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 22 – 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, the £600 Sat EPL Equalizer (£1 single entry), the £600 Sat EPL Toe Poke (£0.25 entry) and the £1.5k Sat EPL Free Play.
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 by utilising your existing knowledge and skills without any risk.
Daily Fantasy Rules and Strategy
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 six 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.
Clean Sheet Odds
Daily Fantasy 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.
Daily Fantasy – My Lineups
Pickford (£10) offers the best combination of save potential with a good Clean Sheet (CS) chance at a value price. With the prices being so tough this week, I don’t want to spend more than £10 on a Goalkeeper.
McCarthy (£10) has a better save total, but low CS potential, so he acts as a contrarian choice.
With no points awarded for a CS I’ve gone for the defenders that have high number of Shots on Target (SoT) and Chance Creation (CC) registered.
I can’t afford TAA, but Robertson (£14) is an adequate stand in and although he has two less shots on target, he has more chances created. Furthermore he has Aurier playing on his side, who will leave a lot more room behind him.
Sidibe (£15) tends to plays as a wing back in front of Coleman and has free reign to do what he wants, which is apparent from his six chances created in the last four Gameweeks. Not only does he offer attacking points, but he has won a lot of fouls, tackles and interceptions which will boost his total.
Doherty (£14) is starting to look really attacking, like he was last season. Newcastle look really leaky at the moment and with four shots on target he has a great chance of returning.
Willian (£17) makes both entries, as I’ve identified that Burnley concede a lot of attempts from set pieces, which he tends to take. He got a goal and assist in the reverse fixture earlier in the season and he has created 15 chances in the last four Gameweeks.
Jota (£11) also makes both entries, but he is very much a wildcard option given his low price and the difficulty to make budget. As detailed for Doherty, the injury ravaged Newcastle are conceding a lot of chances recently and as part of the Wolves front three he should get some involvement although his stats aren’t great. He may still be injured though, if that’s confirmed in the press conference then I will replace with one of:
Mooy (£11) – for lineup 1 (see below)
Ndidi (£12) – for lineup 2 (he has excellent defensive stats)
Tielemans (£10) – for either lineup (to cover Vardy / Maddison)
Mooy (£11) I don’t like taking a gamble on two budget players, but the player pricing has made it necessary this week, which is why I’ve hedged by having two entries. If Everton do concede then he’s likely to be involved, as he’s thrived in the number ten role for Brighton and he’s created 10 chances in the last four.
Rashford (£22) there’s only enough budget for one premium player. I think he has a slightly better fixture than Vardy (his opposition have lower CS odds) and more points potential. They have a similar goal threat but he has a higher number of shots on target (admittedly Vardy’s stats have been impacted by missing games) and has a higher number of chances created. If you want to free up cash then Martial (£19) could enable an upgrade.
Jimenez (£16) offers a good balance of shots on target and chances created, which will help him to rack up the points alongside any actual goals / assists. I’ve doubled down on Wolves given that Newcastle have the lowest CS odds.
DCL (£17) also offers a good spread of point scoring opportunities with five shots on target and chances created in the last five. He has also won eight fouls and made five clearances make him a great option.
I will be re-entering my Wonder Strike lineup into the £1.5k Sat EPL Free Play , £700 Sat EPL Equalizer (£1 single entry) and the £700 Sat EPL Toe Poke (£0.25 entry). 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.
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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