Draftkings is a very close number two behind Fanduel in users. This year they made a huge move in the industry by purchasing the number three site, DraftStreet, and combined forces. One of the biggest differences between Draftkings and all the other sites is that Draftkings has late swap. This means that your players aren’t revealed to your opponents till the game starts. Other sites lock all of your players once the east coast games begin. This is great for basketball because if a player in a west coast game sits and it isn’t announced before the east coast games start, you can swap them out. This is huge in baseball on Sundays as well because games start at 1pm EST and line ups for the later games won’t be revealed at that time.
DraftKings Differs in Scoring Compared to FanDuel
Also Draftkings is a little different when it comes to how they score and price their games. They have two pitchers instead of one in baseball and they don’t have a kicker in football. They are the only site that offers bonus points when players hit a certain milestone in games. Pitchers get bonuses for pitching complete games and complete game shut outs. Football players get points for rushing and receiving over 100 yards and Quarterbacks get bonus points for passing over 300 yards. Bonus points are also received in basketball for double doubles and triple doubles. Almost forgot to mention, they started offering PGA daily fantasy games this year and have the biggest GPP’s for it by a landslide!
Huge Tournament Prizes!
DraftKings is the only site that is able to keep up with Fanduel when it comes to GPP prizes. They gave away a million dollars last football season for their fantasy football championship. This year they are giving away a million dollars and flying all the qualifiers to Atlantis for a week as they compete for the baseball championship. In my opinion, Draftkings leads the industry when it comes to marketing in their quest to gain more users. They have multiple ads on ESPN and nationally syndicated radio shows.
A Game for Every Budget
Draftkings really appeals to every budget with the variety of buy ins. They gave games for as low as 25 cents and offer high roller games as well. I believe that Draftkings has the most qualifiers available for all their big games giving you the best chance to gain entries. Often times there are a lot of qualifiers that have overlay making your chances that much better to win one. One of the cons of Draftkings is that the professional daily fantasy players often fill these qualifiers (especially when there is overlay) and by the time the big events come along you will see multiple pros with up to 100 entries in these tournaments. Still, Draftkings offers great single entry tournaments with great prize pools as well.
Year Long Steps-Tournaments
Draftkings has their original series running year long in every sport called the “step-tournaments”. Step tournaments are great and give everyone a chance to boost their bankroll. You can enter for as low as two dollars for the first step. Win and you keep moving up till you get to the fourth step where you win $200. Each step has a different buy in level so if you don’t want to grind out all the steps you can buy into the next level for a higher price. The prices for each step are: $2 for step one, $7 for step two, $27 for step three, and $87 for the final step.
A Good Mobile App is Available
Draftkings also has a mobile app that you can download free at the app store. This makes changing rosters and checking on your team real easy. You can also join contest using the app so if player news comes outs before a game and you’re not home, it isn’t a problem.