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Pick a winning Fantasy Football team

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Sacked in the morning. You’re getting sacked in the morning.” When those fateful words haunt your dreams, you know things aren’t going too well with your Fantasy Football efforts.

Let’s fix that then, and who better to ask for help than a true managerial legend. No, not Pep, Jose or Mauricio, but Ben Crabtree. Across the 2016/17 season he beat 4.5 million others to be crowned the winner of the official Fantasy Premier League.

So we asked him for his tips to transform you from relegation-worried bottom feeder with frustrated pub talk tactics to a true Fantasy Football title contender.

1. Don’t chase lost points

“In many ways this is the number one rule of Fantasy Premier League. If you didn’t consider owning a player who then has a good week and a decent fixture to come, keep backing yourself.

“The chances are you’ll still be better off not getting them in. The crowd might be making the move by Monday, but you should try to resist. Maybe start to monitor them, but think back to the players you were already considering.”

2. Pick at least one ‘big-hitter’

“You need someone like Harry Kane in your team so that you have a clear captain choice. For a lot of weeks, the worst you’ll do is okay.

“When I look at some people’s teams and they’ve got average players across the board, I just think they’re too exposed to having bad weeks. They need four or five players to contribute something just to cancel out a brace from a captained star-man.”

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