Due to the late postponement of the Everton v Man City match last night the FanTeam GW16 Monster was cancelled and a new GW16 Monster (GW16B) created for the remaining 7 matches of GW16.
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 (€50k prize pool) Main Event. The winner takes home a cool €5,000. 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.
Fixtures for the GW16B Monster:
Our team suggestion for the Weekly Monster in gameweek 116B
Despite 4 of the 7 matches kicking off at 6pm such that line-ups for 8 teams will be known prior to the entry deadline, we’re only picking 4 of our 11 players from those matches (but one will be our Vice Captain in case our Captain doesn’t start). We’re then focussing on the teams with the stronger squads – Spurs, Arsenal and Liverpool. Once we’re seen the line-ups for the first matches we may have to edit our team.
It’s about time for an Arsenal clean sheet so we’re selecting Leno in goal and Tierney in defence to keep out Brighton who scored 2 goals in GW15. Aubameyang is our 3rd player from Arsenal who, if he doesn’t start, will automatically be replaced by Lacazette.
Spurs at home to Fulham has the potential for plenty of Tottenham goals so we’re going for the obvious Kane and Son combination plus attacking right-back Doherty (the 3rd highest priced Spurs defender so the saftey net should give us a replacement if he’s rested).
We made the mistake of captaining Salah in GW15 and we’re continuing that theme in GW16 expecting him to start and get amongst the goals against Newcastle who’ve just had a run around from Man City. It looks like Rhys Williams will be taking over from Matip in central defence after his groin injury so he’s in as well.
Wolves players are priced low for this gameweek as they are facing Man Utd who are once again on an upward trajectory but Wolves have proven they relish playing against the top teams. We’ve added the two highest priced midfielders to our line-up, Podence and Neto, who’ve shown they are very attack-minded and will have to remain so whilst striker Jimenez is on the side lines.
The Final Spot
Goes to the talented Diangana of WBA who may be able to get amongst the goals or assists against Leeds after their excellent performance against Liverpool.
Gameweek 16B of FanTeam’s €50K Boxing Day Monster starts at 6pm today so don’t delay your entry!