Paddy Power have just launched their brand new daily fantasy game, with cash prizes on offer every single day of Premier League action!
It’s essentially like having a Free Hit to use every time there’s a new set of games. There’s some huge prizes on offer, plus head-to-head contests and you can even set up competitions against your mates too!
Here at Fantasy Football Hub, we are going to be getting involved in the big money contests and sharing plenty of tips to help you play and win too.
We are entering the Blue Ribbon tournament for Gameweek 10 – the £15K Saturday EPL Wonder Strike. There’s £15,000 of prizes guaranteed to be won, with 1st place scooping a massive £2,500. We will also be entering the 50/50 Contest where you effectively double your money if you finish in the top half out of 10 players.
Why Play Daily Fantasy Sports?
You spend a considerable amount of time on the Premier League, you’re aware of fixture difficulty, you research and analyse player stats then you put all of your effort into a single game or two (Fantasy Premier League and possibly Sky). Some of you like to chase Overall Rank, but for me the most fun aspect is participating in the mini leagues I’ve entered and the thrill of winning some money. It’s a nice feeling to get rewarded for all the effort you put into something and this is a great opportunity to monetise your hobby.
Rules and Strategy
We won’t be going through the rules and strategies this week, take a look back at the Gameweek 8 article if you want a thorough breakdown of how these differ from Fantasy Premier League and other Fantasy games.
Scoring – how do I utilise stats to help make my decision?
Using Fantasy Football Hub’s OPTA stats you can create customised tables to help you to identify the best assets for each position. I have transferred the information to Excel, as I want to filter out all of the players that don’t feature in the specific fixtures for this game and I’m looking at the last four Gameweeks.
£18K Sat EPL Wonder Strike (£2.5K to 1st)
The tournament we’ll be covering here is for the seven games from the afternoon kick-offs on Saturday, with prize money given out to the top 1,072 entrants. Finishing in the prize spots will guarantee you at least double the very reasonable £4 entry fee.
Clean Sheet Odds
There are no obvious Clean Sheet this week, so my Goalkeeper and Defender selection will be based on who I think will pick up the most points from the other methods of scoring for those positions.
Goalkeeper / Defence
Everton take quite a lot of shots, but their conversion rate is relatively low. With there being no obvious Clean Sheet I’ve gone with Ryan who has by far the most save points, as three saves equals nine points, which is only one less than a Clean Sheet and he has the most successful passes.
I’ve done a partial stack with Webster to compound any Clean Sheet points and also because he has a lot of blocks, interceptions and successful passes.
Rico has been added as he offers an amazing dual threat. He leads with the most Chances Created and you get three points for each one, however he has also made the most interceptions, which shows that he can pick up both attacking and defensive points. With only three goals scored at Home all season and eight conceded, I think there will be opportunities for points at both ends of the pitch.
I couldn’t afford Abraham who leads the stats table for Shots on Target (SoT), however I feel Burnley might restrict Chelsea to longer range shots, so I think it’s a gamble worth taking.
Wood, Maupay and Wilson are all next after Abraham with regards to SoT. They’re all on form and can easily pick up points from goals and SoT.
Hudson-Odoi is my wildcard, he’s looked electric and despite playing less minutes than the rest he has picked up three assists and a lot of Chances Created, which will help him rack up the points.
50 / 50 (£5 entry)
I will be re-entering my Wonder Strike lineup into a 50 / 50 entry as a hedge to fund future tournament entries. This requires zero effort, as I can just select to use my existing team.
I will update you on my progress after the weekend to identify what went well and what we can learn from for next time.
Update: Sun 27 October 2019
Sadly the entries only came 1,451/3,856 with a score of 96.3 and 14/20 with a score of 88.7.
So what did I learn?
1. Always go for sure starters. The team news suggested Wood had a hamstring issue, so I changed it for the main entry but not the 50/50. When you have such a small squad you can’t afford any absences.
2. Watford have tightened up and Bournemouth / Wilson are mega trolls. It looks like Flores has managed to stem the flow and they’re no longer whipping boys now. I will have to reassess which fixture to target next time, as I was expecting a lot of goals here and picked the assets accordingly.
3. Don’t take too many punts. One of Deulofeu and CHO would have been a sufficient punt, but selecting two was too much risk. CHO didn’t even start and Deulofeu was involved in a stalemate.
Sadly I was in the air while all this took place, so I couldn’t capture a screenshot of the respective player points and they’re not taking part next week, so I can’t look at their stats there either.
Sometimes you win, sometimes you learn.
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