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Nothing beats a clean slate, starting off fresh, having a second chance. Even more so during a Premier League season full of uncertainty, postponements and wasted transfers. Fanteam is offering a perfect opportunity to rekindle your fantasy interest in the EPL, especially if your season-long team is smoking in ruins. £20,000 for first is worth fighting for, while the overall prize pool is a massive £100,000! What is more, you get to register one team for free, provided you have a verified account on Fanteam!
Most people reading this have probably tried Fanteam fantasy games before, but nonetheless, I will remind you of some key scoring rules. Bear in mind, some rules are exclusive to Second Chance game and have never been applied to any other game on Fanteam to date.
You can roll an unlimited number of free transfers and are given 1 wildcard chip
Player Sell price is the same as Purchase price
Player Prices change only once a week
The ‘Safety Net’ is always on (more on that later)
Players score impact points (+0.3/-0.3) for winning/losing while on the pitch.
Midfielders and forwards get an +1 point for playing a full match
Shots on target are worth +0.4 points for midfielders and forwards, +0.6 for defenders
Each save by a goalkeeper is worth 0.5 points
The second-chance tournament starts in GW22, meaning there are only 17 game weeks, slightly less than half-a-season worth of action. While a safe captain pick is often a way to go in your traditional season-long games, you have to take calculated risks in shorter tournaments like this one if you fancy finishing on top. I am not talking about going ultra-differential every week, but an occasional Mane instead of Salah, Antonio with a double game week in hand or a premium defender might be the way to go. It can be escpecially important in double gameweeks, when nailing a differential captain might catapult you in front of the pack. After all, provided you have a verified account on Fanteam, you get one team to enter for free. Make it fun, make it exciting, make it slightly differential, you’ve got nothing to lose!
One of the major differences with the second-chance game is that there are no bench players available. Don’t panic, though. In a season plagued by unprecedented and unpredictable game postponements, Fanteam’s Safety Net feature comes to the rescue. Since you are only able to select XI players, a player not starting the match will be automatically replaced by the next-priced starter of the same position from the missing player’s team. It has to be player either with the same price tag or cheaper. This rule makes it easier for managers since we are almost guaranteed a team of 11 players every week come hell or high water. No longer do you need to worry about Alonso rotation, there will always be someone coming in for him. That said, figuring out who that Safety Net someone is for players you've chosen might influence how you build your initial lineup.
Ronaldo's replacement is Cavani, for example, making him a safer pick than Kane, for example, who doesn't have a viable Safety Net replacement. Safety Net is certainly something to consider as if these players are given an unexpected breather, your team would end up with 10 players or even less since there is no bench at all.
You are allowed to roll unlimited transfers in this game. Yes, you heard me right, you get a Wildcard and an opportunity to save up, let’s say five transfers, to flip half of your team when needed. This rule, combined with Safety Net, chances the traditional season-long tranfer paradigm, making you plan your transfers in chunks. I can see defensive stacks, attacking double or even triple-ups bought for 2 or 3 favorable fixtures and then sold.
While there are probably still going to be “nailed for season” players, be flexible and ready to save up and bring in 3-4 players at once to attack favorable fixtures, attack being the emphasis here. And this brings me to my next point…
Try planning ahead and loading up on players with double gameweeks by all means. Some teams will simply play more games than the rest in this tournament, you can’t pass by these potential points. Burnley has 4 more games than Manchester City, for example. If it doesn’t make your heart beat faster, Spurs have 3 more games to play than the Citizens, making their long-term picks more viable.
The rules allow you to save up multiple transfers to come fully armed for those doubles, transferring in players with multiple matches in a week to maximise your score. I strongly believe the game will be decided in double gameweeks and spot-on captaincy selections.
Every point matters in any fantasy game, and while there are no Bonus points FPL-style on Fanteam, +1 point for a full-match played for midfielders and forwards is utterly important. Everyone understands that 90-minutes is more of a luxury now for most players, but keep an eye out for your Watkinses, Kanes, Ronaldos etc.
Stacking a defense (GK+D, D+D) is also an option, especially if you multientry. The shorter the tournament - the more viable such strategy becomes. We've seen defensive stacking used by many managers during the six-gameweek long Champions League game on Fanteam and the EURO 2020 season-long as well. If time right, these defensive stacks can be a solid foundation for your overall success.
I hope you've found these tips useful, enjoy this one-of-a-kind season-long game, risk, experiment, but most importantly — have fun! We all deserve a second chance, after all!
Alexey, also known as KJIIOIIIKA, has been playing daily fantasy football since 2015 on various European sites. Scratches his fantasy itch on FanTeam, where he has a net profit of €6000+ with more than 2500 tournaments played and a 30%+ ROI. FanTeam's 2018 World Championship of Fantasy Football finalist. As Head of Content at DraftGym, his mission is to help our young European fantasy community grow. A proud father of two, plays ice-hockey at the regional level, loves board games.