This FanDuel review is meant to give you an inside look at FanDuel and provide the information you need to find the best daily fantasy website. FanDuel began operations in 2009 and has been a major player in the industry since. The race has tightened with DraftKings making a push for market share over the last few years. With over $80 million in funding, FanDuel has spent that money on technology and marketing. So far, FanDuel has paid out over $300 million dollars and by the end of 2014, that number will jump to $400 million. With over 10,000 leagues each day and over $10 million paid out each week, you will have no issue finding the game for you.
FanDuel has achieved an impressive number of press coverage with accolades pouring in from the likes of Fox Sports, NY Times, SI, Yahoo! Sports and WSJ. While NFL fantasy football is their largest draw, FD also offers games in every major sport including basketball, baseball and hockey. In the 2014-15 NFL season, FanDuel is smashing previous prize pool records with a $2,000,000 first place prize and $10,000,000 total prize pool in one Fantasy Football Championship weekend. With the launch of their iphone and android app, playing from any mobile device is a breeze. Playing on FanDuel.com is legal in the US and Canada only. FD also offers a 100% money back guarantee on your first $5 or $10 game. So, you can try out their game offerings with no risk!
We hope this FanDuel review provides you with an introduction to the company behind the website, game offerings, technology, prize pools and support. While every site can improve, FanDuel is still the top destination for money league players. The increase in competition from DraftKings has pushed FanDuel to be more aggressive and wake up out of a recent slumber. One of the biggest challenges for FanDuel is that DraftKings has been launching a number of million dollar fantasy football contests including Millionaire Maker contests going on 4 weeks in a row. In response FanDuel has launched the single biggest NFL daily fantasy contest in the history of the industry with $10 million in prizes.
The idea is simple. You sign up for an account at http://www.fanduel.com. During signup you can enter a promo code that gives you a deposit bonus of free money. Once signup is complete, you deposit money. Your deposit bonus is based on your total deposit amount, so the more you deposit, the higher the bonus. You select the type of contest you wish you to play in and draft your team. The majority of the fantasy contests last one day or one week. The FanDuel player in your contest with the most points at the end of the contest wins the prize money. FanDuel takes a 10% rake and the winner takes the rest of prize pool money.
Signup at FanDuel is super easy and I appreciate that they don’t make you jump through hoops. The first signup screen simply asks for your name, email address, username, password and promo code field. FanDuel now offers a promo code that is highly competitive with other fantasy sites.
Depositing funds is quick and painless at FanDuel.com. You can make a deposit immediately on FanDuel.com using Visa credit card or you can make a deposit through PayPal and pay with your PayPal balance, Visa, Mastercard, American Express, Discover or eCheck.
There are freerolls or “free” contests and real money contests. There are also tournaments, head to head contest, contests that end in one day and contests that end weekly. You can select from professional football and college football. You can enter contests for as much money as you wish and play with anywhere from 1 person to thousands of people. You can also play in games with varying salary caps (Beginner, Standard, Expert). Fanduel has a ton of contests going on at all times.
Once you select the contest you wish to play in, you then draft your team. Your salary cap depends on the level of contest you enter. For professional football, you select the following positions:
Quarterback – 1 position, Running Back – 2 positions, Wide Receiver – 3 positions, Tight End – 1 position, Kicker – 1 position, Team Defense – 1 position.
You can change the players in your team up until game time starts, so stay up to date on your injury news.
Before drafting your team, become familiar with the rules and scoring. Fanduel may use a different scoring system than you’re used to. Take a look at our How to Win Fantasy Football guide for helpful tips on drafting your team. Here are some important scoring rules for Fanduel to note:
- Negative points are not given to a quarterback for taking a sack.
- Receptions accumulate points at a rate of .5 pts per reception.
- No bonuses for 100+ yards rushing.
- No bonuses for 300+ yards throwing.
Payouts vary depending on the contest you select. For a salary cap, 10 person contest, the payout breakdown is as follows. If you score the most points in your contest, you win first place prize money. 2nd and 3rd place also receive a share of the winnings. In the $50 contest with 10 total entries that I review in the videos above, the prize money payout is as follows:
Total cash prize: $450
1st place – $225 or 50%
2nd place – $135 or 30%
3rd place – $90 or 20%
Check your contest payout schedule before playing. It can vary widely.
Withdrawal on Fanduel is painless. It’s a one screen process where you enter the amount you’d like to withdraw and your PayPal address. If you don’t have a PayPal address, FanDuel will pay you via check and there is an additional step. You need to add the amount you’d like to withdraw to a ticket. However, FanDuel makes it easy. There is a link that automatically populates a ticket for you and all you have to do is enter the amount and the address where you’d like to receive your check.
Checks are mailed to people located in Canada and USA. If the amount is above $500 , FanDuel will request your SSN if you are located in the US. This is solely for tax purposes and Fanduel will issue a 1099 at the end of the year if winnings are in excess of $600.
FanDuel game interface supports virtually all machines including PC and Mac. There is a mobile application that is beta status. It seems to work pretty well at the time of this review. Overall, there are some nice aspects and a few elements that could be improved. The design, navigation and usability all rank well compared to the competition. Overall, the game interface and software functionality at FanDuel is solid.
The top navigation bar provides virtually of all the critical information you need to get started. The support page contains a FAQ, which is nice, but didn’t answer the only question I had when I first started. I think a glossary would be helpful as I didn’t know what a 50/50 game was. It means the top half of the entries are in the prize-pool and everyone wins the same amount. Overall, Fanduel does a nice job of helping you find the information you need easily.
