Playing a draft style fantasy football game is extremely fun in itself but with Unique FC, there's an added dimension of defensive and attacking midfielders who are scored differently as opposed to the standard format. In the official game, midfielders are classed as one i.e if Flamini (DMF) and Young (AMF) both scored a goal, they would receive the same number of points.
It is fair to say the most people would opt to pick Young in their teams as he is more likely to score so that is a drawback which often leads to template teams. Unique FC's draft format brings the appeal out of DMF's and suddenly picking Arteta and Duff seems more appealing than picking Oscar or Eriksen. Here's why:
To put this into perspective, imagine with the goal scoring prowess of Fellaini and his defensive role at Man Utd, he suddenly feels like a first draft pick because he's certainly capable of both clean sheets and goals. *hint hint*
And that's not the end. Defenders get 5 points per clean sheet as opposed to 4 in the official game and for Tim Howard supporters, keepers get 15 points per goal scored so I'd want to be optimistic about my keeper scoring.
These slight changes bring even more excitement out of a draft format game which makes every position in the team appealing subject to your quality of scouting. Below is a table summary of the point system.
Having played fantasy football draft style using spreadsheets in the past, take if from me, the drafting process is simultaneously the most fun part of the game, as well as the most important. Your league season will be defined by decisions you make at this stage.
We'll break down the drafting procedure here and have a follow up article highlighting the key areas to think about when determining your drafting strategy.
▪There are no limits to how many players you can have from a single team
▪There are no prices/budgets. Salary cap leagues require this as a means to ensure that not all squads are the same collection of 15 superstars (even though, with the salary cap, they often end up being similiar collections of superstars/value players). The underlying principle of draft style fantasy football removes the requirement to have a salary cap.
Bet Prediction: Over 2.5 (odd - 1.72, Bwin)
Barnsley have made their worst start in 42 years, are yet to keep a clean sheet in the Championship, have the leakiest defence in the division (shipped 27 goals in 11 games), and are three shy of conceding 2,500 home goals in league football.
The Teesside club boast nine different scorers of their 17 Championship goals (which includes one own goal); only Watford exceed that with 10.
The Championship's joint draw specialists have racked up a divisional-best eight points from matches where the opposition has scored first, but have also flittered away 12 points from winning positions.
It's a very good opportunity for both teams to gain position in the league table. They will fight!