DraftKings Review

DraftKings has been around since 2012, and has quickly become one of the top 2 Daily Fantasy Sports sites. The website is also easy to navigate. The lobby may be a little more complicated than the FanDuel site, but it's easy to get the hang of once you spend a little time checking out all of the features. There is even an advance filtering option which will allow you to filter out information that you don't want to see.

The player profile pages allow you to gather relevant information regarding match up information, current news, and recent fantasy performance statistics. One thing missing from the player information pages, however, is whether a pitcher/batter if left or right handed.

What makes DraftKings stand out compared to some of the other Daily Fantasy Sports sites is that you can export your player lineups to CSV format, which you can use with Excel. You can also import lineups, which helps if you tend to participate in multiple daily games.

Another stand out feature of DraftKings.com from the other Daily Fantasy Sports sites is that they utilize a concept called Late Swap. Instead of having your roster locked when the first game of the day starts, you can edit your roster until each individual player starts their game.

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DraftKings also has a pretty cool mobile app which allows you to join leagues, review results, and edit your lineups directly from your mobile device. You can also deposit funds from your mobile device.

DraftKings accepts any major credit card (MC, Visa, American Express, Discover). PayPal and Dwolla for instant deposits. There is a $5 minimum deposit. DraftKings also pays out via PayPal.

Game Offerings / Types

DraftKings offers daily games for all the sports you want: MLB, NBA, NFL , NHL, PGA, CFB, CBB and more. For game types, DraftKings offers GPP (Guaranteed Prize Pool) Contests, Head-to-Head, Leagues, 50/50's, Qualifier Contests, Multipliers, Steps, Beginner, Multi-Match Head-to-Head, Five-Man, Ten-Man, and plenty of other cash games. They also offer daily free rolls and a weekly free roll as a player reward.

Rake

DraftKings takes a standard 10% Rake up to $50 games. Games over $108 have a slightly lower Rake.

GPP (Guaranteed Prize Pool)

GPP's payout the entire prize pool, whether or not the contest is full. Entry fees range currently from $0 - $530, with total prizes ranging from $10 - $125,000.

Head-to-Head

One on one contest where winner takes all. Entry fees range currently from $0 - $5,300, with total prizes ranging up to $10,000.

Leagues

Play against two or more opponents at a time. Entry fees range currently from $0 - $5,300, with total prizes ranging up to $20,000.

50/50's

Finish in the top half of the field and win no matter how many entries exist. Entry fees range currently from $1 - $5,300, with total prizes ranging from $3.60 to $100,000.

Qualifier Contests

Win an entry into a higher stakes contest. Entry fees range currently from $0.25 - $1,000, with total prizes ranging from $24 - $60,000.

Multipliers

Win 3x to 10x your entry fee. Entry fees range currently from $1 - $100, with total prizes ranging from $18 - $1,500.

Steps Tournaments

Similar to the online poker tournament style. For $2.00, you start at Step 1. You then work your way down to the top two in order to win $200. There are usually four levels in a Step Tournament, with higher buy-ins along the way. You can also buy in directly at a higher step if you wish. Entry fees range currently from $2 - $88, with total prizes ranging from $18 - $488.

Beginners

Pay other beginners for up to 50 contests in each sport. Once you've reached 50 contests for each sport, you no longer qualify as a beginner for that sport. Entry fees range currently from $1 - $50 , with total prizes ranging from $1.80 - $1,000.

Multi-Match Head-to-Head

For example, by entering a $25, 21 person Head-to-Head, you will play against twenty unique opponents in a contest where the prize structure is the exact same as the payouts that you’d receive if you played each of those twenty people in a $1.25 head to head contest. Head-to-Head contests are available for all sports (entry fees range from $1 to $535)

Super Booster Tournaments

Super Booster tournaments have a $1,000 payout for the Top 100 finishers with a $27 or $55 entry free.

World Series of Poker

In the past, DraftKings has partnered with the WSOP to offer VIP packages to the WSOP Main Event in Las Vegas. The package included an entry into the WSOP ($10,000 value), as well as 6 nights of accommodations, airfare, and access to VIP events and parties. You can enter a satellite for the event for as little as $2.

Rules and Scoring

DraftKings rules and scoring are similar to many of the other Daily Fantasy Sports sites.

