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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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2,989 Comments Post a Comment
  1. g40steve
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 2 Years
    3 months, 5 days ago

    Good to see VAR is sh1te in Europe as well.

  2. Sgt Frank Drebin
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 4 Years
    3 months, 5 days ago

    What I don't like about Mitrovic is an escape route. If you have to sell him your options are limited to Ayew unless you will make a double transfer. However I guess Aubameyang to City mid/Fernandes will be a popular transfer and should save you the 0.5 to upgrade Mitrovic if needed...

  3. I Must Break You
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 2 Years
    3 months, 5 days ago

    Why is Choupo-Moting playing in a CL final?

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

      Tuchel is asking himself the same

  4. Andy_Social
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 8 Years
    3 months, 5 days ago

    I enjoyed that.

    Presumably Liverpool will be on phone in the morning. Pay up for Thiago A. He's worth it.

  5. Mr. Mystic
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 9 Years
    3 months, 4 days ago

    Surely Mane @ 12% ownership makes for a great differential GW1 v Leeds?!

    1. Doosra - ☭A Noble Grape…
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      3 months, 4 days ago

      Differentials are pointless early doors. The trick is to avoid getting trampled in the stampede. 😀

      1. Mr. Mystic
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 9 Years
        3 months, 4 days ago

        At the end of the day it comes down to points, and Mane v Leeds seems a good opportunity!

    2. Hakim Ziyech
      • 1 Year
      3 months, 4 days ago

      Absolutely... He is nailed in my team for the rest of the season if he remains fit

  6. Giggs22
    • 8 Years
    3 months, 3 days ago

    Morning Chaps, my first draft and trying to differ (slightly) for GW1.

    Schmeichel (Johnstone)

    TAA - KWP - Tierney (Justin/Ferguson)

    Saint-Maxim - Aubameyang - Mane - Alli - Traore

    Jiménez - Mitrovic (Brewster)

    1mil ITB

    (Brewster has been picked purely on the loan idea)

    I’m keen to monitor preseason games and signings however I honestly believe, albeit a hard/scary tactic when trying to implement, that this season the focus has to be midfield. I would love to look at Werner for example however am scared he will be rotated. I fear rotation with the teams in Europe and that’s why I’ve doubled up on Wolves attack. I think they will be the team to watch again this season.

    Hard for me to leave Utd players out but GW1 has put me in that position and need to think with my head and not my heart. Tierney - AWB could be my first transfer.

    I’ve always picked Salah over Mane but believe Mané could flourish this season.

    I’m also keen to see if Fraser Forster returns and his value.

    Any advice/tips/chat/constructive criticism welcome.

    Cheers all, enjoy your day.