Premier League 2017/18 Predictions

It’s been a quiet summer for football with no major tournament in Europe but it’s given clubs and their players the chance to fully relax and recharge ahead of the 2017/18 campaign. We’ve already seen some huge transfers in the Premier League since the window opened but most sides will continue to do business until the season kicks off.

Markets have been open for some time ahead of the new campaign so how are bookies assessing the title race, relegation and everything in-between?

Front Runners

Antonio Conte’s Chelsea stormed to the title last season and were barely challenged as they claimed the crown. However, the West London side are only second favourites to repeat that triumph and can be picked up right now at an industry best price of 19/5 with 188Bet.

So far, the Blues have retained much of the side that won the title but rumours surrounding Diego Costa’s departure continue to gain momentum. The Spaniard is a controversial figure but Conte will need to buy carefully in order to replace a man who scored 20 league goals in a successful campaign.

Market favourites are Manchester City who are on offer at best odds of 2/1 with 10Bet, check here other Premiere League enhanced odds. City’s spending has tipped the £100m mark with Kyle Walker, Ederson and Bernardo Silva signing up this summer but do these new additions, coupled with a disappointing campaign in 2016/17, really justify this favourite’s berth?

Across Manchester, Jose Mourinho’s United are big spenders again with Romelu Lukaku arriving from Everton for an eye-watering £75m. The Red Devils finished outside of the top four last season and as impressive as Lukaku is, he is only replacing another potent goal scorer in Zlatan Ibrahimovic.

United had a tight defence last season but Marcus Rashford and Anthony Martial were disappointing in front of goal and the new centre forward will need better support in 2017/18.

Chasing Pack

Elsewhere, Arsenal have purchased the prolific French striker Alexandre Lacazette but remain distant outsiders for the title at a best of 12/1 with William Hill and BetFred. Just ahead of them are last season’s runners up Tottenham who can be backed at a top price of 10/1 with BetFred and Betway while the bookies are even less impressed with the Merseyside teams.

Liverpool made the Champions League spots but are out at 12/1 with Bet365 and BetBright while big spenders Everton are way behind at 90/1 with 188Bet.

Of those names, Tottenham have the ambition to go one better, having finished second last season and third in 2015/16. However, the lack of any new faces and a switch to an unfamiliar Wembley home may effectively end those hopes.

Liverpool’s price may surprise many and away from the favourites, they have the capacity within their squad to provide some real value at that 12/1 price. Everton may have spent big but a new squad will need time to settle down and the best that Toffees fans can really hope for this year is a top four finish.

So, it really comes down to Chelsea and Manchester City. As always, City have made changes to their squad but last season’s average campaign (by their own high standards) suggests that they do not really deserve to be in front at the head of the betting. Meanwhile, Chelsea needed to do little to their own squad and the smart money is very much in favour of a second successive title for the Blues.

Behind them, Arsenal, Manchester City and Spurs look to be better equipped than their opponents in terms of sealing a top four finish. The introduction of Lacazette should give the Gunners more firepower and help them break back into the Champions League places while City’s quality makes this look a formality.

If there is a question mark on those top four tips, it’s over Spurs who have moved to that Wembley home for 2017/18 but they were so impressive last year that only a severe dip in form would deny Mauricio Pochettino and his men another tilt at Europe’s big prize.

For the drop

At the wrong end of the table, the newest member of the Premier League family, Huddersfield Town, are favourites for relegation at 4/6 with Bet365. It’s hard to argue with that assessment as David Wagner’s men were promoted despite finishing the regular campaign with a minus goal difference and despite some new signings, they look out of their depth here.

Naturally, the other newly-promoted sides feature heavily here with Brighton at 6/5 with William Hill and Newcastle a relatively distant best price of 9/2 with SportingBet. Huddersfield are a red hot tip but perhaps the other side to watch is Watford. Positive results against the likes of Arsenal masked an alarming slump at the end of the campaign and with an ageing and, at times, injury-prone squad, the Hornets look a good bet for the drop at 7/4 with SkyBet.

Top four places, top half finishes and more can also be speculated upon as the markets open and the squads take shape ahead of the new Premier League campaign. Will Chelsea claim back to back titles or can Manchester City justify their position as favourites? Are new boys Huddersfield Town out of their depth and destined for the drop? The answers to these and many other questions will start to unfold very soon with the new season kicking off on August 11.

FPL Pre-season 17/18: Promising players in the newly promoted sides

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The Kirklees Stadium, home of newly promoted Hudderfield Town AFC” (CC by 4.0) by Nigel Taylor

Towards the end of every season the main focus of the fans and the media is automatically on the fight for the title, and that’s logical. After all, when the 20 best teams in England (and Wales) compete for the number one spot over a period of ten months you are going to want to know who wins, and how they did it. At the other end of the table the stakes are very different though. The battle against relegation can be heartbreaking at times, but at least from a fans’ point of view there is one big upside to relegation: three new sides will be adding to the Premier League’s colours next season. For the 17/18 season these are Brighton & Hove Albion, Huddersfield Town and Newcastle United, and in this article we’ll take a deeper look at some of the players in these sides with potential value to FPL managers. Promoted sides often offer several players with an excellent points-to-price ratio, just think of last season’s Alvaro Negredo (Boro), Harry Maguire (Hull) and Tom Heaton (Burnley), just to name a few. Another great points-to-price ratio to look at are these enhanced odds at KickOff.

Brighton & Hove Albion
Promoted sides often offer interesting options in terms of budget third strikers for Fantasy teams, and the Seagulls’ Glenn Murray might just fall into this category coming season. Scoring 22 goals in 42 Championship games represents quite an achievement, and at a price of 6.0 he’s definitely worth checking out.

Brighton also is the team of the Championship Player of the Year, midfielder Anthony Knockaert. This obviously decreases his status as a differential a bit, but with 15 goals and 8 assists over 42 games to his name many managers might not care. Knockaert is priced at 6.0 in the official game, and the expectation is that he will be a popular pick amongst FPL managers, especially as a fifth midfielder.

Defensively it’s always interesting to see how the newcomers manifest themselves in the league of all leagues, but it’s worth a punt sometimes. In the case of Brighton & Hove central defender Lewis Dunk might be the one to consider. Dunk was a mainstay in the Seagulls’ starting line-up last season (he’s been with them his whole career) and it looks like he will be as well in the Premier League. Known to carry a decent threat during attacking set pieces and priced at 4.5 he’ll be in the minds of more than a few FPL managers to fill up their defenses.

