Six tips for new managers


Planning your fantasy football team can seem a daunting process; many managers will play around with formations and players for weeks before deciding on what they want to start the season with. Here are my top six tips for new managers that are essential if you want to reach your goals (whatever that may be).


These are new to the game since last season and knowing when to use them can have a huge benefit on your team. There is no precise way to use them and you can only use them once (two wildcards, all out attack, bench boost and triple captain). Trying to save some of them for a double game week is a good idea because you can only use them once. However the game is about fun and if you have that gut feeling; then it can pay off (take Aguero at Newcastle last season).


This is a term for a player who does well one week. Choosing the right bandwagons can make or break a season. But when deciding to pick a bandwagon player keep in mind their fixtures and chances or repeating the performances. I have suffered by picking bandwagon players too later over the year (such as Michu, RVP, Vardy) and usually it’s too late. But they can backfire and just because a player scored three one game they might not score for the next five or six. Be selective.


Player prices don’t bother me too much at the start but are worth keeping an eye on.  With transfers I try to leave them as late as possible because you never know what can happen between games (such as playing in other competitions or injury). However if you want to sign a player who has a few good games coming up and you know that if he rises in price you can’t afford him, there are times when you will have to transfer early and hope for the best.

4. Avoid putting all your eggs in a single basket

Because of many reasons; be it the team you support or great fixtures during a period there can be a temptation to get three from a team (the maximum amount). This rarely works and usually is a bad tactic, this has failed me and many managers on many of an occasion. I have a personal limit of two, but even that I try to avoid if possible because if they all fail your rank will fall massively.

5.Plan ahead

I do this in blocks of four, it allows you to maximise points scored a section at a time. This also allows you to be aware of who to sell/buy depending at intervals of the season. Doing this step usually helps with the next tip also.

6.Avoid transfer hits

This is the one that I am most guilty of; but transfer hit can have a huge impact on your rank. They can work from time to time and can even become essential depending on how many starting players you have (due to rotation or injury). But avoiding when possible will help your rank.




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