If hindsight is usually 20/20, does that mean captaining hindsight would give you 40/40? No, you noobs! You can’t captain hindsight. But you can learn a thing or two from it. So allow me to introduce you to a new section of the blog, where we will occasionally reflect upon the weeks gone by, and often tell you – I told you so!
In fact, there’s no better time than now, to catch up on hindsight. The last two gameweeks have been insanely rewarding in terms of potential points, and at the same time incredibly painful if you’ve missed out due to injuries / apathy / idiocy. Don’t panic – many many many more points lie ahead. But sometimes, before we move forward, it pays to pause for a moment, and look back.
You can’t captain hindsight. But he’s here to save your day.
Once, again, before we start, the most important lesson to remember is – do not lose hope. It’s only been 9 weeks – just about one quarter of the the way through the season. There are 3 more cycles of this still to go. Take deep a deep breath, sit down comfortably, and lets see what we’ve learnt so far.
Lesson 1: You are Newcastle
Newcastle received a masterclass in surgical aggresion, as Sergio Aguero sliced them apart 5 times in week 8. In week 9, they turned the tables and scored 6 goals themselves.
This is you.
You can be Newcastle one week, and Manchester City in another. FPL is a game of luck, patience, and persistence. Just because you had a bad week, or three, doesn’t mean your season is over.
Even if you’re at the bottom of your league, even if your team is mostly retarded with injuries, even if you only got 30 points in each of the last two weeks – heck, even if you just started playing – you can still fight your way to the top. As long as you keep trying, even half-assedly, you have a good chance of making it big. Don’t give up. It’s still very early in the season. I can not stress this enough. Proceed to lesson 2.
Some weeks you’re the goalkeeper, some weeks you’re scoring hattricks
Lesson 2: Attack. Attack. Attack. And then Attack a little bit more.
Football is a game about scoring goals. Clean sheets are an anomaly. The first few weeks may have led you to think differently, but by now it should be very clear to everynoob that Midfielders and Forwards bring in a lot more points, and more reliably than Defenders.
When defenders do their job well, they get 1 clean sheet, that too only if they ALL do well. When mids and forwards do their jobs well, they get many, many goals and and many, many points. Invest your money on your attacking players. Always play 7 attackers and 3 defenders.
In an exclusive interview with fpl4noobs, Alexis Sanchez, Sergio Aguero and Diego Costa say “I TOLD YOU SO!”
Lesson 3: Hold your f*%(ing horses
Yes, it is a good idea to buy players who are in form. It may seem like an even better idea to buy them before they rise in price, and before your out-of-form players drop. This is sheer lunacy, as seen most recently during the last international break.
If you can help it, try not to make your transfers until Friday or Saturday. Players get injured during the week because of trainings, european matches, or even just via good ol’ food poisoning. Secondly, don’t drop a quality player just because he’s a had a couple of bad weeks. Use your free transfers to remove non-starters and injured players first, before trying to ship out Pelle for Bony, or Eriksen for Ozil based on one week’s (lack of) performance.
Lesson 4: Use Chips, Take Hits
What!? Are we really recommending using those precious one-time-only blue chips, or worse yet, trading points for extra transfers when you’re already doing so poorly? Yes. When you’re not at the top, you have less as stake, little to lose. It’s the best time to take some risks and inject some life back into your team.
A well played triple captain can get you 30-40 points just from one player, and shoot you up the table while it’s early in the season. A couple of extra transfers can revitalize your team, clear out the junk, and bring in players who have a good run of form and fixtures up ahead. You may lose 8-12 points now, but you’ll gain many more from them in the future if you pick well. Taking a hit or a risk is what makes the game fun!
Take Risks. But Hold Horses. Clear?
Lesson 5: General Advice
Captain Hindsight has just been confirming what General Advice has been suggesting all along. Which makes sense because General Advice is technically much senior to Captain Hindsight.
- Always play 7 in front, 3 at the back
- Always captain an attacker (generally your most expensive player, preferably in form), and VC another attacker
- Always place an attacker as your first sub
- Be patient. If your team is made of good, attacking, players who start for mid-top table teams, the points will come.
- Don’t make your transfers early. Especially if there are more games midweek.
- Pick your starting lineup based on who’s in form first, and then based on who has the easier fixture
- If you’ve gotten less than 40 points for both of the last 2 (high scoring weeks), you should STRONGLY CONSIDER WILDCARDING. Change things up, get everyone who’s in form. Start anew.
BONUS Lesson: Captain Hindsight & General Advice’s Combined Wildcard Template
This template contains recommendations for the 15 slots in your all new wildcarded team. Each slot may have several options of similar price range. Selecting one from every slot should give you a complete and balanced team with which to take on the rest of the week! Slots marked with a * are meant to be on your bench.
[Hart / De gea / Cech] – [Elliot / Hennessey]*
[Dier / Alderwiereld] – [Dawson / Cedric] – [Bellerin/Monreal] – [Francis/Nyom]* – [Hangelaand]*
[Sanchez] – [De Bruyne] – [Payet] – [Eriksen / Ozil / Mane] – [Barkley / Mahrez / Cabaye]
[Vardy] – [Lukaku / Pelle / Martial] – [Ighalo]*
If you’ve already spent your wildcard, take a hit to clear the rotting parts of your team, or just be patient with those who are true quality but yet to click. As always, our Friday recommendations will be there to help you with your transfers. The most important thing is that you make them. Keep your team alive, and you’re already doing better than 2 million people who’ve given up.
As for what to do with all that sweet Aguero money? I’ll let you newly enlightened noobs figure that one out.
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