With the new format of YFF, we all now have an enormous 150m-budget to play with, especially to those who decide to load up four "1m-players" onto the bench.
This will make the game even more competitive. It is much more easy to manage budget now, we can easily get RvP + Bale into our team without having to move around the roster. The average weekly points will skyrocket for at least 30% compared to the old-format. However, I see the importance of the bench for several reasons that we should not ignore:
- Don't Ever Complain Again That Your Player Did Not Play -- I see the importance of getting at least one or two "real" subs every week to mitigate the risk of last-minute injury or rotation policy or any other not-playing reasons. With the game getting competitive, every point counts. It is particularly important if you love to pick Chelsea/Man City players because not everyone is guaranteed for a starting berth.
- Storage for Discounted Players -- We don't have to worry if Navas/Saldado got hit with a two-months injury, or Papiss Cisse away for African Cup, as we can store them onto the bench without losing the discount. However, space is limited so it will not be easy anyway. Nonetheless, it is a good system for us to manage our team more efficiently.
- On Goalkeepers -- Personally, I won't load up any back-up keeper. Firstly, the chance of our goalkeeper not playing is low (at least, the lowest among all positions). Second, I don't think anyone would buy an established keeper and put him as a sub, so the back-up keeper is likely to be a mediocre one. Third, if my "starting" keeper does not play, I am happy to keep a zero rather than expose myself to possibly negative points (imagine if you have a back-up keeper of Hull/Cardiff/Sunderland). Anyhow, I have to say the bench is the best place to keep away the Stekelenburg/THoward-like goalkeeper in the event of unfavorable match-ups (vs ManU/ManC/Chelsea/etc), without having to give up the discount (if any)