Get in the Game with PlayON – Home of Official Daily Fantasy CPL
PlayON is the home of Official Daily Fantasy CPL, and with $25,000 in guaranteed cash prizes, it’s the biggest party in fantasy sport!
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If you’ve read Part 1 and Part 2 of our introduction to Daily Fantasy CPL then you’re already familiar with the basics of the game. In this blog post we turn our attention to game strategy and how to adapt your approach to team selection depending on the types of games you are entering.
It’s important to keep up to date with team news. Who’s injured? Who’s on form? Will the pitch conditions affect team selection? Remember, there are no substitutes in PlayON, so part of the skill is predicting who will play each week. PlayON will be posting all the latest news, stats and insights, so be sure to check back here with us to keep up to date.
Stand Out from the Crowd
Proven quality is very important in any fantasy sports game. However, it’s worth taking a calculated risk and straying from the pack with your selections sometimes – it could be the difference between winning that big pot and finishing mid-table. You can see the percentage of teams that contain any given player next to the list of names in the Pick Teams area of the site. You can use your knowledge of the game to find players who you believe to be a good bargain – these finds could give your team the edge.
Pick the Player, not the Team
PlayON scoring systems are quite comprehensive. We like to reward good play regardless of what a player’s role is. For example, in our Daily Fantasy CPL game we score on dot balls, wides, no balls, economy rate, individual runs, and strike rate. All of these scoring events add up. So if a player performs really well then our scoring system will pick it up, even if his team are not victorious in the end.
Analyse the Match-Ups
It’s important to analyse the match-ups at both the fixture and individual level. For example, in last year’s CPL, Lendl Simmons, a batsman for the Guyana Amazon Warriors, scored the most runs of any player (446); on the other hand, the St. Lucia Zouks had the worst net run rate (-0.79) of any of the five returning teams this year. So, if the Warriors were playing the Zouks, you could reasonably expect Simmons to score a lot of runs.
PlayON is no different from the real world when it comes to the risk versus reward tradeoff, so it’s important to bear in mind that each game type calls for a different level of risk. For example, if you enter a double-up league then all you need to do is finish in the top half in order to win some cash. It stands to reason that you should pick players who will consistently perform better than average, even if they won’t shoot the lights out – for example, slow-scoring conservative batsmen who won’t be caught out in the first over. On the other hand, if the game is a winner-takes-all with a lot of entrants, you might want to take a few risks on some differentials and players that can really score high – think big-hitters like Chris Gayle that will look for a boundary every time.
We hope you’ve enjoyed this introduction to some of the strategic aspects of the game. Feel free to explore the blog further, where you’ll find plenty more useful hints, tips and insights.