When you first join a league, you will be asked to select a team. This is one of the most important parts of the game, and is highly influential in the outcome of your performance as a manager. Yes, you can at times transfer players out, and into your squad depending on the constraints of your budget. This is where your skills as a tactician come into play, but let us leave that aside for now.
Newspaper run fantasy football leagues will ask you to pick eleven players on a specified budget. Depending on the formation that you would like to play, you could select your players (4-3-3 ? Four defenders, three midfielders, and three forwards; 4-4-2 ? Four defenders, four in the midfield, and two forwards, etc). Some fantasy football leagues are squad based, and will allow you to select your first team, as well as the substitutes. The squad-based system has more scope for intelligence and improvement, since you can switch a player with a substitute if he is injured, red carded, or just simply out of form!
Some small leagues, as well as a few private ones use what I like to call the one-player-one-team policy. In this system, you bid for a player (outbidding other managers in the process), and once you have bought the player you need, he plays and scores points only for your team. Some of these leagues are pay-to-play leagues, or leagues that are played by invite only (a few friends, etc).
Most often, fantasy leagues offer the transfer of players as the season progresses. This proves to be very helpful to replace non-performers, benchwarmers, and injured or carded players. Or perhaps you want to transfer a player based on a whim or a fancy? Sure! In a nutshell, Team Selection is complicated. You have to try to find you own strategy in this process, since it is like ten doctors actually agreeing on a diagnosis!
Adithya Ananth – fantasyfootballguru.co.uk