FanDuel Reviews 2020

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You may have only heard of FanDuel as a daily fantasy sports site, but did you know they just recently opened up a fully-functional sportsbook as well? Well, we did, and we wanted to see if it lived up to the hype that their ads and press releases claimed that it did. Additionally, we thought it was about time that we reviewed their daily fantasy sports side of things as well.

When you first get to the site, you choose to go to either the DFS side of things or the sportsbook. Both are completely separate and almost operate as two separate companies. You have to make a separate account with both if you’re looking for DFS and sports betting action. Regardless of which side you’re interested in, you’re in the right spot to get the lowdown on what they have to offer.

Our team of expert reviewers will break down exactly what FanDuel is offering, the quality of these offerings, what you need to know to get started, and whether or not we feel that their product is worth you investing your time and money. As there are plenty of options on both the daily fantasy sports side and the online sportsbook side of things, we want to help you make the most informed decision possible about where you should be placing your action.

In the sections below, we’ll give you the most honest, accurate, and up to date FanDuel review available on the web. By the time you get done reading our review, you’ll have no problem deciding if this site is right for you or if you need to look elsewhere to get exactly what you’re looking for.

If you’re ready to learn about FanDuel and all they have to offer, let’s get started!

The Sportsbook

We have to be honest; when we review brand new sportsbooks we really don’t expect much. Usually, we expect to see a lot of effort, but a product that is clearly in its infant stages with a lot of room to grow and improve. As FanDuel is fairly new to the market, we didn’t have the highest of hopes. Wow, we could not have been more wrong. The sportsbook at FanDuel was down-right incredible and to be honest again a bit shocking at how great it was. Sorry to sound like fanboys and fangirls, but we get excited when we see someone in this industry doing it right.

FanDuel seems like a sportsbook platform that has been around for years being run by a team of experts that know what they’re doing. The individual sports you can bet on are organized well and the types of bets are organized even better. Often, when sportsbooks offer extensive action on games, things can get messy and tough to navigate. As you’ll see in our full breakdown of the user interface below, this is not the case. The platform was built with expansiveness in mind and the ability to handle a lot of different types of action.

The sports you can bet on is expansive, and the types of bets are even more expansive. We’ll cover that in much more detail in the next section but wanted to mention it here. Most major sports are covered with pretty much every type of bet you could ask for including live in-game betting.

The part of the book that we’re most excited to talk about (and will more in the dedicated section below) is the user interface. Finding bets, placing bets, creating parlays/teasers/round robins, and figuring out all the information you need is so incredibly slick. This is really the section of our FanDuel review that blew us away the most and got us sounding like fanboys and fangirls or should we say FanBoys and FanGirls.

While most people would think of FanDuel as a daily fantasy sports site (because that is how they started out), it’s clear they’re taking their sportsbook extremely serious and have high hopes of where it’s going to end up. Spoiler, their DFS side of the site is good, but their sportsbook is great. Keep reading on for detailed breakdowns and reviews of the FanDuel sportsbook. If you’re looking for information on their daily fantasy sports side of the site, scroll a little further down, and we have a breakdown of that as well for you.

Sports You Can Bet On

Regarding sports you can bet on at FanDuel, the options are pretty good. They cover most of the major sports (and they cover them well), but they don’t really get into too many of the obscure sports that you might find at some other online sportsbooks. For the sports that they do cover, though, they do have pretty good options.

Here is the list of the sports that they currently cover:

  • Auto Racing
  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Boxing
  • Football
  • Golf
  • Hockey
  • MMA
  • Soccer
  • Tennis

As you can see, if you’re someone who likes to bet on sports that are popular in the US, this is a great list. But if you’re into sports like cricket or something more obscure like Gaelic sports or European basketball, you aren’t going to get that action here. That being said, we checked some of the sport category tabs and they do offer some international sports. For soccer, they offered EPL, Next, MLS, UEFA, Spain, UK, Italy, Mexico, France, Germany, Portugal, Dutch, and other European leagues. That’s one of the most inclusive soccer league lists we’ve seen at a sports betting site.

