FantasyBet host a range of single gameweek contests every match day for a wide variety of leagues and competitions, both domestic and international.
These contests give fantasy managers an opportunity to display their skills on the competitive stage and win huge cash prizes in the process.
But what is a single gameweek contest and what are the differences to the traditional season-long format?
What are the differences in format?
Single gameweek fantasy, as its name suggests, spans one gameweek’s worth of fixtures. Manages will pick their team accordingly, opting for a squad they think will score the most points over the upcoming 90 minutes.
When the gameweek ends, the leaderboard is finalised and the prize pool is split amongst the winners. How the prize pool is split depends on the payout type, the most comment being a progressive split between the top 20%.
How should this change your approach?
Remember the old saying of “It’s a marathon, not a sprint”?. Well, when it comes to daily fantasy that can be reversed. It’s a sprint, not a marathon!
Whilst the prices, positions and scoring on FantasyBet are near identical to Fantasy Premier League, the approach is far from it.
Traditional fantasy is largely a game of patience and adhering to the law of averages throughout the season, whilst single gameweek fantasy makes use of the more short term tactics such as fixture difficulty and calculating risk.
There is no way to know the ownership percentages of players in a single gameweek contest, which leaves it to you to predict who the high ownership players will be. That’s not all, the subsequent decision to select the ownership player or opt for a contrarian pick is also down to you.
If you’re unsure of just how contrarian to be, you can use the contest buy-in as a rule of thumb. The cheaper the contest buy-in, the more entries it usually has, thus requiring more variance to win. On the other hand, high stake GPPs attract fewer players, limiting the number of contrarian decisions needed to win.
What impact does this have on tactics?
Perhaps the most exciting element of single gameweek fantasy is that it allows managers to express themselves through their tactics. The fact that each lineup is only used for 90 minutes allows managers to experiment with their team and gamble on players without being stuck with them for the foreseeable future.
Selecting multiple players from the same club (known as stacking) is another popular strategy within single gameweek fantasy, especially with defensive players. Stacking is an ‘all your eggs in one basket’ tactic that has enough upside to propel you into the top 20% should your chosen team keep a clean sheet.
In the season-long fantasy game, a well-balanced bench is important with injuries, suspensions and form dips coming into the fold, whereas the single gameweek format allows you to swerve these annoyances and invest more heavily in your starting XI.
High risk approaches
Last season, FantasyBet user ‘CyberWombat’ won the £25,000 GPP with a very contrarian lineup. He then remarked how his “fairly average level of game intelligence and criminal disregard of statistics” are his biggest strengths AND weaknesses.
Another tactic is to risk starting a player flagged as a doubt, with a strong replacement first on your bench. If your first choice starts, you’re the beneficiary of a great differential, if he doesn’t, your substitute can step up.
It’s important to note that it’s possible to enter more than one team into a single gameweek contest. As for multi-entry strategy, it really comes down to personal preference, as if done incorrectly it can result in negative variance and lead to your high scores being spread across lineups, rather than in just one.
If you think there’s a 90% chance that Mo Salah will be the highest scoring midfielders in the upcoming gameweek, then you should have him in 90% of your lineups. If you think there’s a 10% chance it will be Paul Pogba, then you could have in him in 10% of your lineups.
Glossary of terms
Progressive Payout: The top 20% of managers win money. The winner takes home the biggest prize, second place a bit less and so on.
GPP (Guaranteed Prize pool): The given prize pool is a fixed minimum regardless of the number of entries and can only increase in amount.
Freeroll: A free entry contest that doesn’t require a buy-in to enter.
Stacking: Loading up on 3 players from one team.
Contrarian: An approach that opposes or rejects the popular opinion.