Using auto subs and manual substitutions in EURO 2024 Fantasy strategy

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In EURO 2024 Fantasy, there are two types of substitutions: auto-subs and manual substitutions. What are their basics and how to use them as a part of a successful fantasy football strategy?

This article is part of our series: How to play EURO 2024 Fantasy?

Auto subs explained in EURO 2024 Fantasy

Auto-subs are substitutions that occur automatically when a player in your starting lineup does not play in a match. If one of your starting outfield players does not feature in a game, they are substituted with the first outfield player on your bench who played in that match. Similarly, if your starting goalkeeper does not play, they are replaced by your bench goalkeeper who played. Auto-subs are essentially a safety net to ensure that you always have a full lineup of players earning points.

However, automatic substitutions only happen if you do not do any manual changes – manual substitutions or captaincy change in your fantasy team

Manual substitutions explained

Manual substitutions, on the other hand, are substitutions that you make yourself within your team lineup.

  • You can manually replace any player in your starting lineup with a player from your bench who is yet to play.
  • Between matchdays, you can make an unlimited number of substitutions as you play around with your squad.
  • But once the matchday has started and all first-day matches have finished, you can sub out a player from your starting XI (maximum 4 players) and replace him with one of your bench players who is yet to play. 
  • Of course, players you sub out will score 0 points for your team in that matchday.

Note: This does not apply to players who got a red card. You cannot sub out a player who was sent off.

Can you turn on automatic substitutions?

Once you make some manual changes to your team during the particular matchday, the autosubs are turned off and you cannot turn them on again for that matchday.

How to change the bench order in your EURO Fantasy team?

To change the order of the substitution, you need to make subs to your bench in your team before the matchday starts. Basically, just use “sub out” and “sub in” on the players on your bench to make their order different. But you have to do it before the start of the matchday.

Auto subs or manual substitutions?

  • As an active Fantasy manager, you should not rely on automatic substitutions. Relying on auto subs is very limited as you cannot make any manual changes to your team during matchday.
  • That’s why you should always make manual substitutions and manual changes to your team – that will allow you to maximize the points output from 11 players in your team at the end of each matchday.

How to use manual substitutions as part of the strategy?

  • Thanks to manual substitutions you can use all 15 players from your squad (of course, those who end the matchday on the bench will score you 0 points)
  • Because of that, make sure all of your 15 players are players who are regularly starting
  • That will help you maximize the probability that some of your 11 players (whose points count) will deliver
  • You do not want to have 4.0 million defender or 4.0 million goalkeeper who do not play for their team – you cannot use them as your substitutions – so you are limiting the potential of your 15 players
  • Make sure you have two playing goalkeepers – one who plays on different days – that will increase the chances that you will catch one clean sheet from your GK
  • Try to have a balanced squad of players who play on each day during matchday. If all 15 players in your fantasy team play on the last days within matchday, you cannot use manual substitutions to maximize your points potential and you will leave points on your bench
  • Try to have cheap players who play on the first days. Usually, the cheaper the player, the lower his points potential is. If you have 4.5 million midfielder in your team, it is better if he plays on the first, second or third day in the matchday as you can sub him out for the last day of matchday if he fails to deliver. But if he miraculously delivers, you catch his points and do not need to use your manual sub on him. If he would play on the last day in Matchday, you would likely sub in just 2 points.
  • And of course, as we can change the captain, make sure you have good captaincy options for each day within the matchday. If the first captain fails to deliver, you can change your captain time to another player who is yet to play
Matej Šuľan

Fantasy Football enthusiast with two top 1k finishes in FPL. Best FPL overall rank: 119th in 2019/20 season. Five top 500 finishes in UCL Fantasy, best overall rank: 23rd in 2018/19 season. Founder of Fantasy Football Reports.

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