New to Fantasy Soccer?
So you’ve decided to finally take the plunge into the world of fantasy soccer, and you’re asking yourself, “Okay, what do I do now?” Fear not, we are here to help you.
WHERE TO PLAY FANTASY PREMIER LEAGUE
The EPL’s own fantasy website is by far the most popular one out there, here is the link to the site. Once you sign up and create a team, you are then able to create and/or join a league. There are two formats: Classic Scoring (which is a rotisserie-style format) and Head-to-Head. Further specifics regarding rules and scoring can be located on the Fantasy EPL website here - both the FAQ and Rules tabs will answer pretty much any question one may have.
One league I highly recommend that you join on the EPL fantasy website is the Soccer Captains league! Instructions on how to join can be found on the Join Our League page.
If you are interested in Daily Fantasy Sports, DraftKings offers three different contests for both the EPL as well as the UEFA Champions league. More details can be found here.
HELPFUL TIPS FOR NEW PLAYERS
Assigning a Captain is one of the more difficult decisions that even the most experienced fantasy manager has to make, as whichever player is selected as Captain in a particular gameweek earns double points.
Generally, you want to avoid selecting a Goalkeeper or Defender as your Captain; while it may seem like a good idea when playing an inferior team, GK/DEF players will typically only earn points from the Minutes Played and Clean Sheet categories.. and a Clean Sheet can be easily ruined by a cheap goal. Furthermore, unless they are scoring goals, there is somewhat of a ceiling as to how many points a Goalkeeper or Defender can score for your fantasy team.
Instead, a manager is better off selecting attacking players such as Midfielders and Forwards as their captain. These players have a much better chance of putting points on the board with Assists and Goals, with the possibility of having multiple of each in a match. Additionally, players in these positions will typically have a much better chance at earning Bonus points in a given week.
Selecting a formation is another important decision a manager must make each week. Managers may play in any formation, provided that they have at least 1 Goalkeeper, 3 Defenders and 1 Forward selected at all times. While certain matchups and off-weeks will of course create exceptions to this rule, generally speaking, managers should strive to select only three defenders and start as many midfielders and forwards as possible - this will generally increase the amount of upside a team has in terms of scoring points.
One final note: once per season, managers are able to enable the All Out Attack option which allows a manager to set his lineup in a 2-5-3 format (two defenders, five midfielders, three forwards). Managers should think long and hard as to when they should utilize this option, as it has the potential to make or break a season - especially when combined with a double gameweek or other “Boost” options.
As always, if you have any helpful tips or guidelines that you would like to share, drop us a line at TheCaptains@SoccerCaptains.com and we can have them added to the list!
GLOSSARY OF TERMS AND ABBREVIATIONS
Now that you’ve signed up, selected a team and started doing some research, you’ve may find that you have no idea what anyone is talking about! Not to worry, we’ve got you covered:
General Soccer Abbreviations:
GK - “Goalkeeper”
DEF - “Defender”
MID or MF - “Midfielder”
FW or FWD - “Forward”
CS - “Clean Sheet”: When a team allows zero goals in a match, also referred to as a “shutout”
OG - “Own Goal”: When a player on a team accidentally scores a goal into his own net
PK - “Penalty Kick”: When a team is awarded a free kick from the penalty spot
YC/RC - “Yellow Card” / “Red Card”
Fantasy Soccer Abbreviations:
BP - “Bonus Points”: Points awarded to the three best players in a particular match
GW or GWK - “Gameweek”: Describes the progression of matches in a season. There are 38 total Gameweeks in the EPL season, which means that each team will play 38 matches. For example, “Gameweek 14” describes the 14th week that matches will be played in a season.
DGW or DGWK - “Double Gameweek”: There are some weeks where teams will play two matches in one week. This is referred to as a Double Gameweek for that team, as the points earned by players in both matches will count for that particular gameweek.
GC - “Goals Conceded”: Number of goals a player’s team gives up during the course of a match
GS - “Goals Scored”: Number of goals a player scores in a match
MP - “Minutes Played”: The number of minutes a player tallies during the course of a match
WC - “Wild Card”: A fantasy owner can use a Wild Card to make as many transfers as he or she would like without being penalized