How to play weekly and daily fantasy football: A guide

 

What is weekly and daily fantasy football?

As with season long fantasy, you compete with other managers by building your team of players from a particular league, like the Premier League. The main difference is that the game spans a much shorter time period, such as a gameweek, a single day or even a single match. The better your players do on the pitch, the more points your team scores in the game. If Rooney scores a goal for Manchester United, and you have him in your daily fantasy team, this is great news for you- just as it is in Fantasy Premier League.

What makes Daily Fantasy great?

For many the best part of season long fantasy is all the anticipation when you are setting up your team before the season kicks off. Daily fantasy allows you to take that excitement
 and relive it everyday. Every football match get more exciting when you are a daily fantasy manager, every goal and assist in every match counts. With daily fantasy you get the
 thrill of building something and seeing an immediate result.

What are Games and how do I enter them?

To pick your team you first have to enter a game (similar to leagues in Fantasy Premier League). Here you compete against all the other managers who have entered the same game, and the ranking is determined by who have selected the highest scoring team.

Games come in a wide variety. What most of them have in common is that you pay a fee to enter, called Buy In, and you win real money if your team does well. The prize pool is determined by the cost of entry and the number of managers that have entered.

How do I pick my team?

As with Fantasy Premier League, you pick your players within a budget of £100 million. You need to pick 2 goalkeepers, 5 defenders, 5 midfielders and 3 forward. You have to decide which four of the players will be placed on the bench. They will only score points for your team if any players from your starting 11 do not play a single minute. Check out the video at the bottom of the article for a quick introduction to team selection.

How do my players score points?

The short version is that goals, assists and clean sheets are important. Here is an overview of how players accumulate points for your team:

For playing more than 60 minutes 2
For each goal scored by a goalkeeper or defender 6
For each goal scored by a midfielder 5
For each goal scored by a forward 4
For each goal assist 3
For a clean sheet by a goalkeeper or defender (after 60 minutes) 4
For a clean sheet by a midfielder 1
For every 3 shot saves by a goalkeeper 1
For each penalty save 5
For each penalty miss -2
For every 2 goals conceded by a goalkeeper or defender -1
For each yellow card -1
For each red card -3
For each own goal -2

In addition the three best performing players in each match receives additional bonus points. Click here for a full overview of the FantasyBet scoring system.

How are prizes decided?

Fantasy football betting is pool betting. Everyone who enters a game, contributes to the final prize pot. In other words you are playing against real people, not a bookmaker who uses complex statistical models to set odds.

If 100 players buy in for £5 each in a game, that game will have a total prize pool of £500 to be shared among the top ranking teams. The payout structure (“the who gets what”) may differ from game to game. This information will always be available before you decide to enter or not. Basically there’s three different payout structures: Progressive Payout, Double or Nothing, and Winner Takes it All. Click here for more information about payout structures. 

What is a guaranteed game?

In a guaranteed game, Fantasybet guarantees a minimum prize pot, no matter how many (or few) managers buy into the game. If this guaranteed pot is exceeded by the sum of entry fees, the total price pool will increase. Either way it’s good news for you!

If you are completely new to fantasy football, you might want to start with entering a freeroll. This is a free to enter game, where there is a prize to be won for the top placed teams.

Can I create games myself?

Yes, you can create games at FantasyBet. You can decide on a wide variety of rules for your game, such as setting a custom budget, deciding if teams should have a captain or not, and choosing the duration of the game (daily, weekly or even season long). If you want to challenge your friends exclusively you should make the game private, so you can control who joins. If you make the game public you are challenging all other users at FantasyBet at your terms. To set up your first game, register at FantasyBet.

What’s the best strategy for winning?

Unfortunately, there’s no simple answer to this question, but on the other side; this is what makes daily fantasy so intriguing! However, there are some key points that every successful manager needs to master:

  • You will have to learn how to make the most of your given Because attacking players usually will score you the most points, it can be a wise decision to spend your money in this department. Don’t go around wasting big chunks of money on your bench players, as it is unlikely that all of them will feature in your team. Just make sure you have a good first substitute.
  • It can be a good idea to check confirmed starting 11’s. The line-ups of every team in the Premier League are released one hour before kick-off, and this might compel you to make changes to your template team. So, perhaps you should make this a routine check before you play? This website lists all the confirmed lineups as they become available.
  • Of course, most games will also include matches that start later than the other ones, and then it all comes down to knowledge and instincts. And you can take a gamble on a player starting as long as you have a good bench.
  • In addition to all of this, you can always use a helping hand from Lady Luck. Sometimes Sanchez will miss that penalty, and cause you to lose points, but if you keep on picking the best players you will be a long term winner in fantasy betting.

What is Flash mode?

At Fantasybet.com we offer a unique feature which is called Flash Mode. This is a game type with a really interesting twist – you only have 3 minutes to pick your team.

Here, you don’t have to worry for days on which players to bench and who to captain. This is first and foremost an instant thrill, where your under-pressure managerial skills will be put to the test. No more worrying for days about which players to bench and who to captain and a real test of your knowledge and skill is to pick a team under pressure. The constraining resource in these games is not so much the budget, but your limited time to think and pick your team. This makes it all the more exciting, challenging, and eventually enormously satisfying – if you pull it off.

All the managers you compete against have the same restraint, so the question is who handles the pressure best. 

Deposit bonus

At times FantasyBet will run campaign and offer deposit bonuses. Click here to check if there are any deposit bonuses running right now.

Resources

Here are some good fantasy blog for daily, weekly and season long fantasy:

History of weekly and daily fantasy:

Daily fantasy is a relatively new concept in the UK and Europe. It has been big in the US, where the American companies DraftKings and FanDuel, lately have been in and out of courts trying to defend their legal status. Both companies were established as venture capital-backed companies. Read more about the history of daily fantasy here.

This video shows you how to set up your fantasy team:

Register at FantasyBet to set up your first daily fantasy team now

Safety

It is always free to register, and if you are a first time user, there are always plenty of free games available; some of them even have prizes to be won.

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