TEAMtalk have joined forces with Draft Fantasy Football to give our loyal readers the chance to feel like a proper Premier League manager.
We play the normal fantasy football games, usually end up all having David de Gea in goal, Kyle Walker in defence, Mesut Ozil in midfield and Sergio Aguero up front, meaning you’re often all rooting for the same players.
Draft Fantasy Football is different in many ways.
First of all you play in a league with people you’ve personally invited or join a public league – and secondly each Premier League player can only be in one person’s team.
That means preparing your draft shortlist is absolutely vital, as you assemble a large bank of players you want in your 15-man squad, prioritise them in order of importance to you, then sit back and watch the draft unfold before your eyes.
You need to have two goalkeepers, five defenders, five midfielders and three strikers – but after that you can select a number of formations, and change this on a weekly basis.
The player selection draft is done on a random basis but each person gets a number of first picks and second picks, so watching who you land is a thrilling experience – made even better if you make a social event of it, set it to auto pick and see who makes your 15-man line-up with your chosen rivals.
Once your squad has been assembled, you can trade players with fellow league managers if you wish, and once you’re happy, you need to choose your starting XI and four substitutes.
Your players then earn performance-related points as the season rolls by, and you can chop and change your line-up ahead of every round of Premier League action.
We’ll be writing weekend preview pieces outlining players who have great records against certain teams – and doing a weekly Team of the Week feature praising the fantasy star players.
So get your league created, set a date for your draft before the start of the Premier League season, which kicks off on August 13, and assemble a team of winners.