How to build your Fantasy Premier League (FPL) Team Structure around ‘Player Price Points’ and what does that actually mean?
You may have heard other people referring to this in podcasts or other articles and it might be something you’ve acknowledged without actually thinking too deeply about the meaning. The concept is that you can set your team up with a certain structure to enable you to transition easily between assets with a single transfer. In order to achieve this you need to select players that fall within a certain price point.
So how do I go about doing this?
First of all you take a look at the players you’re interested in for each position and then designate them into a category as detailed below (caveat – I haven’t included all the best options, just a snapshot of whoever caught my eye):
Now that you have a rough idea of the pool of players you’re interested in you can build a structure based on those price points and dependent on your preferences i.e. do you prefer the premium striker options to the midfield and how big do you want to go at the back?
Try to select the most expensive player in each category for your structure to enable you to easily transition to another player within that category.
Flexible Formation Structure – in Theory
This structure allows you to adapt based on fixtures to 3-5-2, 4-4-2, 5-4-1 and 4-5-1. The two highlighted premium slots can be adjusted depending on preference e.g. if you want a £10.5m forward then you can reduce the premium or mid-priced midfield money allocation.
Flexible Formation Structure – in Practice
- Second Premium Defender – there are lots of options at £5.0m-£6.0m and having a player at this price point enables an easy switch. You don’t want to be taking hits on defensive transfers.
- Budget Defenders – there are a wealth of options at £4.5m this season, having two players at this price point allows you to easily move to a bandwagon.
- Premium Midfield – £12.0m is the top price and you can transition to anyone from this point. There are only three players at £12.0m so £11.5m is also a great price point.
- Mid Price Midfield – there are a lot of options available to downgrade to from £7.0m – £8.0m
- Budget Midfield – there are only a handful of options between £5.0m – £6.5m, which could make this a tricky slot to transition out of.
- Premium Striker – this is the most expensive price and can be transferred to any other forward.
- Budget Striker – there are a reasonable amount of options at £6.0m – £6.5m and this price makes it easy to catch a bandwagon or jump on a good fixture run.
The Power Midfield Structure – in Theory
The Power Midfield Structure – How does this look in a real team?
- Budget Defenders – there are a wealth of options at £4.5m this season, having three players at this price point isn’t a huge handicap.
- Premium Midfield – the additional premium midfielder is an excellent transitional player (cash cow) that can be utilised to upgrade defence or attack if necessary.
- Mid Priced Forward – there are only two realistic players at this price range but a reasonable amount of options below and Anthony Martial is just an additional £0.5m
- Budget Forward – £6.0m isn’t an ideal price point, as a price rise / drop might result in you being £0.1m away from your transfer there are a reasonable amount of options though, just be warned that you will need to move quickly.
Value at the Back Structure – in Theory
Value at the Back Structure – in Practice
- Premium Defender – at the early stages of the season it’s difficult to predict which mid priced midfielders and forwards are going to perform. Defenders are safer options and options such as Matt Doherty, Kieran Tierney and Lucas Digne are effectively midfielders anyway. An additional £6.0m defender allows you to instantly jump on to almost any other defender in a single move or offers the option of freeing up cash for elsewhere in your team.
- Mid Priced Midfield – the £7.5m level is a bit of a dead zone, there’s not much around it or slightly above so any move has to be down unless you find cash from elsewhere. £8.5m is the ideal range for this position as you can down or across to almost all the decent non-premium options.
Think about the players you’re interested in and build a team structure around their price points to enable you to easily transition within a single transfer. You want your team to remain as flexible as possible to enable you to jump on form players easily without taking too many hits.
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