Indian Fantasy League is here for the season 2018-19. LeagueSX are, here to help.
Whoever you are, we hope this comprehensive guide tells you all you need to know about Indian Fantasy League this season.
WHAT IS INDIAN FANTASY LEAGUE?
INDIAN Fantasy League is a game that casts you in the role of a fantasy manager. You are given the task to pick a squad of real-life players who score points for your team based on their performances in their matches.
DO I NEED TO PLAY IN A LEAGUE?
The game can be played solo, with managers pitching their team against all other registered managers in the world. However, the more exciting option is to enter your team in a private mini-league with your friends or colleagues (this feature will be made live soon.).
HOW DO I PICK MY TEAM OR SQUAD?
INDIAN Fantasy League hands you a ₹100cr budget which you spend on your squad. If you’re new to this kind of game, then this budget may seem generous, but once you take a look at the player list and start selecting, it’s a good bet that it will start getting eaten up pretty quickly. You will find that the most expensive players will be the forwards.
Your squad will have 15 players in it, but only 11 can start every week, it’s up to you to decide which four to leave on the bench. They will only come into your side if members of your starting line-up do not register any minutes.
CAN I CHANGE MY LINEUP ONCE I’VE PICKED IT?
Before the start of the season, you can make an unlimited number of transfers as long as the value of your squad does not exceed the ₹100cr budget. However, once the first deadline has passed, you are limited to two free transfer per Gameweek. If you do not use it, then you will have three free transfers the following Gameweek, although you cannot roll more than three. You are allowed to make more transfers on top of the free ones, but you will be charged six points for each switch made that is surplus to your allocation for that week.
The deadline for each Gameweek is always one hour before the kick-off time of the first fixture.
HOW DO I ALLOCATE MY BUDGET?
To maintain a balance in your squad, it is best to split your budget evenly across the four different positions: goalkeepers, defenders, midfielders and forwards. Ideally, you want no more than two premium asset per position and would do well to fill your squad out with cheaper assets which are relevant.
Doing so can reap the rewards. Your players will get injuries, suspensions, and loss of form and if you take steps to select a more balanced team concerning cost, you may find it easier to repair any holes. Ideally, you need to aim for a situation whereby one-for-one transfers will be enough to fix any problems you may run into. Investing heavily in one area of the team and then being unlucky enough to run into problems in that area, could leave you with surplus cash that will be wasted without using additional transfers elsewhere in your team.
OKAY, SO WHICH PLAYERS DO I PICK?
As there’s a large number of players available in ISL, there are lots of potentially effective combinations. At the early stage of the season, it’s harder to say which assets will be the most important, but we will always have plenty of content available to help you pick your initial squad and make your transfers now and through the season. So make sure you stick around!
HOW DO I SCORE POINTS?
There are lots of different ways to score points on INDIAN Fantasy League, with goals, assists and clean sheets the most crucial match events. Whoever you pick as captain will score double points in that Gameweek. Below is a grid which details how to score with players from different positions.
|Playing every 20 minutes||1|
|Each goal scored by a goalkeeper||12|
|Each goal scored by a defender||10|
|Each goal scored by a midfielder||9|
|Each goal scored by a forward||8|
|Clean sheet by a goalkeeper (must play 60+ mins)||8|
|Clean sheet by a defender (must play 60+ mins)||7|
|Clean sheet by a midfielder (must play 60+ mins)||2|
|Every two shots saved by a goalkeeper||1|
|A penalty save by a goalkeeper||5|
CAN MY TEAM LOSE POINTS?
Unfortunately, there are a few ways to lose points too.
|Missing a penalty||-2|
|Goals conceded after 1 goal (GK/Defender)||-1|
|Each yellow card||-2|
|Each red card||-5|
|Each own goal||-3|
WHAT ARE THE CHIPS?
There are two different chips that Fantasy managers can use on ISL-FL this season to boost their overall points-score in any given Gameweek. They are:
Wildcard – The Wildcard allows you to make an unlimited number of transfers in a Gameweek without incurring any points hits. It can be used at any point until December 16th.
Triple Captain – Normally your chosen captain will score double points in a Gameweek. One week in the season you can deploy the Triple Captain chip to triple his score instead.
WHAT DO I DO IF MY PLAYERS GET INJURED OR SUSPENDED?
You need to assess and react to injuries quickly. Monitor our injuries and bans table regularly to check on your team and if a player looks to be out for 2-3 weeks consider replacing him as this could well mean a 3-4 game absence given that he’d have to regain his match fitness and place in the side.
If you have players just not playing you need to look at just how serious an issue this is on a player by player basis.
As a rule, though, it’s something you need to consider acting upon. Even if the player is getting on as a sub or even starting 75% of the first five games, if he has competition for his place or has been rotated, then it’s something you may have to deal with over the entire season. If you have an alternative on your shortlist who is more reliable and scoring well, it might be best to make the change early rather than have one player distract you and have you guarding transfers for the opening few GWs.
WHEN SHOULD I SIGN NEW PLAYERS FOR MY TEAM?
As for player form, this will fluctuate throughout the season. Keep an eye out for form players but don’t be tempted by one week wonders who hit a hat-trick and then never follow it up for the rest of the season. Sustained form and proven point scorers are what you’re after. Jumping on bandwagons can often be profitable but only when it’s being pulled by a player who can sustain their form.
We’ll bring you the information you need on a weekly basis to make informed decisions, and there will be enough opinion from us.
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