For those managers who are new to playing Fantasy Premier League, they may not be familiar with the concept of rotating pairs for your EPL Fantasy Football team. So we’ve created this guide to help newer players understand rotating pairs and the value of them.
What are rotation pairs?
Rotation pairs is the process of selecting players for your Fantasy Football team who will alternate between your starting 11 and the bench. In the Fantasy Premier League, only 11 players can be in your starting line up and only 11 players can score points for your team. In each gameweek, managers should select their strongest 11 players most likely to score points based on form & fixtures. By having two players rotating into your starting 11 who have alternating favorable or home fixtures, you can increase the points return your team.
So you might have a premium player & bench warming throw away for the same total price as two mid priced defenders.
Putting this into practice with defenders, you might have:
£7.0m Premium Defender + £3.0 Bench Defender = £10.0m Total Cost
£5.0m Mid-Range Defender + £5.0m Mid-Range Defender = £10.0m Total Cost
Rotating players based on fixture difficulty
If you can find two players for clubs who have alternating hard / easy fixtures, then these are perfect candidates for setting up a rotating pair of players. Each Gameweek you would select the team with the easier fixture in your starting 11, and move the other player to your bench. The following gameweek you, you might reverse the selection.
Am I guaranteed to score more points with rotation pairs over a premium player?
No, this has been discussed many times over the years. Rotation pairs can increase your chanced of a getting more points, by having a player in your starting 11 consistently playing easier teams. But the premium players are priced that way for a reason, over the full season they are expected to earn more individual points than either of your mid-ranged players. There are cases where rotation pairs have let to massive points rewards though.
Another factor is Captaincy. Your premium players may be a good option for you to make captain on easier weeks, whereas captaining a mid-ranged player is much more of a risk, given their individual projected points haul will be less.
What positions work best for rotating pairs?
There is no definitive position that gives the best points when using rotations, but generally rotating goalkeepers has seen the best results out of any position. Last season using keepers like Guzan, Pantilimon and Foster worked a real treat in exceeding the points return of a single premium priced goalkeeper. But you’ll see rotations often with a defensive pair. Remember that home defenses conceded far fewer goals than away defenses, so rotating pairs at the back is quite common across the game.
Should I rotate based on hard/easy fixtures or home/away fixtures?
Ideally both! If you can rotate in players who have an easier home fixture, that would be the best option. Otherwise rotating based on home fixtures is advised.
Do I need to rotate players every week?
No you don’t need to look for rotating pairs that alternate every single gameweek. You might play one player for a number of games in a row before rotating. Fantasy EPL managers can choose their own starting 1 each week. But finding teams that alternate home/away matches will allow you to maximise home ground advantage.
Should I rotate expensive premium players?
It is not advised that you rotate premium priced players, as having an expensive player on your bench will take a lot of budget away from the rest of your starting 11.
How do rotating pairs impact the value of my team?
If you’ve picked your players well and they are earning you points, then their value is more than likely to go up. But if both the players you are rotating increase in value, you can often find your team value increasing much faster than if you were using a premium player. So what some managers do is use rotating pairs to increase their budget, then sell both players and reinvest that double windfall across their team with their wildcard. Having that extra budget from 2x player value increases might allow you to pick more premium players across your starting 11.