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Top FanTeam tips from 2020/21 champion and €200k winner Josh Wooldridge


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FanTeam’s season-long Premier League Fantasy game is well underway, with another guaranteed £1m up for grabs.

And who better to turn to for tips on the big-money FPL-style game than Josh Wooldridge, the winner of last season’s €200k first prize.

Josh will be writing for Fantasy Football Scout throughout the season, and in this, his latest article, he offers his thoughts on the new ‘shots on target’ bonus.

Top FanTeam tips from 2020/21 champion and €200k winner Josh Wooldridge

After a very close Twitter poll (@CheckjoshFF), the Fantasy Football community narrowly chose for me to write my next article on the shots on target (SOT) bonus in FanTeam.

So, without further ado, let’s get right into it! 

WHAT IS THE SHOTS ON TARGET BONUS AND HOW IS IT AWARDED?

After its successful implementation during FanTeam EURO 2020, the ‘shots on target’ bonus is now part of this season’s £1m Premier League Fantasy game.

It is awarded in the following way:

  • Midfielders and Forwards – 0.4 points per SOT
  • Defenders – 0.6 points per SOT
  • Goalkeepers (just in case!) – 1.0 point per SOT

I like it because it is extremely simple for FanTeam users to understand, so everyone is on a level playing field from the off.

It is also a clever way of rewarding assets who are very involved in games, but perhaps have been unlucky not to score. 

HOW TO IMPLEMENT THE NEW RULE INTO OUR FANTEAM STRATEGIES

So, now we have gone over what it is, let’s try to implement this new rule into our FanTeam strategies.

I am going to start at the very top with the premiums, as this is the simplest to deal with.

The reality is, I don’t think it changes our selections too much.

We pick the likes of Mohamed Salah (£12.6m), Son Heung-min (£9.5m), Bruno Fernandes (£12.0m) and Harry Kane (£12.0m) because they are all heavily involved and like to take lots of shots. They will all equally benefit from the SOT bonus and I will continue to select them throughout the year when they have favourable fixture runs.

So, the impact of this rule on the premium midfielders and forwards is minimal. 

However, one of the most crucial spots where we need to apply this rule is on mid-price midfielders and forwards, particularly in the £6.0m-8.0m bracket.

Whilst in Fantasy Player League (FPL), owning a player who shoots a lot can be a disadvantage as it can cost on the Bonus Points System (BPS), there is no drawback to ‘greedy’ mid-price assets here.

So, the likes of Diogo Jota (£7.5m), Anwar El Ghazi (£6.0m) and Tomas Soucek (£6.0m) could all be astute picks who will benefit from this new SOT bonus.

Soucek ranked first amongst all mid-price assets in 2020/21 for shots in the box, while Jota and El Ghazi are both well known for their shoot-on-sight policy.

This bonus could be a very subtle but significant way across the season of making such players ‘stand out’ from other similarly-priced assets.

Soucek could benefit even more than others, due to the fact that he always completes 90 minutes too – the perfect FanTeam asset!?

For defenders, I think it does shift the way we should think about them and influences who we should pick in our FanTeam squads.

Centre-backs become much more attractive as a result of this bonus, because they tend to have a lot more shots than full-backs overall.

That being said, it does not mean that full-backs and wing-backs are not in play, but merely that we should be a lot more selective with which ones we pick in our teams. Full-backs with high assist potential will still have a place at times in our squads, but I will be paying much more attention now on whether they have at least some goal threat.

There you have it. I am going to end by recommending three mid-priced players in each position who I think will finish near the top of the rankings for shots on target this season:

  • Defenders – Lewis Dunk (£5.0m), Harry Maguire (£5.5m), Romain Saiss (£4.5m)
  • Midfielders – Jota, Soucek, Ismaila Sarr (£6.0m)
  • Forwards – Ivan Toney (£6.0m), Adam Armstrong (£6.5m), Ollie Watkins (£7.5m)

Thank you all for reading and let me know what you think in the comments below!


Josh joined Az earlier this week on our new, dedicated FanTeam channel, to offer his thoughts on the upcoming UEFA Champions League game. You can watch the video here.

