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PTG Tips / Advice

Post by thebillfella » 04 Aug 2009, 11:39

Normally play TFF and FPL so new to this game but looking to have a go with a few mates. I read the rules this morning and am now feeling a little faint!

Are there any tips / tactics that more experienced players of this game can pass on to a PTG virgin?

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Post by thebillfella » 05 Aug 2009, 14:57

Is there anybody out there...?
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Re: PTG Tips / Advice

Post by axel » 05 Aug 2009, 22:22

I'm here, but also pretty new at this game. Just collating my team list.

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Re: PTG Tips / Advice

Post by C.Sativa » 05 Aug 2009, 22:37

I've played for last 2 seasons, but I still don't know the point system.It's so complicated I didn't bother to read.
But my advice is, be very careful when you rank your players for allocation.You can win the game with your player selection even before the season starts.Make a long ranking list.
Make sure you have good players from all departments at the top of your ranking list.That means don't crowd the top of your list with all Strikers and Midfielders, mixed them with defenders and GKs as well.A lot of people are listing like Rooney-Lamp-Gerard-Fab-Arshavin etc. and not including defenders and GKs on their priority.
I believe the most important thing in this game is your ranking list before the allocation.

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Re: PTG Tips / Advice

Post by bspittles » 11 Aug 2009, 21:39

Can anyone describe how the ranking list works?

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Re: PTG Tips / Advice

Post by snout » 13 Aug 2009, 16:22

I think the ranking is decided by The Times on some sort of formula - can't help you with that formula.

Crikey, the rules in this game are complex.

I can't get my head around this using each attacking position only 38 times. So, unlike OFL, you can't just maximise the number of plays your players get; you have to be selective who plays when. Does that mean you should play your best players against the bad teams and rest them, say, when they play the top teams? Trying to keep to one-position-used-per-FPL-gameweek on average?

This is the disposition of my squad post-rotisserie draft. Where a player has more than one category, I have counted them in each one:

GK: 1
LB: 4
CB: 4
RB: 2
LM: 7
RM: 2
FOR: 8

Somehow I have ended up with 8 players who can play as a Forward from the draft. And 5 of those can only play as a FOR. I guess I'm going to have to ship out a whole load of these as soon as possible?

I need a backup goalie pronto, I guess. And I need a few more right-sided players. I'm top of the notice list and Insua (LB unfortunately) looks tempting. Schwarzer is free and Evans (CB) is too. Ivanovic is free and - should Bosingwa go - he waould be an excellent pick. On balance, I think I'll go for Schwarzer as that is my most urgent need.

Can I only put one player on notice at any one time? I know I drop to the bottom of the notice list when I win a player.

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Re: PTG Tips / Advice

Post by Scottoffee » 13 Aug 2009, 18:14

As far as I can tell, you can make claims for as many unallocated players as you want - I've currently got 3 for another of my teams

Decided to follow your lead and quantify the balance of my team - not brilliant really.

Distinct lack of RB & RM - Zabaleta counts as both, so only one other option for each!...

Anyone want Anderson and/or Lorik Cana for a RM?!...


GK: 1
LB: 3
CB: 2
RB: 2
LM: 5
CM: 9
RM: 2
FOR: 4

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Re: PTG Tips / Advice

Post by snout » 17 Aug 2009, 22:02

I was able to make 2 successful claims for out-of-contract players so yes, you can submit multiple ones at any one time.

Another dumb question... when you select a player in an active position but that player does not get on the pitch, does that count as one use of that position?

i.e. If I play Vidic on Wednesday night in an active position but he's not in the squad, do I lose one of my 38 CB plays for the season?

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Re: PTG Tips / Advice

Post by thebillfella » 18 Aug 2009, 17:52

snout wrote:I was able to make 2 successful claims for out-of-contract players so yes, you can submit multiple ones at any one time.

Another dumb question... when you select a player in an active position but that player does not get on the pitch, does that count as one use of that position?

i.e. If I play Vidic on Wednesday night in an active position but he's not in the squad, do I lose one of my 38 CB plays for the season?
I don't think so, but as I'm also new to this game and not sure I think I'll bench any players that I know are out, even if that means leaving a position free. They'll come a point later when that extra game may come in useful.

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Re: PTG Tips / Advice

Post by thebillfella » 18 Aug 2009, 17:56

thebillfella wrote:
snout wrote:I was able to make 2 successful claims for out-of-contract players so yes, you can submit multiple ones at any one time.

Another dumb question... when you select a player in an active position but that player does not get on the pitch, does that count as one use of that position?

i.e. If I play Vidic on Wednesday night in an active position but he's not in the squad, do I lose one of my 38 CB plays for the season?
I don't think so, but as I'm also new to this game and not sure I think I'll bench any players that I know are out, even if that means leaving a position free. They'll come a point later when that extra game may come in useful.
Just tried this and it automatically puts another eligible player into the empty position when you save, so can we assume that the position game doesn't count if the player doesn't actually play?

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Re: PTG Tips / Advice

Post by snout » 19 Aug 2009, 08:54

I'm not so sure. If that eligible player does not have a game then, yes, we know it doesn't count against the 38 uses of that position.

However, if the eligible player does have a game but does not play, we're not certain what happens. It's not obvious in the rules or the FAQ and I don't want to risk losing a slot to find out! I benched Vidic and Zhirkov for that reason last night.

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Re: PTG Tips / Advice

Post by Scottoffee » 19 Aug 2009, 13:35

It's not a problem : if they don't play - it won't get deducted.

Didn't lose any for Carvalho not playing last night or Carrick, Zabaleta, Paulo da Silva or de Jong over the weekend.

Why aren't my guys effing playing?!...

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Re: PTG Tips / Advice

Post by j0nners » 19 Aug 2009, 14:03

I've played for a couple of seasons. The scoring's not too bad once you get used to it - obviously the inclusion of categories such as minutes played, successful passes, defensive points etc mean that guaranteed starters from lesser teams can become big hitters.

Just to clarify - if you have someone in a position (eg Carvalho last night) where their team played but they didn't it doesn't count as an appearance.

Regarding transfers, anyone out of contract is fair game unless they've been released by another team within 48 hours, in which case they go on Notice, which gives everyone 48 hours to claim that player. If a new player comes to the league (i.e. Arshavin last year) then they also will go on Notice for 48 hours. If more than one person wants that player, then they go according to which manager is highest on the notice priority list.

Don't know if there's much more to add, except that it's worth having a look at teams before kick off to get the occasional starters from the big boys (i.e. Ivanovic last night) into your team as they may well be out of contract. You can always ship them out subsequently for a more nailed on starter.

And yes - the draft pick can to an extent decide 50% of your season as I found to my cost in the first year.

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