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DraftKings Daily Fantasy Review

By Michael Rathburn, RotoWire.com

DraftKings has quickly become the fastest growing daily fantasy sports site and is cemented as the second largest site in the industry behind FanDuel.

Based out of Boston and started early in 2012, Jason Robins, Paul Liberman, and Matt Kalish took their VistaPrint success and brought it over to daily fantasy sports.

Right away, they were aggressive with their 2012 NFL season offering a $300,000 contest. DraftKings followed that up with a $3.1 million dollar fantasy football contest in 2013 and bigger things are in store. They have focused on player acquisition, but also retention and building the best user experience in the industry.

Sports Offered

DraftKings offers games for the NFL, MLB, NBA, NHL, PGA, college basketball, and college football.

Rosters / Salary Cap

NFL     QB, RB, RB, WR, WR, WR, TE, FLEX, D/ST ($50,000)
MLB    P, P, C, 1B/DH, 2B, 3B, SS, OF, OF, OF ($50,000)
NBA    PG, SG, SF, PF, C, G, F, UTIL ($50,000)
NHL    W, W, W, C, C, D, D, UTIL, G ($50,000)
CFB     QB, QB, RB, RB, WR, WR, WR, TE, FLEX ($50,000)
CBB     G, G, G, F, F, F, C, UTIL ($50,000)
PGA     GOLFER x6 ($50,000)
SOC     GK, D, D, M, M, F, F, Flex ($50,000)

Game Offerings

HEAD-TO-HEAD
$1-$5300

HEAD-TO-HEAD MATRIX
21 entries; $5-$1060

LEAGUES
3, 4, 5, 6, 8, 10, 20 man

TOURNAMENTS   (GPP - GUARANTEED PRIZE POOL)
Ranging from $0.25-$1060

50/50 - DOUBLE UPS
4-22.2K man

3X - TRIPLE UPS
Top 1/3 of the field wins triple their money

10X - 10X BOOSTER
Top 1/10 of the field wins ten times their money

STEPS
10 man contests in which the top two players will advance to the next "step". If you win Step 4, you can turn $2 into $200.

BEGINNER
You can play vs the same level of player up to your first 50 contests per sport

QUALIFIERS
You can win tickets that can be used for free entry into a higher stakes contest

Software and Interface

While DraftKings does have some of the largest prize pools in daily fantasy sports, where they have made their mark is in the software/interface. They have raised the bar and really made the user experience second to none.

Late Game Swap

DraftKings was the first daily fantasy sports site to offer the "late game swap" feature which allows players to edit their roster up until the individual game start time and not based on when the first game of the contest starts. This has proven to be very popular with their audience and was a catalyst for their huge growth early on.

My Lineups

Perhaps the best feature that has been developed in daily fantasy sports, the "My Lineups" page from DraftKings is just outright impressive. Having all of your lineups on one single page organized by sport, player pool, and having the ability to edit rosters on the fly has been a huge contributor to the popularity of the site.

Free with Ticket

This lobby feature is unique to the industry in that if you have earned entries to a contest via a free ticket it will show which one you are eligible to enter. With the number of qualifiers that DraftKings runs daily being very high, this is a useful feature. Also, you can purchase tickets in the store with your Frequent Player Points.

Entries

Another great lobby feature that allows you to see which contests you have already entered in the lobby.

Depth Charts

After you enter a contest and you're building your roster, DraftKings has now put the depth charts of each team along with a scoreboard area so you can see the starters andbackups. This is extremely useful when a player has been scratched and you want to see which backup will be receiving additional playing time.

Global Player Swap

Following up on above, if you get news that one of your players has been ruled out for the night, you can quickly remove that player from all contests and select a replacement. This is a great feature for mobile users.

Opponent Rank

A newly added feature to the roster lineup screen, this feature is very underrated as it allows players to make a lineup rather quickly if they just want to play based on the opponent rank at each position.

Player Cards

The DraftKings player cards are easily the best in the industry with a large colored page, organized stats, and plenty of news on the bottom. You can also get the salary history of a player, which is a huge feature.