For betting options within each sport, the list is pretty great. For example, with NFL football you have individual game bets, futures, player futures, playoff bets, season props, and even wagers on how many fantasy points a player is going to score. For an individual NFL game, you have the following options:

  • Spread bet
  • Moneyline bet
  • Total score bet
  • Winning margin (4-way)
  • Match/total points double 1, 2
  • Alternate Spread
  • Alternate total
  • Away team total points
  • Home team total points
  • Double result
  • Winning margin
  • Winning margin (5-point bands)
  • Winning margin (10-point bands)
  • 1st half winner
  • First-half spread
  • 1st quarter winner
  • 1st quarter spread
  • 1st quarter total
  • Line/total points double
  • Match/total points double 1
  • First touchdown scorer
  • Anytime touchdown scorer
  • Spread betting (Includes draw)
  • Tri-bet
  • Tri-bet 2
  • Team to score first
  • Race to 5, 10, 15, 20, 25, 30
  • Longest successful field goal
  • Total points odd/even
  • Total field goals second half
  • Total touchdowns second half
  • Line/ total points double 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7
  • 1st turnover will be
  • Team to have 1st field goal
  • To score first and win
  • To score first and lose
  • Buy/Sell Points
  • Individual player props

We normally don’t list out the types of bets available for a particular sport, but we wanted to make an exception here. FanDuel has so many options for an individual and random football game that we had to share it. Remember, this doesn’t include all of the other categories for the games we mentioned above where you can actually find even more bets. If you have literally any sort of prediction on how the game is going to go you can make a wager to capitalize on that prediction. Great job, FanDuel.

So, what’s the bottom line takeaway from the sporting options at FanDuel? The takeaway is that the sports list is pretty good, but not the most exhaustive we’ve seen. Within the individual sports, though, the leagues covered, and the types of bets offered are great. Basically, if they choose to cover a sport, they do it really well.

User Interface

Let’s talk the FanDuel sportsbook user interface. Incredible. Seriously, that’s the only word to describe what the developers pulled off when creating the FanDuel sportsbook layout. If you’ve read any of our other reviews, you know that we can be pretty harsh when it comes to this section because we’re picky, and we require near perfection to be happy. We also have no problems calling out a site if they’re slacking or they’ve put out a subpar product.

Thankfully, we don’t have to do any of that with the FanDuel sportsbook. Finding the bets you want to make is so quick and easy and requires no “training” or any real learning curve. Additionally, turning any of your bets into parlays, teasers, or round robins is extremely easy as well. Basically, FanDuel gives you incredible betting flexibility without any of the headaches of trying to find all the options you want.

Let’s break down exactly what we liked and how things are laid out. First, across the top of the screen you have tabs to go to the homepage of the book, live in-game bets happening, or the promotions tab to find out what they’re offering. You’ve also got a scrolling ticker with some of the popular games getting a lot of action. Normally, we aren’t a fan of things like this because they can be distracting and clutter the interface. But, FanDuel does a great job drawing attention to the popular games of the day without cramming things onto the screen where they don’t fit. This becomes a resource instead of an eyesore like it is at a lot of other online sportsbooks.

On the left side of the screen going vertically you’ll find the list of the different sports you can bet on. When you click on any of them, it opens that sports list of bets in the middle of the screen. Across the top of that middle section you’ll find the different league tabs as well as the different categories of bets offered. This is one of the things we loved the most about our FanDuel review. The bets were organized extremely well into categories so that you could find what you’re looking for easily.

Additionally, they have the “popular” bets on that home screen and then a tab to get to more wagers. So, if you’re someone who doesn’t need a lot of options and just wants to bet basic moneylines, spreads, or totals, you can see those without seeing all of the other options that might confuse you. Somehow, they made it extremely simple yet able to be complex all in the same package. While simple, it’s pretty genius if you ask us. You’ll see what we’re talking about if you check out the site.

When you click on a bet, it automatically puts it over on a betting slip on the right side of the page. We’ve seen this with a lot of sportsbooks before. But, one thing that FanDuel does differently is they dedicated a lot of interface space to this betting slip. A lot of sites give more room to the bet types and then cram the bet slip over on the side of the page making it hard to read and challenging to work with. FanDuel gives the slip the space it requires to be easy to read and see all of the options you have.

Something else they do that may seem small, but is huge if you’re someone who likes to bet more than one game at once. With most online sportsbooks if you select more than one bet at a time, it automatically creates it into a parlay for you on the right side of the screen. This is great if you’re looking to make a parlay, but kind of annoying if you want to make a lot of individual bets at the same time.

FanDuel gives you the option of both. If you click multiple bets at once, it will create a parlay option at the top of the betting slip and then leave the individual bets at the bottom of the slip. If you don’t want to make the parlay or don’t want to make the individual bets, you just don’t enter a wager amount into that space or you can click the trash can button to remove it. This way, if you want to bet a lot of individual bets and don’t want that parlay you don’t have to do all of them individually. Or, if you want to do the parlay only or the parlay and one or two of the individual bets, you can do that as well.

We know that seems like a small detail, but ask anyone that has used online sportsbooks before and they’ll agree that this simple tweak is absolutely huge.

