Fantasy football is not just about player selection, it involves tactical thought as well. Like in real football, you as the manager must decide when your team needs to attack, defend, counter attack or hold. The tools that allow you to do this are transfers.
Gung-ho: otherwise known as all-out attack, this approach is you use all three transfers at the earliest opportunity. You know the players you need to bring in and go for the goals (points), but the downside of this tactic can leave your team exposed to the counter attack as injuries or bans come into play. Even the player may face a spell on the bench e.g. Lukaku. I tend to use this method when there are too many injuries to deal with or at the start of the season when I want to establish an early big lead on my mini league rivals. The short months (where international games are in play) suits this approach. I certainly wouldn’t use it in December or April where they are so many games to play. Gung ho also makes it difficult to profit from price rises as the player you want to take out may have decreased by a lot at the end of the month. Big problem before with 0.6 and 0.3m weekly price changes, less so now.
Attack: You bring in a big player that not everybody can easily afford, you may need to do two transfers to do this. However, if you can achieve this with only transfer used that is brilliant. Three transfers to just bring in one player you really want is not ideal. Attack tactic is also when got a plan B in mind so giving you an option if plan A goes kaput. Money in the bank can be beneficial so no need to spend all of it if you don’t have to.
Counter attack: A particularly favourite tactic of mine. You wait for your opponent to make the first moves (they tend to make all three in one go especially in my mini league). Some of my mini league rivals have no patience. Transfers can be attractive like sweets in a candy jar, consumed within seconds. You analyse and then try to counter them like a game of chess. Not an easy approach and it requires a lot of tactical thought. Here, you can go Gung ho, attack, defend or hold. A tactic that requires patience.
Defend: otherwise known as the blocking tactic and used when you are top of your mini league and have built a nice lead. Your transfers are dictated by your mini rival’s team. You will need to neutralise his big players and consider the game’s highest scorers. Your rival must go for differentials to stand a chance, he wants to bring in Aguero but know he must go for the less owned Lacazette instead.
Hold your position: Sometimes you don’t need to tinker and use transfers, you might have a good team already or be lucky with injuries. If your player is missing a game or two, it might still be worthwhile to keep him. Sometimes you want to hold because you are waiting for a player’s price to decrease. The same principle applies to players increasing in price in your team. From every transfer, I always try to make a profit. Buy low, sell high is part of the game. I used to do most of my transfers on a Thursday night so I could take advantage of the price rises and falls. Now with 0.1m weekly changes, I am less inclined to do so.
Penalty kick: Remaining transfer(s) this is when you come to the end of the month and you still have transfers left. Use them or lose them. Useful for months where there are many games ahead. I call it a penalty kick as the transfer could be good (hits the back of the net) or be bad (no advantage gained, transfer turns out to be a dud).