We used the draft kit to showcase various little quirks that the Fantrax settings allow us to use. This time I would like to introduce a setting, or better said two features of the league configuration, which allow the commissioners to introduce changes in the position settings. Adding flexible positions to rosters allows managers to add players to their starting XI who have no position restrictions. Enabling secondary positions allows managers to use players in two different position slots in their lineups.
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Flexible positions in queues
For a long time the 4-4-2 was the staple of the English game, a legendary formation that dominated the 1990s and early 2000s. As football has evolved, the fantasy game we play has evolved and we have a whole range of formations at our disposal to define the starting formation we prefer (in fact, Fantrax has just presented a new format availablen in their Fantrax Default League configuration). As the Draft game has its roots in the United States, the tradition of English football blends with fantastic American professionalism in our beloved game. The Flex, or “flexible” position has always been a part of American Fantasy and therefore as a feature it is available for use in the Fantrax leagues.
What is that?
This is essentially an extra slot in your starting lineup that you can place any player in, regardless of position restrictions.
There are some types of flex positions you can use:
As the name suggests, these spots offer more flexibility than their position-specific counterparts and you can decide which to use depending on what you want to achieve.
How to configure it?
As a League Commissioner, you must go to the Commissioner/League Setup/Rosters/Positions page
There you need to use the drop-down menu titled: “Use the table below to set restrictions for each position used by your league” and add the type of flexible position you want to use and set the minimum and maximum from the list on 1.
Once you’ve done that, there’s another setting you need to enable, and that’s under Score/Preferences, where you need to put a tick next to “Score Flex positions by actual player positions”. This way players in your flex position will get the position specific score from their original position.
Why use them?
Modern football throws in a myriad of different formations which are very difficult to recreate in Fantrax and roles have become much more important in the starting XI than actual positions on the pitch. Teams use different “formations” for different situations in a game, defense, transition and attack can feature formations of a team that would traditionally be classified as 4-4-2, 4-3-3 and 4- 2-3-1 a few minutes apart. Then there’s the famous example of Thiago Motta lining up in a 2-7-2 formation, not unlike how Pep used to settle with Barca’s last golden generation. These are just ‘symptoms’ of a tactical trend which has resulted in players who would conventionally be seen as defenders regularly occupying the position closest to the opposing goal and players traditionally seen as attackers could find themselves deep around of the central circle. To try to cover this, Fantrax has been kind enough to dynamically change player positions from season to season to better suit each player’s perceived role in the future, however, this is a very hot topic. controversial on which almost all draft directors have very different opinions. .
This is where flexible positions come in. To better accommodate changes in player positions, and in a way to better reflect the fluidity of modern football formations, a league may decide to use one of the 3 types of flexible positions available in the system. . Adding these positions will also offset the effect of position shortage among the top performers in the game.
If you decide not to use Flex Positions and keep the playable formation restrictions as the default league setup suggests, you still have another option to emulate the flexibility of modern play. Adding secondary positions allows a manager to play a player in both their primary and secondary positions, making them eligible to play in more roles on your starting XI.
How to configure it?
As a league commissioner, you must go to the Commissioner/League configuration/Formations/Preferences page
There you need to uncheck the box next to: “Players are only eligible for their initial primary position (beta)” to reveal the secondary position settings.
Enter the number of games a player must have played in the previous season at a particular position in order to be eligible for that position this season. For example, if you enter 10 and a player has played 5 games in D, 12 games in M and 40 games in F, he would be eligible for M and F this season, assuming your league uses those positions of course.
If you choose any number for this setting or the Current Season option, both options will be used to determine eligibility. If both are set to Nonedefault positions will be used.
Why use it?
If your league chooses to approach flexibility using secondary positions, it is very important to establish ground rules for its use. First of all, you need to agree on the availability rules: do position changes from the current season take effect or do you take data from the previous season into account when making decisions. Second, it is very important to determine the number of games played in a position that qualifies players for their secondary positions. Let me give you some extreme examples: Did you know that Harry Kane once lined up as a midfielder in 21/22? Having the dropdown set to one would allow you to play Kane in any of your midfielders. ASM, on the other hand, only played 7 games as a midfielder, so if you decide you have to cut to 10 games, he wouldn’t earn a secondary position as an ‘F,M’.
Some of the most surprising omissions from a 10 game cut include Nate Redmond (7 games as a striker), Michael Olise (7 games as a striker) Matt Doherty (9 games as a midfielder). The above shows how fragile this decision is and you as a league have to get it right. Finally, you can adopt a hybrid method as does a very top-tier league in Iceland, where managers who acquire players with secondary positions by trade, pickup, or draft decide which position they will use while a player is on their team. This gives a manager the initial flexibility to decide how they will use the player, but does not result in dual position players in day-to-day roster management (obviously this has to be handled manually by the commissioner).
As you can see, Fantrax offers unprecedented customization to its users and in this article, we have only detailed a small facet of it. If you want to take the next step in complex fantasy management and add an extra wrinkle to your Draft EPL league, we highly recommend trying out the Secondary Positions Flex Positions.
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