Australian Open 2017 might be drawing to a close, but Fantasy Tennis League is only just beginning.
Game week two starts in just two days, which means it’s time to shuffle your pack and prepare for the tournaments to come. Not sure how to do that? We’ve prepared this handy guide to the most common questions asked about fantasytennisleague.com.
Question: The Australian Open is nearly finished – is Fantasy Tennis League nearly finished too?
Not at all. In fact, it’s only just begun. Fantasy Tennis League runs from January through to November, and you can start changing or choosing your team for the coming weeks now.
Question: Even though I missed the start can I still play the game?
Yes, absolutely. In fact, you’re still in a really strong position. As this article explains, the next few weeks will provide you with ample opportunities to catch up on those players who beat the Australian Open lockout.
Question: How do I know whether one of my players is playing next week?
It’s easy if you know where to look - and there are two ways to look.
1. Go to My Team and look at the players on your first team and bench. If a player is playing in the next two weeks a green square will be visible above their overall score on the right. If they are not, there will be no green square.
2. Go to the Players page. On the left hand side click on 'Filters' and options will appear. Click on 'Playing' and a list of players who have accepted to play in the next Game Week will appear.
Question: I have another green square above my score, but on the left?
This is player news. If you click on this you’ll find all sorts of updates about your players. These updates include player availability, injury news or information about win streaks.
Question: How do I change my team for Game Week Two?
There are two ways to change your team:
Sub someone in from the bench. You can bring your bench players into play for Game Week Two by clicking the S when you hover over their names. Click the S on the two players you want to switch and you will see your team change.
Note: This does not count against your Trades for the week.
Trade your players. By pressing the T that appears when you hover over a player you will be taken to a Trades page, which will allow you to choose a new player. If you press T by accident and don’t want to Trade a player, simply press Back To My Team.
Question: How many trades do I get?
You get three trades per week, or 72 for the season.
Question: If I ‘buy’ a player do I get their points from previous tournaments?
No. Player points from previous events are not carried in to your team.
Question: How does point scoring work?
Players score points based on two metrics:
Their performance in a tournament: they will earn bonus points if they win an event or are a runner-up.
Their performance in a match: players pick up points for their performance in sets, games and during individual points.
You can learn more about scoring here.
Question: How do I create a league for my friends?
Creating a league is easy. Simply go to Leagues, click Create / Join and then follow the simple steps.
Question: How do I pick a strong team?
The key to picking a strong team is balance. Choose a mix of men’s and women’s players, and don’t spend all of your budget on one or two superstars. There are some great value players out there, and all eight players will score you points.