How to pick attackers in fantasy football

This article will give you some general guide lines for picking attackers in fantasy football.

The best formation is 4-2-3-1

The best strikers in fantasy football are usually the ones, who are positioned at the top of the 4-2-3-1 formation. The explanation here is simple. he best strikers in fantasy football are usually the ones, who are positioned at the top of the 4-2-3-1 formation. The explanation here is simple.  With just one center forward on the pitch, the attacking play is set around delivering the ball to the target-man. Hence, he is more likely to get into scoring situations. In England Premier League you have great examples of Diego Costa, Harry Kane, Olivier Giroud. In contrast, try avoiding strikers that play in the 4-4-2 system. The problem is that goals and chances are divided between these two players, and you constantly end up picking just the guy who did not score. You basically have to either have both (which is often very difficult due to max players per team restrictions), or none.

Remember the home rule

One thing often forgotten is the “home rule” of strikers. There are numerous examples along the course of a long season, when a visiting team looks for a pragmatic small margin win on the road. Even if the quality difference between the two teams is huge. It is more likely that a strong favorite will try to trash the underdog for the sake of putting a show for its’ supporters. You can look at the statistics of many quality strikers, and see the amount of goals scored at home vs away soil varying a lot.

It’s all about confidence

There is one major mistake many fantasy football players do, which you should avoid. Remember that goal scoring is all about confidence.There is one major mistake many fantasy football players do, which you should avoid. Remember that goal scoring is all about confidence. When a striker gets derailed and “loses his scoring boots”, he is no good for your fantasy team. Pick strikers who are in-form right now, there are always enough those to choose from. Forget the expensive names who are having a bad run, those mistakes cost you the tournament win. Note that there is a difference here if we talk about season-long and daily fantasy. In the season-long games you have to use more “stick to your guns” tactics, since it’s not possible to pick a new team each week. There you’d pick one guy you ride through all season like Aguero or Diego Costa, and keep him even if he’d have bad days. You know the goals will come eventually. And then rather rotate the 2nd/3rd options based on form.

European matches bring extra fatigue

Finally: don’t get into a common trap of selecting some high profile striker from a big club days before his team has an important European Cup match. Watch out also matches right after some long and exhausting away trip in Eurocups. For example clubs playing at Thursdays in Europa League are often fatigued in the coming weekend in their league matches. In the worst case your striker can be even substituted early due to fatigue, and you lose valuable playing time for him. This applies more to daily fantasy tournaments, but of course if you are making transfers in the FPL too, it’s a good point to remember.

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