401 Comments Post a Comment
  1. caldracula
    • 5 Years
    3 months, 4 days ago

    Everything is lining up for Ronaldo but not willing to use the WC yet as the WC7 works so well for my team. Also not willing to lose Salah or Son for a hit to get him in. Fingers crossed aye

  2. Andy_Social
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 9 Years
    3 months, 4 days ago

    Stones not playing himself back into the City first team.

    1. FPL Brains
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      3 months, 4 days ago

      Knowing Pep, he'll see that and put him straight in for Dias.

  3. Jimbob456
    • 12 Years
    3 months, 4 days ago

    Sanchez
    Duffy Christensen Shaw
    Greenwood Jota Torres Gray
    Ronaldo Lukaku Kane

    Steele, Allen, Williams, Amartey

    Going all out attack, what could go wrong 🙂

    1. Hazz
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      3 months, 4 days ago

      WC? Don't get Amartey. Get Livramento.

    2. Kun Tozser
      • 6 Years
      3 months, 4 days ago

      Exciting stuff

    3. Tango74
      • 1 Year
      3 months, 4 days ago

      Bench is weak

    4. FOO FIGHTER
      • 2 Years
      3 months, 4 days ago

      No Antonio or Salah on WC?

      Kane has his mind on 'greener pastures' even though he has 'commited' to Spurs.

      1. Jimbob456
        • 12 Years
        3 months, 4 days ago

        Just took Salah out. Still think Kane will score/assist loads.
        It is a WC so no doubt it'll change a few times before KO

        1. FOO FIGHTER
          • 2 Years
          3 months, 4 days ago

          Why take Salah out?

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

      Your defence and midfield could evaporate

    6. Rassi
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      3 months, 4 days ago

      2/5

  4. Catastrophe
    • 10 Years
    3 months, 4 days ago

    Advice appreciated!

    A) Torres, Raphinha, Dier
    B) Benrahma, Raphinha, Shaw
    C) Greenwood, Benrahma, Dier
    D) Torres, Gray, Shaw
    E) Torres, Benrahma, Matip (Greenwood instead of Jota)

    Rest of Team:

    Sanchez
    TAA, Coady, X
    Salah, Jota, X, X
    Ronaldo, Antonio, DCL

    (Foster, Ayling, Livramento, Sissoko)

    Cheers!!

    1. Boxwoods
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      3 months, 4 days ago

      Rotation risks aplenty.

      I'd probably go B. Or C.

    2. zdrojo187
      • 7 Years
      3 months, 4 days ago

      A

  5. Rocket Raccoon
    • 11 Years
    3 months, 4 days ago

    What’s your ideal defence? Personally it would be:

    TAA | Robbo | Shaw | Alonso/Chilwell | James

    But that’s pricey. But I’m considering going with 5 at the back.

    1. FPL Brains
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      3 months, 4 days ago

      It'll end in tears mate.

    2. cravencottage
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      3 months, 4 days ago

      5 at back rarely works

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

      You'll want a Spud and a Wolf to be affordable.

    4. Weeb Kakashi
      • 5 Years
      3 months, 4 days ago

      Considering 4 at the back. Look below.

      5 atb is a bit of a stretch.

    5. The 12th Man
      • 8 Years
      3 months, 4 days ago

      Played WC last week.
      Gone 4-3-3 with a defence of TAA,Dias,Shaw,Coufal (Livramento)
      Coufal will become a Chelsea defender for week 7.

    6. Ser Davos
      • 6 Years
      3 months, 4 days ago

      TAA (possibly Matip at 5 to cover his CSs)

      Dias/Cancelo

      Rudiger/James/Christensen

      Dier/Marcal (Wolves/Spurs 4.5s)

      This is my defensive "pool" to pick from imho

      1. Weeb Kakashi
        • 5 Years
        3 months, 4 days ago

        Interesting.

        TAA
        Double Chelsea
        Semedo/Tierney for me in a 4 atb.

