Fanteam Midweek Monster – GW24 – Update

Yesterday we published a Fantasy Football article about our team for the GW24 Midweek Monster from FanTeam. We made a couple of late changes to our line-up in the hour prior to the first kick-off based on the starting team news for the Tuesday evening matches so our team now looks like this:

Whilst we correctly predicted that Crystal Palace would come down to earth (after their great weekend result against Man City) and lose to Southampton we didn’t quite get the 3 Southampton players right. McCarthy and Armstrong scored well but we could have done with Redmond rather than Shane Long. We had brought the cheaper Long in for Ings (who was benched) which enabled us to upgrade Praet for Maddison.

Our two Everton defenders were looking very good for their clean sheet points and then two goals from Newcastle’s Lejeune in the closing moments of injury time blew those points away.

So we’re sat about half-way (1,235 of 2,490 entries) with 5 players to play tonight, including our captain Martial. Our aim is to finish inside the top 20% (i.e. in the top 500) to share some of the prize fund. A couple of goals from Martial would be gratefully received, although thanks to Lejeune our chances of finishing in the top 100 seem very unlikely.

Fanteam Midweek Monster – GW24

FISO are starting a new series of weekly articles on Fanteam, Europe’s biggest daily fantasy football provider (and entering the team that we write about!). This series will focus on Fanteam’s Weekly Monster, a weekly fantasy league based on the Premier League games that kick-off on or after Saturday 3pm UK time with €50,000 worth of guaranteed prize money. That’s every gameweek, in case you were wondering. Our article will focus on a Early Entry for this weekly tournament which will help you identify game rules, tactics and the most promising players per gameweek so you can win some of that large prize money. Every gameweek, we will choose a team of eleven players from the selected Premier League matches within a virtual budget of €100 million. In that sense, the Weekly Monster is quite similar to the official Fantasy Premier League game we all know and love.

Our FISO team below will be entered into this week’s €20 entry (€50k prize pool) Weekly Monster, which has a maximum entry limit of 3,000. Every week, we’ll report back on how our team performed in the previous week. A finish in the top 20% of a given week would see us win part of the prize pool of which the winner normally takes home about €4,000. FanTeam also offer a €2 entry Weekly Monster with a lower prize pool (of which the winner normally gets about €500) for those who prefer to play with lower stakes.

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.

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. By ‘next’ lowest we mean if our player (who doesn’t start) is priced at 7m and two players priced less than him at 6.8m and 6.5m start then our replacement will be the 6.8m player. The automatic replacement is regardless of whether or not your selected player does take to the field later in the game. This rule means people who have entered a team into the Weekly Monster need not 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.

Don’t forget, the deadline for gameweek 24’s Fanteam MidWeek Monster is set at 7.30PM (UK time) on Tuesday, January 21st, 2020. You can enter a team earlier and make changes right up to the deadline. This means you can change your selections accordingly up until the 7:30PM deadline, but not after.

Gameweek 24 Weekly Monster matches

21/01/20 Bournemouth Brighton
21/01/20 Sheffield United Manchester City
21/01/20 Everton Newcastle
21/01/20 Aston Villa Watford
21/01/20 Crystal Palace Southampton
21/01/20 Chelsea Arsenal
22/01/20 Leicester West Ham
22/01/20 Spurs Norwich
22/01/20 Manchester United Burnley
23/01/20 Wolves Liverpool

How did our Weekly Monster team fare in gameweek 23?

Formation: 3-4-3  |  Budget used: €99.5m  |  GW22 finish: 451st/2600 |  Prize won: €30

NAME (club) (opponent) PRICE (m) RETURNS POINTS
McCarthy (SOU) (WOL home) 6.6 1 save, -1 for goals conceded 0.5
Mendy (CITY) (CRY home) 8.9 1 assist, yellow, -1 for goals conceded 3
Lundstram (SHE) (ARS away) 5.3 /// 1
Zimmerman (NOR) (BOU home) 7.3 Clean sheet 7
Salah (LIV) (UTD home) 12.8 1 goal, clean sheet 9
Armstrong (SOU) (WOL home) 5.4 /// 2
De Bruyne (CIT) (CRY home) 14.6 /// 3
Tettey (NOR) (BOU home) 6.8 Clean sheet 5
Aguero (CIT) (CRY home) 13.8 2 goals 11
Ings (SOU) (WOL home) 8.2 /// 2
Pukki (NOR) (BOU home) 9.8 1 goal 7

Our team suggestion for the Weekly Monster in gameweek 24

Formation: 3-5-2 |  Budget used: €100m

Goalkeeper

Our goalkeeper for gameweek 24 is based on our expectation that Southampton will be bouncing back this round after a disappointing home loss versus Wolves over the weekend. With a visit to Crystal Palace up next who we’re hoping come down to earth after their excellent draw at man City at the weekend, a nice little haul could be on the cards for Saints goalie Alex McCarthy. The Eagles are not unfamiliar with keeping the points at home, which is illustrated by the 16 points they have taken from 11 home games, but they are far from productive in those games as well. Palace have scored just 10 goals in front of their own fans all season, which bodes well for Southampton and McCarthy.

Defenders

We’ve chosen to stick to a three-man defence for GW24 with an emphasis on Everton, who are welcoming Newcastle to Goodison Park on Tuesday evening. Picking Djibril Sidibé and Mason Holgate will activate the Stacking Penalty in case the Toffees keep a clean sheet, but we would consider losing just 1 penalty point more than acceptable. As far as the Safety Net goes, only Baines is cheaper in the Everton defence than Holgate, while Baines, Delph and Coleman all have lower prices than Sidibé does. This means we have some margin in case he ends up not starting, which is a luxury we don’t have in the case of Holgate (unless Baines suddenly and surprisingly starts).

With 20 points from 11 home games, Everton have not done too badly so far. As a matter of fact, when looking only at home games, they are placed sixth in the league. Only Norwich, Watford, Palace and Newcastle have scored less in front of their own fans than Everton’s 13 goals, but only Liverpool, United, Chelsea, Sheffield United and Palace have conceded less at home Everton’s 11 goals. At a glance, this paints the picture of a team that doesn’t necessarily entertains at home, but that does book results. Newcastle, on the other hand, have scored just 10 goals in 11 away games, while conceding 22 over that same run of fixtures.

Our third defender for our gameweek 24 Weekly Monster selection is the first of three Manchester United players in the team, namely youngster Brandon Williams. Manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer seems to trust the young left-back, and with Shaw in midfield against Liverpool and putting in a good shift, he might once again start for the Red Devils on Wednesday, especially considering the list of injuries at United. With 10 goals conceded in 11 home games, they boast the shared second-best defence in the league, just one behind leaders Liverpool. This round’s opponent Burnley are not particularly comfortable away from Turf Moor this season, which is illustrated by the 9 points they have brought back from 11 away games. The Clarets have also scored just 10 goals over that run of games, so hopefully United manages to shut Sean Dyche’s men out once more. We have a last-minute selection contingency plan in case Williams does not start.

