If you are at all serious about daily fantasy sports, FanDuel is one of two DFS sites that most consider “must-play” (along with number one DFS site, DraftKings). FanDuel offers thousands of daily and weekly contests including some of the largest guaranteed prize pools tournaments on the internet. During the NFL season, FanDuel guarantees millions of per week including the Sunday Million which guaranteees $1 million just to first. And during the “offseason” — outside of the NFL season — when fewer people are playing daily fantasy, FanDuel still offers huge contests for all major sports every single day.
The gap between DraftKings and FanDuel has narrowed in recent years with the ultimate decision coming down to personal preference. Many love DraftKings while many other swear by FanDuel.
Still, even if some aspects of FanDuel are inferior to other daily fantasy sports sites, you simply can’t ignore the fact that you will be playing for a lot more money at FanDuel, day in and day out, than every other DFS site not named DraftKings. FanDuel is also a great site interface to use, stripping some of the bells and whistles while giving players an interface that provides them exactly with what they need.
New FanDuel players who make a deposit before the end of September 2019, are eligible to receive a free $20 over three weeks, which can be used directly to enter contests.
FanDuel gives you a quick overview of the site here:
Players from Alabama, Arizona, Hawaii, Idaho, Iowa, Louisiana, Montana, Nevada and Washington are not allowed to play on FanDuel.
FanDuel Sports Offered
FanDuel runs contests for the major North American team sports — football (NFL), baseball (MLB), basketball (NBA) and hockey (NHL). Over the last couple years, they have widened their selection with the introduction of soccer (EPL), NASCAR, PGA and even WNBA contests. FanDuel even started offering college sports contests again during 2018.
During the NFL season, FanDuel boasts over 25,000 one-week football leagues each week, so there is almost certainly a buy-in level and contest type that will fit every fantasy football player. Obviously, those numbers are scaled back considerably outside of the NFL season, but you can find guaranteed contests for all the team sports every day of the week, with larger contest fields for the pro sports. Entry fees range from free (for practice, fun, and sometimes with cash prizes), to a dollar, to even $10,000.
As far as FanDuel’s contest types go, there are the popular guaranteed tournaments that usually feature huge starting fields and prize pools that are guaranteed no matter how many participants enter the contest. If you can’t afford the buy-in to some of those tournaments, there are “satellite” contests that allow players to qualify with a lower buy-in. Also available are:
Beat the Score – All players who reach the score threshold win an equal share of the prize pool
Head-to-head – Contests where you take on one other player.
50/50s – Half the field gets paid while half the field doesn’t make the money.
Leagues – Smaller tournaments with a maximum number of entries and no guaranteed prize pools. Leagues are located under the “3-100” player tab
Multipliers – Contests where certain percentage of those that enter will win the same flat prize, often 2x, 3x, or 5x their entry fee
If you need help on the nuances of each of these games, refer to our guide on FanDuel contest types for detailed explanations and what you should look for from various contests.
FanDuel also offers players the chance to create their own contests for any active sport. You can choose the start time; whether the contest is a heads-up match or a league, public contests vs. invite only, and the buy-in level. For leagues, players have control over the number of entries and how the prize pool is distributed.
During the NFL season, prize pools for the largest tournaments can reach over $5 million (for an entry fee of just $9). If you are just playing recreationally, you can get excellent value out of $1 or $2 buy-ins with guaranteed prize pools in the tens or hundreds of thousands dollars. The biggest daily NBA contests routinely have guarantees of $100K to a quarter of a million dollars.
In an effort to appeal to a more broad group of players, FanDuel has expanded their offerings with a variety of differen “Game Styles,” which essentially describe the structure of the contests and how they are played. Sure, “Full Roster” contests are still widely available — and the most popular — but there are a handful of alternative game styles for players to try out.
Full Roster – A traditional form of daily fantasy sports played with a salary cap and a full roster. Single Game – A relatively new form of salary-cap based DFS where you draft players from a single game. All positions are FLEX plus an MVP that scores 1.5 the normal points. Super Flex (NFL) – Variation of full roster contest that adds a SuperFlex position. QuickPick – Contests removing the salary cap. Instead, players draft players from similarily valued tiers.
While the above details the main game styles you will find, each sport on FanDuel has its own flavor of DFS. While most sports will offer Full Roster and Single Game selections, you can also find unique styles such as the Home Run Challenge for MLB and Weekend Golf for PGA.
