FanDuel is one of the best known and widely used money fantasy leagues on the internet today. Fanduel has been featured in the Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, CNBC, Tech Crunch, Sports Illustrated and Yahoo! Sports. FanDuel provides weekly and daily fantasy matchups for sports including the National Football league (NFL), national Basketball Association (NBA), Major League Baseball (MLB) and National Hockey Legaue (NHL). You can play in fantasy football match ups and win real money in the same day. Over $50,000,000 was paid out by FanDuel in 2012 alone and by the end of the 2013 Football season, FanDuel will have paid out $90,00,000!
The benefit of the media coverage for FanDuel has resulted in a large number of players at all times. It’s widely considered that Fanduel has the largest number of games available online. You can play in a public contest or private games with your friends. You can play on your computer or on your mobile phone. There are many options for depositing money including paypal and credit cards. Playing at FanDuel is legal in the US and Canada. Check out the Is it Legal? page for detailed legal information for your state. FanDuel offers a money-back guarantee if you don’t love your first $5 or $10 fantasy game.
There isn’t much to complain about with FanDuel other than I’d like to see a glossary to define all the different types of contests and prizes. There is a scrolling chat bar on the right of the site that I’d like to see placed in a chat room, but you have the ability to hide the chat. It would be interesting if there was a multi-week or season long fantasy football option. This may be in future plans. To wrap it up, FanDuel is the king of the jungle of the online fantasy football world at this point in time. We have no qualms recommended FanDuel as a top destination for fantasy games. There is also no other fantasy website on earth that offers a money back guarantee. If you lose and don’t like FanDuel, just contact support for a refund. You can’t beat it, so try it out today and let us know what you think.
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. Enter promo code “FFML” upon sign up for the most free money.
Our promo code gives you a 100% free money bonus match up to $5,000. We don’t know of a bigger promo code on the market today. So, if you make a 1st deposit of $1,000, FanDuel will give you a $1,000 bonus. There is no other site that provides an unlimited bonus. The most we’ve seen by other fantasy sites up to this point is up to $600. If you are currently in the signup process, simply close out of that browser window and click on the code below. You will automatically be taken to the fanduel.com website and our promo code will be copied to your clipboard. You simply paste the code into the promo code and you’ve got free money. For more details on the FanDuel promocode and bonus payout terms, visit our FanDuel Promocode page.
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. Btw, 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 scrolling chat bar is a bit distracting and annoying, but you can easily hide it. I wish you could do the same with the “Fanduel Insider”, which is a bit too self-promotional for my tastes.
The technology is leagues ahead of some of the competition and on par with any other site online today.
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.
Here are the main points: