The European Championships are here. 24 of the continent's best teams are about to fight it out for one of football's most prestigious prizes, but if that's not enough to get you going, DraftKings 1-Day Fantasy Football is here to make things even more enjoyable.
Holding partnerships with the likes of Arsenal and Liverpool, it's not entirely surprising that DraftKings are quickly establishing themselves as one of the leading and most versatile fantasy football platforms on the market.
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Unlike a lot of fantasy football products, DraftKings is all about the day of the game, so you don't have to wait until the end of the season for a winner.
And while the name of the game is notching up as many fantasy points as possible, it's also about winning real money.
Step one is to pick a league. First-timers can pit themselves against other novices in Beginner contests, or go straight in with the pros. Contests that are guaranteed will pay out even if they're not full. Others aren't guaranteed and will be cancelled if there aren't enough players, but the entry fee will be refunded.
Put simply, pick an eight-man line-up , and the better they do in the real-life fixtures, the more points you'll earn.
The player with the most points wins the top prize, second place wins the second biggest prize, and so on.
The biggest change since the regular season ended is that eight players are now picked instead of eleven.
That in mind, you want eight players who can be trusted to make an impact.
Goals are worth +10 points and assists are +6, so that's where the big points are picked up.
Each team has one goalkeeper, two defenders, two midfielders, two strikers, and one utility player. Choose wisely.
The goalkeeper might not seem that important, but obviously, it's best to pick one who's likely to be on the winning side. That alone will earn +5 points, with another +5 if he keeps a clean sheet. Penalty saves are +3, so your 'keeper can potentially rack up a lot of points.
Defenders are always going to pick up the minor stats - tackles won are +1, while interceptions are +0.5. The key is to opt for full-backs or at least defenders who like to get forward because they might pop up with a goal or an assist. Crosses aren't as rewarding as they used to be, but they're still worth a neat +0.75.
The same principle applies for midfielders, but it should be a bit easier. Anyone who takes free-kicks and corners will be worth selecting.
It goes without saying that up front, you want a proven goal scorer, preferably one who's playing against a team with a poor defence.
By pairing a midfielder and a striker from the same team, you can reasonably expect to pick up loads of points all at once. For instance, Antoine Griezmann and Olivier Giroud can link up nicely for France, bagging a goal and an assist at the same time.
Sounds easy. To throw a spanner in the works, though, there's a salary cap of $50,000. So, if $10,000+ is being spent on one big name, it doesn't leave much for the rest of the team.
This is where the expertise comes in. A well-built DraftKings fantasy football line-up takes ownership into account, which means it includes hidden gems who others might not have picked. If everyone in the league picks Cristiano Ronaldo, everyone gets the same points if he does well, so it doesn't give much of an edge.
Now is the time to time begin your DraftKings fantasy football journey. What are you waiting for?