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How to Play Sky Sports Fantasy Football – A Beginner’s Guide

With the start of a new Premier League season moving ever closer, we switch our focus to Sky Sports Fantasy Football.

£50,000 is on offer to the game’s winner in 2020/21, with cash prizes of £5,000 and £1,000 dished out to those managers finishing in the other two podium places.

If you’re new to the Sky game or merely in need of a refresher of the rules and scoring system, we will go over the basics of the game in the article below.

HOW DO I PLAY?

Just like in Fantasy Premier League, managers select a team of players that will either earn attacking, defensive or bonus points in an attempt to score more than friends, colleagues and/or the rest of the world. However, this is not a squad-based game: you choose simply a starting XI and do not have a bench.

The budget, like in FPL, is £100m. There is no quota for players from the same club, however.

Game Weeks run from Friday to Thursday with managers allowed transfers in between Match Days, allowing the maximisation of potential points by bringing in an asset yet to play for one who has already been involved that week.

Instead of one free switch per Game Week as per FPL, the Sky Sports game allocates 40 transfers that can be used at any time during the season – with a limit of five in one Game Week – creating the need for a more long-term strategy.

‘Overhauls’ (the equivalent of Wildcards) are also available in Sky Sports, with two being allocated every season. The first one becomes available to use following the completion of Game Week 4 and remains an option until the deadline for Game Week 6. The dates for the second one will be announced in due course.

In the Sky Sports game, you can name more than one captain in a Game Week so long as the players in question are in action on different days. For example, if there were fixtures on Friday, Saturday, Sunday and Monday in any given Game Week, a Sky Sports Fantasy manager could name a different skipper on each of those Match Days, providing they did so before that day’s deadline. Managers can also schedule their captains ahead of a Game Week, too.

HOW DO YOU SCORE POINTS?

The points structure is largely similar to FPL in Sky Sports Fantasy but tends to award more points for the actions mentioned below.

ActionPoints scored
Starting XI2
Substitution appearance1
Goal scored by a goalkeeper/defender7
Goal scored by a midfielder6
Goal scored by a striker5
Goal assist3
Clean sheet by a goalkeeper (must play 60+ mins)7
Clean sheet by a defender (must play 60+ mins)5
A penalty save by a goalkeeper5
Man of the Match3

CAN MY TEAM LOSE POINTS?

Unfortunately, just like in FPL there are a few ways to lose points too.

ActionPoints scored
Missing a penalty-3
Every goal conceded from the second goal onwards-1
Each yellow card-1
Each red card-3
Each own goal-2

HOW DO BONUS POINTS WORK?

Just like in FPL, there are additional points on offer for other events in matches – although the structure is slightly different, as you will see below:

Tier 1 ActionPoints scored
3 saves made (GK only)2
3 tackles won2
60 completed passes2
2 shots on target2
Tier 2 ActionPoints scored
5+ saves made (GK only)3
4+ tackles won3
70+ completed passes3
3+ shots on target3

HOW DO I PLAY AGAINST MY FRIENDS?

There are a number of different ways to compete against others in the Sky Sports game. You can create or join a Free League with your friends and colleagues but there are ways to win money too.

Sky Sports can actually administer your money league for you to avoid any awkwardness post-season. You can choose the entry fee (either £2, £5, £10 or £20 per person) and the prize structure beforehand and Sky Sports will take care of the rest.


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  1. Brosstan
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 6 Years
    2 months, 5 days ago

    Bayern robbed off a penalty. Kehrer having an absolute mare against Coman

    1. Right In The Stanchion
        2 months, 5 days ago

        Lies

      • lilmessipran
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 8 Years
        2 months, 5 days ago

        Don't think there was enough for a penalty, agree with the other part though

        1. Brosstan
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 6 Years
          2 months, 5 days ago

          Coman has been man of the match so far for me

      • Siva Mohan
        • 8 Years
        2 months, 5 days ago

        it's more of an YC

      • DantheManinaPan
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 6 Years
        2 months, 5 days ago

        If Coman hadn't thrown himself to the ground I think it might have been given

    2. Lindelol
      • 2 Years
      2 months, 5 days ago

      Tasty final despite 0-0 - I never been so neutral.

      1. LangerznMash
        • 4 Years
        2 months, 5 days ago

        I second this comment.