As you’ll probably see with most sportsbooks, you can input the amount of each wager to see what it will pay out before you make the bet. This is fairly standard for most online sportsbooks, but we still wanted to cover it as there are a few sites still behind the ball. If you want to turn your bet into a teaser or a round robin, you can do that by clicking one button on the betting slip which is awesome. The betting slip also will automatically update you of any line changes before you make your wager, so you don’t get a bad line just because it changed while you were making your wager.

One additional feature we want to mention about the FanDuel betting slip is their “Stake All Straights” feature. Ever wanted to make a bunch of individual bets and had to go in and type the amount for each bet? Well, if you want to bet the same amount on each of the individual bets you’ve selected, you can click this button and type in an amount that will be applied to every bet on the betting slip. So, if you have 10 bets and want to bet $10 on each, you don’t have to go type $10 into each wager slot. You click this button, type $10 once, and you’re all set to get your bets in. It’s a great time saver especially if you’re trying to get some last-minute wagers in on game day.

The live betting interface is equally awesome on FanDuel and one of the easiest to follow along with. They have a ton of different bets to choose from, and the odds automatically update as the game goes on without you having to refresh the page. They even have the odds flash green or red with an up or down arrow to let you know if the odds have gotten better or gotten worse. It literally feels like you’re watching a professional stock exchange program or something like that, except it’s for sports betting. If you’ve ever wanted to get into live in-game betting but felt intimidated, this is probably a great place for you to get your feet wet.

If there were one thing that we could add for FanDuel to improve with their sportsbook interface, it would be the ability to change the odds format. All the odds are presented in American format which makes sense based on who their market is, but some people do like to work in decimal or fractional odds. It’s possible the option is tucked away somewhere, and we missed it, but we didn’t see it on our last pass through the site.

Overall, we were insanely impressed with the FanDuel sportsbook. This is not just because they’re new and we lowered our expectations. We would be blown away equally even if this was a book that had been around for years. We highly recommend checking them out if you’re looking for a betting home and they’re available in your area.

Fantasy Sports

Daily fantasy sports are where FanDuel got their start. Only recently did they branch out into the world of sports betting. If you’ve yet to check out their daily fantasy sports offerings, you’re missing out on a lot of fun and some great opportunities to make some great money. With FanDuel not being the largest DFS operator (that crown goes to DraftKings), the prize pools are slightly smaller, but that also means that there are going to most likely be fewer professional players and a higher percentage of recreational players who have no idea what they’re doing.

Additionally, FanDuel separates the pros and the new players to make sure you don’t get into too deep of water before you know what you’re doing. Many of the other DFS operators will just let you get swallowed up and have you chalk it up as a learning lesson. This is one feature we really like about FanDuel.

Regarding, the sports you can join tournaments for, FanDuel offers the following:

  • NFL
  • MLB
  • CFB
  • PGA
  • NASCAR
  • EPL

Within each of these sports, there are a ton of tournaments to choose from. As we saw with the FanDuel sportsbook, they like to offer a slightly narrower array of sports, but they love to blow it out of the water with what they do offer. It seems they subscribe to the don’t do it unless you’re going to do it right mantra and we like that.

Entry fees for their tournaments range anywhere from free, to a few cents, all the way up to some of their major events that can get pretty pricey (but the prize pools will reflect that). What we did like seeing was that their biggest prize pools actually had reasonable buy-ins. Their Sunday NFL event has a $3.5 million prize pool, and the buy-in is only $15. This is a smaller prize pool than DraftKings’s Sunday which currently has a $4.6 million prize pool, but their buy-in is $20.

So, you’re actually looking at a larger possible return on your investment with FanDuel. The guaranteed prize pool is 230,000 times the buy-in at DraftKings, but it’s bigger at 233,333 times your buy-in at FanDuel. Not a major difference, but just something we wanted to point out. For most people, the $15 buy-in is going to be a lot sexier even though it’s only saving you a few bucks.

The layout of the FanDuel tournament area is a little more confusing to navigate than we’re used to, but that certainly does not mean that it’s bad. What it means is that there is a little more of a navigation learning curve to get around the site. When you click on the individual sports, everything gets back to what we’re used to. Things are organized well, and you have a lot of filters on the left-hand side of the screen you can use to find the perfect tournament for you.

What we’re referring to when we are talking about requiring the learning curve is the first page of tournaments you see before you click on a specific sport. This page is known as the Discover page. There are a lot of options all over the place, and it can feel a bit overwhelming. They have recommended tournaments for you at the top, followed by a list of beginner’s tips, and then tournaments broken down into a bunch of random categories (in the spotlight, experience players excluded, single entry, biggest prizes, single game, and more ways to win).

