FanTeam 2nd Chance Tournament Player Q&A - Chris Tan

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Former UCL FanTeam knockout winner Chris talks us through his thoughts on the 2nd chance tournament

Welcome to the 2nd in a series of brief Q&As, delving into the minds of some of the most prominent Fantasy Football minds both on FanTeam and further afield to get their thoughts on the upcoming 2nd chance tournament kicking off on the 14th January.

Before we get into it with the former UCL FanTeam champion just a brief overview of the rules, scoring and payout for the contest.

The rules are extremely similar to the current season long contest as you can see above there are 3 main differences

1) You only have a budget of £80m to select a squad of 11 players compared to £105m for a squad of 15 in the season long.

2) You can continually roll free transfers unlike the season long where the most you can hold is 2.

3) The safety net function is active, so unlike the season long where if someone doesn't play you get a player from your bunch 'sub in', in this format if one of your 11 players doesn't start the game you get the next highest value player from the same club and same position 'sub in'. It is important to remember that even if your player than comes off the bench you will not score points for him it is only who starts.

Scoring remains exactly the same as existing FanTeam games

The prize structure is very top heavy (understandably given the number of free tickets FanTeam have given out) so depending on your philosophy cashing should be achievable or do you risk it all for the big money.

Q&A with Chris @ChrisTanFPL

Best Fantasy Finish?

Won the 2019/20 FanTeam UCL Knockout Contest (£20k) and also had a few other teams in the money so won close to £25k.

How many teams do you intend to enter in the 2nd chance tournament?

Probably just 2.

How do you think your strategy will adjust with the shorter format over the season long contest?

I don't think it will change. My aim is always to get a fast start by targeting the initial set of fixtures, then adjusting as the game goes on and WCing to rebalance.

Will the safety net function and the ability to continually roll transfers come into your thinking in picking your initial line up?

100%. The safety net impacts on everything and my selections will be made accordingly i.e. if there isn't a safety net option (Gabriel Jesus) they won't be in my team. The rolling of transfers is a cool new function and with the safety net it should allow the ability to roll transfer for 3-4 weeks and then use a mini WC to attack or defend a GW.

Best Differential Punt?

Dominic Calvert Lewin, the forgotten man. He started the season on fire and he's the main man for Everton on penalties and the focal point of their attack. They have nice fixtures and lots of games in hand. Plus unlike a couple of strikers he does have a couple of safety nets if he does get injured and there are other fires to put out!

Likely popular pick to avoid?

Any attacker that rarely plays 90 minutes. I'd also consider the trade off with TAA, as there aren't any bonus points in FanTeam and the money saved by going for VVD goes a long way.

Best advice for a 1st time player?

Follow me on Twitter @ChrisTanFPL and read my FanTeam guides/content.

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