Midfielders

Where we emphasised on Everton in defence this gameweek, we’re focusing on Manchester United in the midfield with two picks. Anthony Martial is the fourth-most expensive player overall in the Weekly Monster this round, due to his potential for a nice haul against Burnley at home. The injury of Rashford hurts United a lot, but this will only make Martial even more of a focal point in attack and the expectation is that the home team will dominate possession during most of the game. They have shown this season that they can struggle badly against teams that drop deep and aim for counter-attacks, but considering the 20 goals Burnley have conceded in 11 away games, we feel there could be some joy here for the French striker who is classified as a midfielder for Fanteam’s Weekly Monster and who has scored 4 goals in his last five Premier League games. He is our captain for GW24.

To some extent, the same goes for his teammate Juan Mata, though the big difference with the Spanish playmaker is that the latter is far from a secured starter under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer. With Pogba still (or is it again?) out injured, and both Lingard and Andreas Pereira disappointing as number 10, we expect Mata to be given a chance from the start on Wednesday. The last time he started was back in gameweek 22 against Norwich and in that game, he completed the 90 minutes and brought in an impressive 11 points on Fanteam. Fred and Matic are all cheaper than Mata and expected to start, so there is a bit of a Safety Net we can count on in case the Spaniard is not in the starting eleven for some reason.

Besides these two Man United stars, we have added another expensive asset to our midfield, namely Dennis Praet from Leicester City. The young Belgian midfielder started the last two gameweeks and recorded a more than decent 12 points in Fanteam over that period, courtesy of a goal and an assist. These two returns were his first two direct goal involvements of the season. As a matter of fact, the goal he scored against Southampton in gameweek 22 was his first for the club, mainly due to the fact that he didn’t start off the 2019-2020 campaign as a first-eleven player after arriving from Sampdoria in the summer. Since a gameweek or two though, he seems to have replaced his somewhat out-of-form compatriot Tielemans in the starting eleven, at least for the time being.

Our fourth midfield pick for gameweek 24 is a mainly budget-enabling one, allowing us to bring in a potentially explosive fifth midfielder with differential potential later. Crystal Palace are definitely no pushovers, as is illustrated by their current ninth place in the league, but Southampton are one of the teams in good form currently and we’re confident they will cause Roy Hodgson’s men some trouble coming Tuesday, which is why we’re filling out our squad with Stuart Armstrong. The kindly priced Scottish midfield is a mainstay in Ralph Hasenhüttl’s starting eleven and he has recorded 18 points in the Weekly Monster over the last five gameweeks. We’re hoping Palace come back to earth with a bump after their great result against Man City.

In comparison to last gameweek, we have gone with five instead of four midfielders this time and the fifth midfielder is a pick that combines form and fixture: Aston Villa’s Jack Grealish. The young English midfielder is Villa’s captain and overall best player, at least in an attacking sense, as most of the attacks run through him at some point. This includes a majority of set-pieces. He already has a more than respectable 7 goals and 6 assists to his name, which represents a direct involvement in just under 45% of his team’s goals. This Tuesday, a resurgent Watford roll up to Villa Park and even though that one is far from in the pocket for Villa, we do feel confident about Grealish’s potential to record a return here regardless of the game’s result.

Forwards

The first forward for our Weekly Monster GW24 team was also our first name of the team sheet. Leicester have just lost two consecutive games, against Southampton in gameweek 22 and Burnley last weekend, so it’s time for them to get back to winning ways again. A home game against West Ham looks like a good opportunity to do so and we’re hoping Jamie Vardy is feeling the same. He has cooled down considerably since his goal against Man City back in gameweek 18, recording just a single assist in the five games after that. Do remember that he did not feature in gameweeks 20 and 21, though. In any case, that’s not the kind of rhythm we had gotten used to from Vardy this season, so we’re hoping a goal or two against West Ham will get him back on track for the Golden Boot. He’s our vice-captain for gameweek 24.

Vardy is forming an attacking duo with Danny Ings this round, whose 14 goals and 1 assist helped him record a very nice 124 points in FPL and 104 points on Fanteam. Coming Tuesday, the Saints are travelling to South London where they will be facing Crystal Palace. The Eagles currently sit in 9th place, which can and should be considered quite a feat by manager Roy Hodgson and his men. The foundation of this result is their defensive solidity, which is underlined by the 10 goals they have conceded in 11 home games. Only Liverpool have conceded less. We feel that Ralph Hasenhüttl’s Southampton have hit a vein of form though, and we can see them taking the three points back to the English south coast this gameweek. If they do, you can count on Ings being involved.

As we said this team has been entered into the 20 euro FanTeam Weekly Monster and we hope to report back next week that we’ve shared part of the 50,000 euros prize pool. You can also follow discussions about FanTeam games on FISO’s FanTeam Forum. FISO members could win free ‘Weekly Monster’ entries (worth 20 euros) via the FISO FanTeam forum. There are freerolls for new entrants if registered within the last 8 weeks. Read all about a fiso member who won 30,000 euros on FanTeam from just a 2 euro entry fee. FanTeam have also just launched a 500,000 euro Fantasy Premier League game.

Fanteam announces record-breaking €500,000 Fantasy Event – SCOFF 2020

Our valued partner Fanteam are doing the unbelievable! They are launching a Fantasy Football Event which has a total guarantee of €500,000 and a top prize of €150,000 and a maximum of 1,000 teams to compete against. This is by far the biggest Premier League contest in the history of Daily Fantasy Sports! The event is called SCOFF – Spring Championship of Fantasy Football and covers the last two Premier League gameweeks in May 2020.  

Why we are telling you this now then? Because you can already start to qualify for it for the entry fee of just €1. Yes, that is right you are given the chance to turn €1 into €150,000 by playing Fantasy Football. Take some years off from work, buy a Lamborghini, or just use it as a deposit for your house; all sorts of things are possible with this win!

Its also possible to save a seat via a direct buy-in for €1,100. However, for those that have great Fantasy-minds, registering via a satellite can save you some bucks. These satellites are already live in the FanTeam lobby and we will explain them in more detail further below.

The SCOFF final then will consist of the gameweeks 37 & 38 of Premier League in daily fantasy style where the points from round 1 are added to round 2 for the final score. The two final rounds are independent, so you will be able to create a brand-new team in round two without getting any penalties – this is the real DFS experience. The final starts on the 9th of May. However, places are limited, so we recommend you to start qualifying as soon as possible!

Pay-out table for SCOFF 2020

Rank Prize
1st €150,000
2nd €75,000
3rd €42,000
4th €25,000
5th €12,000
6th €10,000
7th €8,000
8th €7,000
9th €6,000
10th €5,000
11th €4,000
12th €3,000
13th €2,500
14-17th €2,250
18-39th €2,000
40-69th €1,750
70-90th €1,500

These are the pay-outs, based on a prize pool of €500,000. The pool can never be smaller than this, but it can very much become bigger, in which case the extra money will be added to the prizes.

In the tournament lobby, you will find satellites for the SCOFF every day. They already started, so make sure to check them out right away! There will be different buy-in levels and different sports to qualify for the final! FanTeam have step 1, step 2 and direct qualifiers. You can qualify for SCOFF 2020 for as little as 1€! Don’t miss the chance of having a shot at winning a life changing prize playing Fantasy Football!