Huddersfield Town AFC
The last time Huddersfield played in England’s top division was in the season 1971/72, so after they clinched promotion to the Prem last season the statement was clear: we’re not waiting another 45 years for our next chance after this season, this time we’re here to stay. Of course, actions are louder than words, and signing Dutch-Australian Man City midfielder Aaron Mooy for 8 million pounds was a first action. Mooy is a hard-working number 10 with excellent oversight, both with and without the ball, and he is central to Huddersfield’s game. Or as his coach David Wagner said, “Aaron is the heart of our game”. He played for the Terriers on loan already last season and he was chosen as the Man of the Match in the final play-off versus Reading, so we know he can cope with high pressure.

A legendary surname is in no way a guarantee for a successful career as a player (just ask Jordi Cruijff), but it seems like Tom Ince has the potential to live up to his. The son of legendary English midfielder Paul Ince was bought by Huddersfield for 10 million pounds from Derby County where the winger scored 26 goals in two seasons, 14 of which came last season. Previously mentioned Championship Player of the Year, Knockaert was the only non-striker to score more. With more than 250 games under his belt at just 25 years old it’s not likely that the Premier League will phase Ince and to make matters even more interesting: Ince is listed as a midfielder (6.0) in the official game!

Newcastle United

The Magpies are a newcomer this season, but can they really be classified as such? Despite their relegation woes in recent years Newcastle United is still widely considered a Premier League outfit, even if it was just because of their huge potential in terms of fanbase and financials. Sleeping giant is a description that keeps popping up, even though the giant has been asleep for a while now. Maybe this season is the season he wakes up again?

As part of their return the Magpies paid around 8.5 million pounds for Eibar’s Florian Lejeune. Not only was Eibar one of the surprises of Spain’s LaLiga last season, Lejeune played a pivotal role in their 10th place finish. The 26-year old Frenchman plays as a centre back, although he can also be deployed as a defensive midfielder as well, and he was the defender with most successful clearances in LaLiga last season. At a price of 4.5 in the official game Lejeune is going to be a popular target amongst managers, or he should be.

At the other end of the pitch the Magpies benefit from the services of Dwight Gayle. Any first-choice striker who bags 23 goals in just 32 games in the incredibly competitive Championship is worth at least a mention, which is why Gayle is on here. Given he has not been snapped up by a Premier League rival by the time the football festival starts, the 26-year old should be on your list of potential bargains (he’s priced at 6.5 in the official game).

FPL Pre-season: Premier League newcomers to keep an eye on

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Laurent Depoitre (pictured playing for KAA Gent) moved to Huddersfield from FC Porto for a GBP 3,5 million fee” (CC by 4.0) by Royal Sporting Club Anderlecht

The force of the summer transfer period was unleashed early this year as various Premier League teams already agreed on several potentially season-defining transfers before the window had even opened on July 1, 2017. Just think about City signing Bernardo Silva and Ederson for a little under 100 million pounds, or Everton splashing the cash for Ajax-captain Davy Klaassen. We now have about two months to wade through tons of new transfer rumours every day, and to see which moves each Premier League team will be making before the start of the coming season. In this article we’ll have a look below at some of the most interesting and promising incoming EPL transfers that have been confirmed up to 30 June 2017. If instead you want to have a look at reviews of mobile betting sites try BetOTG.

Davy Klaassen – Midfielder, from Ajax to Everton (GBP 27 million)
When Davy Klaassen entered the world-renowned football academy of Ajax Amsterdam he had barely grown out of the toddler stage, and he left the club almost 20 years later as captain of the youngest team to ever play a European final (last season’s Europa League clash vs Manchester United) and starting member of the Dutch national team. For a fee of 27 million pounds Everton swooped up the wanted midfielder who seems to be considered the replacement of Everton youth product Ross Barkley who is still refusing to extend his contract. Klaassen is a tireless box-to-box midfielder with a knack for turning up at the right place at the right time in attack, and something similar could be said for his defensive qualities. With excellent technique, a quick eye and the mentality of a true teamplayer Klaassen should fit in just fine, both at Everton and in the Premier League.

Bernardo Silva – Winger/Attacking midfielder, from Monaco to Manchester City (GBP 43 million)
One of this summer’s biggest transfers was also one of this summer’s earliest. Before the start of June Manchester City had already agreed upon a contract with the exciting Portuguese winger, confirming his status as one of Pep Guardiola’s absolute priorities for this summer’s transfer window and City’s coming season. Silva will be joining an almost ridiculous line-up of midfield/attacking talent at City, with the likes of Kevin de Bruyne, Leroy Sané and Sergio Aguero, just to name a few, all worthy of a starting place (in probably any team in the world, actually). He scored 10 goals and provided 10 assists for Monaco last season as they clinched their first French title in 17 years and reached the semi-finals of the Champions League. Silva is fast, both with his feet and with his mind, he’s an outstanding passer and he possesses a left foot made of gold. Just wait for his signature move coming season, cutting inside from his right-wing position to fire at goal with his left. Premier League defenders, beware.

Sead Kolasinac – Left-back, from Schalke 04 to Arsenal (free transfer)
Over the years Arsenal (and Wenger) have not built up a reputation for being the most astute player on the transfer market, with the club often being criticized for not being able to land the kind of players that could have them seriously and consistently competing for the English title, or in Europe for that matter. This summer though, the Gunners agreed early on a five-year deal with Bosnian international left-back Kolasinac to boost their defence with some much needed power and energy, and it could turn out to be one of the best transfers of the 2017-2018 season. The 24-year bear-like Bosnian gained the attention of some of England’s and Europe’s biggest outfits, including Manchester City, AC Milan and Chelsea, thanks to his displays on Schalke’s left-flank, both in the Bundesliga and in Europe last season where they were eliminated by Ajax Amsterdam in the quarter finals. Kolasinac can play left-back, center back and on several left-side positions in midfield, he is powerful when defending, and dangerous when joining in attack (his 3 goals and 5 years in last year’s Bundesliga are proof of that). Assuming he will improve his tactical awareness under Wenger there is no reason why Kolasinac would be on top of the list for bargain of the year at the end of the season.

