Numbers Game: What Makes FantasyDraft Different?
Numbers Game: What Makes FantasyDraft Different?

This article is part of our Numbers Game series.

Every daily fantasy site is different. Since RotoWire is now running daily articles specifically targeted towards FantasyDraft, it seemed only reasonable to spend some time understanding the nuances of the site. With many DFS basketball players familiar with the big three providers, let's see how playing FantasyDraft is unique:

SCORING RULES

Every daily site uses similar scoring rules, but the small differences can have important impacts on each player's value. For example, FantasyDraft awards 1.5 points for a double-double and three points for a triple-double, DraftKings awards the same bonuses but players who reach a triple-double earn both, while Yahoo and FanDuel give no double-double nor triple-double bonuses. Based on that information alone, Russell Westbrook would be worth the most on DraftKings and the least on Yahoo or FanDuel.

All of the main daily sites agree on the value of points, assists, steals and blocks. Here are the differences:

  • Three-pointers: FanDuel does not award any bonus for a three-pointer, while the others award a 0.5-point bonus.
  • Rebounds: FantasyDraft and DraftKings award 1.25 points for each rebound, while FanDuel and Yahoo each award 1.20; a tiny difference.
  • Turnovers: Yahoo and FanDuel penalize a full point for a turnover, while DraftKings and FantasyDraft penalize 0.5 points.

Takeaways:

If you are coming to FantasyDraft from DraftKings, the only difference is the double-double and triple-double bonus points. A triple-double on DraftKings is worth 1.5 more points than on Fantasy Draft. Planning for a triple-double is ill-advised, even if you are starting Russell Westbrook,

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Alex Rikleen
Rikleen writes the NBA column "Numbers Game," which decodes the math that underpins fantasy basketball and was a nominee for the 2016 FSWA Newcomer of the Year Award. A certified math teacher, Rikleen decided the field of education pays too well, so he left it for writing. He is a Boston College graduate living outside Boston.
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