For unregistered users: Even if you are not familiar with Fanteam, or DFS in general, you should check out their website and give it a look. Thanks to our relationship with Fanteam, you can also have a free go every week at winning free entry tickets worth 20 euros to their 50,000 euro Weekly Monster. They also offer freerolls for beginners, so there is no need to deposit money before you can get to know the game. So sign up now and make use of our great deal.

Fanteam Weekly Monster Early Entry Team – GW23

FISO are starting a new series of weekly articles on Fanteam, Europe’s biggest daily fantasy football provider (and entering the team that we write about!). This series will focus on Fanteam’s Weekly Monster, a weekly fantasy league based on the Premier League games that kick-off on or after Saturday 3pm UK time with €50,000 worth of guaranteed prize money. That’s every gameweek, in case you were wondering. Our article will focus on a Early Entry for this weekly tournament which will help you identify game rules, tactics and the most promising players per gameweek so you can win some of that large prize money. Every gameweek, we will choose a team of eleven players from the selected Premier League matches within a virtual budget of €100 million. In that sense, the Weekly Monster is quite similar to the official Fantasy Premier League game we all know and love.

Our FISO team below will be entered into this week’s €20 entry (€50k prize pool) Weekly Monster, which has a maximum entry limit of 3,000. Every week, we’ll report back on how our team performed in the previous week. A finish in the top 20% of a given week would see us win part of the prize pool of which the winner normally takes home about €4,000. FanTeam also offer a €2 entry Weekly Monster with a lower prize pool (of which the winner normally gets about €500) for those who prefer to play with lower stakes.

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.

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. By ‘next’ lowest we mean if our player (who doesn’t start) is priced at 7m and two players priced less than him at 6.8m and 6.5m start then our replacement will be the 6.8m player. The automatic replacement is regardless of whether or not your selected player does take to the field later in the game. This rule means people who have entered a team into the Weekly Monster need not 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.

Don’t forget, the deadline for gameweek 23’s Fanteam Weekly Monster is set at 3PM (UK time) on Saturday, January 18th, 2020. You can enter a team earlier and make changes right up to the deadline. This means you have an hour to check the starting line-ups  for the 3PM games, so you can change your selections accordingly up until the 3PM deadline, but not after.

Gameweek 23 Weekly Monster matches

18/01/20 Arsenal Sheffield United
18/01/20 Southampton Wolves
18/01/20 Norwich Bournemouth
18/01/20 Manchester City Crystal Palace
18/01/20 Brighton Aston Villa
18/01/20 West Ham Everton
18/01/20 Newcastle Chelsea
19/01/20 Burnley Leicester
19/01/20 Liverpool Manchester United

How did our Weekly Monster team fare in gameweek 22?

Formation: 3-4-3  |  Budget used: €99.5m  |  GW22 finish: 1800th/2600 |  Prize pool: €0

NAME (club) (opponent) PRICE (m) RETURNS POINTS
Nick Pope (BUR) (CHE away) 4.3 2.5 saves, -1 for goals conceded 2.5
Joe Gomez (LIV) (TOT away) 7.6 Clean sheet, yellow card 6
Djibril Sidibé (EVE) (BRI home) 7.5 Clean sheet 7
Romain Saiss (WOL) (NEW home) 7.5 /// 2
Kevin de Bruyne (CIT) (AST away) 14.5 2 assists 10
Anthony Martial (UTD) (NOR home) 13.8 1 goal, clean sheet 9
Leandro Trossard (BRI) (EVE away) 6 /// 2
Adam Lallana (LIV) (TOT away) 7.6 /// 1
Jamie Vardy (LEI) (SOU home) 12.9 1 assist 5
Raul Jimenez (WOL) (NEW home) 6.2 /// 3
Danny Ings (SOU) (LEI away) 11.6 1 goal, yellow card 7

Our team suggestion for the Weekly Monster in gameweek 23

Formation: 3-4-3 |  Budget used: €99.0m | Focus on players from Man City, Southampton and Norwich

Goalkeeper

With Wolves’ exertions in the FA Cup on Wednesday when losing against Man Utd, we feel that Southampton may have the edge over them this weekend. Wolves are not on the best of runs at the moment whilst Southampton have beaten Spurs and Leicester in their last two EPL matches. So we’re picking 3 Southampton players, starting with McCarthy in goal, on the basis that if they beat Wolves there’s a chance all 3 players will then get in the points (and each earn the win bonus point).

Defenders

As is the case for the midfield and the forward line, our first defensive pick comes from the Manchester City roster. We wanted to select Ben Mendy, but seeing as he might be rotated with either Zinchenko or Angeliño, with Oleksandr Zinchenko being the most expensive of the three, and considering the Safety Net is in play, we’ve gone with the Ukrainian. If he starts, we’re fine, and if Mendy or Angeliño ends up starting, the playing asset will automatically replace Mendy in our Weekly Monster lineup. In gameweek 23, City are welcoming a goal-shy (10 goals scored in 11 away games) and injury-ravaged (currently 8 potential starters are flagged in FPL) Crystal Palace to the Etihad, and we can honestly see this going only one way. Eagles boss Roy Hodgson might be able to figure out a way to avoid a thrashing, but what we hope for most of all are points from Zinchenko/Mendy/Angeliño at both sides of the pitch. If we’re online in the hour up to 3pm and Mendy starts we’ll swap him in for Zinchenko to reduce our budget (useful in a tiebreaker).

Our second defender for gameweek 23 is this season’s FPL favourite John Lundstram, whose Sheffield United are visiting the Emirates to face Arsenal this weekend. At a glance, this might look like a strange pick, but let us explain. First of all, Sheffield are performing astonishingly well so far his season (they currently sit in sixth, four positions above Arsenal). Second of all, Lundstram plays as a box-to-box midfielder. Third of all, Sheffield play the kind of energetic and at times gritty football that Arsenal tends to have problems with. And fourth of all, despite the improving performances and results of late, and despite the positive messages coming from the club since Mikel Arteta’s appointment as head coach, this is still Arsenal, with an Arsenal defence and an Aubameyang-less attack. True, Lundstram away at Arsenal is a punt, but if there is one team from the traditional top-6 that could get into real trouble in a home game like this, it’s Arsenal.

Our third defender is selected using the same principles as our Goalkeeper. We think Norwich have a good fixture this weekend taking on Bournemouth at home and consequently we’re selecting three players from Norwich, one of which is their captain Grant Hanley. This also means we won’t incur any stacking penalty as all 4 players in our defence are from different clubs.

Midfielders

Our midfield is built around two main men and one of those two is Manchester City’s Kevin de Bruyne. The Belgian midfielder is displaying an almost terrifying consistency in the Premier League this season, with 5 goals and 6 assists in his last ten games. In gameweek 22, he brought our Weekly Monster team a very welcome 10 points, making him our best-performing player of the week. This weekend, KDB and his teammates are hosting Crystal Palace, which is why we have selected the midfield maestro again this gameweek. Lately, Guardiola has been experimenting with a different formation at times in which the offensive wingers are more or less sacrificed for a wider line at the back and a second striker up top. This has not been positive for the likes of Sterling and Bernardo Silva, who haven’t played a minute over the last two gameweeks (well, Sterling played 1 minute in GW21). Therefore, in comes Mr. Consistency De Bruyne, who looks to be City’s most rotation-proof asset and capable of delivering a decent haul against Palace this Saturday.

