Chris O (follow on Twitter: @COakleyFtbl)
Sat 28 February 2009

Fantasy Football Agent

If you're a regular to Some People Are On The Pitch, you'll know that from time to time we like to tell you about some fun games you can play online to consolidate your thirst for football.

If you didn't already know, we have our very own mini-league in the FA's Fantasy Premier League game, and on the same site we have an equivalent league in their 'I Know The Score' prediction contest.

Well now there's an alternative that you can also sink your teeth into. It's a free-to-enter game called Fantasy Football Agent and it's run by Duffman and Sp3ktor over at their Onion Bag headquarters. The game is fiendishly simple to play but requires no less tactical capability than you'd need in a regular Fantasy Football competition.

The first step is to register on the FFA website and join the SPAOTP mini-league (using access code 4135). Once you've done that, you'll be given a virtual budget of £1,000 per week - a sufficient enough sum of 'money' to buy a handful of Premier League players that you can add to your portfolio.

The trick with FFA, however, is that you're not necessarily buying the best players according to skill as you would in any other game - moreover you're buying the players that you think will gain the most coverage in the press. It therefore stands to reason that the more times their name appears in the public domain, the more points you get... simple.

There are no restrictions on how many players from one club you're allowed, nor are you limited to the number of players you can have per position. The only limitation is how many players you can buy with your virtual budget of £1,000. With each player having their own value, all you need to do is decide whether to go for a few high-profile names or a whole raft of more mediocre entities.

Once your players are picked, simply keep a regular eye on your portfolio to see who's doing well and who isn't, and if anyone's distinctly below par, change them for someone else (providing you stay within your budget!)

And that's about it, except to say that Fantasy Football Agent is a rolling competition that runs on a month-to-month basis, so it's not too late to sign up. Just visit www.fantasyfootballagent.com at your earliest convenience and pick your players.

Nothing could be simpler, so what are you waiting for? Become an agent now and show the world your true calling...

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