Paddy Power have recently launched their new daily fantasy game, with cash prizes on offer every single day of Premier League action!

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 12 – the £12K Saturday EPL Wonder Strike. There’s £12,000 of prizes guaranteed to be won, with 1st place scooping a tidy £2,000.  We will also be entering the 50/50 Contest where you effectively double your money if you finish in the top half of 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.

After seeing the success of the FPL General and Ben Crellin this week, I’m eager to start seeing some financial reward for my efforts.

 

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.

 

Goal Keepers

 

Defenders

 

Attackers

 

£12K Sat EPL Wonder Strike (£2K 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 1832 entrants. Finishing in the prize spots will guarantee you at least double the very reasonable £4 entry fee.

 

Fixtures

 

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.

My Lineup

 

Goalkeeper / Defence

With there being no obvious Clean Sheet I’ve gone with Dubravka who has one of the most save points (as three saves equals nine points, which is only one less than a Clean Sheet), the most clearances and Bournemouth haven’t been scoring many goals lately.

I’ve done a partial stack with Willems to compound any Clean Sheet points and also because he has a lot of Chances Created (you get three points for each one) and tackles won.

Digne has been added as he offers an amazing dual threat.  He leads with the most Chances Created, however he has also made 12 tackles, which shows that he can pick up both attacking and defensive points.

 

Attack

Vardy was one of the first names on my list playing in the fixture that looks like it might have the most amount of goals.  He doesn’t take many shots, but he does have the most shots on targets out of the available options and with an average of 23.41 points per game he offers consistency.

To compound my belief that the Leicester fixture is going to be the highest scoring I’ve added Tielemans (I couldn’t afford Maddison / Richarlison who are both great options), as he tends to play the full game and has a respectable seven chances created, nine fouls won, racking up two goals and an assist.

I’ve also added another consistent performer Ndidi who averages 19.41 points per game at an excellent value price.  His 10 clearances, 9 interceptions and 20 tackles won show that he’s one of the best midfield enforcers in the game and he should easily rack up points against the lightweight Arsenal midfield.

Ings is my wildcard this week, he is one of the top for shots on target and he’s on penalties.  Everton are fairly reasonably defensively, but he will still get chances.

 

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***

The entries did okay this week and I managed to cash, the winnings weren’t anything major but they will fund future tournaments and it highlighted that I’m on the right track when it comes to team selection.

 

 

Here’s how the team looked:

 

This is the team that took the £2,000 first prize:

 

There wasn’t a massive difference between the squads, but it highlights that you need to be getting around a 30 points per player average, which means you either have to nail all seven picks or some of your picks really have to haul to cover any that fall short of the average.

 

New Customer offer, min £5 deposit. Your qualifying entry will be your first settled paid entry. No refund will be applied if you finish in the prize positions. Refunds will be processed within 48 hours after the contest has settled. Max £20 refund. T&Cs apply.

 

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