FanDuel Review

FanDuel is the unquestioned daily fantasy industry leader, FanDuel won the FTSA’s (Fantasy Sports Trade Association) award for best fantasy contest in 2013. FanDuel owns an estimated 65% market share in daily fantasy sports. With over $80 million in funding, FanDuel has spent a lot of money on technology and marketing. So far, FanDuel has paid out over $300 million dollars and by the end of 2014, that number will approach $500 million. With well over 10,000 leagues each day and over $10 million paid out each week, you will have no problem finding leagues to join.

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FanDuel Review

Gameplay

FanDuel offers daily games for most of the major sports: NFLNBAMLBNHLCFB and CBB. For game types, FanDuel offer Heads-Up, 50/50s, 5/10/20 player contests, and plenty of other cash games. FanDuel also allows you to create private games where you can invite your friends and family to play for all the money. While FanDuel’s cash game selection is great, they truly excel in the number of Guaranteed Prize Pools (GPPs) they offer. Tournaments range from $1 to $1070 and can feature as many as 10,000+ other entrants.

 

Scoring & Rosters

Contest results and winners are determined by the total points scored by tallying the points accumulated by each player on each lineup entered into a contest.

NFL Lineups

NFL lineups consist of 1 QB, 2 RB, 3 WR, 1 TE, 1 K, and 1 DST.

Players accumulate points as follows:

Offense Defense
Rushing yards made = 0.1pts Sacks = 1pt
Rushing touchdowns = 6pts Opponent-fumbles recovered = 2pts
Passing yards = 0.04pts Interception return touchdowns = 6pts
Passing touchdowns = 4pts Fumble return touchdowns = 6pts
Interceptions = -1pt Kickoff return touchdowns = 6pts
Receiving yards = 0.1pts Punt return touchdowns = 6 pts (excludes blocked punts)
Receiving touchdowns = 6pts Safeties = 2pts
Receptions = 0.5pts Blocked kicks = 2pts
Kickoff return touchdowns = 6pts Interceptions = 2pts
Punt return touchdowns = 6pts 0 points allowed = 10pts
Fumbles lost = -2pts 1-6 points allowed = 7pts
Own fumbles recovered touchdowns = 6pts 7-13 points allowed = 4pts
Two-point conversions scored = 2pts 14-20 points allowed = 1pt
Two-point conversion passes = 2pts 28-34 points allowed = -1pt
Field-goals from 0-19 yards = 3pts 35+ points allowed = -4pts
Field-goals from 20-29 yards = 3pts
Field-goals from 30-39 yards = 3pts
Field-goals from 40-49 yards = 4pts
Field-goals from 50+ yards = 5pts
Extra-point conversions = 1pt
Note: For purposes of FanDuel defensive scoring, points allowed are calculated as:
6 * (Rushing TD + Receiving TD + Own fumbles recovered for TD ) + 2 * (Two point conversions) + Extra points + 3 * (Field Goals)

 


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NBA Lineups

Players accumulate points as follows:

3-pt FG = 3pts
2-pt FG = 2pts
FT = 1pt
Rebound = 1.2pts
Assist = 1.5pts
Block = 2pts
Steal = 2pts
Turnover = -1pt

MLB Lineups

Players accumulate points as follows:

Hitters Pitchers
1B = 1pt W = 4pts
2B = 2pts ER = -1pt
3B = 3pts SO = 1pt
HR = 4pts IP = 1pt*
RBI = 1pt
R = 1pt
BB = 1pt
SB = 2pts
HBP = 1pt
Out (calculated as at bats – hits) = -.25pt
*Fractional scoring per out.

NHL Lineups

Players accumulate points as follows:

Forwards/Defencemen Goalies
Goals = 3pts Wins = 3pts
Assists = 2pts Goals Against = -1pt
Plus/Minus = 1pt Saves = 0.2pt
Penalty Minutes = 0.25pt Shutouts = 2pts
Powerplay Points = +0.5pt
Shots on Goal = 0.4pt


Rules

Unfilled Contests: All open contests that are completed on FanDuel have a predetermined prize pool and number of entrants. Contests labeled as “Guaranteed” will always run and pay out regardless if the contest starts as unfilled. Some structured contests, however, require a specified number of participants. If that number of participants is not reached before the start of the contest, the contest will not take place and your entrance fee will be refunded. For example, a head-to-head challenge cannot take place without two willing competitors and a 10-person league will not be conducted with only 9 interested participants.