FPL Pre-season: Premier League talent at the 2017 European U21 Championship

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Boro (on loan from Arsenal) and England U21 centre back Calum Chambers” (CC by 4.0) by Kieran Clarke

By now it has been almost two months since Chelsea clinched the sixth English title in their history. With the 2016-2017 season ending not long after and the 2017-2018 season only kicking off on August 12th that means a Fantasy Premier League-less period of almost three months, and we’re currently right in the middle of it. No reason for despair though, as there is still plenty of football to be followed during the summer, starting with the European Under-21 Championship held in Poland at the end of last month. Let’s take a look at some of the biggest talents from the tournament who will also be looking to shine in the Premiership this coming season. For more guidance you could also look at Bethut’s offering of tips and predictions.

Jordan Pickford – Goalkeeper, England u21 and Everton
Besides veteran striker Jermain Defoe and Gabonese newcomer Didier N’Dong, Jordan Pickford was probably the only regular quality player in an otherwise largely disappointing and lackluster Sunderland side last year. Despite a leaky defense the now 23-year old goalie showed why he is considered such a talent on a weekly basis with the Black Cats, resulting in Everton’s Ronald Koeman converting him into history’s third-most expensive goalkeeper soon after the season finished. Pickford’s reflexes, coaching and composure are top class, and for a goalkeeper the age of 23 is usually just the very beginning. With Koeman being known for creating defensively solid teams and his ability to further develop young talent, Jordan Pickford is one to keep an eye on next season.

Marko Grujic – Central midfielder, Serbia U21 and Liverpool
Hopes were high at Anfield when 19-year old Serbian midfielder Marko Grujic was signed from Red Star Belgrade for 5 million GBP during the 2015-2016 January transfer window. For the sake of his development he was immediately loaned back to the Serbian outfit for the remainder of the season. However a six-month absence as the result of a serious hamstring injury ruined most of the youngster’s 2016-2017 season, and he will enter this year’s pre-season preparation with just eight appearances for the Reds under his belt because of it. With Liverpool rejecting loan offers for the midfielder though, and with Jurgen Klopp’s men competing on four fronts in the coming season, it seems that Grujic is part of the German’s plans for next season. He’s still young and he’s reaching an age now where he needs to make minutes on the pitch, a lot of them. If that can happen at Liverpool (or possibly as a loanee at another PL club) then Grujic is a target to track for Fantasy managers.

Alfie Mawson – Central defender, England U21 and Swansea
With the likes of Demarai Gray, Nathaniel Chalobah and Tammy Abrahams all providing an abundance of attacking talent that’s more than worth elaborating on in this article, the third mentioning goes to 23-year old Swansea defender Alfie Mawson. Why? Because last season was his break-out season as a starting player in the Premier League, because he was one of England U21’s stars and part of the U21’s European U21 Championship team of the tournament, and because currently everything is pointing to him only becoming better and better this coming season. A scoring central defender with a calming presence who is not afraid to coach his teammates, Mawson looks destined for a long career with the senior Three Lions. There have been some rumours about him leaving Swansea after the Welsh side only nearly escaped relegation last season but for the moment it looks like he’s staying put.

Jackpot finishes 5th overall in Telegraph Fantasy Football

In addition to long-time fiso member, dead parrot, who finished 1st overall, a number of other fiso members finished in the top 100 overall including admin (who finished 5th overall in the One League) and Jackpot.

This is Jackpot’s story in his own words of how he finished 5th overall in TFF.

I thought it was worth looking back at how my Jack of All Trades team achieved a top 5 overall finish.
Dead parrot might do a similar write up of how he won which will probably be of more interest to many of you, but I hope this review is also beneficial and I’m sure will show that there are many ways to succeed in this game and challenge the top few places. If anything, it will allow myself to highlight the transfers and decisions which were successful (and those that were less so!) and how I can improve my strategy for next season’s competition…

A quick bit of background on my TFF record……
– I’ve only been playing TFF for around 3 or 4 years, I finished 4th overall and 2nd in the One League in the 2014/15 season (when Kane only cost 3.8m!) but made a mess of my last few transfers to probably cost me overall glory…
– My best team in 2015/16 finished just outside the top 200 (I was very late on the Vardy and Mahrez bandwagons thinking their form couldn’t last, although did get on board Dele Alli early when he was only 2.7m!).
– This season I had around 40 season long teams of which 6 of them finished in the Free Top 100 Leaderboard and 8 in the Premier Managers Top 100. I managed to win the Two Foot Challenge and FISO25 leagues in my first season entering them as well as topping the FISO Forum League.

My Jack of All Trades team was one of two that I entered in SamD’s Two Foot Challenge League at the start of the season with the other team, Master of None, finishing in 97th overall. Here is a month by month breakdown of how my Jack of All Trades team got on:

Starting XI:

B Foster
L Baines, C Dawson, J Evans, S Cook
E Hazard, C Eriksen, R Barkley, A Sanchez
S Aguero, Z Ibrahimovic
£49.8m …… Total Points: 1716 …… Starting XI Position: 216th

Pretty good starting team, tried to maximise the big hitting midfielders and strikers by going cheap at the back. I gambled on a West Brom semi block in defence (although sadly no Macauley) and as a Bournemouth fan Steve Cook was in almost all my starting teams as I knew he was nailed on at only 2.2m.
Barkley stands out as a poor pick but he did reasonable in the first few games…

August …… 160 points …… 2,426th overall …… 39 transfers left …… 53.33 overall points per week (ppw) …… 4th in Two Foot Challenge (TFC)

1) Eriksen Valencia – lost patience with Eriksen after three blanks at the start of the season, felt Valencia was good for clean sheets and a few KC’s, poor transfer in hindsight especially as I moved Valencia on pretty soon afterwards. Think the extra transfers led to more early tinkers than I normally do…

Team still got off to a very solid start thanks to two West Brom clean sheets – top 3k at the end of August with only one transfer used…

September …… 288 points …… 5,086th overall …… 35t …… 48.00 ppw …… 14th in TFC

2) Foster Steklenberg – Freeing up funds as Stek looked nailed on at only 2.5m, timed nicely for clean sheet vs Sunderland
3) Aguero Lukaku – Aguero got a three match ban for elbowing Reid, timed this move perfectly for Lukaku’s hat trick vs Sunderland
4) Ibrahimovic Aguero – Ibra’s early season form was beginning to tail off, City had made an unbelievable start to the season and Aguero back from suspension, immediate 12 point return
5) Evans Holebas – Breaking up the West Brom semi block, Holebas looked good for attacking returns and the odd clean sheet at only 2.6m. Thought I’d unearthed a gem as he got 30 points in his next four games, turned out to be a yellow card magnet after that though!

