Diego Southgate from Fantasy Football South Africa looks at the FPL cups and the importance of the festive period.
Around this time of the year most people are in a festive mode, attending year end functions and shopping for gifts.
While managers in the Premier League are under pressure, some are fighting for survival while others have silverware in mind. Even though the goals are different the games do not stop coming.
To date we have seen six managers left Premier League clubs or be fired, the latest being Ole Gunnar Solskjaer at Manchester United.
As Pele once said, “success is no accident. It is hard work, perseverance, learning, studying, sacrifice and most of all, love of what you are doing or learning to do”.
In relation to FPL, we are faced with Friday deadlines and the dreadful midweek deadlines. Managers missed the Gameweek 16 deadline and ended up left with three Tottenham players, Robert Sanchez in goal as well as other flagged players such as Emile Smith-Rowe and Diogo Jota. The result was a massive red arrow.
This misstep is disheartening for anyone having some kind of investment in FPL, all of a sudden the Christmas lunch doesn’t taste as good as it did last year.
Gameweek 17 began with more uncertainty than its predecessor. Manchester United’s fixture away at Brentford was called off very late on Monday evening, followed by a lot of uncertainty around other fixtures and players in terms of whether the games would go ahead and whether certain players would play. The uncertainty around Gameweek 17 was also not helped by a number of the press conferences being after the deadline.
However, this is not the time to give up, no not at all, let’s pivot and smash the rest of the season like Shaq at his prime.
There is a possibility that your team can win the plethora of cups which have already started and are on the horizon. As James Clear stated in Atomic Habits, focus on the system and not on the goal. Part of our system should be sitting down setting alarms for every single deadline and two reminders for the double gameweeks.
Now more than ever, your team needs your attention, your team needs your planning, your team needs you.