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The secrets to get your team in shape before the new season kicks off

Fantasy football isn’t just about throwing 11 of your favourtie players into one team and hoping for the best.  There’s a certain skill involved in picking a winner.

Have you been thinking how to get your team in shape before the new season emerges? Are you still wandering what to do. Then you should just follow the five tips below and even add a sixth ingredient if you can.

1. Pick a points-scoring goalkeeper


Do not hold back on your on goalkeeper; if they concede many goals, you will lose points. What you should take note of in choosing your goalkeeper is this: “Appearances can be deceiving”. Chelsea and Everton are widely known to be ‘good sides’ but they conceded too many goals in the last campaign, meaning Thibaut Courtois and Tim Howard were bad picks.

Select a relatively cheap goalkeeper from a side that doesn’t concede many goals. For example, Watford’s Heurelho Gomes (126 saves and 11 clean sheets last season) would be a great pick in hindsight.

2. You should aim for a well-balanced defence


Along with your goalkeeper, defenders determine your clean sheet points, so in an ideal world you want three or four players from teams who are solid at the back. Of course, limited budgets don't always allow managers to get the players they want, but I suggest you should take note of goal-scoring defenders.

Have your side packed with attacking full-backs who like to get forward and provide plenty of assists for other players as per the likes of Arsenal’s Hector Bellerin or those kind of players that are likely to take set pieces. Consequently, you should consider buying Leighton Baines and Charlie Daniels.

3. Creative Midfielders' should be priority


It’s likely that you aren’t going to be able to buy assemble the assist kings, with the likes of Mesut Ozil, Christian Eriksen, and Kevin de Bruyne setting up 45 goals between them in 2015/16, in the same squad, so think outside the box.

Set piece specialists in the midfield, with players such as Chelsea’s Willian, could be a useful for you, while it’s worth making a note of those who often play in a more advanced position. For example,consider using Michail Antonio, as he'll be likely to bag you plenty of points.

Just avoid sitting players like N’Golo Kante and John Obi Mikel. While they’re important cogs in their respective sides, they don’t contribute enough goals or assists to be valuable players in fantasy football.

4. Stuff your forward line with big names that'll bag you points


Always know and remember that goals win games not performances, and the same players will also fire you up your mini table, so you should try and save as much money as possible for your forward line.

While having a proven Premier League forward in your line-up – such as Sergio Aguero or Harry Kane – is necessary, try to choose a second highly-rated forward that few other managers will have.

In the last campaign, Jamie Vardy, Odion Ighalo and Jermain Defoe racked up 521 points between them, giving those brave managers who plumped for them from the start a huge points boost.

5. Make use of your transfers

Transfers are vital in FiT. If you want to gain as many points as possible, ensure you use every change afforded to you, including those available between games.

Do you feel confident in you ability to pick a competitive fantasy football XI? Do not hesitate to show us how it’s done.

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