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 €20 entry (€75k prize pool) Main Event. The winner takes home a cool €7,500 (or £6,750 if you prefer). FanTeam also offer a €2 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 27 £67.5K Weekly Monster matches
Our team entered in the Weekly Monster in gameweek 27
Inconsistency has dogged Liverpool this year and 5 straight home losses following their 1-0 defeat to Chelsea on Thursday is an unveniable record, thankfully without the Kop in attendance. We’re placing our faith on them breaking that streak and bouncing back on Sunday with a win against Fulham (who also played Thursday losing 1-0 to Spurs). Salah (captain) wasn’t happy about being subbed with half an hour still to go and we’d like him to show Jurgen Klopp that he didn’t need the rest. To join him in attack we’ve selected Firmino but we half-expect him to be auto-replaced by Diego Jota who is 0.1m cheaper and who looked sharp when coming on against Chelsea (Liverpool certainly need Jota to inject the finishing that he showed when joining from Wolves before getting injured). TAA looks in better shape than Robinson going forward and so he gets the nod as our 3rd Liverpool player.
Only 6 clubs didn’t play an extra game in mid-week and Brighton were one of them. So they should be fresher than their opponents Leicester, particularly as the Foxes are missing key young players Barnes & Maddison through injury which means Vardy should be presented with fewer golden chances to bulge the back of the net. Brighton contrived to miss two penalties (from Gross and then Welbeck) in their 1-0 loss to WBA last Saturday which included that very odd disallowed goal from Dunk’s free-kick. Leicester in 3rd but with 1 point from their last 2 games could present Brighton in 16th with a chance to climb up the table which is perhaps why FanTeam have priced Leicester players only slightly higher than BHA players. We’re taking a punt on Brighton with their goalkeeper Sanchez, defender Dunk and midfielder, Trossard, in our line-up.
The last game of this weekend’s Weekly Monster is between two teams who also had a rest in mid-week and have both done better than expected this season – West Ham (in 6th) v Leeds (in 11th). The Hammers have only lost once (2-1 to Man City) in their last 5 matches with 3 wins and a draw int he remaining games. Leeds on the other hand have 2 wins and 3 losses in their last 5 but are capable of upsetting and scoring against any team. FanTeam have priced in a West Ham win with 5 players priced 10m or more whilst Leeds’ highest priced player is Bamford at 8.8m. We’re banking on Leeds (just as the Chancellor, Rishi Sunak, announced on Wednesday that the UK Infrastructure Bank would be based there) with Patrick Bamford and defender (but playing in midfield) Stuart Dallas.
From the last match of the Monster to the first match: Sheffield United (20th) v Southampton (14th). We will take our vice-captain from this match just to make sure we have a captain starting this weekend. The Saints are having a terrible time with 1 draw and 4 defeats from their last 5 matches but play bottom placed SHU who won their last match in mid-week (1-0 against Villa) following 4 earlier straight defeats and have only picked up 14 points from 27 matches this season and are almost certain of relegation to the Championship. The Saints last played on Monday in a 1-0 defeat to Everton and are priced by FanTeam about 30% more than SHU players. We’re going for Southampton to return to winning ways with some goals by selecting Ings (vc), Ward-Prowse & Redmond.