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FPL Draft: How patience can pay off

The Scout 27 Oct 2017
Eden Hazard, Chelsea

Draft game veteran explains why playing the long game can help managers thrive

Our Clash Across the Pond League - combining two teams of Fantasy Premier League Draft experts from the UK and US - remains a two-horse race.

Andy's Allstars from the UK leads the way by a single point from US line-up, 10 Huddersfield Lane, with the pack giving chase. 

Gameweek 9 results
Team Score Team
Andy's Allstars (UK) 43 40 Sutherns Comfort (UK)
Jonty's XI (UK) 26 46 10 Huddersfield Lane (US)
Rotoworld PL (US) 63 39 Get on the Snake (US)
Woody Allen (UK) 59 31 Sean's Super Subs (US)

But Neal Thurman's line-up was the big success story from last weekend, as he stormed to a Gameweek-high 63 points to see off US team-mate Jeremy Spitzburg

We caught up with Neal ahead of Gameweek 10 for his appraisal of the season and his plan to close the gap at the top. 

Team name: Rotoworld PL

Current squad: Ryan, Pickford, Azpilicueta, Kolasinac, Stones, Lascelles, Moses, Coutinho, Mahrez, Hazard, Doucoure, Mane, Diouf, Lukaku, Welbeck

Patience and hard work. It is the hallmark of a winning FPL Draft line-up.

The season may not start well – it certainly didn’t for me – but if you can keep the faith and make some astute signings, eventually things can turn.

I drafted a squad packed with talent – including Eden Hazard, Philippe Coutinho, Sadio Mane and Riyad Mahrez.

There were some major risks in there, with some of those players injured or potentially set for moves away from the Premier League. But as it turns out, they remained and now leave me with a powerful line-up.

But I've struggled for early results. I've suffered five defeats, and I'm in the bottom half of the league in terms of points.

However, if my years of playing draft games have taught me anything, it is to be patient with star talents. Eventually, they will produce, and the results will come.

And Gameweek 9 was an example of how, with the use of Waiver deals, you can complement your core squad with some profitable short-term signings.

My recent pick-ups – Abdoulaye Doucoure, Mat Ryan and Mame Biram Diouf – all produced to help bring in 63 points.

It won’t all come together like that every week, but once Mane returns to fitness, things could turn my way.

Indeed, the best advice I can give is that it is a long season and there is plenty of time to make up a deficit if you remain patient and can benefit from shrewd Waiver signings.

Gameweek 10 fixtures

Get on the Snake (US) v Sutherns Comfort (UK) 
10 Huddersfield Lane (US) v Sean's Super Subs (US)
Andy's Allstars (UK) v Woody Allen (UK) 
Jonty's XI (UK) v Rotoworld PL (US) 

See: FPL Draft: What you need to know

The FPL Draft GW10 Waiver deadline is Friday, 27 October, 11:30 BST

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