Transfer tips

Transfer Tips

What are the best transfer tips? Fantasy Football can be a confusing business. Last season proved that the principles we all worked in previous years are no longer strictly true. Tottenham to pick one example can now defend. Spurs proved last season that the gap is closing at the top. In the last ten years, things have gone from a top two to a top 4 and now with Man City and their millions (billions) along with Harry’s Midas touch, we have a proper top 6 in the Premier League.

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This is great news for the neutral but a potential headache for the Fantasy Football manager. There are many things to consider before picking a Fantasy Football team – Who will Chelsea sign? What are the best transfer tips? Despite winning the double last season it’s not really Ancelotti’s team. Can Arsenal hang on to Fabregas? Will Spurs be able to repeat their form of last season? How will Man City fair and just what is their best team? What effect will Roy Hodgson’s arrival have on Liverpool? There are lots of things to consider and if you’re not sure where to start, here’s the customary Fantasy Football Info tips and advice for Daily Telegraph Fantasy Football 2010/11 –

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Preparation

The close season is a time of great change for Premier League clubs. Most teams will buy and sell players and not all will be successful at their new clubs. Before you start to formulate your Fantasy Football Team, make sure you’re aware of all the various comings and goings and try to put yourself in the manager’s shoes. Ask yourself “why has that player been bought by that club?”. This is especially relevant for the bigger clubs. A player could be a first-team free-scoring regular at one club but quickly find himself warming the bench at another.

Tips

Keep an eye on pre-season friendlies and see who’s looking sharp already, although this is more difficult due to players returning to training late because of the World Cup. Finally, keep informed about any injuries suffered at the World Cup or in pre-season. We off a list of Premier League injuries broken down by a team that can help.

The formation

As I mentioned earlier, things are much more difficult this year as I’m sure you’ve discovered from looking at the player prices! Personally, I always prefer to go 4-3-3 but this approach takes some very careful though as you’ll quickly run out of cash if you just go for all the obvious players. If you don’t feel as confident in taking calculated risks, stick to 4-4-2 for a bit and see how you fare. With 4-4-2 though, there are some players you must make sure you have in your team (see The ‘Must-Haves’ section below).

Last Season

The back end of the season prior can give some interesting insight if you’re paying attention! Every season, one or two players who have been consistently unspectacular all year finally start to get it right. Some good examples are Nani and Gareth Bale. Until around Christmas time, Gareth Bale had never even won a match in a Spurs shirt but injuries and suspension meant he got his chance on the left side of midfield and scored points galore, finishing the season as one of the highest-scoring defenders of the year. If you can identify the players that have come good in the second half of the season and look likely to carry that form on you’ll have a good start.

The ‘Must-Haves’

This list seems to get shorter every year. Players who used to be bankers have become inconsistent from season to season. Steven Gerrard had a torrid season for Liverpool last season, the burden of carrying an average squad (Torres apart) seems to have finally taken its toll. Didier Drogba appears to be on a ‘one season on, one season off’ rotation of form and players like Van Persie, John Terry, and Cesc Fabregas has been plagued by injury in recent times. The List is short but these two players must be included if you’re Fantasy Football team is going to be a success.

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Fantasy Football Info recommends:

Frank Lampard (Midfield, Chelsea, £7.0m)

Wayne Rooney (Striker, Man Utd, £6.9m)

The ‘Sleepers’

It’s a fact of footballing life that players fall in and out of favour at clubs. Players move on to new clubs but can’t replicate the form we know they can produce in the Premier League. Most values in Fantasy Football are based on the form so watch these players closely. Players like Shaun Wight-Phillips and Steven Ireland will probably not get much of a look in at Man City this season but they are both proven Premier League Players. At £3.7m and £3.5m respectively, if either should he move on to another team where they’ll play regular first-team football they both have the potential to score some significant points at a relatively low price.

Fantasy Football Info recommends:

Steven Ireland (Midfield, Man City, £3.5m)

Shaun Wright Phillips (Midfield, Man City, £3.7m)

Michael Johnson (Midfield, Man City, £2.6m)

Andy Johnson (Striker, Fulham, £4.0m)

Roque Santa Cruz (Striker, Man City, £4.5m)

The ‘Long Shots’

Every year, one or two players from the promoted clubs overperform (as do their teams). If you can identify these players before the start of the season you can get ahead of your competition before everyone else jumps on the bandwagon. Choose your long shots wisely though and my advice would be to stay clear of defenders as a general rule.

Potential

Transfer tips taken into account, promoted teams always struggle defensively and concede bag fulls of goals. The league’s newcomers also traditionally have problems scoring goals so look to the midfield to pick up your bargains. Players who take corners, free kicks and penalties are always a sound bet.

Fantasy Football Info recommends:

Kevin Nolan (Midfield, Newcastle Utd, £3.3m)

Charlie Adam (Midfield, Blackpool, £3.1m)

Graham Dorrans (Midfield, West Brom, £3.2m)

Giles Barnes (Midfield, West Brom, £2.6m)

Transfers

Transfers in Fantasy Football offer a massive temptation for Fantasy Football managers to tinker with their side on a weekly basis. But keep in mind the following transfer tips. If you’re to be successful, you have to resist the temptation to tinker. Give your team a month at the start of the season and then look at what’s happening. If you spot a trend after a month and see a way to improve your team, make one or two changes. Making transfers is a fine art and a true balancing act between giving your team time to perform and making sure you’re not left behind when there’s a player in red hot form.

Hope you find these transfer tips useful. See you at the top of the league!