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SportStackRich is a highly successful football trader on various platforms with solid fantasy football experience to boot and has taken the Footstock platform by storm in his first few months, earning staggering profits. In this series exclusively for Fantasy Football Hub premium members, he talks us through his Footstock tips and journey so far and let us in on his successful strategies.

In this article, I will preview the Virtual Tournaments on offer this week; looking at the types of tournaments, best strategies, fixtures odds and my recommended picks.

Tournaments

We have three Footstock paid tournaments on offer covering the different levels; Pro (£20 entry), Amateurs (£7.50) and Beginners (£1.00). Each tournament has their own position and star categories restrictions, as seen from the below screenshot. Entries and prize pot will increase by the time we reach the deadline.

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Virtual Tournaments for 28th July

Strategy

The match outcomes and player stats of the virtual fixtures are generated by Footstock, using historical data to recreate real-match scenarios.

The match engine selects a likely winner based on the strength of the total starting players’ PPG. A player’s historic PPG will determine his performances in the virtual fixtures. Analysing the players’ PPG Is therefore essential in virtual tournaments.

I went into specific details around tournament strategies in my previous article. Similar strategies apply to the virtual Footstock tips with a few tweaks. Here are the key points:

  • Virtuals generally see a high amount of goals, therefore goal scorers (20 points) and assisters (10 points) are essential
  • Winning teams’ players receive 6 bonus points, therefore avoid backing players on opposite teams where possible
  • Virtuals engine tend to replicate base stats (dribbles, crosses, tackles etc) fairly accurately, thus it is easily predictable
  • Goalkeepers provide value for money in Amateur and Beginner tournaments as they get 10 points for a clean sheet, 2 points for each save, but crucially do not lose points for conceding goals
  • ‘Combos’ are key for a high placed finish; a defensive combination means choosing a goalkeeper and defender from the same team. An offensive combination means selecting players who can get goals and assist one another, playing in tandem.

Fixtures

Here are the fixtures for this week’s tournaments along with the key data. Credits to @footstockstats and @tradingscout for the raw data.

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