Fantasy Premier League Launches With One Huge Rule Change For 2020/21
Fantasy Premier League players can start choosing their teams for next season already, as the game for the 2020/21 season launched, but they need to be wary of one big rule change.
The 2019/20 season might not quite be over yet, with the Europa League and Champions League still not finished, but fans can already start getting ready for next season with Fantasy Premier League.
The Premier League kicks off again on September 12th so players have four weeks to tinker with their team and make unlimited amount of transfers.
Ahead of that start date for next season though there's one big rule change they'll need to keep their eye on. The deadline for each gameweek is now 90 minutes before kick off in the first match, and not an hour.
With gameweeks tending to kick off at 12.30 pm on a Saturday, apart from midweek GWs and when there's Friday night football, players will have to make sure transfers are done by 11 am on Saturday.
Team lineups come out an hour before kick off but on occasion there's leaks just before their official release so the extra half hour may take away that possibility and the late changes that come.
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The other thing that players will take extra note of is the positional changes and transfer prices of some of the most popular footballers.
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Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang's move from a forward to a midfielder is the headline of all the changes, with the Arsenal man spending a lot of time out wide in Mikel Arteta's system.
At Manchester United Marcus Rashford and Mason Greenwood are also midfielders, for their places on the left and right wing respectively, whilst Anthony Martial is now considered a striker.
Richarlison and Michael Antonio also make the move from midfielders to strikers, after starring in those roles for Everton and West Ham.
Finally John Lundstrom is moved from centre back to midfield for Sheffield United, gutting for anyone who bagged his five goals and four assists in defence last year.
Players won't be rushing to finish their teams just yet with the plenty of transfers still to come, and in fact the transfer window won't close until three weeks after the season's started, to make for a very interesting for Gameweek Five, especially for draft leagues.
Chelsea new boy Timo Werner starts the game with a value of £9.5 million and it'll be interesting to see how he gets on.
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