After all the research and analysis of team sheets in pre-season friendlies to predict the formations and personnel of the teams, Fantasy Premier League finally got off last week and Oh Boy! It started off with a bang. And now, we are ready to embrace gameweek 2 of the season.
Last season’s top scorer Liverpool’s Mohamed Salah started off where he left, and scored his 20th goal in 20 games at Anfield. Three 4 million defenders started, and one of them had a significant impression on the FPL community. Crystal Palace defender Aaron Wan-Bissaka scored an eye catching 12 points in the opening round of fixtures and has already risen in price. Cheap midfielders (like Ruben Neves, Jorginho, N’Golo Kanté, to name a few) scored for fun while premium forwards (like Sergio Agüero, Harry Kane, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang) toiled up front.
Our fingers are itchy and there is a tendency to knee-jerk and use the Free Transfer (FT) every week. However, if your team does not have any major pressing issues then saving your Free Transfer and having two Free Transfers before Gameweek 3 might be the most sensible option for the fantasy managers.
You want to know why? Following are the benefits of saving the FT before Gameweek 2:
Remember why you picked the players you have in the first place:
You just did not pick your squad without any thought. You planned, you researched, you analyzed and you picked the 15 players whom you thought would give you the best possible start to the season. Do not let just one Gameweek affect your judgement.
Chance of a mini wildcard before Gameweek 3:
Mini wildcard means making 3-4 transfers in one week to revamp your team. If you roll over your Free Transfer for Gameweek 2 into the third week then you will have 2 Free Transfers for Gameweek 3. After two weeks, if you feel you made some wrong judgement while picking your initial teams, or you need to catch some early bandwagons, then you can perhaps make 3 or 4 transfers before Gameweek 3 for a -8 hit and completely revamp your team. Having 2 Free Transfers is always helpful in FPL as it gives more flexibility for your transfer decisions. It is even more helpful if you have that before Gameweek 3 when the season is starting and you have to catch the early bandwagons.
First Impression is not always the last impression:
Since only one Gameweek has been played, we have too little data and information to jump into any conclusion. Take for example the opening week of last season when Huddersfield Town scored 3 goals past Crystal Palace powered by a Steve Mounie brace, and then only went on to score a paltry 25 goals in the next 37 games, making them the joint lowest scoring team in the Premier League last season, along with Swansea City. Further, Mounie would only score 5 more goals in the entire season. First impressions can often be deceptive. It is better to jump into a correct bandwagon one Gameweek late than jumping on a wrong bandwagon one Gameweek before.
Returning World Cup Players and Deadline day signings:
FPL managers have made Jorge Luiz Frello Filho (Jorginho) the sixth most transferred in midfielder in FPL and the most transferred in Chelsea FC player (at the time of writing) and mostly it’s due to the goal which he scored by converting the spot kick after Marcos Alonso was fouled inside the penalty box by Christopher Schindler. But the whole situation could have been different had Eden Hazard been on the pitch, as he is supposedly the first choice penalty taker for Chelsea FC. Similarly other Returning world cup players and Deadline day signings will have a significant impact in their respective teams and it makes sense to wait and see to monitor the situation during gameweek 2.
That being said, if your team has any pressing needs (like the player you started with got injured or did not start) or you have a strong gut feeling that a particular player (who is not in your team) will score well then definitely use your Free Transfer and get him in. But, if otherwise then I would suggest you to save it and have 2 Free Transfers for Gameweek 3 as it gives much more flexibility for the squad.
Sometimes, No Transfer is the Best Transfer!