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FanDuel Daily Fantasy Review

By Michael Rathburn, RotoWire.com

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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Sports Offered

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

Rosters / Salary Cap

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)
CFB     QB, RB, RB, WR, WR, WR, TE ($45,000)
CBB     G, G, G, G, F, F, F, F, F ($60,000)

Game Offerings

HEAD-TO-HEAD
$1-$5300

HEAD-TO-HEAD MATRIX
21 entries; $5-$535

LEAGUES
3 man, 5 man, 10 man, 20 man, 50 man, 100 man

TOURNAMENTS   (GPP - GUARANTEED PRIZE POOL)
Ranging from $1-$1065; up to 18,000 entries per tournament & $300,000 (NFL)

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

Software and Interface

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. The lobby filters are on the left hand side. There could be some improvements in the lobby that promote quick entry into multiple contests, along with a more advanced filter for the contest types.

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.

Bonuses and Promotions

Deposit/Pending Bonus – FanDuel offers a deposit bonus on your first deposit to the site. The deposit bonus is dispersed at four percent towards your entry fee. Example - $1.00 entry , .04 cent will be applied from your deposit bonus, and taking .96 cents cash.

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)

Flagship Championships

FFFC - FanDuel Fantasy Football Championship – In 2013: $2,000,000 Prize Pool; 50 entries; 1st place $1,000,000; Sunday December 8th, 2013; Live Event in Las Vegas). I would expect FanDuel to bump the prize pool up to $3 Million in 2014 if not higher depending on any additional funding.

– 2012 Prize Pool - $500,000
– 2011 Prize Pool - $150,000
– 2010 Prize Pool - $40,000

DFBC – Daily Fantasy Baseball Championship – In 2013: $500,000 Prize Pool; 45 entries; 1st place $200,000; Saturday August 3, 2013; Live Event in Las Vegas

– 2012 Prize Pool - $200,000
– 2011 Prize Pool - $100,000

DFBBC – Daily Fantasy Basketball Championship – ($1,200,000 Prize Pool; 6689 entries; 1st place $120,000; April 4th 2014). The 2013 DFBBC was a live event held in Las Vegas for $200,000 with 15 entrants. The 2014 is not a live event.

King of the "Sport" Tournaments

King of the Diamond (Baseball) – Mid-September, 2013 Prize Pool $555,555; 2500 entries; 1st place $155,555)

King of the Gridiron (Football) – End of December, 2013 Prize Pool $1,000,000; 5988 entries, 1st place $150,000 + six trips to the Super Bowl)

King of the Court – (Basketball) – Mid-January, 2014 Prize Pool $400,000; 4468 entries; 1st place $60,000)

King of the Ice – (Hockey) – Mid-April, 2013 Prize Pool $15,000; 62 entries, 1st place $5000)

King of the Campus – (College Football) – Early January, 2014 Prize Pool $100,000; 1116 entries; 1st place $20,000).

Cashier

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.

Scoring

Football (NFL)

Offense Defense
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)

Baseball (MLB)

Hitters Pitchers
1B = 1pt W = 4pts
2B = 2pts ER = -1pt
3B = 3pts SO = 1pt
HR = 4pts IP = 1pt*
RBI = 1pt
R = 1pt
BB = 1pt
SB = 2pts
HBP = 1pt
Out (calculated as at bats - hits) = -.25pt
*Fractional scoring per out.

Basketball (NBA)

3-pt FG = 3pts
2-pt FG = 2pts
FT = 1pt
Rebound = 1.2pts
Assist = 1.5pts
Block = 2pts
Steal = 2pts
Turnover = -1pt

Hockey (NHL)

Forwards/Defencemen Goalies
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

College Football (NCAA)

Offense
Rushing yards made = 0.1pts
Rushing touchdowns = 6pts
Passing yards = 0.04pts
Passing touchdowns = 4pts
Interceptions = -1pt
Receiving yards = 0.1pts
Receiving touchdowns = 6pts
Receptions = 0.5pts
Kickoff return touchdowns = 6pts
Punt return touchdowns = 6pts
Fumbles lost = -2pts
Own fumbles recovered touchdowns = 6pts
Two-point conversions scored = 2pts
Two-point conversion passes = 2pts
Field-goals from 0-19 yards = 3pts
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

College Basketball (NCAA)

Point = 1pt
Rebound = 1.2pts
Assist = 1.5pts
Block = 2pts
Steal = 2pts
Turnover = -1pt