    3. DantheManinaPan
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      2 months, 5 days ago

      I've really enjoyed watching Herrera. A couple of brilliant passes in important situations

    4. Siva Mohan
      • 8 Years
      2 months, 5 days ago

      Re-post (ay! got some googling skills)

      Pre-season fixtures

      https://www.fantasyfootballscout.co.uk/the-complete-guide-to-fpl-pre-season-2020-21/

      Fixtures not updated in Pre-season page

      August 25: Newcastle United vs. Crewe Alexandra (2pm)

      August 25: Liverpool vs Salzburg (3pm)

      August 25: Sheffield United vs. Lausanne (5.30pm)

      August 25: Crystal Palace vs Oxford United (5.30pm)

      Augut 25: Wolves vs Coventry City (practice match)

      August 26: Leicester City vs Birmingham City(1pm)

      August 29: Newcastle vs Barnsley (3pm)

      August 29: Leicester City vs Sheffield Wednesday (midday)

      August 29: Crystal Palace vs Charlton Athletic (2pm)

      August 29: Sheffield United vs. Sion (5.30pm)

      September 1: Newcastle vs Middlesbrough (1pm)

      September 1: Crystal Palace vs Millwall (2pm)

      September 1: Sheffield United v Derby County (5pm)

      September 1: Leeds vs Stoke

      September 4: Sheffield United v Preston North End (2pm)

      September 5: West Ham United vs Bournemouth (3pm)

      September 5: Everton v Preston North End (3pm)

      September 5: Crystal Palace vs. Brondby (3pm)

      September 5: Spurs vs Watford

        1. Siva Mohan
          • 8 Years
          2 months, 5 days ago

          its not updated, thank me later

          1. Inazuma X1
            • 3 Years
            2 months, 5 days ago

            huh?

            1. Siva Mohan
              • 8 Years
              2 months, 5 days ago

              your link don't have the fixtures updated even thou confirmed by clubs

    5. Right In The Stanchion
        2 months, 5 days ago

        United let Pogba go for free and then bought him back for £129m.

        Now say they’re not a money team.

        1. Brosstan
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 6 Years
          2 months, 5 days ago

          Save it for when the season starts and youll get a lot more bites...

          1. Right In The Stanchion
              2 months, 5 days ago

              Good plan bro. Cheers

        2. keefyefc
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 2 Years
          2 months, 5 days ago

          With a fast pace end to end game I can see Neuer being caught out playing so high .

          1. KAALI_DAAL
              2 months, 5 days ago

              It's the final. Neuer is carefully tracking the ball. No chance he messes up in this final.

          2. Right In The Stanchion
              2 months, 5 days ago

              The upvotes have me thinking my input isn’t that popular 🙁

              1. Nightcrawler
                • 1 Year
                2 months, 5 days ago

                Best way to troll utd fans is to pretend youre one of them

                1. Brosstan
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 6 Years
                  2 months, 5 days ago

                  Meatpiesausageroll is the best at this

              2. ⭐ Bemba_Da ⭐
                • 10 Years
                2 months, 5 days ago

                Forget about upvotes and don’t worry about being popular

                1. Deulofail
                  • 4 Years
                  2 months, 5 days ago

                  Good advice. Very wise. +1

            • Andy_Social
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 8 Years
              2 months, 5 days ago

              I never watch non-PL matches, but this one - man. You see quality like this in the PL.

              1. Andy_Social
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 8 Years
                2 months, 5 days ago

                * don't

                damn 🙁

                1. KAALI_DAAL
                    2 months, 5 days ago

                    Never watch don't PL matches?

              2. FOO FIGHTER
                • 1 Year
                2 months, 5 days ago

                Lol @ team name "my team is poo" in the Last Man Standing league 😀

                1. KAALI_DAAL
                    2 months, 5 days ago

                    He's an honest man. I'll let him decide food for me from a Chinese menu.

                2. waltzingmatildas
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 10 Years
                  2 months, 5 days ago

                  Which do you prefer?
                  A) son and vardy
                  B) maddison and kane

                  1. Chandler Bing
                    • 4 Years
                    2 months, 5 days ago

                    Watch the final man. A tho

                    1. waltzingmatildas
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      • 10 Years
                      2 months, 5 days ago

                      I am! I'm a woman so multi-tasking 😉

                      1. Chandler Bing
                        • 4 Years
                        2 months, 5 days ago

                        Fair. Us men just can't do that

                    2. Ginkapo FPL
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      • 9 Years
                      2 months, 5 days ago

                      Watch the final

                  2. Inazuma X1
                    • 3 Years
                    2 months, 5 days ago

                    Watch the final Matildas

                  3. Miguel Sanchez
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 4 Years
                    2 months, 5 days ago

                    A

                  4. Houldsworth Hatter
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 4 Years
                    2 months, 5 days ago

                    I'd go for A miss

                3. Lignja
                  • 3 Years
                  2 months, 5 days ago

                  How is this looking?

                  gw2 Mane/Salah, Maddison to Kdb, Greenwood (0.5m itb)

                  Mcarty
                  Taa, Justin, Vinagre, Saliba
                  Salah, Mane, Ziyech, Auba, Maddison
                  Mitrovic

                  Nyland, Ferguson, Davis, Wickham

                  1. LangerznMash
                    • 4 Years
                    2 months, 5 days ago

                    Planning a minus four point hit. Are you confident Maddison get enough points to justify this?

