While most punters who make it into Paddy’s Hall of Fame doing it with a 14-team football acca or shrewd combination of five or six nicely-priced horses, there’s no reason you should turn down the opportunity to try new things – as our latest enrollee amply demonstrates.
Paddy Power Fantasy lets you play for huge prizes on loads of sports – including the Premier League, Champions League, Horse Racing, NFL, NBA and loads of other events – and, best of all, if your team is sh*te it’s gone next week and you can pick another.
Now, some of us might struggle to tell the difference between an NFL game and elaborately decorated sumo wrestling, but many of our punters can tell Yokozuna’s arse from Aaron Donald’s elbow, and it paid off big-time for one of them this week.
That’s because our Dubln-based NFL Fantasy winner collected the second-most points in one of the biggest contests for the NFL Wildcard Weekend playoff round of games in the world!
Seriouly, fair play to you.
Saturday’s €1.5m NFL contest pitted players around the world against each other for a top-prize of €300,000 – and the not inconsiderable sum of €100,000 for the runner-up.
And while our plucky punter fell just short of top prize, they still picked a daily fantasy line-up strong enough to take out the rest of the competition – and all for a stake of just €4.44 and in just their tenth ever entry in a contest!
They started out Saturday with three Buffalo Bills in their line-up, including the crucial connection of QB Josh Allen and his top receiver Stefon Diggs that combined for 54.16 fantasy points alone, while Gabriel Davis chipped in with 10.5 points on two receptions.
Then the Rams defence, Cam Akers and DK Metcalf stepped up in the Seattle-LA Rams clash to contribute 64.7 points thanks to four touchdowns, 5 sacks, 131 rushing yards and 96 receiving yards respectively as the Rams charged past the Seahawks.
That brought our big winner’s total to 118.86 ahead of the final game on Saturday between Washington and Tampa Bay, where tight end Logan Thomas chipped in with just 9.9 points, though the Buccaneers’ Chris Godwin gave 16.4 and stand-in running back Leonard Fournette posted 21.2 to give a final total of 176.86 and snare the second spot among the hundreds of thousands of entries.
Feel free to celebrate in an appropriate fashion, though we’d suggest avoiding the endzone peeing dog routine.
And don’t forget, Paddy Power Fantasy isn’t just about overhyped tights-and-pads yankball – you can pick fantasy line-ups for real sports too, like football where they actually use their feet!d
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