So two gameweeks have passed and the season is well under way. How is your team faring? Did those pre-season plans pay off or are you considering the early wildcard to correct matters?
Either way, fear not fantasy manager, for we’ve got 5 useful tips from the previous gameweek to help you on your quest to Fantasy Premier League success.
1. We Shouldn’t Write Teams Off After a Single Game
Following Arsenal’s home defeat to Villa, the worst was feared by fans and journalists, who jumped straight on Wenger’s back, calling for his departure. Three games later, Arsenal have scored 8 and conceded only the one goal. It’s true that they could do with a few players in the form of a left winger, a striker or a centre back but writing Arsenal off after one game was wrong and typical of people who follow football and fail to see the bigger picture. Whether they can challenge for the title remains to be seen but with match-winners like Cazorla (£10m) and Walcott (£9.5m), and players stepping up like Giroud (£8.6m) and Ramsey (£5.5m), there will be plenty of fantasy points to be had over the course of the season.
2. Mr. Reliable Not So Reliable
Zabaleta (£6.1m) was arguably the strongest right back of last season and despite a strong game against Newcastle, he had an absolute shocker in the defeat to Cardiff. Zabaleta simply failed in watching Cardiff’s livewire, Fraizer Campbell (5.6m), for all 3 goals losing him on each occasion to devastating effect. With Richards currently out injured, Zabaleta will hold onto his role but if there are any repeats, Pellegrini would not think twice in giving Richards a chance to impress.
3. Goals Can Sometimes Be Hard To Come By
A total of 9 teams kept clean sheets in Gameweek 2, which also means that 9 teams failed to find the back of the net. With the change in the bonus system, it seems that if a team keeps a clean sheet, those in defence, including centre backs have an excellent chance of bonus points. With this in mind, fantasy managers should at least consider abandoning the trusted 3-4-3 for four at the back. Defenders are a lot cheaper and although they don’t have the star factor, they have the potential to earn more than the basic 6 points for a clean sheet game. Last season was one to forget for defenders where fans were treated to goalfests on a regular basis but this time round we might not be as lucky.
4. The 100% Record
There are currently 2 teams that have not dropped any points so far and surprisingly they are both missing their star player. Despite Bale’s yearning for Real Madrid and Suarez’s consequences for bad behaviour, Spurs and Liverpool have won both of their games so far and currently sit 2nd and 3rd in the table. They’ve kept things very tight at the back so far, conceding no goals and if you don’t already have any of their mid-range talents, they should be added to your watchlist immediately. However, it should be noted that all of their games have finished as 1-0 victories so let’s not get ahead of ourselves and overload on Spurs and Liverpool players just yet.
5. Top of The Table Stalemate
As we mentioned earlier, last season we were treated to some spectacular matches where goals flew in left, right and centre. The United-Chelsea game was the opposite. Although, it was an interesting contest with some fine passing at times, neither team had the creativity or killer instinct to unlock the opposition’s defence. The longer a goal didn’t come, the more you could feel that a draw was on the cards. It was clear that neither manager wanted to lose the game and at this stage of the season 3 points would have been a welcome boost but the win wasn’t vital. Hopefully, other top of the table clashes will live up to their billing but don’t be surprised if we see a few more tight affairs when two top teams come face to face.
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Author Credit: Richard Lam
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