There are five big decisions for the Fantasy League manager during the season.
We have two opportunities to change our entire team in what are called WILDCARDs. We get one before and one after New Year's Day.
There is also a FREE HIT that changes your team for only one week before you revert to what you have.
Then there is a BENCH BOOST where you get the points of your entire squad not just the 11 you choose.
Finally there is a TRIPLE CAPTAIN where your captain doesn't just double but trebles his score.
It is all about the nouse to know when to play these.
I decided that the right time for my TRIPLE CAPTAIN was this past week. I had signed Ollie Watkins and boy was he in form as the striker of an Aston Villa team that were banging in goals for fun. At home to Luton Town. They were sure to get 3 or 4 and if he got even 2 and an assist the points were great!
Well of course Villa did get 3 but not as much as an assist for Watkins.
As if that wasn't bad enough it was the first time this season that I had taken the captain away from Erling Haaland and he scored 2 and had an assist at Old Trafford. It would have been 30 more points had I TRIPLE CAPTAINED Haaland! Ahhhhhhhhhh!!!!
Be careful with your precious cards, managers. One lost to me!
Even with this I did ok but 30 points more would have out me in the fray... That's the luck of this game!
UPDATES in my MAIN 3 LEAGUES
In my Church League my daughter is back on top, level with the perennial winner John McMullen but on top all the same.
I sit 3rd but not far enough ahead of 4th that I could lose my TRIPLE CAPTAIN.
ONLY AN EXCUSE - HEAD TO HEAD
In my very competitive Head-To-Head league I had another comfortable win though when Haaland got his second on Sunday afternoon I wondered if not captaining him might cost me.
My daughter Jasmine leads again and is actually 6 points ahead of me in 3rd with Tim, Janice's cousin who lives with us sitting a point ahead of me. Where are all you Scots!!!???!!!
A competitive wee league that James Hume has risen like cream above us all, even Jasmine and McMullen, in second place. Go James!
Can I say that Jasmine is more interested in her Reading University Women's Team League and she is not at the top of that league. The women are slaying!