It’s been a while since I last covered the basic strategy that I use to approach the game. As a result, I thought it was worth a quick reminder of the principles I’ve generally followed over the past seasons to secure a finish around the 1,000th mark on the leaderboard. This is a strategy I’ve followed and it’s often the basic advice I give out when people ask “How do I win at Dream Team”.
1. Pick players from the big clubs who are involved in European competitions
Generally speaking, more games means more points. The bigger clubs are often involved in the Champions and Europa League and as a result the top point scorers every season are made up from players at these clubs.
2. Study upcoming fixtures
It’s an obvious one really but players have a better chance of scoring bigger points against easier opposition, study which big clubs have the easiest run and opt for their players. Also bring in players who have more fixtures, such as those in Europe.
3. Don’t make knee jerk transfers and have patience
If you missed out on a hat trick, it’s often not a good idea to simply opt for that player in the next game they play. The chances are you’ve already missed the boat. Unless of course, it was a glaring mistake to leave the player out in the first place. Unless something is drastically not working, try to have patience. We all know someone like Mahrez is going to hit 200+ points per season (typically), but at the same time he can be very hit and miss with his form. Sticking with him means you take a short term hit, but the points should even out eventually.
4. Try not to over think your decisions
I think everyone falls victim to this at times but often the easiest way to make decisions is going for the obvious moves. If a big name player is coming into some form, with good fixtures, just bring them in.
5. Remember to check line ups and keep on top of your transfers
From my experience, it’s often enough to win mini leagues to just remember to keep on top of your team management. Most people forget to make transfers and don’t check starting line ups. If you simply keep on top of this, it will give you a massive advantage over most casual players.
6. Don’t blow your transfers too early
Too often I see people using 5 transfers as soon as they are available. This can give you the upper hand if you’re shrewd with your moves, however, if you pick up an injury or two, you could be chasing your tail for the rest of the month. If you make good long term decisions, you shouldn’t find yourself desperately waiting for transfers at the end of the month.
7. Don’t risk it too often with differentials
Bit of a controversial one, but I personally think picking a differential often won’t yield long term success. The key to having a good season is picking consistent good performers, which sadly tends to be the same selection of players. The reason most players are differentials is generally because they don’t have a high probability of scoring big points week in week out. Points on the board matter more to me than being different.
8. Don’t worry too much about team value
Another controversial one, but I don’t spend too much time thinking about team value. If you prioritise points, team value should follow. There is next to no point putting in a curve ball player who scored a hat trick last week just because they will go up in value. The chances are they will probably blank for several weeks after.
9. Consider player ownership
I think it’s important to at least acknowledge ownership when considering players as it helps with risk management. If the vast majority of people own a big name player and you don’t, you’re running a tight rope if that player has a massive week.
10. Use block/or semi block defences
This is a tactic I don’t use enough, but if a big club has good fixtures, having a block of their defenders can often yield high reward. High reward does come with high risk though. This is why I tend to play it safe with never more than two defenders from one team. This has worked in the past to guide me to a decent finish, however, I may explore the block tactic more this season.