This article acts as a handy guide for anyone who is looking to learn the basics on how to play Dream Team fantasy football. It covers how to pick a team, how to manage your team and how you will score points across the season.
Picking a team
How many teams can we enter?
Dream Team allows each player to enter a maximum of 10 teams.
What budget is available?
The starting Sun Dream Team budget for team selection is £50m. Players will need to be chosen to fit within this budget, which is always a challenging task.
What formations can we choose from?
The Sun Dream Team offers three variations of team formations. A 4-4-2, 3-4-3 or a 4-3-3. Changes to formation can be made at any time during the season. As long as you have a transfer available to accommodate a change in formation. For example, if your formation was set to 4-4-2, you could only change the formation by making a transfer swapping a midfield player for a striker to accommodate the change to 4-3-3. This can be managed from your Team Hub.
How many transfers do we get per month?
Dream Team managers have 5 transfers per month. Transfers can be made at any point during the game week however, a player will only be able to score points if they have not already played during that week. Any unused transfers don’t get carried over.
How many players can I have from the same team?
You are able to pick unlimited players from the same team. In practice, the available budget is unlikely to allow you to pick the very best players from the top clubs.
Is there a captain and substitutes?
Unlike other fantasy football formats, there is no option to select a captain and no substitutes in Dream Team.
What is a game week?
A game week is a weekly period where players can pick up points. A game week runs from 07:00:00 on a Friday and ends at 06:59:59 the following Friday.
How can we make transfers?
Transfers can be made from your team hub. As mentioned above, 5 transfers are available each month. Players who have been transferred in can only start scoring points if they’ve not already played during the game week. If the player has already played, the transfer will be pending until the end of the game week. A good time to use a pending transfer is if you want to take out a player who has had a poor game week and bring in a player who has had a good game week – thus avoiding losing any team value.
Can transfers be reversed?
Transfers can be reserved as long as neither player within the transfer has played during the game week.
How does variable player pricing work?
Player values are subject to rise and fall at the end of every game week. The maximum a value can change is 0.3m and this is completely dependent on the player’s performance over the game week. Player values can have a real effect on your overall team budget, if you grow your budget over time, you’ll effectively be able to afford more expensive players as the season develops.
How do players score points?
The scoring system for The Sun Dream Team is extremely easy to follow. Players are rated individually and pick up points during games they are involved in.
+5 points: star man
+5 points: per goal scored
+5 additional points: hat trick
+3 points: player achieving 7+ rating
+2 points: per assist
-1 point: yellow card
-3 points: red card
-3 points: penalty missed
+5 points: clean sheet
+3 points: penalty saved
-1 point: conceding 2 goals
-1 point: each goal conceded over 2 goals
An interesting point to note is that defenders can pick up a clean sheet bonus even if they come on as a late substitute. As long as their team keeps the clean sheet intact until the end of the game.
Which games count?
Unlike other fantasy football formats, you can score points across all domestic cup competitions and European fixtures as well as the Premier League. This includes The FA Cup, The Carabao Cup, The Champion League, The Europa League and The Europa Conference League. This typically also includes any playoff round fixtures in the Europa and Conference league, which usually gives a team a couple of extra fixtures in August.
What is a star man award?
The Dream Team star man is awarded for every point scoring Dream Team game. In a very similar way to a man of the match award, a star man is awarded to the player with the highest rating over the course of the game and this player automatically picks up an additional 5 points.