A good August was followed by a relatively poor September as the team dropped outside the top 5k. Rather heavy transfer usage early on as the extra available subs led to some excessive tinkering. Missed out on KDBs early points burst but Lukaku and Sanchez scored well…
Team at end of month: Steklenberg, Valencia, Baines, Dawson, Holebas, Cook, Hazard, Sanchez, Barkley, Aguero, Lukaku

October …… 445 points …… 1,091st overall …… 32t …… 49.44 ppw …… 4th in TFC

6) Baines Mane – Liverpool scoring for fun and Mane at the heart of it, turned out to be a great move
7) Valencia Walcott – Arsenal in good goalscoring form and Walcott had secured a starting role in their fluid attack, not the best transfer but did get his 15 point haul vs Swansea
8) Barkley Milner – Further increasing Liverpool coverage, should have gone Alonso really but Milner did get a couple of pens and KCs while in my team

October saw the team shoot back up to just outside the top 1k. Outrageous performances from Hazard this month with 48 points from 4 appearances including 21 vs Everton. Cheap defence had poor clean sheet returns but Cook and Holebas did grab a goal apiece…
Team at end of month: Steklenberg, Dawson, Holebas, Cook, Hazard, Sanchez, Mane, Walcott, Milner, Aguero, Lukaku

November …… 583 points …… 2,087th overall …… 30t …… 44.85 ppw …… 7th in TFC

9) Walcott Firmino – Briefly tripled up on Liverpool attack before dropping Milner; Firmino and Mane double up worked wonders for me points wise
10) Milner Alonso – Liverpool penalties had dried up and with them Milner’s attacking returns. Chelsea were a clean sheet machine at this stage so Alonso looked a no brainer given his wing back position and price, staying in my team for the rest of the season

Team mainly treading water this month, with a slight drop back to 2k. Chelsea had started their clean sheet streak and my team was handicapped by only having Alonso at this stage…
Team at end of month: Steklenberg, Dawson, Holebas, Cook, Alonso, Hazard, Sanchez, Mane, Firmino, Aguero, Lukaku

December …… 886 points …… 1,072nd overall …… 26t …… 49.22 ppw …… 5th in TFC

11) Aguero Kane – Aguero picked up a 4 match ban for red card vs Chelsea in the early kick off, timed this perfectly for Kane’s 15 point haul vs Swansea in the 3:00 ko
12) Lukaku Costa – Lukaku going through a poor spell and Costa was getting returns every match, poor transfer as I only got two goals from him before he picked up his elusive fifth yellow card and 1 match suspension
13) Costa Ibrahimovic – Costa got his suspension, another nicely timed move with Ibra getting me 29 points from 3 matches
14) Ibrahimovic Aguero – More striker rotation, Aguero back from his ban and back in my team

A reasonable Christmas period moved the team just outside the top 1k again, Chelsea blocks preventing any further upward movement. Managed to hit most of my striker rotation transfers, and went into the New Year with 26 transfers left…
Team at end of month: Steklenberg, Dawson, Holebas, Cook, Alonso, Hazard, Sanchez, Mane, Firmino, Aguero, Kane

January …… 1,152 points …… 646th overall …… 20t …… 48.00 ppw …… 2nd in TFC

15) Steklenberg Grant – One gaffe too many meant Stek finally lost his place, so swapped one cheap goalie for another
16) Mane Benteke – Mane off to AFCON, avoided the obvious Alli move at first and gambled on Big Ben under Big Fat Sam at home to a poor Swansea outfit on a Tuesday night, got what I deserved with a BIG FAT TWO POINTS and gave him the shove the following evening!!
17) Benteke Cahill – Decided to finally double up on Chelsea defence just as the clean sheets dried up and they started to leak a single goal per game!
18) Firmino Alli – Alli’s stellar form meant I couldn’t leave him out of this team any longer, and Liverpool had started to self-destruct with Mane gone
19) Aguero Costa – Arrival of Jesus had seen Aguero consigned to bench warming duties, another poorly timed Costa move only got me 8 points from 2 games before I moved him on again
20) Holebas Gibson – One booking too many for Holebas finally saw me to transfer him out, the nailed on Gibson who was still in the FA Cup coming in

Heavy January transfer usage saw the team enter the top 1k for the first time, sitting just inside the top 650 by the end of the month. Despite using 6 transfers, only the Cahill and Alli moves really paid off long term…
Team at end of month: Grant, Dawson, Gibson, Cook, Alonso, Cahill, Hazard, Sanchez, Alli, Costa, Kane

February …… 1,313 points …… 443rd overall …… 16t …… 45.28 ppw …… 2nd in TFC

21) Costa Ibrahimovic – More striker rotation, but this move only gained me 14 points from 3 games
22) Sanchez Pedro – Loading up on Chelsea for their nice run of fixtures, think this was a 4-1 and brought Sanchez back pretty soon after
23) Ibrahimovic Costa – Didn’t realise just how much flip-flopping I did between Costa and Ibra, seemed to hit most of Ibra’s big points whilst avoiding most of Costa’s
24) Cook Azpilicuelta – Finally got rid of my enabler Cook for Azpi, tripling up on Chelsea def. Not a great move really as this was when they were conceding a goal per game and most of the teams above me were Chelsea heavy so this move didn’t gain me much ground

Team stayed in second place in the Two Foot Challenge competition. Alli and Kane were gaining me plenty of points but by the end of the month my team had 6 Chelsea in it and seemed to be stagnating just outside the top 400…
Team at end of month: Grant, Dawson, Gibson, Azpilicuelta, Alonso, Cahill, Hazard, Pedro, Alli, Costa, Kane

March …… 1,582 points …… 96th overall …… 10t …… 49.44 ppw …… 1st in TFC

25) Pedro Sterling – Man City had a 4-1 with great fixtures, I remember some people piled into them but I went fairly conservative with just Sterling and Aguero
26) Costa Aguero – 4-1, timed nicely for returns of 15, 7, 2, 7
27) Aguero Llorente – Another poor move à la Benteke, had him in for 2 matches for a whopping 4 points, don’t know what I was doing here
28) Sterling Sanchez – Sanchez coming back in after the 4-1, think I only missed 5 points from him all season
29) Kane Costa – Kane suffers his FA Cup ankle injury, reluctantly moved to Costa on the Monday night for the FA cup tie vs Man Utd
30) Azpilicuelta Son – Chelsea defence poor, brought Son in who got me 30 points from 3 starts and 1 sub appearance!

