When you’re bestowed with only a measly budget of £100 million, it can be quite daunting to build up the ideal squad in the Fantasy Premier League. However, I’d like to present you some tips and tricks for building a squad worthy of decimating your opponents and cementing your status as the guru in the fantasy football world.
1. Spend Prudently
Do you really need to spend so much money on defenders? Clean sheets are a rarity these days, and you’d be best advised on spending extra money on goal-scoring midfielders and forwards.
With that being said, it would be wise to invest in full-backs. Full-backs often maraud forward, and they can sometimes score some goals and provide an assist or two.
Perhaps the best investment when it comes to defenders would be Leighton Baines. One of the best full-backs in the game, Baines combines well with his winger (usually Steven Pienaar), provides assists, is a dead-ball specialist and is part of a resilient Everton side who can keep clean sheets. But he doesn’t come cheap, so exercise some caution when buying someone like Baines.
Look into teams that are strong defensively and don’t cost a fortune. Mauricio Pochettino’s Southampton is one such team. And West Ham United are also organized well at the back, especially against lesser opposition.
2. Pick a Solid Midfield
As mentioned earlier, goal-scoring midfielders can earn you a lot of points. Invest in four solid midfielders who can provide those crucial assists, or better yet score goals. Shy away from players like Michael Carrick, Lucas or other midfielders who sit deep. They rarely score goals but are set up to break up play, launch swift counter-attacks and make space.
Attacking midfielders and wingers are the safest bet here. Players like Eden Hazard, Mesut Özil and Santi Cazorla are bound to rack up plenty of points. Players who are given a license to roam and surge forward are also good picks. Yaya Toure is one such player, as is Aaron Ramsey (a must-buy given his stupendous form).
And while Michu is out injured, he is in the midfielders list, so it might be worthwhile to invest in him.
Cheaper options are Adam Lallana, Kevin Nolan, Yohan Cabaye and Hatem Ben Arfa. Ravel Morrison and Leandro Bacuna have also looked quite impressive thus far.
3. Stick to Your Strikers
Often times, people rotate their strikers too often, frustrated at the outcome of one measly game. How often have you changed your forward only to regret it later?
There are plenty of forwards in outstanding form currently, and it would be a good mix to pick any three from the following: Robin van Persie, Sergio Agüero, Luis Suarez, Daniel Sturridge, Wayne Rooney and Olivier Giroud. Loic Remy, Romelu Lukaku and Roberto Soldado are also options worth pondering upon.
It is imperative, though, that you stick to your forwards for at least three game weeks after you’ve made up your mind. Unless you don’t have Luis Suarez in your team! Then go out and buy him immediately.
4. Capitalize on Teams Playing Twice
The only feasible way to win big in the FPL is to capitalize on certain opportunities that others might overlook. And perhaps the biggest opportunity is when a couple of teams are playing twice in the same game week.
Regardless of your transfer prowess, invest wisely in recruiting players who belong to these teams. Look in advance at the fixtures and transfer in one of these players one game week at a time, so on the week where a certain team is playing twice, you have already fielded three players from that team.
The downside, of course, is that these teams will not play in another week, so you have to take them out with great prudence and strategy also.
5. Enjoy and Don’t Fret over Mistakes
Perhaps you transferred out Romelu Lukaku only to have him score a hat-trick. This is what happened to me last year in the final game week. I was sitting in second position in a highly competitive league, and had I not subbed out Romelu Lukaku, I would have won. But I slipped into third position.
However, another season comes along, and you can show off your prowess then. As the age-old adage goes, there’s indeed no use crying over spilt milk.
Have fun playing guys! All the best!