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  1. 4 things I would change about FPL for next season 1 day, 7 hours ago

    Agreed. Hits definitely need to be a part of the game. It's not a competition to guess the best possible team in GW1. It's about analysing a lot of data, filtering out what you don't need, and making as many good decisions as possible.Overpricing hits to the extent they become impossible to take would be like charging a 30% tax on making a raise in poker - aggressive players would no longer be a factor and everyone would play safe. » Read

  2. 4 things I would change about FPL for next season 1 day, 8 hours ago

    That's what I think. In my view it would change the template in a different way, because it would make it more appealing to change your team more frequently, bring players in for short runs of good fixtures, take a hit to gamble on a new captain vs a weak opponent, and generally encourage action. » Read

  3. How Brighton's FPL assets could fare under new boss Graham Potter 1 day, 8 hours ago

    The main reason I don't like spending any more than necessary on GK is that, unlike all other positions, the really big hauls are actually more likely to come from the budget options, because when they do manage to keep a CS, with loads of saves, and maybe even a penalty save, they get 3 bonus and you fluke your way into so awesome scores for 4.5m. I prefer that than the old 6 or 2 from a premium GK. Next season it might be even more of a lottery with VAR - will budget keepers get more chances to make penalty saves and earn huge double figure GW scores? It's all a lottery, so I like buying a cheaper ticket.There's also nothing more frustrating than not being able to afford an important transfer move and realising if you didn't have expensive keeper doing not much, you could have made the moves. » Read

  4. 4 things I would change about FPL for next season 1 day, 9 hours ago

    I agree with this actually. WC is the one that still has meaning and impact over multiple GWs, and still takes strategic management to use well and benefit. The others are a lottery.And yes that suggestion is excellent, I like it a lot. Bring some of the strategy. At the moment with the chips it's too easy obvious to follow the same routine as 90% of managers and either get lucky or not. It would add a layer of skill if you had to consider which chips to use at all.For me, I just get dismayed when I see weeks and weeks of grafting undone by a successful or unsuccessful use of chips. I worked hard for the lead I gained last season, and in many ways when I saw it getting whittled away I didn't always feel it was due to outstanding fpl management as much as it was a few huge isolated chip-based hauls. » Read

  5. 4 things I would change about FPL for next season 1 day, 12 hours ago

    I don't understand how raising the cost of transfers would make the game better at all? It's already too template and predictable. If transfers can never be justified then people will lock in a template looking team and stick to it no matter what, because the alternative is simply too expensive to risk.I think transfer activity should be encouraged. We would then see more variety, more bold play, more willingness to mix up formation and find differentials, etc. The game should be a genuine battle between patience and endeavour, where you can win FPL and mini-leagues equally by taking no hits or 20 hits. A 6-point additional transfer fee would just about players with my mind of strategy from the game. » Read

  6. 4 things I would change about FPL for next season 1 day, 12 hours ago

    Yes, and I think those types of decisions get made a lot (understandably of course) and if enough of these gambles pay off, chasers can catch you. Would they take the same risks or punts if they weren't chasing? Unlikely. I'm not saying it's Mario Kart levels of assistance to those at the back of the field, but the more random elements such as chips do help to narrow the gap in many cases. I prefer the idea of FPL as a battle of attrition. My proudest moments are small decisions, well thought out double transfers for a hit that really pay off etc. Perhaps that's because I have never hit even an assist on TC chip let alone a haul. And my FH teams somehow fail despite looking absolutely incredible on paper.I suppose you're right about the Wildcard. Having the extra is probably a good thing. But I would like to see any changes that encourage people to be more active in the transfer market. Strategic hits are massively underrated in my opinion, and maybe if people had less 'get out o… » Read

  7. 4 things I would change about FPL for next season 1 day, 13 hours ago

    Agreed. Regarding #4, the game is so much better when luck is less of a factor. I think in the first half of the season, when most managers are still holding on to all their chips, is the most challenging and most rewarding period. The gains (and losses) are more incremental, and you don't tend to massively over- or under-achieve based on huge swings, 'Hail Mary' plays, DGW shenanigans, etc. You have to be disciplined yet proactive, and make very smart transfers.Later in the season it becomes far more of a lottery. There are countless examples of this, but just one off the top of the head was anyone owning KDB (like me) for the DGW when he got injured after 25 minutes for 1 point. Sure, it's just bad luck and that happens all season, but it's magnified in a DGW when you've got 9m+ tied up in a differential while many of your rivals have the likes of Jota, Deulofeu, Eriksen etc in that spot, and less than 20% of the way into the GW your player is done. You can't fix it, you can't … » Read

  8. What to expect from Norwich's defence and attacking full-backs in FPL 2 days, 5 hours ago

    I definitely recommend it. Have a quick look through my season if you want to see just how frequently I was trading premium attacking assets according to form and fixtures, often taking hits if necessary. There are so many points on offer by not staying overly loyal or patient when there are genuine reasons to make a move. At various stages I caught big hauls from Hazard, Salah, Kun, Sterling, Auba, Mane, Kane and Son, and often didn't own them for lean spells. The willingness to chop and change made that possible. » Read

  9. What to expect from Norwich's defence and attacking full-backs in FPL 2 days, 8 hours ago

    That's how I'm looking at it. Choice is good, but how much of it do we really need for a captain each week? It's hard enough picking one, it could almost be preferable to narrow yourself down to only 1 or 2 genuine heavy hitters, and you only look outside those two players if there's a special reason to. » Read

