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Using Safety Net on FanTeam to Your Advantage

The Safety Net ruling made its appearance on FanTeam in the fall of 2019. After some heated discussion on how it affects the game, everyone has accepted this rule and learned to live with it. The purpose of this article is to explain how Safety Net works and how to take advantage of it playing Daily Fantasy on FanTeam. 


How Safety Net works

Automatic Subs

If a player does not start his match on FanTeam, the system will look to automatically substitute the given player with a player

1) from the same club as the original player,

2)  who plays in the same position as the original player,

3) costs the same or less than the original player

If all the above-mentioned conditions are met, the system replaces the original player with the highest-priced alternative. You have no say in this, even if you want a cheaper player to be the replacement. 

*Game week 25 winner Bezanson (picture above) had Safety Net to thank for the victory.

If no replacement player meets all three conditions, the original player will remain in the squad. 

There is no limit on how many replacement players a team can receive.


Same Cost

In an unlikely event when two potential replacements cost the same, the player with the most fantasy points in recent matches (form) will be chosen. ’

If the players are equal in that regard, the system will pick the player with the most fantasy points so far in the season. If still equal, the system will pick alphabetically.

Player not Starting but Coming On as a Sub

The rule that many players found somewhat confusing at first, if not counterintuitive, was the one below.

If a player does not start the match but comes into play at a later point in time, he will still be replaced. 

What it means is that a player in your fantasy lineup failing to start the real game (unless there was no suitable replacement found, read above) has a 0 chance to yield any fantasy points. 

There is only ONE exception to the rule above:

If your player does not start the match but is the cheapest in his position (J,Firpo in the picture above), then he will get points if he comes on as a sub.

Mind you, the automatic subs are made after the game has concluded. It might not be obvious who the system has picked as a replacement until then (unless you keep a track of all player prices) and, subsequently, unclear who to root for as a result.

However, if a player starts the match but comes off, he will not be replaced.



Captaincy is what makes or breaks your fantasy teams. If your captain fails to start a game, the vice-captain will get his points doubled. In this case, the captain will still be replaced automatically (provided the replacement meets all 3 Safety Net conditions), but the automatic replacement will not have his points doubled. 

If your vice-captain doesn’t start as well (and 6-a-side tournaments do not feature vice-captains at all),  there will be no doubling of points for your team. Some players had been caught in this trap, so give your vice-captaincy no less thought. 

*In the picture above Sterling (captain) didn't feature with DeBryune's (vice-captain) points doubled.


How to use Safety Net

Just like every other rule, you must find ways to use it to your advantage. Safety Net was introduced to make life easier for new players who do not monitor news feeds 24/7.

Although many regular players opposed it at first, the ruling saves your lineups from such unpredictable occurrences like an injury in training, surprise squad omissions (often due to managerial mind-games in press-conferences), or the infamous Pep’s (or any other tinkerer such as Potter, for instance) roulette.

The competition on FanTeam is fierce, and every point counts. Even if a single player fails to feature - you may kiss big payouts goodbye. 



The first thing you must pay attention to when picking a questionable starter is whether there is a cheaper alternative in that position. Picking a doubtful starter with no cheaper sub is not advised.

There are some attractive and ultra-cheap defensive options at times, but picking a 4,4 mln. defender looking to save a few quid might ruin your team. Consider choosing a slightly more expensive option unless beyond a shadow of a doubt the cheapest option starts. 

*Starting Giroud might be a profitable but risky business if he fails to feature. 


Sub's Potential

Next, think about the sub’s potential fantasy returns in case he starts. Always pay attention to who might be replacing even the most rock-solid starters. Firmino and Origi, for example,  are as far apart in terms of potential returns as Liverpool and Manchester City in the title race at the moment. It might be prudent to look for a different pick altogether than taking a gamble with an unattractive alternative. 

Keeping an eye on a potential sub for every player in your lineup should be made a habit.


Very often, players take time picking a captain for their fantasy teams but ignore their vice-captain, giving the reserve armband to a random player. I have outlined above how unexpected, or carefully and cunningly planned, circumstances may lead to a certain player not featuring.

It sucks when your captain Aguero doesn’t start, and you have a low-priced Watford asset (who you picked as a differential) as your vice-captain, instead of Sterling.

We hope this article has made the new Safety Net feature on FanTeam easier for you to understand and take advantage of. May your automatic subs bring you glory playing Daily Fantasy in Europe.

Alexey Bobrov

Alexey Bobrov

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.