    7. Rocket Raccoon
      • 11 Years
      3 months, 4 days ago

      Interousing

    8. caldracula
      • 5 Years
      3 months, 4 days ago

      TAA, James, Coleman, Ayling, Wolves

  6. cravencottage
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 10 Years
    3 months, 4 days ago

    Please pick one from each group:
    A) Jota
    B) Greenwood

    1) Rudiger
    2) Shaw
    3) Dias

    1. FOO FIGHTER
      • 2 Years
      3 months, 4 days ago

      A until Bobby is back.

      Dias

    2. Eat my goal!
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      3 months, 4 days ago

      B2

    3. You've got red on you.
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      3 months, 4 days ago

      A or B

      2

    4. Ser Davos
      • 6 Years
      3 months, 4 days ago

      Rudiger and Dias

      Dias perhaps slightly more nailed, but .5 more. Rudiger for me

      Greenwood and Jota is a coin toss

  7. You've got red on you.
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 9 Years
    3 months, 4 days ago

    What say you?

    a) Jota, Torres, Gray

    b) Raphinha, Torres, Benrahma

    c) Raphinha, Jota, Benrahma

    d) something else?

    1. You've got red on you.
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      3 months, 4 days ago

      Something with Greenwood?

  8. Drip Doctor
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 11 Years
    3 months, 4 days ago

    Lukaku goal

    1. Eat my goal!
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      3 months, 4 days ago

      Switches Ronaldo to lukaku

      1. FOO FIGHTER
        • 2 Years
        3 months, 4 days ago

        Lol

  9. Weeb Kakashi
    • 5 Years
    3 months, 4 days ago

    GW5 WC

    (433)

    Meslier
    TAA Robbo Reece Semedo (Livra)
    Salah Raphinha Sarr (Allan Sissoko)
    Ronaldo Jimenez Antonio

    Robbo> Chilwell (GW7)

    Thoughts?

    1. Milkman Bruno
        3 months, 4 days ago

        Nice

      • The 12th Man
        • 8 Years
        3 months, 4 days ago

        Similar to my WC last week.
        Gone big at the back too. with Salah and Kane. Kane > Ronaldo this week.

        Planning Salah,DCL > Mount,Lukaku in 7.

        1. Weeb Kakashi
          • 5 Years
          3 months, 4 days ago

          Good moves. Although to get Lukaku il be selling Ron in 7.

          Need that premium each in attack and defence.

      • The 12th Man
        • 8 Years
        3 months, 4 days ago

        It’s very nice.

        1. Weeb Kakashi
          • 5 Years
          3 months, 4 days ago

          I dont get why people havent gone big at the back. It still allows you 2 premiums anyways.

          That Robbo spot is an easy switch to Chilwell who inturn can become Cancelo or Dias in 13. And you get such a nice run of green fixtures till GW20. Its a set and forget spot basically.

          1. Milkman Bruno
              3 months, 4 days ago

              How nailed is Chillwell with how Alonso is playing?

              1. Weeb Kakashi
                • 5 Years
                3 months, 4 days ago

                Chilwell is first choice. But since il make that move in GW7 i can monitor. Rudiger is an alternative.

                These are the fixtures you get

                Robbo (CRY bre)
                Chilwell (SOU bre NOR new BUR)
                Dias( EVE WHU vil wat WOL LEE new lei bre)

                Everyone else will already have Trent Reece and one cheap defender. This 4th defender competes with their 4th mid and i think there is a big upside here with consistent returns.

            • Ser Davos
              • 6 Years
              3 months, 4 days ago

              See my post above. Seriously looking at WCing and beefing up the defence

            • The 12th Man
              • 8 Years
              3 months, 4 days ago

              Yup, stick them in and forget about them. Some of these expensive defenders are like wingers with clean sheets.

        2. Ser Davos
          • 6 Years
          3 months, 4 days ago

          Interesting to see Robbo back in people's thoughts

        3. Drip Doctor
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 11 Years
          3 months, 4 days ago

          I don't like it.

          1. Weeb Kakashi
            • 5 Years
            3 months, 4 days ago

            Fair enough mate. If you look closely its just a Robbo instead of a Jota. Since i have better options to switch from Robbo than Jota i have gone with it.

