Daily Fantasy Football Beginners’ Camp: Defense Block
Why forming blocks in defense is useful
In the top leagues, it’s relatively rare for teams to keep a clean sheet.
Since only about the first 15% of tournament participants reach the money ranks, it makes little sense to spread your defence across a lot of teams, as very few of them are likely to keep a clean sheet. Distributing your players in this way would mean you would likely end up in the middle of the table. It is therefore worthwhile to accept more risk in this area and to restrict yourself to at most 2 teams for your whole defence. Please, however, also remember that the exception proves the rule, as always.
Determining the clean sheet odds
Mostly you’ll want to choose the offensive players from the team which is the biggest favourite and therefore you’ll have a limited budget left for your defenders.
The solution lies in strong home team with a solid defence which might not be up against one of the top 5 teams in the league. Often these players offer very good value for money and thus a good risk/reward ratio.
2 + 2
In a 2 + 2 you choose two defenders from each of two teams. This defensive block formation is very popular in the normal tournament format, as well as in 50-50 tournaments. In this situation, players generally pick two defenders from a clear favourite, as well two as somewhat speculative defenders from a team which does not have the highest chances of keeping a clean sheet.
Often these players are cheaper and allow you to save money on your important strikers and your midfield. Depending on your budget, you can also select two speculative teams and this can still work very well in a 50-50 even if you miss out on the clean sheets.
In very large fields, the 2 + 2 suffers from too little risk or potential upside. But it is quite a reasonable way to split risk. If you have chosen 2 budget variants, both of whom collect a goal, then at least you have more budget to spend on the attacking players with which to buy better players (especially the captain). In major tournaments this split only makes sense if both of the teams from which you have chosen two defenders also have prolific players whom you do not want to miss out on.
3 + 1
Probably the most commonly-used split by regulars in big tournaments. Usually we try to set up as small a defence as possible, but to chose the best players from the available selection.
Special features on FanTeam
In FanTeam this split depends mostly by the goalkeeper. The market values for the goalkeepers from the different teams are all very similar. Teams at the bottom of the league are, for example, available at about 7 million, while the keeper with the highest probability of keeping a clean sheet rarely costs more than 10 million.
Regulars take advantage of this very small spread and buy a lot of EV points at a very low price compared to other goalkeepers. In the defensive line, you generally see a complete defensive block from a budget team which usually has a chance of between 25% and 35% of keeping a clean sheet.
Special features on FantasyBet
In FantasyBet this split is independent of the goalkeeper, it depends rather on the offensive players in the team, in which often 2 players are blocked and thus only 1 player is available for the defence. Generally on FantasyBet and FanTeam when a 3 + 1 is used the +1 is a player who offers more options for points than just the clean sheet, he may be, for example, good at assists or a serious goal threat. Central defenders who are good at set pieces or in the air are particularly suitable here.
In FantasyBet therefore the 3 + 1 split with 3 defenders from one team rarely makes sense since tuel 3 defenders can not all be very dangerous at goal together. So it makes sense to set up the goal keeper and two defenders from one team and another prolific defender from another team. FanTeam is an exception, because the prices for the goalkeepers are very close and therefore a 3 + 1 block represents a very good option.
3 + 2
A rather unusual split, in any case a variant which benefits most from a game day where it is likely that there will be few goals and which therefore has somewhat higher risk. This option can only be used if just one player will be selected for the offensive in an offensively-strong team.
This counter-cyclical tendency in general team selection on the part of the other tournament participants can give you an advantage. In plain English, if many people are relying on the offensive players in a team, put your trust in the defensive players. You do this in the hope that not too many goals will be scored by the offensive.
The last round of the 2015-16 Premier League was a good example of this, the third-placed team, Arsenal was playing at home against Aston Villa, who had already been relegated. Almost all teams nominated both Arsenal strikers Giroud and Sanchez, these are 2 excellent offensive players.
What sounds like a classic 3: 1 split could then be modified, Players could either omit Giroud or Sanchez and replace them with another defender or goalkeeper from their team. This countercyclical action pays off when Arsenal scores few goals or or when only one player scores, like Giroud on this match day (3 goals). All in all, the 3: 2 is a little secret weapon, which does increase variance, but also allows players to benefit by setting their team apart from the competition.
3 + 3
The is the variance bomb par excellence. No matter whether you take a favourite team and a budget defence or 2 budget defences, you are very dependent on the outcome of a few games. This formation only makes sense on game days where few goals are expected and if you wish to set up a counter-cyclical team. This formation is usually only worthwhile in big tournaments with many participants. At FanTeam, however, it can also be used if you want to save a lot of budget to be able to set up a 5-2-3. Just remember, though, that the substitute would then come from the midfield, where the costs tend to be significantly more than for defenders.
1 + 1 + 1 + 1
This is not a block. That’s true. It should only be used in exceptional cases and there are also other variations available such as 2 + 1 +. 1 These defensive line-ups are intended for DoN tournaments in which you want to mitigate variance. You can of course also set up a 2 + 2, but in DoNs you want to avoid taking any chances when building blocks, you just want to finish in the top 50% of the field. Therefore, the variance-reducing line-ups, such as a 1 + 1 + 1 + 1 are recommended.Where can you play? Bethard, FantasyBet, Fanteam