Premier League Fantasy Football
The Fantasy Premier League gives us all a chance to build our own sides and pit our wits against friends and fellow fans. Below, we’ll give you three tips for the upcoming game-week of the Fantasy Premier League. Need some pointers when it comes to your selection? Check out our tips below:
Fantasy Football Basics
Starting out on Fantasy Premier League can be difficult when you don’t know exactly how it works but there’s plenty of reasons to get involved, especially with it being a free-to-play game with a tactical element. You start by picking out fifteen players, with the better players being worth more and the not so good players being worth less, but a total budget of £100 million that cannot be exceeded. Out of this selection, you must pick two goalkeepers, five defenders, five midfielders and three forwards. If you want to use players from the team you support, you will be somewhat restricted, as you’re only allowed to add in a maximum of three players from each Premier League team.
Eleven of your chosen players must be used and can be presented in any formation, as long as there’s one goalkeeper, at least three defenders and one forward chosen. The three remaining players stay on the bench and, even if they are awarded points from their performance on a given gameweek, you won’t be rewarded with those points as they weren’t included in your active squad. You will always be given the option to pick a Captain and Vice-Captain. The points earned by your Captain will be doubled and the same will be said for your Vice-Captain if your Captain doesn’t feature for their team.
Bench Boost and Triple Captain
We’ve already mentioned the uses of a Free Hit in Fantasy Football but there’s another two alternatives which a lot of players always see as a benefit when attempting to climb the table they’re in. The first is a Bench Boost, which is a way of incorporating the points of the three remaining players that would normally be left out of your active team.
Clicking the Triple Captain option is arguably the one that weathered players of Fantasy Premier League leave as late as possible due to it being so useful. It triples the points of your chosen captain, which can be massive for your standing in the table, as your captain could score a hattrick, significantly boosting your points total.
What’s up for grabs in playing Fantasy Football doesn’t always get mentioned too often but there’s a reason so many people play it on a weekly basis. The list of prizes for winning each individual accolade is practically endless and all of those prizes on offer can be found on their website.
There’s masses of prizes for winning the Fantasy Premier League Campaign outright, finishing second, finishing third, winning the FPL Cup, and for those who’ve gained the most points over set periods in the form of Manager Of The Week and Manager Of The Month prizes.
The 'Free Hit' option replaces the previous season's 'All Out Attack' option to sit alongside 'Wildcard', 'Triple Captain' and 'Bench Boost'. It can only be used once a season and allows for unlimited transfers in a single Gameweek.
Managers can replace their entire squad for that Gameweek but their 15-man squad from the Gameweek before will return for the next deadline. For example, if the Free Hit chip is played leading up to Gameweek 2 once the deadline has passed, you will see the points scored by your new squad via the points tab.