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The best Fantasy Premier League tips for the 2017/18 season

Newcastle United's Dwight Gayle celebrates scoring his side's first goal of the game with Newcastle United's Mohamed Diame (left) during the Sky Bet Championship match at St James' Park, Newcastle.

We’re looking ahead to the new Fantasy Premier League season our readers can benefit from the following advice

Fantasy Premier League has never been more popular and we’re looking forward to the launch of the game for the 2017/18 season, with no changes expected to the existing format.

This means two wildcards available for each half of the season, while there are also options to Triple Captain, Bench Boost and go All Out Attack.

We’ve been playing the game for a few years and here are some valuable tips when it comes to playing FPL and ensuring you win your Super League.

Start with a balanced team
Before GW1, you have a chance to pick any squad you want. This opportunity won’t be available again (unless you wildcard) so think carefully about your fifteen players.

Ultimately, you need balance throughout the team. Going for the most expensive three strikers will give your squad a lop-sided feel. It will also lead you to selecting cheap players not always guaranteed to play. Which brings us on to…

Pick players that will start games
FPL is a squad game and you need to have fifteen players all likely to start every GW. Your substitutes will regularly form part of your scoring week and hopefully they will often boost that weekly tally.

Captain the obvious players
You might want to steal a march on the other managers in your Super League, although captaining Hector Bellerin might not be the way to do it. Yes, it’s boring and predictable to give the armband to Harry Kane or Alexis Sanchez every week, although that’s because they bring home the bacon on a regular basis.

Try to carry over free transfers
It’s pretty damn hard not to make at least one transfer each week. Especially if you’ve not scored well in the previous GW. However, by allowing that FT to carry over into the next GW means you get to make two changes without a point hit and that’s effectively like a mini-wildcard. Two transfers also gives you more flexibility when it comes to different positions.

Preserve your wildcard and other chips
You can use a “chip” on 5/38 GW’s. All Out Attack is a good one to use when all of your attacking players have good fixtures, although the other four chips should be used as late as possible. Wildcarding in GW3 means it’s a long time until you can use the second wildcard.

Similarly, Bench Boost should be used in the second half of the season where there are DGW’s (Double Game Weeks) while Triple Captain is also a good time to employ this tactic.

Study the fixture lists
You don’t have to memorise the entire fixture list for the season but it’s good to know each team’s upcoming matches, especially when it comes to selecting cheaper players who are likely to be dispensable somewhere along the line.

If Newcastle United are playing three of their next four matches at home, then it could be the time to draft in the likes of Matt Ritchie, Dwight Gayle or Jonjo Shelvey.

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