I finally cracked the top 100 with this team at the end of March, and still had 10 transfers left going into April. Further big hitter rotation had netted me a lot of points, I was also now top of the TFC league…
Team at end of month: Grant, Dawson, Gibson, Alonso, Cahill, Hazard, Sanchez, Alli, Llorente, Kane, Son

April …… 1,860 points …… 14th overall …… 3t …… 50.27 ppw …… 1st in TFC

31) Costa Aguero – Costa had been back in my team for 3 games and scored 1,1,1 … couldn’t get him back out my team quick enough…
32) Llorente Eriksen – Amazed it took me this long to get him in this team, turned out to be a fantastic move as he got me a whopping 76 points in the last month and a half
33) Cahill Holgate – Not a great move looking back but was freeing up funds for attacking upgrades
34) Son Lukaku – Timed this move well, got me 12, 7, 2 before moving to Kane
35) Lukaku Kane – Kane back from injury and straight in my team, tripled up with Alli and Eriksen until the end of the season
36) Gibson Stephens – Middlesbrough defence fell off a cliff in the last few weeks and Sot had extra games
37) Grant Caballero – Butland back from injury to take Grant’s place, Bravo got injured so Caballero was nailed until the end of the season at 3.1m and City had awesome fixtures

The team motored through the Top 100 Leaderboard in April, and had entered the top 20 going into May. The Tottenham triple attack was working wonders, and I seemed to be hitting most of my final few transfers…
Team at end of month: Caballero, Dawson, Stephens, Alonso, Holgate, Hazard, Sanchez, Alli, Eriksen, Kane, Aguero

May …… 2,239 points …… 5th overall …… 0t …… 53.30 ppw …… 1st in TFC

38) Aguero Jesus – Aguero got injured vs Boro, Jesus felt like a no-brainer
39) Dawson Cahill – Loading up on Chelsea for the cup final
40) Holgate Holding – 3-1, extra games and loading up for cup final

The team got some crazy weekly scores in April and May … 42, 139, 46, 51, 88, 56, 72, 145, 18…

18 was the cup final score but the last couple of full game weeks saw me shoot up into the top 10. I was sitting in 6th going into the cup final but my 18 points was enough to see me comfortably finish 5th by 7 points, 32 points behind dead parrot in first…
I also managed to complete a Two Foot Challenge 1-2, with both teams finishing top 100 overall…
Team at end of season: Caballero, Cahill, Stephens, Alonso, Holding, Hazard, Sanchez, Alli, Eriksen, Kane, Jesus

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Although not my best ever overall finish, it certainly felt like my best ever TFF season. Looking back at how this team got on it shows that you can make some absolutely horrendous transfers (Benteke, Llorente etc… ) and still finish close to top. I think the key is rotating the big hitters and hitting the hot streaks: I nailed Liverpool’s early season form as well as Spurs at the back end, while Hazard and Sanchez were mainstays for most of the season (Hazard 228/228 points and Sanchez 275/280 points)…
I managed to get a lot of the big hitting striker points too:

Aguero…………..177 points out of 218 (81%)
Kane…………….197 points out of 252 (78%)
Ibrahimovic………74 points out of 155 (48%)
Lukaku…………..97 points out of 220 (44%)

The exception was Costa who I unbelievably transferred in and out a whopping 4 times (8 transfers total) for just 42 points from 12 matches (20% of his total points!!)…
Bar Alonso, my defensive points were quite poor; I avoided B Davies from January onwards as I kept thinking Rose was going to come back each week and I missed out on a lot of high scoring defenders…
I also normally stick with one keeper season long but got suckered in by Steklenberg which resulted in 3 transfers effectively wasted on keepers…

Plenty to mull over and consider ahead of next season, I hope this review has been interesting and not too long winded!!

Who are the bargain fantasy football picks for the new season?

With the induction of a new season just around the corner comes another opportunity to test the might of your football knowledge against that of your friends as another EPL Fantasy Football campaign beckons for hundreds of thousands of fans.

As you begin to consider drafting your dream XI, here are four under the radar players that might give you a head-start over your mates.

Gareth McAuley

A key player in the heart of the back line of an overachieving West Brom last season, McAuley’s side managed six clean sheets in the 2016-17 campaign, conceding fewer goals than 11 of their competitors. With Tony Pulis continuing to implement his defensive playing philosophy at the club, don’t underestimate the side’s ability to build upon this figure next season.

The towering Northern Irishman has also proven to be a threat with goals from set pieces, a favourite choice for good returns with bigfreebet.com last term, finishing the season as West Brom’s second highest scorer behind the Venezuelan, Salomón Rondón. This is likely to be a statistic that is undervalued in most defenders – a goal scoring centre back could prove value for money were you looking to make big investments elsewhere in the team.

Charlie Daniels

Bournemouth’s 30-year-old defender has proved to be a great attacking outlet for the South coast team since their arrival in English football’s top flight. With the Cherries achievement’s still be yet to receive the full plaudits that they deserve, the Englishman may prove to be a valuable source of low-budget points.

Whilst the often leaky Bournemouth back line means you’re unlikely to see too many clean sheets come your way, the expressive wingback could win you a fair share of points with his attacking output. Since securing promotion to the Premier League in 2015, the Tottenham academy product has scored seven goals and provided eight assists for his team mates.

Gini Wijnaldum

Although the Dutchman is likely to cost more than the players accompanying him in the list, the midfielder’s relatively low profile could make him a cost effective option when building your team. The £25m signing from Newcastle United has slotted in seamlessly to Jürgen Klopp’s first XI since joining Liverpool and has provided a perfect foil to the attention grabbing exploits of the likes of Philippe Coutinho and Roberto Firmino.

Scoring six goals and bagging a further nine assists in 36 outings, it is unlikely that you will be able to find a midfielder with this level of output for a similar price.

Josh King

Another member of Eddie Howe’s exciting Bournemouth squad, selecting the Norwegian international will have proven to be one of fantasy football’s biggest coups during the 2016-17 season.

The former Manchester United and Blackburn Rovers man has grown into a key member of the Bournemouth team and may well be set for bigger things at one of English football’s elite clubs.

Sadly for our fantasy football aficionados, the 25-year-old’s season finished with a bang as he ended the campaign with 16 league goals and it is therefore possible that his value may well have sky-rocketed this time around.

Rating The Early Signings For Fantasy Premier League 2017/18

The transfer window might not officially open until the 1st of July, but that hasn’t stopped a number of clubs already revealing some pre-agreed deals. Here, we take a look at some of the already-confirmed names to be joining the Premier League next season, and rating who you need to be snapping up for your team.

