Championship fans rejoice! We’ve just launched our £10,000 Championship Fantasy contest; a season-long game that gives you the chance to build a fantasy squad from the 24 teams in the EFL Championship.
Better yet, we’re using our Fantasy Divisions format, which introduces the peaks and perils of promotion and relegation for your fantasy team. But what does it take to win a share of the £10,000 prize pool?
The rules of Fantasy Divisions
We’ll start with the basics. If you’re going to win at Championship Fantasy, you’ll need to understand how Fantasy Divisions works. Fortunately, it’s really simple.
Picking your Fantasy Divisions team
Just like building a real football squad, building your Fantasy Divisions side is all about balancing the budget. We give you £100m to pick a team of 15 players. Two goalkeepers, five defenders, five midfielders and three forwards. If you’ve ever played the official FPL game, you’ll already be familiar with this system.
Player pricing is equivalent to the Premier League equivalent as well. Aleksandar Mitrovic, for example, is going to set you back £12.5m – a reflection of his quality in the Championship. Likewise, the goalscoring defenders (we’re looking at you, Sean Morrison) could cost you as much as £6.5m.
What division will I start in?
That’s what qualifying is for.
We’ve divided the season into 10 sections of 4 gameweeks (each section is called a “mini-season”, by the way). But the mathematically savvy amongst you will have already spotted that this method leaves us with 6 gameweeks to spare. Those are the qualifying weeks.
Qualifying takes place in Gameweeks 1-6, so make sure you hit the ground running. After that, your points will be reset and you’ll be placed into one of four divisions based on your points total.
How does the promotion and relegation thing work?
Remember the mini-seasons? They’re the 4-gameweek long chunks we’ve split the season into. Well, at the end of each one, the best teams will be promoted and – you guessed it – the worst teams will be relegated.
Your points will reset at the end of each mini-season. This ensures that everyone starts the next mini-season on a level playing field.
Naturally, we’re giving away some big cash prizes for the best managers at the end of each mini-season too. Even if you’re languishing in the bottom division, you’ll still be rewarded for master-minding a promotion-winning campaign. Speaking of rewards…
What can I win?
There’s £10,000 up for grabs throughout the 2019/20 season. The higher up the league system you climb, the bigger the prizes on offer. It’s as simple as that. Get promoted, get paid.
What can I lose?
There’s a £5.50 entry fee to play Championship Fantasy. When you weigh up the prizes on offer, we reckon it’s a good deal.
There’s also a small risk of losing some of your fantasy footballing dignity and pride. FantasyBet won’t be held responsible for such losses, though we may consider a post-season support group for relegated managers if there’s enough interest.
Prepare for dizzying highs and plummeting lows. This is season-long fantasy, but not as you’ve ever known it.
The tactics and strategies you should know
The fundamental principle of fantasy football is to choose the players that will score you the most points. We hope you were sat down for that bombshell.
Whilst that principle applies as much to Championship Fantasy as it does to its Premier League counterpart, the mini-season format does introduce some extra considerations.
Remember that your points reset
At the end of each mini-season (4 gameweeks), every Championship Fantasy manager has their points reset to 0.
As such, some might be inclined to take bigger risks in the gameweeks prior to the reset. For example, if there’s 1 gameweek left in the mini-season and FPLGeneral is 30 points from safety, he may decide it’s wiser to take a few points hits to prepare himself for life in the league below.
Likewise, a manager assured of promotion might want to make a few marquee signings before his side hits the big leagues.
We’ve slapped a 5-transfer cap on weekly transfers to prevent managers from overhauling their teams every mini-season, but there’s still plenty of opportunity for redevelopment if you’re already reconciled with promotion, relegation or a mid-table finish.
We’re out of chips
Championship Fantasy has done away with chips. No triple captain, no bench boost, no free hit and absolutely no wildcards.
That means you won’t be losing out on a promotion because half the managers in your division have decided to activate their bench boosts. It also means that you’ll need a balanced side capable of returning consistent points if you’re going to reach your fantasy potential.
Static player prices
Unlike other forms of fantasy football, the players in Championship Fantasy won’t fluctuate in price once the season gets underway.
How does this affect your team? Well, the notion of “team value” is irrelevant to Championship Fantasy. As such, the pressure to make an early transfer due to price fluctuations is no more, which gives you more freedom to make considered, informed changes to your team.
It also means that managers joining later in the season won’t be at a disadvantage. Everyone will start and finish the season with £100m in the bank.
How do I enter?
Now you’re asking the right questions. Head to the Championship Fantasy game and start building your squad. It’s as simple as that.
Remember, Gameweek 1 starts a week earlier than the Premier League, so time is quickly running out. Get over there and build your Championship Fantasy team today.