FanTeam 2nd Chance Tournament Player Q&A - FF Ninja

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We catch up with FF Ninja for his take on the 2nd chance tournament

Welcome to the 4th 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 FF Ninja 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 @FFNinja_

Best Fantasy Finish?

2020/21 GW38 Monster Winner

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

Currently on 2 entries but likely to be more as FOMO kicks in closer to deadline.

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

I’m usually a fixtures over form man, and I’m likely to focus even more on those with good fixtures and games in hand.

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

Absolutely! These are two key aspects of the game and will allow more strategies which suits me more. Saving a few transfers for the first 3 GWs will allow me to use a mini wildcard in GW25-26, which corresponds with AFCON ending, 2 FA Cup rounds being completed as well as an international break for European countries. Being aware of who your potential safety-net is for each player is also worth reviewing every week.

Best Differential Punt?

Youri Tielemans. Should be a 90 mins man, on pens in the absence of Jamie Vardy and Leicester have a couple games in hand.

Likely popular pick to avoid?

Marcos Alonso. Chelsea have a few blanks coming up as well as tough fixtures, despite the double in GW22. He’s also prone to mistakes such as yellow cards and fouls leading to goals.

Best advice for a 1st time player?

My advice is to really know the scoring matrix in detail. +1 90 mins bonus, +0.5 points per save for GKs and -2 for pens/free kicks leading to goal can all be taken advantage of.

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