DraftKings headed into the 2017 NFL season as the number one daily fantasy sports site, offering the largest selection of sports and highest guaranteed prize pools.
The DraftKings interface is as good as there is in the industry, and players will find just about any type of contest they might want to play. Big money is up for grabs every week during the NFL season and every day during the MLB, NHL, and NBA season. The site also offers a huge selection of contests for other less popular DFS sports and leagues such as golf, soccer, NASCAR, WNBA, CFL and even MMA and eSports. The DFS site can attract an above average amount of skilled players, but DraftKings is continuing to make steps to improve play for everyone.
DraftKings is open to players in 41 states as well as Canada. Players located in the following states are not eligible to play at DraftKings at this time.
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In addition to DraftKing’s operation in the United States, they have begun to expand internationally with the launch of DraftKings UK and DraftKings Germany, with optimism to go live in other European countries.
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DraftKings Sports Offered
A better question might be “Which sports doesn’t DraftKings offer?” You can join contests in many of the standard DFS sports you would expect: NFL, Major League Baseball, NBA and NHL. There are also contests available for the PGA, professional soccer, NASCAR, mixed martial arts, WNBA and CFL. No cricket…yet. You can bet that if there is interest for it, that DraftKings will eventually offer support for the sport.
DraftKings also recently begun offering eSports contests and using their leverage to offer some of the largest guaranteed contests for eSports such as League of Legends. DraftKings, along with FanDuel, has stopped offering contests for college sports.
DraftKings Contests and Prize Pools
There are a wide variety of contest types available in every sport, with the larger field guaranteed prize pool contests ranking as the most popular contests. Qualifier tournaments allow players to pay smaller buy-in fees to get into contests with larger buy-ins. In addition, DraftKings also offers head-to-head matches, small field non-guaranteed contests, contests where half the field gets paid, and more. DraftKings also offers play money games as well as the occasional freeroll.
You can also create your own contest in any sport that is currently active. Players will have control over when the contest takes place, whether it’s a head-to-head or a league format, public vs. private (if you want to just invite buddies to play), and the entry fee (free contests are available if you just want to play for bragging rights or to practice).
DraftKings consistently holds the largest prize pools of any DFS site. During the NFL season, DK runs guaranteed tournaments prize pools well over $1 million. The DraftKings “Millionaire Maker” contest even pays one million dollars to the winner and an overall prize pool of up to $10 million. For other sports, guarantees still reach into the high six figures, with half a million dollar prize pools frequent for the NBA and MLB, for instance. There are also lots of smaller guaranteed tournaments for those with a limited bankroll (with buy-ins starting at just $0.25).
In addition to contests offered during the regular season, DraftKings also offers preseason and postseason contests including for the NFL preseason and NFL playoffs. During Super Bowl LII, DraftKings even debuted single-game Super Bowl DFS. The prize pools aren’t as large as you will find during the regular season, but don’t think for a second that the daily fantasy football is only 17 weeks.
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The powerful DraftKings lobby is one-stop shopping for getting into any contest at the site. Filters, tabs and sortable columns make finding the contest that you want as easy as clicking a couple buttons.
The advanced filters give you full control over which contests you will see in the lobby, starting with a menu that allows you to view contests only associated with one league (i.e. NFL, NBA, etc.). You can also apply filters based on when a contest starts, how big the field is, and the size of the entry fee.
DraftKings restricts the use of daily fantasy tools, which make it easier to submit lineups. Although they do not allow third party tools, DraftKings does offer a tool of their own to upload lineups. They will be adding more tools for players in the future.
DraftKings also features its own fantasy sports news section of the site, called “The Playbook.” It includes commentary, news, daily roundups and previews, drafting strategy and more, across all of the sports offered at the site. While you can shop around the internet looking for fantasy sports advice, DraftKings makes it easy to get information without leaving the site.