                  2. Miguel Sanchez
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 4 Years
                    2 months, 5 days ago

                    Not sure it’s a good idea having a hit already bookmarked

                4. LangerznMash
                  • 4 Years
                  2 months, 5 days ago

                  Both teams seem so nervous. It's understandable given the occasion but with no fans in the ground it feels bizarre to see the elite players playing so anxiously. Mbappe tamely hitting his big chance because he was afraid of missing the target. Bayern not looking themselves when passing out the back.

                5. KAALI_DAAL
                    2 months, 5 days ago

                    Where are the Neymar diving antics that I was promised?

                    1. Miguel Sanchez
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      • 4 Years
                      2 months, 5 days ago

                      He made a meal of that Paredes challenge

                      1. BeaversWithAttitude
                        • 2 Years
                        2 months, 5 days ago

                        Neymar's play acting is better than his penalty taking...

                  • Wensink
                    • 3 Years
                    2 months, 5 days ago

                    Random question and wrong place to ask it BUT can one add a player to the watchlist via the mobile app? If so, where? I’m seeing a spinning wheel at the bottom of a player’s fixtures. (On iPhone.)

                    1. Miguel Sanchez
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      • 4 Years
                      2 months, 5 days ago

                      I get the same (on iPhone)

                  • ⭐ Bemba_Da ⭐
                    • 10 Years
                    2 months, 5 days ago

                    Coman goal

                    1. Giggs Boson
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      • 9 Years
                      2 months, 5 days ago

                      OMG

                      1. FOO FIGHTER
                        • 1 Year
                        2 months, 5 days ago

                        You beat me to it!

                  • g40steve
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 2 Years
                    2 months, 5 days ago

                    Koeman G

                    1. ⭐ Bemba_Da ⭐
                      • 10 Years
                      2 months, 5 days ago

                      Ronald?

                      1. g40steve
                        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                        • 2 Years
                        2 months, 5 days ago

                        Too much merlot 🙂

                        1. ⭐ Bemba_Da ⭐
                          • 10 Years
                          2 months, 5 days ago

                          🙂

                  • Miguel Sanchez
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 4 Years
                    2 months, 5 days ago

                    That touch by Müller made that goal

                    1. Giggs Boson
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      • 9 Years
                      2 months, 5 days ago

                      He's so good at 1-touch football. Makes a big difference to the speed of the attack.

                      1. KAPTAIN KANE
                        • 3 Years
                        2 months, 5 days ago

                        Yeah, one of the most underrated players, in his whole career

                  • Brosstan
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 6 Years
                    2 months, 5 days ago

                    Coman has had Kehrer's number all game. Can't handle him

                  • Chandler Bing
                    • 4 Years
                    2 months, 5 days ago

                    Kimmich what a man

                  • Siva Mohan
                    • 8 Years
                    2 months, 5 days ago

                    T.Silva still got an year or two in him?

                    1. Miguel Sanchez
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      • 4 Years
                      2 months, 5 days ago

                      Absolutely

                      1. Siva Mohan
                        • 8 Years
                        2 months, 5 days ago

                        good to know, thanks

                    2. Chandler Bing
                      • 4 Years
                      2 months, 5 days ago

                      Certainly

                    3. The Mighty Hippo
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      • 4 Years
                      2 months, 5 days ago

                      He'd do a job for Chelsea.

                  • Eezer Goode, Eberechi Goode
                    • 8 Years
                    2 months, 5 days ago

                    Neymar what a rolling diver, really hope Bayern finish off PSG

                    1. FOO FIGHTER
                      • 1 Year
                      2 months, 5 days ago

                      Not watching the match but he is the cheat of cheats.

                  • Lindelol
                    • 2 Years
                    2 months, 5 days ago

                    PSG right back is such a weak link

                    1. Chandler Bing
                      • 4 Years
                      2 months, 5 days ago

                      Should never have sold Aurier

                    2. KAPTAIN KANE
                      • 3 Years
                      2 months, 5 days ago

                      Need Aurier back

                    3. Brosstan
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      • 6 Years
                      2 months, 5 days ago

                      Yes he's been awful

                    4. Right In The Stanchion
                        2 months, 5 days ago

                        Munier was good, he left for Dortmund a few weeks ago

                        1. Siva Mohan
                          • 8 Years
                          2 months, 5 days ago

                          Belgian.. he was cheap route into Belgium in Fantasy FIFA WC

                    5. LangerznMash
                      • 4 Years
                      2 months, 5 days ago

                      Taking Coman off? he is the main threat!

