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Football Manager 2018 | New look Fantasy Draft | FM18

November 14, 2019

Welcome to FMTV, my name is Joe Thomlinson
and today we’re talking about Fantasy Draft. Fantasy Draft, Football Manager’s most innovative
multiplayer mode, returns in Football Manager 2018 with a slicker, cleaner look and is loaded
with more gameplay options for you to prove your managerial ability against your mates.
The premise of Fantasy Draft is simple – you and your mates each assemble a squad from
a pool of players with each player getting one draft pick per round and then pitting
them against one another in either a league or cup format. Of course, if you prefer to
test yourself against the AI then you can compete against a host of celebrities and
familiar faces from the FM community and the world of football in an offline, single-player
Fantasy Draft. So, let’s take a look at what’s new for
the mode in 2018. Possibly the biggest change for Fantasy Draft
this year is that you can now play multiple seasons in the League formats so you can take
your mates on season after season, as well as mid-term drafts in all competitions which
you can think of as your very own Fantasy Draft transfer windows. If you or one of your
mates wants to join an existing Fantasy Draft in the next season, you can, so you’re not
restricted to just the starting managers. The Knockout cup has changed a bit too, aas
two-legged ties have been added to the knockout cup.
But the first thing you’ll notice is the new user interface. The new layout is more
streamlined than in previous versions and gives Fantasy Draft a very different feel
to the rest of Football Manager. The whole thing has been designed with streaming
in mind; for example, the in-game icons have moved to the top and centre to give streamers
the maximum amount of space to work with in the centre of the screen.
The player profile screens have been reworked too and only feature information that is pertinent
to Fantasy Draft such as their position, role, attributes and star rating. Speaking of players,
you’ll now be able to see a graphical depiction of your squad size and depth in each position
during the draft process. It’s not just the interface that has been
reworked for FM18, there are now more options when setting up a Fantasy Draft too. For starters
you can now head into a Fantasy Draft game quicker than ever with the new ‘Quick Start’
option which finds an existing online Fantasy Draft and adds you to it.
And for a really quick start, you can now get help with the draft itself by using the
“auto-pick” option where the AI will choose players for you based on your formation, favoured
club & nationality. If you’d prefer to create the Fantasy Draft
yourself then you’ll find a wealth of set-up options that help tailor the Fantasy Draft
experience to you. For instance, there are more increments between the minimum and maximum
squad budget and that maximum budget has been doubled from £250 million to £500 million,
meaning you’ll be able to draft more of the world’s top players into your squad.
Another exciting addition are player pools. These allow you to customise the pool of players
that you and your competitors draft from and allow you to filter the draft pool by such
conditions as nationality, value and specific divisions. These can also be uploaded or downloaded
via the Steam Workshop. Of course, you can stick with the default ‘World Pool’ if
you’d prefer. Finally, the fantasy element of Fantasy Draft
have come into play more than ever. In a radical change to how things work in the real world,
the element of time has been removed so your players won’t age. Better still, removing
time from Fantasy Draft means that injuries are now calculated in match days rather than
weeks or months. Thanks so much for watching. Keep an eye out
for more episodes of FMTV and for more information on Football Manager 2018 visit

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  • Reply Fruzzy October 17, 2017 at 3:01 pm

    420 blaze it 720 faze it

  • Reply billywoodz10 October 17, 2017 at 3:04 pm

    No one plays this shit lads

  • Reply QG ALTERNATIVE October 17, 2017 at 3:05 pm

    Still the same shirt. Love it mate.

  • Reply WorkTheSpace October 17, 2017 at 3:08 pm

    1:05 Great to see you've got the AI managers performing realistically this year in Draft Mode. Benjy bottling it as always… assume 1:08 was a beta bug tho?

  • Reply Blitzkrieg Blue October 17, 2017 at 3:08 pm

    That's as cool as it gets. The UI/UX work on FM18 keeps impressing me. I may even try the Draft mode now.

  • Reply Rafa Nadal October 17, 2017 at 3:10 pm

    No one cares about this crap,give us the ME video

  • Reply Davi Phantomhive-sama October 17, 2017 at 3:11 pm

    Espera que dessa vez a diretoria não nos obriguem a vender o craque do time como faz no fm17

  • Reply DoctorBenjy FM October 17, 2017 at 3:12 pm

    That's my bloody name!

  • Reply rob dunne October 17, 2017 at 3:17 pm


  • Reply Haroon Ali October 17, 2017 at 3:19 pm


  • Reply Djadarian October 17, 2017 at 3:21 pm

    I like it! I really like this set of videos too, the guy explaining them all is easy to understand and its really cleanly done. Great job!

  • Reply Tony O'Kane October 17, 2017 at 3:25 pm

    Still no idea why theres no unlimited budget option. Its FANTASY draft

  • Reply Dee October 17, 2017 at 3:28 pm

    I care more about the tactics and training aspects to be improved than this

  • Reply Kostadin Georgiev October 17, 2017 at 3:29 pm

    Do people actually play this ? I've never thought of FM as a multi-player game … I like to take my time with the squad, often i spend hours just looking for the perfect players to sign, really not compatible with a multi-player. For the first time, FMTV is putting out a video I really don't care about. On to the next one !

