The game Football is yet to get its due respect in our communities, the acceptance given to it is far less than that for Cricket and this is one major reason why Fantasy Cricket has become so trendy while Fantasy Football is still far from establishing itself on similar grounds. The latter is only played by the fanatics of Football because of their enthusiasm for and understanding of the game.
It’s not a surprise that Fantasy Football is as rewarding as Fantasy Cricket, those who follow it regularly believe that it’s far more superior than the latter in terms of the daily winning, excitement, thrill and overall satisfaction. There are numerous such players and believers on HalaPlay, we’ll walk you through the journey of one of them, he has been an avid player, having won over ₹8 Lakh already, playing more of Fantasy Football and quite less of Fantasy Cricket.
He is Saurav Patel (Imsrvpatel) from Patna. Has completed his schooling from RPS School (Bihar Sharif). He is a graduate and currently preparing for SSC and UPSC exams. Read on to know his responses to the questions designed basis his journey on the platform. Surely, you’ll like it, Aaand! Here it goes.
How were you introduced to HalaPlay and when did you start playing on it?
I came to know about it through a friend of mine who used to play on HalaPlay regularly. I started playing on it in May 2017.
How has your journey in Fantasy Sports been till now?
Initially it was just a source of fun but after a few months time, I realised that it could be a regular source of income for me and can somehow help me and my family financially. And as expected, it turned out the way I wanted it to be. Of course it was not easy right since the beginning, I struggled for like 4 to 5 months but after that I noticed that I’m able to generate decent money playing on HalaPlay. Today, I do feel like a successful fantasy sports player.
Seeing that you have preference for Fantasy Football, what makes you coming back to it?
The prime section for me on HalaPlay is Fantasy Football. I’m a big football freak actually so I just love watching and playing football. And that is why I have good knowledge of the game and so it’s easier for me to succeed in it.
While drafting your best combination in Fantasy Football, what is the general criteria to pick the players?
There are quite a few factors that one needs to consider while drafting a team, like how good a player is, his current form, how can he play against that particular opponent and in that particular game, which players are going to play the whole game, the prospective substitutes in the game, etc. I have to analyse all these things for coming up with the best possible combination.
Do you also consider the match venue (home/away) for a particular team?
Yes, of course. Especially when the two teams are equally competitive. The home team always has an advantage of the ground and the support of the home crowd.
Does player position (Striker / Midfielder / Defender) affect your drafting strategy?
Yes, this a MUST thing to consider. It’s a usual tactic for me while drafting teams for fantasy football. Generally, I pick 5 Defenders, 4 Midfielders, 1 Forward and a Goal keeper, but if any match requires a different strategy then I’m fine with changing the configuration.
How do you decide the captain of your team? What factors you take into consideration?
See as per the the points system of HalaPlay, I feel a Central Defender is the best captain in general. If the conditions ask for something different (or if it’s going to be a close match) then it’s better to have a good midfielder (like Eden Hazard) as the Captain or maybe someone like Lionel Messi (if nothing better strikes).
Playing Fantasy Sports on a daily basis takes considerable time and dedication, how do you balance your work life with it?
This is something really important for all the Fantasy Sports players. At times, it might get a bit time killing work but honestly it’s not the same every time. I play it for fun and in the process try to earn the most I can.
As mentioned earlier, I’m a football fanatic so I watch most of the matches due to which the required facts, form and stats of the players are pretty much clear in my mind. So, it doesn’t take too much time for me to create the teams and that’s the reason why I’m able to balance it with my studies and other professions in the day-to-day life.
According to you, when was your best moment (day) on HalaPlay and why?
It is tough to mention one, but still if I have to pick one then it would be last year’s El Classico match when I won the maximum amount.
If you are asked to give one piece of advice to a player new to Fantasy Sports, what would it be and why?
Create your teams in the format: 5 Defenders, 4 Midfielders, 1 Forward and a Goal keeper in defensive matches. In attacking matches, go with most of the midfielders.
Do you want Fantasy Sports to be a long-term thing for you?
Yes, definitely I’ll keep playing it in the long-term as it has been really helpful. It has big time solved my financial problems in an effortless way.
This will surely change your perception towards Fantasy Football and probably the strategy too that you generally implement. Share the article and helpful insights with your fellow fantasy players too. If they haven’t played the game on HalaPlay, make them signup using your referral code so they can earn ₹100 bonus instantly while you get ₹50 just after they make first deposit of ₹50 or more.
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