DFS basketball is a different animal compared to all the other sports offered in the industry. Nevertheless, the two major sites, FanDuel and DraftKings, make you feel like you are playing two different games.
Sure they’re both NBA basketball, but the way they score and the way they allow you to roster players is so different you will need different strategies for both.
The biggest difference is that DraftKings allows more flexibility with whom you are able to roster and where. You can roster a point guard as PG, G, or the flex spot. So if you want, you can actually roster three point guards.
Not to mention, some players are actually duel position eligible which is not the case for FanDuel. You will often see certain players eligible for point guard and shooting guard or power forward and center on DraftKings.
DraftKings Basketball Roster
FanDuel’s roster selection kind of reminds me more of a Pick’em because you have to choose players from their position tier. You have to select two of each position with the exception of only one center. Also, players are not eligible for multiple positions thus limiting how creative you can be with your lineups.
When it comes to centers, you are stuck playing just one on FanDuel where you can fit three (if they are Pf/C eligible) on DraftKings. When everything is said and done, you roster nine players on FanDuel compared to eight players on DraftKings.
FanDuel Basketball Roster
On the scoring side of the two sites, the biggest differences between the two are the bonuses and turnovers. DraftKings awards 1.5 point bonuses for double doubles and triple doubles while they also award half a point for every three pointer made.
These may seem like minor things but with eight players, they really add up at the end of the night. FanDuel doesn’t offer these bonuses and also subtracts a full point for turnovers where DraftKings subtracts half a point.
Another major difference between the two sites are the “late swap.” DraftKings offers this while FanDuel does not. Late Swap is where you can change out players in your lineup up until their game locks.
On FanDuel, once the first games of the contest lock, all the players on your team lock. So if there is a late scratch then you cannot swap out anyone on your team to replace a player that is not going to play.
On DraftKings, you can swap out players whose games have not started for other players whose games have not started even though other players on your roster may already be playing.
This is something to consider when making your lineups as you must consider if you want to take late game players who may be a game time decision. Some people like this feature of DraftKings, but others don’t so it is a matter of preference.
Game Play and Game Selection
When it comes to stakes and game selection, DraftKings has the edge in my opinion. To start, they have a beginner section where you can only play until you reach a certain amount of games played. This way you can play other people who are either new to the site or new to DFS in general. This is nice because you don’t need to worry about playing the pros who make DFS their living and you can play with recreational players.
DraftKings also offers games for lower stakes and have more qualifiers. You can play games for as little as 25 cents. You can win qualifying tickets to games that cost up to $50 for only a quarter! FanDuel also offers qualifiers but all their games start at a dollar. So if you want more bang for your buck then DraftKings is the place to start.
Also, the DraftKings Fantasy Basketball Championship is ten times bigger than FanDuels! First place for DraftKings’ championship is a million dollars where FanDuel is paying out 100k to first place. If you are new to the DFS industry, NBA DFS is the third largest game played. Obviously the NFL is the leader and MLB is second. But I’m personally mind boggled as to why FanDuel’s championship is so much lower than DraftKings.
So if you are gunning for the “big prize”, DraftKings is the place for you even though I wouldn’t complain about winning $100K on FanDuel.