DraftKings College Football Contests Are Back

DraftKings College Football Games Back for 2017-2018 Season

In a surprise announcement this week, DraftKings revealed the return of college football DFS contests, just in time for the start of the 2018 college football season.

The contests will not be available in all states, however, only the 27 states were state laws are favorable. This means that some 13 of the states that DraftKings serves will not able to play college football DFS, while continuing to enjoy DFS for other sports.

What states can you play DraftKings college football?

Players in 27 states will have access to DraftKings college sports contests. This could change in the coming months and years as sports betting legalization spreads, which is undoubtedly a catalyst for the changes.

For now, the following states can enter contests during the 2018-2019 season.

  • Arkansas
  • Califonia
  • Connecticut
  • District of Columbia
  • Florida
  • Georgia
  • Illinois
  • Kansas
  • Kentucky
  • Michigan
  • Minnesota
  • Nebraska
  • New Jersey
  • New Mexico
  • North Carolina
  • North Dakota
  • Oklahoma
  • Oregon
  • Rhode Island
  • South Carolina
  • South Dakota
  • Texas
  • Utah
  • Virginia
  • West Virginia
  • Wisconsin

If DFS is legal in your state — as is the case in Pennsylvania — college sports is likely not offered due to specific laws in the state which expressly forbid playing the games.

How to play DraftKings college football

DraftKings college football contests will come in two forms for this season, Classic and Showdown.

With Classic Contests, DraftKings users will draft a lineup while staying under a $50,000 salary cap. Rosters consist of 1 quarterback, 2 running backs, 3 wide receivers, 1 flex and 1 super flex. Flex positions can be drafted from running backs and wide receivers, while the Super Flex position adds quarterbacks to the mix.

In DraftKings Showdown contests, you will draft players from a single game while staying under a $50,000 salary cap. Unlike Classic contests, you will need to fill in six roster sports comprising of five utility positions and a “Captain.” Utility positions can include quarterbacks, running backs, wide receivers and kickers. The captain position earns 1.5x the standard rate of points.

DraftKings college football scoring

Given the major differences in structure between the two styles of contests, scoring also has some notable differences.

Classic College Football Scoring
Passing Touchdown4 Points
Passing Yards0.04 Per Yard
300+ Yard Passing Game 3 Points
Interception-1 Points
Rushing Touchdown6 Points
Rushing Yards0.10 Per Yard
100+ Yard Rushing Game3 Points
Receiving Touchdown6 Points
Receiving Yards0.10 Per Yard
100+ Yard Receiving Game3 Points
Receptions1 Point
Punt/Kickoff/Field Goal Return Touhdown6 Points
Fumble Lost-1 Point
2-Pt Conversion Pass2 Points
2-Pt Conversion Run or Catch2 Points
Offensive Fumble Recovery Touchdown6 Points

DraftKings college football showdown contests

Showdown contests add some kicker stats due to the addition of the kicker.

DraftKings Showdown Captain Mode Scoring
Passing Touchdown4 Points
Passing Yards0.04 Per Yard
300+ Yard Passing Game3 Points
Interception-1
Rushing Touchdown6 Points
Rushing Yards0.10 Per Yard
100+ Yard Rushing Game3 Points
Receiving Touchdown6 Points
Receiving Yards0.01 Per Yard
100+ Yard Receiving Game 3 Points
Receptions1 Point
Punt/Kickoff/Field Goal Return Touchdown6 Points
Fumble Lost-1 Point
2-Pt Conversion Pass2 Points
2-Pt Conversion Run or Catch2 Points
Offensive Fumble Recovery Touchdown6 Points
0-39 Yard Field Goal3 Points
40-49 Yard Field Goal3 Points
50+ Yard Field Goal5 Points
Extra Point1 Point