28 red hot Fantasy Premier League tips from old winners and experts
3. But be mean in the market
"Think like a real manager. A player might have a goal spurt, but is he actually any good? Would you normally want to buy him? Don’t waste transfers: if I’ve got 30 overall, I’d want to still have 20 left by New Year. You want the maximum games out of potential signings, so look at their upcoming fixtures, possible suspensions – no matter how desperately I want someone, I won’t buy them if they’re on four bookings. And, most importantly, don’t make drunken decisions at 1am. I’ve done that before."
4. Ignore reputations
"The best players don’t always make the best team. I used to fall for the flashy, skilful players, but they weren’t earning enough points, and in most games defensive midfielders never win any. Attacking full-backs are always good, because you might get points at both ends – I played three left-backs in some games last year. And this is something I got over a long time ago: don’t ignore players just because you don’t like them."
5. Recharge the batteries
"People’s teams usually go wrong when they forget about them, so I have a regular routine. Thursday and Friday, I’ll follow the managers’ press conferences and check the predicted line-ups. There are also some good Fantasy Football websites. But as soon as the weekend games are finished, unless there are midweek fixtures, I switch off until Thursday again – you get too into it otherwise. And I stop altogether in June. It’s a long season. You need a life as well."