The deadline for the first Matchday or EURO 2020 Fantasy Football is almost here and we have less than two weeks to finish our squads.
There are so many great fantasy options, but there are just 15 spots in our team.
Selecting the right players at the very beginning is very tricky and if you do not get it right, it will be very difficult for you to beat your friends in your mini-leagues.
Do not worry, we are here to help.
We prepared for you 10 essential tips that will help you to select the right players for your squad and help you succeed in EURO 2020 Fantasy Football.
Let’s dive in.
1. Plan accordingly, use statistics
When you are picking players into your team, you should do it with a long-term view in mind.
You should have a plan and you should know how your team will look like not just on the first matchday, but also on those after.
So, do not look at matchdays in isolation – but see the whole tournament. Plan who you transfer in, who you captain, when you use your chips etc.
Also, use some stats when selecting players for your fantasy squad. Go to flashscore and check which players did well in EURO qualification. Go to whoscored and find out the ratings of players. Go to understat and check the underlying statistics of players from top leagues.
Stats are an essential tool when it comes to selecting the right players for your fantasy squad. Checking them can be time-consuming, but at the end of the day (tournament), it does worth it.
To help you with stats, we prepared a table of players who did very well for their country at EURO 2020 Qualification, Nation League, and World Cup 2022 Qualification.
Feel free to check it out here.
2. It is about the balance
Selecting a fantasy football team is about the balance, but you probably figured this by yourself, too.
Fantasy football is an optimization task with a budget constraint. You have to maximize points that your team will score and respect the budget restraint.
You will have to make sacrifices, and you will not be able to create a team of your dream. You have to do some deep research, found those budget options, and field them alongside your heavy hitters.
So, do not get stressed when you are not able to fit in players you want. Every other fantasy manager is in the same situation.
Try to find a great balance of your team without leaving weak links in it.
3. Bench and substitutions are more important than you think
There is one very important feature of EURO 2020 Fantasy Football – substitutions within the matchday.
It means that if some of your players did not score as many points as you would like them to, you can sub them off and replace them with players from your bench that are yet to play.
Let me explain it with an example.
Turkey vs. Italy is played on 11th June and Scotland vs. Czech Republic is played on 14th June.
Imagine you have a Turkey player Yazici in the starting XI of your fantasy team and Czech player Tomáš Souček on the bench of your team.
If Yazici scores for example only 2 fantasy points for an appearance on 11th June, you can sub him off and replace him with Souček who is yet to play on 14th June.
But be careful, you can not do it the other way around – you cannot sub in a player who already played. You can only sub in a player who is yet to play.
The same goes for a captaincy. You can change your captain within the matchday – so you can be switching the armband in your fantasy team until you hit someone who scores big.
If you are confused and this short explanation is not clear, learn more about it in the official rules of EURO 2020 Fantasy Football.
But back to the point.
Due to substitutions, you will likely use all players from your bench during the matchday.
And that is the reason why you should not have a bench composed only of extremely cheap players that are unlikely to play.
You could pick some cheaper player to your bench, but make sure that they will start for their nation – and ideally also that they have the potential to score you more than 2 fantasy points.
You should also have two playing goalkeepers in your team – two who play on a different day within the matchday.
For example, if you have Courtois and Hradecky in your team, then you could not use goalkeeper substitution in case that your number one goalkeeper will not keep a clean sheet – because Belgium and Finland play on the same day.
But if you have Courtois and Szczesny in your fantasy squad, you can use goalkeeper substitutions, because they play on a different day.
So, if Courtois does not keep a clean sheet on 12th June, you can sub him off and replace him with Szczesny who is yet to play on 14th June.
This strategy increases the odds that your goalkeeper will keep a clean sheet during a certain matchday.
So, do not try to save money on your bench players. They will be very useful for your fantasy team during matchdays.
4. Do not fit in too many heavy hitters
It would be great to have Kane, Lukaku, De Bruyne, Ronaldo, Eriksen, Fernandes in our fantasy teams.
But due to the budget constraint, it is not possible.
So, do not get blinded by so many great pricy fantasy picks, and do not try to fit them all in your squad. You would have to sacrifice potential from other parts of your fantasy squad and you would have too many weak links in your team.
Just pick two or three heavy hitters in your team and build a balanced squad around them.
But be careful, try to pick heavy hitters that play on a different day, so you can switch captaincy between them.
More about the captaincy in the following tip.
5. Have a captain for each day within the matchday
The captaincy is a huge part of success in fantasy football.
The same goes for EURO 2020 Fantasy football. However, the big advantage of this competition is that you do not have to rely solely on one captain during the whole matchday.
We already highlighted that you should plan ahead. And the captaincy is something you should plan ahead not just on different matchdays, but also within the certain matchday itself.
As we mentioned in the 3rd tip, there are captain changes allowed in EURO 2020 Fantasy.
So, if you captain a player, who plays on 11th June and he does not score, you can switch the captaincy to the player who is yet to play on 12th June.
And if he does not score either, you can switch the captaincy again to the player who is yet to play on 13th June. And so on.
Of course, you lost the points that were doubled by your previous captain.
The question is: what is the satisfying amount of captain points that you should aim for?
Well, based on our experience it is 6 points. So, unless your captain scores 6 points, you will switch the captaincy to the other player who is yet to play.
And that’s why you should know how your captaincy sequence will look like at least in Matchday 1. You need to have a clear picture of who will you captain on each day if your first captain does not score.
And that’s why you should have 4-5 solid captaincy options for every matchday – ideally one solid captain for each day on a matchday.
