In case you are late, you should read about the benefits of late registration for the PL season game. The upcoming reasoning applies for all of the players, no matter if you already have one or more teams in the competition. So, you definitely should read this through. For instance, me myself I have 6 teams in the competition since the first game week, and currently, I’m thinking about the number of teams that I will construct before the start of the second match day. This all, although I had a pretty decent first round. From all six teams I scored 77,5 to 100 points, but now let’s get to the point.
Main reason: Overlay, overlay, overlay…
No matter whether you’re playing DFS, sports betting, poker, casino games or whatever, you should always look for overlay opportunities. Basically, games where your expected payout is more than your wager. In the long run you should be able to play these games profitably even though you could be just an average player. Sometimes these games are also called EV+, which means that the game has positive expected value for the player.
In the Fantasy Premier League Cash Game – 1 Million Euro Gtd. there is a huge guaranteed prize pot. Buy-in for one team is 25 euros, so it means the game is EV+ for the players until there are 50 000 teams. Currently, we are still not at 50 000, so basically, the expected value of every team that enters the tournament is more than 25 euros. Thus, on average every team is expected to get a small win still. This, of course, isn’t the case in practice as only best teams will get rewarded, but you shouldn’t be too worried about your skills at this point. In the season game, pure luck also has its part and you have plenty of time to learn more about the game and the players.
How does the late registration work?
In the season game, you’re able to register your team until the start of game week 4. You will give some head start for the competitors, but it’s truly not that much as you might think. The rules say that late regs get compensation equal to 70% of the average points that other teams have got so far. For instance, average points for game week 1 were 78,8, so if you register a team before game week 2 you will be rewarded with 0,7*78,8 = 55.5 points.
Next, I’ll be telling you why it might even be clever to give small head start for competitors and how you can truly benefit from the late registration. How I see it, there are two different options to benefit and you should think about what suits you the best.
Two ways to approach late registration
First option is of course to concentrate on the whole season game. There are 38 game weeks and others have now played just the first match day, so you still have 37 game weeks to try to win your share of the pot. Did you know that even the position 5 250 will give you your stake back and reaching only position 750, you’d get a nice profit? Reaching the 1st position would mean that you have 200 000 life-changing euros more than you currently have.
1. Benefits of late registration for the PL season game: Long game
Main advantage that the late regs have is that they’ve already seen some games of the Premier League season and they should try to benefit from that. Thus, you should look for players that others didn’t realize to pick before the season, but who have already shown their potential to make great points. You should also look for cheap options that are likely to play. You could pick the players that others are likely going to take in their teams in upcoming game weeks, so you’ll benefit when their prizes rise.
In Premier League season game, one of the most difficult things is to pick the team at the start of the season. There are so many new players, three new teams and it’s hard to say who are going to start for each team. What late regs have, is the information of the first games of the season, which is much more than what was known before the season. Maximizing the advantage of that information is the key to benefit from late registration in long season game.
2. Short game
In addition, one of the benefits of late registration for the PL season game: You can always choose to play for the short game instead of the long season game. The prize structure is built so that each game week the top three will get rewarded: 1st 250€, 2nd 150€ and 3rd 50€. Thus, one reasonable approach is to optimize the team for your first game week. Aim straight away for the 250€ prize. What a nice way to start the season that would be!
You could pick the defence of the two or three clubs that are most likely to keep clean sheets on the next match day. Forwards and midfielders, you could choose from the teams that are likely to score a lot of goals in the next game week. This is an advantage compared to already registered teams. They would probably need to do more than one transfer in order to try to optimize their team for the next game week. This would mean penalty points and that’s why so many won’t do it.
Benefits of late Registration: Weekly & Monthly Prizes
After your first round has gone, you can still decide to play for the long game if you like to. Other option would be to continue playing short games. You could for instance already start to optimize your team for September. In each week and month, the best player will get rewarded
The weekly & monthly prizes in the Premier League Season Game
So, one short game tactic is to try to win the 1 000 euros every month. Again, most of the players are trying to win the whole game (especially at the start of the season), so there’s not so much competition and optimizing of the teams in particular months at the start of the season. This would mean that you have reasonable chances to achieve the ranking, which would get you rewarded.
Optimize your team for the next month
There’s one important thing you should keep in mind when playing a short game. When you think you have lost your chances for the prizes of a particular month, you could start optimizing your team for the next month. You can even do multiple transfers and get penalized as long as you don’t hurt the next month, which you’re again trying to win. At Fanteam, the point system is done so that the -4p penalty that you get from the extra transfer will strain your points of the upcoming game week. Thus, you shouldn’t make too many extra transfers just before the next month is starting in order to keep your chances as high as possible.
I hope my reasoning gives some ideas for you and perhaps you’re willing to join me and thousands of others and compete for the prizes of €1.000.000.Play now
I hope you all best luck for the season!
We at Fanteam thank Santeri Ahtiainen for his guest article The benefits of late registration for the PL season game! You can find him on Twitter at @santeriahtiaine