Our second premium name in midfield is Liverpool’s Mo Salah, who will be facing arch rivals Manchester United at Anfield on Sunday. The Egyptian forward scored a goal in GW21 and provided an assists in GW22, so he has been in pretty good form lately. If we look back in time a bit further, we see two blank 3-pointers in gameweeks 19 and 20, preceded by scores of 13 and 16 points in rounds 16 and 17, respectively (Salah did not feature in GW18). Manchester United have already conceded 15 goals in 11 away games and this weekend, Salah will most likely be facing the very talented, but still very young Brandon Williams at left-back. On top of that, Liverpool’s star attacker has a clear preferences for playing in front of his own fans this season, which is illustrated by the fact that 9 of his 10 goals this season were scored at Anfield. It’s always hard to predict the outcome of regional derbies like this, but we could see Salah have a field day on Sunday afternoon. Salah is our vice-captain for gameweek 23.

Our third and fourth midfielders are Stuart Armstrong of Southampton and Alexander Tettey of Norwich. We’ve already explained the reasons for choosing these two clubs and we’re hoping these two can provide an assist for our two strikers from Southampton and Norwich. Budget constraints mean we can’t afford someone more expenssive than Tettey.

Forwards

Like we did in defense with Zinchenko and in midfield with De Bruyne, we’re starting our offensive lineup with a Manchester City player as well, namely Sergio Aguero. Between gameweeks 12 and 21, the Argentinian striker just scored a single goal, which was mainly due to ongoing injury issues. Gameweek 22 saw him return to the Premier League spotlights in style though, scoring a hattrick and providing an assist to help his team to a 1-6 victory at Villa Park. Rotation was and is a serious risk for Aguero, as it is for the rest of his City teammates, but we’d be surprised to see Pep bench a Kun in red hot record-breaking form. Purely in theory, the Cityzens have the easiest fixture out of all (traditional) top clubs) as they are welcoming a Crystal Palace side suffering from a lack of goals and an overflowing treatment room. Aguero is also our captain for gameweek 23.

Our second pick for the front line is Norwich striker Teemu Pukki, who was injured last weekend, but reported to be fit in time for this weekend’s home encounter with Bournemouth. The Cherries are struggling badly at the moment and these struggles have seen them steadily descend down the Premier League table. Currently, they sit in 19th place, meaning there is just one team below them and that team is… you guessed it, Norwich. In other words, we’re betting here on a true and authentic bottom-of-the-table clash, one of the least predictable types of games. The visitors have booked just two victories in the last twelve games and they have scored only a single goal in their past five games, back in gameweek 19 versus Arsenal. Over that same period, they also conceded 11 goals. The Canaries haven’t done much better, to be honest, but they have shown a bit more reason for positivity. Their last victory was booked all the way back in GW13 against Everton, but they did draw four out of the subsequent nine games. Over that run, they scored 11 goals and 3 of those goals were scored by Pukki. In other words, Norwich have not completely lost their scoring touch, so we hope Pukki will be building on his total tallies of 9 goals and 3 assists this season on Saturday.

Completing our starting eleven for this week’s Fanteam Weekly Monster is possibly the most in-form Premier League striker of the moment, namely Southampton’s Danny Ings. Over the last 11 gameweeks, the Englishman has scored an incredible 10 goals. Over that run, he has only failed to return twice, against West Ham at home in GW 17 and versus Chelsea at Stamford Bridge in GW 19. When we decided to focus on Southampton as one of the main clubs from which to select players, he was the first name on our team sheet.

As we said this team has been entered into the 20 euro FanTeam Weekly Monster and we hope to report back next week that we’ve shared part of the 50,000 euros prize pool. You can also follow discussions about FanTeam games on FISO’s FanTeam Forum.

Fanteam Weekly Monster Early Entry Team – GW22

FISO are starting a new series of weekly articles on Fanteam, Europe’s biggest daily fantasy football provider (and entering the team that we write about!). This series will focus on Fanteam’s Weekly Monster, a weekly fantasy league based on the Premier League games that kick-off on or after Saturday 3pm UK time with €50,000 worth of guaranteed prize money. That’s every gameweek, in case you were wondering. Our article will focus on a Early Entry for this weekly tournament which will help you identify game rules, tactics and the most promising players per gameweek so you can win some of that large prize money. Every gameweek, we will choose a team of eleven players from the selected Premier League matches within a virtual budget of €100 million. In that sense, the Weekly Monster is quite similar to the official Fantasy Premier League game we all know and love.

Our FISO team below will be entered into this week’s 20 euro entry (50k prize pool) Weekly Monster which has a maximum entry limit of 3,000 and we’ll report back next week on where we finished. A finish in the top 20% would see us win part of the prize pool for which normally the winner gets about 4,000 euros. FanTeam also offer a 2 euro entry Weekly Monster with a lower prize pool (the winner normally gets about 500 euros) for those that want to try it out for smaller stakes.

Firstly we’re going to highlight a couple of very different rules that FanTeam in their Weekly Monster have compared to FPL.

Number one is that FanTeam have a rule called the ‘safety net’ so that if a selected player does not start in the Weekly Monster then the next lowest priced player from the same team automatically takes the place of your selected player (regardless of whether or not your selected player does take to the field later in the game). Have a look at our comments about our selection of Liverpool’s Lallana below for more detail. This rule helps people enter a team and then not worry too much about whether they 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 selected defenders/goalies all from the same club. The ‘stacking penalty’ rule is basically if you pick more than one defensive player (included keeper) from a particular club, the points awarded for a clean sheet will decrease by 1 point for each additional defensive player from the same club. The stacking penalty has a maximum of minus 3 points. This helps stop multi-entrants gaining an advantage by submitting block defence teams. A reasonable tactic can be to select 2 players from two different clubs for your Goalie and Defenders and thus only incurr 2 single point deductions if you nail both clean sheets correctly.

Don’t forget, the deadline for gameweek 22’s Fanteam Weekly Monster is set at 15h00 (UK time)on Saturday, January 11th 2020. You can enter a team earlier and make changes right up to the deadline. So you can have 1 hour of seeing what the starting line-ups are for the 3pm matches and can change your selections appropriately. But you can’t change your team after 3pm.

Gameweek 22 Weekly Monster matches

11/01/20 Wolves Newcastle
11/01/20 Leicester Southampton
11/01/20 Everton Brighton
11/01/20 Chelsea Burnley
11/01/20 Manchester United Norwich
11/01/20 Spurs Liverpool
12/01/20 Bournemouth Watford
12/01/20 Aston Villa Manchester City

Our team suggestion for the Weekly Monster in gameweek 22

Formation: 3-4-3 – Budget used: €99.5m. All Goalkeepers/Defenders from different clubs so no ‘stacking penalty’ would apply.

Goalkeeper

We’ve gone with Burnley’s Nick Pope as our goalkeeper for gameweek 22, a decision that is largely two-fold. First of all, his budget price allows us to spend big in other areas, which might come up handy as GW22 is offering plenty of attractive fixtures. Second of all, Chelsea’s frankly terrible home form. The Blues are actually in 14th place in the league when looking at just home games this season (14 points from 10 games in which they scored just 11 goals and conceded 10). Pope will also score 0.5 points for every save he makes.

