FanDuel is known as the most popular daily fantasy sports gaming site in the industry. Started in January 2009, initially as a web-based prediction market game, they switched gears in July 2009 to become a daily fantasy sports gaming site. FanDuel has the largest live events, prize pool tournaments, and player base.
The criticism of FanDuel has been that their interface is not friendly for higher volume players, the salaries are too loose, and the roster setups are too stringent. With that being said, there is no denying that FanDuel is a marketing machine when it comes to acquiring new players into daily fantasy sports and should be commended for such achievements.
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FanDuel offers games for the NFL, MLB, NBA and NHL.
NFL QB, RB, RB, WR, WR, WR, TE, K, D ($60,000)
MLB P, C, 1B, 2B, 3B, SS, OF, OF, OF ($35,000)
NBA PG, PG, SG, SG, SF, SF, PF, PF, C ($60,000)
NHL LW, LW, RW, RW, C, C, D, D, G ($55,000)
21 entries; $5-$535
3 man, 5 man, 10 man, 20 man, 50 man, 100 man
TOURNAMENTS (GPP - GUARANTEED PRIZE POOL)
Ranging from $1-$1065
50/50 - DOUBLE UPS
6 man, 10 man, 20 man, 50 man, plus tournaments
3X - TRIPLE UPS
Top 1/3 of the field wins triple their money
5X – QUINTUPLE UPS
Top 1/5 of the field wins five times their money
The FanDuel lobby is very clean and simple. The contests are laid out with the description, salary cap, contest size, prize pool, and start time. Filters are available on the top of the lobby and left-hand side of the page to easily find a contest that best fits your desires.
When you enter a contest and prepare to make a roster, this screen is also very clean and simple. This is one of FanDuel's biggest strengths, especially for new users. The roster management tools are also very strong when it comes to Import/Export lineup features. The import lineup button is below the last player when you make a roster. It will show all of your lineups for the current day and list all of the players in those lineups. Quick player swap is another great feature that FanDuel has fine-tuned, especially on mobile.
Win or Play Again –FanDuel will credit your entry fee (up to $120) if you don’t win your first contest. The Entry Fee Refund Offer is available to new users who create an account and deposit funds. Eligible players who do not win a prize in their first contest will be refunded one entry fee for that contest, up to the maximum amount specified in the offer. The maximum refund for a deposit of $200 or more is $120. Refunds are credited back into player's FanDuel account within 72 hours of contest completion, and are to be used for additional play. Withdrawals will be available under the same terms as all funds in player's account. Deposited funds must be entered into contests.
FanDuel Points (FDP) – FanDuel Points (FDPs) are FanDuel's reward program. You earn FDPs every time you enter a money game, whether you win or lose. Your current FDP balance is shown in the top right of your FanDuel screen, and the number you earned last month is shown on your My Account section. The amount of points you receive for entering a contest is displayed in the contest "help" popup on the lobby and the draft screen. You can spend FDPs on entering contests, and if you earn enough FDPs you will be eligible for monthly freerolls. The more you earn, the more you are rewarded. They issue 10 FDP for every $1 spent on entry fees and for each 2400 FDP you get the equivalent of $1 in entry fees
Weekly Depositors Freeroll – The Weekly Depositors' Freeroll is open to users who make a deposit between Friday and Thursday (midnight ET) for entry the following Sunday. The freeroll is typically a $250 prize pool consisting of 10 entries into a large prize pool tournament.
Users who qualify for the freeroll will receive an email invite with a link to enter on Friday afternoons,for the Sunday Freeroll. Also, the WDF link will appear in your contest lobby. Make sure your filter settings are marked appropriately (Current sport checked, Size = 21+, Fee slider = FREE, Salary Cap = Check ALL). If you do not qualify for the specific week's freeroll, you will be denied access to enter.
Monthly FDP Freerolls – Based on how many FDP you earn in the month, you can also qualify for entry to monthly FDP Freerolls. The required number of FDP and payouts vary each month. You don't need to spend FDP to enter these freerolls. Note that FDP will count towards the month in which they are awarded. Since FDP are now awarded when games settle, FDP for contests entered on the last day of the month will often count towards your total for the following month.
You may enter as many of these four contests as you've exceeded the minimum FDP threshold for. So if you have earned 16,000 monthly FDP, you may enter Gold, Silver, and Bronze. The FDP freerolls are shown in the lobby a few days before the end of the month. These are only visible if you have qualified to enter. If you have qualified and do not see the FDP freerolls even once they've been posted, it probably is because of your Home screen filter settings. Make sure that you are not filtering out free contests and that you have selected a 'Start Time' of either 'All' or 'Next available'.