  • Reply Daniel Jordan October 17, 2017 at 3:31 pm

    This looks better than last years fantasy draft.

  • Reply Mr Daddy Dean October 17, 2017 at 3:32 pm

    when you have no mates… AI for life

  • Reply Jamie Hamilton October 17, 2017 at 3:35 pm

    This is looking really great keep up the good work FM18 and Miles

  • Reply ImmaterialDigression October 17, 2017 at 3:45 pm

    Who wants this?

  • Reply Fianna October 17, 2017 at 3:48 pm

    draft? this isn't an American sport ffs

  • Reply CaptainKita October 17, 2017 at 3:51 pm

    Never ever touched that game mode and never will. Who plays this?

    P.S. I always hear "fancy draft"
    P.P.S. why is he always screaming at us?

  • Reply Science , Bitch ! October 17, 2017 at 3:52 pm

    I already regret pre ordering this game .. No one cares about fucking fantasy draft , improve match engine holy shit they are actually mocking us.

  • Reply henrik larsson October 17, 2017 at 3:57 pm

    Awful. Why cant we have create a club network game where you join a proper league? So pointless just playing the same 2 teams over and over again zzz

  • Reply kagganerah October 17, 2017 at 4:07 pm

    the old max money was sweeeet. now its going to be stars all over.. But theres one important question: can you save your team's kit now? pleaaaase

  • Reply Dean Lumber October 17, 2017 at 4:16 pm

    please get rid of this horrendous "presenter". I'm hating watching these updates because of him!

  • Reply Craig Ripley October 17, 2017 at 4:36 pm

    Show us the NEW? Match engine ffs

  • Reply Mike T October 17, 2017 at 4:47 pm

    Honestly who cares about fantasy draft..fantasy belongs to hockey nhl.. if fans wanna play league online, then create normal.league with normal squads

  • Reply Biniyam October 17, 2017 at 4:51 pm

    4:20 BLAZE IT

  • Reply Muhammet Emin YILMAZ October 17, 2017 at 5:02 pm


  • Reply qusker October 17, 2017 at 5:02 pm

    А вот это заебись!

  • Reply StreetSoulLover October 17, 2017 at 5:05 pm

    Just tell me when the Beta is Joe… That's all I wanna know…

  • Reply Trollol86 October 17, 2017 at 5:09 pm

    Another year of the same shit.

    No changes actually warranting the £40 price tag as usual.

    Con Artists

  • Reply El Prezidente October 17, 2017 at 5:26 pm

    Still not getting my money.

    It's like having an iphone 7 and then the iphone 8 comes out. Is it really worth shelling out a lot more for a little bit more?

  • Reply jtaylor1409 October 17, 2017 at 5:49 pm

    This looks a brilliant improvement on the previous version of drafts. Looking forward to playing it with a few other YT content creators when the time allows! Great job SI.

  • Reply BuckyV October 17, 2017 at 6:00 pm

    fm ain't worth 40 bucks anymore, you better download the torrent…

  • Reply berbafan67 October 17, 2017 at 6:00 pm

    Does anyone know when the demo is out?

  • Reply Duckyboy888 October 17, 2017 at 6:12 pm

    Emphasis: stress given to a word or words when speaking to indicate particular importance.

    Joe, it doesn't work when you emphasize every single word. Please just talk normally… and I really hope this isn't normal for you.

  • Reply Just Mike Plays October 17, 2017 at 6:14 pm

    Didn't see any FMM content creator's to play against on the draft 😂

  • Reply Ajinkya Jumbad October 17, 2017 at 6:16 pm

    I'm listening on mute now

  • Reply Dario Milano October 17, 2017 at 6:19 pm

    I am worried about their marketing strategy. If 3D engine would have been improved greatly why they don't show it to us as soon as the can? They only show us useless improvements (not related with the fun part of this game, only with the boring part). A great new 3d engine and huge training improvement would be the only worldwide appraised changes.

  • Reply ertertrert October 17, 2017 at 6:30 pm

    Nice to see Jack Colback has found some work on the side after his falling out with Rafa

  • Reply Alejandro Heinrich October 17, 2017 at 7:24 pm

    Fancy draft anyone?

  • Reply ThisIsRyanNeil October 17, 2017 at 7:31 pm

    Drink every time Joe wrinkles his forehead…

  • Reply igorpancevo October 17, 2017 at 7:39 pm

    no one cares about this feature.

  • Reply Intellectually superior October 17, 2017 at 8:35 pm

    4:20 blaze'it

  • Reply GoldenFM October 17, 2017 at 9:02 pm

    I spotted myself! 😀

  • Reply Zap October 17, 2017 at 9:37 pm

    love this lad

  • Reply Trevor M October 17, 2017 at 9:50 pm

    Ben you’ve had a shocker

  • Reply Trevor M October 17, 2017 at 9:52 pm

    This nigga has the longest, skinniest legs I’ve ever seen.

