Basic scoring

Basic scoring is the method by which your daily fantasy football team is allocated points.

Every fantasy football site has its own unique basic scoring system, but for the vast majority of sites the scoring works in much the same way.

Players will score points for goals, assists and clean sheets, but footballers can also lose points for collecting yellow or red cards, or by scoring an own goal.

A lot of the fantasy football sites use the sports statistics experts OPTA for their scoring, so there can be no doubts about whether or not fantasy points are being allocated fairly.

While most scoring systems in fantasy football are basic, some providers take this area to the next level and have a more complex mechanism for giving and taking away points.

For instance, on some fantasy football sites your players will earn extra points if their team wins, so it is always worth checking the scoring system of your chosen daily fantasy football game before you start picking your teams.

A good example of a more challenging daily fantasy football site is Oulala, which has dozens of scoring actions to make it one of the most comprehensive fantasy options on the market.

In total there are 70 ways players can score and lose points on Oulala. Accurate through balls and big chances created add to your totals, while successful crosses, dribbles and winning corners will also push you towards the big cash prizes. However, players will lose points for your team if they have a shot blocked, concede a foul, or miss a chance while out on the pitch.

Fantasy players can watch their team scoring and losing points in real time, making daily fantasy football a true second screen experience to enjoy while sitting in front of the big game.