Yahoo Daily Fantasy awards a range of points for nearly all player actions on the pitch, which Opta kindly tracks for us. In the normal season-long format you have to pay attention over a number of months in order to win a couple of quid at the end of the season. In daily fantasy, you can play any week that you remember to set up a team and walk away with cash the same day. Each gameweek you can select a whole new team, so you don't have to worry about a limited number of transfers or having any deadweight.
As you might be used to with other fantasy games, you have a budget- this time it's £200m- with which you select 11 players for your starting lineup. You have to select a goalkeeper, three defenders, four midfielders and two forwards. Those on the ball today will have noticed that only adds up to 10 players. The final player is called a 'utility' player and his job is to fill in wherever he is needed, much like me for my 5-a-side team. He can be any outfield player and will slot in as a fourth defender, fifth midfielder or a third striker.
There are no substitutes in this format but you can swap out your players all the way until kick-off, which means you can make sure none of your team is warming the bench! For example, the £5k Champions League contest includes the Liverpool v Seville game at 19.45, so you can see the lineup at 18.45 and make sure that Klopp hasn't made any crazy lineup changes. Surprise starters can also benefit you as they will usually be cheaper than the regular starters which means you can afford more big-hitters in your team.
Points scoring is slightly different in the Yahoo format too, with goalkeepers picking up points for wins and draws as well as the usual save and clean sheet points. Defenders can score points for successful crosses and shots but they only get three for a clean sheet and not the six that keepers get.
So try and pick defenders who shoot and don't really defend to win cash. Midfielders score points for nearly every action such as tackles and successful crosses but they don't get anything extra for a clean sheet, so try and pick midfielders who score, sorry Kante. Pick strikers who score goals - simple.
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Yahoo Fantasy Champions League picks
Goalkeeper - Loris Karius (€13)
With so many superstars in the Champions League, it pays to be frugal in some positions. Jurgen Klopp has confirmed that Karius will be starting against Seville for Liverpool and he is the cheapest starting goalkeeper in the Yahoo fantasy format. Karius looked shaky when he started during Liverpool's 4-0 thrashing of Arsenal at Anfield, but he still kept a clean sheet which is all that matters! In the Yahoo fantasy format, keepers get points based on the result of the game, including four points for a win and two for a draw. They also get 1.5 points per save, so ideally the keeper you choose will have a defence that's bad enough to concede shots but the goalkeeper is good enough to save them.
Defender - Trent Alexander-Arnold (€13)
The young Scouser has started in four of Liverpool's last six games, including both games in the Champions League qualification legs against Hoffenheim. Liverpool didn't keep a clean sheet in either game, but Alexander-Arnold scored with a free-kick and was on his fair share of set-pieces. The Yahoo format only gives defenders three points for a clean sheet but they get 2.5 for a shot on target and 0.5 each time they pick out their own player with a cross. Blocks (1), interceptions (0.5) and tackles (0.5) all contribute to points totals too.Make sure you check the lineups when they come out, if Alexander-Arnold is missing from the starting lineup, you can swap him out for Joe Gomez before kickoff on Yahoo fantasy.
Midfield - Naby Keita (€23)
With eight goals and eight assists last season for RasenBall/Red Bull Leipzig, the Guinean is capable of making, scoring and stopping goals. He has already scored two this year but his main appeal is that he gets involved all over the pitch with tackles, interceptions, crosses and shots. Everything he does on the field leads to points for him and money for you if you pick him. Monaco have lost Tiemoué Bakayoko and Benjamin Mendy this summer and their defence has suffered. The independent city-state team, that plays in France, conceded four last game in Nice and looked all at odds.
Forward - Cristiano Ronaldo (€30)
Bet you never would have seen this pick coming. Ronaldo was the highest scoring player in the format last season with 12 goals and six assists in 13 games, including a brace in the final, a hat-trick in the semis and five across two legs in the quarter-finals.This does mean however that he only scored two goals in the group stages, failing to score against the mighty Legia Warszawa home and away. Ronaldo was however feeling generous this time last year, assisting his teammates four times in the group stages. Tonight's game will be Ronaldo's first game since he was suspended for five games for giving the referee a gentle nudge, but expect Apoel Nicosia to put up little resistance against the favourites for the Champions League.