At The Daily Roto we are always trying to help users find smaller sites to play on.
It seems like a year ago we had at least a site a week asking us for a review.
I can’t think of the last site that contacted us for a review (at least one that was worth mentioning) and it got me thinking, can the smaller sites survive?
So Many Changes
But now their contests have shrunk dramatically and Draftops even canceled their World Series of Fantasy Sports Event that was going to pay a million dollars to first after promoting it all during the Fall Season.
While I think the concept of that event was great, I think the overlay was going to kill them and that’s why they cancelled the event. (Not because of the “legal issues” like they claimed).
Why One Site Succeeds and Others Fail?
So what makes a site successful and what is killing these new sites?
It wasn’t very fun for the normal group of fantasy players who only put in 5-10 teams when you have multiple users entering over 500 teams in some cases on these smaller sites.
Draftpot adapted and added a lot more single entry contests but obviously had to limit the prize pool.
This was especially the case with Draftpot because users were allowed to enter the cash games as many times as they wanted and it was sick when the $100 double up paid a total of five users even though they paid out 100 spots.
They have changed their game structures to those contests as well, but I think it was too late.
I know I’ve had multiple friends straight up quit because they lost to the same people who play for a living when they just wanted to have some fun.
So What’s The Solution?
So in order appeal to the masses a new site needs to have big GPP’s.
But to have big GPP’s they need to have a lot of entries or the site loses money.
To fill the entries the sites I’ve mentioned above allowed users to enter as many times as they wanted which killed their appeal.
I personally think the best site no one is playing is FantasyDraft.com because of how they limit all their GPP’s to 20 entries.
But at the rate they are going, they will never be able to offer big prizes like a million dollars to first.
So can these little sites survive?
I really don’t think they can.
Unfortunately I think the general public wants big prize pools but don’t want the pros to enter their 500 teams with computer generated scripts.
I personally don’t support DK or FD with their top heavy tournaments because they are the least profitable games available in the industry.
But their cash games are the best because there is more variance playing a 220 man double up compared to a 30 man double up.
So hit up the smaller sites while you can because I think they will be dropping off quicker than you think even to the point where we could see DK and FD buying more sites as the smaller ones wave the white flag.