FanTeam Gameweek 36 Weekly Monster Tips
FPL Matthew tries his hand at FanTeam!
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In this week’s Monster Tournaments, instead of playing for hard cash, you’re playing to win a golden ticket to the FanTeam Spring Championship of Online Fantasy Football 2021 (SCOFF). Capped at just 600 entries this tournament, covering the last two Gameweeks of this season, normally has a buy-in cost of £990, first prize of a life-changing €100,000, with the top 20% cashing at least €1,500 but you can win a ticket this week!
There are 50 tickets up for grabs in the £18 Monster and 10 in the £1.80 Mini-Monster.
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I’ve played Fantasy Premier League (FPL) for years and, with eight top 10k finishes I’ve always wondered if there was a way to try and use this skill and research to try and win some money. I’ve watched ‘cash games’ come and go over the years but I’ve not found one to be similar enough to FPL to really leverage these abilities…until now.
The more I looked into it, FanTeam is as near to “FPL for money” that you’re going to get and I’m looking forward to giving it a go! I’m going to get a bit of practice, and a lot of fun, in the Premier League run in with the Weekend “Monster” Tournaments, then the Euros tournament and then, all being well, the Season Long Premier League Tourney next season – I suspect these longer-form touranaments are where our skills as FPL players really lie.
Last week was my Fanteam debut and I managed to win £85 in the Monster Tournament – maybe Beginners’ luck?
What is the FanTeam Weekly Monster?
- It’s similar scoring to the regular FPL game (as you can see from the image below). You already know how to play.
- Here’s a summary of the differences in FanTeam scoring compared to FPL:
- However, you don’t have to invest 10 months of your time for a chance at winning anything. This is a single Gameweek that completes after the last fixture on Monday and the cash prizes are paid all the way down to 863rd place. There’s more chance of winning a prize in this than a cash mini league.
- Imagine you’re playing a free hit. What’s the best possible 11-man squad you could build to attack the fixtures this Gameweek?
- The squad budget is 105 million rather than the usual 100 million and the player prices have been adjusted in line with the fixture difficulty i.e. the most expensive players have the easiest fixtures.
- If there’s a tie break, then the team with the lowest value will win.
- There aren’t any substitutes, you only select 11 players and the safety net applies. That means if anyone you select doesn’t play, then the game auto replaces them with an equivalent (or lower) priced player from the same team.
- There’s a stacking penalty. This means that you get a point deducted for a clean sheet, for every player where you have more than one defensive player from a team. The reason for this is to protect you from users that enter multiple teams that stack their defensive line ups to ensure an entry will get a clean sheet. This levels the playing field and means that you don’t need to make multiple entries to stand a chance.
Check out our FanTeam Beginner’s Guide
OK, that’s the basics… lets get into the Tournament!
FanTeam Weekly Monster Gameweek 36 – Fixtures
Unlike the main game and FPL, the deadline isn’t until kick off of the first match, so you can take advantage of any early team news. However, don’t worry if you can’t be around for that time – FanTeam’s safety net will apply.
That means anyone who doesn’t start will be automatically replaced with the closest equivalent teammate (for the same price or cheaper) e.g. if Salah doesn’t play you may well get Mane.
This happens immediately though, which unfortunately means that if the player you selected comes on at half-time and bags a hat-trick then you won’t get their points.
My Top Tips
- Go big or go home – in FPL you can do pretty well by consistently being in the top 50% each Gameweek, however in FanTeam that is no use as only the top 20% take home the cash. This means that you have to aim high – things like doubling up on defences and/or on attacks and going for high upside ‘punts’ or perhaps a differential captain, alongside safer options. Ideally you’re looking for things like double clean sheets and grabbing both the goal and the assist when a team scores – easier said than done of course. Obviously the Season-long may suit more traditional FPL strategies
- Predict the results – I feel that the key to success in these short-format tournaments is trying to predict the results and then picking a team based on these predictions. Very much complementary to the point above, this means picking the right defences, the right attacks and the winning teams (remember those impact points for winning the match!). Of course, this is easier said than done!
