Don’t plan out your transfers for the first few weeks
First, it’s great to plan transfers. “I pick this £4.5 defender up in GW 3 and switch him out GW7 when his schedule gets difficult.” I totally get that, and I do that… but not at the beginning of the season.
“I’ll have Daniels for the first two games then switch him out for an Everton defender.”
Don’t. Just don’t... I don’t care how much pre-season soccer you watched and how much planning you’ve done. One or two of your “sure things” won’t be so sure thingy - Transfers, Transfer requests, fitness issues, new players transferred in, injuries, new managers, new systems, this year’s Capoue pops up out of nowhere, etc. - shit will happen that you weren’t expecting and your calculated, planned out transfer schedule turns into a clusterfuck of awfulness (and an eventual early season wildcard).
Plan your team for the first 4 gameweeks. Don’t worry. You’ll make those transfers. You just don’t know what will happen.
have a Double transfer rolling for a few weeks
For similar reasons to the first point - The biggest advantage to your squad early on in the season is a free double transfer. You need to jump on opportunities quickly without taking a Four Point Hit (shameless plug). Having only one transfer leaves you vulnerable to a transfer that doesn’t quite work. If you want to get Aguero and you only have Lacazette? You need that double transfer wiggle room. So… have a free double transfer rolling for a couple of weeks in order to capitalize on.
Everyone on your team has a purpose
You’ll invest in the superstars which you play every week no matter what. You’ll have those value £7.0 midfielders that you’ll never captain, but play every game - switching them out eventually. You’ll have your rock-solid defenders as well as your rotating £4.5 defenders that don’t start most weeks…
… But everyone needs to serve a purpose. Even if you are not planning on playing them at all - a £4.5 midfielder should get minutes and perhaps increase in value. You shouldn’t have any “throw-away players” - You should be increasing the value of your team, having a plan and getting rid of deadweight as soon as possible.
Triple Captain Lukaku your first match
It’s like going to prison, your first day - beat the shit out of someone. Fucking make a statement and go to first place right away in your mini-league… jk
Let me know what you think. KThx