Again, this isn’t a bad page to have, but it can seem overwhelming at first until you learn where everything is. If you check out FanDuel and this page overwhelms you, just click on one of the individual sports tabs and things will get a lot easier for you. That being said, some of the categories of tournaments they have broken apart for you are great. Even if you aren’t a beginner, they will treat you like one at the beginning of your account time so take advantage of being able to play in tournaments where the good DFS players are excluded.

Two additional features we liked during our FanDuel review were their beginner’s guides and their research section. We have a lot of great beginner’s guides for you here, but it’s nice to see a site trying to teach people how to be better and better enjoy the action. They give you several resources to learn everything you need to know about betting on fantasy sports.

Additionally, they have a research tab that has a solid stream of great articles you can read about the upcoming fantasy day or week. As of now, these articles only span the NFL, NBA, and MLB, and they all come from writers at numberFire an online sports information and statistics website.

Overall, we really liked the FanDuel daily fantasy sports section of their website. It was not as mind-blowing as their sportsbook was, but it was still well put together and offers a ton of great action. They’re not the biggest in the market, but a close second. And remember, not being the biggest isn’t always a bad thing. When you can find places that fewer pros are attracted to (by slightly smaller prize pools), you can find a lot better opportunities to make easy money.

We’d give the DFS side of the site 4/5 stars (and the sportsbook 5/5 which is where our overall 4.5/ 5 rating came from).

Deposit Methods

If we could give FanDuel six stars out of five in a category, it would be in their banking department. They not only have the most options that we’ve seen in a long time, but they’ve gone above and beyond to make getting money on the site as simple and headache-free as possible. Let’s take a look at their current ways for you to get money onto the site to start playing.

Credit/Debit Card

Many banks will allow depositing through this method, but they will be blocked from the following banks. If your bank is on this list, make sure you look at PayPal and the online bank transfer as you will be able to deposit money with one of those two ways.

  • Bank of America
  • Capital One
  • Wells Fargo
  • TD Bank
  • Union Bank
  • Huntington Bank
  • Most prepaid cards

FanDuel Prepaid Card

You can apply for this card that can also be used to withdraw money to when you win. You can fund this card with Visa, Mastercard, or ACH transfer. Processing on the card is instant (though, you won’t receive your hard copy of the card for about two weeks), and there are zero monthly fees with the card.

PayPal

If your PayPal is linked to your bank account, you can use it to fund your FanDuel account. This should be a workaround if you have any of the banks that are listed on the blocked list above. Funds deposited this way are available immediately. The limits on this transaction are whatever the limits are on your individual PayPal account. If they are too low, you can contact PayPal about raising them or make multiple transactions.

ACH (echeck)

If you have your checking routing number, account number, and a copy of your state issued ID or driver’s license, you can use your checking account to deposit through their VIP Preferred Network. We didn’t see a lot of details about that network on the site so you might want to reach out to their support if you’re looking to use this method. The one detail they did give was that funds would be available immediately with this method.

Online Bank Transfer

This is the method we recommend if you’re having any issues with the credit or debit card option we talked about above. Banks that have online bill pay capabilities can be used to transfer funds immediately to your account. The following banks have been APPROVED and set up to be used with this method:

  • Bank of America
  • Capital One
  • Wells Fargo
  • TD Bank
  • Union Bank
  • Huntington Bank
  • Most prepaid cards

PayNearMe

This is a method of payment that allows you to go to any 7-Eleven, CVS, or Family Dollar and pay with cash. You print out a barcode from the FanDuel deposits page (or send it to your phone), and you take it with you with your cash. Your funds will be available by the time you make it home unless you live inside of a 7-Eleven (usually in about 15 minutes). The limits are $500 in a rolling 24-hour period and $10,000 in a 30-day rolling period with this method.

Check

If all else fails, you can always mail FanDuel a check to the Betfair Interactive main office in New Jersey (their parent company). The check needs to be a cashier’s check, money order, banker’s draft, or even a personal check. Details of what to include when you send in your check are on the deposit page along with the address.

Withdrawal Methods

Additionally as impressive as the deposit methods at FanDuel are their withdrawal methods. Often, you’ll see a site that makes it easy to get money on the site, but doesn’t really care how long it takes or how difficult it is for you to get money off of the site. FanDuel, thankfully, does not fall into that category. Let’s take a look at their withdrawal options below so you can be ready when you win.

ACH (echeck)

If you have a routing number to a brick and mortar bank, you can have an echeck transfer sent there. The process is facilitated by the third-party vendor Global Pay and will take 24 hours for the site to approve the cashout, and then 3-5 business days for the money to show up in your account. It’s important to note that FanDuel drew special attention to the fact that this ONLY works with brick and mortar banks and does not work with credit unions, pre-paid cards, PayPal accounts, or anything like that. Basically, if you can walk into your bank and it says “Bank” and not “Credit Union” outside you should be good to go to withdraw with this method.

