There are two clear market leaders in the booming daily fantasy football space. The two major players are DraftKings and FanDuel. It is time for a comparison guide. Let’s take a close look at playing fantasy football at FD vs DK. They are the two largest one week fantasy football sites in the business.
Real Money Football Leagues Available
Quick Comparison – Football Details
- Both sites offer Salary Cap leagues
- Neither site offers pick’em or roto/snake style drafts
- FanDuel offers a weekly $1 league with $10k prize for the least expensive entry
- DraftKings offers a weekly $0.25 league called the ‘Quarter Arcade’~ $1k prize pool
- FanDuel has weekly $1, $2, $5, $10, $25 and $50 large player leagues (over 1k players)
- DraftKings has weekly $0.25, $1, $2, $3, $5, $10, $12, $20, $27, $50, $100, and $200 large player leagues
There are multiple types of games available at both sites including H2H, small team leagues, double and triple ups and plenty of cash game style leagues. Both also roll out the big money, life changing money tournaments every week as well with $1,000,000 guarantee’s each week (both have a $200 buy-in).
Free-rolls – DraftKings has Free Football Leagues With Cash Prizes
- DraftKings has one weekly free-roll with up to $1,000 prize pool (opening week they have 5+ real money freerolls you can join at no risk.
- FanDuel currently does not list any free-rolls
Playing Fantasy Football at DraftKings and FanDuel
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FanDuel vs DraftKings – Bonus Offers for New Players – Signing UP
New player details.
- Promo Code FREAK works at Fanduel (it previously at DK but they changed this for 2016). Locks in max bonus possible.
- FanDuel = 100% sign up bonus to $200 (claim this bonus)
- DraftKings = free ticket into a $3 gpp tournament (claim this bonus)
- FanDuel = HQ in New York, NY (review).
- DraftKings = HQ in Boston, MA (review).
Compare / Contrast / Notes
They are both top rated one week fantasy football sites however there are a few important differences.
- Firstly, DraftKings is more of a true ‘PPR’ (points per reception) league where you earn 1 point for each reception.
- FanDuel is a semi-PPR league as they offer .5 points per reception. This means on DraftKings you will get more value from your RB’s that catch a lot of passes compared to FanDuel.
- DraftKings does not use a KICKER position. FanDuel does.
- DraftKings has a FLEX position instead of kicker. Flex is a RB, WR or TE.
- DraftKings offers late player swap. This is huge – probably one of the most important features that make these sites different. Late player swap is that you can swap out a player for another one as long as their respective games have not yet started.
- Late Swap example – if you have a WR playing on Monday night football and they come down with the flu or a random injury Monday morning you can swap that player if you want (quick tip – save your flex player for the Monday night game when possible for maximum flexibility). On FanDuel, teams lock the moment that any of the games start early Sunday.
Drafting Your Team / Creating Line-Ups “Playing”
Now that you know the scoring and the rules it’s time to join a league and build your lineup.
Quick Important Differences You Should Know
- Draftkings offers “late player swap” – Fanduel does not.
- Fanduel has a “KICKER” position – Draftkings does not.
- Draftkings has a full 1 point PPR scoring system. Fanduel has .5 points per reception.
- Both sites offer news and information on each player.
- FanDuel shows FPPG (fantasy points per game), Games Played, Game Matchup (IND@DEN) Salary and the ‘Add’ button.
- DraftKings shows the same stats but they also show “OPRK” which shows the opponents rank vs position.
- Both sites offer more in-depth information when you click on a players name including recent news, game log and summary
- Both sites allow you to easily edit your line-up and make changes to your team
- Both sites allow you to enter the same line-up into multiple leagues easily
- DraftKings allows you to build a line-up first and then enter the line-up into as many leagues as you want.
Watching Your Team Compete
Once your line-ups are set and the games begin there is nothing left for you do to but cheer on your players and watch your team climb and fall on the leaderboards.
- DraftKings offers live updates with points flashing up on your team members whenever stats are updated (near real time). You can watch your team go up and down on the leaderboards.
- DraftKings also has a ‘My Contests’ tab where all of your contests are listed and you can get a quick overview of how you are doing. You can see how much you are winning, how many points away from 1st place you are, how much time remaining your players have, your oppositions points and their remaining time. Additionally you can see what the top prize is for each of the leagues you are in, all in one spot. This is something that FanDuel does not currently offer
- DraftKings also has a ‘My Lineups’ tab where you can view each of your line-ups and compare them to one another. From there you can see which tournaments they are in and click through to get more details
- The In-Game experience is much more exciting and entertaining at DraftKings
Winning Money Playing One Week Fantasy Football
Both sites are legit, honest and trustworthy. They are the leaders in the biggest thing to hit fantasy sports since the internet. Seriously this is the wave of the future. Back in 2014 we saw considerable warming to the idea of one week fantasy leagues from all of the major sporting organizations (MLB, NBA and NFL). They realize how important it is to have this kind of fantasy sports for their well being. In 2015 they were literally everywhere ended up over exposing themselves racing for marketshare. This year, in 2016 the sites are taking a less heavy advertising direction and focusing on creating a better product and ecosystem for DFS players.
- Win and you get paid – both sites. Pay out via paypal, bank wire, check
- Payouts are fast and easy
- $1 Million + up for grabs in prize money each week at both sites.
- Legal, legit and honest.
- Both sites now label “Experienced Players” (aka the professionals/grinders) – You can avoid them in h2h matches now.
Both sites pay out after all games are complete and all stats are finalized. This usually takes a good few hours after the final games finish. Once finalized payouts are made and the cash appears in your account. You can easily withdraw the funds at any point in time.
Strategic Adjustments / Considerations For FanDuel vs DraftKings
- Check out our advanced FanDuel vs DraftKings strategy adjustments article
- Points run higher on DraftKings as they award more points for milestones (like 300+ yards passing, 100+ yards receiving / rushing)
- You have to deal with picking a kicker on FanDuel. This is a point of frustration for many of us
- RB’s who catch a lot of passes go up in value on DraftKings
- See all of our NFL tips, strategies and related content here
Final Thoughts DraftKings vs FanDuel Football Leagues
I’ve been emailed and asked who is my favorite fantasy football site and if I could only recommend one site which one would it be? It would be DraftKings.com. I”m Spry13 on the leaderboards there myself and it’s where I play mostly. Join me in the weekly GPP (guaranteed prize pools) tournaments.
- FanDuel was once the largest but DraftKings has rivaled them for market share in 2015 and now in 2016. Both are huge.
- DraftKings purchased the #3 fantasy site (DraftStreet) in July of 2014, gaining considerable ground on market leader, FanDuel.
- Both sites have had hundreds of millions in investment in 2015 and are inking deals with major franchises across NFL, MLB, NBA and NHL.
- The sites themselves brought a lot of negative attention on them by over advertising in 2015
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- Investors are pouring hundreds of millions of dollars into both of these companies – with billion dollar valuations!
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