5 Mistakes I've Made This Season...by Andy Gibbins

Today it's actor and guest host Andy Gibbins' turn to talk through the error of his ways this season. You can listen to him on the latest podcast and follow him on twitter @TheAndyGibbins

 

1. Jumping ship too early – I did everything right. I combined my (limited) knowledge of last years Championship campaign with a bit of research and stuck a bargain priced Callum Wilson in my initial FPL squad and then made the bold decision to make him my captain in Gameweek 1. But after Bournemouth looked like they may never actually score a Premier League goal after that match with Villa I panicked, second guessed myself and......let's be honest, I bottled it! I swept Callum Wilson aside like Tom has swept his podcast responsibilities aside for a holiday. But unlike Tom, I wasn't rewarded with sunshine and sangria, instead I was rewarded with a long injury lay off to Wilson's replacement Zarate and the nightmare of having to watch Callum net over and over again!

 

2. Not jumping ship early enough – Sometimes the belief that good players will eventually come good is just simply wrong - anyone who rushed to bring in Fernando Torres after his famous transfer to Chelsea will vouch for that. And sometimes, even when it's the right belief and they will at some point come good it can still be detrimental. That has been the problem with having Chelsea players in your team this season, they're expensive because they're supposed to be reliable and until the Arsenal match they just haven't been cutting the mustard. The likes of Ivanovic, Hazard and Costa have been occupying a large chunk of my transfer budget without any big returns. Ivanovic particularly has had a disaster of a season, until last week.....after I'd got rid off him......see mistake number 1 again maybe?

                                                               "I'm so sorry Andy"

                                                               "I'm so sorry Andy"


3. Holding out on my wildcard – This mistake comes in two parts. I've toyed with playing my wildcard for a few weeks now and, wrongly, decided against it every week. Last week I actually made the changes, 7 in total, and then decided to hold out another week. I then, in turn, forgot to go back and actually set my team and ended up with the disaster of a team that played the week before and with only 10 players actually playing and a bad captain choice I think it's safe to say I should have clicked confirm on that wildcard.


4. Captain choice – At the risk of copying Craig this has been nothing short of a disaster for me. I've been more frivolous with the armband than Steve McClaren as England manager. I've had one week where I had Benteke as captain and he scored me a cool 18 points. Each other week I have scored either 2 or 4 with an average of 2.8 points a week from my captain in those weeks. Even INCLUDING the good Benteke week I have an average of 5.3 points a week from my captain which is simply not good enough.

                                            Probably should've drunk that red bull

                                            Probably should've drunk that red bull


5. Points on the bench – There's nothing more frustrating than making a good call on having a player in your squad then making the bad call of leaving them out when they end up having a blinder. I started as I meant to go on by keeping a 10 point scoring Andre Ayew on the bench for the game against Chelsea, Joel Ward with 11 the following week and so on.......and so on. I will obviously, inevitably, use my bench boost at completely the wrong time too.