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fantasy premier league 101

August 12, 2009

This weekend will see the start of the Premier League season, and with it the WDKF Fantasy Premier League – here are some crucial reading for you noobs out there.

The most important parts are: Captains – carefully nominate a player to be your gameweek captain as he will earn you double points, Automatic Substitutions – priority of substitutions, Transfers – before the season starts you have unlimited free transfers however once the season has started, you’re only allowed 1 free transfer per gameweek – each additional transfer in that gameweek will incur a 4 point deduction, and Deadlines – check on the bottom left hand panel of the website to find out when the gameweeks are, which teams will be playing.

FYI. We currently have over 200 participants this season, and all are welcome to participate in the competition by emailing us your name and team name.

Squad selection

A manager may enter one Fantasy Premier League squad, multiple squads will be deleted. Squads must consist of:

  • 2 Goalkeepers
  • 5 Defenders
  • 5 Midfielders
  • 3 Forwards

You can select up to 3 players from any one team. If a player is transferred during the season and this transfer takes you over this limit, then you will need to go back under the limit when making your next transfers.

Each player has been given a value. The total value of your initial squad must not exceed £100 million. The value of each player can be found here.


From your 15 player-squad you select 11 players to form your team each Gameweek. Only starting or automatically substituted players will earn points for your team.

Your team can play in any formation providing one goalkeeper and at least three defenders and one forward are selected.

To change your formation simply select your chosen eleven players on the My Team page. The computer will automatically chose your formation based on the players you have selected.

Players can only play in their designated position. For example, you can’t play a defender as an attacker.

Any changes you make to your team will become active at the next deadline.


You must nominate a member of your team to be captain. This player will score double the number of points he would usually have been awarded that Gameweek.

If your captain does not play then he will be automatically substituted in accordance with the rules at the end of the gameweek. A new captain, either the player with the highest form or price value at the start of the gameweek, will then be selected based on your emergency captain strategy.

You can change your captain and emergency strategy at the bottom of the My Team page. Any changes you make will become active at the next deadline.

Automatic substitutions

If your goalkeeper plays no part in the Gameweek, then the computer will substitute him for your replacement goalkeeper, if he played in the Gameweek.

If any of your outfield players play no part in the Gameweek, then the computer will try to substitute the inactive player for one of your replacements. This is done by replacing him with your highest priority substitute who actually played in the Gameweek and doesn’t break the formation rules.

Automatic substitutions are applied at the end of the Gameweek, when all matches have been played.

You can change your substitution priorities at the bottom of the My Team page. Any changes you make to your substitution priorities will become active at the next deadline.


After selecting your squad you can still deal in the transfer market. Unlimited squad transfers can be made, 1 transfer can be made between each gameweek deadline without charge. Each additional transfer made in the same gameweek will deduct 4 points from your total at the next deadline.

If you don’t use your free transfer then you’ll be able to make an additional free transfer the following gameweek. These saved transfers don’t accumulate and can only be used the following gameweek.

All transfers before the start of the season are made at no cost. For teams entering after the start of the season, no points will be deducted before their first deadline.

You can play 1 transfer wild card a season. All transfers made in the Gameweek your wild card is played will be without points deduction. You play your wild card when confirming transfers.

Any transfers you make will become active at the next deadline.


Any changes to your team (substitutions, transfers, captain changes, substitution priorities) must be made by the Gameweek deadline to take effect for that set of matches.

Taken from here.


2 Comments leave one →
  1. August 12, 2009 1:24 am

    havent we all agreed that ive already won this??

  2. August 12, 2009 1:58 am

    youre obviously delusional.

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