I am joining this weekend’s tasty €50,000 one day fantasy tournament by Fanteam.
In this article I’ll explain what the tournament is, how it will be scored and how much you can win!
At the end, I will display my team providing justifications for each choice.
Additionally, Fanteam are offering a free €20 ticket for new registrations here >> https://fanteam.blog/20PLBonus/
So what is the tournament?
First of all, this is a daily fantasy tournament so will only comprise of this weekend’s Premier League matches. So when you’re picking your team, be sure to simply look at this weekend’s fixtures.
First prize in last weekend’s tournament was €4,353,58, and they paid out 462 spots.
The tournament will begin at Saturday 16:00 CET and has a limit of 3,000 teams, so be sure to secure your entries by registering early.
Don’t worry, you can make changes to your team for free all the way up to the deadline. The tournament is open until the last minute, so you will be able to check the line-ups for 4 of the matches.
NEW: The tournaments now have safety-net added. This means that if you have a player not starting his match, he will be replaced by a starting player from the same team, in the same position, and with equal or lower price.
The system chooses the closest player in price as the original player you bought. If several players are same price, player with highest form gets chosen. If still equal, total points in season and then alphabetical is selected.
How is it scored?
As you can see from above, the scoring is almost identical to FPL HOWEVER, there are subtle differences that can make a big difference.
Main differences from FPL:
- 1 point scored if a midfielder or forward plays the full match
- 0.5 for a GK save instead of 1 point for every 3 saves
- -2 if a player concedes a free kick that the opposition scores from
- -2 if a player concedes a penalty
- 1 point if a players team wins in the period that the player is on the pitch
- -1 if a players team loses in the period that the player is on the pitch
So midfield options, particularly CDMs, particularly benefit from the above scoring system, as they are typically less likely to be subbed and therefore get their extra 1 point, and if they keep a clean sheet, then you’re looking at 4pts, if they win, then 5pts.
My Team and Justifications
So yes, I know, this looks like an unorthodox team, but Fanteam aren’t making it easy for us to pick who we want for this weekend’s fixtures so you have to be savvy with your picks.
I’ve gone with 2 attackers as I think this weekend’s fixtures aren’t as good for strikers.Embed from Getty Images
For my main attacker, I’ve gone with Aubameyang. All the other attackers are a bit pricey and I don’t think Vardy will hit big this weekend, as Villa are a decent side.
West Ham pulled off a huge 1-0 result against Chelsea in the previous game week but slumped to a 2-0 defeat to Wolves last night, where they looked pretty lacklustre. With Emery out it’s hard to say what Arsenal we’ll get but what’s been relatively consistent, is Aubameyang’s goalscoring, and against a poor Hammers defence, I fancy him to do well.
I’ve had to be a little more savvy with my other attacker as prices are very high in this DFS tournament, so I’ve gone with Lys Mousset! The former Bournemouth man has been on fire for the Blades recently, with 4 goals and 3 assists in his last 6 appearances. With a fragile Norwich defence up next, there’s no reason he can’t add to his tally.
It was costly, but I had to get Mohamed Salah in given he was fully rested last night.Embed from Getty Images
Bournemouth appear to be struggling right now, with only 1 win in their last 9 Premier League matches. The Egyptian’s record against the Cherries is also extremely enticing, with 6 goals in his 4 Premier League appearances against them, including a hat-trick the last time he played at the Vitality stadium.
I’ve also put a fair bit of money into Dele Alli. This is purely based on his electric form right now under new manager Mourinho. The way he brought down that spinning ball from the sky and expertly tucked it past David De Gea against United demonstrated just where he’s at right now and a home game against Burnley represents a decent chance to continue his purple patch.
The other three, Georginio Wijnaldum, James Ward-Prowse and Jack Grealish complete the midfield.
I’ve picked these guys based on their ability to play 90 minutes. Both Wijnaldum and JWP have a reasonable chance at a clean sheet and a win, therefore they could conceivably earn 5pts and that’s without the added potential of a goal or assist.
Wijnaldum doesn’t often venture forward so he’s very much in there for the prospect of getting 5pts (clean sheet, 90 mins and a win) but Grealish and JWP are both picks based on the fact they’re key playmakers for their side, with JWP taking most set-pieces and penalties and Jack Grealish playing an attacking role for Villa.
The main defender is Serge Aurier, picked for his rampaging runs forward and attacking threat.
He’s put in a total of 23 crosses from the right hand side in the last 5 PL games, creating 7 chances, 2 of which being big chances. Spurs are looking shaky at the back admittedly, but so are most of the bigger sides, so I thought the home game + the attacking threat of Aurier at a cheaper price than the Liverpool full backs might be an intelligent pick.Embed from Getty Images
Of course, I have to go with Sir John of Lundstram.
What else can I say about this guy? He’s an FPL marvel. Listed as a defender on both FPL and on this, playing the box to box role for Chris Wilder, he simply has to go in for this game against the Canaries, who flick between prolific and completely impotent in attack, with the Blades boasting a solid defensive record to boot.
My last defensive pick, well, I was short on funds quite frankly. Martin Kelly is my final choice, and this is purely based on price and the fact that Watford have been pretty poor the season in all department, whilst Roy Hodgson’s side, can be quite tough to break down. So, not much hope for this one but it’s an outside shot for a clean sheet.
I’ve decided to opt for Dean Henderson and double up on the Blades’ defence.
He has a solid save rate and Norwich should put plenty of shots on the goal being the home side. On top of that, the Blades’ defence has been very solid, with them keeping the second highest amount of clean sheets in the PL to date.
So, now that you’ve read all of the above, get yourself over to Fanteam and sign up now, or if you’ve already done that, get yourself registered for the €50,000 weekly Premier League monster! There’s only 66 registered players right now and remember, the €50,000 is GUARANTEED, so currently, you haven’t got many people to beat 😉
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