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At the moment, there are two main daily fantasy sports websites offering DFS Soccer: DraftKings and FanDuel (coming to the UK this autumn). Both have their own unique characteristics, and yet both offer a simple similarity: there is money to be made by canny drafters.
The premise behind DFS Soccer is easy: draft your squad of players while staying within the confines of the salary cap. The number of players you need to draft varies from game to game. Last season, DraftKings trialed an eleven-man roster for Premier League contests. For MLS matches, they focused on an eight-man squad. Either way, the mechanics of the game are the same.
Points are scored when your players perform certain acts on the pitch, ranging from scoring (10pts) and creating goals (6pts), to tackling (1pt), shooting (1pt), and crossing (0.75pts) successfully. Points are lost for conceding goals (goalkeeper -2pts) and ill-discipline (yellow card -1.5pts, red card -3pts and fouling -1pt).
Naturally, the higher your points total, the greater your chance of winning the contest.
This article assumes that you have signed up for a new player account at your chosen daily fantasy sports platform, whether that’s DraftKings, FanDuel, or some other site. For our example, we are going to be entering a Mexican Premier League contest on DraftKings.
So, first things first, we need to enter the contest lobby. Now, you have to click on the appropriate button in the top left-hand corner of the screen.
To access the Soccer section of the site, click the FOT tab. This will take you to the contest lobby for this particular sport. From here you can find the contest you wish to enter. You can also create a line-up card to save and then enter into a tournament at a later time.
If you decide to go down the first route, then you can click on the individual contests. You will find information about entry fee, prize money, the names and experience levels of the other entrants, the time and date the contest goes live, etc. It will look something like this:
This screenshot is from a pretty low-paying example as far as DraftKings is concerned. It makes sense to enter these lower budget tournaments while you are learning the DFS ropes. Once you are more familiar with the ins and outs, you can start to crank up the pressure a little.
To get started, just click the green ‘Draft Team’ button and you will be taken to the squad selection screen that looks like this:
From here, you can draft your team using all of the key information provided (although doing a little extra research never goes amiss).
You will see the date, time, and the predicted weather for each match in the gameweek, as well as the average points per game accrued by each player available and their salary. You’ll need to draft a goalkeeper, two defenders, two midfielders, two forwards, and a utility player (who can play in any outfield position).
Once you’re happy with your selection, click the Enter button and away you go. Sit back, relax and enjoy….good luck!
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