Check

One of the easiest ways to cash out your winnings is by ordering a check. The check will be sent to the account you registered within 5-7 business days. We would assume that if you do move, you can always change the address registered on your account.

FanDuel Pre-Paid Card

Remember that handy card we mentioned that you can use to deposit into your account with? Well, you can also withdraw your funds directly to that card as well. It’s basically like having a debit card linked to your FanDuel account. You will have used the FanDuel card to deposit at least once for this option to be available to you. Funds take 24-36 hours to be available on the card. Once they’re available on the card you can use them to redeposit if you need to, use them anywhere a Discover card is accepted, or withdraw the money from an ATM machine.

PayPal

If you use PayPal to deposit into your account at least once, you’ll be able to withdraw from this method as well. Funds take 24-48 hours max to appear in your PayPal account from FanDuel.

Sportsbook Bonuses and Promotions

For the sportsbook at FanDuel, promotions were a little light, but they still did have some offerings you’ll probably want to take advantage of. We outlined the promotions we saw below for you. Keep in mind that we do our best to update these as often as possible, but promotions do change quickly. There may be new promotions or changes/removal of these promotions before we are able to update them. Make sure you check the promotions page when you join to see if there is anything else new going on. Also, don’t unsubscribe from their emails because those usually have all the new promos listed in them.

Double Your First Deposit

FanDuel offers a standard deposit bonus of 100% up to $100 on your very first deposit. Basically, put on $100, and you’ll see that you have $200 in your sportsbook account. Something that was really awesome about this promotion was that the playthrough requirement was extremely low. Most online sportsbooks will make you wager your bonus dollars a ton of times before you can withdraw them. Sometimes this can be in the neighborhood of 30-40x. This means if you deposit $100 and get $100 bonus, you would have to make $3000-$4000 worth of bets before you could withdraw your $100 bonus.

This is not the case with FanDuel. All you have to do is wager your initial deposit and your bonus amount once and then you can withdraw if you want to. So, if you deposit $100 and get $100 bonus ($200 total in your account), you just have to wager $200 worth of bets, and you’ll be able to withdraw your money. This doesn’t have to be $200 on one bet; it can be a bunch of small bets. The only stipulation is that wagers on favorites greater than or equal to (-200) do not count towards the promotion.

Daily Odds Boost

The site also offers a daily bet that they “boost” the odds-on. Basically, they give you a way higher payout than you should be getting on that bet. Even if you don’t ever have plans to join FanDuel, you should probably join, get your deposit bonus and hammer away on these daily odds boost. They give you guaranteed value. No, they aren’t guaranteed wins, but they give you crazy value that is hard for any rational sports bettor ever to pass up.

For example, for a past NFL football game, the odds for AJ Green to score a touchdown were +120. This means on a $10 bet you would see a profit of $12. These were close to what the correct odds were on this bet at other sportsbooks. But, FanDuel boosted the odds to +200 on this bet. This means that if you bet $10, you would get $20 in profit if AJ Green scored a touchdown which is way more than you should be getting on this bet.

This is a promotion worth logging in every day and taking a look at (or betting every day if you really understand the importance of betting value).

Daily Fantasy Sports Bonuses and Promotions

We wanted to cover the DFS promotions at FanDuel separately because there were quite a few of them and they don’t apply at all to the sportsbook. Below, we take a look at some of the more popular options they have available. Keep in mind that promotions will come and go, but we will do our best to keep this list as up to date as possible.

The best way to get the most up to date list is to head over to FanDuel and look at the list of current promotions. The only reason we decided to outline them here is because one- that’s what we do and two – the layout of the promotions section at FanDuel was a little messy in our opinion. Regardless, though, freebies and free money are still free even if they aren’t presented exactly how our picky staff wants them to be.

NFL Play Free Until You Win Vouchers

One of the coolest promos that FanDuel offers is pretty simple. They’ll give you a voucher when you create your account to play in a freeroll tournament for the NFL. A freeroll tournament is one where there is no buy-in, but there is still prize money. What FanDuel does is creates a ton of 20-person tournaments with $50 in free money added. Players will compete to beat a particular score for that week. All players that beat the score will split the $50 in free prize money. So, the worst you could get is $2.50 if everyone beats the score and the best you can get is $50 if you’re the only one of the 20 players to beat the score.

Here’s the cool part, though. If you don’t beat the score and don’t make any money, you will automatically be given another free voucher to play again. You’ll keep getting these free vouchers until you make real money in the tournament!

$20 Bonus When You Deposit

This is a pretty simple and straightforward deposit bonus. Make a real-money deposit onto FanDuel, and they will kick you $20.

