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 £4.50 entry Season Finale with £9,000 on offer to the winner bringing plenty of excitement to Sunday’s Premier League action. 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 3 Defenders, which would see you incur just 2 single-point deductions if you nail both clean sheets correctly.
Our team entered in the Season Finale in gameweek 38
With all 20 teams kicking-off at 4pm on Sunday and team news available for an hour beforehand, there will be no need to second guess team line-ups. Our 11 players will be made up from Man City, Spurs, Burnley and West Ham.
Man City should bounce back from their surprise defeat during the week, despite having their focus on the Champions League final. Torres (who was unlucky to be the sacrificial sub early in GW37 after Cancelo’s red card), KDB (proving his match fitness) and either Jesus or Aguero should make up our Man City 3.
On paper a tough fixture at 5th placed Leicester for 7th placed Spurs after another defeat in GW37 (against Aston Villa) but that does mean Spurs players are priced lower than normal. Kane will be keen to get on the score sheet in his duel with Salah for the Golden Boot and we expect Son and Bale to support him in that quest in what could be his final game for Spurs.
The bottom placed club, Sheffield United, take on Burnley in their final match which gives Chris Wood a good chance of adding to his late season goal glut. Pope (likely to be fit) and Tarkowski also have a more than decent chance of keeping a clean sheet against goal-shy Sheffield.
Finally, we’re going with full-backs Cresswell and Coufal to keep Southampton at bay and perhaps get an assist or two in the Hammers’ quest for European football next season.