  10. What to expect from Norwich's defence and attacking full-backs in FPL 2 days, 9 hours ago

    I did something similar with big hitters, and it worked a treat. I'm not ruling that strategy out again next season, although I might start off trying to take less hits if possible. It really was a great tactic though, it meant I virtually never had a seriously bad GW. Not once did I hit 100 points in a GW over the whole season, but the consistency of good solid scores every GW was the key. Constantly swapping around the premium attackers played a major part in that. » Read

  11. What to expect from Norwich's defence and attacking full-backs in FPL 2 days, 9 hours ago

    I can relate. I was lucky enough to captain him for all his really big hauls, but there plenty of GWs where I gave him the armband and probably shouldn't have. The player I owned regularly who payed the price for those decisions was Sterling, who I hardly gave the armband at all. I even brought Sterling in for a hit in GW11 vs Southampton when he scored 21 points, but captained Salah away to Arsenal for a blank. That was just silly, and if I didn't own Salah I definitely would've given it to my VC Sterling. There are plenty of ways to make back the points Salah will inevitably score. » Read

  12. What to expect from Norwich's defence and attacking full-backs in FPL 2 days, 10 hours ago

    Yep, me too. And depending on price my Gross pick (seemingly the one major weak link) could become any of those - either as a direct mid swap or in an easy formation switch to 5-3-2. Plenty of options, it's the rest of the team I'm keen on, and the 6.5m attacking slot is basically reserved for any standout option come the start of the season. » Read

  13. What to expect from Norwich's defence and attacking full-backs in FPL 2 days, 10 hours ago

    It was. And very likely unsustainable. And then even if I'm wrong, and it is sustainable, that would only be enough to just about prove value for money, but not exceed it. If you're going to captain Mane a lot, and he does well, then I think you can justify 11.5m, but I would be unlikely to captain him anywhere near as often as I would Sterling.To me, something like Son (9m) + VVD (7m) looks a lot better than Mane (11.5m) and 4.5m defender. » Read

  14. What to expect from Norwich's defence and attacking full-backs in FPL 2 days, 10 hours ago

    Go for it! The value is quite astonishing, even if they're all priced at 7m.Laporte is an odd one for me. I didn't own him once last season and he basically cost me a top 100 OR. I just refused to budge on him and paid the price. Still don't totally rate him as an FPL asset, but I might get him next season based on ownership stats as a 'shield'. If Stones looks semi-nailed though, I'll take the savings.The other thing I like about my current draft is that either Siggy or KDB can become Son in GW3 without changing anything else, if I want that. You can get such a strong looking 11 without Salah, but just like the season gone it will depend on how well you spend the extra cash to decide if it works or not. » Read

  15. What to expect from Norwich's defence and attacking full-backs in FPL 2 days, 10 hours ago

    Haha that explains it. Either way, Gross might end up being Pukki for me in a 5-3-2, which would be considerably more balanced and maybe just better in general if Pukki has good fixtures and makes the step up. » Read

  16. What to expect from Norwich's defence and attacking full-backs in FPL 2 days, 11 hours ago

    No offence but your triple up included Alisson and Matip. I don't think that's the way to triple up. If you're going big you go really big, you get the premiums with attacking threat and you hope for monster hauls, which they did deliver.The GWs where TAA and Robbo are assisting VVD headed goals, combined with a 3 x CS, will mean massive differential and GW scores. I won't have Salah or Mane, but I'll still have Sterling (C) and quality mids and forwards. » Read

  17. What to expect from Norwich's defence and attacking full-backs in FPL 2 days, 11 hours ago

    My issues with Mane at 11.5 is he would have to match last season just to break even on value at that price. I'm not sure he will. If his conversion rates drops, so will his points, and conversion rate was a big part of his success. Even after what he's just done I don't see Mane as an 11.5 asset. He scored 18 more points than Robertson. » Read

  18. What to expect from Norwich's defence and attacking full-backs in FPL 2 days, 11 hours ago

    I truly believe defenders will once again outscore mids and forwards of the same price. If you're prepared to go with that logic, then it makes complete sense to load up on as many as possible. The other major benefit of 5 atb is that the rest of your teams looks very strong - sure you have less attackers, but you have mostly quality attackers not enablers. I'm prepared to try it and back down with an early WC if necessary. My GW5 WC last season changed everything, I went from a mediocre start to top few thousand inside a couple of GWs and never looked back. Early WC doesn't phase me, you play it when you need to. If the Liverpool defensive triple up works, wow it could be huge. » Read

  19. What to expect from Norwich's defence and attacking full-backs in FPL 2 days, 11 hours ago

    Yeah, I've ignored Tielemans for now as I don't think he will stay. If he does, I agree he becomes a great option especially in a double up with Vardy. Tielemans vs Gross is a headache I'm happy to have, and would simply start with whoever has the best fixtures then reassess. » Read

  20. What to expect from Norwich's defence and attacking full-backs in FPL 2 days, 11 hours ago

    I will be if the price is right. Possibly on pens, all set pieces, new manager, back from injury, underlying stats superb when he has played, mops up bonus points just for taking the field. Better value than Mili I feel, but probably more of a differential. » Read