Bronze: $1,500 NFL Freeroll
Requires minimum of 1,000 monthly FDP ($100 in monthly entry fees)
Silver: $2,500 NFL Freeroll
Requires minimum of 5,000 monthly FDP ($500 in monthly entry fees)
Gold: $4,000 NFL Freeroll
Requires minimum of 15,000 monthly FDP ($1500 in monthly entry fees)
Platinum: $7,000 NFL Freeroll
Requires minimum of 50,000 monthly FDP ($5000 in monthly entry fees)
WFFC - World Fantasy Football Championship – In 2016: $5,000,000 Prize Pool; 100 entries; 1st place $1,000,000; Live Event Final in Rancho Palos Verdes, California.
WFBC – World Fantasy Baseball Championship – In 2016: $1,500,000 Prize Pool; 75 entries; 1st place $250,000; Live Event in Nashville
WFBBC – World Fantasy Basketball Championship – In 2016: $1,500,000 Prize Pool; 75 entries; 1st place $200,000; Live event held in Los Angeles
Depositing and withdrawing money on FanDuel is very easy. There is an “Add Funds” button in the upper right hand corner. In order to make a withdraw, you need to click on “My Account” and “Withdraw” is the third option down on the list.
You can make a deposit via Visa, MasterCard, Discover, or Paypal. You can withdraw money at anytime without incurring any fees. The minimum deposit is $10 and the minimum withdrawal is just $1. All withdrawal requests will be processed within 48 hours or the next business day if the request is received over the weekend.
As a side note, FanDuel offers a 100% money back guarantee if you are not happy with your first experience on the site. However, your account will be deactivated if you choose this option in order to prevent fraud.
|Rushing yards made = 0.1pts||Sacks = 1pt|
|Rushing touchdowns = 6pts||Opponent-fumbles recovered = 2pts|
|Passing yards = 0.04pts||Interception return touchdowns = 6pts|
|Passing touchdowns = 4pts||Fumble return touchdowns = 6pts|
|Interceptions = -1pt||Kickoff return touchdowns = 6pts|
|Receiving yards = 0.1pts||Punt return touchdowns = 6 pts (excludes blocked punts)|
|Receiving touchdowns = 6pts||Safeties = 2pts|
|Receptions = 0.5pts||Blocked kicks = 2pts|
|Kickoff return touchdowns = 6pts||Interceptions = 2pts|
|Punt return touchdowns = 6pts||0 points allowed = 10pts|
|Fumbles lost = -2pts||1-6 points allowed = 7pts|
|Own fumbles recovered touchdowns = 6pts||7-13 points allowed = 4pts|
|Two-point conversions scored = 2pts||14-20 points allowed = 1pt|
|Two-point conversion passes = 2pts||28-34 points allowed = -1pt|
|Field-goals from 0-19 yards = 3pts||35+ points allowed = -4pts|
|Field-goals from 20-29 yards = 3pts|
|Field-goals from 30-39 yards = 3pts|
|Field-goals from 40-49 yards = 4pts|
|Field-goals from 50+ yards = 5pts|
|Extra-point conversions = 1pt|
|Note: For purposes of FanDuel defensive scoring, points allowed are calculated as:
6 * (Rushing TD + Receiving TD + Own fumbles recovered for TD ) + 2 * (Two point conversions) + Extra points + 3 * (Field Goals)
|1B = 3pt||W = 12pts|
|2B = 6pts||ER = -3pt|
|3B = 9pts||SO = 3pt|
|HR = 12pts||IP = 3pt*|
|RBI = 3.5pt|
|R = 3.2pt|
|BB = 3pt|
|SB = 6pts|
|HBP = 3pt|
|3-pt FG = 3pts|
|2-pt FG = 2pts|
|FT = 1pt|
|Rebound = 1.2pts|
|Assist = 1.5pts|
|Block = 2pts|
|Steal = 2pts|
|Turnover = -1pt|
|Goals = 3pts||Wins = 3pts|
|Assists = 2pts||Goals Against = -1pt|
|Plus/Minus = 1pt||Saves = 0.2pt|
|Penalty Minutes = 0.25pt||Shutouts = 2pts|
|Powerplay Points = +0.5pt|
|Shots on Goal = 0.4pt|