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FF Ninja is a highly successful football trader on various platforms with solid fantasy football experience to boot and has taken the Footstock platform by storm in his first few months, earning staggering profits. In this series exclusively for Fantasy Football Hub premium members, he talks us through his Footstock tips and journey so far and lets us in on his successful strategies.

In this article, I will preview the Footstock Virtual contests on offer this Friday the 13th; looking at the types of contests, best strategies for Footstock Virtual including fixtures’ odds, my recommended picks and my team reveal.

Contests

We have three Footstock contests covering the different levels; Gold (£15 entry), Silver (£5) and Bronze (£1). Each contest has their own position and star categories restrictions, as seen from the below screenshot. Entries and prize pot will increase by the time we reach the deadline.

Footstock Virtual

Footstock Virtual Contests: Virtual Friday

Strategy

The match outcomes and player stats of the Virtuals fixtures are generated by Footstock, using historical data to recreate real-match scenarios.

The match engine selects a likely winner based on the strength of the total starting players’ PPG. A player’s historic PPG will determine his performances in the Virtuals fixtures. Analysing the players’ PPG Is therefore essential in virtual contests.

Here is a summary of the key points of my contests’ strategies:

  • Virtuals generally see a high amount of goals, therefore goal scorers (20 points) and assisters (10 points) are essential
  • Winning teams’ players receive six bonus points, therefore avoid backing players on opposite teams where possible
  • Virtuals engine tend to replicate base stats (dribbles, crosses, tackles etc) fairly accurately, thus it is easily predictable
  • Goalkeepers provide value for money in Silver and Bronze contests as they get 10 points for a clean sheet, two points for each save, but crucially do not lose points for conceding goals
  • ‘Combos’ are key for a high placed finish; a defensive combo means choosing a goalkeeper and defender from the same team. An offensive combo means selecting players who can get goals and assist one another, playing in tandem

Odds

Here are the fixtures along with the key stats. Credits to @footstockstats and @tradingscout for the raw data.

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