- You can’t have ’em all – perennially true in FPL but perhaps even more so here, with the dynamic pricing based on fixture ease. In practice it means that you have to forego at least one big team that week. Similarly, due to team value constraints, you probably need to back at least one less fashionable team to get a result, possibly involving a clean sheet
- Take advantage of the Safety Net feature – a bit like subs on FPL but if your player doesn’t start then you get a player from the same team and position and of equal or lower price. This means, for example, you can go for a high risk, high upside player, as long as there’s a viable safety net player if they don’t start. For example, pick Raheem Sterling and he doesn’t start, you could get Riyad Mahrez, Phil Foden, etc, instead depending who wins the Pep Roulette and starts.
Readers of my weekly FPL Team Reveal articles will know that I like to go through a ‘process’ in picking my team, a structure on which to base my game on and, ultimately, to try and simplify things as much as possible. Well, I’m going to do a similar thing here, albeit a process tailored to FanTeam and the shorter format.
In essence my process will be:
- Predict the results
- Identify key teams to focus on based on these predictions
- Identify the best potential players from these teams
- Construct a team using these players within the constraints of the budget, formations, 3-per-team limit, etc
Note: due to turnaround time this week, all stats below exclude the midweek games
1. Predicted Results
Here I have considered factors such as the relative recent team attacking and defensive stats, overall team quality and motivation (what have they got left to play for) and come up with my predictions for the relevant matches. I have then bolded the teams that I fancy to win and therefore will focus on these teams.
What do the Bookies say?
Strong favourites: Tottenham, Liverpool, Everton
Favourites: Southampton, Aston Villa,
They view Brighton vs West Ham as close to call.
2. Identify the teams to focus on
So, the teams I will focus my selection on this week, subject to affordability, are:
- Aston Villa
- West Ham
Teams with potential value options:
Depending where I get to with these teams and my budget I may need to throw in a few wildcard picks from other teams
3. Identify the best potential players from these teams
Here, I will be looking more at attacking players (including their attacking fullbacks). As I’m looking here at potential goal involvement, I’m going to look at the whole season from the Hub’s Opta Stats Tool – stats per appearance. This is sorted by Goal Involvement %
Obviously a tougher fixture but I wouldn’t rule out a clean sheet for them so may be a useful enabler. Here, I’m looking at expected Attacking FPL points per appearance for defenders only.
Now, let’s look at the top 20 most in form players from all teams from the Hub’s Opta Stats Tool– last six Gameweek, stats per appearance and sorted by expected FPL points – clearly we also need to consider player quality when looking at expected stats but this is a good indicator.
Finally, I’ll just pick out a few potential value picks for this week based on Fanteam pricing:
- Matheus Pereira (£6.1m) – bang in form although clearly a tricky fixture
- Jesse Lingard (£9.0m) / Michail Antonio (£9.2m) – could they exploit a Brighton defence without the suspended Lewis Dunk?
- Jarrod Bowen (£8.7m) – an even cheaper Irons option but more of a starting risk
- Vladimir Coufal (£7.4m) – attacking fullback at a decent price, although this fixture could go either way
- Robert Sánchez (£6.9m) – conversely, perhaps the Brighton keeper can repel the Hammers?
- Danny Ings (£10.4m) – returned to fitness with a brace against Crystal Palace – could he repeat the trick against Fulham?
- Ollie Watkins (£9.9m) – back from his controversial suspension, he’ll be looking to make amends against Crystal Palace
4. Construct a team!
Now, I need to take all of my findings above, add in my own opinions and gut feelings and construct a team that I’m happy with and fits within the budget, team limits (3 per team) and formation constraints. Bear in mind that some picks may be based on price, whilst we also need to consider, and take advantage of, the ‘Safety Net’ feature where, for example, a higher risk option can be picked, provided there is a player in the same position and of equal or lower price that can step in should the selected player not start.
This is, of course, the ‘end-game’ as far as this process is concerned but its also the part of the process that can’t really be mapped out or explained step-by-step. This is where the magic (hopefully!) happens.
Selection notes: Matty Cash is a doubt, having come-off injured yesterday – if he doesn’t make it then Ahmed Elmohamady should come in via the Safety Net feature.
Good luck all!
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