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Euro 2020 Fantasy Football tournament: How to build the best 15-player FanTeam squad

By Chris Smith

Euro 2020 fantasy football tips

Published: 15:38, 3 June 2021

Fantasy football gamers can win up to £200,000 by picking the right 15 players ahead of this summer’s Euro 2020 tournament.

The platform offering a first-place jackpot of this size is FanTeam, whose flagship tournament has a guaranteed prize pool of £1,000,000.

FanTeam have been on the Fantasy Football scene since 2013, offering a range of daily and season-long tournaments across Premier League and Champions League campaigns.

The rules of their game broadly mirror the popular FPL, but one big difference is the huge aforementioned prize on offer.

How to play FanTeam’s Euro 2020 Fantasy Football tournament:

To sign up, you need to be over 18, Gamble Aware and meet FanTeam’s terms and conditions. Otherwise, just follow these simple steps:

  • Follow this link to create an account
  • Pick the tournament you’d like to take part in (the Euro 2020 Fantasy Football Tournament for instance, which costs £20 to enter)
  • Create a team and click ‘Enter Tournament’

Tournament entry costs £20, with prizes ranging from £30 all the way up to that £200,000 jackpot (full breakdown below).

As already mentioned, FanTeam isn’t dissimilar to other Fantasy Football platforms. You start with a budget of 105m to build an initial squad of 15 players (two goalkeepers, five defenders, five midfielders and three forwards), four of which make up the bench each gameweek.

For gameweeks 1-4, a maximum of three players from one nation can be selected and unlimited changes can be made to your side until the Euro 2020 contest starts at 20:00GMT/21:00CET  on June 11th. Thereafter, you’ll get free transfers and wildcards as the tournament progresses to make small tweaks to your side based on form and fitness.

There are some slight differences in FanTeam’s scoring system compared to FPL. All players earn points for playing over 60 minutes but forwards and midfielders gain a bonus point for playing a whole game.

Elsewhere, as you’d expect, points are also earned for goals scored (scaling down from +8 for a goalkeeper to +4 for forwards), assists, clean sheets and saves. Points are taken away for own goals, red cards, penalty misses and the likes. Your captain scores double points or, if he doesn’t play, your vice-captain will receive x2 bonus.

FanTeam scoring matrix

Building the best Fantasy Football team for Euro 2020

There are some basic but fundamental questions to keep in mind when picking players for a fantasy side ahead of international tournaments. Will they actually play? How tough is their group? What is their team’s playing style like and what is their role in it?

Squawka’s FanTeam squad

  • Goalkeeper: Thibaut Courtois (Belgium, 7m)
  • Defenders: Jan Vertonghen (Belgium, 5.5m), Leonardo Bonucci (Italy, 5.5m), Aymeric Laporte (Spain, 6m)
  • Midfielders: Kevin De Bruyne (Belgium, 12.5m, vice-captain), Memphis Depay (Netherlands, 8.5m), Mason Mount (England, 8.5m), Serge Gnabry (Germany, 9m)
  • Forwards: Harry Kane (England, 13.5m, captain), Burak Yilmaz (Turkey, 4.5m), Gerard Moreno (Spain, 8m)
  • Subs: Martin Dúbravka (Slovakia, 4m), Illya Zabarnyi (Ukraine, 4m), Aleksandar Dragović (Austria, 4,5m), Billy Gilmour (Scotland, 4m)

Belgium, Spain and Italy conceded a combined 12 goals across Euro 2020 qualifying, so stocking up on their defensive stars would seem a good idea. What’s more, all three nations are massive favourites to dominate possession in games and win their groups, so this could be a good chance to hoover up clean sheet points.

In midfield, picking Kevin De Bruyne explains itself, despite the fitness issues following the Champions League final collision with Antonio Rudiger. The Man City playmaker is vice captain, too.

Considering a player’s role is one potential way to find an edge. Serge Gnabry and Memphis Depay, for instance, are categorised as midfielders on FanTeam but were top-scorers in qualifying for Germany and Netherlands, respectively, and might ultimately be fielded closer to goal.

The 2018 World Cup and current Premier League Golden Boot winner, Harry Kane, is our main striker and captain. The Tottenham man will be up against defences like Scotland, who conceded 19 goals in their qualifying group, and if he can even come close to replicating his showing in Russia (which could, in fairness, depend on how many penalties England win) then he’ll bring home a serious number of points.

For these reasons, Kane is the most expensive player in the game (13.5M). So, to compensate, he’s joined up front by budget options Gerard Moreno (8M) of Spain, who scored 30 goals across all competitions (and helped Villarreal win the Europa League this season) and Burak Yilmaz (4.5M). The Turkish veteran was a surprise package in France this season, scoring 16 Ligue 1 goals as Lille won the title.

The best Fantasy Football ‘cheap buys’ for Euro 2020

The first names on your teamsheet are usually paid for by the last, the final few players are chosen with the bench in mind and typically cost around 4M or 4.5M .

And here is where choices become tougher (also: slightly less fun), because these players are also typically less likely to actually play or represent less-fancied national teams. See: Peter Gulacsi (4M). A fine goalkeeper, but Hungary share a group with Germany, France and Portugal. Tomas Vaclik has conceded just one goal (against Belgium) in his last five games for the Czech Republic, and so seems a smarter buy in terms of back-up goalkeepers, providing he starts over Jiri Pavlenka.

Solid, cheap options in defence include Kevin Mbabu (4.5m, Switzerland) and Martin Hinteregger (4.5m, Austria). At the lowest possible end of the price range, Ukraine’s Ilya Zabarnyi might be the defender for you if you find yourself with only 4M to spend and one more spot to fill.

In midfield, Slovakia’s all-time record goalscorer Marek Hamsik is 4.5M. But a word of warning: he hasn’t played for the national team since November last year and missed this week’s friendly against Bulgaria with a calf injury. Konrad Laimer (4.5m, Austria) and Ozan Tufan (4.5m, Turkey) are other suggestions to look into in midfield while, for the reasons given above, Yilmaz is a great buy up front.

FanTeam Euro 2020 gameweek breakdown…

  • [Matchday 1] Gameweek 1 (11th – 15th June) [Group Stage]
  • [Matchday 2] Gameweek 2 (16th – 19th June) [Group Stage]
  • [Matchday 3] Gameweek 3 (20th – 23rd June) [Group Stage]
  • [Round of 16] Gameweek 4 (26th – 28th June) 
  • [Quarter Finals] Gameweek 5 (2nd – 3rd July)
  • [Semi Finals] Gameweek 6 (6th – 7th July)
  • [Final] Gameweek 7 (11th July)

So now you’ve seen our 15-man squad, do you fancy your chances of beating us on FanTeam this summer? Follow the link below to be in with a chance of grabbing your slice of the guaranteed £1,000,000 prize pool. 

Click HERE to join FanTeam before the tournament starts, and you could win up to £200,000 (Ts&Cs apply, 18+ only. Be Gamble Aware).

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