Surviving the first gameweeks

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By Drafthound Team 1st September 2020
3 min read

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.





Introduction


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.





The first 6 gameweeks


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.


Playing your first wildcard


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...





Summary


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!

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