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. The top 50 places gain an entry to the Spring Championship of Fantasy Fottball (SCOFF) €500K Final and each place is worth €1,100 and brings excitement to the weekend 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.
Gameweek 36 Weekly Monster matches
Our team entered in the Weekly Monster in gameweek 36
Liverpool, Everton and Spurs players are the highest priced players this weekend which is the final one before the Spring Championship of Fantasy Fottball (SCOFF) €500K Final takes place over GWs 37 and 38. The top 50 places in the GW36 Monster gain a free entry to the SCOFF Final which itself has a massive 1st place prize of €100K. We’re favouring the teams playing the already relegated clubs (Everton at home to Sheffield Utd, Liverpool away to WBA & Southampton at home to Fulham) and then filling the final spots with the budget players from Wolves who take on Spurs.
The race is on for 4th spot! After sweeping aside leggy Man Utd last night 4-2 to make it 3 wins and 2 draws in the last 5 games, 5th placed Liverpool are now just 4 points behind Chelsea with a game in hand. WBA are already relegated and have lost 2 and drawn 2 in their last 4. We’re putting the top priced midfielder (Salah as captain) and the top priced defenders (TAA and Robinson) into our squad.
The 14th placed Saints welcomed back Danny Ings from injury in GW35 who promptly helped himself to 2 goals and Southampton a 3-1 win after a poor run of recent results. Relegated Fulham have 1 draw and 4 losses in their last 5. We’ve selected Ings, Armstrong and Ward-Prowse (VC) for goals and assists in an expected win for the home side.
Sheffield United have been by far and away the worst side in the EPL this season and they travel to Goodison Park to face 8th placed Everton who have only lost one in their last 5. Goal shy Sheffield are unlikely to score against the Toffees and so we’re taking a punt that the attacking full-backs Digne and Coleman get clean sheets and an assist or two.
The above selections leave us with very little budget left but it’s quite possible for 12th placed Wolves to spring a surprise on the inconsistent Spurs who sit in 7th a full 8 points behind 4th placed Chelsea with one game in hand. Two wins and two losses in their last 5 matches sums up Spurs whilst Wolves are on a better run with 3 wins and a draw in the last 5. Goalkeeper, Patricio, plus winger Traore and forward Silva complete our team.