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Fantrax Fantasy EPL Position Changes 22/23 + Settings Updates

We’ve made some important changes to the default player position classifications ahead of the 22/23 Fantasy EPL season on Fantrax! Read below for details of the changes to the player classifications ahead of the new Premier League season. We’ve also made some important updates to the default league template settings. See below for all the details, and don’t forget to share with your league mates!

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Fantrax Fantasy EPL Position Changes

Ahead of the 22/23 EPL season on Fantrax, we’re delighted to be able to detail the changes that have been made to the default player position classifications. These changes have been made based on the positional statistics Fantrax received from Opta throughout last season.
PlayerTeamOld PositionNew Position
Kai HavertzChelseaMidfielderForward
Daniel PodenceWolvesMidfielderForward
Yoana WissaBrentfordMidfielderForward
Saman GhoddosBrentfordMidfielderForward
Anthony GordonEvertonForwardMidfielder
Demarai GrayEvertonForwardMidfielder
Maxwel CornetBurnleyForwardMidfielder
Said BenrahmaWest HamForwardMidfielder
Sergi CanosBrentfordForwardMidfielder
Cheikhou KouyatéCrystal PalaceDefenderMidfielder
Ryan SessegnonTottenhamMidfielderDefender
Trevoh ChalobahChelseaMidfielderDefender
Matt RitchieNewcastleMidfielderDefender

Please Note: The position classifications of new signings entering the player pool are automatically determined by Opta. We may change these positions next year, once we have data on their role at their new EPL club.


Players Changed to Forwards

There are four players who move from Midfield to Forward; Kai Havertz, Daniel Podence, Yoana Wissa and Saman Ghoddos. Havertz was often fielded as a central striker in Tuchel’s system towards the end of the season, featuring as a Forward (Centre) more than double the number of times he played as an Attacking Midfielder (Centre) as per WhoScored statistics. This trend looks set to continue with the departure of Lukaku. Podence has also moved to a Forward as he plays in a number of positions across the forward line in the Wolves system.

Players Changed to Midfielders
There are seven players who have been re-classified as Midfielders this season. Everton pair Anthony Gordon and Demarai Gray have moved from Forward to Midfield, as well as Said Benrahma and Joelinton of West Ham and Newcastle respectively. Maxwel Cornet has also been reclassified as a Midfielder, so if he does return to an EPL side in the future he’ll enter the player pool as a Midfielder. Sergi Canos and Cheikhou Kouyaté have also moved to Midfield to better reflect their positions at Brentford and Crystal Palace.

Players Changed to Defenders
There are also three players who have moved from Midfielders to Defenders. Ryan Sessegnon, Trevoh Chalobah, and Matt Ritchie have moved back to a Defender classification, and will now benefit from clean sheets points (as well as goals against points!) during the 22/23 campaign.

Fantrax Fantasy EPL Settings Updates

We’ve also been busy implementing some updates within the Fantrax platform ahead of the 22/23 EPL season!

League Template Updates

The following amendments have been made to the league templates for H2H and Total Points Leagues using Fantrax Default Scoring:

  • ‘Rosters’ Settings Page: The ‘minimum active midfielders’ has been changed from 3 to 2. This means that 5-2-3 is now a valid formation within the Fantrax platform under our default settings.
  • ‘Rosters’ Settings Page: The ‘Exceeding max reserves will make roster illegal and such claims/trades/drafting will be denied’ box at the bottom of the Rosters Settings page has now been unchecked. This is to ensure waiver claims are processed smoothly without being wrongly denied for not matching up correctly with the roster reserve slots. As long as the ‘Prevent any transaction that would cause a roster to become illegal’ setting is also assigned to ‘Only for total roster size’, your waivers should process correctly and not produce illegal lineups.
  • ‘Scoring’ Settings Page: ‘Dispossessions’ have been added as a GK scoring category, assigned as -0.5 points. This was missing from GKs as a scoring category, and now matches the -0.5 points an Outfielder scores for a dispossession.
  • ‘Transactions and Periods’ Settings Page, Claims/Drops Tab: Under the Waiver Wire section, ‘Waiving Players’ box, the second waiver day of the week has now been assigned as Friday’s by default. This means that waivers are now due to process on Tuesday’s and Friday’s. The Tuesday waiver day will sometimes need to be removed or changed due to mid-week EPL games, but the Friday waiver day should remain constant throughout most of the season.

Please Note: These updates will be present for new league creations only. Existing and renewed leagues will need to change their settings to match the above; your league will not default to these settings automatically.


We’ve also amended several player names to represent the players’ preferred/shortened name, and to save you some screen space. No more Addji Keaninkin Marc-Israel Guéhi, Kouassi Ryan Sessegnon or Maximilian Kilman. Say hello to Marc Guéhi, Ryan Sessegnon and Max Kilman! Raya, Konsa, Cash and Willock have also had their names shortened.


Clean Sheets and Goals Against: A Reminder

And finally, a reminder on the Clean Sheets and Goals Against scoring categories, as these can be very confusing within Fantrax. There are intricate differences between the various scoring categories that cover these aspects of play. We’re here to try and clear these up for you! ‘Clean Sheets On Field’ and ‘Goals Against Outfielders’ are the correct settings to use.

The ‘Clean Sheets On Field’ scoring category will ensure that players only receive their clean sheet points bonus if they did not concede a goal during their time on the field (if they played for 60 minutes or more). You need the ‘Clean Sheets On Field’ scoring category assigned as the amount of points you would like a defender to receive for a clean sheet, and then add positional overrides for midfielders and forwards. Manually assign the number of clean sheet points you would like midfielders and forwards to receive. Fantrax Default Scoring rewards defenders with 6 points, midfielders with 1 point, and forwards with 0 points for a clean sheet.

The ‘Goals Against Outfielders’ scoring category is assigned as 0 points, with an override for defenders set at -2 points. This ensures that a player assigned as a defender in your Fantrax lineup will receive the Goals Against points irrespective of which position they are officially fielded on the pitch. Similarly, if a midfielder in your Fantrax lineup plays in defence in real life, this scoring category means that they will not receive negative points for Goals Against, because you have played them in midfield. For example, if you play Doherty in defence but he actually plays in midfield for Tottenham, you will receive the minus points for Goals Against. If you play Ndidi in midfield but he actually plays in defence for Leicester, you won’t receive the minus points for Goals Against.


Find our 22/23 Fantasy EPL Preseason Content here! And make sure you also check out the 22/23 Draft Kit from our official EPL content partners The Draft Society for Draft Rankings, Team Previews, Draft Strategy, Transfer Analysis, 22/23 Season Projections, and so much more!

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