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(Last Updated On: July 27, 2017)

It’s only a few weeks until the start of the Premier League, and so it seems the perfect time to discuss fantasy football. Of course, there are bound to be a few more signings before then, but the best managers come prepared, and armed with a killer team name too!

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What is fantasy football?

Fantasy football is a game that has been around for decades. It stemmed from the fantasy baseball and golf equivalents that came from the US in the 50’s. It gives you the chance to play manager for the season. You will be given a budget, and you can put your own team together, with all players from the 20 Premier League teams available. You will score points based on how your team performs in reality. Different fantasy football games work differently, but you will get points for the likes of goals, assists, and clean sheets, yet you will be deducted points for red cards, goals conceded, and such like. The manager with the most points at the end of the season is the winner.

 

How can I play fantasy football?

All you need to do is search online, and you will see plenty of options. Two of the most popular are Sky’s Fantasy Football and Dream Team, which is hosted by the Sun. Sky’s version is free to play, and there are a number of prizes that are up for grabs. The winner of The Sun’s version could win £750,000. So, if you are any good at being a manager, you can earn some money in the process too! These are just two of many fantasy football games online, so make sure to check them all out.

 

Fantasy football names

Some of the best footy jokes centre on Fantasy Football names. Football fans have so much fun seeing who can come up with the funniest and most original name for their team. We have some suggestions to give you some inspiration:

      Fun Lovren Criminals

      Who Ate All Depays?

      Lallanas in Pyjamas

      Ayew Ready?

      Egg Fried Reus

      Hakuna Juan Mata

      Salt & Pepe

      Expected Toulouse

      Deeney In A Bottle

      Ospina Colada

      Pleased To Michu

 

Who should you pick to be in your team?

The most difficult question of them all, who should you pick to be in your team? Getting the balance right is important. You only have a limited budget, so you need to know when to spend big and you need to look out for hidden gems. After all, if you could select the 11 best players and money wasn’t an option, it would be easy!

 

So, let’s end with some of the players that are likely to cost you the most:

      David de Gea

      Thibaut Courtois

      Kevin De Bruyne

      Eden Hazard

      Alexis Sanchez

      Marcos Alonso

      Harry Kane

      Sergio Aguero

      Romelu Lukaku

Also, it’s worth noting that your captain will typically bag you double points, so make sure you choose with care.


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- Chiino

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