UEFA Champions League Fantasy Football 2021/22
MD3 DEADLINE: TUESDAY 19th OCTOBER 5:45pm UK
Hello everyone and welcome to UEFA Champions League Fantasy Football 2021/22.
Matchday 3 is upon us and we are at that strange juncture which sees GW 3 meet GW4 in reverse and so many a wildcard will be slung at it in an attempt to capitalise on the likes of Manchester City getting back-to-back ‘gos’ at stuffing some club from Brugge (who have pinned their defensive hopes on a Scotland International … sakes!).
Having just looked for another example of the above analogy though it is apparent that there aren’t actually that many mis-matches this time around. Usually we find ourselves with at least 3 or 4 teams handed a shoe-in but this time it all looks fairly evenly matched.
To the main business at hand. What to expect from us here…
1a. Cover the basics for this week.
1b. The basic basics – the rules etc.
2. Provide FF247 league details with codes and links along with an update on our current Top 10.
3. Detail this week’s fixtures.
4. Updated Fixture Tracker.
5. Updated Set-Piece Takers.
1a. The MD3 Basics
1. You get two free transfers this week, ahead of the first deadline.
2. The first deadline is Tuesday at 5.45pm GMT.
3. You will see the line-ups for the following on Tuesday: Besiktas, Sporting CP, Club Brugge, Man City.
4. Stick your Tuesday players on the pitch and your Wednesday ones on the bench.
5. Pick a Captain who plays on Tuesday.
6. The Wednesday deadline is also at 5.45pm GMT.
7. You will see the line-ups for the following on Wednesday: Barcelona, Dynamo Kiev, RB Salzburg, Wolfsburg.
8. Switch any poor performers from Tuesday with those yet to play from your bench.
9. Switch your Captain to a Wednesday player if you weren’t satisfied that the Tuesday one didn’t scored enough (who ever it is!).
1b. The basics
We shall keep this section in just as a reference point and a reminder of the rules and the basic basics.
As far as the rules go, you can access them here via – THIS LINK but let us give you a quick rundown of what they are.
The main crux of the game at this stage though is the subtle difference between ‘Match Days’ and ‘GW’s’. CL is split into a Tuesday and a Wednesday format within the same GW. For Captains as well as Manual Subs you treat Tuesday as phase 1 of the GW and Wednesday as phase 2. And you can make changes to both inbetween these. That’s what we meant in the intro by it being a bit hands on / interactive.
The scoring itself is pretty much as per FPL. The only real differences that we would notice is that there are no bonus points and we will not get an assist if our player wins a penalty that is scored, but the player will get 2 points for winning said penalty no matter if it results in a goal or not. A player also gets a point for every 3 ‘ball recoveries’ too.This season they have however introduced 3 points for the ‘Player of the Match’. There is no indication as to how this is awarded other than that is done so by ‘UEFA’s technical observer’. Which presumably means that he or she will observe who is in their own fantasy team first and act accordingly.
The format is a bit like the World Cup fantasy. For those who aren’t familiar with this it basically means a tad more planning as you can sub players in before they have played to replace those that already have. A quick example would be to pick a Man United guy, let’s call him Paul, for arguments sake. And maybe a Liverpool guy, let’s call him Sadio. Given as Paul plays on Day 1 you can put him in your X1 and see how he does, whilst placing Sadio on your bench. If you like what you see from Paul then you can leave him in the team. If he has a stinker (likely) then you can simply activate manual subs and bring Sadio in to replace him for his later game. Simples, really. Don’t pick Paul :no:
- MANUAL SUBS / AUTO SUBS
If you activate a manual sub then your right to auto subs (as per FPL) disappears. You have the option to do either. Manual subs is your best bet we feel as you control who comes in and you get 4 more shots at getting it right, basically.
- MANUAL SUBS / AUTO SUBS
The Captain Armband works in much the same way as fantasy world cup and not FPL. You may change your captain after each match day (if he was not sent off) with a player from your squad whose team is yet to play.
Before the game begins: UNLIMITED
Matchday 1–6: 2 per matchday
Between matchday 6 and round of 16 1st leg: Unlimited
Before round of 16 2nd leg: 3 transfers
Before quarter-final 1st leg: 5 transfers
Before quarter-final 2nd leg: 3 transfers
Before semi-final 1st leg: 5 transfers
Before semi-final 2nd leg: 3 transfers
Before final: 5 transfersSo basically it’s like FPL in terms of being able to carry 1 transfer over. However once we reach the knockout stage we will not have the option of carrying a free transfer with us: you don’t use it, you lose it.
Deadlines are subject to change and will be at the time of kick-off of the first match of the matchday. So unlike FPL you do get to see the line-ups in advance and adjust accordingly. Just be aware that all 6 GW’s in the group stages now kick off with two early games so the deadline each time is 5.45pm UK time. Which also means you get to see the team sheets for four teams, not the full lot as in previous (and better!) seasons.
There are a couple;
You get 1 regular wildcard and you can play it anytime you like prior to the start of a round. It acts the same way it does in FPL.
This is a different type of wildcard here, one that many will find very appealing. It is very similar to the “Free Hit” chip we have in FPL. However, there is one major difference… “The Limitless Wildcard enables the user to create a team without any budget restrictions and affords them unlimited transfers for one matchday.” So for one matchday you can afford whatever team you like. You do still have to meet the criteria for players from one team and formations and all that, but there is no budget, so spend away. Once the matchday is over, just like the free hit chip, our teams revert back.
The Game Itself
You can access the game here – Fantasy Champions League
2. The FF247 Leagues
- Our Public FF247 league code is 39PEL2BF02
This one is the usual open air league that all and sundry are welcome to join.
Click here for the auto-join link.
- Our Public FF247 league code is 39PEL2BF02
- FF247 Regs League – The main one!
The purpose of this one is that it is for folk who are on the FF247 forum regularly and taking part in the regular FF247 CL chat. Please don’t try to join if you aren’t. We will know, and we will boot you out.
To ease matters we have renewed and renamed an old league so a good few of you will find yourselves automatically entered into it if you were in it last season.
If not then….
Please email us on email@example.com if you want the code for this one.
You must include your FF247 username and your CL team name in the email or we will simply ignore it.
The Regs Top 10 / League Update
Unsurprisingly it is all very close at the top after MD1, so much so that our Top 10 features no less than 15 teams!
3. MD3 Fixtures
4. UEFA Champions League Fantasy Football Tracker
This tracker has placed each team in the place that oddsmakers are expecting them to finish in said group. While it won’t hold true in every group, this should at least give you a better idea of what players to target. Also, the teams on the left all play on the same exact days through the group stages. This of course means that the teams on the right do the same. For those of you who want to use your manual subs, this tracker should help you in picking out players from both days of a matchday (the equivalent of a gameweek) so you have cover for any players who don’t perform well.
5. UEFA Champions League Set-Piece Takers
All hail Mito who is clearly bored at the moment and has taken the time to research the following for us all:
So that’s the basics, in as much of a small nutshell as we could manage, without boring the pants off you. If you have any further questions or queries or if there are any clarifications you need then as always please feel to ask below.
Please feel free to post any RMT’s on the issue or indeed as ever, especially as we’ve slightly interrupted the FPL weekend for this, just carrying on talking about that!