Fantasy Football Hints & Tips – Gameweek 12

Gameweek 11 seems like a long time ago, doesn’t it? I swear there have been more international breaks than ever this season. Before you say anything, I know that isn’t true, but I’m certainly glad that the Premier League is returning this weekend. It starts off with a bang, too, as Spurs play Arsenal at…

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Fantasy Football Hints & Tips – Gameweek 11

Gameweek 10 was a strange one. The fact that Kane and Coutinho were both ruled out late in the day meant that many FPL managers were left with some expensive no-shows in their squads. Some opted to use their wildcards or their Free Hit (if they still had them) to remedy this, but the uncertainty…

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Fantasy Football Hints & Tips – Gameweek 10

Many were left frustrated with Pep Guardiola’s unpredictable starting line-up last week, with Raheem Sterling and popular captain choice Gabriel Jesus benched. However, a certain Harry Kane saved the gameweek for many with two goals and an assist in Sunday’s demolition of Liverpool. There is no Friday game in gameweek 10 to catch you out,…

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Fantasy Football Hints & Tips – Gameweek 9

Last week turned out to be a colossal disappointment for those who captained Lukaku or Kane (ie – a LOT of you), but rewarded FPL managers who put their faith in Man City’s lethal attack. If you don’t have any of Pep’s boys in your starting 11 at this point, then it’s time to take…

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Fantasy Football Hints & Tips – Gameweek 8

Thoroughly enjoying this international break… …said no FPL manager ever. Injuries and long trips can play havoc with team selection, but we’ve kept our eye on the World Cup qualifiers from around the globe and have picked our gameweek 8 team accordingly. The Premier League returns with a humdinger as joint-top Man Utd take on…

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Fantasy Football Hints & Tips – Gameweek 7

Once again, premium FPL forwards came to the fore in gameweek 6. Whether you owned Harry Kane, Sergio Aguero, Romelu Lukaku, Alvaro Morata or Alexandre Lacazette, you were guaranteed a decent haul. It’s sure going to be a tough decision selecting just three of them to feature in our gameweek 7 team! Personally, I think…

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Fantasy Football Hints & Tips – Gameweek 6

It was very much a tale of strikers last week. Aguero shouted the loudest, punishing those who have looked elsewhere this season, Jesus chipped in with another goal, maintaining his status as a decent premium differential, Lukaku somehow returned 12 points for his many owners despite having one of his worst games in a United…

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Fantasy Football Hints & Tips – Gameweek 5

Gameweek 4 opened with Sadio Mane’s controversial lunchtime red card, which ultimately set the scene for a convincing 5-0 win for Pep Guardiola’s Man City. Wherever you stand on the dismissal, the Senegalese star will miss the next two Premier League games and so those who own him in their FPL teams are faced with…

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Fantasy Football Hints & Tips – Gameweek 4

The international break is often the enemy of FPL players, as much like real-life football managers, we simply do not know what condition our players will return in. This is arguably one of the reasons that it is a popular time for the use of wildcards. That, and sheer boredom, perhaps. But at last, gameweek…

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Fantasy Football Hints & Tips – Gameweek 3

In many ways, gameweek 2 was a similar to story to gameweek 1, especially if you have Man Utd players in your team. The Red Devils’ second successive 4-0 victory included another impressive performance from Pogba, two more assists from Mkhitaryan and the back of the net once more for Lukaku. Harry Kane meanwhile –…

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Fantasy Football

How to play Fantasy Football

Once signed up on, you will be given a £100 budget to select your team within. The price of players currently varies from 4.0 to 12.5 depending on the probable points total for each player. Initially, they begin with a price reflecting last season’s performances and a number of other factors, but that price will fluctuate as the season progresses, normally due to high or low points tallies.

You have to select 15 players which should comprise of two goalkeepers, five defenders, five midfielders and three strikers (as pictured below). You can only select a maximum of three players per club.

You then must choose 11 players from your 15 who you want to field per gameweek. All your points for the gameweek will be scored by these 11 players. However, if up to four players (three outfield and a goalkeeper) don’t play, they may be automatically substituted. Your team can play in any formation that includes one goalkeeper, at least three defenders and one forward.

What does picking a Captain and Vice-Captain mean?

In your starting lineup, you must choose a captain and a vice-captain. Your captain’s score will be doubled for the gameweek! If your captain doesn’t play any minutes, your vice-captain will be the nominated captain. If both the captain and vice-captain don’t feature, you will suffer the embarrassment of having no captain for the gameweek!

How do I make changes/transfers?

After selecting your squad, you can buy and sell players via transfers. Unlimited transfers can be made at no cost until the first set of games begin. After your first deadline you will receive one free transfer per gameweek. Each additional transfer you make in the same gameweek will deduct four points from your total score for the week.

If you don’t need to use your free transfer, it will add on and allow you to make an additional free transfer the following gameweek – so, two free transfers in one gameweek.

How are points scored?

During the season, your fantasy football players will be given points based on their performances. The following are the rules of point scoring:

For playing 59 minutes or less – 1 point

For playing 60 minutes or more – 2 points

For each goal scored by a goalkeeper or defender – 6 points

For each goal scored by a midfielder – 5 points

For each goal scored by a forward – 4 points

*For each goal assist – 3 points

Bonus points for the best players in a match – Between 1 to 3 points

**For a clean sheet by a goalkeeper or defender – 4 points

**For a clean sheet by a midfielder – 1 point

For every 3 shot saves by a goalkeeper – 1 point

For each penalty save – 5 points

For each penalty miss – a loss of 2 points

For every 2 goals conceded by a goalkeeper or defender – A loss of 1 point

For each own goal – A loss of 2 points

For each yellow card – A loss of 1 point

For each red card – A loss of 3 points

*Assists are awarded to the player from the goal scoring team, who makes the final pass before a goal is scored. An assist is awarded whether the pass was intentional or unintentional. If an opposing player interferes with the ball after the pass to the goalscorer, affecting the flight of the ball, then no assist is awarded.

For goals from rebounds where the first shot was saved, blocked or hit the post, the first shot taker will gain an assist. If a player shoots or passes the ball and the ball is put in for an own goal, an assist is usually given

With regards to penalties and free kicks, the player earning the penalty or free kick is awarded an assist if a goal is directly scored; but not if he takes it himself.

**A clean sheet is awarded for not conceding a goal whilst on the pitch and playing at least 60 minutes of action. If a player has been substituted when a goal goes in, this won’t affect a clean sheet bonus.

Fantasy Football Tips

Be sure to check out our Fantasy Football section to read weekly tips on Fantasy Premier League transfers and captain choices.

Our first fantasy tips for the new season are online and ready to read. Good luck to all players!