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Daily Fantasy Sports: FanDuel Site Review

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If there is one Daily Fantasy site that Average Joe Fantasy has heard about, it’s FanDuel.

From their pervasive web based advertising to their entry into the terrestrial radio landscape, FanDuel has in many ways led the charge for Daily Fantasy Sports and it doesn’t look like they’re slowing down anytime soon.

FanDuel is the child of Hubdub, a company that was originally pushing a web based prediction game. In July of 2009 FanDuel was born and they have been a leader in Daily Games since. For many people FanDuel may be the only Daily Fantasy site they’ve heard of.

Sports Offered

NFL, NBA, NHL, MLB, NCAA FOOTBALL AND BASKETBALL

Game Formats

fanduel-formatsFanDuel offers games in a wide array of sizes and formats. A Fantasy user can find head-to-head matchups, 50/50’s, as well as a variety of smaller sized tournaments. There is also at least one large-field contest every day. FanDuel offers a healthy array of free rolls and the paid games have buy-ins ranging from $1 to $535. FanDuel also gives their users the chance to create custom contests/leagues. You decide the sport, the date and time, and the number of entries. You can even control the entry fee and the way prizes are awarded. This allows a degree of personalization that makes FanDuel hard to beat.

FanDuel Scoring and Rules

FanDuels rules are very straightforward. If anything, they might be able to add more scoring methods, especially in baseball. But the simplicity and clarity of the rules and scoring formats are part of what makes FanDuel so popular. Someone who has played traditional Fantasy can walk right in and get in the flow with minimal growing pains.

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FanDuel Scoring for Daily Fantasy Baseball

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

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FanDuel Scoring for Daily Fantasy Football

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)

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FanDuel Scoring for Daily Fantasy Basketball

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

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FanDuel Scoring for Daily Fantasy Hockey

Forwards/Defensemen 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

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FanDuel Scoring for Daily Fantasy College Football

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

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FanDuel Scoring for Daily Fantasy College Basketball

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

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Special Events and Promotions

FanDuel has hosted some of the most successful promotions ever in Daily Sports. The FanDuel Fantasy Football Championship (FFFC) and Daily Fantasy Baseball Championship (DFBC) have been maybe the two most well know tournaments in the industry. They are currently trying to take basketball and hockey to new levels with the World Fantasy Basketball Championship and the $250,000 King of the Ice Tournament. This baseball season they’re also running the $750,000 Playboy Baseball Championship. It’s these events that seem to have FanDuel regarded as THE place to play for high stakes tournaments.

 

FanDuel Interface and Navigation

The interface at FanDuel is very intuitive and the colors are crisp and pleasantly bright when compared to the dark feel that seems to pervade most daily sites. Entry fees and prizes are prominent and the player selection process is very simple. In addition it’s very easy to create one lineup and use it for many different leagues. In addition they have recently added the FanDuel Live Scoring Companion app for Android, making it that much easier to keep up with all of your Daily Fantasy Lineups. FanDuel has also added a couple of other tools to help make handling your lineups easier. They now provide forecast information (powered by Forecast) and starting lineups (powered by RotoWire) to help make sure you don’t end up with any undeserved zeros.

 

FanDuel Lineup Entry

Incentives and Player Rewards

FanDuel offers new players a nice welcome bonus. Be aware that FanDuel releases these bonuses gradually (4% of your entry fees) as you play their site. This can be a bit of a bummer, but it protects them from those who might try to exploit the process. They also reward users with a weekly freeroll for anyone who deposits funds during that week. Like other sites, FanDuel also rewards frequent flyers with an internal points system. Users earn FanDuel points every time they enter a money game. The points can be used to enter paid contests and also their dedicated monthly FDP Freerolls. While FanDuel hasn’t really been an innovator with their user incentives, they’re the most trafficked Daily Fantasy Site. They must be doing an awful lot of things right.

The Rake at FanDuel

For those of you new to Daily Fantasy, rake is a term borrowed from poker to indicate the money taken by the house, or in this case the game site. Rake is a pain to daily players, but it’s a necessary evil that helps keep the gaming sites afloat. FanDuel takes a 10% rake on contests up to $50. For larger stakes the rake gradually goes down, with a 6.5% rake on their largest single entry contests. One criticism of FanDuel is that their rake for the DFBC and FFFC approached 20% when all was said and done. Some of the problem stems from the law requiring gaming sites to disclose their prize amounts ahead of time. This is fine when there is an appropriate limit on the number of entries, but these tournaments attract a huge crowd. All of the extra rake means the percentage of money going to rake goes up. That’s not a good thing for Fantasy players. The high profile tournaments attract a lot of people, but it’s probably a smarter play to stick with their standard fare.

FanDuel Deposits and Payouts

You don’t get as big as FanDuel by making your customers angry. FanDuel has an almost spotless reputation for processing payouts and withdrawals in a very short time span. They promise processing within 48 hours, but many winners see their winnings the very same day. FanDuel pays withdrawals through PayPal or by check. They even pay the fees that are sometimes associated with getting money through PayPal. Depositing is also a breeze at FanDuel as they accept PayPal, Mastercard, Visa, and Discover. I’m not telling you to run your credit cards up on Daily Fantasy, but it does make using your debit card nice and easy.

FanDule is a DFS Leader for a Reason

There are a handful of sites that seem to be leading the daily race, but FanDuel currently has a legitimate claim to the throne. Their advertising and promotions have reached places where others have not gone. The site is clean and the interface keeps new and returning players satisfied. While many Daily Fantasy players branch out and play numerous sites, FanDuel would make it very easy for users to stay in one place. There are always new dogs biting at their heels, but it’s hard to see FanDuel slipping down the ranks of Daily Fantasy game sites.

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Doug Anderson took on the moniker RotoDaddy with the birth of his son in 2003. He's a veteran of the industry and has been playing Fantasy Baseball for over 20 years. His work has been seen on RotoExperts.com, SI.com, Yahoo, USAToday.com and also in the pages of various Fantasy magazines. He's currently also in charge of aggregation efforts at The Fantasy Sports Network and represents them in the LABR Mixed Experts League.
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