Ederson Moraes * GK* Manchester City * 8/10

A new goalkeeper was always going to be top priority for Pep Guardiola after Claudio Bravo’s failures last season. He chose to splash the cash on young Brazilian stopper Ederson – the £35m paid to Benfica a record-breaking fee for a keeper. The 23-year-old kept 17 clean sheets last season, more than Golden Glove winner Thibaut Courtois managed, and conceded just 12 goals in the Portuguese league – less than any other. Due to City’s attacking style, Ederson could be a decent choice for your Fantasy team as he’s likely to be called upon to make saves. His arrival has clearly had an impact on bookies, with City in desperate need of a safe pair of hands, as they’re now chalked up as favourites to win the title next season. You can win money as well as points by following the matchedbets.com method.

Sead Kolasinac * LB* Arsenal * 9/10

At the end of last season, Arsene Wenger experimented with the 3-4-3 formation that worked so well for fellow London rivals Chelsea and Tottenham. The signing of Sead Kolasinac suggests that he’s going to persevere with the new tactic next year. The Bosnian left-back arrives with some impressive stats – he scored three goals last season and assisted five, making him the defender with the highest number of assists in the Bundesliga. That makes him a very smart addition to any fantasy team!

Victor Lindelof * CB * Manchester United * 8/10

Manchester United’s new signing was a crucial part of the Portuguese League’s meanest defence last season. The 22-year-old centre-back is known for bullying strikers with his physical attributes, something he did incredibly effectively last term. He won 94% of tackles, made 54 interceptions and only received one booking. Alongside Erik Bailly, Lindelof could form one of the Premier League’s most effective central defensive pairings.

Bernardo Silva * AM * Manchester City * 7/10

Dubbed the “little Messi”, Bernardo Silva could be the most exciting addition to the Premier League so far. He was electric for Monaco last season, forming a formidable attack that scored the highest number of goals in Europe’s top five leagues. The Portuguese international weighed in with eight goals and nine assists, also scoring two goals in the Champions League. Whilst he’s certainly an exciting addition, City’s riches in attack means he could see game time shared with other stars – making him the riskiest of the four.

Joccki FPL Season 2016/2017 review

FISO member Joccki had an excellent 2016/17 season in Fantasy Premier League. His final stats were:

Overall Points: 2,470
Overall Rank: 55
FISO Forum Rank: 1
Netherlands Rank: 1

Below is a graph showing his progress and his own write up about his season managing his FPL team:

Personal belief
I must say I have had a very enjoyable season. Thanks to the fiso FPL forum and the work I did, I have reached a very impressive – though I say it myself- overall rank of 55. I couldn’t be happier with that, despite just missing out on the top 50 and not being on the first page. I also have made some mistakes along the way which might have cost me an even better rank.

This season really was a new start for me and I hope I can build on that. I will try to summarize my FPL season on the basis of a few important aspects of the game. I hope you will enjoy reading it. Joccki.

How I work (briefly)

In contrast to previous seasons I really have been a planner. Each week I based my transfers on what could happen in the next say three or four weeks. This means I’m setting my team up for the coming gameweeks with players I do already own and I then try to fill the holes with players that fit my squad structure. ‘Holes’ arise when I think I don’t want to play some of my current players or I just prefer to have others in the weeks that come. As a result of that I can see where I think I need something.

Example
GW 16 –
G1
D1 – D2 – D4
M1 – M2 – M5
F2 – F3

GW 17 –
G2
D1 – D3 – D4
M1 – M2 – M3 – M4
F1 – F3

GW 18 –
G2
D2 – D3
M1 – M3 – M4 – M5
F1 – F2

After that I look at the fixtures. I put down a lot of options I have and I start to compare those options fixture-wise. For which fixture could I have a certain player? Does that require a free transfer or a hit? And so on. Yes, I really make calculations. Do I prefer Player X minus four points in GW17 to Player Y in GW18?

This fixture-wise approach also leads to something else: the players I fear. There are so many highly owned (premium) players in the game that you can’t own them all. Which of the players I don’t own do I fear and in which specific gameweek or -weeks? Is there an option for me to get him in and is it really necessary to get him in? Does he fit my squad structure and would I be satisfied with him for more than several weeks? The names of the players I can’t or won’t bring in I write down next to my own team to see who can really cause any damage.

Of course during a season there are a few players that really seem must-haves at some points. Just like everyone else I try to fit those players in the best I can, but in some cases it is almost impossible not to mess a bit with your squad structure or to take a hit to fit certain players in. Those players are mainly, perhaps even exclusively, premium players.

Budget pick

Since you can only play seven of your front eight players, the eighth player you pick is an important one. In previous seasons I didn’t even know what a ‘budget midfielder’ or a ‘budget attacker’ was. I just tried to get decent players and I wouldn’t mind a benching dilemma. This season was very different in that aspect, despite I did try to get away without a budget pick at first.

So, what is my history? Who did I have? When did I play him and what points did he get me?

Budget pick history Weeks of ownership Player benched Player fielded Returns
£5.5 Feghouli GW 1 – 2 2 0 0
£4.5/5.5 Capoue/Snodgrass GW 3 – 8 6 6 25 (avg. 4.16)
£5.0/5.5 Allen/Snodgrass GW 9 – 12 3 5 16 (avg. 3.2)
£5.5 Snodgrass GW 13 – 15 2 1 10 (avg. 10)
£4.5 Diomande GW16 – 21 4 2 3 (avg. 1.5)
£4.5 Barnes GW 21 – 32 6 6 14 (avg. 2.33)
£4.2 Carroll GW 23 – 29 6 1 2 (avg. 2)
£5.7/5.7 Zaha/King GW 33 – 35 2 4 24 (avg. 6)
£4.6 Stanislas GW 36 – 38 1 2 (one BB) 19 (avg. 9.5)

Captaincy decisions

I’ve got 339 points doubled this season due to my captaincy decisions. That is 8.92 points per gameweek. I’d say that’s pretty decent. I always captain a premium player and I never captain a defender or a goalkeeper. Also, the player I put the band on this year has had an average captaincy of 37.12% in the top 10k. That’s a pretty high percentage in my opinion.

