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Our Blank Gameweek 29 selection for FanTeam’s £18k seven-a-side Pursuit game


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There is a prize pool of €20,000 (the equivalent of £18,000) in FanTeam‘s Pursuit game for Blank Gameweek 29 – a seven-a-side Fantasy tournament with a twist.

In Pursuit mode, players are handicapped with plus/minus bonus points according to how good a Fantasy performance is expected from them.

For example, Robert Sanchez begins this weekend on -0.76 bonus points ahead of Brighton and Hove Albion’s relegation six-pointer against Newcastle United. His opposite number, the Magpies’ Martin Dubravka, is, by contrast, handed a +0.60 start.

The seven-a-side contest will cover the four Premier League games being played in a decimated Blank Gameweek 29, starting with Fulham v Leeds United at 20:00 GMT on Friday.

The winner will take home €2,000 (£1,800), with prizes awarded down to 230th place.

Entries cost €20/£18, with up to 50 teams allowed per person and a maximum of 1,437 entrants permitted overall.

For those looking after the pennies, there is a sister tournament with exactly the same rules that costs €2/£1.80 to enter and carries a prize pool of £2,700.

ENTER YOUR OWN TEAM HERE

HOW TO PLAY: A BASIC GUIDE

Let’s boil it down to the basics: Fantasy managers need to pick seven players in total, with the usual limitation of three players per Premier League club in place.

FanTeam managers can pick up to:

  • 1 Goalkeeper
  • 5 Defenders
  • 5 Midfielders
  • 3 Forwards

There are no player prices, so you can stock up on as many of the premium assets as you so wish – although the ‘better’ players with the more appealing fixtures tend to be the ones more heavily handicapped.

Captains get double playing and bonus points, while vice-captains are awarded 1.5 times their returns.

There are two other aspects worthy of mention at this point:

  • Stacking Penalty: If you decide to double (or even triple) up on goalkeepers/defenders from the same team, you’ll receive one fewer clean sheet point for every extra player you select.
  • Safety Net: There is no bench or autosubs in Pursuit mode. Instead, any selected player who fails to start will be replaced by a team-mate from the same club, in the same position, with an equal or cheaper price.

SCORING SYSTEM

FPL managers looking for a way to make their knowledge pay will have no trouble picking up FanTeam‘s familiar scoring system.

Think of it as FPL without the bonus points, with a few other exceptions – detailed in the graphic above.

SCOUT’S GAMEWEEK 29 SELECTION

The different possibilities of formation, the lack of player prices, and the points handicaps blow the Gameweek 29 Pursuit wide open.

Strategies will veer from going big up top to packing the defence, and from flooding a team with players with ‘head starts’ (in the form of positive bonus points) to selecting those assets who are widely expected to do well on paper.

FanTeam’s own Pursuit strategy guide discusses ‘synergies’, emphasising the point that it’s difficult “to pick seven players from different teams and positions who will all do well” – not least because there are winning/losing ‘impact points’ dished out depending on the result.

It’s for that reason that attacking double-ups are popular in particular (see ours above), with the ‘Stacking Penalty’ of course only a mild deterrent to lumping on goalkeepers and defenders from the same side.

Head starts for Stuart Dallas and Joachim Andersen are too good to overlook ahead of a match that ought to be low-scoring based on Fulham’s excellent defensive form and Leeds’ recent goal drought, while Martin Dubravka’s +0.60 handicap looks generous given that Brighton have carved out a reputation as being profligate this season – so save points beckon at the very least.

ENTER YOUR OWN TEAM HERE


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145 Comments Post a Comment
  1. n-doggg
    • 9 Years
    7 months, 12 days ago

    This worth a -4

    Taylor to cresswell
    Sterling to bale
    Gundo to lingard

  2. afsr
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 5 Years
    7 months, 12 days ago

    Have 6 players for GW29

    MARTINEZ
    TARGETT, Cancelo, Shaw, Rudiger, Digne
    RAPHINIA, KdB, Mount, Bruno, Gundo
    KANE, ANTONIO, WATKINS

    1FT, 1.9 ITB

    A - Digne/Cancelo Gundo -> Tierney, Lingard (-4) 8 players
    B - Digne/Cancelo -> Cresswell, Odegard (-4) 8 players
    C - Gundo -> Lingard 7 players

  3. Alisson WondHaaland
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 5 Years
    7 months, 12 days ago

    Any defender worth a -4 to bring in purely for this week? Wildcarding in GW 31 and already have a very solid back 3 for next week so it would literally only be for this week.

  4. Steve The Spud
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 1 Year
    7 months, 12 days ago

    Bale not in squad

    1. acidicleo
      • 5 Years
      7 months, 12 days ago

      Hope he is rested..

      1. Richard Richard (AKA: Anzhi…
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 6 Years
        7 months, 12 days ago

        You'd have to think so

    2. Maximus Bonimus Pointimus
      • 11 Years
      7 months, 12 days ago

      Uh-oh...

    3. Richard Richard (AKA: Anzhi…
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      7 months, 12 days ago

      He's on the bench (BBC site)

    4. Alisson WondHaaland
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      7 months, 12 days ago

      Bench

    5. mcsteely
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 12 Years
      7 months, 12 days ago

      Jose knows.

      Bale isn't up to it.