$25/$20 Referral Bonus

When you refer a friend with your referral link (found on your promotions page), you’ll be eligible for a bonus. Basically, once your friend plays $10 in paid contests, they will get $25, and you will get $20. The referral page allows you to copy your link or send it out via Twitter, Facebook, or via email for easier sharing.

World Fantasy Football Championship

FanDuel is now running their own version of a world championship of fantasy football. Basically, you can qualify for the championship through the site and all finalist will be given a free trip to New York City to compete in the $2 million prize pool main event. First place in that event is $500,000. Additionally, they’ll be running a Fan Championship at the same time with a first price of $1,000,000. So, even if you don’t secure a spot in the live championship, you can still play for a truckload of money.

  • 75 spots will be awarded to the yearly championship. The winners get the following:
  • Flight to NYC and three nights of hotel accommodations for two
  • Exclusive access to the Tailgate Party at the Meadowlands
  • A VIP invitation for you and your guest to the finals viewing party
  • $100 in betting credit for you and your guest
  • Entry into the $50k Single Game Championship (and VIP tickets to the NFL game to sweat it out live)
  • Entry into the WFCC Fan Championship
  • Access to the WFCC Playboy Party at the Playboy Club in NYC

Basically, you are going to get to go be a baller in NYC on FanDuel’s dime with a friend, and you’re going to get the chance to compete live against 74 other players for your share of $2,000,000. The cash value of your tournament entry into the finals is $27,333.33, and your trip package is valued at $5,000. You can qualify for this for as little as $5.

Home Run Challenge

This is a free tournament that you can enter every night of the baseball season. All you have to do is pick three hitters, and you get 1 point for every home run that they hit. The winners will split their share of the $200 nightly prize. Compete every night and win your share of the weekly prizes of over $3500 (first is $1,000). Additionally, for each night that you win, you will win an entry into the championship event freeroll with a $100,000 prize pool! First prize in that event is $25,000!

Tournament Guarantees

Throughout the week, FanDuel offers a ton of tournaments with juicy guaranteed prize pools. What does that mean? It means that no matter how many people sign up for a tournament, the prize pool has to be the minimum amount stated. If the pot is short, FanDuel kicks in the extra money. If the prize pool goes over the allotted amount, that’s just more money that you can win.

For example, on Thursday nights during NFL season, they have a $600,000 guaranteed tournament for a $9 buy-in. Or what about the $3.5 million Sunday tournament for a $15 buy-in. These are just a few examples of some of the guarantee tournaments they have. They do have these for all sports besides football as well, so don’t think you’re out of luck if you’re not a football expert.

FanDuel Player’s Club

On FanDuel, they do have a VIP player’s club where you can earn rewards based on how much you are playing. There are different tier levels that offer different bonuses. Additionally, your points known as FanDuel Points (FDPs) can be used to buy into tournaments as if you’re using real cash.

Let’s look at the different tiers and what you get with each.

Note: Remember, on top of this you can use your FDPs to buy into tournaments. They do expire after one year of inactivity so make sure to utilize them or at least join one small tournament yearly to keep them active.

Free Agent

  • 50 FDP Required
  • $50 Weekly freeroll tournament entry
  • $250 Monthly freeroll tournament entry

Practice Squad

  • 125 FDP Required
  • $125 Weekly freeroll tournament entry
  • $500 Monthly freeroll tournament entry

Reserve

  • 250 FDP Required
  • $200 Weekly freeroll tournament entry
  • $1,000 Monthly freeroll tournament entry

Prospect

  • 500 FDP Required
  • $400 Weekly freeroll tournament entry
  • $2,000 Monthly freeroll tournament entry

Rookie

  • 1250 FDP Required
  • $500 Weekly freeroll tournament entry
  • $3,000 Monthly freeroll tournament entry

Pro

  • 2500 FDP Required
  • $750 Weekly freeroll tournament entry
  • $4,000 Monthly freeroll tournament entry

All-Star

  • 7500 FDP Required
  • $1,000 Weekly freeroll tournament entry
  • $7,000 Monthly freeroll tournament entry

MVP

 

  • 25,000 FDP Required
  • $100 Rewards credit at live events
  • $25,000 Monthly freeroll
  • Access to weekly promotions
  • Premium customer support

 

Hall of Famer

 

  • 125,000 FDP Required
  • $250 Rewards credit at live events
  • $25,000 Monthly Freeroll
  • Access to weekly promotions
  • Premium customer support
  • …and more

Legend

  • 600,000 FDP Required
  • $250 Rewards credit at live events
  • $25,000 Monthly freeroll tournament entry
  • Access to weekly promotions
  • Premium customer support
  • Personal account manager
  • FanDuel Merchandise

