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FPL Champion tips: Play it safe with Triple Captains

The Scout 18 May 2019
Sergio Aguero and Raheem Sterling, Man City

The Scout talks to FPL Champion, Adam Levy, on the big success of his Triple Captain chip

The Scout analyses the strategies of Fantasy Premier League champion Adam Levy for other managers to learn from.

Flying start

Having claimed a place in the top 1,000 by Gameweek 8, Levy already knew he was in for a successful season.

But it was his use of the FPL chips that was to power him to the very top.

Levy gained 100+ points from his Triple Captain, Free Hit and Bench Boost chips.

Patience is a virtue 

He showed patience by waiting until Gameweek 25 before playing his first chip, the Triple Captain.

This coincided with the first Double Gameweek of the season, with both Everton and Manchester City playing twice.

"The Triple Captain chip is one I can point to and know I had a really special think about," says Levy.

"With the Triple Captain, I had been burnt before. It happened last year, when Harry Kane got two and one points, for nine, with the chip.

"I wanted a player who was reliable and was highly likely to get me at least something, if not necessarily something spectacular.

"On top of that I wanted someone who had a high ceiling."

Trust in Aguero

Man City wide men Raheem Sterling and Leroy Sane had shown strong form ahead of Gameweek 25.

Yet Levy knew there was one player he could rely on more than most; Sergio Aguero.

Having captained the Man City striker in nine of the first 13 Gameweeks, Levy turned to Aguero once again for his pair of matches.

"I don't know if I would have played the Triple Captain chip this season on anyone other than Sergio Aguero in a Double Gameweek," he reveals.

"I know there was a lot of talk of using the Triple Captain between Sane or Aguero. Sane had really good recent form and Aguero hadn't had a spectacular run of form. That was Sane's real burst.

"I thought, 'No, Sane's a great young player and has his great moments but who's the most reliable one to get me some points and won't blank?' "

Reaping rewards

Levy was one of only 51,878 managers to play their Triple Captain chip on Aguero in Gameweek 25.

And he was richly reward with three goals and 57 points.

That helped the 55-year-old to a Gameweek 25 rank of 6,405, his highest for any individual Gameweek this season.

Crucially, it also proved decisive in his quest for the FPL crown, catapulting him to 17th place overall.

Just four Gameweeks later, Levy hit the No 1 spot.

He remained there for the rest of the season and never looked back.

Also in this series

Part 1: FPL title race: Aguero eases Levy to glory
Part 2: FPL Champion: All of New Zealand is excited!
Part 3: FPL Champion tips: Identify high-value players early
Part 4: FPL Champion tips: Transfers need patience
Part 5: FPL Champion tips: Don't overthink the captaincy
Part 7: FPL Champion tips: Double Gameweeks can be risky

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