Now, let’s look at how the captaincy sequence for the first matchday could look like:
- 11th June: Donnarumma
- 12th June: Lukaku
- 13th June: Kalajdzic
- 14th June: Torres
- 15th June: Ronaldo
6. Do not overlook defenders
When you are trying to fit into your teams some more expensive players, the defense is usually the place when you eventually try to cut some funds.
You start to downgrading 6m defenders to 5,5m defenders, and the 5,5m defenders to 5m defenders or to 4,5m defenders.
Our advice is: do not do that.
The defense of your EURO 2020 Fantasy team is not a place where you should save some funds.
But do not get me wrong. If you find some amazing 4,5m defenders (like Alioski or Pablo Torres) it is not a bad idea to pick them into your team. They offer great value per 1 million, and they have huge potential to score you fantasy points for a low price.
The bad idea would be trying to put together a defense full of 4,5m or 4,0m defenders from Hungaria, or Finland – defenders who have a very low chance of keeping at least one clean sheet in the EURO 2020 Group stage.
Hopefully, you get my point now.
Clean sheets are great routes to fantasy points. So, if you think that teams like England or Belgium will keep two or three clean sheets in the group stage, you should pick some of their defenders in your team regardless of their price tag.
And if a defender offers even an attacking potential – he is on penalties, free kicks or play like a wing bag – that could be a golden player for your fantasy team, even if he costs 6,5m.
Personally, I like a balanced defense composed of players that have a high chance of a clean sheet + offer something extra. For example, a good fantasy defense could look like this:
- Chilwell 6,0m – high chance of clean sheets + attacking threat (high assist potential)
- Cancelo 6,0m – high chance of clean sheets + attacking threat (high assist potential)
- Ginter 5,0m – high chance of clean sheets + attacking threat (high assist potential, goal threat)
- Pablo Torres 4,5m – high chance of clean sheets + great value due to low price
- Alioski 4,5m – almost no chance of clean sheets but amazing attacking threat + highly likely on penalties
7. Bring in Talismans
Now you know, you should have approximately two heavy hitters in your team and that you shouldn’t save money on defenders.
So, let’s look at some other players you should have in your fantasy squad for EURO 2020.
If you are uncertain which budget players you should field around your heavy hitters, try to get in talismans: players that are key players for their team and that are the most likely sources of fantasy points from that team.
To help you understand what we mean: for example, Pukki is Talisman of Finland, Eriksen of Denmark, Malinovski of Ukraine etc. We have a full list of talismans of every nation in this article: Talismans for every nation.
So when that nation scores a goal, the talisman is likely going to be involved.
8. Target teams that play against whipping boys
Fixtures matter in fantasy football.
The fixture is the only thing we can “predict” and we can take an advantage of it. Try to identify, which teams have easy groups, and which teams will play against “whipping boys”.
There can be a lot of fantasy points in these kinds of matches (remember England vs. Panama 6:1 from FIFA World Cup 2018?).
So, which teams are whipping boys of EURO 2020? We used bookies odds of winning the tournament to find out.
There are 5 teams that have probabilities of winning the tournament lower than 0.2% (according to bookies odds).
These teams are outsiders of the EURO 2020 and potential “whipping boys”:
|Team||Probability of winning EURO 2020 Tournament|
|North Macedonie||0.06 %|
So, bring players from good teams that play against these “whipping boys”. Especially against North Macedonia and Hungary.
There should be a lot of fantasy points in these matches – especially on the side of good teams.
9. Maximize the potential of your chips
We have two chips available in EURO 2020 Fantasy Football:
- Limitless wildcard
With a wildcard, you will get an unlimited number of transfers for one matchday. Limitless wildcard will allow you to change a team for one matchday without budget restriction – but after the matchday is over, your team will be reverted to the team you had before.
Both chips are extremely powerful, and you should plan how and when you use them.
We have just 7 matchdays in EURO 2020 Fantasy, so there is not a lot of room where you could deploy these chips. We have some ideas about when the best time to use both chips is in order to maximize their potential.
Limitless wildcard: best time to use limitless wildcard is in the group stage.
After the group stage is over, the budget of our teams will increase from 100m to 105m, so the effect of limitless wildcard after the group stage would be smaller.
Also, in the group stage, you can pick from all 24 teams. And you can easily target heavy hitters that play against whipping boys that are unlikely to advance to the R16.
So the chances, that you will hit some great score and high scoring matches with your limitless wildcard are much higher in the group stage, than in elimination rounds.
Wildcard: When deciding about using your wildcard, you should take into account the number of transfers we have available after each matchday
We have 5 free transfers for each matchday after the quarterfinals, so using a wildcard here would be counterproductive.
That leaves us with using our wildcard in the group stage or after the R16. We fancy using the wildcard after the R16 when 8 teams get eliminated but fantasy managers have only 3 transfers available to deal with that.
These are only some ideas when the best time for using chips is.
The most important thing is that you should plan when you use your chip and have a clear strategy.
10. Have fun and be patient
Fantasy football can be very emotional.
However, you should always have in mind, that it is just a game and try to not get angry when your captain does not score.
You should enjoy the game and the points your team score. But in the end, there could be only one winner in each mini-league and you have to accept that.
And also, sometimes, there is patience required regarding some players. If you believe that some players will do well, include them in your team, but then they do not score in the first matchday, have patience with them and do not rage transfer them out. You have to keep your head cool when it comes to fantasy football.
Enjoy the EURO 2020 Fantasy Football. FPL Reports will be here, and we will be posting our tips for each matchday of the tournament. You can start picking your squad at EURO 2020 Fantasy Official Website.