Sky Fantasy Football has relaunched for 2022/23, so you can head over there now and begin picking your team – or teams plural, as Sky allows you to manage a second XI (and a third from January).
A whopping £50,000 is on offer to the game’s winner next season, with cash prizes of £5,000 and £1,000 dished out to those managers finishing in the other two podium places.
The fourth and fifth-placed managers are awarded games consoles, as are the highest-scoring Fantasy bosses of the month.
HOW DO I PLAY?
Just like in Fantasy Premier League, managers select a team of players that will either earn attacking, defensive or bonus points in an attempt to score more than friends, colleagues and/or the rest of the world.
However, this is not a squad-based game: you simply choose a starting XI and do not have a bench.
We have already produced a beginner’s guide which delves deeper into the rules and scoring system – this can be accessed here.
JOIN OUR FFSCOUT MINI-LEAGUE
There are a number of different ways to compete against others in the Sky Sports game, one of which is a Free League.
The full details are below:
League Name: FFScout
League Pin: 9236658
HOW FFSCOUT MEMBERSHIP CAN HELP
Our Premium Members Area Opta stats can help you identify players who will potentially benefit from the Sky Sports bonus on offer for saves, tackles, passes and shots on target.
Annual subscriptions are available for a discounted £2.49 a month, billed annually.
WHAT’S NEW FOR 2022/23
Where FPL bosses effectively have three Wildcards to play due to the advent of unlimited transfers during the winter World Cup, Sky managers are going to have to think more longer-term.
Previously those playing Sky were allowed two Overhauls a season but this has been whittled down to one.
The Overhaul period will begin when the Premier League breaks for the World Cup and it will run until the domestic action resumes on December 26.
To help with that long-term planning, Sky have upped the free transfer allocation from 40 to 50 this season.
As was the case beforehand, a maximum of five can be used in one Gameweek (which run from Friday to Thursday as usual).
Previously Sky was very top-heavy in terms of player choice, with the majority of attacking options – such as Mohamed Salah – classified as forwards.
There’s been a revamp of the player classifications this time around, however, bringing it more in line with FPL.
Now only bona fide strikers like Harry Kane, Jamie Vardy and Erling Haaland are forwards, with Salah, Son Heung-min et al reclassified as midfielders.
NO MAN OF THE MATCH?
Conspicuous by its absence in the scoring section of the rules page was the ‘Man of the Match’ bonus, which has presumedly been scrapped for the new season.