Canceling Entries: Users may cancel entries by clicking on the ‘cancel entry’ link located at the bottom of your entry on the edit roster page. You may cancel your entry for any contest that is unfilled. Within 15 minutes of game start, the cancel entry link will disappear when a contest fills (GPP, League, or 50/50). FanDuel will not accommodate cancellation requests for entries in filled contests within 15 minutes of game start. FanDuel has no obligation to honor cancellation requests that are not received, or which are received after these deadlines, due to technical difficulties or other reasons. Also, FanDuel will not accommodate requests to cancel matched H2H entries.

Postponed Games: Rules for how postponed games are treated in FanDuel contests vary depending on the sport and contest type. For NFL contests, you will receive points for any postponed games that are played no later than Wednesday of that week. For one day MLB contests, if the postponed game is played on the same day then you will receive points for your players in those games as normal. If a game is postponed to a later date or called off for any reason, any players you have selected for that game will receive zero points. For one day NBA and NHL contests, you will receive points for any postponed games that are played no later than the next day. For any NBA, MLB, and NHL contests that are scheduled to include games from multiple days (such as some playoff contests), you will receive points for any games that are played no later than the day after the last game scheduled as part of the contest. For postponed CFB games, you will receive points for the game if it is played no later than the following Tuesday. If game cancellations and/or postponements mean there is only one game left in a contest, then the contest will be canceled and all entry fees will be refunded. NOTE: A game will be considered to be ‘played’ on a given day if it begins on that day and is completed no later than 6am Eastern on the following day.

Suspended Games: Rules for how suspended games are treated vary depending on the sport and game type. A game is considered suspended if it is unfinished, but to be completed in the future. At a minimum, the statistics compiled prior to the end of the contest period will count towards contests. For a suspended NFL game, you will receive points for the remainder of the game if it is played no later than Wednesday of that week. For one day MLB contests, if the game is suspended until a future date, points accumulated in the remainder of the game will not count towards contests. For one day NBA and NHL contests, you will receive the remainder of points that accumulate for any suspended games that are played no later than the next day. For any NBA, MLB, and NHL contests that are scheduled to include games from multiple days (such as some playoff contests), you will receive the remaining points for the any games that are completed no later than the day after the last game scheduled as part of the contest. For suspended CFB games, you will receive points for the remainder of the game if it is completed no later than the following Tuesday.

 

Cashier

Deposits: You may deposit money into your FanDuel account using Paypal or a Visa credit card (other cards such as MasterCard and American Express can be used via Paypal). If you’re having any problems depositing money then get in touch and we’ll deal with the issue as soon possible.

Withdraws: You can withdraw your money at any time. For PayPal withdrawals, simply click the Withdraw link on the My Account tab and enter the amount you wish to withdraw, along with a valid PayPal email. PayPal requests will be processed within 48 hours. We also offer check withdrawals, which take 7-10 days to process. For Check withdrawals, Submit a ticket detailing the amount you wish to withdraw and your mailing address. For check withdrawals over $250 we require a valid mailing address and social security number in order to file the appropriate tax forms at year end. We also conduct anti-fraud checks on playing patterns and deposits prior to processing a withdrawal.

In cases where a user has received a bonus or other benefits as a result of their deposit and has not yet played through the deposit (entering contests whose total entry fees equal the value of the deposit), FanDuel reserves the right to refuse the withdrawal and/or close the user’s account.

 

Mobile Apps & Website

The FanDuel iOS app offers the best live scoring experience in daily fantasy sports. Many users prefer to follow their FanDuel games from the mobile app. You can download the  FanDuel app in the app store.

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Customer Service

Customer support is may be contacted on the FanDuel support page. Click here to visit this page.

 

Fantasy Elite Score: 9.50

Gameplay: 9/10

Scoring & Rosters: 10/10

Customer Service: 10/10

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