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20 August 2020

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St Hugh’s alumnus triumphs in Fantasy Football

Former MCR President Josh Bull (Maths, 2014) has beaten 8 million entrants to be crowned winner of the Fantasy Premier League.

Josh said: “I wasn’t expecting to come anywhere near the top of the leaderboard – in fact, my aims for the season were to finish top of my family league and to try and get somewhere in the top 100k players. So obviously I’m ecstatic to have won, if very surprised!

“People keep asking me if I had a mathematical strategy for choosing my team. Unfortunately I didn’t, although I was trying to pick players with consistently high scores and low variance. I have a sneaky suspicion that being patient with your team might be the mathematically optimal strategy though, so I’m currently doing a little bit of research to check out whether my hunch is right!”

He will give a public lecture on 8th September at 5pm at the Mathematical Institute on the maths of Fantasy Football, ahead of the next season.

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