Former HOF Number 1 FPL Manager Richard Clarke is an FPL veteran and has one of the most enviable best records out there, notching 2 top 500 finishes, 8 top 10k finishes and has never finished outside the top 0.5% in every single one of his 14 seasons. His articles take a detailed 'longer-term' view of the approach and FPL strategy to achieve success in a season. The aim is to exclusively give Fantasy Football Hub members perspective on the recent/upcoming period of games and relate this to their own team's position. Rich articulates his learnings and FPL strategy as we move through each phase of the season where international breaks, chip timing and fixture turns all come into play.

Rich's FPL record

Objective

In this three-part pre-season series, I am aiming to share my decisions and learnings from a very challenging 2019/20 season, illustrate how I approach and play the game and finally reveal my Gameweek 1 squad and strategy that will give me the most flexible start.

A much shorter article this week as time is short before the deadline for myself and our members to make final decisions!

Observations since last week

The transfer market and fantasy community has gone into over-drive with moves, speculations and a number of changes throwing doubts over our squads.

I've been on holiday, which has actually shielded me from some of the noise. This is something of a blessing as I have returned today to a potentially huge amount of information to process and make decisions around!

I have also spent considerable time reviewing many other members team submissions as part of the 'Ultra' service - and this has really helped crystallise and balance my own squad while advising.

My Squad for Gameweek 1

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