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How to Set Up Your Fantasy Premier League Team: A Step-by-Step Guide

Proceed to the team set up page, which you can see below.

Once that’s done, navigate to the squad selection tab in the menu.

1. Selecting your initial 15-player squad

Constructing a well-balanced 15-player squad is essential as you have a fixed budget of £100 million to work with. Keep in mind the limits on player selections from a single Premier League team and prioritize forming a squad that is a mix of reliable performers and potential high scorers.

Goalkeepers

You need to select two goalkeepers within your budget constraints, considering their potential for clean sheets and save points.

It’s common to allocate more budget to your starting goalkeeper while settling for a cost-effective backup option.

When deciding on a goalkeeper to pick, make sure you analyze the fixtures and rotate each goalkeeper option accordingly.

Defenders

Your defense should consist of five players.

Balance is key; mix top-tier defenders expected to earn clean sheets with less expensive ones who might provide value through occasional goals or assists.

Midfielders

Midfielders often offer the best point return as they are involved in both creating and scoring goals.

Opt for a combination of premium-priced midfield maestros along with budget-friendly options who play regularly for their clubs.

Keeping an eye on the midfielders’ price can ensure your budget is efficiently spread across your squad.

Forwards

Selecting three forwards requires scrutinizing their goal-scoring records and upcoming fixtures.

While premium strikers can be a significant investment, they can often bring in substantial points through goals and bonus points.

Your search for a player should highlight those who have had a strong scoring streak or play in an attacking team.

Use the search bar and filters shown above to help with your overall team selection, which should look like the example here:

2. Choose a team name

When you embark on the journey of setting up your Fantasy Premier League team, selecting a team name is your first creative step.

Remember, your team name embodies your identity in the league, so choose wisely!

Considerations for your team name:

  • Creativity and wit: A clever pun or a witty twist often makes for a memorable team name. It reflects your personality and can be a fun conversation starter.
  • Relevance: Aligning your team name with real-world football can show off your knowledge of the game and your sense of humor.

Guidelines:

  • Length: Ensure your name does not exceed a maximum of 20 characters. Brevity is key.
  • Appropriateness: Your team name should be respectful. Avoid offensive names or language to maintain the spirit of the game and respect for all participants.

Steps to change your team name:

  1. Log into the Fantasy Premier League website or app.
  2. Navigate to your ‘Team Details’ or the equivalent section.
  3. Select the option to edit or change the team name.
  4. Enter your new name, keeping in mind the guidelines above.
  5. Save or update details to confirm your choice.

In choosing your team name, be creative but also consider the impact your name will have on fellow players. It’s a fun aspect of Fantasy Premier League where you get to be creative and express a bit of your personality.

3. Select your favorite club from the dropdown menu

When setting up your Fantasy Premier League team, one of the steps is to select your favorite club from the dropdown menu.

This choice is prime not just for personalization but can also influence some of the features within the game.

  1. Access the dropdown menu: Click on the dropdown arrow which will reveal a list of all Premier League clubs.
  2. Navigate through the list of teams: Scroll through the list until you locate the club you wish to support.
  3. Select your club of choice: Click on your chosen club to highlight it as your favorite. This should be the one you are most passionate about or follow closely, as it enhances the personal experience of the game.

Note: While this decision doesn’t affect your points or the mechanics of your Fantasy team, it often provides the following perks:

  • Tailored content related to your favorite club.
  • Updates and alerts specific to your club, such as injury news or press conference insights.
  • Club-specific competitions or leagues you might be invited to join.

Don’t worry if you’re torn between multiple clubs or later decide to change your allegiance; you can update your favorite club at any point during the season. Your team and strategy should always reflect your personal preferences and fantasy football knowledge, so choose the club that feels right for you.

4. Agree to the Terms and Conditions

Before diving into the world of Fantasy Premier League, it is essential to review the terms and conditions associated with the game.

It’s a standard procedure to ensure you understand the rules, the commitment you are making, and the conduct expected from all participants.

  • Read carefully: Take the time to go through the document meticulously. Pay attention to specifics regarding player transfers, point scoring systems, deadlines, and any limitations on participation.
  • Conduct: Fantasy Premier League is part of the Premier League’s commitment to creating a respectful community. Uphold the values by engaging in fair play and refrain from any form of discrimination.
  • Acceptance: Once you are satisfied with your understanding and agree with the outlined rules and ethical guidelines, indicate your acceptance to proceed.

