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 €2 (or £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 28 £67.5K Weekly Monster matches
Our team entered in the Weekly Monster in gameweek 28
Another week and another look into the murky crystal ball of predicting the weekend Premier League football action! We’re going West this weekend by siding with 5th placed West Ham to overturn the odds at 2nd placed Man Utd (who themselves did the seemingly impossible last weekend by defeating Champions-elect and neighbours Man City) and going with 19th placed West Brom to put some goals passed a potentially leaky 13th placed Palace side. We also think 15th placed Burnley can keep out an Everton side riding high in 6th but who’ve only scored twice in the last 3 matches. With 8 of our 11 players based on 3 upsets, we’re banking on the 2 highest priced Man City midfielders plus their highest defender to bring in a lot of points against Fulham. With enough budget to afford a 12th player (and an expensive one at that!) an unexpected set of results this weekend would help this team.
West Brom’s match v Palace is the 3pm kick-off so line-ups will be available and we may well move our VC to a WBA player (as Pep could bench both our Man City midfielders menaing we have no Captain). Palace with Zaha back in their line-up are more threatening going forward but have shown they are culpbable in failing to keep the ball out of their own net following their 4-1 defeat at Spurs last weekend despite two previous 0-0 results. WBA have been very short on goals so this is a big gamble to expect Diagne, Pereira & Gallagher to contribute positively in attack but stranger things have happened.
The 2nd match in the Monster is Everton v Burnley. After 2 consecutive 1-1 draws against Leicester and Arsenal, Burnley appear to have rediscovered their defensive attributes most shown by their centre defenders, Mee and Tarkowski. Everton haven’t looked the best going forward recently partly due to DCL not finding his shooting boots since returning from injury and Richarlison’s run of scoring has seemingly come to an end. Whilst Burnley are not priced to keep a clean sheet, they have a reasonable chance.
The 3rd and final Saturday match is Fulham v Man City who will have one eye on their Champions League match mid-week. Cancelo, KDB & Sterling (or their cheaper replacements) are this team’s most expensive signings. Need we say more? The Manchester derby was just a blip? Right?
With 8 of our 11 players playing on Saturday, we then have to wait until the final Sunday match for our 3 Hammers to contribute, against the odds, at Old Trafford. Man Utd had a tough Europa League match on Thursday drawing 1-1 against AC Milan and have the return fixture next Thursday whilst West Ham will be licking their lips at getting into the top 4. No Lingard for West Ham given he’s on loan from Man Utd so Soucek will need to contribute from midfield to support Antonio with Fabianski keeping out shots from the Red Devils.