            1. Drip Doctor
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 11 Years
              3 months, 4 days ago

              Yeah i guess. Its interesting, i always go big in midfield so thats probably why im not so keen. I guess its something like Jota Greenwood vs Jimenez Robbo. When you look at it like that, its a 50/50 call.

              1. Weeb Kakashi
                • 5 Years
                3 months, 4 days ago

                If Jota and Greenwood play more regularly then i see that having a better upside. But im going for nailedness for a consistent stream of points.

                Thanks for the input and GL.

                1. Drip Doctor
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 11 Years
                  3 months, 4 days ago

                  Same to you. Good to see something different. I do expect the bigger clubs to keep more cleansheets now they are in rhythm.

      • SADIO SANÉ
        • 6 Years
        3 months, 4 days ago

        Lukaku does what he does

        1. Eat my goal!
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 3 Years
          3 months, 4 days ago

          Scores against weak opposition

        2. You've got red on you.
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 9 Years
          3 months, 4 days ago

          Jeff does what he does.

          Steve does what he does.

          Gary does what he does.

      • Milkman Bruno
          3 months, 4 days ago

          Would you save ft here or go for Ronaldo? Not sure selling any of my attack this week is wise due to fixtures unless DCL is out.

          Sanchez
          Shaw, Reguillon, Coufal, Semedo
          Bruno, Son, Benrahma
          Kane, Dcl, Antonio

          Steele, Raphina, Livramento, Bissouma 1ft 0itb

          1. Weeb Kakashi
            • 5 Years
            3 months, 4 days ago

            Did you WC already?

          2. Weeb Kakashi
            • 5 Years
            3 months, 4 days ago

            I think i'd do Kane to Lukaku or Ron. Better fixtures after 4 . You can ship Bruno out then next week.

            1. Milkman Bruno
                3 months, 4 days ago

                Last week I WC for gw3. This was before Ronaldo obviously. Kane to Ron / Rom was pencilled in for gw5 with him having Palace this week? Because Kane is 12.3 I would have to take a hit also to do it this week instead of for free in gw5…

                1. Weeb Kakashi
                  • 5 Years
                  3 months, 4 days ago

                  Then I'd stick probably. No guarantee Ron outscores Kane.

                2. Weeb Kakashi
                  • 5 Years
                  3 months, 4 days ago

                  Can do a hit next week.

                  1. Milkman Bruno
                      3 months, 4 days ago

                      Can do for free next week!

                      1. Gingerman
                        • 1 Year
                        3 months, 4 days ago

                        I wouldn't be taking a hit to get Kane out for Ron yet. I'd be more concerned about no Salah.

            2. Ógie
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 8 Years
              3 months, 4 days ago

              Torres should've won a pen but it was not given for some reason.

            3. ChilliBoi
              • 4 Years
              3 months, 4 days ago

              Chelsea fans which is most true:

              a) Christensen must surely be nailed now they sold Zouma and didn't get the other guy??

              b) Chillwell will play in the back three at the expense of Christensen to allow Alonso to keep starting. Think this happened a bit last season.

              1. Drip Doctor
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 11 Years
                3 months, 4 days ago

                Not a Chelsea fan but obviously its A.

            4. Oggle22
              • 5 Years
              3 months, 4 days ago

              Still can't believe I transferred out DCL(injury scare) and jota (rotation risk) and kept Barnes and Ings reckon -4 to bring them both back and save wildcard

              Sanchez
              TAA Shaw Digne Coufal
              Salah Bruno Raphina Barnes
              Ings Antonio

              Foster Amerty Brownhill Obafemi

              Cheers

              1. Gingerman
                • 1 Year
                3 months, 4 days ago

                Think I'd take the -4, but DCL injury does concern me slightly. I'd wait for news maybe

            5. EgyptianKing
              • 3 Years
              3 months, 4 days ago

              What do you think of Torres Greenwood Jota all in, on WC?

              They seem to individually justify the investment and the spot in the team, but when I look at all three it seems super risky lol.

              Thoughts?

