With Opening Day behind us and the first weekend of baseball on tap, daily fantasy sports players will get their first glimpse at what you can expect for guaranteed contests at DraftKings, FanDuel and more.
The contests listed below are for Friday. We assume we will see similar numbers this weekend, and we’ll update when contests for Saturday and/or Sunday are available.
Over its five largest contests scheduled for Friday night, DraftKings is guaranteeing half a million dollars. The contests with big prize pools to check out are:
- The $250K Friday MEGA Perfect Game, with a $300 buy-in. Currently, it’s less than 25 percent full.
- The $100K Payoff Pitch, a $27 buy-in. Currently less than half full.
- The $60K Moonshot, a $3 buy-in. Currently just over half full.
Also of note: DK has launched the $500K Sweet Spot, a $27 buy-in contest slated for Tuesday.
For now, it looks like FanDuel has the slight edge over DraftKings in offering really big guaranteed contests. DraftKings might have more money guaranteed over the course of its smaller contests, but FanDuel is offering more bang for the buck.
The $250K contest at FanDuel is just a $25 buy-in, a much cheaper entry point than DK’s same guarantee. You can also get into two different $100K events, one with a $200 entry fee, and another that costs just $2 to enter. It looks like all three will fill, but the $250K contest is only about a third filled, currently.
Victiv just launched MLB contests for the weekend, which includes a $500 freeroll. Since the contests are new there, you might find some overlay value on the first night. But Victiv isn’t often in the habit of missing its guarantees, so if that happens at all, it’s unlikely to be the case moving forward.
There are two contests with four-figure prize pools, and both are well under a quarter full this afternoon:
There are just two guaranteed prize pools here, both with $500 payouts.
But tonight, FantasyAces is offering a chance to qualify for its $250,000 live final. That is a prize package worth more than $30,000. The buy-in is $109, and there 210 entries, with a 300 entry cap. So if you want to take your first shot at one of FA’s live events, you might want to get your entry in soon.
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It looks like there could be some decent overlays on the two guaranteed contests here: