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Fantasy Football 2017/18: Why are so many of you making this basic ERROR when picking your team?

  • Tens of thousands of you are committing a fantasy football sin
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Listen up people, it’s called FANTASY football for a reason.

The beauty of our Dream Team game is that you don’t have to pick a balanced team because they’re not actually going to play a real game.


NOT PICKED YOUR FANTASY FOOTBALL TEAM YET? WHAT ARE YOU WAITING FOR?


This may sound like the most obvious and basic information but tens of thousands of you are falling into the trap of picking good players but not good fantasy football players.

Nobody cares about your work-rate here, N’Golo!

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Nobody cares about your work-rate here, N’Golo!

Let us explain.

Fantasy football is all about points and the easiest way to rack up a mini-league leading total is with goals, goals and more goals.

Which is why when you pick your midfielders, you should select who are as attack-minded as possible.


NOT PICKED YOUR FANTASY FOOTBALL TEAM YET? ARE YOU MAD?


At the moment we can see that N’Golo Kante and Nemanja Matic have been selected in thousands of teams.

In fact, Kante is currently in over 10% of all teams.

Nobody is doubting the tireless Frenchman’s credentials as a player.

The 26-year-old was a worthy winner of all the important Player of Season awards last campaign but he only scored 83 points in Dream Team — Matic scored 82 points.

Good at football doesn’t necessarily equal good at fantasy football

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Good at football doesn’t necessarily equal good at fantasy football

That’s because the nature of his role means he only scored one goal and provided one assist in the league.

He consistently achieved ratings of 7+ (earning him three points every time) but the system favours attacking players and so he was only awarded Star Man (5 points) twice all season.

And even though his tackles, interceptions and strategic fouls often contributed to Chelsea winning to nil, we don’t award midfielders points for clean sheet, just defenders.

Sorry, defensive midfielders, that’s just the way it is.

This goes for you as well, Nemanja

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This goes for you as well, Nemanja

Midfielders such as Nathan Redmond (118 points), Marc Albrighton (96 points) and Matty Phillips (108 points) all comfortably outscored Kante purely because they concern themselves more with the attacking side of the game.

Nobody in their right mind would say Redmond, Albrighton or Phillips outperformed Kante last season but this is where real football and fantasy football differ.

Redmond was something of a hidden gem in fantasy football last season

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Redmond was something of a hidden gem in fantasy football last season

This difference should be at the forefront of your mind when picking your team.

You don’t need a holding midfielder to complement your playmakers — just pick three No10s and watch the points flood in.


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If you can, pick midfielders that actually play more like forwards E.G Sadio Mane and Mohamad Salah for Liverpool, the aforementioned Redmond, Dele Alli, etc.

Now we’re talking…

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Now we’re talking…

A similar thing is true of your defence.

Don’t fall into the trap of picking a right-back, two centre-backs and a left-back because that’s the traditional structure.

Four marauding wing-backs is a much better option; as is picking four centre-backs guaranteed to play almost every minute of the season.

Dream Team 2017/18

Kante, Matic and co. get enough appreciation in real life.

But in the world of fantasy football, they are hidden banana skins that could cost you vital points.

Stay clear of this schoolboy error and you should be just fine.

So what are you waiting for? Sign up to play now!