Defenders

Everton’s Djibril Sidibé has been a mainstay in the Toffees starting eleven since Carlo Ancelotti took over at Goodison Park, mostly as a right-back and sometimes as a sort of right wing-back/right midfielder. Against Brighton at home this weekend, we hope the Frenchman will be posted more up-field again, possibly with Coleman behind him. The Seagulls have scored just 10 goals in 10 away games and taken just 8 points from that run, and in FPL, Sidibé has recorded 23 points over his past four games, courtesy of 2 clean sheets, an assist, and no less than 5 bonus points. In other words, we’re hoping for returns at both ends of the pitch from the Everton right-back. There are also 2 cheaper Everton defenders in case he doesn’t start (Coleman & Holgate).

Our second defensive pick is Wolves central defender Romain Saiss who is facing an injury-ravaged Newcastle at Molineux on Saturday. Out of the seven Magpie defenders with the most FPL points at this moment, six are currently flagged as injured or at least doubtful for this game. Of course, this is more interesting for Raul Jimenez (more on him later), but it also means that Newcastle manager Steve Bruce will probably start with a make-shift foundation against Wolves. His priority will more than ever be to strengthen his defence as much as possible and hope for a chance or two on the break. Wolves have not recorded a clean sheet since GW15, but this week looks like the perfect opportunity for their fourth shut-out of the season and Saiss is the cheapest nailed-on way into the Wolves defence. No cheaper (fit/green) Wolves defender so no safety net in play here if he doesn’t start but we’re confident he will.

The same goes for the cheapest Liverpool defender Joe Gomez, who is expected to start again on Saturday when Jurgen Klopp’s men roll up to the new Tottenham Hotspur Stadium to face a Spurs side that hurts to watch at times. The home team are missing a few important players for this one, the most important one obviously being star man Harry Kane, which convinced us to pick a Liverpool defender despite the (on paper) tricky fixture. Gomez has amassed a very nice 32 FPL points over his last 5 games and he is, by far, the cheapest way into the league’s best defence this week which means likely no safety net available. Gomez should have a good chance of starting though. The Spurs v Liverpool match is the late Saturday match so no-one will know for sure at the 3pm (UK time) entry deadline who will start for either team. We’re gambling that Gomez will start and get a clean sheet (needs a minimum 60 minutes of play to get the clean sheet bonus).

Midfielders

Man City’s Kevin de Bruyne was the second name on our team sheet this week, much like he is, so we believe at least, the first name on Pep Guardiola’s team sheet every week. The Belgian midfield maestro is facing Aston Villa at Villa Park, where the Villains have performed relatively alright so far this season (14 points from 10 games). They were more than extremely unlucky in gameweek 21 though, when both their starting striker (Wesley) and starting goalkeeper (Heaton) suffered season-ending injuries. At the same time, Man City are coming off an impressive 1-3 victory over arch rivals United at Old Trafford. Combining all these factors, plus City’s general footballing superiority, makes it difficult for us to imagine anything else but a comfortable scoreline for the away team and if that happens, count on De Bruyne pulling the strings. He is also our vice-captain for gameweek 22.

Our second big-hitter in midfield is Man United’s Anthony Martial, who has fully recovered from his injury issues and will be starting all the way up top for the Red Devils against Saturday’s opponent Norwich. In his last three games, the Frenchman scored 3 goals and brought his owners a sweet 25 FPL points, which comes down to an average of just over 8 points per game. Norwich are bottom of the league when it comes to away games (when it comes to home games and overall games as well, by the way) with just 4 points from 10 games. The Canaries shipped 16 goals in those games, which considerably raises Martial out-of-position striker appeal, especially knowing that the visitors will not (and maybe are not able to) “park the bus” in away games.

Brighton’s Leandro Trossard has definitely shown flashes of brilliance for the Seagulls in his first Premier League season, though manager Graham Potter has not been hesitant to rotate the young Belgian throughout the first half of the season. With creator-in-chief Aaron Mooy most likely out injured for the away game against Everton though, we feel the coach might look at Trossard for some much-needed creativity in the final third. Despite recording just 3 assists in his last 8 games, the winger already has a total of 2 goals and 5 assists to his name, which is not so bad when looking at his price. Everton at Goodison Park under Ancelotti is not going to be easy for Trossard or any Seagull, but we wouldn’t be surprised to him creating some danger, especially when considering he’s on plenty of set-pieces as well. There are a few cheaper Brighton players as well so safety net in play.

Our fourth and final midfielder for this week is a bit of a punt, as it’s not 100% sure Adam Lallana will start for Liverpool against Spurs on Saturday. With Milner, Fabinho and Keita all reported unavailable for the game, the third midfield spot on the Reds midfield seems to be between Lallana and Oxlade-Chamberlain. The former played an excellent game in Liverpool’s impressive victory over Everton in the third round of the FA Cup last weekend and despite just playing a single minute in GW21, the Englishman also played a fine game against Wolves in GW20, underlined by his assist for the only and this winning goal. This pick has been the result of budget constraints as well, but we feel it might be worth the risk but the safety net may not apply as Ox is more expensive and it’s unlikely any other cheaper Liverpool midfielder (assuming Milner ruled out) would start. If he is benched and no cheaper Liv midfielder starts then at least we will get Lallana’s points if he comes on (which is likely). The Spurs v Liverpool match is the late Saturday match so no-one will no for sure at the 3pm (UK time) entry deadline who will start for either team. We’re gambling that Lallana will play and score points.

Just to expand about the safety net – it would not be in play for us if Ox played and Lallana benched because Ox is more expensive. It would only be in play for Lallana if a cheaper Liv midfielder started (seems unlikely). If we instead selected Ox and he was benched but Lallana played then our selection of Ox would be automatically replaced by Lallana. But as we’ve selected Lallana only players the same price or cheaper than him would replace him if he’s on the bench. That said it seems likely he’d at least come on at some point even if benched and has a decent shout at starting. The other thing to bear in mind is that if our team is tied with others then the cheaper budget team would be ranked higher – so choosing Lallana has an advantage over choosing Ox (who is benched and then automatically replaced by Lallana).

Here is a copy of the ‘Safety Net’ rules:

If a player does not start his match, he will be replaced by an automatic sub if possible. The system will look for a replacement player that
1) is from the same club as the original player
2) plays in the same position as the original player
3) costs the same or less as the original player

All three conditions need to be met. Then the system will pick the player with the highest price and put him in place of the original player. (If there are no replacement players that meet all three conditions, the user will not get any replacement players and the original player will stand). There is no limit on how many replacement players a team can receive.

Tiebreaker rules when two or more replacement players costs the same. The system will choose
– the player with the most fantasy points in recent matches, ‘form’
If the players are equal on this point, the system will pick
– the player with the most fantasy points so far in the season
If still equal, the system will pick
– alphabetically

If a player does not start the match, but comes into play at a later point in time, he will still be replaced. However, if a player starts the match, but get subbed out at some point, he will not be replaced.

