Jonty posted over the weekend that he had given up on Ultimate Fantasy Premier League. With injuries mounting up for him and many others the season long prize is obviously out of reach. But why quit? I have a cunning plan to help those in the UFPL doldrums to still enjoy the game.
The Cunning Plan
What many forget is that there are also £1,000 prizes up for grabs for the manager who has the highest score each month. I’ve been fortunate enough to win one of these and I would urge Jonty and others to have a go at these prizes.
So what is the best strategy? The rules entitle you to loan as many players as you want and if you do it for three weeks the hit is all taken in the first week and the second and third weeks are free. Make as many loans as you want with one week to go in the current month, get rid of the dross and the players with bad form and/or fixtures and buy the players likely to go big in the first and second week of the next month. The hits don’t matter as you have given up on the overall game anyway right? It’s like a free wildcard to set you up for the next monthly prize.
The long month of December with extra festive fixtures (Gameweeks 15 – 19) is tricky, however, as this cunning plan would only cover Gameweeks 15 and 16 within that month. In Gameweek 17 your dross is back and you have to use them for the next three weeks of the month. But hopefully you will be in a strong position two weeks into the month and can make a loan or two more if required. But why give up? There’s nothing to lose.
By January you can then revamp your team thanks to the transfer window and then look ahead to going for the next five month’s worth of prizes through such strategic use of loans.
*If you can’t remember to find a minute or two to make your subs then this won’t work, but you only have to remember for a few weeks, not the whole season.