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Tips and Tricks to Win Fantasy Sports Matches

Fantasy sports are very highly entertaining. Millions of sports lovers play fantasy sports games every day to have entertainment and win real money in prizes while having fun. The objective of a fantasy sports match is to select your own virtual team of real players (by selecting the best players from two teams that are going to play a match in the real world) and your team competes with other participants’ teams and wins if it scores the most points.

If your team is the top scorer/one of the top scorers (depending on the match), you win and get a big cash prize instantly if it’s a cash game. Fantasy sports games test your knowledge of the sports, decision-making ability, and analytical skills.

Do you want to become a skilled player? If so, you are at the right place. Take a look at our exclusive tips and tricks to ace fantasy sports matches.

You can also check out our “How to Play Fantasy Cricket and Fantasy Football” and “Howzat Scoring System” pages for a better understanding of fantasy cricket and fantasy football.



Fantasy sports are very highly entertaining. Millions of sports lovers play fantasy sports games every day to have entertainment and win real money in prizes while having fun. The objective of a fantasy sports match is to select your own virtual team of real players (by selecting the best players from two teams that are going to play a match in the real world) and your team competes with other participants’ teams and wins if it scores the most points. If your team is the top scorer/one of the top scorers (depending on the match), you win and get a big cash prize instantly if it’s a cash game. Fantasy sports games test your knowledge of the sports, decision-making ability, and analytical skills.

Do you want to become a skilled player? If so, you are at the right place. Take a look at our exclusive tips and tricks to ace fantasy sports matches.

You can also check out our “How to Play Fantasy Cricket and Fantasy Football” and “Howzat Scoring System” pages for a better understanding of fantasy cricket and fantasy football.




Study Players’ Form

Many fantasy sports players go by players’ stature while selecting their virtual teams and selectly only big, popular players in their teams, which is a mistake. Always study players’ form before selecting your team and check if the big players have had good form in previous games. There is no point in picking a highly reputed player who has not performed well in their previous 5-10 matches.

On the other hand, some not so big players might be in the form of their life -- choosing such in-form players is much better than choosing just your all-time favorite players or big players.

Analyze Weather and Pitch Conditions

Always understand the weather and pitch conditions by studying the weather forecast and pitch report before selecting your team. You can do a bit of research online to learn about the weather and how the particular pitch usually behaves and how it has been in the previous matches. That will help you to select the right players in your team.

For example, if a cricket match is going to take place on a pace-friendly pitch, you should select more fast bowlers than spinners.

Invest Smartly in Players

In fantasy cricket, you get 100 credit points to select your team of 11 players. Each player is worth a certain number of points. There are many high-priced players who have had a good record in the remote past but are not in form at the time of the match. So instead of picking such costly out-of-form players, you can select a few young players who are in good form and create a balance in your team. This strategy can help you win more.

Select Top-Order Batsmen

Selecting top-order batsmen in your team will increase your chances of winning, especially in T20s and ODIs. Prioritize selecting openers and upper-middle order batsmen over lower middle-order batsmen who bat at number 5 to 7 because lower-middle order batsmen might not get a chance to bat. The shorter the game format, the more important this becomes -- lower-order batsmen don’t often get a chance to bat in T10 and T20 matches.

So it is important to select at least 3 top-order batsmen in your team. This will increase your team’s chances of scoring a good number of runs and and consequently points in a cricket match.

Maintain a Balance Between Batsmen and Bowlers

It is important to create a balanced team. Many fantasy sports players do not select enough bowlers and instead pick a high number of batsmen. They end up losing if it’s a bowling-friendly pitch and the match is low-scoring. Remember that bowlers play an equally important role in winning a game. Select a balanced team that includes enough bowlers, especially for a match going to be played on a bowling-friendly pitch. Study the pitch report to decide whether you should prefer fast bowlers or spinners.

Choose the Captain and the Vice Captain Wisely

Choosing the right captain and the vice captain for your team often decides your fate in the match. The captain earns 2 times and the vice captain 1.5 times the points as other players for the same performance. You must capitalize on that and select the best players as your captain and vice captain. One way to do that is to select all-rounders as your captain and vice captain as all-rounders contribute with both the bat and the ball.


Study Players’ Form

You need to stay informed about the players’ performance and form in the recent games. It is highly likely that you will go for players with a good career record, but they might not be in form at the time. Some big players who once created history are no longer in good form. So to play safe, you should pick players who play well regularly and have performed well in the last 5-10 games. That will maximize your chances of winning the game.

