If played rightly, Fantasy Sports can be a fun and rewarding
The craze about IPL 2019 is sweeping the country, and one thing that is spicing up the experience to another level is Fantasy Cricket Game. These games help give fans a chance to showcase their cricket knowledge and skills. Dream11 is the most popular of these, having a market share of over 90%. However, playing Dream11 can be equally costly as it may be rewarding. Here comes the million-dollar question that every aspiring fantasy sports player has: How to Play Dream11 to Win?
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Here are the most helpful tricks to help you reduce your risks and boost the chances of winning big:
I. Beginner Level Tricks: For those who have just entered the world of Dream11
1. Know the points rules
Before you even start to field your starting XI, it is important to know how things go in Dream11. The basic rules are very simple – You are given 100 credits to choose 11 players from the two teams of the chosen fixture. You can field only 1 wicket-keeper and between 3-5 batsmen, 1-3 all-rounder, and 3-5 bowlers. Lastly. You can only have up to 7 players from one team.
Once you know how to field a starting XI, it is important to know how the points are assigned to players.
Here is a concise table enlisting the point assigning system of Dream11:
Lastly, captains and vice-captains are assigned twice and 1.5 times the points gained by the chosen players.
2. Ensure that you field a playing11
As may be seen in the table above, the players that are part of the starting XI are assigned 2 points each. If your player doesn’t feature, you get no points for him. It is thus important to edit your team once the squad is announced 15 minutes before the match.
3. Read as much prediction articles as you can
Initially, before you start to field your starting XI, it is important to read various prediction articles around the fixture. This helps in gaining the thought process that goes behind predicting a starting XI.
4. Choose your captain wisely
The choice of the captain and the vice-captain is more often the decisive factor for whether you win or lose in Dream11 contests. It is, thus, important to choose them wisely.
II. Pro Level Tricks: For those who want to earn big
1. Do your research
This is one of the most important of Dream11 tricks to follow if you are to boost your chances of winning. Prior to the match, it is vital to know various factors that very much impact the outcome of the game –
a. pitch conditions,
c. past records on the surface (average scores, number of wins playing first/second)
d. form of the teams,
e. form of players,
f. head-to-head records etc., among others.
This information will be vital in forming your team. If a pitch, like that at the Eden Gardens, has a high average of say 175 runs, choosing more batsmen would be a wise choice. On the other hand, if the pitch, like that at Chepauk, has an unpredictable surface, choosing more spinners is a smart move.
Who wins the toss also matters, as playing conditions are never the same all the time. Some surfaces are favourable for chasing as the dew factor makes bowling difficult in the second innings. Thus, in such more bowlers from the team bowling first.
The more knowledgeable you are about the factors mentioned above, the more accurate you would be while building your squad.
2. Field more than one teams
A more common trick that most of the Dream11 players use is to field multiple teams in contests with a varied combination. This boosts their chances of winning with at least one combination. You can follow the same strategy, especially when the Dream11 spots are available at discounted rates just before the matches.
3. Know the weaknesses of a player
Most of the fantasy sports players know about the strengths of players, but very few know about their weaknesses. Like MS Dhoni is bound to struggle against leg spinners. Thus, playing him against a team with a strong spin attack, such as SRH, may provide fewer dividends. Knowing such insightful information can help in smartly dodging players that others are bound to select based on the name or form. This, in turn, helps boost your chances of winning.
4. Take risks
Not taking risk IS the biggest risk, they say. This is especially true when playing Dream11. However, having said that, you have to take calculated risks.
One of the Dream11 tricks not many players use is to utilize all the top names, at the expense of a cheaper player. Suppose say the contest has a batting pitch where the score goes above 180. The natural instinct is to choose top-line batsmen. But due to the shortage of credits, you may not be able to gain all the top names. As a result, you end up bringing in a mediocre bowler and a less effective batsman. Doesn’t make you different than the rest.
A trick here is to choose the cheapest bowler (who will probably not feature) and use the credits you saved to get a top batsman. First of all, the bowlers are sure to have dismal economy rates (and thus negative points). Thus, you are dodging a bullet there. More importantly, you have more number of dangerous batsmen than most of the players, and, thus, a greater chance of scoring big.
5. Predict the right time when a player gets out of form
It is good to pick a player based on his form. But that may not work every time. After all, it is very rare that a batsman will hit big knocks in consecutive matches, or a bowler will scalp wickets in each game. A player’s form is basically like a sine wave, it goes up and down. The one who predicts when these rise and the falls will occur has the biggest chance of winning the Dream11 contests.
The bottom-line – don’t choose anyone based on their name and form.
An out-of-form player has a reason to prove himself and, thus, can play better than an in-form player. Thus, neglecting him would be a mistake. Predicting whether a player will play well or not is an art and probably the biggest secret to making it big in Dream11. It’s a skill that you will get with experience, over time.
These are some of the tricks to help you ace in Dream11. Please note that these tricks are advised to reduce your risks of losing in Dream11. At the end of the day, it still remains a game of luck to a certain level and we are not responsible for any loss incurred whatsoever.