FanDuel is the one of the largest daily fantasy sports sites in the USA and around the world. Profiled by the Wall Street Journal, New York Times, ESPN, and FOX Sports, FanDuel has become the place to go for 1-week and 1-day fantasy sports action. If you’ve never played in a daily style fantasy league, the concept may seem completely foreign to you. Don’t worry. You’re not alone.
This FanDuel 101 review and new player guide is here to help you get started as quickly as possible. Let’s learn the in’s and out’s of the largest daily fantasy sports site on the net, FanDuel.
- Official Website: www.FanDuel.com
- Valid FanDuel Promo Code = FREAK (locks in max bonus possible of 100% bonus to $200)
- Company Headquarters: New York, New York
- Phone: 1-800-475-2250
- Most USA Players allowed except Arizona, Iowa, Louisiana, Montana, Nevada, New York (NY Allowed again) and Washington
- Canadian Players allowed
I highly recommend Fanduel as the healthiest DFS choice for the vast majority of players. Play here in confidence.
With my newbies guide to FanDuel , you’ll get a crash course on registering your account, grabbing your bonuses (use my tested promo code FREAK for maximum bonus), and competing in daily fantasy sports leagues for real cash. We’re not going to get into draft strategy or tips on how to win at FanDuel. You’ll find that information elsewhere on this site. Instead, we’ll give you the complete lowdown on how Fanduel works so you can decide to join and start playing in a league within minutes.
Step I: How To Join FanDuel.com And Maximize Bonus
First things first. You need to sign up. Register your account. It is fast, free and easy. If you’re on FanDuel’s home page, you’ll see a big orange button labeled “Join Now.” After you click it, a large box will appear on your screen. It will ask you to fill in your name and email address. You’ll also need to pick a username and password. Keep in mind that Fan Duel is one of the biggest daily and weekly fantasy sports sites. So don’t expect your first name to be available for a username.
Underneath the field titled “Password,” you’ll see a green button labeled “Play Now.” Don’t click it yet. Look just below the button. See the words “Got a Promo code or referral username?” Click that text to open up a hidden field. Type in “FREAK” to get your free sign-up bonus.
After you type in the promo code, hit the green “Play Now” button. This locks in your bonus even if you do not deposit until later.
You’ve just finished Stage I. Let’s keep moving…
Stage II: Your Sign-Up Bonus – 1st Deposit
Clicking the “Play Now” button will bring you to a new screen. This is the bonus screen. You get to choose the bonus you want. The first thing you should notice is a countdown timer. You’re given 10 minutes to make your choice. (You can actually select your bonus after the timer expires. So there’s no need to rush.) Right below the timer, you’ll see a row of boxes. Each box contains a deposit amount – $10, $25, $100, etc. – along with its corresponding bonus amount. A box on the far right allows you to type in the amount you want to deposit if it’s different than the amounts listed.
That’s where you’ll make your first deposit. You can use a credit card – Visa, MasterCard, Discover, and AMEX – or transfer funds directly from your Paypal account. Paypal is the simplest option, but either way works fine.
*Sorry, no screenshots of me making a deposit ;-), however rest assured I have personally made multiple deposits at FanDuel. It is fast, easy and secure.
Once you put funds into your new account, Fan Duel will transfer you to the main Lobby page where you will see a list of contests available to join which we will explain next, stage III of our new players Fan Duel tutorial.
Ready for Stage III?
Stage III: How To Use The Fan Duel Site and Lobby
FanDuel have teased a brand new look for the lobby including player points recaps and improved product offerings. As soon as screen shots are available I will add them here.
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That’s right, golf is now at Fanduel!
Every piece of information you need can be accessed from the Lobby. Take a look at the row of tabs near the top of your screen. The following is a quick rundown of what you’ll find behind each one…
How To Sort Through FanDuel’s Daily Fantasy Sports Leagues
The main point we’ll cover in this section is how to sort upcoming contests so you can find what you want. FanDuel hosts thousands of leagues each day. Given that, the site’s sorting feature will become one of your best friends.
Take a look at the top of the page. See the icons that are displayed representing NFL, MLB, CFB and other sports? Each one is tied to a specific sport. If you only want to see the pro football contests, click the “NFL” button. If you want pro baseball, hit the “MLB” button. For college football, click the button titled “CFB.” If the sport you’re looking for is out of season, its corresponding button is listed below with a “No open games.”
Directly above the game listings in the main part of the page are buttons that allow you to sort by the type of contest. They’re labeled “Tournaments” “Leagues” “Head to Heads” and “50/50s & Multipliers”. That’s a quick and easy way to further refine the list.
Below the contest-type buttons, you’ll see an entry fee slider. Use it to narrow down the list even further by the amount of the entry fee. If you have no intention of entering a contest with a $500 entry fee, move the right wing of the slider toward the left.
Now that you know how to find exactly what you want in the FanDuel lobby, let’s talk about the information displayed for each contest.
The Details For Each Daily Fantasy Sports Contest
The list of contests displayed in the main Lobby includes the title for each upcoming competition. One of the details provided is the amount of the prize pool. We’ve written more in depth about FanDuel with our Fan Duel quick start guide for MLB and our guide on Fanduel football.
Look to the right of the titles. On each line, you might see a small blue graphic with a “G” and/or a small orange graphic with an “M.” The blue graphic indicates a guaranteed prize pool. The orange one means that some of the folks who have entered the contest have done so with multiple entries.
Continuing from left to right, you’ll see a number of columns. Most of them are self-explanatory. Here’s a breakdown of each one…
- “Entries” – shows how many entries have been logged for the contest. (Side note: the entire line will be highlighted in yellow for a brief moment whenever a new entry is logged.)
- “Size” – indicates the number of entries allowed for the contest.
- “Entry” – displays the entry fee required to join the contest.
- “Prizes” – shows the total dollar figure of the prize pool.
- “Starts (ET) – indicates the starting time (Eastern Standard Time).
- Entered – there is a green check if you are in this contest
- Enter – click to draft your team
Click on the title of the contest to see specific details about this contest including the prize distrubution, who has entered and which games you can choose players from.
You’ve just learned the basics of how FanDuel works. Don’t let the amount of information Fan Duel puts at your fingertips discourage you. It only takes a few moments to get used to it. After that, you’ll be sorting and filtering the list like a pro.
For now, visit the site and create your account. Don’t forget to use the promo code “FREAK” to claim your bonus. After you do so, make your first deposit.
In an upcoming tutorial, we’ll show you how to join a daily fantasy sports contest at FanDuel and draft players that will help you take home a cash prize!
Is FanDuel A Good Daily Fantasy Site? (Yes!)
FanDuel is an awesome DFS site. They along with rival DraftKings are my personal two favorite DFS sites to play at. They are a legal, legit U.S.A based company that is totally legal for you to play at (minus a few states listed above).
They are a great fantasy sports site. If you do not have an account there yet, you should. Sign up today and you can start playing with as little as a $10 deposit. I recommend depositing the most you can afford on your 1st deposit up to $200 in order to maximize your bonus.
Good luck, and I will see you in the games!
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