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Fantasy Premier League Player Rankings: GW5-10

The following post is the first in what I hope will be a regular series which looks at the performance and potential of players in the Fantasy Premier League (FPL) game. Long-time readers will know that I produced player rankings last season, and this work is an extension of that. There have been some methodological… Continue reading Fantasy Premier League Player Rankings: GW5-10

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Fantasy Premier League Strategy: Four at the Back?

As the 2017/18 season rapidly approaches, there has been much pre-season talk about the virtues of playing four (or more) defenders in Fantasy Premier League (FPL) starting line-ups. The conventional wisdom until this season has been to operate a 3-4-3 system, but the emergence of wing-backs as a feature of many Premier League sides towards… Continue reading Fantasy Premier League Strategy: Four at the Back?

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Performance analysis of Goalkeepers in Fantasy Premier League (FPL) and assessment of where to find value

Following a recent post I wrote about three-way defensive rotation strategy in the Fantasy Premier League (FPL) game, I was asked on Twitter to do the same analysis for two-way goalkeeper rotations, the results of which can be seen by clicking here: I was asked which GK combo has the best fixtures (vs. BUR,BRT,HUD,STO,SWA,WAT,WBA,WHM). Here's… Continue reading Performance analysis of Goalkeepers in Fantasy Premier League (FPL) and assessment of where to find value

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Do older players peak early in the Premier League?

The chaps at the excellent Fantasy Premier League (FPL) podcast ‘Always Cheating’ (Twitter: @hailcheaters, podcast here) ┬áproposed a theory on Twitter earlier today that ‘older’ players peak earlier in the season (I hesitate to use the term older seeing I am now way past their cut-off of 28). I wouldn’t normally respond to such a… Continue reading Do older players peak early in the Premier League?

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Fantasy Premier League (FPL) 2017/18 Strategy: Three-Way Budget Defender Rotation

About this time last season I wrote a blog post about the best three-way rotating budget defenders for the forthcoming season based on the fixture favourability. The basic premise was to plan to have two premium defenders and then the final defensive slot in a 3-4-3 / 3-5-2 formation taken by a rotating cast of… Continue reading Fantasy Premier League (FPL) 2017/18 Strategy: Three-Way Budget Defender Rotation

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Analysis: was Fantasy Premier League (FPL) more difficult in 2016/2017?

I approached this analysis with a hunch that the latest season of FPL in 2016/17 was more difficult than the previous two seasons I have been involved in since I started playing again. There seemed to be more difficult choices to make, more players in form and less consistency throughout the season. Personally I felt… Continue reading Analysis: was Fantasy Premier League (FPL) more difficult in 2016/2017?

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Fantasy Premier League 2016/17 Summary: Transfers Analysis

Introduction Throughout this season I have frequently heard Fantasy Premier League (FPL) managers on Twitter and in forums referring to transfers they have made as successes or failures depending on the net points gained, particularly when referring to when a 4 point penalty was incurred by making an extra transfer to supplement the free one… Continue reading Fantasy Premier League 2016/17 Summary: Transfers Analysis