As part of FISO’s special series of weekly articles on FanTeam, Europe’s biggest daily fantasy football provider, we will actually be entering the team we write about each week into the game. Our article will focus on an Early Entry for their Fantasy Premier League tournament held each week in order to help you identify game rules, tactics and the most promising players per gameweek, so you can win some of that large prize money.
Our FISO team below will be entered into this week’s £18 entry (£67,500) prize pool) Main Event. The winner takes home a cool £6,750. FanTeam also offer a £1.80 entry Weekly Monster with a lower prize pool for those who prefer to play with lower stakes. Join the discussion on FISO’s FanTeam forum.
Before moving onto our team selection, we want to highlight a couple of FanTeam rules that they apply to their Weekly Monster competition and that represent some of the major differences when comparing the game to the FPL. Do though check out the Predicted Line-Ups for the Premier League clubs as well as the latest injury news (click on ‘Team’ to sort per club rather than the default ‘date’) before finalising your picks.
Number one is that FanTeam have a rule called the ‘safety net’. The safety net comes into play when a selected player does not start in the Weekly Monster, because the game will then automatically replace this player with the next lowest-priced player from the same position (GK, DEF, MID, FOR) in the same team. This is regardless of whether or not your selected player does take to the field later in the game. This rule helps people who have entered a team into the Weekly Monster not to worry too much about whether their selected players will start or not, particularly if they know there are cheaper players for that same club in that same position who should start instead.
Number two is that FanTeam also have a ‘stacking penalty’ for the Weekly Monster, which penalises teams that have selected more than one defenders/goalkeeper from the same club. The stacking penalty comes into play when you pick more than one defensive player (defenders or goalkeepers) from a particular club and this club records a clean sheet. The points awarded for this clean sheet will decrease by 1 point for each additional defensive player from the same club that you have selected. The stacking penalty has a maximum of minus 3 points. This rule helps stop multi-entrants from gaining an advantage by submitting block defence teams. A reasonable tactic can be to select two players from two different clubs for your Goalie and Defenders, which would see you incur just 2 single-point deductions if you nail both clean sheets correctly.
Gameweek 31 £67.5K Weekly Monster matches
Our team entered in the Weekly Monster in gameweek 31
An intense week for the clubs in the quarter finals of the Champions League and Europa League with the 1st and 2nd leg matches taking place a week apart meaning more rotation and more onus on the managers to see their players are fully focussed.
Liverpool, Arsenal and Chelsea players are the highest priced in GW31. We’re choosing one of those teams (Arsenal – as they’re playing the bottom placed club Sheffield United) along with Southampton who scored 3 last time out (partly thanks to Danny Ings’ return from injury) and then punting on clean sheets for Spurs and Leicester.
Aubameyang (Capt) spent most of the Europa quarter final first leg on the bench so is expected to start against doomed Sheffield United. Saka and Pepe look the most dangerous from midfield and could add to their goal records.
WBA surely can’t repeat their unexpected performance against Chelsea last weekend (who perhaps had one eye on their Champions League quarter final 1st leg) and Danny Ings (VC) is most likely to profit, ably supported by set-piece expert Ward-Prowse. Wing-back Walker-Peters could supply the crosses for Ings to head home.
We’re hoping that the extra rest for the Spurs will help them keep out Manchester United’s forward line on Sunday who will have another Europa League outing on Thursday. Lloris and Reguilon are our choices.
A crucial encounter with West Ham who look likely to be missing Antonio so we think a clean sheet is possible should they keep Jesse Lingard quiet. The adventerous Castagne along with the cheaper Amartey (who has replaced the injured Soyuncu) are our choices.
With Newcastle missing much of their central defence, we’re punting on the in-form Chris Wood to make an impact in the Sunday early match.