GOAT

  • 2,500,000 FDP Required
  • $500 Rewards credit at live events
  • $25,000 Monthly freeroll tournament entry
  • Access to weekly promotions
  • Premium customer support
  • Personal account manager
  • FanDuel Merchandise

Customer Service

The customer service options with FanDuel are top notch. They offer four different ways to get in contact with them that are all monitored around the clock. Here are the different options they have:

Live Chat

  • 24/7 from a tab at the bottom of the page on the support home

E-Mail

  • 24/7 email support if that is the medium you prefer to get in touch with the site

Phone

  • 24/7 with an 877 (toll-free) number

Snail Mail

  • You can always send a letter if you’re old school and that’s how you like to roll. Based on the 24/7 nature of their other options, we assume they have someone sitting by the mailbox waiting for letters 24/7, but we can’t completely confirm that yet.

Customer service should not be something challenging for an online sportsbook or gaming company to pull off, but for some reason, many companies struggle with it. Most likely it’s because they’re too cheap to spend the adequate money to have adequate options to offer their customers.

FanDuel doesn’t skimp and has some great customer service options to help you get what you need to be done. Hopefully, you never need to use customer service to get some help, but it’s really nice knowing that you have several 24/7 options available if you do.

What is FanDuel?

We don’t want to backtrack too much, but in case you’re a total newbie when it comes to DFS, FanDuel is one of the leading daily fantasy sports websites. Sports fans can research and create DFS lineups of their choosing, which consist of real life athletes. When your team produces enough points, you can win real money.

You can play numerous sports in a variety of different ways, you can play for free, you can play for serious cash and you can even battle your friends. If you’re familiar with fantasy sports in general, it’s an easy concept to get behind and understandably loads of fun.

Is FanDuel legal or a scam?

All daily fantasy sports sites are still fighting an ongoing battle with official legality currently, which is pretty weird considering DFS has never been deemed an illegal activity on a federal level. States have always reserved the right to make their own decisions on daily fantasy sports and any gambling-esque activities, however, and that won’t ever change.

From what we’ve seen, FanDuel and DFS in general are in no way a scam. This site and others like it know how to market and offer killer promotions and contests that can entice us to play and their end game is obviously to make a huge profit. It’s not necessarily to send you down a dark spiral of massive loss and depression, though.

Instead, FanDuel would love for all players to profit at least somewhat so they keep playing their contests and they continue to get a piece of the pie. FanDuel makes most of their money on site rake, which is a small fee for you to play each contest you enter. For instance, when you play a contest even as small as a $1 head to head game (more on that later), you’re only getting $1.80 back if you win. The person you’re going up against and you both put up $1 each (totaling $2) and FanDuel takes $0.20 of that specific contest for allowing you to play.

This is a bigger number as we deal with bigger contests and entry fees, but you get the idea. FanDuel isn’t scamming us, they’re providing a service. We can benefit from them hosting the contests by winning consistently and profiting and they benefit, as well.

Who Can Play

As far as legit legality, daily fantasy sports are indeed legal on a federal level. That’s being tested across the United States, but as things stand, you can freely play FD for money in 41 of 50 U.S. states. Those states that currently prohibit it are as follows:

  • Washington
  • Idaho
  • Montana
  • Nevada
  • New Mexico
  • Texas
  • Louisiana
  • Alabama
  • Iowa

Some of these states are very likely currently working on legislature to approve FD and other DFS sites, while some that currently are legal could also change. It’s up to the user to stay updated on their own state laws, but FD does a pretty good job of covering their bases and letting you know if you’re allowed to use their site for real cash.

Important

If you’re among these states, that’s a real bummer, as you’re missing out on a lot of fun and potentially some big money. You can consider moving or writing in to your state officials to try to get DFS approved.

How Do You Play?

This is a question that can be answered in two different ways; literally how do you play DFS games or how do you strategize. Your exact daily fantasy strategy will differ from sport to sport and we’re not necessarily here to pave the road to your millions. Instead, we’ll give you the basics on how to play DFS games at FanDuel, specifically in a few easy steps:

  • Sign Up

    You can’t do much but look around at any DFS sites until you sign up, so hit up the FD main page and enter your (real) full name, your preferred email address, a clever username and a password that isn’t easy to figure out. FanDuel is about as secure as websites can get, but you can never be too safe with online information.

    Before you’re done, it wouldn’t be a terrible idea to search around online for a Promo Code. Depending on where you get it, it can give you a nice bonus when you sign up and/or when you make your initial deposit onto the site.