To get started, simply:

1 - Choose a Sport and Contest or Create Your Own (ex: NFL - 50/50). Then select the Contest based on Entry Fee and Prize, or choose a Free Practice Contest (ex: NFL $1 50/50 - Top 50% Win- $1 Entry Fee - $36 in prizes)

2 - Pick your fantasy team for the day or week, depending on the type of contest you selected. You need to stay under the salary cap, and make sure you select a complete roster. You can search by name to see player news and stats.

3 - Sit back and watch. If your team scores the most points that day or weekend, you win. You can keep track of scoring in real-time, as well as view the time remaining.

Baseball

DraftKings uses salary cap drafting. You have a set salary cap of $50,000 that you are allowed to draft players with based on estimated fantasy production for each player. You have to complete your roster within your budget in order to have a valid team. The team with the most fantasy points wins. For baseball, DraftKings roster is 10 slots: C, 1B/DH, 2B, 3B, SS, OF, OF, OF, P, P. Your team must include hitters from 3 different MLB teams. Notice that DraftKings allows an additional starting pitcher - unlike FanDuel which only allows a single pitcher. There are no relief pitchers or utility positions. Contest entry closes one minute prior to the start of the first game in the contest. You can edit your complete roster up until that time. Once the contest starts, you can edit an swap individual players up until the start of their game. Player editing locks once their game begins.

Hitters earn points as follows:
  • Single = +3 PTs
  • Double = +5 PTs
  • Triple = +8 PTs
  • HR = +10 PTs
  • RBI = +2 PTs
  • R = +2 PTs
  • BB = +2 PTs
  • SB = +5 PTs
  • CS = -2 PTs
  • HBP = +2 PTs
  • Pitchers earn points as follows:
  • W= +4 PTs
  • ER = -2 PTs
  • SO = +2 PTs
  • IP = +2.25 PTs
  • Hit Against = -0.6 PTs
  • Base on Balls Against = -0.6 PTs
  • Hit Batsman = -0.6 PTs
  • Complete Game = +2.5 PTs
  • Complete Game Shut Out = +2.5 PTs
  • No Hitter = +5 PTs
  • *NOTE: Hitting statistics for Pitchers will not be counted, and Pitching statistics for Hitters will not be counted

    Football (NFL)

    DraftKings uses salary cap drafting. You have a set salary cap of $50,000 that you are allowed to draft players with based on estimated fantasy production for each player. You have to complete your roster within your budget in order to have a valid team. The team with the most fantasy points wins. For NFL football, DraftKings roster is 9 slots: QB, RB1, RB2, WR1, WR2, WR3, TE, FLEX (RB/WR/TE), and DST. Your team must include players from a minimum of 2 different NFL teams, and 2 different NFL games. DraftKings NFL Football scoring systems are fairly standard, with the exception of their unique bonuses.

    Offense scoring is as follows:
  • Passing touchdowns = +4pts
  • 25 passing yards = +1pt (+0.04PT/ per yard is awarded)
  • 300+ Yard Passing Game = +3pts
  • Interceptions = -1pt
  • 10 Rushing yards= +1pt (+0.1pt per yard is awarded)
  • Rushing touchdowns = +6pts
  • 100+ yard rushing game = +3pts
  • 10 Receiving yards = +1pt (0.1pt per yard is awarded)
  • Reception = +1pt
  • Receiving touchdowns = +6pts
  • 100+ yard receiving game = +3pts
  • Punt/kickoff return for touchdown = 6pts
  • Fumbles lost = -1pt
  • Two-point conversions (pass, run or catch) = +2pts
  • Offensive fumble recovery touchdowns = +6pts
  • Defense/Special Teams scoring is as follows:
  • Sacks = +1pt
  • Interceptions = +2pts
  • Kickoff return touchdowns = +6pts
  • Punt return touchdowns = +6pts
  • Interception return touchdowns = +6pts
  • Fumble recovery touchdowns = +6pts
  • Blocked punt or FG return touchdowns = +6pts
  • Safety = +2pts
  • Blocked kicks = +2pts
  • 0 points allowed = +10pts
  • 1-6 points allowed = +7pts
  • 7-13 points allowed = +4pts
  • 14-20 points allowed = +1pt
  • 21-27 points allowed = +0pt
  • 28-34 points allowed = -1pt
  • 35+ points allowed = -4pts
  • The following scoring plays will result in Points Allowed (PA) by your Defense/Special Teams (DST):
  • Rushing TDs, Passing TDs, Punt Return TDs, Kick Return TDs and Blocked Punt TDs
  • 2pt conversions
  • Extra-points
  • Field-goals
  • Note: Points Allowed (PA) only includes points surrendered while DST is on the field - doesn't include points given up by team's offense (i.e. points off offensive turnovers).

