How to play Fantasy Premier League: A Beginners Guide

Want to start playing fantasy football? Of course you do. There’s no better place to start than Fantasy Premier League.

Often referred to in the fantasy football community as FPL, Fantasy Premier League is the official fantasy game of you guessed it, the Premier League.

Playing it for the first time can be daunting for new players. We’ve got you covered with the basics – here is our FPL beginners guide.

How to Sign Up for a Fantasy Premier League Account

Firstly, go to the official Fantasy Premier League website. On the right-hand side click sign up.

Once you have created an account you will need to pick 15 players in order to make a Fantasy Premier League team. This comprises of 11 starters and 4 on the bench.

A budget of £100.0m is allocated to each player to spend on 2 Goalkeepers, 5 Defenders, 5 Midfielders and 3 Forwards. Players can only select 3 players from each club.

It is important to remember to select a starting 11 before each Gameweek deadline. Typically, these transfer deadlines are on a Friday evening or Saturday morning. However, there are some midweek Gameweeks, so make sure to keep an eye out.

Whenever a Gameweek is, the transfer deadline is 90 minutes before the first kick off. It was previously 60 minutes before but presumably this was changed in order to stop FPL managers knowing team news ahead of time.

Teams must include at least one goalkeeper, three defenders, two midfielders and one forward.

Rules – How do Players Score Points in FPL?

Players earn points in Fantasy Premier League for the following:

  • Goals – 4 points for a forward, 5 for a midfielder and 6 for a defender
  • Assists – 3 points
  • Appearance – 1 point for playing, 2 for playing 60 minutes
  • Clean Sheets – 4 points for a defender, 1 for a midfielder
  • Bonus Points – each match gives players 3, 2 or 1 points based on the Bonus Points System (BPS)

A quick note on bonus points: in the event a player is tied on BPS they will share the higher amount of points. For example, if the top player in a match gets 30 BPS and there are two players on 28 BPS, then the top player will get 3 bonus points and the next two will both get 2 bonus points. In that scenario there would be no 1 bonus point allocated.

The 11 starting players on a squad will score all of their team’s points for the Gameweek. However, if a starting player does not play any minutes, the points scored by the first player on your bench will be awarded instead.

Consequently, if two or three starting players do not appear play any minutes then the second and third subs will also come on. Therefore, managers must arrange their substitutes in order of preference, ensuring that their first-choice backup player is the next in line.

How does the FPL Captain Work?

Managers will notice one player can be selected as a captain. That player will then have whatever points they score doubled.

Therefore, picking the right captain is paramount to having a Gameweek, and in the long-term, season. Our Best Captain Picks will help you determine who the best captain is in a particular Gameweek.

The vice-captain acts as a backup captain if the original captain were to take no part in that Gameweek. Substitute appearances count towards the starter gaining the points, so make sure you pick a captain you’re confident is going to start!

Transfer Rules in Fantasy Premier League

When can you make Transfers?

Managers are allowed one free transfer every Gameweek after the first deadline of the season has passed. As long as the transfer is within their budget, they can recruit a player in return for any player in their squad.

Any player transferred in needs to play in the same position as the player transferred out.

Transfers Hits

If managers exceed their allocated transfers, they will be deducted 4 points. This is called a transfer hit.

Free Transfers – Rolling-over

If managers do not employ their free transfer, they can carry it over to the next Gameweek and have two free transfers. You cannot accrue more than two free transfers, though.

Player Prices in FPL

Player prices can vary during the season. Any changes to a player’s price is based on their overall ownership and more specifically net transfers in/out.

A player who starts for £8.0m and is transferred to a considerable number of teams, for example, might eventually grow to £8.5m, or more.

Managers who own the player while his value rises will benefit if they sell him at a greater price. They must, however, pay a 50% sell-on tax, rounded down to the closest £0.1m.

So, in the case of the player mentioned above, who has increased in value from £8.0m to £8.5m, managers would earn £8.2m when transferring him out.

What are the Chips in FPL?

Over the course of the season, five chips may be used to enhance a team’s point total in a selected Gameweek.

Wildcard

A Wildcard allows you to completely restructure your squad without losing points via unlimited transfers.

There are two wildcards, the first of which is available to use until the Gameweek 20 deadline, and the second one anytime after. If you don’t use your Wildcard you sacrifice the use of it.

Triple Captain

The Triple Captain chip gives your selected captain three times their points total for that Gameweek. The vice-captain will be utilised should your first captain not play.

Bench Boost

The Bench Boost chip allows you to gain points for your entire squad (all 15 players).

Free Hit

The Free Hit chip is a temporary Wildcard of-sorts. It allows you to change your entire squad but for one Gameweek only.

Upon the conclusion of that Gameweek your squad will revert back to what it was before you used the Free Hit chip.

It should be acknowledged that only one chip can be used in a gameweek.

What is a Double Gameweek?

Occasionally, when teams begin competing in European competitions or domestic cups, fixtures can become overcrowded and rescheduled later. This often results in teams missing Gameweek causing them to play twice in a single Gameweek down the line.

These are referred to as Double Gameweeks.

When is the next Double Gameweek?

Our Double Gameweek schedule page analyses potential DGWs and confirms when they are announced.

How do I join an FPL League?

Managers can join and create leagues to compete with friends and strangers around the world after registering their squad into the game.

In private leagues, you compete against your friends. Create the league and then share the unique code with your friends to enable them to join.

This is also known as a mini-league. We at Fantasy Football Pundit are also running our own FPL league, which 100s have already joined. You can automatically join it now by clicking HERE.

There are up to 25 invitational leagues in which you can compete. A single league can have an unlimited number of teams.

Managers can also participate in a public league of 20 randomly selected players. At most, you can enter 5 public leagues.

There are also leagues you are entered in by default – your country of residence and a worldwide, overall league.

Managers, especially the most competitive, often refer to their global ranking. This is where they lie in the worldwide league. So, for example, if you are sitting 10,000th in the world your global ranking is 10,000.