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FPL champion: The one thing I changed to win title

30 May 2023
Ali Jahangirov with phone

The world No 1 reveals a key strategy that helped him to glory, and discusses captaincy conundrums

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The 2022/23 Fantasy Premier League champion Ali Jahangirov reveals the secrets to his success.

Ignoring price changes

Jahangirov has developed as an FPL manager en route to becoming the world No 1, learning valuable lessons.

“The one thing I did really change in my game was pretty much ignore the squad value and price rises, because it was pushing me towards really, really rushed moves and transfers," he says.

“The most valuable asset you can have in FPL is information. So as long as you're well-informed on your team news, [such as] players that are injured or likely to start, I think that's the most powerful asset you can have.”

A superb captaincy record was also key to Jahangirov's success. 

The Arsenal fan earned 758 points from his armband selections, an average of 20.5 points per Gameweek, and 42 more than his closest rival, Abdullah Amr.

“[Captaincy is] absolutely crucial because if you end up captaining the wrong player, you're basically losing 10 to 15 points each Gameweek, and on average that's a lot of points at the end of the season,” says Jahangirov.

“It's a huge part of the game because, depending on the effective ownership, you have to pick your captain. If you're chasing, go for a different captain that could really boost your rank. If you're just protecting rank, don’t overthink it, just go with the popular pick. [The] captaincy pick really defines your strategy.”

Also in this series

Part 1: FPL champion: I thought that I'd lost it!
Part 3: FPL champion's tips: Be flexible with your Gameweek 1 squad
Part 4: FPL champion's tips: Play first Wildcard late
Part 5: FPL champion's tips: Getting the most from budget enablers
Part 6: FPL champion’s tips: Differential captains can pay off
Part 7: FPL champion’s tips: Limit hits to Blanks and Double Gameweeks

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