DraftKings Contest Types
Clicking on tabs allow users quickly sort through the DraftKings contests types currently being offered:
- Featured (most notable DraftKings contests)
- Casual – (contests available to players who have not been labeled as “experienced”
- Tournaments/Leagues (leagues are any contest that is not guaranteed, but is not a two-player contest)
- Head-to-head matches
- 50-50 and Double Ups (contests where half the field is paid)
- Multipliers (Contests where winners will receive 2x, 3x, 5x, 10x or even 40x their entry fee)
- Satellites and Qualifiers (contests that feed into larger contests)
Players can join up to 50 non-guaranteed contests per buy-in level/type. These contests include head to head, 50/50s and leagues. For guaranteed tournaments, DraftKings will never let players have more than 3% of all lineups in the guaranteed contest, although some contests will have a lower cap.
The guaranteed prize pool tournaments on DraftKings is where the site gets a lot of attention, with a handful of contests eclipsing $1 million dollars in prize pools during the NFL season. Many DraftKings competitors don’t even have enough customers to offer more than one huge GPP per week. Players can also take advantage of special events including the popular FBWC, which runs every year and features millions of dollars in prize pools.
For 2016 and beyond, DraftKings is not offering League Hub but instead has introduced DraftKings Leagues as a way for players to play daily fantasy sports contests against their friends. Leagues facilitate a central hub for the league contests as well as a leaderboard.
In addition to DraftKings “Classic” contests which use traditional scoring and roster sizes, DraftKings has also recently introduced additional variety in Contest Styles, which can be filtered as you narrow down your contests.
Pick’em: Instead of drafting players by staying under a salary cap, DraftKings users instead select players via tiers.
Showdown: Showdowns are contests with only one game in the slate.
Late Swap: For certain sports, DraftKings offers Late Swap contests where users are able to change their lineup after the first games have started but where certain roster spots have not started their games. This feature is beneficial for users that that don’t like the variance of a late scratch.
DraftKings Review – Drafting and Scoring
While there are lots of different sports offered, drafting works uniformly throughout the website. You pick a contest, draft a team that falls under a salary cap, and play.
Here is a quick rundown of how the different sports are drafted. Salary caps for all contests are $50,000.
- NFL: QB, 2 RB, 3 WR, TE, Flex (RB/WR/TE), DST (Defense/special teams)
- CFL: QB, 1 RB, 2 WR, 2 Flex (RB/WR/TE), DST (Defense/special teams)
- NBA: PG, SG, SF, PF, C, G, F, UTIL (Utility)
- WNBA: 3 G, 4 F
- NASCAR: Six-driver teams
- MLB: P, P, C, 1B/DH, 2B, 3B, SS, OF, OF, OF
- NHL: W, W, W, C, C, D, D, UTIL, G
- Golf (PGA): Six-player teams
- Soccer (MLS, English Premier League and Champions League): GK, 2 D, 2 M, 2 F, FLEX (any non-goalkeeper)
- Mixed martial arts: Five-fighter teams
Scoring follows industry standards for most sports, with a points-per-reception method used in NFL contests, which contrasts how FanDuel scores NFL contests.
Drafting a team is extremely easy – hitting the “+” symbol next to any player adds him to your roster. After drafting a player, the site automatically calculates how much remaining salary cap you have left to spend and the average amount you have left to spend per empty roster spot. You can also export, import and save lineups for faster drafting.
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The player list that you draft from indicate if there is a recent news item about the player and his brief injury status (i.e. questionable, probable, etc.). Drilling into a player’s bio gives a full list of recent news and a deep well of statistics, including splits (i.e. home and away), a 10-game log, and the matchup ratings of the player’s next opponent. In sports where whether is important (NFL, MLB) DraftKings provides weather forcasts as well. The inclusion of this game and player information saves a lot of time in creating your DraftKings lineups.
Following the action live, which is arguably the most engaging part of DFS, is very easy with live, instantaneous scoring updates that makes following your daily fantasy lineups effortless. DraftKings also offers DFS players the opportunity to make changes to their lineup up until a fantasy player’s game starts. Late swaps are not available for NBA contests, however, which differs from some other sites where full lineups are locked when the contest begins.
DraftKings Arcade Mode
DraftKings Arcade Mode, which is currently available for MLB, gives DraftKings players a simplified and toned down version of daily fantasy sports. Instead of drafting a nine-man team, players draft a 6-man roster that consists of a pitcher and five hitters.
