There have been several changes to Eliteserien Fantasy ahead of the 2019 season.
As we mentioned the other day, the biggest of those is that the powerful ‘Park the Bus’ chip has been replaced.
Coming in for it is the ‘Rich Uncle’ which allows managers to effectively field a Wildcard squad with no financial restrictions in one Gameweek.
Changes to player prices
There have also been changes to player pricing.
Previously the creators of Eliteserien Fantasy have been inspired by the pricing system used in Fantasy Premier League.
This involved the expected top teams having the most expensive players and the lesser clubs having the options at the cheaper end of the scale.
This season the developers have embraced the fact that Eliteserien is a very unpredictable league, and there is often a small gap between the teams at the bottom and top of the division.
As a result, some of the best players in the league (and for Fantasy) have been playing for the lesser side, and have been available pretty cheap.
This term we are finding some expensive players in teams that were almost relegated last year, so we are generally looking at more premium options in 2019.
Stabæk, who had to go through a
Strømsgodset, who finished just two points above relegation, have front-men Marcus Pedersen at 10,5 and Mos at 9,5.
Also, Lillestrøm, who finished just three points above the drop zone, have midfielder Arnór Smárason at 9,0.
The last two seasons the premium alternatives were mainly the Rosenborg players, but this time around they are joined by a selection of assets from Molde as well as a few standout options from lesser sides.
There are still some value picks to be found, but most likely there will be fewer than in previous years.
Changes to player positions
The developers of Eliteserien Fantasy have also fixed some of the out-of-position players.
Long-gone are the legendary defender picks like Erik Tønne (6,5) and Gilli Ròlantsson (6,5).
These two are now classified as midfielders (rightly so), and both priced in the mid-price brack.
Sarpsborg’s Amin Askar (5,5) is still available as a defender, although he is more likely to feature at full back than as a winger right now.
More interesting is the fact that some players that were ‘reverse OOP’ last season have been moved to a new position as well.
The most exciting ones is Vålerenga’s Bård Finne (9,5), who was a forward and has been moved down to midfield after mainly featuring as a left winger for last season.
Birk Risa (5,5) is also available as a defender, after playing left-back for most of the 2018 campaign while being classified as a midfielder.
We will be previewing who the best teams in Eliteserien Fantasy are very soon but for now we can tell you which clubs have left and joined the division for 2019.
IK Start and Sandefjord were the ones who were relegated to the 1.