After a wonderful 2015/16 season, our attentions are now turned to the fast approaching 2016/17 season of the Barclays Premier League. It’s back – and that means it’s time to build your Fantasy Premier League team and show your friends who is the boss.
This guide is to give you all the hints, tips and tricks to consider while selecting your fantasy team.
How To Pick Your Team
Consideration for Team Selection:
Have an idea when selecting your squad what formation you are going to field with your starting 11. Remember only 11 players are awarded points in each Fantasy Premier League Gameweek. Knowing your formation will help your decide how your £100m budget will be divided between Defenders, Midfielders & Attackers. Over the past few seasons, Attackers & Midfielders have scored more points that defenders or goalkeepers.
When selecting defenders you’ll primarily want to be looking to buy players who play for teams that concede few goals, and thus will often get points for clean sheets – But also not lose you points by conceding goals. Last seasons clubs with the most clean sheets were;
Manchester United – 18 Clean Sheets
Arsenal – 18 Clean Sheets
Manchester City – 16 Clean Sheets
Leicester City – 15 Clean Sheets
Tottenham Hotspur – 13 Clean Sheets
Also keep in mind that defenders get awarded more points than midfielders or strikers for goals & assists. So picking defenders who get assists or goals (say from corners) are a good option.
When selecting your midfielders, you’ll primarily want to be looking to buy players who get assists and score a fair amount of goals. Choosing attacking & creative midfielders is key. Pay attention to the set piece takers in each team – selecting midfielders who will get assists from taking corners or free-kicks advantageous. Last seasons leading assisters were:
Mesut Özil – Arsenal (19 Assists)
Christian Eriksen – Spurs (16 Assists)
Dušan Tadic – Southampton (13 Assists)
Dimitri Payet – West Ham United (13 Assists)
Bamidele AlliAlli- Spurs (12 Assists)
When selecting strikers you’ll primarily want to be looking to buy players who score goals. Last season top scoring players was Harry Kane who banged in 25 goals for Spurs. Picking players who are goal scorers is key. Last seasons top 10 goal scorers strikers were:
Harry Kane Spurs ( 25 league goals )
Jamie Vardy Leicester City ( 24 league goals )
Sergio Agüero Manchester City ( 24 league goals )
Romelu Lukaku Everton ( 18 league goals )
Riyad MahrezMahrez Leicester City ( 17 league goals )
When selecting your goalkeeper you’ll primarily want to be looking to buy a player who concedes few goals (much like your defenders) but also those who have a good save rate. Goalkeepers are awarded a points for every 3 saves they make in a match, which can add up over the whole season. Keepers who make the most saves last season:
Heurelho Gomes (123 saves)
Lukasz Fabianski (114 saves)
Jack Butland (102 saves)
Petr Cech (101 saves)
San Miguel Adrián (101 saves)
Kasper Schmeichel (100 saves)
Brad Guzan (89 saves)
Hugo Lloris (88 saves)
David de Gea (82 saves)
Tim Howard (81 saves)
While only 11 players can score points in any given Gameweek, having reserve players who get game time can score you valuable points if players in your starting 11 don’t play for whatever reason. Having a full squad of players comes in handy during the busy Christmas schedules and manager of the top clubs try to rotate their squads. Not all your reserves need to be playing, but it’s a very good idea to have a few cheap reserves who get game time.
Join the bandwagon early for the seasons breakthrough performers. The more people transfer a player into their team, the more the players price will rise. Leaving it too late means you’ll need to invest more of your budget to get those in-form players. So keep an eye out.
Fixtures & Schedules
Before selecting your squad, have a look at the fixture list for the first few weeks of the season. Look for players who have an ‘easier’ set of game or more ‘home’ fixture. Plan your free weekly transfer for the first few weeks of the season, based on teams playing lesser teams. Also keep in mind non-BPL fixtures, such as European qualifying games.
Set Piece Takers
For all outfield players, choosing set-piece takers greatly increases your chances of graining points. These are players who take corners, free-kicks and penalties – and will rack up goals and assists throughout the season.
Keep in the back of your mind your Wildcard – where you can make unlimited changes to your squad without incurring any points deduction. Using this early in the season, to get the balance of your team right – and include and ‘surprise’ performers of the season, is a very good recommendation. If you hold onto your Wildcard till the later part of the season, you can find you don’t have that many options due to player price rises.
Picking your Captain
The player you select as your Captain gets double the points they score during that gameweek. Choosing the right players as your Captain can be the difference between a good gameweek and an okay one. Choose in-form players with easier fixtures. Often your most expensive player will be your Captain.
Keeping track of player injuries, to know who is out and who is back, is also a very handy thing to keep track of. http://www.physioroom.com is a handy resource for injuries. It’s also good to follow general Premier League news sites for update. Some suggestions are: BBC Football News, Soccernet, Sky Sports and the World Game.
Most importantly, enjoy the game. It’s all a bit of fun 🙂
Good luck for EPL Season 2016/17