Forwards

Jamie Vardy was the first name on our team sheet and the captain’s band has not come off his arm since then. The English striker is currently the Premier League top scorer with 17 goals (he has also provided 5 assists, by the way) and the highest-scoring player in FPL overall with 144 FPL points. Due to the birth of his child and a minor calf injury, he missed the past two games for the Foxes, but on his return, on Wednesday against Aston Villa in the League Cup semi-final, he immediately returned by providing the assist for Leicester’s only goal. We feel that, despite the good current form of Saturday’s opponent Southampton, Vardy is going to continue where he left off a few gameweeks ago. He might not replicate his hattrick from the game at Saint Mary’s in gameweek 10, but if we feel anyone’s going to appear on the score sheet this weekend, it’s him.

With Wolves striker Raul Jimenez, we’ve chosen to get another expensive, big name for our forward line. The Mexican has not been particularly impressive in terms of big hauls this season, but his consistency is equally valuable. He is already on 8 goals and 6 assists this season, giving him a total of 106 FPL points, and 2 of those goals and 3 of those assists have come in the last 6 gameweeks. That’s including the 18 minutes of play time he got when he was rested in gameweek 20. This Saturday he is facing a Newcastle defence plagued by injuries and even though Steve Bruce has shown that he knows how to build a solid defensive unit with relatively limited means, we think Jimenez is going to capitalise on the current situation.

Completing our starting eleven for this week’s Fanteam Weekly Monster is possibly the most in-form Premier League striker of the moment, namely Southampton’s Danny Ings. Over the last 10 gameweeks, the Englishman has scored an incredible 9 goals. As a matter of fact, over that run, he has only failed to return twice, against West Ham at home in GW 17 and versus Chelsea at Stamford Bridge in GW 19. This weekend, Ings and co are visiting the King Power Stadium to face Leicester, which immediately explains the striker’s low price this week. Even though the Saints are not expected to go down with another 9-0 thumping, they are not expected to take much from this game. Still, in his current form, Ings might very well manage to snatch a goal.

As we said this team has been entered into the 20 euro FanTeam Weekly Monster and we hope to report back next week that we’ve shared part of the 50,000 euros prize pool. You can also follow discussions about FanTeam games on FISO’s FanTeam Forum.

FanTeam WCOFF winner, and FISO member, talks to FanTeam

The winner of this year´s World Championship of Fantasy Football on Fanteam is from Scotland. User ‘fscottl’ won the first prize of €30,000 by entering one of their €2 Euro qualifiers and playing his way to the top! The father of 4 boys works offshore on an oil rig and watches Premier League matches on the sea at night with his colleagues as well as hang out on the FISO forum. Read FanTeam’s interview below with the freshly crowned World Champion of Fantasy Football as he tells how he approached his way to the top, how he built his winning squad and what he is going to do with all that money!

‘As fscottl answers the phone, he is in a very cheerful state. We notice that he is genuinely happy about his triumph and seems very thankful throughout the entire interview.

Hi fscottl! Thanks for doing the interview with us! First things first: Congratulations on your big win!

Hi there! Thanks for the holiday!

Haha! How did you learn about Fanteam?

I used to play a fantasy game on another platform. It was a weekly game. I was doing ok on it, but it was slowly dying, there weren´t many people entering and the prizemoney was going down. So, I started looking around for another game and I stumbled across your site. I enjoyed the format and just took it from there.

How DFS helps fscottl against his boredom at the oil rig and connects him closer to his son

This means, you had some experience in playing DFS?

Yes, I found Daily contests a few years ago and I also tried DraftKings. I didn´t enjoy the format at all. The other one was slowly going down, so I was looking for some other platforms. As I work on an oil rig my nights can be a bit boring, so football is a very big thing out here. It´s important that on a Monday night when Watford plays Sheffield Utd, or something similar, that you have an interest in the game. And that was basically half the reason why I was interested in Fantasy Football as it helps me to have fun at night and not to spend huge amounts of money at Bookmakers.

This is definitely a great way to spend the nights on an oil rig!

Apart from that, in the early days Fantasy Football was a really good way to have an in-depth discussion with my oldest son. He had just become a teenager – teenagers are not the most communicative people at that age so it was great to have conversations where we were interested in each other’s opinion, not just me sounding like a parent and telling him what to do.

I believe that! Is he still into Fantasy Sports?

Yes, he still plays! I have four sons, Michael and Sean play Fantasy Football, Matthew and Garry prefer to have a real life ☺

Fscottl, it sounds like you enjoy the format that is offered on Fanteam. Is there anything that you would optimize?

I didn’t quite understand what the impact points were for at first, but the point system is simple and great. If you look for example at DraftKings, the scoring System is way too confusing. It is too difficult to work out what people are getting points for while you are watching the game, and don’t know what the results are until way after the end of the games. With Fanteam on the other hand, you know exactly what´s going to happen to your fantasy points when something happens in the game which makes watching the games a lot more exciting. It´s also great that you update your site very quickly. A really big plus is that after 60 minutes, the clean sheet points are shown, so you know, if your team keeps the clean sheet, you´ll stay up there. Other sites show the clean sheets only at the end and you can find yourself thinking you are going to win, but actually dropping from the top of the leader board , out of the money all together because a few players had stacked their defence with the team who got a clean sheet.

Oh yes, I think you had a lot of situations on your way to the €30,000 where you were either hoping for a clean sheet to hold or where you were hoping for a goal to be scored to destroy other guys clean sheets right?

Yes right, I don´t really remember all the details but the one I do remember was that I needed Leicester to score and I think Pereira got the assist, you also pointed that out in your blog.

The insane run of coincidences that lead to fscottl´s victory in detail

Right, that was a last-minute deciding moment. Did you watch the final game of WCOFF, Liverpool vs. Sheffield?

Yes! I started watching it by myself and after three minutes when Salah scored, I wanted to stop watching. I had checked the teams behind me and knew a lot of guys had Salah as their captain, so I knew if Salah scored two or three goals, I wouldn´t have won any money. So, what I actually did was, before the game I put a 20 pounds bet on Salah to score a Hattrick just to cover myself. It would have given me 600 pounds, so after Salah scored the first goal and I was watching it by myself, I was just about to turn the game off and walk away and not check it until it ended. But then I thought I wouldn’t be able to suffer doing that, so I went to the communal TV room and started watching it with some workmates, but I didn´t tell them that it was important to me. Obviously when Mané scored my reaction was a bit surprising to them. They all knew that I wasn’t a Liverpool supporter, so they were kind of confused. I then did tell them that I was playing a Fantasy Football Game but I didn´t tell them what kind of stakes were involved.

Yes, I remember Mané scoring the goal and then he had a huge chance again around the 65th minute?

I can´t remember that one but the amount of luck that I had to actually win it was just unbelievable. Even in that one particular game there were three or four strange incidents that happened that would have turned the game. And of course, the many chances for Salah! The one that hit the post and then went along the Goal line and the keeper grabbed it – I couldn´t believe that. Even afterwards for the first ten seconds I wasn´t sure that it hadn´t crossed the line and was just waiting for VAR to ruin everything. It was just crazy. When Mané got substituted I thought it was all over. I thought I might end up in the top 5. The strange thing was, and I haven´t really worked it out yet, when Mané went off I wasn´t sure if I wanted Sheffield Utd to score or not because the teams beside me had two Liverpool defenders and I just had one Liverpool defender so they would lose eight points and I would lose four points but I couldn’t work out at the time whether the people below me might over take me. So, for the last ten minutes of the game I didn´t know who to shout for apart from Salah not to score.

