As of the writing of this tutorial, before match week 30+, I’m ranked #3,919 in the world in Fantasy Premier League Soccer (team: Yin Aubameyang), which equates to the top 0.05% in the world.
It didn’t happen by accident, and it wasn’t all luck.
It’s taken several years of playing this game to learn the patience, skill, and strategy required to succeed. From #1,181,262 in 2011/12 to #39,804 in 2018/19, and now #3,919 in 2019/20 with 8 GWs left:
It’s been 6 game weeks since my last update and my rank has continued to improve over that stretch. Causation or correlation? I’m not sure. Is my lack-of-writing helping my team selection? Possibly. Writing out one’s thoughts seems to create this weird demand for analysis for the sake of seeming analytical. I’ll try to avoid that trap today.
The team is currently sitting at #1,820,582 out of 7,825,915 — continuing to bounce off the GW8 bottom of 5,688,832. I’m grateful for the improvement.
I have these 10 to thank for my rise of nearly 500,000 spots last gameweek:
After a successful free chip and a team score of 97, I’ve surpassed over 1,000,000 managers in the overall rankings. Rising to my highest rank of the season: 2,742,028
It’s about damn time.
It’s the 4th rise in rank in 4 weeks, bouncing from 5,688,832 overall to 2,742,028 overall since GW8.
These are the lads responsible:
A goal from both Vestergaard and Zouma.
A Neco Williams cleansheet before getting subbed off by TAA.
Son and Kane delivering against Arsenal as I predicted they would.
Captain KDB with a goal, assist, and bonus points.
Bamford finally getting his due.
Still, there were some disappointments. Mahrez managed a bonus point and clean sheet point but couldn’t get an attacking return. Fernandes only got 45 minutes. Che Adams looked lackluster. Schmeichel and Leicester couldn’t keep a cleansheet. …
A steadier hand at the wheel, along with some strokes of good luck, is resulting in better decision making and an improved rank for Team Yin AubameYang.
Stick with me here because I think this memo is one of the better one’s I’ve written so far this 20/21 season.
The ups and downs of the first 10 game weeks has made me focus much more on the inner game of being a good FPL manager.
To some, this “inner game analysis” might seem overkill. …
Captain Bruno returned with a goal and max bonus points, and defense dominated in Team Yin AubameYang’s highest haul this season: 78 points (-4) and a game week rank of 424,810 — pushing the team up to 4,768,542 overall.
Still garbage, but at least it’s not on fire.
Fabianksi has returned 15 and 9 in GW8 and GW9, respectively, outscoring Pickford’s entire 2020 season in just two game weeks. It’s a nice reminder that this game can turn on a dime with the right transfer.
Robertson loyalty paid off with a 12 point haul. I was this close to benching the Liverpool fullback against Leicester, betting on Leicester goals, but thankfully decided against it. There is a lesson in here somewhere but I’m not sure what it is; perhaps it’s “don’t try to predict games, just play your best 11.” Random statistic: Robertson has more touches this season than any other player in the PL. …
Transferring in Fabianski for Pickford payed off. Captaining Son did not.
It was a decent GW8, overall, with 63 points (-4 hit) and a GW rank of 2,207,060, moving the overall rank from 5,688,832 to 5,404,587.
Bamford rewarded me with a goal, the first return since bringing him in after his hattrick. The Leed’s man is top of the charts for value at the moment (below), thanks to the 7 goals he’s scored in 8 game weeks. I’m happy to have him in the team now, after I incorrectly predicting a Pukki-like fall from grace after his first 3 game weeks. What did I learn? Bamford plays for a better team. …
Another poor gameweek but I’ve managed to minimize the frustration, despite (1) former forward Mitrović finally getting a decent haul while my new man Bamford blanks (2) Pickford seeing the bench and (3) playing a 9 man team without a substitute defender or goalkeeper.
But it could have been much worse. Podence, Barnes, and Kane managed to “save” a gameweek that could have been much, much worse.
GW7 rank: 6,502,340
Overall rank: 5,688,832
Liverpool continue to give up goals in a surprisingly good AND bad start to the season. Going forward, they are strong — scoring 17 goals so far in the league. …
After some time off cavorting with friends deep in one of the glorious deserts of the Western United States, the FPL Memo is back in action. Though it looks like Digne, Ake, and Mitchell may not be. This spells trouble for my defensive line, but — with my free transfer burned swapping Bamford for Mitrovic — I’m going to risk a 10-man team instead of taking a hit.
Patience. I knew I had it in me somewhere.
In addition to a new-found patience and a diminished emotional investment in the game, the theme this week and beyond is to let my eye test and intuition dominate decisions for a while, instead of research and analysis. …
It’s Saturday morning, and I’m walking to the couch to flip open my computer after a morning playing soccer. I’m nervous with excitement, and I can’t wait to watch my active fantasy players earn some points.
I navigate to watch.sling.com to pull up the Everton vs. Brighton match.
As soon as my screen loads, I witness Everton’s Jordan Pickford — who I own — drop a ball in front of Brighton’s Neil Maupay — who I don’t own. Maupay reacts firsts and pokes the ball over the line for a goal.
I surprise myself by yelling “F%%K” as loud as I’ve ever yelled anything. …
An offensive defense wins the day for Team Yin AubameYang, helping my team begin the bounce out of the bottom after a tremendously terrible start to the 2020/21 FPL Season.
GW2 Overall Rank: 5,132,692 vs. 6,736,798
GW3 Overall Rank: 4,311,681 vs. 6,918,626
Total Points: 131
In a season filled with goals and penalties, the best defensive selections hedge against a busted cleansheet with goals, assists, and bonus — but they’ll cost you, removing valuable budget from the midfield and forward lines.
No where is this more apparent than with the Liverpool fullback duo: Trent Alexander-Arnold and Andrew Robertson.
Despite giving up a goal to Arsenal on Monday, TAA and Robertson both registered offensive contributions, with TAA serving a cross to Robertson who belted in the ball, giving Liverpool the 2–1 lead. …