Captaincy Player Value Return (C) by (C) top 10k
GW1 Agüero £13.0 9 33.5% 66.8%
GW2 Agüero £13.0 13 29.9% 49.8%
GW3 Agüero £13.1 2 31.9% 60.3%
GW4 Hazard £10.3 1 12.0% 39.2%
GW5 De Bruyne £10.5 14 2.5% 4.0%
GW6 Agüero £13.0 13 18.4% 43.3%
GW7 Sánchez £11.2 3 7.8% 28.2%
GW8 Agüero £13.1 -1 24.2% 35.2%
GW9 Sánchez £11.3 3 11.8% 33.6%
GW10 Sánchez £11.3 13 11.2% 26.3%
GW11 Agüero £13.1 6 32.8% 68.0%
GW12 Agüero £13.2 2 28.9% 35.4%
GW13 Firmino £8.8 3 4.4% 21.4%
GW14 Kane £10.9 13 5.7% 19.7%
GW15 Hazard £10.5 3 8.4% 15.3%
GW16 Kane £11.3 2 9.9% 32.9%
GW17 Kane £11.3 2 10.6% 28.0%
GW18 Ibrahimovic £11.5 15 25.2% 26.5%
GW19 Hazard £10.4 5 6.8% 10.0%
GW20 Ibrahimovic £11.6 8 23.8% 20.8%
GW21 Sánchez £11.9 11 16.5% 46.9%
GW22 Sánchez £11.9 8 18.3% 52.0%
GW23 Sánchez £11.9 4 18.1% 54.5%
GW24 Lukaku £9.6 21 6.0% 14.5%
GW25 Sánchez £11.8 15 13.5% 41.6%
GW26 Lukaku £9.9 6 14.9% 48.7%
GW27 Agüero £12.8 9 15.8% 42.9%
GW28 Lukaku £10.2 12 17.6% 46.9%
GW29 Lukaku £10.4 16 24.7% 78.3%
GW30 Mané £9.7 6 2.7% 6.0%
GW31 Sánchez £11.7 3 10.2% 40.0%
GW32 Agüero £12.8 9 12.6% 33.6%
GW33 Lukaku £10.5 6 20.7% 55.0%
GW34 Benteke £7.3 14 2.3% 10.0%
GW35 Agüero £12.8 12 10.8% 14.6%
GW36 Sánchez £11.5 14 12.1% 54.8%
GW37 Sánchez £11.6 27 11.3% 52.7%
GW38 Kane £11.9 17 11.6% 52.7%
GW AVERAGE £11.38 8.92 15.25% 37.12%

Taking hits/Making multiple transfers

The first few seasons when I was playing FPL I wasn’t really taking it seriously. I was in a cash mini league -just like I was this year- and that’s how I got to know this game. Of course I did read the rules before playing this game, but I wasn’t aware of that hits could break your rank and you needed to control your transfers and so on.

I was ‘punting’ almost every gameweek. I asked myself which players I thought would get the most points that week and I just got them in. This year that particular thing changed. Yes, I still made a lot of transfers: 54 transfers worth of 19 hits. Those transfers have cost me a total of 76 points. But what I can say is that I have had far more patience with players and I ‘punted’ far less than I did in previous seasons.

Punts
How can you describe a ‘punt’? In my opinion it simply is an at the time slightly unpopular player with very favourable fixtures. I have had a few this season. When I go for an unpopular player, I’m hoping for him to get a haul sooner rather than later. My punts along the way haven’t always delivered points on a consistent basis.

Player Weeks of ownership Fixtures Returns
Eriksen GW 14 – 16 SWA/mun/HUL 39 (avg. 13)
Payet GW 16 – 20 BUR/HUL/swa/lei/MUN 15 (avg. 3)
Pogba GW 19 – 20 MID/whu 13 (avg. 6.5)
Tadić GW 30 – 32 BOU/PAL/wba 11 (avg. 3.67)
Van Aanholt GW 34 – 35 liv/TOT/BUR 2 (avg. 1)
Daniels GW 36 – 37 STK/BUR 3 (avg. 1.5)
Stanislas GW 36 – 38 STK/BUR/lei 28 (avg. 9.33)

– I put Eriksen in because he wasn’t really a popular player at the time I bought him. I only counted his first three weeks in my team.
– I picked Daniels over Davies on my wildcard. If the news of Rose’s injury had come out earlier, I would have stuck with Davies. Poor decision.

Bad luck?
Whilst I still had more patience, I also managed to have three premium players at times they performed below their average.

Eden Hazard As an owner As a non-owner
Total games 36 29 7
Total mins 2.985 2.390 595
Total points 224 169 55
Points per game 6.22 5.83 7.86
Points per 90m 6.75 6.36 8.32
Alexis Sánchez As an owner As a non-owner
Total games 38 21 17
Total mins 3.217 1.818 1.399
Total points 264 141 123
Points per game 6.95 6.71 7.24
Points per 90m 7.39 6.98 7.91
Harry Kane As an owner As a non-owner
Total games 30 8 22
Total mins 2.523 687 1.836
Total points 224 69 155
Points per game 7.47 8.63 7.05
Points per 90m 7.99 9.04 7.60

I made this table six or seven weeks ago and just adjusted the numbers. In the final gameweeks Sánchez and Kane turned over completely. At the time I made the first table, both had much worse numbers.

Sánchez when I had him: 5.93 per game and 6.09 per 90 mins.
Sánchez when I didn’t: 7.56 per game and 8.32 per 90 mins.

Kane when I had him: 4.75 per game and 5.04 per 90 mins.
Kane when I didn’t: 7.30 per game and 7.93 per 90 mins.

Especially these Kane stats hurt. Of course owning or not owning those premium players is related to the spread of cash elsewhere in my squad, so it’s hard to translate it into points lost. However…

In gameweek 18 I decided to get rid of Kane after his barren run of two-pointers in games against United, Hull and Burnley. I brought Ibrahimovic in instead, who was in the same price bracket -even a little more expensive- what indicates that there were no other circumstances. I held Ibrahimovic for ten weeks and sold him when he got suspended after the home game against Bournemouth. Accidentally Kane got himself injured in a cup game and both were unavailable for GW28, so I probably would have replaced either of them with Lukaku.

From gameweek 18 up to and including gameweek 27 Ibrahimovic got 49 points. Kane got 86… Had I kept faith in Kane, I would have been 37 points (!) better off. Not to mention it required a hit at the time. Add those points to my tally and I would have been in the top 10 overall.

Backline
I have made nine transfers all season -excluding wildcard- to change my defensive unit (including a final week punt on Matip). I don’t actually know what that means, but I think it is a pretty decent number. Not too high, not too low.

I do however regret getting rid of Walker in gameweek 19 when he had to serve a one-match suspension. After his ban he immediately had a great run of points: 6 – 11 – 6 – 6 – 8.