      Avoid

    6. Steve The Spud
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      7 months, 12 days ago

      Sorry guys, not in the squad on flash scores

    7. Messiah Hazard
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      7 months, 12 days ago

      He’s among the subs

      1. Steve The Spud
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 1 Year
        7 months, 12 days ago

        My bad

      2. acidicleo
        • 5 Years
        7 months, 12 days ago

        That's good news..
        Hope he isnt needed...

  5. acidicleo
    • 5 Years
    7 months, 12 days ago

    Guys 2 pieces of advice please..

    1) Is Dallas and Raph essential for GW29?

    2) Choose one westham pick to go alongside Soucek..

    A) Antonio
    B) Lingard
    C) Cresswell

    Cheers...

    1. Alisson WondHaaland
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      7 months, 12 days ago

      Not essential but one of the best options if you're making transfers

      A

  6. Richard Richard (AKA: Anzhi…
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 6 Years
    7 months, 12 days ago

    Those eyeing up a possible Auba transfer in for 29.

    What is it you want to see or hear to persuade you, especially given the Europa game tonight?

    He's probably the best player I don't have, but to tell the truth I'm not sure I'll be sure either way 🙂

    1. Richard Richard (AKA: Anzhi…
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      7 months, 12 days ago

      *best player for 29 I should say!

    2. acidicleo
      • 5 Years
      7 months, 12 days ago

      Not very keen as WHU in good form..

    3. Jellyfish
      • 9 Years
      7 months, 12 days ago

      I really don't see the appeal. The hammers are at home and in good form.

      1. Richard Richard (AKA: Anzhi…
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 6 Years
        7 months, 12 days ago

        Fair play. I have one FT and given I have WH covered really it's probably only Dunk or Trossard I could buy and I have a ton of cash.

        1. Jellyfish
          • 9 Years
          7 months, 12 days ago

          I really like Dunk for this gw actually.

  7. Daghe Munegu
    • 5 Years
    7 months, 12 days ago

    What to do with 1 ft here ?

    Martinez
    Coufal Veltman
    Son* Raphina
    Kane Watkins

    Bruno gundo Fodder Dcl cancelo Dias Shaw

    Wad thinking of Fodder and Gundo to Aubameyang and Trossard -4 ?

  8. mcsteely
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 12 Years
    7 months, 12 days ago

    Bale & Regulion benched in UEL

    Saka not in the Arsenal squad. ESR starts

    1. Alisson WondHaaland
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      7 months, 12 days ago

      Saka is for sure a no go now

      1. mcsteely
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 12 Years
        7 months, 12 days ago

        Saka maybe fit for weekend... but I agree probably a no go

        I'm getting more tempted by ESR.

      2. Would Ed Woodward
        • 2 Years
        7 months, 12 days ago

        I don't mind it too much as a Saka owner, would've preferred bench but he must be close otherwise he wouldn't have been named in the England squad.

        1. Alisson WondHaaland
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 5 Years
          7 months, 12 days ago

          Oh true

  9. Maximus Bonimus Pointimus
    • 11 Years
    7 months, 12 days ago

    Jose is playing a dangerous game starting Kane here - every tackle is a possible injury...

    1. Steve The Spud
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      7 months, 12 days ago

      Europa is a priority, hopefully we score early and can take the foot off

      1. Bushwhacker
        • 2 Years
        7 months, 12 days ago

        Why? Mickey Mouse Euro Cup . . . would've thought he still had eyes on Top Four, but maybe its more realistic?

  10. aleksios
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 6 Years
    7 months, 12 days ago

    Is it worth to bring in a defender or mid for a hit? Dunk or Auba for example?
    Thanks guys.

    1. mcsteely
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 12 Years
      7 months, 12 days ago

      If you think they are going to make your team better for the long term even after this gameweek then yes

  11. Arteta
    • 6 Years
    7 months, 12 days ago

    Arsenal XI: Leno, Bellerin, Luiz, Gabriel, Tierney, Ceballos, Elneny, Xhaka, Pepe, Aubameyang, Smith Rowe.

    Subs: Ryan, Okonkwo, Cedric, Chambers, Holding, Mari, Partey, Odegaard, Nelson, Martinelli, Nketiah, Lacazette.

  12. LewanGOALski
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 10 Years
    7 months, 12 days ago

    8 players enough for BGW29..?

    I think I am only using 1out od 2 FTs and fielding 8, so I have 2 FTs for GW30...

  13. mcsteely
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 12 Years
    7 months, 12 days ago

    Yes this is fine. If there is anyone you like that would make your team better beyond gw29 I'd pull the trigger, would be at least 2 extra appearance points for this week

    1. mcsteely
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 12 Years
      7 months, 12 days ago

      Reply fail to lewangoalski

  14. Sif
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 8 Years
    7 months, 12 days ago

    No Football Index article this week?

    #advertiseresponsibly

  15. bso
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 6 Years
    7 months, 12 days ago

    Is it worth 4ph to bring in Auba for Son? Son has NEW next week. I currently have 9 starters. Worried that Auba won't start...
    Antonio, Kane, Watkins
    Raphina, Bale
    Konsa, Dallas, Burn
    Martinez

    Thanks guys!

    1. CapK
        7 months, 12 days ago

        Depends what your plan is moving forward... I would hold to be honest

        1. bso
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 6 Years
          7 months, 12 days ago

          Probably will do. Son has NEW next and who knows what will happen with skitzy ARS.

    2. CapK
        7 months, 12 days ago

        Soucek > JlingZ worth a -4 this week?

        have 10 playing already

        Thanks!

        1. bso
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 6 Years
          7 months, 12 days ago

          No