Here’s our Euro Fantasy Tips article where FFGeek Contributor Rob Cosgrove shows us his first draft Euro 2020 fantasy team
Euro Fantasy Tips – FFGeek Contributor Rob Cosgrove And His First Draft Team
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Rob Cosgroves team
Overall view and Chip strategy
I have put together a first draft of my Euro fantasy team. I decided to use the bookies odds of who is least likely to win the tournament as a gauge of who they consider to be the ‘weakest’ teams then pick players from the teams playing against them in Matchday 1.
While I know you can use the manual substitute rule to change players for Matchday 1 at least I’ve decided to use my funds for a starting 11 and will take a more relaxed view on the potential use of substitutes. I may change this depending on how things go
As for my Chip strategy, I will see how things look for Matchday 2 with a plan of using the Limitless Chip which is a FPL ‘free hit’ kind of chip either then
in Limitless in Matchday 3 and then wildcard into the knock out stages.
Here’s the draft team
The Team Commentary
Linder: Austria face North Macedonia who are by odds least likely to win the tournament out of everyone at 500/1 therefore a clean sheet looks likely. He’s only 5mil and my bench GK is just a 4mil bench fodder in Hradecky the back up Denmark goalkeeper to save funds.
Florenzi: I’ve gone for attacking full backs in defence with the best fixtures according to odds. Italy are notorious clean sheet monsters so 1 of them is essential is my opinion.
Meunier: Belgium are 1 of the favourites to win and Meunier is a solid attacking RB
Dumfries: Plays very advanced and Holland have a great fixture against Ukraine who are 90/1 so wanted some coverage there.
Boilesen & Bednarek: Boilesen is 4mil bench fodder and part of my cost saving rather than substitution policy but I’ve gone for 4.5mil Bednarek who should start for Poland and also has a good fixture against Slovakia (325/1) so I can call upon him if one of my starters is a no show or unexpectedly disappoints.
Eriksen: Denmark are ranked fairly highly in the odds to win the tournament at 25/1 and play Finland who are joint second-bottom with Hungary and Slovakia at 325/1 so purely on odds it makes sense to have Denmark attacking coverage, and who better than Christian Eriksen.
Torres: Came in to great form for Man City end of the season and should start for Spain. They play Sweden who are 90/1.
Alaba: Cheap price for the main man for his country. As I’ve said above, Austria play bottom ranked North Macedonia so should win. I’m gambling Alaba plays in midfield rather than Left back
Insigne: Great player at club level and Italy are 5th favourite to win the competition. Italy play Turkey (60/1) who are no pushovers but Italy should prevail from this with Insigne likely to be involved with the attack. I was considering Chiesa who plays the opposite wing and is cheaper but it feels a safer pick going for Insigne.
Nego: 4mil bench player for Hungary I’m gambling that he won’t be needed after investing my funds in my starting 11
Ronaldo: Portugal play Hungary who as mentioned are one of the lowest ranked teams to win the tournament so on paper this is one of the easiest fixtures of matchday 1. Ronaldo then plays Germany and France so could make way further down the line but for matchday 1 looks the best pick.
Lukaku: He was on absolute fire for Inter Milan this season and looks likely to carry this form into the Euros. Belgium play Russia (75/1) so should win and I expect Lukaku to be involved in the goals.
De Jong: Holland have a great first fixture against Ukraine so should win and De Jong is likely to start up front as a target man.
The captain rule where you can move it round after each day is a strange concept but I will utilise this by having it on Insigne to start with then switch to Lukaku. If both these guys blank I’ve still got De Jong, Torres and Ronaldo to play, and I can see me ending with it on Ronaldo who I predict to begin the Euros with a bang!
A few points to note
I have no players from England, France or Germany going into match day 1 who are amongst the favourites to win the Euros. The reason for no France or Germany is because they play against each other! I will more than likely bring in a French player in match day 2 when they play Hungary, and German player in match day 3 for their match against Hungary. As for England, I just don’t trust us in these competitions. I want to see how we get on against Croatia before bringing any in because we play Scotland in match day 2 which, on paper, is an easier fixture. I could still change my team now and put Kane in but would take a lot of moving round of other players who I have made good arguments for including. So for now, no England players.