As football seasons go, it’s already been a pretty stressful one for us football managers. Tim Sherwood, Brendan Rodgers and Dick Advocaat have already been handed their P45s and a number of Premier League managers are under a lot of scrutiny. It hasn’t been much easier for us Fantasy Football managers either.
Many people would have struggled to predict the table as it stands near the end of 2015, so it’s been difficult to keep on top of our Fantasy Football teams.
The biggest casualty of this season has to be Chelsea. The team and Mourinho have had an unbelievable fall from grace after winning the league last year to just points above the relegation zone. Diego Costa would have been in many of our teams at the start of the season after scoring twenty goals in twenty-six appearances last season. But after his three-match ban for slapping Laurent Koscielny and only two goals this season, the only reason you’d still have Costa in your team is if you’d forgotten your password.
At the other end of the table, nobody could have predicted the success Leicester City would have had this season. Jason Vardy is the highest scorer in the league so far with 11 goals to his name before the November break. Riyad Mahrez isn’t far behind with 7 goals either. If you managed either or both of them cheap at the start of the season than it’s more than likely you’ll be beating your mates by now.
Also on seven goals scored this season is Watford’s Odion Ighalo. Any of those three would have been an inspired choice at the start of the season and will be really paying off now.
Defensively it’s the usual suspects you’ll want in your team. Both Joe Hart and Petr Čech have kept six clean sheets already this season. But if you do fancy spending less on your goalkeeper, it’s good to remember that West Brom’s Boaz Myhill has kept 6 clean sheets as well.
Of course the fantasy football season is nowhere near finished and they’re still time for some big changes in form before May. If you’re still unsure who to put in your team, the website Bookies will be providing Fantasy Premier League tips for 2016 every weekend until the end of the season. If you’re really confident on the result, they’ll even find you the best odds at betting websites so you can put your money where your mouth is.
So how can you forward plan and make your team as competitive as possible for 2016? Well one place to keep an eye out for star players might be Liverpool. Under new leadership, they beat Chelsea confidently 3-1 at the start of November. Joe Allen has spoken out in the press saying the team feels more confident under Klopp so they could turn their disappointing season around.
One thing for sure is if the season continues to be as unpredictable as it started, you’ll need a few changes and a bit of luck to top your Fantasy League this season.