Richard Easterbrook’s Blog Post

April 4, 2013 8:58 am

So, you support a team whole heartedly from being this high, till the day you die. Nothing will ever change your allegiance. Then comes along fantasy football………. You select your most hated player from your most hated team. (Generally they go hand in hand). Then you secretly pray he scores a hat-trick, but maybe gets beat 4-3. It completely turns your head.

And this game is based on luck, right? You’d imagine. How much thought and time do you really need to put into it? How much time will it require? It’s a flip of a coin if you put Suarez, Rooney or Aguaro in? 

Well you’re mistaken! If you want to be good for a week, carry on. If you want to win a month or the season then it’s like anything else in life you need to put the time and effort in to reap the rewards. Granted, there is no sure fire formula for the game but why are all the experienced players there or there about week in week out?

The key to beating your fellow players is to pre-empt not react to your weekly transfers. How many times do you put a player in once he scored his brace or hat trick the week before? We all do it! 

The single biggest mistake made seems to be putting players in as they have an easy game and are bound to score you points! For example, Hernandez against QPR. Yes, he started and yes he scored but will he play next week? The answer: probably not. So a wasted transfer. Stick to player who is guaranteed to start. You’ll lose enough players through the season through injury without throwing in some mistimed benchwarmers!

We are now entering a really interesting period of the season with so many double game weeks due.  Well I’m here to give you a few ideas on this week and the next couple, as they are just as important when planning your transfers. 

Let’s first look at the teams due double game weeks so we all need to concentrate our transfers on them. Chelsea, Manchester United, Manchester City, Arsenal, West Ham, Fulham, Everton and Wigan. It’s not realistic to think you can cover 4 players from each team but I am here to help you judge which ones you could cover. It is also important to remember Tottenham, Swansea and West Brom have no match in game week 33, creating more double game weeks. Total confusion!

The first of the double game weeks is 33, where we see Arsenal, Everton, Manchester United and West Ham. So you need to be looking this week to put players from those teams in. I will let you pick through your own players as that is where the lottery comes in but I would look at Arsenal as they are the only team with two home fixtures and fighting for a Champions league place, so are likely to play their strongest side. If Manchester United beat City, be prepared for players to be rested. The only issue is that United play last in game week 32 so it is easiest to put their players in, but who is guaranteed to start the following week? 

The only other fixtures that have been rearranged are Swansea and Wigan whose double game weeks have been arranged for 36. Every season one of the struggling sides put a run together, I have a feeling like the last two seasons it will be Wigan. They have already started in recent weeks with some good results and have been tight at the back on and off for the past month, with the exceptions of a good beating against Chelsea and Liverpool.

Who’s going to be brave enough to chuck a couple of their players in?

The rest of the matches are yet to be arranged but whoever wins this month will in my eyes be a true FiT champion. This will be probably the most difficult month of all. This month will sort the men from the boys. So good luck, hope I have helped a little and you’re not all as confused as me right now as to what you are going to do. 

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