Did you know that if Salah gets subbed off you will make first place?

No! I knew that people around me had Salah as a captain, so I knew that they would get 2 points if he played 90 minutes as it´s one point for playing the whole match and it doubles for a captain. For me it was important that he either got booked or subbed off, but I didn´t think it would put me in first place, I thought maybe in second or third. Then, when he did get subbed off and I eventually looked at the leader board I couldn´t believe I was in first place! And what your site is very good at is that the scores are updated quickly and accurately so the live points are usually the final points. I knew I had 146 points and two other teams had 146 points and you had me in first place. At that time, I didn´t know what the deciding factor was. I thought maybe it was because I was top of the leader board after the first week. But I had no idea that it was about budget in the end.

Yes that´s always the first tiebreaker! You just spent around 0.2m less than the other guys.

Well that´s crazy because I might have bought Andy Carroll instead of Shelvey if I had known that so that would have given me another million, but as I got no points for Shelvey anyway, and as Carroll didn´t play, it actually wouldn´t had made any difference. But these small decisions can make the difference of thousands of Euros.

That´s right! So how did you approach Fanteam? Were you only eyeing WCOFF and try to win the qualifiers or did you play other contests as well?

Originally, I was playing the first game with the West Ham and Newcastle players, I think. I put in a team to win money that day and then on your site there is a window that pops up and asks you if you want to enter any of these other competitions and I saw the one with a ticket and I had some experience of other Games that had tickets to win a ticket to win a ticket. So I didn´t intend to play it until it popped up and it was just two Euros and I thought oh “ok I´m just going to do that as well” so that was the moment when I decided to enter the qualifier, when your pop up came on to my screen and showed the other contests I could join with the same team I just created. Thank you for that! Then I won the first ticket, or I think I actually won two tickets for the step two tournament. I actually emailed your support team to ask them “I have these tickets, what can I use them for?” and they explained the tournament page to me and showed me the step two tournament. Then I found the contest, entered two teams, I think those two teams were almost identical with Vardy as a captain in one and Tielemans as captain in the other. With the last-minute goal with a Pereira assist I won the ticket to WCOFF. I appreciate that I was so lucky winning the big ticket with only a few entries. Honestly, the first time I entered the qualifier, I had no idea what I was entering.

The decisive selection of Mane over Salah and fscottl´s drafting process

I think it has not only been luck. Your entire drafting process is really really good.

Thank you, I think there are some players which are standard options and after that its looking for players you think are, in your opinion good value. Fanteam do a really good job when they re-price the players each week as I rarely find someone that I consider a real bargain, but I have never had such a run of luck. Of all the decisions I made, apart from my Newcastle players, almost all came good. It was the most incredible lucky streak. The reason I had Jahanbahksh from Brighton in game 1, was because I bought him at the last minute as he was starting the first game that day and the money I had left meant there was no other realistic choice I could afford. But I also knew he was at Brighton for 18 months and had never scored although he had a great record in Holland. It was the first time I had even considered him. There was so much luck involved. In the first round, Shar was a budget choice as well. I thought it possible he might be on penalties as he used to be for Switzerland or get on the end of a Shelvey set piece as he is a central back, but he actually scored from a Carroll knock down. I did not expect that. I think he had scored 1 goal this season for Newcastle.

Another question is why you chose Mane and not Salah. I mean everybody chose Salah over Mane in the final.

Normally it is a coin toss between which one to choose, but I like your games with the safety net. For this game if I had Salah and he didn’t play I would have ended up with someone like Lallana or Ox, however as Mane was more expensive, if he didn’t play, I would get Salah. With all the games at Xmas and New Year the coaches rotate, so it was difficult to predict who would play for sure and who would be rested.

Alright that´s a good strategy to go there. That´s what safety net is for. And in general, before you draft your team. What kind of research do you do?

Not a huge amount. I check the injuries and likely line-ups, predict what the scores are going to be and decide which teams are more likely to score most or keep a clean sheet and then I stick with that. I don’t do a lot of research. I do watch a lot of football when I’m at work and I enjoy it more because of fantasy football, but my research is not as much as some of your guys, for example gaffel . I’ve since heard he does some statistical modelling. I am sure he is doing an awful lot of research which is obviously paying off. I really think a large percentage of my win was due to luck.

I think obviously some guys are bringing in a lot of research, but I think that you also need a feeling for the sport and some expertise that you can bring in when you watch the games.

Yes, Part of the fun is watching a game and noticing a player who is getting forward or into good goal scoring position but hasn’t scored for a while. Then if he is a bargain, I will add him to my next fantasy team. That is probably what everyone does. To use this strategy, there is no substitute to watching lots of games.

From not telling his wife about playing to going on holiday and fixing the house

The rumours are his own wife did not even know about the WCOFF until he had won it. Let us find out more about that myth and what fscottl is planning on doing with the price money.

Another question is more away from fantasy football. But our users would like to know what you are doing with your winnings. Do you have a plan on spending the €30,000?

I did not tell my wife or family until everything was confirmed, but they soon had their own ideas how to spend it. My first thought was that we would use some of it for a holiday. But there are also some other things around the house that need money spent on them. We will probably get a newer car as my present one is getting old, but I will hold back some money for Fanteam and play larger stake games until it runs out – or I get lucky again!

We can hear by the voice that fscottl is very thank thankful for the price money.

That sounds awesome! Do you plan on playing more on Fanteam after this win?

Oh absolutely. This might also lead to my wife Julie playing more DFS. She knows quite a bit about football. I remember that she picked Cantwell at the start of the season and I knew nothing about him, and he has turned out to be some bargain.

Ha-ha great pick! Maybe she should try her luck in the next WCOFF!

It is really great to have a wife that understands fantasy football; it also means I can watch more football at home. During the last World Cup, she watched more games than I did!!!

Yeah, I imagine! Are you interested in other sports on Fanteam ?

A: Not really, football is what I know most about. I know the basic rules of American Football, Baseball and Basketball but wouldn’t play them. I do play other football leagues though like LaLiga and Serie A. For other sports, I doubt I have enough knowledge although I might have a go on tennis now, I have the funds.  Maybe when Andy Murray gets back to his best.

I think your research process is really dependent on the sport that you like. I think you can make a lot of money with this in the future as well.

It’s great having a hobby that makes you money rather than spending it, but part of the reason of playing Fantasy Football is that it makes a football game more exciting at night when I am at work. I now want to watch a Monday night match like Sheffield United vs Watford thanks to fantasy sports which even makes that match something to look forward to. Even if I have no players from either team, I know that other players do, so I watch hoping for no clean sheets, bookings and sending offs for example, so it makes football much more interesting.

Yes, that is a main argument for Daily Fantasy. Many people say so.

I know a lot of people use bookmakers for the same reason, but fantasy football is better and cheaper than betting with a bookie. I know many people can lose large sums on games like Sheffield United vs Watford, just to make that game exciting. But with fantasy football you can spend 2€ and get much more excitement and make more money than with a bet.  How many times have you heard of someone betting first goal scorer only to have that player score second? With Fantasy Football you get the same thrill from either and often have an interest right up until the final whistle.

