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Premier League Fantasy Football 17/18

The Premier League is finally back after it’s summer break and with it is the return of the Fantasy Premier League. The Fantasy Premier League gives us all 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.

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.

Prizes

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 2017/2018 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.

Need some pointers when it comes to your selection, check out our tips below:

Defender – Virgil Van Dijk v West Brom (5.7m)

This week’s defensive choice is Virgil Van Dijk. Van Dijk moved to Liverpool during the January transfer window from Southampton. The vast improvement in the Liverpool defence has been credited to the Dutchman and with Southampton’s drop-off since his departure it is clear how much of an influence he can have on a game. He is one of the more popular players in fantasy football with 7.5% of users already having him in their side. His Liverpool side will be coming up West Brom for game week 35 looking for a win and clean sheet.

It is likely Liverpool will rest players with their Champions League game on Tuesday. However, with already limited opinion at the back Van Dijk is expected to play. West Brom have looked more organised under Caretaker boss Darren Moore but still lack a real goal threat so a Liverpool clean sheet and six points for Van Dijk looks likely. Van Dijk is also very dangerous from set pieces and could make the difference against a West Brom side expected to sit back and defend for ninety minutes.

Virgil van Dijk

Midfielder – Wilfred Zaha v Watford (6.9m)

Wilfred Zaha is in great form at the moment and is our selection in midfield for game week 35. Crystal Palace are fighting for their lives and Zaha is their main attacking influence. Coming up against a Watford side that have nothing to play for and are without a win in six should give Zaha some good opportunities to get points. When Crystal Palace go forward everything tends to go through Wilfred Zaha. He has the pace and skill to go passed players and create chances for his teammates as well as getting on the score sheet.

Zaha has missed parts of the season through injury so his stats aren’t amazing to look at. However, he has three goals in his last two games and will be coming into this game full of confidence. Quite a few of the big hitters will be missing this week with the FA Cup semi-finals being played throughout the weekend. Wilfred Zaha will be a perfect player to pick up to replace the players participating in the FA Cup and at 6.9m is affordable.

 

Wilfried Zaha

Forward – Ayoze Perez v Everton (5.3m)

Our forward choice for game week 35 is rarely chosen Ayoze Perez. With only 2.6% of users selecting Perez a good game week from him will give you the opportunity to make up points on your rivals. This week he will be playing against an Everton side full of injuries and nothing left to play for. Newcastle have now secured safety so are also playing out their remaining games but are in great form winning their last four games.

Ayoze Perez looks a bargin at 5.3m he has only scored five goals for Newcastle this season but three of them have come in his last three games. He also leads the assist charts for Newcastle with five, two in his last two games. At this stage of the season it appears that he is living up to his high potential. Perez is in great form and likely to cause Everton problems this weekend.

Ayoze Perez

Free Hit

This years fantasy football has a new feature added in. The “Free Hit” chip replaces last season’s “All Out Attack” chip to sit alongside the Wildcard, the 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 of the Gameweek before returns 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.

So, now it’s down to you to decide how you’re going to use it. Are you going to use it to ride out a couple of injuries and suspensions you’ve got? Or are you going to use it on a double Gameweek to maximise potential points to take you further up the leaderboard?

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