Daily Fantasy Soccer is taking the world by storm right now with players from around the world making tens of thousands of pounds per season. Can you do the same and make money from daily fantasy soccer? We set about trying to find out.
Having reviewed the available options and discussed performance with a range of industry experts, we found three key providers of daily fantasy soccer you should consider: MondoGoal, Playon.co and DraftKings. Unfortunately for UK visitors Draft Kings isn’t currently available here but I’m assured that they have the UK in their plans. Having spoken to my American counterparts at NBC Sports, they apparently have a great offering which we'll review as soon as the UK has access.
Of the remaining two, we’ve spent quite some time playing both for the last few seasons and whilst they’re both really very good we believe that MondoGoal wins the Daily Fantasy Soccer Crown. This is primarily due to the larger prize pools – if you have to put the same amount of effort in then you should at least get paid. The second reason is that playon.co only covers the Premier League and the Champions League whereas MondoGoal covers a substantial range from Serie A to Brazilian leagues. Playon.co does have some other benefits such as the option to play fantasy cricket should you wish but we'll stick with football as it's our main focus.
So what is Daily Fantasy Soccer at MondoGoal like?
In short - simple.
You select the contest you'd like to enter - we're especially fond of the £10,000 BPL Shootout Late Start. This contest gives you a substantial first prize of £2000 along with a good chance of winning a prize - over 500 places are paid. You then select your perfect 11 players in a range of formations; 3-4-3, 3-5-2, 4-4-2, 4-3-3 & 4-5-1; our preference is attack heavy so either 3-4-3 or 3-5-2.
The only other restriction in place is that you can only have four players from a specific team which can be a problem if there is a complete mismatch in a give week so one team's stock is very high or if you want to complete your defence from just one team.
How do you win at Daily Fantasy Soccer?
We have been working on a strategy for MondoGoal Daily Fantasy Soccer and so far it has been quite successful. No, we haven't managed to pick up one of the top prizes but after four weeks of tests we have managed to turn our original £20 test amount into £100. That may not sound like much but we think that it should be very simple to turn £20 into over £1000 over the course of a season. So how do we do it?
Well, in short, we're not going to give that away just yet primarily because we'd like to do more testing before we make it public. It's also a complicated process involving spreadsheets so it will probably require a page in it's own right. We do have a couple of areas that we'd like to share though.
Multiple Entries in Daily Fantasy Soccer
Mondogoal allows you to enter up to 100 entries in each BPL Shootout competition. With entry prizes rising to £5 that's the potential for a £500 bet each week which is far too rich for our blood. The ability of entering multiple lines however does give you the chance to improve your chances of success. Within the game, it is clear that you need to find defenders and goalkeepers with cleansheets and midflielders and forwards who score goals. If you entered 5 teams therefore, each with the defence/goalkeeper made up from a different team, then you'd increase your chance of gaining the additional 18 points from cleansheets. We have found that 10 teams works well for us and balances cost with the chance of higher payouts.
Look to the lower teams
Every week there will be a load of teams made up from the usual suspects. This of course isn't a bad idea as these players are generally included for a reason. Their cost however, usually precludes the inclusion of all of the players you'd like. We have found a significant amount of success by looking for teams that no one else will choose, especially in defence as it's freed up both cash to spend elsewhere and allows four players from a single team to be used in the attacking roles.
It's all a question of timing in daily fantasy soccer
"Having reviewed all of the daily Premier League Fantasy Games, MOndogoal stands out If you're looking for a platform that's easy to understand whilst more importantly giving you a good chance of winning some money!"