How to win Sky Sports Fantasy Football: Former champion shares his tips

Manchester City celebrate
Manchester City celebrate

How do you pick a successful Sky Sports Fantasy Football team within budget? Former winner Dan Cox explains all...

The 'Stats' section of the Sky Sports Fantasy Football website or App should be your first port of call. I usually start by bringing up last season's points tallies by position and going through it player by player in descending order of points.

Make yourself a cup of tea, grab a pen, a piece of paper and make yourself comfortable. Let's do this the old fashioned way!

Start with the goalkeepers - who were the top five point scorers last season? Are they worth having again this season? Is there a stopper further down the list whose team have been bolstered by a new centre-back who will help earn more clean sheets? Start making a shortlist of possible players you might include.

Alisson Becker in action for Liverpool
Alisson Becker in action for Liverpool

Is anyone under-priced? Do not forget that with save points, some goalkeepers who are particularly busy will be earning lots of bonus points (two points for three saves). What about the promoted goalkeepers?

Obviously you do not want a number one who is conceding a handful of goals each week. Although, it is getting that fine balance of picking someone who can make saves and will be busy, but will not register minus points each week and fail to keep a clean sheet.

I would then do the same for defenders, midfielders and strikers. Who were the top performers last season? Which players were taking home all the Sky Sports Man of the Match awards? Is there a new signing that you are certain will hit the ground running?

Left to right: Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, Mo Salah and Sadio Mane receive their Golden Boot award
Left to right: Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, Mo Salah and Sadio Mane receive their Golden Boot award

Did any of your players get injured or have a poor season last year that means they will be off the radar for most - or that they'll be significantly cheaper this season? Kevin De Bruyne, for instance, scored 281 points in the 2017/18 season but during an injury-hit 2018/19, he only managed to record 64 points from 11 starts. He should bounce back.

There will obviously be your favourite picks that you have to include, with Mohamed Salah, Sergio Aguero, Raheem Sterling, and Virgil van Dijk being among those. The question off the back of this is; how can you afford a team of stars?

If you want a front three of Harry Kane, Sergio Aguero, and Mohamed Salah, you are going to have to make sacrifices elsewhere in your team. That is why you need to manage your budget, and it is important to do so in order to post a successful campaign.

Who are the cheaper options, or 'enablers' as they are known, that will allow you to squeeze in the top-priced players? You will need at least three budget picks and this is probably the trickiest part of picking a team.

Fantasy Football: Click here to pick your team now!


Sky Sports Fantasy Football 2019/20

Manchester City celebrate after winning the Premier League
Manchester City celebrate after winning the Premier League

Another year, another £50,000 jackpot on the line. Sky Sports Fantasy Football makes its eagerly-awaited return for the 2019/20 season.

'Fantasy just got real' has never been so true with the updated Fantasy Football product for the upcoming campaign. New scoring systems, new rules, a new website, along with a new feature which will be coming into fruition for the first game week of the year.

All of this alone gives you the incentive to set up your team early and get ahead of the game, combined with just the small added bonus of the £50,000 jackpot prize for the inaugural Sky Sports Fantasy Football 2019/20 champion.

Fantasy Football: Click here to pick your team now!

Follow Sporting Life on social media - find us on Facebook here or tweet @SportingLifeFC

Related football links

Like what you've read?
Help your friends Know It All by sharing this article to your social media.

Most Read Football

The Sporting Life team provide their free tips for Saturday's action across a range of sports1

Saturday's Bets of the Day

A full round-up of the Sporting Life team's best fancies across Saturday's action, including racing, football, darts, golf and rugby.

Sporting Life's Premier League preview package2

Saturday's Premier League tips

Mark your card for Saturday's Premier League action with our best bets & predictions, including Chelsea and Manchester City.

Premier League and EFL football gossip and transfer rumours
3

Paper Talk: Cook chase on

Liverpool and Chelsea are monitoring Bournemouth midfielder Lewis Cook and there's Manchester United and Arsenal news too in a busy edition.

The latest Sporting Life Accumulator4

Sporting Life Accumulator

This week's Sporting Life Accumulator involves four teams from the three EFL leagues, enhanced to 18/1 with Sky Bet...

Manchester United welcome Liverpool on Sunday5

Man U v Liverpool: Big match guide

Manchester United welcome Liverpool on Sunday. We have everything you need to know ahead of their 55th Premier League meeting.

Most Read Football

The Sporting Life team provide their free tips for Saturday's action across a range of sports1

Saturday's Bets of the Day

A full round-up of the Sporting Life team's best fancies across Saturday's action, including racing, football, darts, golf and rugby.

Sporting Life's Premier League preview package2

Saturday's Premier League tips

Mark your card for Saturday's Premier League action with our best bets & predictions, including Chelsea and Manchester City.

Premier League and EFL football gossip and transfer rumours
3

Paper Talk: Cook chase on

Liverpool and Chelsea are monitoring Bournemouth midfielder Lewis Cook and there's Manchester United and Arsenal news too in a busy edition.

The latest Sporting Life Accumulator4

Sporting Life Accumulator

This week's Sporting Life Accumulator involves four teams from the three EFL leagues, enhanced to 18/1 with Sky Bet...

Manchester United welcome Liverpool on Sunday5

Man U v Liverpool: Big match guide

Manchester United welcome Liverpool on Sunday. We have everything you need to know ahead of their 55th Premier League meeting.

Football Tips

The Sporting Life team provide their free tips for Saturday's action across a range of sports

Saturday's Bets of the Day

A full round-up of the Sporting Life team's best fancies across Saturday's action, including racing, football, darts, golf and rugby.

Sporting Life's Premier League preview package

Saturday's Premier League tips

Mark your card for Saturday's Premier League action with our best bets & predictions, including Chelsea and Manchester City.

The latest Sporting Life Accumulator

Sporting Life Accumulator

This week's Sporting Life Accumulator involves four teams from the three EFL leagues, enhanced to 18/1 with Sky Bet...