Thanks to…

This was my first ever season I was continuously busy with FPL. Every week I tried to improve myself -especially during the first weeks of the season- on various aspects of the game and it really helped. Though I wouldn’t have enjoyed it that much without the help and banter on this forum. That’s why I want to say thank you to all FISO members and especially to those who supported and helped me throughout this amazing season.

Shout-out to Ruth and MoSe for our small mini league, to Stem and Mav for keeping The Cave very much alive and to every other cave dweller out there (AR, Notned, Billy, TU, PB, gallus and lots more).

Joccki

Telegraph Fantasy Football Starting XI – wizardoffire

The following is an article contributed by fiso member wizardoffire who came extremely close to winning the 2016/16 TFF best Starting XI prize as well as finishing in the top 200 overall in the season prize:

As per many on this site, I’ve been involved in the Telegraph fantasy cricket and football competitions for a while, back when paper and pen were used to record your weekly points update and having to send in your transfers by phone or snail mail with the password.

I’ve never really had that much success, every now and then I have had a team get high up only to drop off a cliff for one reason or another. Every year at the conclusion of the season, I would look back on my teams and think what could I have done better. Almost always, my low scoring starting XI teams would jump out at me. Obviously this is a huge faux pas in fantasy sports where transfers are like gold dust and you then have to burn them to fix any mistakes that have been made.

I typically enter around 15-20 teams, several are set up for FISO comps (which I highly endorse) others are designed for the golden boot league. The rest are then season long entries. My first approach is to scan the price list for players that are maybe priced lower than they should be or have been miscategorised. Then I pick a pool of players to build a team from ranging from your must haves to your enablers to fit in as many of the super stars as possible.

One team I so nearly nailed the starting XI and this is a recap of that team. It eventually finished 151st overall and 18th in the starting XI. The 151st finish hurts but I neglected the team during the Winter months and missed chaining key events such as Aguero to Lukaku or bringing in Chelsea defenders when they went on that crazy run that ultimately won them the league.

Team “Nova Scotia” 4-5-1
De Gea 132 points (3rd best keeper)

Valencia 137 points (9th best defender)
Bertrand 119 points (19th best defender)
Cook 95 points (40th best defender)
PVA 96 points (39th best defender)

Sanchez 280 points (best midfielder)
Hazard 228 points (4th best midfielder)
Eriksen 230 points (3rd best midfielder)
Mane 144 points ( 13th best midfielder)
Barkley 129 points (20th best midfielder)

Aguero 218 points (3rd best striker)

Selecting De Gea and Antonio Valencia seemed a good combination to have especially with the hiring of the “Special One”. De Gea is already one of the best keepers in the world, adding to the fact that Jose likes a solid defence he would surely rack up the points. Valencia seemed a good pick as well, having been originally a midfielder he has been moved back to a RB so would have an eye for goal plus pick up points from a strong United defence.

Bertrand, solid full back from a Southampton side that despite being raided year on year for their best players
still punch above their weight and rack up the points through strong defensive efforts.

Cook, a regular for Bournemouth and at 2.2 mill was the enabler that I was looking for.

Van Aanholt (PVA), building on Sunderland’s escape last year I figured them to continue where they left off but that wasnt to be. However, PVA is a solid LB that again has attacking potential to combine with the rare defensive clean sheet. This selection was eventually helped by a Winter transfer to Crystal Palace.

Alexis Sanchez was always going to be on everyone of my teams. Any Arsenal attack would flow through him whether he would be playing as a striker or out wide where he can cut in. Ultimately ends up being the highest scoring player in the game.

Hazard, I said at the end of the last year and during the Euros that he was back to his best and was going in everyone of my teams and he ultimately proved that this season, helping Chelsea to the title

Eriksen, another class act; his set pieces are deadly and with the attacking potential in the Spurs lineup especially when feeding Harry Kane, assists are always going to be there for the taking.

Mane, believe it or not this guy finished 13th for points in midfield scoring and thats despite playing the African Cup of Nations and picking up a season ending injury at the start of April. Liverpools offence just seemed to run through him.

Barkley, by far my worst midfield pick. For the same price could have Sigurdsson but chose him for his potential for playing behind Lukaku

Aguero, always going to be a good pick but even more so with Pep coming in. Unfortunately he didn’t seem to fire all cylinders regularly with one red card and also a 4 game suspension. Had it not been for Kane’s nuclear finish, he would have finished second in points.

We pick this story up, a week into the start of April where Nova Scotia had somehow climbed to the heady heights of 8th overall and encouraged by a certain Mr E. Elbows. I started to chart my progress in the Chasing Starting XI Glory fiso forum topic.

This thread proved to be invaluable in keeping track of my teams progress but also figuring out other teams around me and working out the differentials. It also revealed several other FISOers lurking high up which added to the competition. As the season reached its climaxed, at one stage I had reached the heady heights of second as the eventual winner slipped up as Chelsea stumbled over the finishing line. However, heading into the final week of the premier league, I was sitting in third place and all I needed to do was stay there to assure myself of a money finish. Considering that first place had a Chelsea block and was out of sight, everyone else around the top 10 had Sanchez and Hazard so any impact on the standings in the FA Cup final would have been minimal. Unfortunately the wheels fell off in dramatic style. De Gea, Valencia and Bertrand all missed the Carling Cup Final rematch as they played out a 0-0 so a missed chance there and then Harry Kane, eurgh being an Arsenal fan, it just had to be him and Man Utd to put the nails in my starting XI coffin.

To win the Starting XI competition, you need a huge amount of luck, I just happened to run out of it at the crucial moment. For sure this effort has taught me a lot in terms of fantasy management.

Firstly, getting a strong lineup to start, saves on transfers.

Secondly, don’t sit on your hands, try and be proactive with your transfers where necessary. This cost me a higher finish in the overall competition.

Thirdly, keep some transfers back for the end of the season where other teams are dead and you can chain extra games together.

Fourthly, enjoy the roller coaster ride because at the end of the day it’s a game and adds a whole level of excitement to following the games. It has me watching games I wouldn’t normally care about.

Hindsight is a beautiful thing yet also frustrating, had I had Kane over Aguero or Sigurdsson/Son over Barkley or both. Or had Man Utd been knocked out of the Europa, Valencia and De Gea might not have been rotated as much. Or had Harry Kane not exploded in the final 2 games and score 45 points, this article could have a had a completely different tale. Either way roll on next year!