There are less than two weeks before the start of the NFL season. If you have been on the sidelines during the NFL preseason now is the time to get those projections ready. Before we do that, its important to familiarize yourself with the scoring systems daily fantasy sports sites use, which are not universal.
The two most popular daily fantasy sports sites going into the 2015 NFL football season are DraftKings and FanDuel. While playing daily fantasy sports on FanDuel and DraftKings is very similar, it is also different in some notable ways.
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Roster Size Differences at DraftKings and FanDuel
DraftKings Positions: QB, RB1, RB2, WR1, WR2, WR3, TE, FLEX (RB/WR/TE) and Team Defense
FanDuel: QB, RB1, RB2, WR1, WR2, WR3, TE, K, Team Defense
Arguably the biggest difference between FanDuel and DraftKings NFL contests is the roster, because this is affects the foundation of how to build your team.
With both sites, you will draft a nine-man team consisting of one quarterback, two running backs, three wide receivers, one tight end and one team defense. The one difference is that FanDuel features a kicker position while DraftKings has a FLEX position that can be filled with a running back, wide receiver or tight end.
Having a kicker position on the roster increases the variance of the games due to the fact that the position is relatively unpredictable — for a sharp daily fantasy sports player — compared to the positions within the flex position. This gives sharper players who do their due diligence a bit more of an advantage at DraftKings versus FanDuel.
FanDuel Vs DraftKings NFL Scoring Differences
NFL Contest Offensive Scoring
FanDuel and DraftKings has the same scoring for the majority of their offensive stats.
Passing TD: 4 points
Passing Yards: 1 point per 25 Yards (0.04 per yard)
Interception: -1 point
Rushing TD: 6 points
Rushing Yards: 1 point per 10 Yards (0.10 per yard)
Receiving TD: 6 points
Receiving Yards: 1 point per 10 Yards (0.10 per yard)
Return TD (punt or kickoff): 6 points
Fumble Recovery TD: 6 points
Differences in Offensive scoring:
There are a few notable differences in offensive scoring, however. When setting your offensive, you’ll want to note the difference in reception points — which are worth twice as much at DraftKings. In addition, 3 bonus points are awarded for high performance games for passing, receiving and rushing.
Receptions: 1 point at DraftKings, 0.50 points at FanDuel
300+ Passing Yard Game (DraftKings): 3 points
100+ Receiving Yards Game (DraftKings): 3 points
100+ Rushing Yards Game(DraftKings): 3 points
Fumble Lost -1 at DraftKings, -2 points at FanDuel
Field Goals (DraftKings): 0-39 yards, 3 points; 40-49 yards, 4 points; 50+ yards, 5 points
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NFL Contest Defensive Scoring:
Unlike offensive scoring, defensive scoring at FanDuel and DraftKings is exactly the same.
Sack: 1 point
Interception: 2 points
Fumble Recovery: 2 points
Return Touchdown (kickoff, punt): 6 points
Blocked Punt or Field Goal Return Touchdown: 6 points
Safety: 2 points
Blocked Kick: 2 points
Points Allowed: 0, 10 points; 7-13, 7 points, 14-20, 1 point; 21-27, 0 points, 28-34, 1 point; 35 or more, -4 points (points are counted for allowed rushing TDs, passing TDs, punt return TDs, kick return TDs and blocked punt TDs, 2 point conversions, extra points and field goals).