The summer months can be vital in helping Fantasy Premier League managers set the tone for a successful campaign.
Taking time out to assess the pre-season friendlies can make all the difference when it comes to getting the jump on mini-league rivals.
It is crucial to monitor the tactics and formations used.
The midfielder had scored just a single goal in the previous three campaigns but in a new advanced role, he netted twice in pre-season.
That signposted early returns, with Capoue – priced at just £4.5m – supplying four goals and an assist in the opening five Gameweeks.
By Gameweek 8 he had returned 44 points with his price soaring to £5.3m.
Three at the back
A three-man defence with full-backs pushed forward as wing-backs was a common tactic used throughout 2016/17.
As a result, five of the top seven top scoring FPL defenders in 2016/17 played either as a full-back or wing-back.
FPL managers would be wise to check on the summer friendlies for those teams trialling a three-man defence. It could reveal some early bargains.
The form and position assigned to a new signing can also be crucial in guiding our early decisions.
Valued at £6.5m, he was handed a No 10 role during the club’s pre-season after netting 15 times in La Liga in 2011/12.
Michu went on to return 18 goals and three assists, peaking in price at £8.5m to offer exceptional value for money.
With FPL set to launch next week, we can soon begin to compile our initial squads over the summer.
The pre-season fixtures not only offer an early indication of form, they provide valuable insight into the tactics that could transform our thinking and shape our selections.