On Fantasy Football Geek we’re ramping up our Sun Dream Team coverage. We start with an interview with joint winner of Sun Dream Team in 2016/17, Michael Byrom. He also finished top 1k in 2017/18 and top 300 in 18/19. An amazing history. He talks about his Sun Dream Team strategy and provides a draft team.
Sun Dream Team – an interview with Michael Byrom joint winner of Sun Dream Team in 16/17
Thanks for taking the time to do this interview Michael. Firstly, tell us a bit about yourself.
So I’m Mick Byrom, 53 yo divorced ,father of 3 and have 1 beautiful grandson, I live in Barnsley and work at a Morrisons bakery in Wakefield.
My team is Nottingham Forest.
I enjoy walking, cooking and spending time with my family.
You’re famous as a joint winner of Sun Dream Team in 16/17 how did that feel?
Winning dream team in 16/17 is undoubtedly my best achievement in FF, having come runner up 6 years earlier it was nice to go one better ( even tho it was shared for the first and only time in SDT history)
The feeling and emotions I felt that day are hard to put into words , just a surreal moment when Diego Costa got the goal against Arsenal in the Cup Final that I required to put me on level points with my rival , although I remember feeling apprehensive about the possibility of Costa picking up a yellow card late in the game and therefore losing first place , thankfully that didn’t happen , safe to say there was quite a celebration in my house that night.
Your finishes since being joint winner in 2016/17 are 2017/18 Top 1k and 2018/19 Top 300. Going back further you finished runner up in 2010/11 winning 50k and had regular top 100 finishes afterwards. That’s incredible. What’s your Sun Dream Team strategy?
No set strategy so to speak ,
I tend to build my teams around the usual suspects, renowned heavy scorers then hope to find the odd cheap gem which of course is always needed in order to make a serious challenge. I don’t believe in going all out for a stellar front 6 with a budget defence, I always go for a well balanced team with a sound defence. You’ll never win anything with a Bournemouth block for example.
So plenty of research
Looking at obvious things like fixtures, injuries, upcoming suspensions. I also aim to get as many Champions/Europa league players in as possible. I
don’t like to use up my monthly allowance of transfers too quickly unless absolutely necessary. I always prefer to hold back until late in the month
Just stay focused all season, eat , sleep, breathe it for 9 months and go off my own instincts, not listen to others .
Do you have a draft Sun Dream team you can share with us?
So that’s a draft of one of my teams ( subject to tweaking before kick off )
Opted for a 433 formation although many of my other teams will be 442
Pretty happy with Patricio in goal , at £2m represents good value in what should be a solid defence and of course with the 2 extra games in August
I’d advise a minimum of 2 Liverpool defenders at all times , hence Trent and Robbo , Zinchenko at 3.5 could prove a real bargain with Delph departed and Mendy injured again he will surely get plenty of game time .
Onto midfield, Sterling I believe is simply a must have , his goals and assist ratio over the last couple of years have been amazing, KDB has looked very sharp in pre season and I expect him to hit the ground running
With two premium mids in there I delve into the bargain basement and Uniteds new recruit from Swansea Dan James looks an absolute snip at 1m , the lad has pace and power to burn , has impressed in pre season and I see him getting plenty of game time so a no brainer for me .
Gone for the tried and trusted in Salah and Kane , nothing much to add there
And my 3rd striker is Jamie Vardy, he finished last season off really well , seems to have a new lease of life under Rodgers and with Leicester having some favourable early fixtures I see Vardy filling his boots .
So that’s my first draft , could of course all change over the next few days ha ha .
Your favourite Sun Dream Team player and your nightmare Sun Dream Team player?
Favourite dream team player of course is Diego Costa, got the goal in the cup final v Arsenal to give me joint first prize in 2017
Also have a soft spot for Yaya Toure who in 2011 scored me bags of points to get me runner up spot , was his first season at City and none of my rivals had him , did me proud .
My nightmare dream team player will always be RVP who single handedly prevented me winning dream team in 2011 , he scored goal after goal after goal and me being the stubborn man that I can be flatly refused to put him, massive error that will always haunt me as it was simply all I needed to do , ha well you live and learn .
Thanks very much for taking the time to do this interview Michael and we’ll see you updated draft team again closer to gameweek 1
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