FanDuel NBA Starting 5 Contests Debut

FanDuel is rolling out new NBA Starting Five contests this week in what is the latest contest type to get the reduced-roster sized treatment.

To get players excited about these new contests, FanDuel is tipping things off with the $100,000 Christmas Jam contest, which players can enter for free.

How to play NBA Starting Five Contests

FanDuel Starting Five contests being introduced as the “Official 1-Day Fantasy Game of the NBA.”

The games are simplified versions of FanDuel’s standard daily fantasy basketball contests. Instead of a roster of 9 players, FanDuel Starting Five contests feature the same positions in an NBA game – two guards, two forwards and a center.

You will draft your five-man roster with a salary cap of $60,000 – an average of $12,000 per player. Note that salaries for players in these contests is different than FanDuel 9-man leagues. Apart from the roster changes, the game will play like a normal DFS contest.

Scoring for Starting Five contests will be the same as FanDuel NBA scoring.

FanDuel players can find these new contests by filtering “Starting Five” from Game Styles in the FanDuel lobby. You’ll be able to find 50/50s, head to head contests, leagues, multiplier and of course — guaranteed tournaments.

Starting 5 Latest Simplified Games

In an effort to appeal to recreational players, DFS sites are launching additional reduced roster size contests

Earlier this month, FanDuel announced FanDuel Mini, a NFL DFS game featuring five roster spots. This summer, DraftKings unveiled MLB Arcade Mode with plans to roll out NFL contests soon.

About the Christmas Jam

The Christmas Jam will be held on December 25th at 12 PM ET. The contest will be free to enter and will give away $100,000 in NBA themed prizes including autographed merchandise, NBA Shop gift cards and five tickets to an upcoming NBA game.

The player who finishes in first will receive the five tickets to a nearby NBA game. Players that finish in the top 23,068 will receive a free FanDuel Contest Bundle that includes two contest entries (NBA Clutch Shot Contest on December 26th and an entry into the $6,000 NBA Clutch Shot contest on 12/27).

A full list of prizes are detailed below:

1st: Five tickets to an NBA game and a FanDuel Contest Bundle
2nd: Autrgraophed basketball from an NBA Hall of Fame player
3rd-5th: NBA 2k18 Video Game
6th-10th: $25 NBA Store credit
11th-25th: $10 NBA Store credit
1st-23,068th: FanDuel Contest Bundle