So your Fantasy Football team is dropping through your work league quicker than if Mick McCarthy was in charge. The early season optimism has been replaced by ennui. Despair is next. But it’s not too late.
The international break gives some much needed breathing space to reflect, regroup and rebuild. Now is the time to act. Here’s 6 things to think about before you make those changes:
The Van Persie Question
He looked a pre-season banker but United’s poor form and Rooney’s renaissance have combined to make RVP look more than a little punchy in the price stakes. The wise move here is to cut your losses and get Aguero. The bold move is to back the form horse in the same team – and that’s Wayne Rooney.
The Tottenham Mirage
AVB’s summer spending blitz turned the Spurs hype up to 11 before the season’s start. But the same problem remains, Tottenham love keeping the ball but find goal-scoring a little more difficult. With rotation likely in midfield when all are fit, it might be best to file Spurs under ‘Wait and See’.
A Saintly Defence
The early season fixtures have shown that you don’t have to spend big on defenders to pull in the clean sheets and points. Hull and Southampton have both conceded only one goal at home, West Brom have started to find their feet and Swansea have a favourable run of fixtures ahead.
Get Off the Midfield Merry-go-round
Last season it was all about building your team around the midfield big-hitters. This year the early signs are that the field is much more open. With Man City, Man United and Chelsea rotating their creatives, it might be wise to take your cues from the mid-priced options who play every week, from Mirallas to Moses.
Back a Budget Striker
It’s hard to remember a season in which the budget striker option was so full of options. Remy, Lukaku, Lambert, Bony and Van Wolfswinkel can all make a case for you to back them. Sunderland’s Steven Fletcher could also be a dark horse as returns from injury for Gus Poyet’s first game.
Remember - Form is Everything, Class is Irrelevant
In Fantasy football, form is the only game in town. So grudgingly holding on to players you know are good in real life but are doing nothing for you is Fantasy suicide. Points come in streaks, so be prepared to move fast when you spot a player on song.
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