World Cup Fantasy Football StrategyArticle written by PauloCot
The Fantasy Premier League 2017/18 season may have ended but there is no rest for fantasy managers. The 2018 World Cup starts today and along with come it comes fantasy World Cup. The official version of the World Cup fantasy game is sponsored by McDonalds and can be accessed at fantasy.fifa.com
The format of the official World Cup game share similarities with the traditional Fantasy Premier League. This is great news as it makes the transition between Fantasy Premier League and World Cup fantasy far easier. However, whilst the bulk of the rules and concepts are similar there are a few notable differences. Firstly, there are differences in the scoring criteria which are as below:
- Earning a penalty, 2 points
- Conceding a penalty, -1 points
- There is no bonus system
Instead you are able to make one transfer in between rounds of the group and then unlimited transfers at the end of the group stage...
This means when it comes to midfielders and forwards you need to strictly think about assists and goals. It also diminishes the potential for defenders.
Secondly, the transfers are different. This makes logical sense as the World Cup is a knockout competition. The traditional one (or more) transfers a round wouldn’t work when half the teams make an exit after the group stages. Instead you are able to make one transfer in between rounds of the group and then unlimited transfers at the end of the group stage. The World Cup fantasy game is also lax with knockout stage transfers as before the quarter finals you have three, before the semi-finals five and lastly before the final another five.
A new chip (or boost) has also been introduced. This new chip is called maximum captain. When this chip is played your highest scoring player will automatically become captain for that round. There is no triple captain or free hit but the bench boost does remain. Tactically it makes sense to use these in the group stage rounds.
At the end of any single day’s play you are allowed to make unlimited substitutions.
The biggest difference however is how substitutions work in the World Cup fantasy game. Like Fantasy Premier League substitutions can be automatic but there is also an important manual element to them. At the end of any single day’s play you are allowed to make unlimited substitutions. This alters the strategy of the game drastically whereby if one of your starting players from Group A only get one point then you have the ability to substitute them out for someone yet to play. This can be done four times per round if you opt to do so.
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These substitutions allow you to take risks in the early groups. The example they use is France’s Ousmane Dembele. This is because he is a noteworthy 8.0m and may not play, or come on late. He does have a huge upside though if he were to start. With these manual substitutions in play you can reap the benefits of him starting and performing but you can also substitute him out should he get one or two points. It is important not to get too greedy with your substitutes though, as replacing a player who scores three or four points could cost you them. It is important to note you can do the same practice with captains. If you select a captain from Group A and he doesn’t perform then you are able to change your captain to someone yet to play.
For those of you who have yet to select a World Cup fantasy team or are struggling with knowing how difficult each team’s fixtures are you can check out this World Cup fixture difficulty matrix here