If you’re new to daily fantasy football for this NFL season then deciding between FanDuel and DraftKings can be a bit confusing. Both sites are excellent and offer great DFS platforms but there are some differences between the two that may get lost in the shuffle. In this article we’ll walk through a review of both sites and highlight some of the differences so you can choose the best DFS site for you this coming football season.
New Player Bonuses and Special Offers
If you don’t have a DraftKings account then you’re in luck here too. Sign up for DraftKings and make a deposit of $5 or more you get a voucher for free entry in to a $3 tournament that you can use for any contest you wish. It’s hard to find a better way to get your feet wet in Daily Fantasy Football than to do it for free!
FanDuel vs DraftKings Scoring – NFL Football
Where they’re the same
FanDuel and DraftKings NFL football scoring is identical for the most part. Generally speaking a player who has a big day should perform well no matter which site you’re playing on.
The following stat categories are identical across both sites:
- Pass Yards: 0.04/yd
- Pass TD: 4pt
- Rush Yards: 0.1/yd
- Rush TD: 6pt
- Rec Yards: 0.1/yd
- All defensive scoring categories
Despite the similarity in scoring systems there are a few scoring differences that makes DraftKings stand out a bit from FanDuel’s scoring.
PPR vs Half Point PPR
One of the biggest reasons why I slightly prefer DraftKings over FanDuel when I play is that DraftKings awards a full point per reception (PPR) vs FanDuel’s half point per reception. These days most regular fantasy football leagues are full point PPR so the scoring on DraftKings may be more familiar to most players.
Perhaps the biggest difference in the scoring between the two DFS sites comes down to yardage bonuses. DraftKings offers 3 point yardage bonuses for 300+ yards passing, 100+ yards rushing or 100+ yards receiving while FanDuel scoring does not included any yardage based bonuses.
While 3 points doesn’t sound like much, if you’ve ever been near the top of a tournament leaderboard you know that just a fraction of a point can cost you hundreds or thousands of dollars in winnings so these bonuses can be absolutely huge and shouldn’t be overlooked when you’re putting together your roster.
Another difference between the two sites is that FanDuel is tougher on fumbles than DraftKings, deducting 2 points per fumble as opposed to DraftKings 1 point per fumble. While it’s never ideal to lose points, this should be an even more important factor when considering a player with fumble-itis on FanDuel.
Roster Construction and Salary Cap
Both sites also feature identical lineup construction now that FanDuel FINALLY got rid of kickers and replaced it with an extra Flex position (RB/WR/TE) for the NFL season.
The following roster construction is used for both sites:
- 2 Running Backs
- 3 Wide Receivers
- 1 Tight End
- 1 Flex (RB/WR/TE)
- 1 Team Defense
To fill your roster FanDuel uses a salary cap of $60,000 while DraftKings gives you $50,000, but the players will be salaried proportionately. This is important to remember when comparing player salaries between the two sites. One player may have a larger dollar price, but it could be a smaller percentage of cap vs the other site. For example, an $8,000 player on FanDuel is actually less of a percentage hit on your cap (13%) than a $7,000 player on DraftKings (14%).
Tournaments & Contests Offered
Both FanDuel and DraftKings offer a variety of your standard daily fantasy football games such as tournaments, head to head’s, 50/50’s, and multipliers ranging in value from free to $10,600 on DraftKings and $26,500 on FanDuel (If you play in either of these you and I need to be friends!).
In previous years DraftKings offered the largest prizes with its “Millionaire Maker” tournament awarding a $1,000,000 prize to the winner each week, but FanDuel is following suit with a million dollar tournament of their own (at least for week 1).
Both sites have rolled out new games to keep things fresh.
FanDuel Beat The Score
FanDuel debuted a new contest called “Beat The Score” where players submit a normal lineup but anyone who finishes above a pre-set score splits the pot evenly amongst the winners. If there are no winners or if everyone wins then the prize pool is refunded.
DraftKings NFL Showdown
DraftKings rolled out a new contest of their own with their NFL Showdown game which consists only of players from a single NFL game. In the contest you choose 6 players with one player designated as a captain. The captain costs 1.5x more but scores 1.5x points. I have to imagine this contest should be very popular on Sunday Night football when most contests have ended.
App and Website User Experience
Both FanDuel and Draftkings’ websites offer excellent experiences with similar functionality but a new user who isn’t familiar with the ins and outs of daily fantasy football may find FanDuel’s website easier to navigate. FanDuel’s website presents a nice clean layout that makes it much easier to find what you’re looking for, filter tournaments and select a lineup.
DraftKings’ site on the other hand has a lot going on and can come across as a bit crowded. That said, DraftKings does have some functionality that FanDuel’s site is lacking including the ability to search for a tournament by name and the ability to isolate multiple teams across different games as opposed to a single game on FanDuel.
If you’re looking for a simple, clean layout then FanDuel might be the site for you. If you prefer a website with more functionality at the expensive of simplicity then DraftKings is likely your choice.
Both FanDuel and DraftKings apps are very functional and honestly quite similar (at least on the iOS devices I tested them on) with nice clean layouts and an easy to use interface.
Much like their respective websites, FanDuel’s app features a slightly cleaner interface, while DraftKings has more built in functionality – like a pull down option to search for a contest by name – and a slightly more cluttered interface (though not nearly as much as the website itself). Overall I think users of all levels would be happy with either service’s app.
Deposits and Withdrawals
Both FanDuel and DraftKings make deposits and withdrawals incredibly easy. Deposits can be made via PayPal or Credit Card (provided your bank allows it) and withdrawals can be received either via PayPal or a check in the mail (which usually takes a week or so). I’ve made my share of deposits and withdrawals on both sites over the past few years and transactions on both sites have been incredibly smooth.
So Which Is Better – FanDuel or DraftKings?
Let me first start out by saying both FanDuel and DraftKings are excellent daily fantasy football services that I’ve been playing on for years and I’m happy to recommend both. With that said, this is a “which is better” article so it would be a cop out to just say both are great and leave it at that.
If I were only playing one service over the other I would choose DraftKings, mostly due to the differences in scoring. At this point most of my season long fantasy football leagues are full point per reception so I’m much more used to that format and I feel that it takes some of the luck out of the equation in favor of more skillful players. I also like the yardage bonuses that DraftKings scoring offers.
That all said, if you can afford to play at both sites I would highly recommend doing so. First, to take advantage of the $20 deposit bonus that FanDuel is currently offering for new users, but more importantly players are valued differently at each site and you can find values on players you like from one site to the other. Daily fantasy football is all about giving yourself an edge and comparing prices between sites is one that often goes overlooked.
Whichever site you choose, daily fantasy football is tons of fun and a great way to enjoy the NFL football season.
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