How FPL_Viking broke
into the FPL top 10

using Drafthound
By Shane from the Drafthound Team 24th February 2021
6 min read
At the time of the interview with FPL_Viking, his team was ranked in the top 10 overall in the FPL. You can follow FPL_Viking here.

Clearly more than just beginner’s luck

Incredibly, just like Anders Ettrup, this is Ulrik’s first season to venture into the official FPL game. He has used Drafthound as his guiding light for many tough decisions and has had a very positive experience with his use of the site overall. “I feel like as a first-year player, I wouldn’t have gotten into the top ten without the help of Drafthound,” said Ulrik.

Drafthound is quickly gaining a reputation as the go-to place for FPL players of all types. It doesn’t matter if you are a total newbie to the game or an FPL manager with many years of experience, Drafthound can take you to the next level very quickly indeed.

The many ways to let Drafthound help you

Ulrik has benefited greatly from the various tools and databases we provide at Drafthound. In the main, he utilises the site as a planning device, something to keep his eye on the ‘long game’ as the season progresses. He has made himself comfortable with our stats-first approach by reading all the guides on the site. Those ‘how-to’ articles ensure that everyone can access our content and use it to the best of their abilities.

Speaking about his process when using Drafthound to pick his FPL team, Ulrik said: “Each and every week I am looking at the statistics - particularly to see who has the highest probability of scoring. Also, I look at the differential teams and I try to find any bargains. Yeah, basically I really just try to use all the features available on Drafthound to influence my team.”

Before every gameweek, we have three different team selections to aid you with your team selections for that round. There is the ‘Value picks’ which is a team made up of the best low-price options. The ‘Differential picks’ selection is very interesting indeed as it is based on our tips on the best players with low ownership. Finally, we have the ‘Top picks’ which is a team selection made of the best players, in our view, for the upcoming gameweek, regardless of price.

Here at Drafthound, we know that there is no-one more invested in ‘getting things right’ than the bookmaker. Therefore, it is always a good idea to follow the bookies’ odds when it comes to FPL matters. We give you the tools to do that live from Drafthound. We give you the odds for a team to win a game, the odds for a clean sheet and the odds of any player scoring in a certain match. Odds are effectively the world’s best forecasting algorithms in terms of predicting future events in sports. We let the bookmakers do the hard work for you, then provide you with all the odds you need to make your own decisions and predictions.

Choosing with your head and not your heart

While every FPL player ultimately makes his/her own decisions, we all need some direction from time-to-time. It’s an absolute necessity if you want to compete in the FPL at the very highest level.

Here’s what Ulrik had to say about getting the mix just right - the mix of following your instinct and knowing when to use Drafthound: “Of course, it also has a lot to do with my gut feeling, but I feel like using Drafthound has given me that extra 20-30-40%. And it simply helps me make the right decisions - both in the past but also now that I am trying to maintain my rank at the top. Actually, at the moment I am focused on the differential picks to try to get the #1 spot - who wants to be #2 if you can be #1, I think Zlatan said… ”

What we can give you

Let us do the work for you behind the scenes and give you the best data-driven FPL content available to help you make those tough decisions just before each gameweek deadline. Drafthound can help keep your head above water in this game. If you find yourself needing a quick solution to an FPL problem, we are always here to help.

We pride ourselves on the user-friendliness of our site and if you are struggling with any tools we provide, you just need to have a quick read of our ‘how-to’ guides. All the data-analysis is done behind the scenes before then being presented to you in an easy-to-digest format. “I really couldn’t have gotten this far without Drafthound and I would recommend it to everyone playing - especially first-year players that need some great advice,” said Ulrik.

As mentioned earlier, there is a lot to be taken from bookmakers’ odds as they are probably the highest stakeholders in the sport. We incorporate information from odds compilers into our data at Drafthound. These guys are the mathematical brains behind the bookmakers. These guys are making daily predictions which are very relevant when it comes to selecting your next captain or giving you some further insight into what players to buy or sell.

Drafthound is the perfect place for a ‘quick-fix’ FPL solution while also providing you with everything you need for more in-depth data analysis throughout the season. On his potential use of Drafthound in the future, Ulrik stated: “I will be using Drafthound for the remaining part of the season - and definitely also next season.”

Not a bad testimonial from one of the top 10 overall FPL players so far this season, is it?

Yours truly,

The Drafthouhd Team

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