I totally agree, good point. Thank you so much for now. Do you have anything to add?

Instead of gambling on a game with a Bookmaker, I suggest those people try fantasy sports. You have the chance to win a lot of money at a small cost while still experiencing the thrill.

I want to thank your company and your team very much for the product. You have done a great job and the game is not over complicated. DraftKings for example is way too difficult to play. With your product, you can select players from the teams you like and there is still a reasonable chance to win. The experience has been amazing, and the win has been huge for me. I told my wife and my kids I had won this competition when they were all together and they were so excited, so that was a very nice moment for me, but it has also made my entire family really happy.

Thanks for the nice last words fscottl! We are very happy to hear that.

Thank you for everything. For your team, for the amazing product, and for the customer service who explained what I had to do with my tickets. I can honestly say I have never dealt with any company in any industry who are so quick and helpful with their customer support. I have seen quite a few Daily Fantasy Sports come and go in my time and know how difficult it is to create such a great product and I think you have probably got the balance just right. That combined with the ease of use of the website and app makes this an amazing product – Easy to say from someone who is €30,000 richer because of it ☺

Rumours are that another, even bigger event is in the planning, so make sure to register on Fanteam and do not miss out to be the next big winner.

Fanteam is the biggest Daily Fantasy Sports platform in Europe. Weekly Premier League Tournaments with a guaranteed prize pool of €50,000 are topped by big events like the WCOFF. Watch out for even bigger contests in the future – Fanteam will provide life-changing prizes for the best DFS-players!

2 x €3,000 (Rookie) Xmas Freeroll on Fanteam!

Turn €20 into €30,000!

We can’t wait for the World Championship of Fantasy Football 2019 to begin and FanTeam want to give their new users the chance to take part in the biggest Fantasy Football event this winter!  

Register now on Fanteam to participate.

Only around 100 teams will compete for the top prize of €30,000 in the WCOFF!

Freeroll for all 2019 users

If you signed up on Fanteam after 1st Jan 2019 and join the upcoming Boxing Day 50k contest (€20), you will receive an exclusive ticket to a Freeroll tournament where the first 3 places win a ticket to WCOFF 2019.

Each of those 3 tickets is worth €1,000!

Additional Freerolls for new users! – Get a 1000€ ticket with ease

For new users it gets even better. If you registered later than the 23rd of December, you will get an additional shot at the NEWBIE 3,000€ Freeroll. The playing field here will be extremely soft, as you only play against new players. In addition, you can expect a small number of participants. – Just remember, make sure to enter one team in the 20€ Boxing Day event.

So get in and save your €1,000 Ticket.

The Freerolls will cover the last 3 games of Boxing Day and starts on 26 Dec at 17:30 CET with the kick off of ManU vs. Newcastle.

Now what are you waiting for. Start your New Year right with a 30,000 euro payday.

Click here to register.

Now what are you waiting for. Start your New Year right with a 30,000 euro payday.

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Champions League Group Stage Fantasy Football – 100,000 euros of guaranteed prizes

Fan Team’s Champions League Group Stage Fantasy Football competition starts on 17 September 2019. There is a limit of 20 entries per person and a total of a maximum 4,800 entries accepted (at 25 euros per entry) with 100,000 euros prize money guaranteed.

You can win a free entry to this tournament via this FISO Forum topic

Group stage Champions League 19/20 Info

Transfers 

For the Group stage Champions league tournament there are two free transfer allowed between each game week. If you don’t use your 2 free transfers one week, you have four free transfers the following game week. It is not possible to save more than 2 transfers, and the maximum amount of free transfers is therefore 4. If you use 1 transfer in a round, you can save the other transfer to have 3 free transfers the following game week. Additional transfers (more than the number of free transfers available) will be penalised with four minus points each. 

Price changes 

Player prices can change when the group stage is ongoing. The price changes are based on how popular a certain player is on a transfer market and can also be influenced by the form of the player. The price you see for a specific player is what it costs to buy him, and it is the amount you will receive when you sell him. There is no tax when you sell players, so the actual prize of the player when you sell him is the amount you will receive. The maximum price change for a player up or down is 0.1M per day, and 0.3M up or down between the rounds. 

Wildcard 

There will not be any wildcards available for this tournament. 

Substitutes 

You have to select four (4) substitutes in the Group stage Champions league tournament: three field players and a goalkeeper. Please note, that these are ordered in priority from left to right, meaning your primary substitute is the one on the farthest left. If one or more players amongst your starters did not play in the match at all, the system will automatically substitute the non-playing player with the 1st available substitute. If your first substitute did not play, the system will move to your second substitute and try to substitute him. Important! The substitutions will work only if the legal formation is kept. For example: If you’re playing in a 3-4-3 formation, and one of your defenders did not play, as well as your first substitute is a midfielder, the system will automatically prioritise to a legal formation, it will move to the second substitute and add a defender.

Team Roster

A fantasy team cannot include more than 3 players from the same team in this tournament.

Late registration

In this tournament, users can register until the start of GW3, after that the late registration will be closed. While late registrations can not earn player points for gameweeks that started before they entered, they will get a compensation equal to 70% of the average points other entries in the tournament have accumulated so far. Example: A user enters a team one hour after gameweek 2 started. His players will not earn points for gameweek 2; they will get to work in gameweek 3. Since the user is missing points from gameweek 1 and 2, we will give him a compensation, so it is possible (but not an advantage) to enter late. If the average points received in the tournament after 2 gameweeks was 150, this late entry will get a compensation of 0.70 x 150 = 105 points.

SUMMARY OF GAME RULES

Build a squad of 15 players (2 GKs, 5 DFs, 5 MFs, 3 FWs) just like Fantasy Premier League
Tournament ends after the 6 groupstage matches
Select a maximum of 3 players from any one club
The transfer budget is a familiar 100.0M
Maximum 20 teams per user
Player prices rise and fall during the groupstage based on form and in-game transfers
Unlike the official Fantasy Premier League game, a player’s selling price is the same as their buying price 
You can make UNLIMITED transfers until the Gameweek 1 deadline
Each gameweek deadline is 10 seconds before the first match kicks off
You must select a captain and a vice-captain each week – your captain will earn double points
You have 2 free transfer each gameweek, additional transfers cost -4 points each
If you don’t use your free transfer it will be carried over to the next gameweek, up to a maximum of 4 free transfers

€100,000 GTD Group Stage Game

The guarantee for the season game 2019/20 is €100,000! Most of the money will be paid out according to the standings at the end of the season, as follows.

Total prizepool is €100,000
1st € 20 000
2nd € 12 500
3rd € 10 000
4th € 7 500
5th € 5 000
6th € 3 000
7th € 2000
8th € 1 500
9th € 1 250
10th € 1 000
Rank 11-20 € 500 each
Rank 21-30 € 300 each
Rank 31-40 € 200 each
Rank 41-50 € 125 each
Rank 51-75 € 75 each
Rank 76-100 € 50 each
Rank 101-200 € 40 each
Rank 201-500 € 30 each
Rank 501-600 € 25 each

Best gameweek manager for each of the 6 gameweeks:
1st €500
2nd €250
3rd €100

Highest round-score of the group stage:
1st €1000