If you’re still not quite sure about entering a fantasy football competition for this summer’s Euros, have a read of what Josh Wooldridge has to say about FanTeam.
Why would you listen to Josh? Well, he only went and won the FanTeam Premier League competition for the season just finished. Yep, Josh helped himself to a pretty sweet €200,000 first prize which is the definition of life-changing and not a bad reward for displaying your fantasy football know-how.
We sat down with Josh to ask him a few questions about his experience playing FanTeam last season and how accessible the game is to any FPL players who fancy their chances with it!
Josh: Not very experienced at all! Yes, it was my first year!
Josh: Yeah, I have played the official FPL game ever since I was a little kid. Started taking it more ‘seriously’ for like the last 4 years or so. I think the two games really compliment each other and it’s minimal additional effort to play both at the same time.
Josh: Yes, I do. 90% of the research I tended to do before making my moves each week was applicable to both games. The deadlines are also ‘in sync’ which, again, is one less thing to worry about. Much easier to play both than say, Sky and FPL, for example.
Josh: If you ask my girlfriend this question, she will say about 20 hours a day, haha! I always did my actual transfers as close to the deadline as possible, but, because I already listen to fantasy football podcasts and do my research anyway, FanTeam was little-to-no additional effort for me on a week to week basis.
Josh: On FPL, I hate that the bonus points aren’t transparent or tangible. On FanTeam, it is clearly transparent what you get additional points for (impact, playing 90, and, now, even shots on target!), which I really like. You can almost work out your exact score as the full-time whistle blows (which was particularly useful on the final day!).
Josh: You’re completely right about needing lots of luck! I don’t think I did anything, in particular, if I am honest. It sounds boring but I just tried to do the move or strategy that was going to make me the most points overall. I think it so happened that towards the very end in the top 20 there was a group of about 11 or 12 players that every single person had at least seven of per squad, so this definitely made it hard (but not impossible) for us to make ground on each other, and, in many ways, proved to be a way of making sure we all stayed around the same, week-to-week. This being said, I actually think I completely went against what others did rather than trying to ‘block them off’, by resisting playing my wildcard in Gameweek 31 (that was a tough week when they all gained about 20-30 points on me!) and, instead, waiting all the way until Gameweek 36, when I had an exact layout of all the remaining fixtures. This is when I decided to bring in Sadio Mané and Ederson, who I knew no one else could have and who I thought I could get lucky with in the final three weeks.
Josh: I believe both competitions have a £20 buy-in and £200,000 for the winner? Seems excellent value to me! I cannot recommend it highly enough!
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