In addition, the scoring of DraftKings Arcade contests are tweaked as well. There are not only points earned for standard categories such as a hits, strikeouts and stolen bases, but players can also accumulate points for achievements such as Gland Slam Bonuses, HR/SB Combo and Complete Games
Promotions, including leaderboards, are occasionally run for the DraftKings Arcade Mode that encourage players to participate in this unique contests.
Outside of public DraftKings games “DraftKings Leagues.” Introduced in late 2016, DraftKings Leagues melds the world of daily fantasy with the more social aspect aspect of traditional fantasy sports.
Any user can create a DraftKings league are able to invite their friends and other players to share in the social aspect of daily fantasy sports. Within a league — which only invited users will have access to — a commissioner can create and participate in contests as well as follow progress within the league through leaderboards. Think of DraftKings Leagues as private lobby.
For those who like to do monitor your lineups everywhere, a mobile app is available iOS and Android. The apps have improved greatly over the last year and provide most of the functionality of the web-based version.
The presentation isn’t quite as slick as the desktop version — in part by design. But it does include all of the same filters and options and lets you enter contests easily via a mobile device.
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|Web||iOS, Android availability|
A separate app, DK Live, is a general information app that allows you to keep up with the play by play in real time. The app also allows you to track players, the top scorers of the day, fantasy news and news.
DraftKings deposits can be made via credit card (Visa, MasterCard, Discover and American Express are all accepted), as well as PayPal.
When it comes time to makewithdrawal, DraftKings offers the option of doing so via check or Paypal. The only requirement is that the amount withdrawn must be at least $20. DraftKings, like all daily fantasy sports sites, will issue you a 1099 when your withdrawals exceed the amount deposited by at least $600.
|DraftKings Deposits and Withdrawals|
|Paypal (credit card, bank transfer etc)||Yes||Yes||$5/$2000*|
If you withdraw within 90 days of your deposit, your initial deposit method will be refunded. If you have any issues or special cirumstances, contact DraftKings.
DraftKings currently offers players a free contest ticket when signing up for the first time. After your personal details have been entered you can make a deposit and receive a DraftKings Free ticket. The token can be used in any DraftKings contest.
Players may also be able to take advantage of other DraftKings sign-up bonus perks.
DraftKings is consistency running promotions beyond just guaranteed prize-pool contests, with other prizes. The site puts on “world championships” of the major fantasy sports, with a satellite system that allows players to earn their way to Las Vegas, with airfare and lodging covered. Past NFL World Championships in past years have awarded $15 million with $5 million as the top prize. Large events such as the FBWC are a highlight for DraftKings fantasy baseball players.
DraftKings also has unveiled a new VIP scheme called the Players Rewards program. This VIP program allows players to exchange FPPs in the VIP store as well as the ability to participate in Daily Missions, earn Flash Bonuses and qualify for up to $100,000 in freerolls based on the number of FPPs earned during the month. When exchanging points in the store, players can earn the equivalent of around 2% of their buy-in fee back.
DraftKings Customer Support
The DraftKings customer support department is available to answer questions 18 hours a day from Monday through Sunday at 6 AM to 11 PM ET. Unfortunately, there is no immediate support available via live chat and and phone support although DraftKings has indicated they might add this support at a later date.
DraftKings players can expect a response from customer support within a few hours in many cases, with some responses taking a day or so.
|DraftKings Customer Service Contacts|
|Contact Form||Available on DraftKings Site|
|Mailing address||225 Franklin St.
Boston, MA 02110
|Support Hours:||Monday - Sunday 6:00 AM - 11:59 PM ET|
|Mailing address (UK)||15 Ingestre Place
Box #: Suite 265
|Phone Support||Not available|
|Live Chat||Available through website|
DraftKings Referral Program
DraftKings changed their refer a friend program in July 2016. Instead of receiving a percentage of your referrals play, you will receive DraftKings contest tickets for a future contest. The value of the contest will be around $30 and will be paid once our referral deposits and players for real money within a 30 day period.
Over the couple years, DraftKings has surpassed FanDuel in terms of prize pools, player traffic and other metrics. Recent investments at DraftKings has led to an aggressive push for higher prize pools, more frequent commercials and above-average promotions. DraftKings offers a huge selection of sports and contests types, the largest guaranteed tournaments and one of the best user-interfaces around. This all adds up to making DraftKings one of the best DFS sites, pound-for-pound.