Player Alerts

Once you are logged in, on the upper right hand corner of the lobby there is a "Bell" icon, and if any of your players in a lineup have news it will be posted here. This is great for knowing about injury news that could impact your teams.

Bonuses and Promotions

Deposit/Pending Bonus

The deposit bonus releases in increments of $1 for every 100 Frequent Player Points (FPP's) you earn. FPP's are earned when joining any paid contest on the site. You do not receive FPP's when you enter free contests, such as FreeRolls.The higher the entry fee, the more FPP's you earn upon joining that contest.

Frequent Player Points (FPP)

Frequent Player Points (FPPs) are points you earn upon the start of every paid contest you enter on DraftKings.com, whether you win or lose. FPPs awarded vary per contest type (displayed on the Draft page) and are not earned for playing in FREE ENTRY games. The more contests you join and money you spend, the more FPPs you earn.

FPP Store

You can redeem your FPP into free tickets to enter contests. They start as low as $2 (1100 FPP) and go up to $270 (148,500 FPP). The store is located on the lobby page in the upper right hand corner under the "wheel" icon.

Free Games

Draftkings offers an extensive list of free games for many different sports that payout real prizes, but cost nothing to enter. You can sort the games by entry cost to be sure you enter every free game available.

Flagship Championships

$3.1 Million Fantasy Football Millionaire
$1 Million 1st Prize (12/22/13)

$2.2 Millionaire Maker (NFL)
$1 Million 1st Prize (10/19/14)

$1 Million Bank Shot (NBA)
$100,000 1st Prize (3/26/14)

$1 Million Chase for the Crown:Diamond Edition (MLB)
2013 MLB Season

$1 Million Chase for the Crown (NFL)
2012 NFL Seasonv

$500,000 MidSummer Classic (MLB)
$125,000 1st Prize (7/19/13)

$300,000 Showcase (NBA)
$50,000 1st Prize (2/26/14 and 2/28/14); Qualifier only (40)

$250,000 Main Event (NFL)
$100,000 1st Prize (12/23/12)

$100,000 NHL Breakaway
$12,000 1st Prize (2/27/14)

World Poker Tour

DraftKings has partnered with the World Poker Tour to offer up daily fantasy sports contests in which the winner wins a seat into a WPT event with all expenses paid. This has been very attractive to DFS players who have come from the poker world and are looking to turn a small investment into a large score. Every month, there is an event you can qualify for.

Cashier

DraftKings allows deposits and withdrawals via PayPal, Visa, MC, Discover, and American Express along with Dwolla. There is a $5.00 minimum deposit, which is the lowest in the industry. Withdrawals are typically processed within 24 business hours, so please be patient if you submit on a Saturday/Sunday.

Scoring

Baseball (MLB)

Hitters Pitchers
Single = 3 pts Inning Pitched = 2.25 pts
Double = 5 pts Strikeout = 2 pts
Triple = 8 pts W = 4 pts
Home Run = 10 pts Earned Run Allowed = -2 pts
RBI = 2 pts Hit Allowed = -0.6 pts
Run = 2 pts Walk = -0.6pts
Walk = 2 pts Hit Batsman = -0.6 pts
Hit By Pitch = 2 pts Complete Game = 2.5 pts
Stolen Base = 5 pts Shutout = 2.5 pts
Caught Stealing = -2 pts No Hitter = 5 pts
NOTE: Hitting statistics for Pitchers will not be counted, and Pitching statistics for Hitters will not be counted.

Football (NFL)

