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Guide to Daily Fantasy Football on Sportito

Sportito hosts various Matchday, Daily and Weekly contests across a number of professional leagues and tournaments. As we have just started, at first we are focusing solely on football leagues around the world. Soon our offer will extend coverage to other sports: basketball, tennis, rugby and American Sports.
As any manager of any team, in Daily Fantasy Football you have to pick your best eleven, including goalkeepers, defenders, midfielders and attackers.

How to Play

  1. Select a Contest
    a. Select the Contest or challenge a friend.
  2. Build a Team
    a. Select your team following these rules
    i. Choose 11 players
    ii. No more than 4 players from the same team can be selected
    iii. No more than 2 players from the same team for the same role can be selected
    iv. For One-Game Contests, you can select 8 players from the same team


How are the points calculated?

Below we go through Sportito scoring system, detailing how points are calculated for every position and providing specific tips for this fantasy football game.

Goalkeeper

Goal Scored = +30 PTs
Assist = +10 PTs
Points for Every Minute Played = +0.025 PTs
Yellow Card = -2 PTs
Red Card = -4 PTs
Penalty Kick Miss = -8 PTs
Clean Sheet = +6 PTs
Penalty Goal = +8 PTs
Headed Goal = +32 PTs
Own Goal = -8 PTs
Penalty Kick Saved = +10 PTs
Goal Conceded = -2.5 PTs
Single Goal Match = +4 PTs
Substitute Appearance = +0.5 PTs
Direct Red Card = -5 PTs
Direct Red Card after a Yellow Card = -7 PTs

This is a rather simple choice. Every successful teams needs a safe pair of hands behind the goal. Our Daily Fantasy Football scoring system rewards those Goalkeepers who pick up clean sheets and save penalties. Unlike in many other Daily Fantasy Football games, our scoring system also rewards generously those Goalkeepers that get on the score sheet and provide assists.

As our system does not reward Goalkeepers for the saves they make so it is always best to choose your goalkeeper based on the defensive record of the team he plays for. Sides with strong defensive records will have those Goalkeepers that pick up more clean sheets.

A Goalkeeper known for saving penalties will earn you 10 points for each penalty saved. However, penalties are not given in every game and even more rarely does a goalkeeper save them. As yellow and red cards are penalised across the field, it is advisable to select Goalkeepers who have a clean record.

 

Defenders

Header Goal = +16 PTs
Goal Scored = +14 PTs
Penalty Goal = +8 PTs
Assist = +5 PTs
Clean Sheet = +4 PTs
Single Goal Match = +3 PTs
Substitute Appearance = +0.5 PTs
For Every Minute Played = +0.025 PTs
Yellow Card = -2 PTs
Red Card = -4 PTs
Direct Red Card = -5 PTs
Direct Red Card after a Yellow Card = -7 PTs
Penalty Kick Missed = -8 PTs
Own Goal = -8 PTs

In the modern game, defenders are not only about defending. The way the game is played today, it is quite common for a side to field one ball-playing centre half who is able to pick out long passes and link up with the midfield alongside a more rugged specialist defender. At full back, defenders are expected to not only defend but also provide an attacking option on the wings.

TIP: our Daily Fantasy Football scoring system offers the highest points possible to defenders that score goals with their head. Most teams do bring up their tallest players who generally are their best headers of the ball for freekick and corners and, therefore, it is advisable to have at least one central defender known for scoring headers. A headed goal from a defender will earn your side 16 points.

Having full backs and one centre half known for their passing and crossing abilities is also advantageous. Such players are able to provide assists for teammates and as an assist will pick up 5 points for your team, try to choose players that are known for getting down the byline and whipping in accurate crosses or centre halves that are able to play those long searching balls over the top and pick out their forwards.
Each defender earns 4 points each for ever clean sheet, therefore it is advisable to pick defenders from teams that have strong defensive records, similar to how it is for goalkeepers.

