With the start of the MLB season this week, Late Swap contests have been introduced to FanDuel. The contests, which allow DFS players to adjust their lineups based on mid-slate news will be available for some contests, while not available for other contests.
The subject of late swaps is a contentious issue for some players, with some loving and some hating the changes. The good news is players will now be able to choose contests that have late swaps or not.
DraftKings late swaps had previously been one of the reasons some players had preferred playing at DraftKings.
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FanDuel Late Swap Details
FanDul ;ate swaps are current available for MLB, NHL and soccer contests. MLB contests are particularly beneficial for late swaps because of weather concerns since games are often postponed. For NBA contests, late swap is not available in any contests.
The process for finding FanDuel late swap contests is easy.
You can find FanDuel Late Swap contests by finding the unlocked icon in the lobby, as seen below:
After your late swap eligible contests have started, find your lineup from the “Live” screen. You will be able to switch out a player assuming a player’s game has not started. Once you are on the lineup screen, click “Edit” to adjust the player from the lineup you want to replace.
As long as your adjusted lineup remains under the salary cap, you will be able to make changes in unlocked games. You can see a representation of the process below:
Those in Favor of Late Swap
The issue of late swaps in daily fantasy sports is one of the most contentious in daily fantasy sports, with players having strong opinions on both sides of the issue. Those against late swaps are particularly vocal.
If you are the type of player who lives and breathes daily fantasy sports and likes to stay engaged with your lineups, you probably love late swaps. Having a player miss play due to a late lineup scratch or bad weather can really get under your skin and be a killer for your lineup on a given night.
Having the ability to make changes as news develops is a powerful tool, especially when opponents don’t have the proverbial finger on the pulse.
Those in favor can also use late swaps to adjust (and some say abuse) lineups based on the performance of a team midway through a slate. Some even see this as the biggest problem of late swaps. For example, if your team isn’t doing well in the early games, you may be more likely to make switches for infrequently owned-high ceiling players as your only opportunity to make up ground from the early ga,es/
Those Against Late Swap
In general, the motivations of late swap activity is beyond the effort that many casuals or opponents want to put in.
DFS players against late swaps often do not have constant access to a computer or even want to check their phone constantly (certainly significant others may play in a role that). These players instead want to be able set their lineup and forget it – or at least not have to pay attention to every little bit of news that may come up before the start of every game. This puts these players at a disadvantage to those that eat up every morsel of information and are ready at a moments notice to adjust lineups for a last minute tweak or edge.
Of course, FanDuel’s answer to both concerns is to provide late swap and non late swap contests. This way, FanDuel can attempt to make players happy who feel strongly either way. Still, having two distinct types of contests does arguably separate the contests and in theory makes the guarantees smaller.
Reaction to FanDuel Late Swag Changes
Predictably, reaction to the MLB late swap changes has been mixed. “This is dumbest thing FD ever did” was one reaction from one player. Many players — those that even like to follow their scores periodically — don’t like the feeling of being chained to the computer to make sure they don’t lose an edge.
Highly engaged players and others who are satisfied with FanDuel’s approach to the problem suggest that players just “deal with it.” If they don’t like late swap, they don’t have play late swap contests. If they like late swap, they can play the late swap contests.
This is probably one of those cases where even if the correct decision has been made, nobody will end up completely happy.