Should you use your wildcard or is it too early to take hits? FPL Pitch shares his insights on why you should not knee-jerk so early in the season.

Bruno, Rashford, Saka, Martinelli, Chilwell and Haaland, all blanked in GW2. Obvious transfers are incoming, right?

Fantasy Premier League (FPL) can be an emotional rollercoaster, with managers experiencing highs and lows as their selected players perform on the field. One common mistake that FPL managers often make is knee-jerking – making impulsive and drastic changes to their team after a single bad gameweek. However, knee-jerking can have detrimental consequences that can impact your overall FPL season.

Firstly, knee-jerking neglects the bigger picture. Football is unpredictable, and a single gameweek’s performance doesn’t necessarily reflect a player’s long-term potential. Transferring out players hastily can lead to missing out on future points as they regain form. Patience and a more strategic approach are key to success in FPL.

Secondly, knee-jerking often leads to unnecessary point hits. Making early transfers can result in a negative points hit, which can be hard to recover from. It’s essential to evaluate the potential points gained from a transfer against the points lost due to a hit. More often than not, it’s wiser to give your players a chance to redeem themselves.

Furthermore, transferring based on emotions can lead to rash decisions. A knee-jerk reaction might see you swapping out an established player for a flavor-of-the-week pick who might not deliver consistent returns. This can lead to a cycle of continuous transfers and a lack of team stability.

Lastly, knee-jerking undermines the effective use of your FPL chips. These limited-use chips, such as Bench Boost and Triple Captain, can have a significant impact on your overall points tally when used strategically. Wasting them hastily after a bad gameweek reduces their potential impact later in the season.

In conclusion, reacting impulsively to a single bad gameweek can be detrimental to your FPL season. Successful FPL managers take a measured and patient approach, giving their players a chance to bounce back and assess performance over a longer period. By avoiding knee-jerking, you’ll be better positioned to make strategic decisions that yield consistent results throughout the season.

So, my fellow FPL managers, be patient and don’t forget: FPL is a marathon, not a sprint.

You can find Fantasy Premier League (FPL) resources for the 23/24 season here.

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