Footstock Fantasy Football Gameweek 18 Gold Contest teams revealed by contributor Holly Shand. Put your money where your mouth is by entering your Footstock Fantasy Football GW18 team into Footstock contests.

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Footstock Fantasy Football Gameweek 18

Gold contests are available for all of the FPL Gameweek 18 fixtures, plus the three fixtures occurring across Tuesday. In this article, the focus is on the Gold contests, where there is no limit on the number of stars allowed from the respective card ratings. The prize pots sit at £1,500 for each contest and we have seen these pots approach £5,000 at the deadline

Gameweek 18 FPL

Footstock GW18 Gold Contests

Strategy

It’s important to understand the Footstock Scoring Matrix when creating those lineups, as it does differ from FPL GW18 tips and is far more rigorous. Goals (20) are worth double the points of an assist (10), a win (6) is worth more than a clean sheet (5) for defenders.

Goalkeepers score 10 points for a clean sheet, which is double the amount a defender gains. This is important to note, with some prolific goalkeepers having a high base return.

Wingers like Adama Traore, Wilfred Zaha and Allan Saint-Maximin are particularly suited to the scoring matrix for their actions such as successful dribbles.

When picking a side, the win bonus is an important factor to bear in mind, so it doesn’t make sense to select players from opposing sides within the same lineup. As with GW18 FPL tips, the points ceiling is far higher for offensive players, so I tend to select more attacking lineups.

With no substitutes allowed, it's important to try and pinpoint players who still start, although we will have early team news for the opening fixture of the contests; Sheffield United vs Newcastle United on Tuesday. There's always the possibility of postponements, so keep an eye on the latest news and submit those lineups close to the deadline.

For the Gold contests, there's a minimum requirement across the nine players to have at least one goalkeeper, one defender, two midfielders and one striker. You are only permitted to enter a maximum of eight cards from one team.

Fixtures

We have all Footstock Fantasy Football Gameweek 18 fixtures available here. Setting your lineup is similar to playing a Free Hit in Fantasy Premier League, although you aren't limited to three players per club, there's no set budget and very offensive formations are viable. When selecting lineups, it's important to first consider the likely winners, then identify potential goalscorers and assisters, clean sheet potential and those players with a high base points potential.

The big favourites for the midweek games according to the bookies are Manchester City, Manchester United, Arsenal and Tottenham Hotspur.

Lineups

Taking all of the above data into account, I've constructed my lineup for the Gold contests on offer this week to create the best team for GW18.

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