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Trials and Tribulations of Mastering Fantasy Premier League and IKTS

i know the score Trials and Tribulations of Mastering Fantasy Premier League and IKTS

Sometimes I wonder if there’s a forcefield that surrounds the Fantasy Premier League and I Know The Score games available on the Premier League website. Why is it, for example, seemingly impossible to have a good week in both games?

With me, it’s exceedingly rare when I do well in both games. Either I have a stellar week in Fantasy Premier League while my I Know The Score points suffer, or vice-versa. Or, as is more often the case, I have a poor to average week in both games.

Perhaps the reason why it’s difficult to shine in both games is because predicting surprises is a integral ingredient? You can have a Fantasy Premier League team featuring proven winners such as Carlos Tevez, Joe Hart, Nemanja Vidic, Nani, Dimitar Berbatov, Rafael van der Vaart, Ashley Cole and others, but you can’t afford to have all of those players on your team. Plus sometimes it’s the surprise player such as Leon Best who nets a hat trick for Newcastle and helps you pick up the needed points to move you ahead of the pack.

With I Know The Score, it’s relatively easy to pick the predictable results but it’s the surprise wins where you pick up the points and can gain advantage over your opponents. If everything was so predictable, most IKTS players would have close to the same score week in, week out. It’s those surprise results where you can pick up the points as well as having a solid base of getting the predictable ones correct.

I often find that I’m willing on a particular team to win because it’ll help my Fantasy Premier League team score. Yet, at the same time, that’ll hurt my I Know The Score points. Maybe it’s impossible to be really successful at both?

What’s your theory why it’s so hard to be a master of both Fantasy Premier League and I Know The Score? Have you been able to master both? If so, how? Share your insights in the comments section below.

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3 Responses to Trials and Tribulations of Mastering Fantasy Premier League and IKTS

  1. Sibuk81 says:

    I have the same problem mate. for instance; my approach to predict the score is to look at the GW holistically. 1. I normally give the strong home teams wins (I determine scores according to firepower/previous results etc). 2 then look for away win candidates 3. I always choose at least 2 games as draws (just a statical thing for there are always draws in every GW BUT this season has been so unpredictable in the 1st half that my “well thoughtout” approach has been utterly useless, case in point being super sunday where ALL the games were drawn. as a result i have decided to just wing it.

    Fantasy league is a bit easier I find because its player performace based and so sticking with the proven/onform players helps and surprise packages are easy to spot because you can see which players pick up points.

  2. Mell says:

    Agreed with you mate, what I do normally is; I get through the fixtures in IKTS and predict it for the first time asking and that’s all. Don’t ever change it for the second time to make a review of it cause often the case in the past when I kept reviewing it it will haunting you when the correct result was the same as your first prediction.

    FPL is a different case altogether because of the research being done based on form, value, points hit and current lineup. The transfers made for that particular week may be related to your IKTS but other than that is based on existing players we have in that particular time. In term of favoring some team, thats will go to the guts and a hunch man, same goes to some transfers in FPL

  3. sideways_steve says:

    I have a Fantasy League question. This is the first year I have really stayed with a Fantasy league and there is one thing I don’t understand. If I buy players for x and their value increases based on form to x plus- why then can I not sell them for profit?

    Perhaps it’s the type of game I am in (yahoo), but it frustrates me to no end. If I am savvy enough (or waste enough time watching the Wigan’s and Wolves of the league) to notice a player stepping into form, and in turn capitalize on it, I should be able to sell them for profit as well. But no – I can only sell them for what I bought them for – what kind of market is that?

    Here are a few players to show as examples.
    Stuart Holden (purchased at 6.02 valued at 10.01)
    Charlie Adam (purchased at 7.72 valued at 13.61)
    Clint Dempsey (purchased at 11.22 valued at 16)

    9 out of my 11 are valued at 3 units or higher than what I purchased them at. So I take a ”loss” if I sell them? Its BS.

    Am I just playing the wrong game? Someone enlighten me please…

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