Danilo, Footstock veteran and winner of last seasons £10k Freeroll, shares his lessons learned and top tips ahead of the kick-off of the Footstock 100k Freeroll.

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With the Premier League starting in just a few days time, the beginning of Footstock’s flagship £100k season-long freeroll contest is just around the corner

As the winner of the 2019/20 Footstock 10K Freeroll edition, I was invited by Fantasy Football Hub to write about my learns from last season and share some of my top tips on how to construct a competitive line up this time around.

Rule Changes

Firstly, it is worth noting the rules have changed slightly: we shall focus on this season requirements and apply last years learns to the new format.

The prizes on offer for the Footstock 100k Freeroll season-long contest are simply amazing: £25k to the overall winner, £10K to second place, £5k for third and £5k to the highest overall weekly score, just to name a few. Catch the full rules and prize breakdown here.

The rules themselves are very simple but yet very challenging. There are some key factors to consider when constructing a line up: you need a total of 11 players, with a maximum of two players per team. You need to include at least one goalkeeper, three defenders, three midfielders and two strikers. There are no limitations for the last two spots.

Challenges do not end there though! Arguably the biggest one of all is the maximum of 35 stars, which means an average of 3.18 stars per player.

If you are not familiar with how the star ratings work on Footstock, I would recommend researching this key aspect of the platform: in a nutshell these are dynamic, can and will change throughout the season based on players performance against their scoring matrix.

Lessons Learned and Top Tips

Unlike traditional season-long fantasy contests, on the Footstock 100K Freeroll you pick an XI for the entire season. Once submitted, the team is locked and therefore it's important to consider how your selections may fare during the entire season. Key factors include minutes played or expected, the player’s ability to score points in fantasy contests and factors that may change during the season which could affect them either positively or negatively.

Ideally, you’d want your players to play 90 minutes most of the time: regular starters who hardly get rotated such as Harry Kane or Virgil van Dijk are good examples. That’s easier said than done and in modern football that’s not often the case: rotation, injuries, loss of form, International and European competitions can all play a part on Premier League selections.

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