FanTeam Gameweek 38 Weekly Monster Tips
FPL Matthew tries his hand at FanTeam!
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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 tournaments are where our skills as FPL players really lie.
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 38 – 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.
Fanteam Weekly Monster – 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.
FanTeam Weekly Monster Team Selection
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 Gameweek 37 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, home advantage with fans back) and come up with my predictions for the relevant matches.
I have also added another column – “Focus” – showing the teams that I will look to focus on for certain aspects, i.e.
G = potential for goals
CS = potential for clean sheets
V = value – potential enablers
With Wolves in front of their returning fans and Manchester United perhaps starting to turn their focus towards the Europa League final, perhaps Wolves could even sneak an unexpected win?
What do the Bookies say?
Strong favourites: Chelsea, Leeds, Liverpool, Man City
Favourites: Arsenal, Leicester, West Ham
They view the other matches as close to call.
2. Identify the teams to focus on
So, based on analysis above, the teams I will focus my selection on this week, subject to affordability, are:
3. Identify the best potential players from these teams
For each team, I’m looking at players’ potential goal involvement, therefore I’m going to look at the whole season from the Hub’s Opta Stats Tool – stats per appearance and sorted by Goal Involvement %. Where I’m looking at attacking potential, I will include all players and where I am looking for clean sheets I will look just at their defenders. I have ‘cut off’ at a logical point in each case.
I wouldn’t normally include a player with such a small amount of appeararances, except that Carvalho’s only start, and goal, happened to be very recent so he might be an interesting option.
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’m also going to look at FFStuff’s tool showing the top scorers on Fanteam itself – in this case I’ve filtered it on the last 10 Gameweeks. FFStuff is an official partner of Fantasy Football Hub and has some great tools covering various fantasy football games – check it out.
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.
And, as this is Gameweek 38, traditionally a high scoring final weekend of the season, I am also going to go with a team backing Newcastle defence in that match, instead of Fulham, and with a more “all out attack” feel to it, in the hope of some high scoring affairs:
Good luck all!
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