Over the past couple of seasons the daily fantasy games have taken the fantasy sports world by storm. As great as redraft and dynasty formats are when it comes to fantasy football, being stuck with the same team week in and week out can be frustrating at times. Injuries, suspensions, game plans, depth charts, and matchups can change so quickly in the NFL and having to submit a lineup for a redraft team you drafted in August gets tougher as the weeks go on. The fantasy draft itself is the one part of fantasy football that drives most people, and can be the most exciting part of the whole experience. With the daily fantasy games catching fire over the past few years, the trend is only going to continue to increase as fantasy players are looking for an opportunity to get their drafting fix on a week to week basis.
Daily Fantasy Games have several options when it comes to choosing what site to trust and deposit your money into (FanDuel, DraftStreet, Daily Joust, DraftDay, DraftKings, StarStreet, etc.), but I want to focus mainly on the one site that has a strong history and track record, which is FanDuel. In 2012 FanDuel paid out $50 million in daily fantasy sports prizes (up from $10 million in prizes for 2011), and had an average of 250,000 lineup entries per week into their daily games. FanDuel employs 40+ currently and is a US-based company in New York City and has an engineering staff located in Edinburgh, Scotland.
Leading up to the 2013 Fantasy football season I will take an in-depth look at the growing format of the Daily Fantasy Games with a six part series focusing on the daily site, FanDuel.
Advantages of Daily Fantasy Games (FanDuel)
- In most of your traditional fantasy football formats the season is over at week 16, but in the daily fantasy world Weeks 17, and the first 2 weeks of the NFL playoffs are all in play.
- There is a variety of options when it comes to choosing the price you want to play for, ranging from $1 to $535 per game.
- The game types also have a nice variety as you can play in head-to-head games, 50/50 games, 3-man, 5-man, 10-man, 20-man, or some of the bigger tournaments.
- Flexibility of times that games start. You can play the Thursday Night games, along with Sunday only, or if you miss out on the 1:00 pm kickoffs you can play in the late games. Lots of options when it comes to when you want to start.
- Customer service is outstanding as you can always find someone on the live chat to help you out if any problems arise.
- The feeling of having a brand new team each week, where you can play matchups to your advantage.
- It is fun and addicting. You will be surprised that on a weekly basis you will be more excited to follow your FanDuel lineup then your redraft/dynasty lineup.
- PayPal is accepted. Easy to deposit and withdrawal.
Disadvantages of Daily Fantasy Games (FanDuel)
- There is a rake that takes 10% off the top, which is more than understandable, but strong money management needs to be addressed when playing week in and week out.
- No flex spot option. Lineups consist of 1 QB, 2 RBs, 3 WRs, 1 TE, 1 PK, and 1 DEF.
- Beware of sharks. There are a lot of sharks out there when it comes to playing FanDuel on a weekly basis. These guys know the scoring system, lineup requirements, and every trick in the book when it comes to maximizing a lineup.
- Duplicate lineups. That's not to say that there are exactly the same lineups but usually on a weekly basis you will see 4-5 players on almost everyone’s lineup. With no flex option this is more relevant on FanDuel. On one hand, it might be a disadvantage but it also could be to your advantage as you will have an idea of who the popular picks will be. If you decide to go against the grain and their so called player misses, you will be sitting pretty.
- Kickers and defenses are extremely important in this type of format. In traditional redraft/dynasty leagues they can be an afterthought, but in a FanDuel lineup you need to hit on each position.
- Salary cap style of drafting. It is not the same thrill to draft a team that can be duplicated by others, and with no options for live drafting, things can become very completive.
- You cannot edit your lineups once the first game starts. So any later games you might have players for they are locked at the start of the early game. This makes it hard when it comes to creating lineups with guys that are Questionable for that week. It also can be viewed as an advantage as you can hope others are playing guys that are injured and won't start.
Be sure to take advantage of the fantastic bonus offers that Footballguys is offering for all new FanDuel members; if you deposit $20 on FanDuel you get a free subscription to Footballguys. For those that are already a member of FanDuel can get a free subscription to Footballguys if they Redeposit $100 at FanDuel. As an added bonus those that buy their Footballguys subscription via FanDuel will also be eligible for $35,000 ($70,000 total) in additional prize money in the 2013 Footballguys Subscriber Contest. Both of the above offers can be found here.
More from James Brimacombe:
FanDuel Plays of the Week: Week 3 - September 18
FanDuel Plays of the Week: Week 2 - September 11
FanDuel Plays of the Week: Week 1 - September 4
Daily Games Introduction: Exploring the FanDuel Scoring System - August 26
Kick and Punt Returners: Rankings and Depth Chart - August 26
Daily Games Intro: Different Game Types Offered - August 22
What if Jordan Cameron is lost for the season? - August 2
Player Spotlight: Jay Cutler - July 24
Daily Games Introduction: What is FanDuel? - July 21
Player Spotlight: Kendall Wright - July 11