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Fantasy Football players can win up to £200,000 by picking the right 11 players over the course of the 2021/22 Premier League season.
The platform offering a first-place jackpot on this scale is FanTeam, whose flagship tournament has a guaranteed prize pool of £1,000,000 and, roughly speaking, mirrors the rules of the popular Fantasy Premier League game.
Tournament entry costs £20, with prizes ranging from £40 all the way up to that £200,000 jackpot. Here’s the breakdown in full:
There are up to 5,000 cash prizes on offer in FanTeam’s Fantasy Premier League tournament for the 2021/22 season, the lowest of which is worth twice your £20 entrance fee (so crack the top 5,000, and you’ll win double your buy-in).
A finish of 500th or higher on the end-of-season leaderboard is worth a minimum of £100. For the top 100, that figure is £1,000 at least.
FanTeam will pay out £500,000 collectively to the top 10 players, with rewards ranging from a 10th-place prize of £10,000 all the way up to the aforementioned £200,000 for the eventual champion.
There’s also a £25,000 prize pool split between the top 10 scores each gameweek, with first place winning £10,000.
How to join FanTeam’s Premier League 2021/22 Fantasy Football tournament:
- Head to FanTeam and sign up (here’s a link)
- Join the ‘£1M Fantasy Premier League’ tournament and pay your £20 entry fee
- Create a team and click ‘Enter Tournament’
FanTeam cap the number of entrants at 60,241, making it far less competitive than the Fantasy Premier League, which was contested by six million users last season.
Another departure from FPL that may improve a user’s chances is the fact you can create multiple teams within the same league. For instance, reigning FanTeam champion Josh Wooldridge (username ‘CheckJosh’), who won the £200,000 1st place prize, entered 12 teams for the 2020/21 Premier League season.
It should be noted, however, that each team entry costs £20.
Gamers start with a budget of 100m to build a 15-player squad (two goalkeepers, five defenders, five midfielders and three forwards).
You can pick a maximum of three players from the same Premier League club and make unlimited changes till Gameweek 1 starts on Friday August 13 at 20:00 BST. From Gameweek 2 onwards, the deadline for transfers and team changes will be 90 minutes before the first kick-off.
New users are able to join the tournament until the Gameweek 4’s pre-match deadline and will start on 95% of the average score of all entries.
You can make one free transfer each gameweek but additional transfers will cost four points each. A maximum of one free transfer can be carried over between gameweeks but the most free transfers you can have stored up is two.
Wildcards are also available, one for the first half of the season (to be used before the Gameweek 20 kick-off deadline) and one during the second half of the season.
How FanTeam’s fantasy Premier League scoring system works:
When it comes to points, FanTeam and FPL run on similar scoring systems. There are more ways for players to earn points in FanTeam, however, creating even more opportunities for users to gain an edge over rivals.
Shots on goal, for instance, are rewarded with +0.4 points for midfielders and forwards, +0.6 for defenders and +1 for goalkeepers. Not only does this make players like Harry Kane, who averaged four shots on goal per 90 minutes in the Premier League last season, and Bruno Fernandes (3.51) seem even more valuable; but there’s perhaps also an edge to be found in knowing which defenders make the most efforts on goal.
Elsewhere, all players earn points for playing over 60 minutes but forwards and midfielders gain a bonus point for playing a whole game, something last season’s winner Josh would advise you to pay close attention to.
“Definitely target the 90-minute men and especially midfielders,” he told FanTeam, adding: “3-5-2 is my favourite formation on FanTeam because the midfielders are so powerful and I always go three at the back as I think the 90-minute rule really favours attackers and midfielders.
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 subtracted for own goals, red cards, penalty misses and so on. Your captain scores double points or, if he doesn’t play, your vice-captain receives the x2 bonus.
Picking a strong goalkeeper was another tip from Josh, who explained: “I realised about halfway through the season just how good goalies could be on FanTeam because of the 0.5 point per save. I think I got Emiliano Martinez in my side about half-way through the season and then I obviously ended with Ederson. So I realised it was worth spending a bit more in goal.
“Pick 15 players that are very likely to start is my other bit of advice […] On FanTeam I feel like you had priced the players so that they are all potentially in play. It’s possible to pick a full starting bench with players that are 4M or 4.5M to just cover you for when you need them to come on.”
Squawka is partnering with FanTeam to produce more content ahead of the 2021/22 Premier League season, so stay tuned for more tips over the coming weeks. To sign up for the upcoming season’s Fantasy Premier League tournament, visit their site here.