While most of you are still watching Andres Iniesta’s goal over and over again and not getting tired of it, some of us have moved on to our number one online love for the season: No, not Facebook. Fantasy Premier League football. For those of you who have been with us for years (and some of you have played with me now for 6 or 7 seasons) you know that every year I complain about certain “rule changes” (Emergency Captain!) that make the game “easier” for the masses but take away the slight advantage that we “Experts” hold…
Well, without further ado, here are your significant 2010-2011 Fantasy Premier League rule changes.
- AN EXTRA WILDCARD: Yup, I just read the rules. And re-read them. We have an extra wildcard. That makes two wildcards, not one. You can play your second transfer wildcard between weeks 23 and 27. It’s a “January transfer window” edition. I don’t mind this development as I was burned so many times last winter due to postponed / cancelled games due to snow (Bolton, Arsenal, etc.) which ruined weeks of planning. With this extra wild card during the “Snow” season, all managers will have a little crutch in case they need to overhaul their squad.
- UNUSED TRANSFERS CARRY OVER MULTIPLE WEEKS: Last season, if you didn’t use a transfer, then you had two the next gameweek – a nice little advantage for those of us who wanted to “save.” This season, you don’t “lose” the second transfer if you go 2 weeks without making a move. This is a minor rule change, in my opinion, that may provide some tinkering ability going forward, but more often than not, won’t make a major influence on those of us who are wheelers and dealers…
- OWN GOALS ARE BACK: I can’t quite remember off the top of my head how many years / seasons own goals have been “gone” from the fantasy scoring system, but I seem to remember that about 5-6 years ago, own goals deducted points from your Fantasy Premier League defenders’ gameweek scores. Well, this year, they are back. This isn’t a big deal, either, and shouldn’t really affect player selection now that Portsmouth are down in the Championship. Pompey scored three own goals against Manchester United in a 5-0 loss in February. Ouch. Own goals will deduct 2 points.
There you have it. A few minor rule changes. The most significant: an extra wildcard.
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