An unspectacular opening four Gameweeks sees my team nestled around the 8k mark. With only the one trade used, I resisted several urges to delve further into the transfer kitty in the knowledge that the Sky Sports Fantasy Football overhaul would be upon us soon. In this article, I'll be going through formations and watchlist before revealing my […]

An unspectacular opening four Gameweeks sees my team nestled around the 8k mark. With only the one trade used, I resisted several urges to delve further into the transfer kitty in the knowledge that the Sky Sports Fantasy Football overhaul would be upon us soon.

In this article, I'll be going through formations and watchlist before revealing my team to members and casting my eye over upcoming captaincy strategy for the next month.

Best post-overhaul formation

Casting a quick eye over the teams in our Sky Overhaul RMT thread shows that the community are split over the best formation... and so am I.

I've really struggled to get my head around it. For pure value per position, it has to be a five-man backline. You only have to glance at the top 20 overall players to see that nine of them are defenders. There are so many good options in defence that offer guaranteed bonus points, attacking returns and clean sheet points that most of my drafts have been rocking the 532 formations. But, and it's a big BUT, this limits your flexibility switching between midfield and striker positions.

If you're going to opt for a five-man backline, careful planning is even more critical. I've been consistently using Ian Parrin's planner to figure out the best path through a tricky set of possible captaincy routes. Yet, no amount of planning can really equip your team for potential injuries of suspensions and that's where five-man backline flexibility is limiting.

So what's the conclusion? I'd love to have the answer, but I'm just not sure on this one. If it helps, most of my drafts have included a five-man backline.

Overhaul Watchlist

I'll be quickly skirting over the players that have been drifting in and out of most of my drafts.

Keepers

Alison is my preferred set and forget option into a solid Liverpool backline. Only slight issue is that early fixtures are not great. As a result, I have been considering Ryan as he also covers a couple of awkward early captaincy days. If I went this route, I'd probably make the switch back to Alison once captaincies are out of the way and Liverpool's fixtures have eased.

Defence

Due to upcoming fixtures and points potential, Chelsea, Man City and Wolves defence have been my targets. Alonso and Luiz both look fantastic acquisitions and have multiple sources of point potential. Coming in at 8.8m Luiz will should offer a steady stream of clean sheet points, whilst hoovering up bonus. At 10.1, Alonso may be pricier, but he's currently more than justifying the additional outlay (currently the highest scoring player in the game).

It's a similar story at City with Mendy the pricier (9.6), but more attacking option. Providing he can retain his starting birth, Laporte is seemingly another one who looks set to offer a constant stream of passing bonus and clean sheets.

At the budget end of the scale, I haven't really looked anywhere apart from the Wolves backline. At 6.1, Boly looks a steal, while Bennet, Doherty, Otto and Coady are all great value options (anyone up for gambling on a five-man Wolves backline?). The only other one I have considered is Wan-Bissaka (6.6).

Midfield

Loads of options here, so I'll try and keep this brief...

Mane could well turn out to be the main man at Liverpool this year and has currently overshadowed Salah. Personally, I don't think he'll come close to matching the Egyptian come the end of the season, but there is certainly merit in drafting him in for 1.9m cheaper.

Hazard has some great captaincy days and looks primed to star in Sari's system. A firm favourite of the Sky MOTM awardees, the Belgium has found a way into most of my overhaul drafts. Chelsea team mate Jorgino's almost guaranteed passing bonus, makes him one to consider also.

Having tipped Seri preseason, I failed to select him in my own team. I won't be making the same mistake a second time around.

Maddison could be an interesting shout, while Moura's form makes him hard to ignore early on even if his underlying stats suggest a downturn in points. For those really scraping the barrel, N.Mendy looks like a dirt cheap enabler. The Frenchman won't net you many points, but you can't expect much for a 5.1 starter. The main worry with him is that he'll lose his place leaving you short of transfer options in that price bracket.

Forwards

Salah, Kane and Aguero have all been in my thoughts for obvious reasons. I'll explain which of these big hittings I'm going for below.

If you're looking to save the pennies in this area, Mitrovic looks fantastic value, while Wilson covers looks a great pick and covers a tricky upcoming captaincy day.

My team

In this section, I'll be revealing my team and outlining my captaincy strategy for members. If you're yet to become a member and want to try it out for free for 24 hours, use coupon code: OVERHAUL at checkout.