Sunday, 17 July 2016

5 Rotation Sequences You Must Know About (Part II)

The migrating birds of summer swooped into Europe over the summer months to find a continent captivated by talk of political chaos, financial speculation and a new found love for whales. However, as June turned to July, even they, along with the dog on the street, will have realised it was not whales but Wales who everyone was raving about. Indeed, while the red dragon of Wales soared towards European glory, approximately 0.007% of the Icelandic population were emerging from the ash cloud shadow of Mount Eyjafjallajökull to slay three lions. However, the felines transpired to be kittens and their massacre was TV gold.

Magical as it all was, the European Championships have passed by into the void now. Soon, tales of Joe Allen, Robbie Brady and Steve McClaren reacting to Kolbeinn Sigþórsson will be rose tinted memories shared with our grandchildren while the dodgy Euro’s FPL app will be shown to computer scientists for generations to come as the quintessential pile of dung. Fear not though, August 13th isn’t far away and our FPL hunger shall soon be satisfied.

In preparation for the upcoming season, I’ve analysed the fixtures to pick out a few rotations you should know about when drafting your 15 man squad. You should also check out Chief’s article featuring other options. The idea of this is to have a plan in place which in theory allows you to play at least one good player in a given position each gameweek. It’s best operated for ‘keepers and defenders, where having someone who’s likely to pull in a cleanie each weekend is crucial. Home games and games versus weak opposition teams are viewed favourably in these as teams have been statistically more likely to keep clean sheets in these games.


West Brom & Stoke City

Middlesbrough (A)
Everton (H)
Middlesbrough (H)
Bournemouth (A)
Palace (A) or West Ham (H)
West Brom (H)
Sunderland (A)
Sunderland (H)
Hull (A)
Swansea (H)

10 Gameweeks

Stag Rating: 7/10 - Quite a lot of away games in this combo. Gameweek 2 is the weakest point in this chain.


Burnley & Middlesbrough

Swansea (H) or Stoke (H)
Sunderland (A)
West Brom (A)
Hull (H) or Palace (H)
Everton (A)
Watford (H)

6 effective gameweeks but has good fixtures in GW8 (WAT H) and GW10 (BOU H) too. Another option is Burnley & West Brom.

Stag’s Rating: 6/10 – Cheap for certain but reliance on away games leaves a lot to be desired and it’s quite short sighted. Useful if you’re planning an early wildcard.


Chelsea & Tottenham

West Ham (H)
Palace (H) or Watford (A)
Burnley (H)
Swansea (A)
Sunderland (H)
Middlesbrough (A)
Hull (A)
West Brom (A)
Bournemouth (A)

9 Gameweeks

Stag’s Rating: 8/10 – The fixtures are strong however the rating cannot be higher given that defenders from these clubs will more than likely be premium priced and at least 5.0.


Palace & Chelsea

West Brom (H)
Watford (A)
Burnley (H) or Bournemouth (H)
Swansea (A) or Middlesbrough (A)
Stoke (H)
Sunderland (A)
Hull (A)

7 Gameweeks.  Chelsea games make up the majority of this rotation which justifies paying the premium price for a Conte system defender. Palace lads cheaply replace their London neighbours when they take on West Ham, Liverpool and Arsenal.

Stag’s Rating: 9/10 – Cheap and accessible with consistently strong fixtures.


Sunderland & Palace

West Brom (H)
Middlesbrough (H)
Bournemouth (H)
Middlesborough (A) or Everton (H)
Stoke (H)
Palace (H)
West Brom (H)
West Ham (H) or Stoke (A)

8 Gameweeks

Stag’s Rating: 10/10 – This combination is ideal. It is made up of defenders who should be cheap. At worst, you should be able to have 2 players from this rotation in your team for 9.0. The fixtures themselves have a home game option that is reasonable every week and feature no match against a Top 6 team.