Useful tips for choosing your fantasy soccer team
Fantasy soccer is an online game in which the participants compete with fellow participants by
forming a virtual team of their own using real players. Individual participants forming separate
teams are known as ‘managers’. Unlike the original soccer game, here the winners are declared
based on the statistical performance of teams. At the end of a predetermined period or season,
points collected by individual players on the team are aggregated to produce the total score of a
team, and the manager of the team having highest points is declared the winner.
Fantasy soccer has many participants throughout the world. Most or all of them are real soccer
fans or players who closely follow soccer updates, such as the famous poker player Ben Spragg,
who plays for Tetbury Town FC as a defender during weekends and off times.
In fantasy soccer, or any other fantasy sport for that matter, managers choose a team based on a
budget constraint, and hence it is imperative to select and retain the right players at the right
time. Here are a few basic tips that must be kept in mind every time a fantasy soccer team is
created or updated.
Select only those players who have a high probability of making it to the playing eleven. To
figure that out, consider and compare the current fitness and form of each player with that of his
fellow players playing similar position. It is not advisable to select a player who is out of form or
has suffered some injuries, as they are less likely to be fielded.
Always remember that you are making a team of 11 players. Many people find themselves
buying a couple of ‘star’ players and ending up having less than the average amount to spend for other players. Remember to put emphasis on value for money. A $100 player returning 100
points gives you more value for your money than does a $200 player returning 150 points. Your
goal should be to earn the maximum number of points in the aggregate, rather than simply
having a handful of high-scoring players on the team.
Pick your team with an open mind. No matter which team you follow personally, pick only those
players who have high chances of earning you points. Fantasy soccer is not the event to show
loyalty to your favorite team.
It’s better to avoid picking up players who signed up with their team very recently, unless you are
confident that the player’s real-life manager has the faith to field him. Some have observed that
new arrivals usually warm the benches for some time before fielded.
Remind yourself every time you tinker with the team that you have the option of transferring
players. Whenever a player seems unlikely to make it to the final eleven, use the transfer option
to swap him out. This will increase the probability of maximizing the final score.
Finally, while picking players for any position, consider the roles played by each player and the
possible added value they can provide. Players who are gifted in taking the penalties, free kicks
and corners are very useful, as they have the potential to score more goals and assists. Also,
make sure the players are not too aggressive and earn penalty cards regularly, as cards will cost
you some serious points.
Goalkeepers who save more penalties and keep a clean sheet will help you earn some extra
points. Also, a decent goalkeeper who is assisted by excellent defenders is also considered to be
a good pick, as they are less vulnerable to shots on goal.
While picking a defender, consider the performance of fellow defenders on his team as well. Any
weak point in the defence line up increases the risk of conceding goals, thereby resulting in loss
of some valuable points by defenders as a whole. A defender who can come forward and assist or
even score a goal is always a good pick, as this will fetch you bonus points.
While selecting midfielders, pick the guy who can assist well and can even score goals
themselves. And picking good strikers shouldn’t be a big deal. But make sure that the striker you
pick has some able men behind him to assist him.
In order to succeed as a manager in fantasy soccer, one needs to carefully follow the progress of
the original game. Combining the latest information from the field game with strong analytical
skills will help you pick a good team. And you can transform this good team into a great one if
you adhere to the above-described instructions as well.