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New Scoring at FanTeam. No Stacks, No Limit, No Problem?

FanTeam have introduced three major changes to their daily football tournaments. We must say that these changes are to have a massive impact on the daily fantasy game on offer, lead to the appearance of new strategies, and, most likely, make the game more enjoyable.

What needed tweaking

It is well known that FanTeam have received some criticism for their scoring system in the past. Truth be told, there was nothing wrong with the system, but this one element was abused heavily by the vast majority of players.

The 3+3 defensive stack appeared to be the only viable winning strategy, and in most cases, nailing those stacks was a necessity.

This used to be the only way to win

What it did to the game was that you were really just picking the remaining 5 players as you knew you had to go 6 in the back to challenge for top spots.

Some players rightfully mentioned that it had lessened the overall appeal of picking a team and reduced the number of choices a fantasy manager had to make. FanTeam want to make sure the daily fantasy crowd abandons the ‘stack 3+3 to win’ mentality.

Let me explain why this strategy is redundant as of today in daily fantasy football competitions at FanTeam, and how these new changed will affect the daily fantasy competition.

What has changed

Note: the changes have been applied only to the EPL daily games so far. Make sure you check the rules for any other competition before registering your team. 

Stacking

The most important change is introduction of the 'stacking penalty'. Here is the explanation of the rule by FanTeam themselves, which flashes bright red at you at the bottom of the team selection screen. 

Every single player must be aware of the change and I love the decision to throw the announcement right into the players’ faces instead of tucking it away in some rules or faq section. You absolutely can not miss it. 

The ‘stacking penalty’ rule applies only to your defensive players (goalkeeper+defenders). You may stack away your forwards and midfielders without any point deductions whatsoever. 

Limit on players from the same team

! On September 25th, 2019, FanTeam removed the no-limit feature and restored the 3-player per team rule!

The screenshot above might seem strange to you if you had played at FanTeam before. Yes, that’s right, what’s up with having 4 United players in that team of yours?

Well, there is the second major change – ‘no limit on players from the same team’.

You heard me right. If you want to stack everyone from one team and ignore all others – suit yourself. You will most likely not be able to fit everyone from a top team, of course, but the likes of Burnley or Brighton might just fit. It leaves me wondering who would do such a thing, but let us not linger on that thought. 

Burnley Ultimate team made possible by FanTeam

Points per save

The final change implemented by FanTeam is the 0,5 point per EVERY save a goalkeeper makes.

A minor change from 1 point per every 3 saves last year but combined with the stacking penalty it gives us more food for thought when selecting our netminder. 

Having outlined the changes, let us talk about how we should adapt and what to bear in mind when picking our teams come the weekend.

How we adapt

Note: the first daily EPL slate on FanTeam with a €50000 guarantee doesn’t feature Liverpool-Norwich and West Ham-Manchester City games. 

Stacking principles

The first question we have to ask ourselves is whether the ‘stacking penalty’ rule makes any form of stacking redundant. In short – no. Stacking will undoubtedly evolve and take other shapes and forms. 

The first thought that comes to mind is that previously non-existent stack types of 1 defender\goalkeeper + 2 midfielders + 1 forward (1+2+1) may become a highly viable option.

Remember, FanTeam awards +1 impact point for a player “winning” the match while on the pitch. 

In this example, you are guaranteed +4 points if the stacked team wins. You receive no deductions for a defensive stack, get clean sheet points, hopefully, for your defender (+4) and two midfielders (+1 each), and some contribution from your forward. 

This stack might work well for teams with attack-minded defenders and viable options in midfield (robertson+mane+salah+firmino; chilwell+maddison+perez+vardy etc.)

We must not completely rule out defensive stacks consisting of 2 players as yet. Yes, you get -1 point for doing so, but some odds for a clean sheet will be too hard to resist.

We envision a 2+2 (or even a 2+2+2) defensive stack combo might come into play some weeks as well. The deduction of -2 or -3 points hurts, but you just need 2 or 3 results to go your way as far as clean sheets are concerned.  

Another change that we will most likely see is the change of preferable formation used by fantasy managers. Having 5 defenders seems to be counterproductive this season in most cases, so I am expecting more formations with 3 defenders – 3-4-3, 3-5-2 to be used more frequently. 

Managers opting for 2+2 defensive stacks (or taking their chances with 4 ‘unstacked’ defenders) will make the 4-4-2, 4-3-3, or even 4-5-1 their go-to formation. 

Goalkeepers

A change to 0,5 points per save will make premium goalkeepers more viable, especially as lone picks. They are often cheaper than most defenders, and now even 2 saves yield a bonus point. If you factor in impact, clean sheet points, and rare bookings, premium goalkeepers seem like the way to go. 

On the other hand, an underdog goalkeeper playing away from home and guaranteed to face a lot of shots become more enticing as well. They are usually dirt-cheap and might be a good value for money with a few goals conceded but a handful of saves to compensate for that. 

Conclusion

To sum up, it looks likely that the stacks will become ‘vertical’ (goalkeeper\defender+midfilder(s)+forward(s)) rather than ‘horizontal’ (3 defenders from the same team) this season at FanTeam. 

We might see different takes on the budget-premium goalkeeper dilemma with 0,5 points per save.

There will be an increase in different formations used without the limit on players from the same team. It is hard to imagine someone fielding more than 6 players from one given side, but 4 or 5 players, especially from top teams, might make it into our teams every once in a while. 

We at Draftgym are eagerly waiting for the start of the EPL season! The changes promise to make the daily game a lot more exciting and somewhat unpredictable at FanTeam. New strategies will emerge, new champions will be crowned. Exciting times ahead, football fans, with stellar guarantees as well. Good luck to us all!

Alexey Bobrov
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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.

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