    Football (College)

    DraftKings uses salary cap drafting. You have a set salary cap of $50,000 that you are allowed to draft players with based on estimated fantasy production for each player. You have to complete your roster within your budget in order to have a valid team. The team with the most fantasy points wins. For College football, DraftKings roster is 9 slots: QB, QB, RB, RB, WR, WR, WR, TE, FLEX (RB/WR/or TE). Your team must include players from a minimum of 2 different NCAA teams, and 2 different NCAA games. DraftKings College Football scoring systems are fairly standard.

    Offense scoring is as follows:

  • Passing touchdowns = 4pts
  • 25 passing yards = +1pt (+0.04PT/ per yard is awarded)
  • 300+ Yard Passing Game = +3pts
  • Interceptions = -1pt
  • 10 Rushing yards= +1pt (+0.1pt per yard is awarded)
  • Rushing touchdowns = +6pts
  • 100+ yard rushing game = +3pts
  • 10 Receiving yards = +1pt (0.1pt per yard is awarded)
  • Reception = +1pt
  • Receiving touchdowns = +6pts
  • 100+ yard receiving game = +3pts
  • Punt/kickoff return for touchdown = 6pts
  • Fumbles lost = -1pt
  • Basketball (NBA)

    DraftKings uses salary cap drafting. You have a set salary cap of $50,000 that you are allowed to draft players with based on estimated fantasy production for each player. You have to complete your roster within your budget in order to have a valid team. The team with the most fantasy points wins. For NBA basketball, DraftKings roster is 8 slots: PG, SG, SF, PF, C, G, F, and UTIL. Your team must include players from a minimum of 2 different NBA teams, and 2 different NBA games. DraftKings NBA Basketball scoring is fairly standard, however, they allow for unique bonuses as well.

  • Point = +1pt
  • Made 3pt. shot = +0.5pts
  • Rebound = +1.25pts
  • Assist = +1.5pts
  • Steal = +2pts
  • Block = +2pts
  • Turnover = -0.5pt
  • Double-Double = +1.5PTs (MAX 1 PER PLAYER: Points, Rebounds, Assists, Blocks, Steals)
  • Triple-Double = +3PTs (MAX 1 PER PLAYER: Points, Rebounds, Assists, Blocks, Steals)
  • Basketball (College)

    DraftKings uses salary cap drafting. You have a set salary cap of $50,000 that you are allowed to draft players with based on estimated fantasy production for each player. You have to complete your roster within your budget in order to have a valid team. The team with the most fantasy points wins. For college basketball, DraftKings roster is 8 slots: G, G, G, F, F, F, UTIL, and UTIL. Your team must include players from a minimum of 2 different NCAA teams, and 2 different NCAA games. DraftKings College Basketball scoring is fairly standard.

  • Point = +1pt
  • Made 3pt. shot = +0.5pts
  • Rebound = +1.25pts
  • Assist = +1.5pts
  • Steal = +2pts
  • Block = +2pts
  • Turnover = -0.5pt
  • Double-Double = +1.5PTs (MAX 1 PER PLAYER: Points, Rebounds, Assists, Blocks, Steals)
  • Triple-Double = +3PTs (MAX 1 PER PLAYER: Points, Rebounds, Assists, Blocks, Steals)
  • Hockey

    DraftKings uses salary cap drafting. You have a set salary cap of $50,000 that you are allowed to draft players with based on estimated fantasy production for each player. You have to complete your roster within your budget in order to have a valid team. The team with the most fantasy points wins. For hockey, DraftKings roster is 9 slots: QB W, W, W, C, C, D, D, UTIL, G. Your team must include skaters (non-goalies) from a minimum of 3 different NHL teams. W spots can be filled with a RW or LW. The UTIL spot can be filled with any skater (LW, RW, C, or D), but not a Goalie DraftKings Hockey scoring is fairly standard.

    Players scoring is as follows:

  • Goals = +3pts
  • Assists = +2pts
  • Shots on Goal = +0.5pt
  • Blocked Shots = +0.5pt
  • Short Handed Point Bonus (Goal/Assist) = +1pt
  • Shootout Goal = +0.2pts
  • Hat Trick Bonus = +1.5pts
  • Goalie scoring is as follows:

  • Wins = +3pts
  • Saves = +0.2pt
  • Goals Against = -1pt
  • Shutouts = +2pts