While other sites’ interfaces might offer more options to sort through, one can argue that FanDuel’s might be the one that makes the most sense, giving players just enough control over searches to easily navigate the lobby without overwhelming them with too many options. Tabs on the top let players narrow the lobby down just by sport while tables on the left and top allow players to sort by contest type. On some tabs, a slider bar allows the player to customize how much they want to spend on an entry fee.
Every column in the lobby has an option to sort contests by size, entry fee, prize pool and start time. You will also be able to identify experienced players through badges, which are displayed in the lobby for head to head contests as well as in the entry details for other contests.
The FanDuel “Discover” tab is a useful area of the lobby which lays out contests in a variety of categories for easy entry. Easily check out the contests with the biggest prizes or a league or sport getting the most attention. This section is a great area to start as a beginning FanDuel player as the lobby can be a bit daunting to some players at first.
FanDuel also has its own blog/news section, called “Fantasy Insider.” If you’re looking for information and strategy about players and setting lineups, you’re going to want to look elsewhere, as the content is definitely more bloggy than strategy.
There is a mobile app available for iOS and it has received good reviews from most users. It gives players a lot of the same functionality of the desktop browser version (set lineups, join contests, monitor scores) in a slick package. Setup is very quick and players can watch a short tutorial video on how the app works.
FanDuel also released an app for Android users. The mobile version of FanDuel’s website is very good and easy to navigate, it’s just not as slick or as clean presentation-wise as the mobile app or the full browser version.
FanDuel doesn’t reinvent the wheel for drafting and scoring. You pick a contest, draft a team that falls under a salary cap, and play. Salary caps are either $55,000 or $60,000.
Here is a quick rundown of how different sports on FanDuel are drafted (full roster play).
Scoring follows industry standards for most sports, with a 0.5 points-per-reception method used in football. Here is a full breakdown of NFL scoring at FanDuel.
Selecting a team is extremely easy. The pool of available players pops up with their position, average fantasy sports scored and their salary. You hit the “+” to add a player, and the “-” to remove them from your roster. Your remaining salary cap is calculated automatically. Looking for a specific player to draft? Just type their name in the search box.
If a player has a news item or an injury status, it is indicated next to their name. Clicking on a player takes you into their bio, where you can read recent news related to the player, their stats and their game log for recent games.
Like any fantasy sports site worth its salt, you get instantaneous scoring updates once your contest goes live.
You can make a FanDuel deposit by using Visa, MasterCard, Discover and Paypal.
When making a FanDuel withdrawal, you will have the option of paying paid via Paypal or check. Paypal withdrawals are typically made in 2 days while up to 10 business days with a check.
Withdrawals can be made via Paypal or check.
FanDuel Deposit Bonus
Until the end of September, FanDuel is introducing a $20 bonus offer to new players. Make a deposit of $20 or more to be eligible for the bonus. The first $5 will be credited to your account immediately. Over the next three weeks, $5 will be added to your account on the same weekday every week.
Bonus funds are used for entry into daily fantasy contests and cannot be withdrawn (only winnings can be withdrawn). Bonus funds will expire within 14 days from the time they are issued to your account, so make sure to use them quickly.
FanDuel includes several great promotions. Most notably, FanDuel offers a Players Club based on how much you play which rewards you based on how much you play for the month. To qualify for a VIP status level, players must earn FanDuel Points.
The amount of perks you earn is based on your status level for the month.
FanDuel Players Club
FanDuel Point Requirement
Monthly Free Play
Weekly Free Play
$100 Rewards Credits at Live Events
Hall of Famer
$250 Rewards Credits at Live Events
$250 Rewards Credits at Live Events
$500 Rewards Credits at Live Events
You can also use FDPs to enter any cash contest, instead of using money. The cash-FDP conversion rate can be seen when you enter a contest (approximately 5 per $1 in buy-in) and you will be given an option to use FDPs, if you have enough. FanDuel Points are worth approximately $0.0004 per points when using the points for real money contests.
FanDuel also occasionally runs seasonal promos. For instance, occasionally the site will offer ways to qualify for live fantasy events.
The FanDuel Referral Center is a way for players to earn money for getting other players to sign up for real-money play at the site. FanDuel users will receive $20 in contest entries for every “qualifying reward referral.” To qualify for the referral, the player you refer must enter at least $10 in real money contests.
Any player that you refer will receive $25 in real money contest entries to be used at FanDuel.
The referral center allows you to easily track your referrals’ activity.
If you want to play in the biggest fantasy contests each week, you need to give FanDuel a try. Between the interface and the sheer variety and number of contests available, FanDuel (with DraftKings) is simply hard to beat. If you’re looking for more value out of an initial deposit, you might want to try a smaller site. But in the long run, you will find FanDuel to be one of the best sites around.