I'll start off by apologizing for the infrequent updates. We didn't manage to launch before the season started but here are some key updates:
So.. That's where we are. Fingers firmly crossed.
Other than that, we've been watching as much footy as we can. A lot of interesting prospects and revelations in terms of fantasy football already. And we expect a few more before the transfer window ends in a couple of days.
On a current note, City have just pulled off victory against Hull. I'm happy with Negredo in my team but really wish he would start starting matches!!
Need to decide which game to focus my attention on next. Cardiff vs Everton sticks out. We'll get a chance to see if Coleman can climb above Baines as Everton's most wanted defender and get another look at Barkley.
Anyway, the football's about to start...
I started playing fantasy football back when I was in secondary school - about ten years now? Give or take... In all this time I, and many others, have noticed an inevitable pattern. By the time the season is halfway through, every team has a squad that is 75% identical. Between your mini-league of friends, between every person's fifteen man squad, all players will, without fail, be derived from a pool of about thirty players (maybe about forty if you stretch it).
Think about it. Take last season (2012-2013) as an example. Less than 15 games in, the vast majority of players had most of the following: Robin Van Persie, Juan Mata, Gareth Bale, Luis Suarez, Michu (what is his first name anyway?), Cazorla, Walcott, Benteke, Lukaku, Baines, Ivanovic, Begovic etc. About the only variation between teams came in the defensive department - an area where most players choose to field only three defenders anyway (something else that can be improved upon).
And it takes away from the enjoyment of fantasy football!* You have Van Persie in your team so you get excited when he scores. But wait, every one of your rivals has him as well except that one guy who hates him so much so you're not really gaining any sort of advantage over the field. And in fact, some have him captain so are earning double points from him... Hmmm... Maybe you should be rooting against him? Seems counterintuitive.
Alright mr piece of digital paper. I've been avoiding you for the better part of two days.
Now we write.
I haven't written for two hours before.
So, that was...an bad choice of ways to spend my time.