Look live, fantasy football fans.
We are just weeks away from the start of the Premier League season and excitement is building.
The new Dream Team game is officially alive and kicking for the 2019/20 campaign, but what do we know about it ahead of what is set to be the best season yet?
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When does fantasy football start for the new season?
The new Premier League fixtures were announced on June 13th, with the first game of the new season between Liverpool and Norwich kicking off on Friday, August 9th.
And Dream Team is now officially live, meaning you can sign up and start picking your teams already. Sign up to play here.
It’s completely free to play as ever and there’ll be a hefty jackpot up for grabs if you finish inside the top 10 at the end of the season.
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- You can play THREE different games with Dream Team this season – Season, Weekender and Draft
- Draft is new for this season and will increase competition among mini leagues
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What fantasy football games are there to play?
Dream Team is the only place where you can play not one, not two, but THREE different fantasy football formats in 2019/20.
As well as the traditional Season game and the hugely popular short-form iteration Weekender, Dream Team is launching its hotly-anticipated Draft game next season too.
Draft is the most exciting way to play fantasy football, testing your managerial nous and eye for a gap in the market to the max.
Read this article to find out more…
How does the fantasy football points system work?
The traditional Season game gives you a £50m budget, three transfers a month but a maximum of three players from any one club.
You can pick between three different formations; 4-4-2, 4-3-3 and the hugely popular 3-4-3.
Players get points for scoring, assisting, getting a 7+ match rating and winning Star Man.
Goalkeepers and defenders can earn extra points for keeping clean sheets and, in the former’s case, saving penalties.
Players lose points for yellow cards, red cards, missed penalties and conceding LOTS of goals.
Who are the best players to pick on fantasy football?
Well last season it was all about one man – Eden Hazard.
Hazard finished on 340 points, a full 50 ahead of Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang in second, but his Real Madrid move means we are now deprived of his majesty.
Harry Kane and Sergio Aguero are always prolific whilst Virgil van Dijk and Aymeric Laporte are must-haves at the back.
The likes of Matt Doherty and Lucas Digne have also had brilliant seasons from the rest of the pack.
What fantasy football tips and advice should I follow?
Dream Team is the place to be for all things fantasy football.
The Dream Team Coach’s precious advice is available both online, via the Dream Team app and via a weekly newsletter.
He is the best scout around when it comes to helping you with the nitty gritty decisions that can make such a big difference.
Who are the most expensive players on fantasy football?
Last week we teased just a handful of the player prices for this season’s Dream Team game over on our Twitter.
And in the process we revealed who the most expensive player is – or should we say PLAYERS ARE – this season.
After much deliberating and number crunching, Mo Salah and Sergio Aguero lead the way on £7.5m at the top of the charts.
Behind them is Harry Kane on £7m, which could prove a bargain if the Spurs man can stay fit…
Who are the best fantasy football bargains this season?
The rest of the player prices have officially been finalised ahead of game launch. Find them here.
So which potential bargains have really caught our eye?
Well Chelsea new boy Christian Pulisic, tasked with filling the Eden-Hazard shaped hole, is just £3m in his debut Premier League season.
And what a fall from grace Alexis Sanchez has had, priced at just £2m now.
But after a promising Copa America campaign with Chile, could he prove a rabbit in the hat if he can rediscover his form?
What are the best fantasy team names out there?
Every year choosing your team name seems to become a bigger and bigger deal.
Witty? Original? What’s your priority?
Whether you’re more 50 Shades O’Shea than Pjanic at the Disco you should find this extensive list both useful and entertaining.
What is Dream Team Draft and how does it work?
As we mentioned, we’ve launched a Draft game this season and to say we’re excited would be an understatement.
Draft pits you in a league against other managers as you try to build a 15-man squad to takes you to the top.
But the key difference is if you own a player, nobody else in your league can have them.
That’s right, if you have Mohamed Salah in your team, then that means Steve from HR doesn’t.
Game weeks work on a head-to-head basis which means leagues must consist of an even number to work.
For more details check out this explainer article.
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