Hi, I’m Andrew and absolutely delighted to have become an FF Hub contributor. I’ve been playing fantasy football for around 20 years and have had reasonable success across the four main formats played in the UK; FPL, TFF, Sky and Sun Dreamteam. Last season was my best overall season to date, finishing in the top 1000 in all formats aside from Sun in which I finished around the top 15,000.
What I plan on bringing to the Hub is focussed on FPL and is a little different to standard articles. One of the top pieces of FPL advice I follow is to always look ahead to a minimum of 3 weeks in advance when making transfers and try to focus on fixing the weakest link. This helps build and maintain a well-rounded team with good depth and good point-scoring potential all over the pitch rather than relying on just a few key players each week. In my opinion, far too much thinking is spent on who to captain each week, rather than how to maximise your budget across your squad, spending money in the right places, maintaining structural flexibility and ensuring a continual influx of points from across your team. Successful FPL managers have well-balanced teams with a focus on value all over the pitch; the boring moves are the winning moves and the difference between finishing in the top 200k and the top 20k.
With this in mind, I’m going to be publishing my FPL Watchlist weekly which focusses on these principles. The Watchlist is focussed on lesser obvious picks (under 10% ownership) with potential good value that can keep our scores ticking along whether the big boys’ fire or not. They are not sexy nor exciting and I’m not saying to bring them in right away, but they are players that I feel can offer great value to a squad over the medium term and give those extra few points in the background that we all crave each week. I will also highlight the key players I am thinking on bringing in over the next week or two.
Tomkins – 4.5m (Crystal Palace) – 7.7% owned
Much talked about before the start of the season but quite low ownership due to the other Palace defenders. He is incredibly cheap for a defender in a much improved team, has goal threat and a great next 7 fixtures on the bounce.
Bennett – 4m (Wolves) – 6.7% owned
Very much 4m bench fodder but can come in if needed off the bench to bring in some reserve points. After City this weekend, only 1 difficult fixture in the next 8.
Mitrovic – 6.5m (Fulham) – 6% owned
Good value at 6.5, looked very dangerous in the first game against Palace and scored against Spurs. Probably on pens, guaranteed starter and only 2 difficult fixtures in the next 9.
Jiminez – 5.5m (Wolves) – 5.5% owned
Very lively and a potential great 3rd striker pick at 5.5m. Scored on the opening day and should have scored this weekend, a real livewire who makes his own chances too. After City this weekend only 1 difficult fixtures in the next 7.
Fraser – 5.5m (Bournemouth) – 4% owned
Playing very advanced for an attacking side and on some set pieces. Incredible run of fixtures with 2 difficult fixtures in the next 10 and at 5.5m looks a steal. He is coming into my team this week.
Luiz – 5.5m (Chelsea) – 4% owned
5.5m for a nailed Chelsea defender is value however you look at it. Always a threat and has massively increased his number of passes since Jorginho’s arrival. Only 2 difficult fixtures in the next 10 games point to plenty of points. If I didn’t have Alonso, he would be in my team.
Ings – 5.5m (Southampton) – 3.5% owned
Has looked very dangerous over his first games which great stats and an eye for goal. Massively underpriced in my opinion due to him being priced as a Liverpool player. 3 difficult games in the next 10 which you could bench him for although I would consider playing him. Can see me bringing him in over the next couple of weeks if he continues his performances.
Doherty – 4.5m (Wolves) – 0.9% owned
A very attacking full back who has nearly scored already this season and has looked very dangerous. Ignore the own-goal, it could happen to anyone. Good fixtures to come after Man City as per Bennett and Jiminez. Once Wolves settle down, he could be a bargain.
My Twitter handle is @Fergi222 if you want to give me a follow. I also write a weekly cross-format preview/review article at www.fantasyfootballgeek.co.uk which focusses on my specific teams, transfer and captaincy plans. Take a look, it’s been a great start to the season.
Good luck everyone.
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