Overall, the technology loads quickly and the usability features are easy to understand. I think the flow of information is intuitive and everything is pretty basic, which is the way game interfaces should be. You can easily sort the different columns of data and update the contests you’d like to see with easy to use checkbox filters.
The drafting screen is simple and maybe a bit too simple. It would be nice if FanDuel integrated data tools with updated stats and projections. Even something simple like Yahoo’s data projections would be nice.
The technology is leagues ahead of some of the competition and on par with any other site online today.
In our FanDuel review last year, one of our biggest gripes was that the biggest daily fantasy football site didn’t have a mobile app! The thought was absurd. Well, they’ve addressed these concerns and launched a mobile iphone app. As with all daily fantasy mobile apps, it’s not available on android due to Google policies.
FanDuel does a nice job with the contest section. I like the fact that a history is kept of all your competitions and you can see up to date scoring of your players and others in your league. You also have easy access to player profiles and can see the other people’s winnings for the year. I recently lost to a player who had won over $300,000 during their time on FanDuel. Maybe it’s time to consider a new career?
Support is actually really great at FanDuel. This site differentiates itself from all other in the space when it comes to support. The Support tab is at the top of each page and features a page of FAQs. You can create a support ticket, call, email or live chat. Believe it or not, they actually are online with a live person.
Yes, Fanduel is legal due to the exception for Fantasy sports in the Unlawful Internet Gaming Enforcement Act. This law is basically one of the lamest things the US government has devised to try to prevent people from gambling online. However, in this law, it designates fantasy sports as a game of skill rather than a game of chance. In virtually every state, fantasy sports is also considered a game of skill, but as always there are few states that have questionable laws and Fanduel doesn’t accept paid entry games from people in these states: Arizona, Iowa, Louisiana, Montana or Vermont.
The law further defines what makes fantasy legal.
In an effort to curb the enthusiasm of DraftKings Kickoff Bash, FanDuel has answered with a $1,000,000 prize pool guaranteed prize pool tourney. The primary difference between the two is that entry fee for FanDuel’s tourney is much easier to swallow. It’s only $25 to enter and there are multiple entries allowed. A lower entry fee means more competition and in this case there are 45,000 entrants. The top 8,000 positions get paid and position 4241-8,000 get paid $50. What this means is that if you are better than roughly every 5 entrants, you can double your money. Are you in the top 20% of fantasy players? If so, the odds look nice in this tourney for you to cash in. Get your lineup ready and draft today!
FanDuel keeps Major League Baseball’s 162 game season exciting with their daily fantasy baseball games that allow you to compete for amazing cash prizes. For as little as $10, players can qualify for the Las Vegas DFBC final where they will compete for a grand prize of $1 million. In addition to the impressive grand prize of $1 million, the second and third place contestants at this hotly contested tournament will walk home with a cool $300,000 and $100,000 respectively.
If you have an eye for talent and your lineups consistently outperform the competition, then you need to sign up for FanDuel’s premier fantasy baseball contest today. Managing a fantasy baseball team can be difficult work, but the payoff is real for those who participate in this exclusive tournament hosted by FanDuel. Hard work, persistence and keeping an eye on FanDuel’s Website give you the best chances to clean up in this exciting fantasy tournament. While you are in Las Vegas roaming the world famous Strip, you will need to analyze the match-ups and ensure that your starting lineup matches up well against their on-field competitors.
With little time left to qualify for this hotly contested tournament, fantasy baseball players need to get in on this action now before it is too late. The only thing hotter than the on-field action of Major League Baseball’s pennant races is the race to be one of the lucky players who earn the right to travel to Vegas later this month to compete for the title of world’s greatest fantasy baseball player and amazing cash prizes. With FanDuel, you are closer to the top prize of $1 million than ever before.
FanDuel’s King Of The Diamond fantasy baseball contest is a single day competition that has been in existence for two years. The total prize pool adds up to $1,000,000. The direct entry fee is $200 yet players can qualify for as few as $2 per day through a “satellite” competition. First place receives $150,000, second place receives $50,000 and third place receives $25,000.
To qualify for the King Of The Diamond contest, players will have to win what is called a satellite competition or they’ll have to directly buy in as mentioned above. Satellites competitions are provided almost every day when FanDuel holds MLB contests and players can enter for as little as $2. Players who win satellite competitions will be able to qualify for the King Of The Diamond contest. The direct buy in for $200 is scheduled to be offered around Sunday, August 10 and will remain open until the King Of The Diamond has been completely filled.
Multiple entries are permitted but players can only enter up to 100 times into the King Of The Diamond final. There will also be a cap on satellite entries but this figure has yet to be determined. Players will be able to change their teams right up until the competition begins. Teams will lock a few minutes before the first game starts.
If there is a tie for any prize eligible position, the players who tie will split the prize(s) that they are eligible for. If there is a tie for the first place position within a qualifying satellite competition, neither of the players will be eligible for the King Of The Diamond competition as a result of that satellite. They will split the cash value of the first place prize.
Players who win a satellite competition will find a “dummy” style of fantasy lineup placed into the “Upcoming” space of the “My Contests” section of the player’s account. Those who win a satellite contest after the 8th will find their entry in the contest by midnight of the ensuing day. The player must edit the entry before the King Of The Diamond contest begins. Anyone who wins a satellite and cancels his entry into the King Of The Diamond tournament will not receive a refund.