We caught up with Ben to discuss his strategies in an attempt to gather his recipe for FPL success.
To begin with formations were discussed and crucially the champion's faith in the 3-4-3 formation, which he used in 29 of 38 Gameweeks; more than any other manager who finished in the final top 10.
For me, the 3-4-3 remains the generic FPL formation, just because you want as many attackers as possible.
I would rather not take the risk of fielding just two up front and, over my season, I felt I always had the four main midfielders I needed.
But I definitely feel that I had mixed fortunes with a third “cheaper” striker.
It is always important with these third strikers that you show some patience. You can only expect so much, given their price-tags.
The Scout Says
Ben’s faith in a three-man attack was resolute.
Even in the vital final Gameweek, he used big funds to capture Costa as a third striker rather than invest in midfield.
Overall, the 3-5-2 formation grew in popularity last season as FPL managers looked to exploit the form and value available in midfield.
But Ben’s example shows that there is still some way to go before we can truly abandon a three-man front line as the go-to option.
Next season, the availability of strong budget or mid-price forwards to sit alongside two “big-hitters” will be vital.
AFC Bournemouth’s Joshua King is a likely candidate who could possibly be priced around the £7.0m mark, while Burnley’s Sam Vokes and Dwight Gayle, of promoted Newcastle United, could also represent productive cheap options for the early Gameweeks.
Tomorrow we catch up with Ben to quiz him on the tactics he used when selecting his FPL captain.