                    6. Lindelol
                      • 2 Years
                      2 months, 5 days ago

                      Coman off??

                    7. Chandler Bing
                      • 4 Years
                      2 months, 5 days ago

                      Why would you take Coman off lol Just when the momentum shifted

                    8. Miguel Sanchez
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      • 4 Years
                      2 months, 5 days ago

                      Anyone know the only player to score a hat trick on their Premier League debut?

                      1. ritzyd
                        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                        • 2 Years
                        2 months, 5 days ago

                        Ravanelli?

                        1. KAPTAIN KANE
                          • 3 Years
                          2 months, 5 days ago

                          Yes

                          1. LangerznMash
                            • 4 Years
                            2 months, 5 days ago

                            String to your bow.

                            1. KAPTAIN KANE
                              • 3 Years
                              2 months, 5 days ago

                              Did many footy quizzes with my mates over lockdown haha

                        2. Miguel Sanchez
                          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                          • 4 Years
                          2 months, 5 days ago

                          Feather in your cap

                          1. Right In The Stanchion
                              2 months, 5 days ago

                              A white feather in the cap 😉

                              1. Miguel Sanchez
                                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                • 4 Years
                                2 months, 5 days ago

                                Exactly

                          2. KAALI_DAAL
                              2 months, 5 days ago

                              So you know how to use Google

                              1. ritzyd
                                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                • 2 Years
                                2 months, 5 days ago

                                Was at the game . . .

                                1. KAALI_DAAL
                                    2 months, 5 days ago

                                    I feel horrible now

                                  • Miguel Sanchez
                                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                    • 4 Years
                                    2 months, 5 days ago

                                    Boro fan?

                                    That the season with him, Juninho and Emerson?

                                    1. ritzyd
                                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                      • 2 Years
                                      2 months, 5 days ago

                                      My dad is so had season ticket (i'm a blackburn fan), 1996 - ravanelli scored 30 goals or so that season, juninho was class

                            • KAPTAIN KANE
                              • 3 Years
                              2 months, 5 days ago

                              Pennant I believe also did on his full debut, but had made prior sub appearances

                              1. Miguel Sanchez
                                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                • 4 Years
                                2 months, 5 days ago

                                Scored a Harry along with Pires against Southampton in 2003 - who are also the only side to have secures two hat tricks in the same game twice

                                1. Miguel Sanchez
                                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                  • 4 Years
                                  2 months, 5 days ago

                                  *conceded not secures

                                  1. Miguel Sanchez
                                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                    • 4 Years
                                    2 months, 5 days ago

                                    **hatty not Harry

                                  2. KAPTAIN KANE
                                    • 3 Years
                                    2 months, 5 days ago

                                    Interesting, yes I remember the Pires lob

                            • LangerznMash
                              • 4 Years
                              2 months, 5 days ago

                              The correct and is Blackpool.
                              Won 3-0 on their Premier league debut.
                              They didn't have individual players because there was no 'I' in that 'TEAM'.

                          3. Pia06rc
                            • 2 Years
                            2 months, 5 days ago

                            Thought on this team? First draft without Auba. Worth going without? Got 2 Man U on the bench for GW2 with 0.5m itb for Martial if needed

                            Mccarthy
                            TAA, Doherty, Dier, Vinagre
                            Salah (c), Son, Armstrong
                            Werner, Jimenez, Mitro

                            Button, Greenwood, AWB, Bissouma

                            1. IN SANE IN DE BRUYNE
                              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                              • 4 Years
                              2 months, 5 days ago

                              I like it!

                          4. KAALI_DAAL
                              2 months, 5 days ago

                              Wonder why Coman is taken off. He was absolutely killing it on the left wing.

                              1. Brosstan
                                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                • 6 Years
                                2 months, 5 days ago

                                Yes but he's not normally a starter is he? Probably wanted fresh legs against the already rattled right back

                            • Right In The Stanchion
                                2 months, 5 days ago

                                That Mbappe miss will haunt PSG for the rest of their history

                                1. Ginkapo FPL
                                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                  • 9 Years
                                  2 months, 5 days ago

                                  Till tomorrow then

                                  1. Siva Mohan
                                    • 8 Years
                                    2 months, 5 days ago

                                    for next 10 mins

                                2. BeaversWithAttitude
                                  • 2 Years
                                  2 months, 5 days ago

                                  He's 21-years-old. Plenty of time for redemption.

                              • Nightcrawler
                                • 1 Year
                                2 months, 5 days ago

                                Stonewall peno if that was utd

                                1. KAALI_DAAL
                                    2 months, 5 days ago

                                    Ref knows Mbappe will go down even if he hears Neuer fart.