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 14 – the £10K Saturday EPL Wonder Strike. There’s a £10,000 prize pool guaranteed to be won, with 1st place scooping a tidy £1,500.  We will also be entering the 50/50 Contest where you effectively double your money if you finish in the top half of players and the £2k Sat EPL Free Play (with the top 1,500 winning a prize).

 

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.

I strongly urge you to at least try out the Free Play event to get a feel for the game and to potentially win some money for nothing by utilising your existing knowledge and skills.

 

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.

 

£10K Sat EPL Wonder Strike (£1.5K 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 1832 entrants. Finishing in the prize spots will guarantee you at least double the very reasonable £4 entry fee.

 

Fixtures

 

Clean Sheet Odds

 

 

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

 

My Lineup

 

Goalkeeper / Defence

I’ve gone with a Liverpool stack here.  There isn’t much difference in price between the goalkeepers likely to keep a Clean Sheet so I’ve gone with Alisson (£14).  Lovren (£10) is a relative bargain at £10 and if you refer to the stats table it should be clear why I’ve gone for TAA (£16).

 

Attack

It was very difficult to afford everybody I wanted and I may create a multiple entry as a hedge because I would really have liked Son but my primary targets was a Liverpool attacker and Pulisic (£16).  There’s not much between Mane and Salah (£19) so I went for value for money.  Both face the leakiest defences and have the highest shots on target frequency, so even if they don’t score they should rack up points from their accurate shooting.  Batshuayi (£12) is a bit of a punt, as Abraham is highly likely to be out for this game, which means he should lead the line and if you shoot on target against Roberto it’s pretty much a goal.  Finally, Fraser (£12) was my pick of the remaining £12 options, as he has reasonably high chance creation stats, a few shots on target and Spurs have shown a tendency to concede a few lately.

 

50 / 50 (£10 entry)

I will be re-entering my Wonder Strike lineup into a 50 / 50 entry as a hedge to fund future tournament entries and the Sat EPL Free play.  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***

Sadly it was pretty dire results this week.  The Chelsea hedge with Pulisic and Batman (didn’t even start) did not pay off.  I was correct that Spurs would concede, but chose the wrong Bournemouth asset.  Liverpool didn’t demolish Brighton as expected nor did they keep a Clean Sheet and it was only TAA that did me proud with his assists, which were highlighted by the above stats.  I’m disappointed I didn’t trust in the stats and go with Ward Prowse, as his really stood out and I when in doubt I will go with the stats in the future.

 

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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