So after a couple of weeks into the football season, and your team isn’t doing so well. Whether it is because you had bad luck with injuries, your players aren’t playing as well as expected, or you simply didn’t draft a good team, your fantasy football season is quickly turning into a nightmare. The whole season is wasted, right? Not necessarily. Luckily for us, a few companies have grown daily fantasy sports into a large industry, where you can basically draft a new team (or multiple teams) for just about every game or set of games.
What is Fanduel?
Fanduel is one of the largest daily sports companies, with millions of users on a daily basis. In addition to football, there is also contests for MLB, WNBA, NBA, English Premier League, NHL and others. There are multiple different prices available ranging from free to 50 thousand dollars! If you choose to put some money on the line, there are many ways you can win. Tournaments place you in a pool with hundreds or thousands of other players, and the higher you finish the more you win. If you choose a 50/50 contest, you have a chance to double your money if you finish just above half or the other competitors. There are many other variations of these, you should look through them to see what types of contests you like.
In addition to selecting the type of contest you want to participate in, you also need to select the time. For example, you can choose to use players from any team that plays Sunday, or just the teams that play during the early window (games starting around 1pm EST), or just the later games (starting after 4pm EST). There are also contests that include every NFL game played that week, from Thursday night through the Monday night game.
Next – choosing you players
Ok, so now you know which time slot you are picking from and which contest you want to do. Now for the fun part! You get to draft your players based on a traditional PPR scoring system. Instead of drafting with other players, however, you will use an auction draft, where you are given a $60,000 “salary” to spread across 9 players. This includes a quarterback, 2 running backs, 3 wide receivers, a tight end, flex player (wide receiver, running back, or tight end), as well as a team defense/special teams. Most contests allow multiple entries to be entered, so if you want to play around and have a few different line-ups this is perfectly fine.
Fanduel has also added single game contests, where you can choose any 5 players from any game, including quarterback, running back, wide receiver or tight end. One player is considered your MVP, and this player will get a multiplier bonus of 1.5 times the points he gets during the game. The point system is the same outside of that, and the available contests are the same as well.
What kind of strategy to use?
Daily fantasy is slightly different from your season long league. It’s highly possible for many participants in any contest to have the same players that you do! So even though you picked Saquon Barkley, so did a lot of other people. Also, since you have a limited amount of money to use to draft players, you will not be able to stack your team with top-level talent such as Barkley and Ezekiel Elliot.
So in order to compete and win contests you will need to find that player that not many other people will choose, and hope that your research is correct and that player scores a lot of points. This is where having multiple lineups available helps, as if one of your lineups is not performing you have other opportunities to win.
Fanduel has also added a Guru option that helps you choose players for any given contest, which is very helpful if you are just getting started in daily fantasy sports. There is also beginner contests that you will not be able to join after you have participated in 50 Fanduel contests or won more than $2,500, so in the beginning definitely use these options to get your feet wet. Fanduel also shows who the experienced and highly experienced players are, with experienced players being in more than 500 total contests or $2,500 won over 6 contests and highly experienced being players with over 1,000 total contests under their belt or $1,000+ won in 4 or more contests.
What if you have already passed the beginner status and aren’t quite “experienced”? Fanduel also has intermediate contests available, for those players in between.
If you want to gain an advantage over your other contestants, consider getting a Pro Football Focus membership, to get in depth research that you can use for your daily fantasy football as well as your season long leagues.
Is Fanduel a scam?
I am sure you have heard bad reviews of Fanduel and other daily fantasy sites. There have been many court cases and settlements from these daily fantasy sites including Fanduel. These suits are mainly considered with false advertising, which Fanduel and others now make sure to be more transparent with their practices. Fanduel is not a get-rich-quick scheme, so if you are spending money you cannot afford to lose you may want to steer clear of this site and others like it. Fanduel is not a scam, as it is possible to win no matter who you are.
There are, however, certain states that do not allow Fanduel to operate. This map is from the Fanduel website. So unfortunately if you live in these states you are unable to participate in paid Fanduel contest.
Obviously people with more money and opportunities to put multiple line-ups in each week are going to have a better chance of winning. But as with anything, with experience you will get better and have better chances to win. The more you play the more you will see what combinations of players work better. More importantly, Fanduel is a game, and should be enjoyed as such. Yes, it is always more fun to win money than to lose it, but at the end of the day that is part of the risk when putting your hard-earned money on the line.
If you are a fan of fantasy sports at all, Fanduel is definitely a website to check out. There are lots of different options, prices, and games to choose from, and many for less than $5 each. Daily fantasy football adds fun to your weekend football watching just as traditional fantasy football does, without the season long commitment. Didn’t do well this week? That’s ok, try again with a different line up next week! Use this code to sign up, and get a bonus!
As always, if you have any questions or comments, please leave them below! Happy Fantasy Football Sunday!