1. 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 £12K Saturday EPL Wonder Strike. There’s a £12,000 prize pool 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 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.

 

£12K Sat EPL Wonder Strike (£2K to 1st)

The tournament we’ll be covering here is for the four games from the afternoon kick-offs on Saturday, with prize money given out to the top entrants. Finishing in the lowest 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 for the Liverpool stack partly due to the kind pricing of Alisson (£10), as it appears that they still think Adrian is playing.  I’m a bit wary of the full back rotation with the big UCL game coming up, but the budget is very tight this week so I’ve just gone with the cheapest two, which are Lovren (£11) and Robertson (£13).  I also think they have the best Clean Sheet potential out of all of the options available.

 

Attack

I really wanted KDB (£20) for this week, he has a sky high points per game average and you can see why when you view the underlying stats for shots on target and chances created.  It was close between Alli (£18) and Son, but I felt Alli had more goal threat.  Salah (£18) is a bit of a punt, but he scored a hat trick Away to Bournemouth last season and he was rested midweek whereas I’m not confident that Mane will start after playing the full game on Wednesday.  Finally McArthur (£10) is purely there as an enabler, he has a decent fixture and his defensive stats should rack up a few points.  I was adamant that I wanted the Liverpool defensive stack and the big three attacking players, so I had to compromise somewhere.

 

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***

It wasn’t to be, the defensive stack was well picked, but Lovren’s injury and Robertson’s early rest meant the CS wasn’t capitalised. In the future I’m going to focus on defenders that take more shots / create more chances, as the CS alone doesn’t appear that valuable.

Annoyingly, the stack also meant I couldn’t get Henderson as my £10 enabler, which left me with the dud McArthur.

kDB demonstrated how valuable he is by racking up points even when he doesn’t score / assist. I’m pleased with my Salah pick and Alli (although Son would have been better).

Sometimes you win, sometimes you learn.

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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