When it comes to the two biggest DFS sites, FanDuel and DraftKings, their baseball contests are almost like two different games. They have completely different scoring systems and roster styles which make them both unique.
Fanduel (in my opinion) is a lot simpler than Draftkings, and that’s why I recommend it to beginners. For starters, you only take one pitcher as opposed to two like on Draftkings. I feel there are some days where you just know who you are going to take (like Kershaw in cash games) and you’re done when it comes to pitchers.
Of the two sites, I also feel Fanduel is looser with their pricing allowing you to fit more superstars on your team. Again, for beginners this is good because you don’t have to dig too deep to make a good lineup.
Draftkings on the other hand has tighter pricing especially when it comes to their pitchers. Taking a top pitcher like Kershaw or Felix Hernandez forces you to create a completely different team. I like Draftkings also because you can be more creative with your lineups.
The other thing allowing you to be more creative on Draftkings is they have multiple position eligibility with their players. So you can roster some players at first or in the outfield or maybe they can be 2nd or SS. Fanduel assigns one position per player limiting who you can roster.
Scoring with Fanduel is Really Simple
It’s basically a point per base for batters, and you lose 0.25 for every out regardless of how it happens.
Pitching is simple because you don’t have to worry about a pitchers WHIP.
You aren’t docked points if a pitcher gives up hits and walks. With Fanduel’s scoring, you can look at a stat line for your pitcher and figure out their fantasy points.
The DraftKings Scoring Formula
Draftkings has their own scoring formula which makes some hits worth more than others.
Their pitching is far more complex because pitchers are docked for hits and walks as well as earned runs. I personally like this because I feel a pitcher who only gives up a few hits should be scoring more than a pitcher who walks batters and gives up hits.
So Where Does This Leave Us?
I feel Draftkings gives you more bang for your buck. They have so many qualifiers which start at just a quarter.
I have a friend who plays the quarter games every night and turned those into seven $27 tickets. He then turned that into over $400 in the Mega Slam Contest.
Fanduel doesn’t offer as many Q’s as Draftkings, making it harder to risk little to win a lot. So even if you aren’t a big bankroll player, you have plenty of opportunities to turn pocket change into bills on DraftKings.
When you playing in tournaments from tickets won from qualifiers risking quarters, just cashing (even the minimum cash spot) is basically all profit!
Well I Still Like and Play Both!
Still I like playing both sites about the same. It all depends on the day and who’s playing.
But some days I can’t decide on a second pitcher so I prefer to just play my cash games on Fanduel. When there is a second pitcher I like but don’t want him to be my sole pitcher, I prefer playing on Draftkings.
And I just like the creativity that Draftkings affords you because I feel I can leverage it to create an extra edge against others playing.