Offense Defense/Special Teams
Passing TD 4 pts Defensive TD 6 pts
Passing Yard .04 pts Return TD 6 pts
Rushing TD 6 pts Interception 2 pts
Rushing Yard .1 pts Fumble Recovery 2 pts
Receiving TD 6 pts Sack 1 pt
Receiving Yard .1 pts Safety 2 pts
Reception 1 pt Blocked Kick 2 pts
2pt Conversion 2 pts 0 Points Allowed 10 pts
Interception -1 pt 1-6 Points Allowed 7 pts
Fumble Lost -1 pt 7-13 Points Allowed 4 pts
Return TD 6 pts 14-20 Points Allowed 1 pt
300+ Yard Passing Game 3 pts 21-27 Points Allowed 0 pts
100+ Yard Rushing Game 3 pts 28-34 Points Allowed -1 pt
100+ Yard Receiving Game 3 pts 35+ Points Allowed -4 pts
Extra Point 1 pt
Field Goal 0-39 Yards 3 pts
Field Goal 40-49 Yards 4 pts
Field Goal 50+ Yards 5 pts
NOTE: Points Allowed (PA) only includes points surrendered while DST is on the field – doesn't include points given up by team's offense (i.e. points off offensive turnovers). The following scoring plays will result in Points Allowed (PA) by your Defense/Special Teams (DST): Rushing TDs, Passing TDs, Punt Return TDs, Kick Return TDs and Blocked Punt TDs, 2pt Conversions, Extra Points, and Field Goals.

Basketball (NBA)

Point = 1 pt
Made 3pt. shot = 0.5 pts
Rebound = 1.25 pts
Assist = 1.5 pts
Steal = 2 pts
Block = 2pts
Turnover = -0.5pts
Double-Double = 1.5 pts
Triple-Double = 3 pts
NOTE: There is a maximum of one double-double per player (Points, Rebounds, Assists, Blocks, Steals) and a maximum of one triple double per player (Points, Rebounds, Assists, Blocks, Steals).

Hockey (NHL)

Skaters Goalies
Goals = 3 pts Win = 3 pts
Assists = 2 pts Goals Against = -1 pt
Shots on Goal = 0.3 pt Saves = 0.2 pts
Blocked Shot = 0.5 pt Shutout Bonus = 2pts
Penalty Minutes = 0.1 pt
Short Handed Point Bonus = 1 pt
Shootout Goal = 0.2 pts
Hat Trick Bonus = 1.5 pts
Goalies WILL receive points for all stats they accrue, including goals and assists. The Goalie Shutout Bonus is credited to goalies if they complete the entire game with 0 goals allowed in regulation + overtime. Shootout goals will not prevent a shutout. Goalie must complete the entire game to get credit for a shutout.

College Football (NCAA)

Offense
Rushing yards made = 0.1 pts
Rushing touchdowns = 6 pts
Passing yards = 0.04 pts
Passing touchdowns = 4 pts
Interceptions = -1 pt
Receiving yards = 0.1 pts
Receiving touchdowns = 6 pts
Receptions = 1 pt
Punt/Kickoff return touchdowns = 6 pts
Fumbles lost = -1 pt
300+ Yard Passing Game = 3 pts
100+ Yard Rushing Game = 3 pts
100+ Yard Receiving Game = 3 pts

College Basketball (NCAA)

Point = 1 pt
Made 3pt. shot = 0.5 pts
Rebound = 1.25 pts
Assist = 1.5 pts
Double-Double = 1.5 pts
Triple-Double = 3 pts
NOTE: There is a maximum of one double-double per player (Points, Rebounds, Assists, Blocks, Steals) and a maximum of one triple double per player (Points, Rebounds, Assists, Blocks, Steals).

Golf (PGA)

Tournament Finish Per Hole/Streak & Bonuses
1st Place = 30 pts Double Eagle = 20 pts
2nd Place = 20 pts Eagle = 8 pts
3rd Place = 18 pts Birdie = 3 pts
4th Place = 16 pts Par = 0.5 pts
5th Place = 14 pts Bogey = -0.5 pts
6th Place = 12 pts Double Bogey = -1 pts
7th Place = 10 pts Worse than Double Bogey = -1 pts
8th Place = 9 pts Streak of 3 Birdies or Better = 3 pts
9th Place = 8 pts Bogey Free Round = 3 pts
10th Place = 7 pts All 4 Rounds Under 70 Strokes = 5 pts
11th-15th Place = 6 pts Hole in One = 10 pts
16th-20th Place = 5 pts
21st-25th Place = 4 pts
26th-30th Place = 3 pts
31st-40th Place = 2 pts
41st-50th Place = 1 pt
For the Streak of 3 Birdies category, there is a maximum of 1 counted per round.