  • Reply LongHaired Yeti October 17, 2017 at 9:57 pm

    Don't care and never cared about this part of the game ,tell me about training and you better have done something with it ,I am less and less confident that it will have been sorted .

  • Reply Nuno Gouveia October 17, 2017 at 9:58 pm

    Draft de mierda!

  • Reply CA VG October 17, 2017 at 10:28 pm

    I love Fantasy Draft mode and the updates look pretty good. Don't get all the negativity. Kids are just so spoiled and demanding these days…

  • Reply Carl Marl October 17, 2017 at 10:49 pm

    Why not make a custom budget?

  • Reply Grainger October 18, 2017 at 1:49 am

    Am I the only one who is really irritated by this guy? Fucking annoying voice and facial expressions

  • Reply The Ryman October 18, 2017 at 3:43 am

    Guy is a huge cheese ball

  • Reply Alicia M October 18, 2017 at 7:14 am

    where is improved 3d match engine????

  • Reply Paul Smith October 18, 2017 at 7:30 am

    HI JOE!!!!

  • Reply DaTux91 October 18, 2017 at 12:05 pm

    I like the idea behind these videos, but the presenter is trying to be way too expressive. A little bit of excitement about your own game is a good thing and practically a necessity in promo videos, but this is overkill. I appreciate you may have filmed all of these in one go so there's no changing it now, but please take that feedback into account for future videos.

    Still very much looking forward to FM18 though, including Fantasy Draft mode! I'm not sure why people give it so much stick. It's a very nice feature to have (especially with the new options), even if FM has always been primarily a singleplayer game.

  • Reply Ian Matthaws October 18, 2017 at 12:06 pm

    SO? Does somebody play this thing??????!!!!

  • Reply Ghost Face October 18, 2017 at 12:50 pm

    I don't get how you can play "celebrities" in an offline mode??

  • Reply Kris October 18, 2017 at 1:21 pm

    Another video, yet still no sizeable changes or novel features to the game unveiled to warrant the price tag.

  • Reply LongHaired Yeti October 18, 2017 at 2:15 pm

    We live in hope that the best is being saved for last

  • Reply Asrar Ul Haq October 18, 2017 at 3:02 pm

    Why does he keep saying Fancy Draft?

  • Reply Asrar Ul Haq October 18, 2017 at 3:02 pm

    Fancy Draft and Welf! SMDH

  • Reply n00blyf October 18, 2017 at 4:45 pm

    I hope they've added in-app analytics that sends usage stats back to SI games so they realise hardly anyone cares for the fantasy draft.

  • Reply GerritsRem October 18, 2017 at 5:31 pm

    What happened with miles explaining all this?

  • Reply BobbyG Gaming October 18, 2017 at 8:49 pm

    just dropped Ep1 of my FM18 story. FM through the eyes of the media

  • Reply SCE2AUX October 19, 2017 at 1:43 am


  • Reply Patrick Nelson October 19, 2017 at 5:56 am

    are you missing so many retarded chances like football manager 2016?

  • Reply Patrick Nelson October 19, 2017 at 5:57 am

    make it more difficult to create chances than loosing such a stupid amount retards

  • Reply Patrick Nelson October 19, 2017 at 5:58 am

    strikers with good stats cant score easy chances why are even stats in this game ?

  • Reply Patrick Nelson October 19, 2017 at 6:02 am

    yeah who the hell is Andrea Belotti 2 goals per season are enough for him lets make it so he cant score one on ones

  • Reply Patrick Nelson October 19, 2017 at 6:18 am

    football manager 16 is too stupid for me to bother buying anything else from you its the most stupid game i have ever played

  • Reply Martin Larrix October 19, 2017 at 9:16 am

    Shitty feature. I want to play real Football manager and manage a team. Not this shit

  • Reply Gagsy October 19, 2017 at 11:59 am

    That looks fun and all but I don't have any fr-
    "You can play against AI"

  • Reply Football Manager FOCI October 19, 2017 at 2:30 pm

    Get 20% coupon code to buy #FM18 through Nexway at
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  • Reply Attila Kovács October 20, 2017 at 9:28 am

    So, can i choose my saved game team, my buddy his own and play a single match against each other? No? That's sad.

  • Reply Sander Evers October 21, 2017 at 12:08 pm

    I've never played the fantasy draft, but i might give it a go in FM18.

    I like calculating injuries in match days in stead of time, saves me the job of looking at the schedule myself. But would it be 3-4 match days in stead of 3-4 weeks?

  • Reply ReLLaKaT October 22, 2017 at 11:11 pm

    oiiiii clean shirt!

  • Reply luckystriker October 24, 2017 at 10:13 am

    Great changes. Looking forward to it.

  • Reply Freddy Macharis November 24, 2017 at 5:51 pm

    WOULD BE EASIER TO FOLLOW IF NOT EVERY WORD WAS SHOUTED… still nice info in the vids, but somebody calm this guy down a bit please 😀

  • Reply Callum Brown January 18, 2018 at 4:33 pm

    Dose this game play like LMA Manager if so i buy it ?

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