Part 3 of 3 of our pre-season guide. Assuming you followed our “How the top 1% prepare during the pre-season” and “Drafting your first squad”, (we at least love to assume so…) you should be in nice shape for the season start.
Welcome to part 3 of 3 of our pre-season guide. Assuming you followed our “How the top 1% prepare during the pre-season” and “Drafting your first squad” articles, (we at least like to assume so…) you should be in nice shape for the season start.
It’s now about managing your team. There are specific things that those who continuously end up in the top 1% bracket do to set themselves up for success - even from the beginning of the season.
Setup to survive the first 5-6 GW’s. Then consider WC’ing once player trends emerge to set yourself up for the next stage of the season unless your team is already performing better than expected - in which case top managers hold onto their WC until applicable or to maneuver DGW (or BGW which, however, is usually better suited for FH). Before this point, however, you should use the time to gather insights on players for your WC team rather than being trigger happy with your chips.
The logic here is that the early GW’s are pretty much unknown in terms of estimating which players will perform so don’t just WC GW2 (even though it’s highly tempting). After around 6 GWs there should be enough information available about players, systems, and teams to make an informed decision about what an ideal XI looks like (pro tip: follow our star-ratings). So now, early wildcarders can make luxury moves whereas those who won’t yet use their WC are struggling to keep up and eventually wildcarding to something similar to the “first movers” (and still suffering from the potential interim player price increases). All things equal, as they say...
The above guidelines should serve more as an overarching set of principles to plan your strategy around but ensure that you are always adapting, proceeding logically and gambling smart. Best of luck!
Part 1 of 3 of our pre-season guide. Any serious FPL manager begins preparing for the new season as soon as players report for pre-season. They will use this time to gather information on transfers, new managers, lineups, and key players - and you should too!
Part 2 of 3 of our pre-season guide. If you followed our “How the top 1% prepare during the pre-season”, you should now have a pretty good basis for drafting your first squad and deciding on an overall team strategy.
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