Are you rock bottom of the work fantasy football league and struggling to muster up the motivation to turn around your sinking ship?
Thinking of throwing in the towel already to save further embarrassment? We’ve got just the competition for you. That’s right, there’s still time to earn fantasy football bragging rights this season — no matter how bleak things look in your private leagues.
FanTeam’s Second Chance fantasy football game offers participants the chance to wipe the slate clean in January and compete for a massive £100,000 prize pool across the second half of the Premier League campaign.
The free-to-enter game starts from Gameweek 22, which gets underway on January 14, 2022, and will run through to the end of the season.
How to join FanTeam’s Second Chance Premier League 2021/22 Fantasy Football tournament for free:
- Click this link to head to FanTeam and sign up
- Join the ‘Second Chance Season Game’ tournament with your free entry ticket
- Create a team and click ‘Enter Tournament’
A finish of 100th or higher on the end-of-season leaderboard is worth a minimum of £50. For the top 50, that figure is £100 at the very least.
FanTeam will pay out £32,750 collectively to the top five players, with rewards ranging from a fifth-placed prize of £1,000 to the aforementioned £20,000 for the eventual champion.
All verified accounts will receive one free entry and after this users will have the option to enter additional teams for £10 should they wish to do so.
Unlike the flagship season-long fantasy football tournament, gamers start the Second Chance game with a budget of 80m to build an 11-player squad (at least one goalkeeper, three defenders, two midfielders and one forward).
You can pick a maximum of three players from the same Premier League team and make unlimited changes until Gameweek 22 starts on Friday January 14, 2022, at 20:00 GMT. From Gameweek 23 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 Gameweek 23’s pre-match deadline (one week later) and will start on 95% of the average score from Gameweek 22.
You can make one free transfer every gameweek, but each additional transfer will cost four points. However, you can carry over your free transfer each week and there is an unlimited number of saved transfers.
One wildcard is also available, ready to use at any time after Gameweek 22. It’s worth noting that when playing a wildcard, any saved free transfers will be lost and you will be back to one the following gameweek.
Another difference is the introduction of the ‘Safety Net’, due to the lack of substitutes. If a player in your team does not start, he will automatically be replaced if possible. FanTeam’s system will look for the next cheapest replacement player who:
- Is from the same club
- Plays in the same position
- Costs the same price or less
All three conditions need to be met and the system will then pick the replacement with the highest price and put him in place of the original player. If there are no players that meet all three criteria, the user will not receive a replacement player.
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. This makes players like Riyad Mahrez, who has averaged 4.62 shots on goal per 90 minutes in the Premier League this season, and Mohamed Salah (four) seem even more valuable — but there’s perhaps also an edge to be found in knowing which defenders make the most efforts on goal (Joao Cancelo has averaged 2.28 shots per 90 in case you were wondering).
Elsewhere, all players earn points for playing over 60 minutes, but forwards and midfielders gain a bonus point for playing a whole game. There are also extras up for grabs if a team “wins” while the player is on the pitch.
As you’d expect, points are also earned for traditional metrics, such as 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 multiplier bonus.