Own goal and missing penalty kicks are penalised with -8 points for defenders, as they are with midfielders and forwards. These are the maximum point penalisations outfield players can receive. After this, defenders are penalised for poor discipline. A direct red card after a yellow card dock 7 points while a direct red card dock 5 points.

 

Midfielders

Headed Goal = +14 PTs
Goal Scored = +12 PTs
Penalty Goal = +8 PTs
Assist = +4 PTs
Clean Sheet = +2 PTs
Single Goal Match = +2 PTs
Substitute Appearance = +0.5 PTs
For Every Minute Played = +0.025 PTs
Yellow Card = -2 PTs
Red Card = -4 PTs
Direct Red Card = -5 PTs
Direct Red Card after a Yellow Card = -7 PTs
Penalty Kick Missed = -8 PTs
Own Goal = -8 PTs

Midfielders are an assorted lot these days, differing in their roles and specialisations. However, we can generally classify midfielders into three types: defensive, attacking and wide attacking. Though perhaps the most important player in real life, the defensive midfielder does not provide many opportunities for scoring points.

TIP: our Daily Fantasy Football scoring system greatly rewards players for goals, assists and clean sheets and penalises the most for poor discipline and own goals.

While our points system does not reward players for tackles or interceptions made – the two most important parameters to which defensive midfielders are evaluated – it does reward such players for clean sheets and single-goal matches with two points for each. This does not change the fact that defensive midfielders offer the lowest possibility for points and therefore it is best to avoid them completely. Attacking midfielders however provide ample opportunities for points. Many of the best attackers in football today are not forwards but attacking midfielders who not only score plenty of goals but create them too. Four points are given for the latter while a total of 12 points are rewarded to midfielders who score goals. If it is headed goal, the reward is 14 points.

Wide attacking midfielders are similar to attacking midfielders in that they are usually the main attacking outlets of a side, providing goals and assists. A common trend is football today is for the wide attackers to be inverted, meaning a right-footed player will play on the left side enabling him to cut in and either shoot or cross on his preferred foot. Wide attackers such as this tend to score more goals than those wide attackers who are not inverted and therefore tend to have less shots on goal during a game. This more traditional breed of wide player may tend to provide more assists but given that a goal does account for eight more points than an assist, it is recommended to opt for inverted wide attackers with more of an eye for goal.

 

Forwards

Header Goal = +12 PTs
Goal Scored = +10 PTs
Penalty Goal = +8 PTs
Assist = +4 PTs
Single Goal Match = +2 PTs
Substitute Appearance = +0.5 PTs
For Every Minute Played = +0.025 PTs
Yellow Card = -2,5 PTs
Red Card = -5 PTs
Direct Red Card = -6 PTs
Direct Red Card after a Yellow Card = -8,5 PTs
Penalty Kick Missed = -8 PTs
Own Goal = -8 PTs

Choosing forwards is fairly straight forward – no pun intended. The purpose of a forward is to score goals so elect those known for being consistent in scoring goals.

TIP: As Sportito Fantasy Football scoring system rewards significantly more goals than assists, if choosing two forwards it is best to go with two that generally are the goal-getters in their respective sides. Of course, having a deep lying forward who is more adept at creating assists does not hurt either.

 

Sportito Fantasy Football Tips:

Tall and Strong Headers:
Across the board, the highest points a player can earn for a single action is a headed goal. Starting from goalkeeper, defender, midfielder to forward, a headed goal will earn 32, 16, 14 and 12 points respectively. For this reason, take the tip and select an eleven that is generally tall, strong in the air and that scores goals from set-pieces like free kicks and corners.

Defensive Sound:
Assessing defensive measures and statistics, the most rewarding for defenders and goalkeepers are clean sheets. Choose players from teams that concede few goals and that are generally involved in low-scoring games.

Good Behaviour:
Lastly, but not least, avoid players that tend to get cautions and red cards. After missing penalties and own goals – two things that you have little control over – yellows and reds are the most penalising in terms of points. Look at players’ disciplinary records and avoid those that have a rather troubled track record.