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What is Yahoo Daily Fantasy?
Daily Fantasy Sports (DFS) is a simple concept. You score points for player’s actions like you would in the season-long format, but you pick a team just for a single day or week.
The one thing that most season-long formats don’t have is the opportunity to win money for being good at fantasy football. Yahoo DFS lets you win £1,000 cash every week as soon as you hear the final whistle.
How do I play?
You have a budget to manage like in season-long, with Yahoo offering a generous £200 to split between your first XI. You select a goalkeeper, 3 defenders, 4 midfielders and 2 forwards. You may have noticed that only makes 10 players in the rare 3-4-2 formation.
The final spot is occupied by a utility player, who will change the formation you play, filling in as a 4th defender, fifth midfielder or a third striker. Yahoo is super realistic, meaning you can’t play two goalkeepers on our format either.
There are no substitutions in daily but there is a late-swap feature. So if your player is on the bench when the line-ups are announced, you can swap him for a player on the pitch all the way until kick-off. No more ruining your Gameweek when Gabriel Jesus is benched suddenly by Pep Guardiola!
What can I play?
Before selecting a team, you have to pick a contest.
There are four main categories of contests.
Guaranteed prize pools: Players pay a set fee to enter to compete for a share of a fixed prize pool. These contests run regardless of whether they fill up or not.
Head-to-Head: A contest that pits two players against one another; the winner receives the entire prize pool.
50/50: The top half of the field nearly doubles their investment; the other half of the field receives nothing.
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What do my players score points for?
Yahoo awards point for a range of player actions- all powered by Opta. Interestingly, goalkeepers earn points for wins (4) and draws (2), as well as the usual save (1.5) and clean sheet (6) points, making premium keepers an option on Yahoo.
Defenders earn half what keepers earn (3) for clean sheets, but they make up for this with points for outfield actions such as tackles (0.5) blocks (1) and shots (0.5).
Midfielders and forwards can earn points for everything defenders can except clean sheets.
Key to success on the Yahoo format is picking players who shoot.
A shot is awarded with 0.5 points. If it also hits the target it gains another 2 points, with a further 0.5 points if it results in a corner. You can appreciate how this can layer up to reward those who pepper the goal.