Less than 2 weeks to go

The planning stage is almost over, the games are just around the corner the fun is about to begin. Over the coming weeks the new dashboards will be done and hopefully this season they will be bigger and better then ever. I’ve been working on some new stats to see if I can pick a better team to start with. The last few seasons I have used my wildcard in the first few weeks, mind you I won a few mini leagues last season so it wasn’t all bad.

My Captains pick was the thing that was good last season, and this was one of the reasons I did win some of the mini leagues I entered.

So.โ€ฆ..What areย  my tactics for this season?

  1. Pick a spine for my team made up of players that finished in the top 4 last season. This means expensive picks.
  2. Look at players who play in a different position to what they are shown in the fantasy league, so a defender that plays more forward.
  3. look at the new signings. Salah was fantastic last season ๐Ÿ™‚
  4. Pick players for the bench that actually play.
  5. Look at the first six fixtures for the promoted teams to see if I can pick a bargain.

If we look at the promoted teams and who they are playing, my predictions are in brackets

Cardiff have:

  • Away Bournemouth (D)
  • Home Newcastle (W)
  • Away Huddersfield (D)
  • Home Arsenal (L)
  • Away Chelsea (L)
  • Home Man City (L)

Fulham have:

  • Home Crystal Palace (D)
  • Away Spursย  (D)
  • Home Burnley (W)
  • Away Brighton (W)
  • Away Man city (L)
  • Home Watford (W)

Wolves have:

  • Home Everton (W)
  • Away Leicester (D)
  • Home Man City (L)
  • Away West Ham (D)
  • Home Burnley (W)
  • Away Man United (D)

Based on this I believe there could be bargains to have, but this is not guaranteed. In my initial 15 man squad I have 1 player from each promoted team.

Looking at all the teams I have a few selection headaches. Hopefully my Dashboards will help ๐Ÿ™‚ Here are some of my headaches.

  • De Bruyne or Sane or Sterling or Mahrez?
  • Pickford or not for the main goalkeeper?
  • Kane or salah as my big name signing? maybe both but this would mean almost a quarter of the budget on 2 players.
  • Is it worth going for Arsenal players in the post Wenger era.

Its going to be a tense few weeks leading up to the kick off, but it will be fun.

 

2018/2019

The World Cup is over but we don’t have to wait long for the Premiership. The Fantasy League is already live and there will be some interesting choices as the transfer rumours turns into actual transfers, this also means the data needs to start crunching ๐Ÿ™‚ I have done some initial data loads and I’m starting to look at the data to see what it tells me, I will keep you informed. I will be looking at the various position and comparing average values with last season to see what improvements players have had or where they have fell off.

One big decision is “Do you include Salah?”

His price has gone up by a massive amount, but I suspect most teams will include him, so tactically he may be one of those where you forget the price and include him. This will be one of those decisions that could make or break a season.

Anyway its back to the data crunching and see if I can pick a winning team.

Let the good times begin ๐Ÿ™‚