Fantasy Premier League (FPL) 2011/12 has launched

The wait is over! And I’m relieved. We can now discuss real matters.

Yes, Fantasy Premier League is back with a brand new look, updated player prices, and some rule tweaks.

The player prices have thrown up a few surprises… Andy Carroll is valued at £10m, whereas Suarez is £9.5m, and Javier Hernandez has seen a big rise to £10m.

Gerrard stays a steep £11m, Van der Vaart comes in at £10m, Ashley Young £10m, Charlie Adam £9m, Yaya Toure £8m, N’Zogbia £7.5m, and Seamus Coleman is now a £7m midfielder. Hmm.

The most expensive players are Lampard, Fabregas, Rooney, Tevez and Robin van Persie at £12m.

The likes of Martin Kelly (£5.5m), Kieran Gibbs (£5.5m) and Marc Albrighton (£6.5m) have all had price hikes, but could still offer pretty good value if they become regulars.

On to the rule tweaks…

You now have to choose a vice captain, as expected, so we’re no longer restricted to form or value.

There is a new bonus points system.

The points are now awarded the morning after matches and go to the 3 best performing players in each match according to the EA SPORTS Player Performance Index.

You can read about how bonus point ties are resolved on the Fantasy Premier League rules page (at the bottom of the scoring section).

Assists are now awarded for direct free kicks, in the same way they are awarded for penalties.

So if a direct free kick is scored, the player who won that free kick will now get an assist.

The 2 wildcards remain. The second January wildcard can only be played between gameweeks 20 and 23.

Please do join the FPL Dugout League. It’s free and we’d love you to join us. The code is 1014-800.

Simply go to your leagues page on Fantasy Premier League, click ‘join a league’ (under the ‘My leagues’ heading), choose private league, enter the code 1014-800 and you’re in!

And don’t forget you can make unlimited transfers, free of points deductions, without any player price rises, right up until the 13 August (11:30) gameweek 1 deadline.

Enjoy! Let us know what you think about all this!