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Fantasy Premier League: Initiation in the World of Fantasy Sports

Do you love football? Have you ever heard of fantasy sports before? If you answered ‘yes’ to the first question, and ‘no’ to the second, then you should learn about Fantasy Premier League.
Fantasy sports have recently turned into a cultural phenomenon and fantasy football is by far the most popular fantasy sport. Fantasy football is a game of skill in which the participants serve as the general managers of virtual professional football teams. Your task is to create your own virtual sports team, and the winner is decided based on the statistical performance of their chosen players in actual, real-life games. The better their score, the better your chances of winning, so why not test your sports prediction skills?
Fantasy Premier League, brought to you by EA Sports, is the biggest Fantasy Football game in the world, with over 4 million players. If your interest is sparked, head to the official Premier League site, where the Fantasy Premier League 2016/17 is underway. Once you’ve registered on their website you get to be creative and manage your team. Use your budget of £100m (of virtual money) to pick a squad of 15 players from the Premier League. You can also create and join your own private leagues to play against friends and family, colleagues or an online community. Keep in mind that some players are more expensive than others, and you will probably have to look both for high-scoring stars and less costly young talents.
The game operates a squad system with each manager having 15 players from which to choose an eleven for each gameweek. There is a wealth of formations available and each week you’re given a single transfer to tinker with. You’re free to make additional changes each week but at a cost of 4 points per transfer.
Players get 2 points for appearing on the pitch and 3 for any assists they contribute. Forwards get 4 points for a goal, midfielders 5 and defenders and keepers 6 points. Clean Sheets meanwhile, get defenders and goalkeepers 4 points and midfielders a single point. Additional “bonus” points are awarded to the top 3 performing players on the pitch, whilst the points haul from your assigned captain is doubled each gameweek.
Ideal for beginners, the game provides plenty of tools to help the new managers and the website offers fantastic support, whether you’re logging in daily to monitor player values or want to play casually and check on your team once a week.
Best of all, it’s free to play and you can win great prizes, including VIP hospitality to Premier League matches, game consoles, as well as monthly and weekly goody bags for best managers. What more do you need to try it out?
Fantasy Premier League offers no cash prices, but it is a great opportunity if you want some practice before trying your luck at some of the gambling fantasy sports sites, such as Draftstars. In a nutshell, this is the best free Fantasy Football experience around.

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