Early NFL Contests Up on DraftKings, FanDuel


When your a website that website that offers daily fantasy sports, the National Football League is a big bleeping deal. One only need to take a look at revenue numbers and activity during the 4th quarter of these companies.

So it’s not a surprise that the big players are already flexing their DFS muscles to give players a hint of what to expect during the 2015 football season. FanDuel and DraftKings football contests are live and the takeaway is that the prize pools are larger and there is more momentum towards DraftKings, which has seen the company continually eat into FanDuel’s market share over the last year.

Guaranteed Prize Pools Favor DraftKings

The NFL season doesn’t kick off until September 13th, but FanDuel and DraftKings are already putting up huge prizepools to prove to players they are the go-to daily fantasy sports website during the upcoming season.

Featured Tournament – DraftKings has made the biggest splash with their $10 Millionaire Maker, which DraftKings is calling the largest contest of all time with $2 million to first place. The entry fee is $20 and DraftKings has so far recorded 1192 entrants, enough to cover over $24,000 in entry fees but not bad with over 40 days left until the season begins.

FanDuel’s featured tournament is nothing to sneeze at either, but still comes quite a bit short of the Millionaire Maker in terms of turning heads. FanDuel is still running a huge $5M NFL Sunday Million with a $25 entry fee with 4782 already registered.

Other Guaranteed Tournaments – After the Millionaire Maker, Draft Kings is offering players a $1 million Play-Action tournament with a $3 buy-in. DraftKings currently features an additional $2.4 million in guaranteed tournaments for a total of $12.4 million over ten tournaments.

FanDuel has added another $3,380,000 in guaranteed tournaments — $8.8 million total — to their lobby so far. After the $5M Sunday Million, they have also added the $1 Million Rush ($5 buy-in) and the $750,000 NFL Kick-Off ($10 buy-in). In total, FanDuel has 12 guaranteed tournaments over $100,000.

Non Guaranteed Prize Pool Tournaments Available to Join

It’s a bit more difficult to tell how DraftKings and FanDuel are filling up their other contests, but both sites have posted contests for Week 1 for a variety of games. In addition to tournaments, both DraftKings and FanDuel are offering other types of contests already, including head-to-head, 50/50 and other leagues. DraftKings is also offering steps and qualifiers to many guaranteed tournaments.

As the NFL season gets closer, it will be worth watching how much these guaranteed tournaments start to fill up at DraftKings and FanDuel. It’s probably a good bet that even more guaranteed prizes will be thrown at players over the coming weeks.