Invest Smartly in Players

Generally strikers are high-priced players in fantasy football games. But there is no guarantee that every striker will perform well. So it is important to invest wisely in players. There are some players who perform well regularly but are available at lower credits. You can go for such players and make the most of your investment.

Choose the Captain and the Vice Captain Wisely

In fantasy football, the captain and the vice captain may be the deciding factor in a game. The captain earns 2X points and the vice-captain earns 1.5X points as other players for the same performance. So it is important to consider your options carefully and select the best players as the captain and the vice captain of your team.

Pro Tip: Select top players who score goals regularly or defenders who can score points in attacks.

Select Set-piece Specialists

In football, set-pieces are corners, penalties, and free-kicks. These situations often give you a chance to score a goal and points. You can pick players who are experts in set-piece moves.

Pick the Best Goalkeeper

You can pick only one goalkeeper in your fantasy football team. So it is crucial to pick the best one in the lot. You can start by doing your research about the top goalkeepers in the teams. take a look at their track record and form to make an informed decision.

Maintain a Balance in the Team

Select a balanced team after considering players’ positions and the credit points they are worth. There have been many instances when teams with low-rank players have performed exceptionally well. And do not select an unreasonably high number of players for the same position. It is always helpful to maintain a balance in your team.



Utilize Your Credits Fully

On Howzat, you get only 100 credits to select your team. It is prudent to utilize these points fully and select the best team. Many people pick the most costly players first and then do not have enough credits to complete the team, while others use only 80 or 90 credits and some credits go to waste. You need to make a calculative decision while selecting a team and utilize your credits well.

Select a Balanced Team

You should select the right number of raiders, all-rounders, and defenders on your team. Suppose you want to pick an all-rounder for your team. Make sure to check the player’s performance and form in the recent games. This information will help you pick the best players in your team that can win the match.

Choose the Best Players as the Captain and the Vice Captain

The best game strategy to maximize your chances of winning is to select the best players as your team’s captain and vice captain. The captain earns 2 times and the vice captain 1.5 times the points as other players for the same performance. So the captain and vice captain can be the deciding factor in the game.

Stay Updated with News About the Players

Suppose you have selected a raider on your team but the player gets injured at the last moment and is unable to play the match. If you don’t replace the injured player with a substitute, you won’t get any points for the player in the match. So you should keep an eye on news about the players’ health and fitness and their availability for the match. This information will help you make necessary last-moment changes to your team.

Check for the Players’ History of Getting Penalty Cards

There are many players who get green cards, red cards, and yellow cards frequently. According to Howzat’s fantasy kabaddi scoring system, each of these cards gets the player negative points, which reduces the overall points of the player and ultimately the team suffers. To avoid such point deductions, select players who have a good career record and rarely get penalty cards. The points lost for each green, yellow and red card are 2, 4 and 6, respectively.


Additional Tips

Here are some more tips to maximize your chances of winning fantasy sports games.

Make Sure All Your Players Are Playing the Match

It is very important to keep an eye on the players you have selected on your team and ensure that all of them are playing the match. If you have selected a player in your team but he/she is not playing due to last-minute injury, you will lose out on the points of one player if you do not replace the player with another one before the match starts. Even if the injured player plays, he/she might not be able to play the entire match or perform well. So keep a track of your player’s fitness and availability for the match and make any necessary last-moment changes just before the start of the match.

Look out for the Toss in Fantasy Cricket

If you are playing fantasy cricket, make sure to look out for the toss and make any changes to your team based on which team is batting or bowling first if you want to 9if the fantasy sports platform allows that). For example, a pitch might be helpful to fast bowlers only in the first innings. If the fast bowlers on your team are not going to bowl in the first innings, you might want to replace one or two fast bowlers with batsmen, spinners or all-rounders.

Read Match Predictions

Match predictions made by sports experts can give you a good insight into upcoming matches. Many experts make predictions about matches from a few days to hours before matches start. You can go through them to make informed decisions while selecting/changing your team.

Create Multiple Teams and Join Multiple Contests

This is a useful trick to win fantasy sports games. Select a match, create multiple teams, and enter multiple contests. Though joining multiple cash contests means paying more entry fees, it maximizes your chances of winning.

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