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Strategy guide for FanTeam’s £100k half-season Premier League Fantasy game


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FanTeam recently announced their ‘Second Chance’ Premier League Fantasy game for the latter half of this season, starting from Gameweek 22 on January 14th.

There is a guaranteed prize pool of £100,000 in this Fantasy tournament, with £20,000 going to the winner and money for anyone finishing in the top 4,000.

And, remarkably, it’s completely free to play – so if you were reticent about paying to enter FanTeam’s season-long game back in August, then this is your chance to try it out at no cost.

BASIC RULES AND POINTS SYSTEM

Here’s the great news: anyone with any sort of Fantasy Premier League (FPL) experience should be able to pick up FanTeam’s game without issue. The rules, scoring and prices are very similar, with regular decisions to be made on your weekly free transfer (additional moves come at a cost of four points) and the double points that come with captaincy.

It’s essentially FPL but with huge cash prizes. Given that paid entry mini-leagues are now strongly discouraged by the Premier League, the FanTeam game offers Fantasy managers a legitimate opportunity to make money from their management expertise.

Unlike the main FanTeam game, this involves building a team of 11 players rather than a squad of 15. Therefore the 100.0m budget is now down to 80.0m. There must be at least one goalkeeper, three defenders, two midfielders and one forward. A maximum of three players from a single Premier League team can be selected.

Seasoned FPL managers should have no problem in adjusting to FanTeam and running a squad with its familiar scoring system, shown below:

KEY SCORING DIFFERENCES BETWEEN FANTEAM AND FPL

  • There is no Bonus Points System, which is replaced by plus/minus points (+0.3/-0.3) if a team is winning/losing during the period a player is on the pitch.
  • Goalkeepers get 0.5 points for every save made, unlike the one point awarded in FPL for increments of three stops.
  • Committing a foul that leads to a free-kick goal or converted penalty is penalised by minus two points.
  • Midfielders and forwards get an extra point for completing the full match.
  • Shots on target that don’t end up as goals are rewarded (+0.4 for midfielders and forwards, +0.6 for defenders)

STRATEGY GUIDE

Here are some tips on how to approach this game.

GO RISKY

One of the main differences between FanTeam’s Second Chance game and FPL is the ‘Safety Net’ feature, which makes up for the lack of substitutes. If a player doesn’t start a match, he will automatically be replaced by the closest-priced starter in that team’s position. For example, if you own Joao Cancelo (£6.6m) but he was given a rest by Pep Guardiola, then Ruben Dias (£6.1m) – if selected – would come into play.

This gives managers a freedom to pick ‘rotation risk’ options that would likely be avoided in FPL – ideal for when you know you want coverage of a top team’s enticing fixture but aren’t sure you can predict the starting XI. Or if you want a player who begins at the African Cup of Nations but will soon return, he can stay in your team and be automatically substituted out until his comeback.

ATTACK BLOCKS OF FIXTURES

Adding to the risk, managers can aggressively attack a team’s strong short-term fixtures knowing that the ‘Second Chance’ game only runs for less than half a season and you have a Wildcard in the pocket to overhaul when necessary. Although there are no Bench Boost, Triple Captaincy or Free Hit chips, starting in Gameweek 22 gives an advantage we don’t have for FPL Gameweek 1 – knowledge of which players are good, in form and in their manager’s favour.

UNLIMITED ROLLING TRANSFERS

Another interesting difference is that, unlike in FPL, there is no limit to how many free weekly transfers can be collected. It can go beyond two, enabling a scenario where your initial Gameweek 22 team is set up strongly for the first three-to-four rounds of fixtures and a ‘mini Wildcard’ can be used afterwards without even touching the chip. This combines well with ‘Safety Net’, where a team of 11 players can be chosen based on form and a promising fixture run, without a huge worry of Pep Roulette, Tuchel Tombola or Rodgers Raffle.

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664 Comments Post a Comment
  1. Dušan Citizen
    • 8 Years
    1 month, 27 days ago

    So the game won't be played at any point today?

    1. Horlicks esq.
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 12 Years
      1 month, 27 days ago

      Negative

    2. Sun Jihai
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      1 month, 27 days ago

      No

    3. Rainer
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      1 month, 27 days ago

      Correct.

    4. jackruet
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      1 month, 27 days ago

      Which game?

  2. Grounderz
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 10 Years
    1 month, 27 days ago

    In a time when we so needed Livramento from the bench, he gives us the perfect golden egg that stares right at our faces. There's no value in that stare.

  3. Horlicks esq.
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 12 Years
    1 month, 27 days ago

    Straw Poll.

    Kane/son owners.

    A: Selling
    B: Holding

    1. NateDog
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 27 days ago

      Well it isn't going to affect your team for this week, and they're getting a rest while others won't. If you have them you brought them in for the good fixtures so hold

      1. Horlicks esq.
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 12 Years
        1 month, 27 days ago

        There wasn’t a ‘C’ option son. 😀

    2. Scots Gooner
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      1 month, 27 days ago

      Tempted to rage Son out, but no stand out options and he's getting a rest during this congested period, so will grudgingly hold a little longer.

      1. Horlicks esq.
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 12 Years
        1 month, 27 days ago

        I’ve had Kane for 3 weeks (4 now) and he’s returned 6 points.

        I think I’m going to move him on. He needs 40 points in the next 4 weeks to come close to being worthwhile.

        The forwards are frauds this year.

        1. Scots Gooner
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 5 Years
          1 month, 27 days ago

          I've had similar with Son.

          Got Foden out too and would happily take both out if there were any decent options, but can't see any. Possibly Mane, but already have Salah/Jota/TAA.

    3. Grounderz
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      1 month, 27 days ago

      Holding. We have a Gameweek in midweek to manage.

  4. Camzy
    • 11 Years
    1 month, 27 days ago

    Come on Antonio! Give me those undeserved points!

    1. Sun Jihai
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      1 month, 27 days ago

      Yep! Nice that Man City’s defence EO is 99.7% so don’t even care about Cancelo’s CS

  5. NateDog
    • 1 Year
    1 month, 27 days ago

    As someone that for the first time in a very long time had the majority of my players playing on the last day of a GW this week (6, plus Sanchez coming in as I purposely left Steele in) and feeling positive because of it, this feels very painful. Have to hope for Allan masterclass today because that's all I'm getting

  6. Horlicks esq.
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 12 Years
    1 month, 27 days ago

    Anybody know any content creators who have gone live early to discuss today’s turn ups?

  7. Dammit_182
      1 month, 27 days ago

      Anyone thinking the Spurs players have had ‘a good rest’ they have basically been bollocked by Their boss, 6 hour bus up to Burnley, quick cup of hot bovril and 6 hours back in the snow. Not my idea of rest.

      1. AC/DC AFC
        • 6 Years
        1 month, 27 days ago

        They'll fly for certain.

    • AC/DC AFC
      • 6 Years
      1 month, 27 days ago

      Watford goal

      1. Grand Thibauto
        • 7 Years
        1 month, 27 days ago

        Right..

        1. AC/DC AFC
          • 6 Years
          1 month, 27 days ago

          Was it chalked off?

          I've got Man City v West Ham and Brentford on.

        2. AC/DC AFC
          • 6 Years
          1 month, 27 days ago

          Leicester goal!

    • AC/DC AFC
      • 6 Years
      1 month, 27 days ago

      Man City v West Ham not likely to be snowed off, when they are playing they keep it clear.