Completing this step ensures that your experience within the game will be enjoyable, fair, and in line with the friendly competitive spirit that Fantasy Premier League promotes. Remember that your participation signifies your agreement to adhere to these standards.

5. Strategizing your team formation

When setting up your team in Fantasy Premier League, selecting the right formation is crucial.

A typical squad consists of various players, but only 11 can be on your starting line up. You have the liberty to choose any setup as long as you field one goalkeeper, no fewer than three defenders, at least two midfielders, and one forward.

Popular formations:

  • 3-4-3: This formation focuses on a strong attack, fielding three forwards. It’s beneficial when your forward players are in form and have favorable fixtures.
  • 3-5-2: By deploying five midfielders, you tap into the potential for both defensive solidity and attacking returns, especially when midfielders have a high chance of scoring and assisting.
  • 4-3-3: A balanced approach that provides stability in defence with the potential for midfield and forward points.

To switch formations, simply select players from your bench and swap them with starters while adhering to the rules.

For instance, If you want more attackers up front, you may sacrifice a midfielder or defender, depending on your current setup.

Considerations for formation strategy:

  • Fixtures: Analyze the upcoming fixtures. If your defenders are facing high-scoring teams, it might be worth considering a formation with more attackers.
  • Player form: Keep an eye on which players are performing well. In-form players should influence your formation choice.
  • Flexibility: Don’t be afraid to change your formation week-to-week based on player availability and fixtures.

Maintaining a flexible approach to your formation strategy is crucial. Stay informed on the latest player and team news to ensure your formation capitalizes on form and fixtures.

Prioritize balance in your team structure to maximize point-scoring opportunities across your squad.

6. Prioritize your team’s bench order for automatic substitutions

Handling the bench order in your Fantasy Premier League team is vital to coping with unforeseen changes such as injuries or postponements.

A well-prioritised bench can make sure that you don’t lose out on potential points when a player in your starting line-up doesn’t play.

First substitute: Your first substitute should be the one you believe is most likely to play that week. Choose a player who regularly starts for their club, as this increases the likelihood of them being auto-subbed in if needed.

Second and third substitutes: Sequence these players based on the probability of playtime and their points potential. Typically, your second substitute could be a rotation risk but with a good fixture, and the last one could be a player who plays less frequently or has a tough match-up.

When setting up your bench:

  1. Drag and adjust players on your bench list to reflect the priority order. Start with those most likely to play and end with the least.
  2. Consider fixture difficulty, player form, and rotation risk.
  3. Ensure attackers and midfielders have higher priority due to their higher points ceiling than defenders.
  4. Reassess your bench order every Game Week to adapt to changing circumstances.

Remember, the automatic substitution process only occurs after all the matches of the Game Week have concluded. It strictly follows the order you’ve set, so double-check your bench before each deadline.

Stay informed about player availability, injury updates, and match postponements to keep your bench strategy effective.

7. Select a captain and vice-captain

When building your Fantasy Premier League team, choosing the right captain and vice-captain is crucial for maximizing points.

These roles have a significant impact on your weekly score.

Captain:

  • Your captain’s points for the gameweek are doubled.
  • Select a player you predict will score highly, factoring in goal-scoring potential.
  • Consider players who are penalty takers, as they have an extra chance of scoring.
  • Analyze fixtures to choose a captain playing against a weaker team.

Vice-Captain:

  • If your captain does not play in the gameweek, your vice-captain’s points are doubled instead.
  • It’s wise to select a vice-captain who plays on a different day or against a different team than your captain as a safety net.

Tips:

  1. Monitor team news: Injuries, rotations, or tactical changes can influence your choice.
  2. Form and history: Players in good form or with a strong history against certain clubs are good captaincy choices.

Captaincy change:

You can alter your captain and vice-captain before the gameweek deadline. After that, your selections are locked in.

Choosing a captain and vice-captain is a strategic decision that should be made each game week. It’s important to stay informed and make these picks thoughtfully to enhance your team’s performance.

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