              1. Weeb Kakashi
                • 5 Years
                3 months, 4 days ago

                Im avoiding all three. Sarr Raphinha much more nailed. But not really exciting.

              2. BeWater
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 1 Year
                3 months, 4 days ago

                I started with Greenwood but I wouldn't bring him in on WC because there are doubts over his minutes moving forward.

              3. Twisted Saltergater
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 12 Years
                3 months, 4 days ago

                I am. The Newcastle fixture is too good.

              4. Gingerman
                • 1 Year
                3 months, 4 days ago

                Greenwood great fixture coming up but fixtures turn soon and doubt over his position makes me lean towards Jota and Torres. I'd leave Greenwood if I didn't already have him.

            6. ChilliBoi
              • 4 Years
              3 months, 4 days ago

              Feels like Torres will be first choice striker but still only play 2/3 to 3/4 of the games. From midfield he is probably going to get 10+ goals this season, which is pretty good for 7.1.

            7. Game of Throw_ins
              • 5 Years
              3 months, 4 days ago

              Coady (wat) or Duffy (bre) : Who would you start next GW?

              Pickford GK. Other 2 starting def are TAA and Shaw.

              1. Bobby Digital
                • 4 Years
                3 months, 4 days ago

                Coady

            8. ChilliBoi
              • 4 Years
              3 months, 4 days ago

              Jota I think could be leading goal scorer in the league. His form for Club, Country has been amazing and whilst Firmino might be back, he will get run replacing Mane and Salah in games.

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

                You're not helping. I need to choose between Torres and Jota. Can't get both!

                1. ChilliBoi
                  • 4 Years
                  3 months, 4 days ago

                  Jota...less rotated than with Pep.

              2. Drip Doctor
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 11 Years
                3 months, 4 days ago

                He's obviously not going to be. He's not even a starter.

            9. Drip Doctor
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 11 Years
              3 months, 4 days ago

              Jack Grealish is never a 100m player. Both Saka and Foden offer more in this England team. This guy is 26 this month and they are still talking about potential.

              1. mynameisq
                • 8 Years
                3 months, 4 days ago

                Yet both Foden and Mount were absolutely invisible at the euros? And who exactly is playing well? Its a basic manager that can't get his team to look cohesive and play well, wouldn't look too much at one single player

                1. mynameisq
                  • 8 Years
                  3 months, 4 days ago

                  #agendabusting

            10. ChilliBoi
              • 4 Years
              3 months, 4 days ago

              In a year or two Man City will spend £150M on Saka.

              1. mynameisq
                • 8 Years
                3 months, 4 days ago

                Almost a guarantee

              2. Twisted Saltergater
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 12 Years
                3 months, 4 days ago

                Arteta back at City?

            11. g40steve
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 3 Years
              3 months, 4 days ago

              Kane should nail that

              1. Twisted Saltergater
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 12 Years
                3 months, 4 days ago

                Lucky escape for City.

            12. g40steve
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 3 Years
              3 months, 4 days ago

              Razz G

            13. ChilliBoi
              • 4 Years
              3 months, 4 days ago

              Why is Laporte rising and Stones dropping? they just re-signed Stones for £220K per week. He is gonna play, Pep was just letting him recover from the Euro and Laporte getting some match fitness and trust back after many injuries.

            14. Drip Doctor
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 11 Years
              3 months, 4 days ago

              Anyone manage to work out what Sterlings shirt read?

              1. Tinkermania
                • 2 Years
                3 months, 4 days ago

                Think it said Harry who? £100m, you are having a laugh 😉

              2. GreennRed
                • 10 Years
                3 months, 4 days ago

                Love you forever Steffie Gregg. Someone on Twitch. Apparently that's a thing on the interweb. Computers eh!

            15. BUZZBOMB
              • 6 Years
              3 months, 4 days ago

              Love you forever Steffi Gregg.

            16. Ógie
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 8 Years
              3 months, 4 days ago

              Easy know when August is over....

            17. FPL Kaka
              • 6 Years
              3 months, 4 days ago

              Is moving Antonio to Jimenez on WC just trying to be too clever?

              Or is that the only way to break the mould….