Fantasy Football · Premier League

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) ¬†proposed 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

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FPL Manager Strategy: Survey, End-of-Season

Before the start of the 2016/17 season, I conducted a survey of Fantasy Premier League (FPL) managers to canvas opinion about how the game is being played. My main interest is to see how opinions, strategies and perceptions¬†evolve as the season progresses, and whether the best-laid plans are railroaded by the realities of the game.… Continue reading FPL Manager Strategy: Survey, End-of-Season

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Fantasy Premier League: the Bench Boost Chip and the Double Gameweeks

UPDATE: This article has been annotated with revisions, because the brilliant @trevg1977 has gone deeper and pointed out flaws in the logic, and full credit to him for it. I am very happy to make these clarifications even though have exposed an oversight on my part because I feel I am now smarter for it.… Continue reading Fantasy Premier League: the Bench Boost Chip and the Double Gameweeks

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Fantasy Premier League: Updated Methodology and Gameweek 22 Rankings

Welcome to the long-overdue Fantasy Premier League (FPL) player rankings update, where I identify the players with the most potential for points per minute played in the Fantasy Premier League (FPL) game based on a methodology I have developed (see appendix for details, or earlier articles on my blog for how I came to the… Continue reading Fantasy Premier League: Updated Methodology and Gameweek 22 Rankings