaincy choices.
GO WITH FORM
One mistake that we all may make is choosing the player with the easier game and leaving the other on the bench. This happened many times last season, with a prime example being when Chelsea played Crystal Palace. In GW32 many Crystal Palace defenders where left on the bench, even though they had had kept two clean sheets in their prior two games. Crystal Palace won 1-0, resulting in a lot of points left on the bench.