  • Deposit Cash

    After testing the waters with some free entries, you can take the next step and deposit your own money in an effort to make more of it. It’s like they say, you can’t win what you don’t put in, so if you want to make money grinding in daily fantasy sports, you need to start by laying down some cash of your own.

    You can do so via major credit cards or Paypal at FanDuel and the minimum deposit starts at $10, while the maximum deposit is $10,000. We don’t suggest starting off like a high roller on your first try, but the more you put in to get going, the less you’ll come back having to re-deposit later.

  • Play

    You checked out the site, you put in some cash and now you’re ready to play for real. That can be in the sport of your choosing and you can join a variety of contests. You have full control over who you face if you want to play versus just one person, or you can decide which tournaments you enter and for what entry fee.

    • Selecting a Contest

      The first step is figuring out the contest type you want to play. FanDuel has a wide selection of daily fantasy sports games to compete in, but when you first start playing could dictate what is offered, as sports tend to be seasonal.

      The sport variety is strong at FD, as users can choose between NFL, NBA, MLB, PGA, UCL, NHL, WNBA and EPL daily fantasy sports contests. Once you know which sport you want to dominate in, you’ll then want to think about your contest type.

      Contest types are also pretty versatile at FanDuel, as you can try your hand at “cash games” which put an emphasis on merely multiplying your money by a specific number, or GPP/Tournament contests, which take a defined sum of money and put it on the line to take home a piece of a “guaranteed” prize pool.

      For the cash games, you’re looking at head to head (H2H) contests against one other person, 50/50 tournaments, Double Up tournament or Multiplier contests. H2H contests pit you against another live competitor, while the other cash game tournament set a specific place your team needs to rank at when the contest is over in order to “cash out”.

      These cash games offer a fairly consistent payout ratio and are the most popular type among professional “grinders”, or DFS experts that play daily fantasy sports games for a living.

      If you’re looking for more bang for your buck, you can choose from a wide variety of GPP tournaments. These can range from small to large entry fees and can contain a small number of competitors to hundreds of thousands, depending on the contest. Your odds of placing highly in these contests are not nearly as good as in cash games, but the upside (payout potential) can be massive.

      For instance, a $1 H2H game at FD would return $1.80 in total (after FanDuel’s rake), but a $1 entry in any given GPP could return hundreds or thousands of dollars. Most tournaments allow for you to increase your chances by creating a select number of teams per contest, while some have almost unlimited entries.

      You can also level the playing field a bit in FanDuels’ Single Entry tournaments, which give you a competitive field and a huge tournament with big prizes, but only allows each person to provide their best team one time.

    • Draft Your Lineup

      Actual roster construction is obviously going to vary depending on which sport you pick, but the act of creating your DFS lineup is the same in every contest you will enter.

      Every FanDuel team requires you to meet specific salary requirements and assigns salary “price tags” to every player you’re able to draft. It’s up to you to figure out who to draft and how to utilize strategy when building your lineup, but the final result should be a competitive team that meets the budget by either forming a team that totals just under the salary cap or hits it on the head and leaves you with $0 to use. Anything with red $ means you still have work to do.

      Before you even start filling out your roster by selecting players, be sure to have some type of strategy, know the sport and understand the scoring and rules for each sport/contest type.

      Not knowing how specific positions accrue points can really set you back in terms of competition, while learning this and getting it down could eventually give you an edge if you can spot advantageous spots during roster construction.

  • Win and Withdrawal

    Everyone wants to win and hopefully that happens for you. If/when that happens, it’s generally a good idea to withdraw some of your cash here and there to make sure you’re not just blindly spending it moving forward. Turning a profit is the plan, but no matter what you do, just remember that any big winnings you move to Paypal or your bank account will need to be filed in your yearly tax returns.

    As for actual withdrawals, you can move your cash to Paypal or withdraw to your preferred bank.

  • Going Mobile

    You can also make the entire process extremely easy and simple by just doing it on your phone. This is actually suggested for daily players, as you can download the FanDuel app from your phone’s App Store application and you’ll always be one touch away from your contests and winnings.FanDuel’s mobile app is fantastic and easy to use. While not necessarily the prettiest app we’ve ever seen, the FanDuel app has everything you need - Lobby and Contest tabs - all on the main page, as well as a drop-down tab to access your account.

Using FanDuel

In addition to knowing how to deposit, play contests and withdraw winnings, you should also be familiar with the rest of the site. Across the top of the website, you can easily gain access to the Lobby (where you can find contests to play), access Upcoming entries, look in at Live contests, reflect on old contests in your History and also plan/track DFS games against Friends.

The Lobby is important because this is where you’re always going to go to find contests to enter. The Upcoming tab is also key, as you will need to go here often to look at contests you’ve already entered that haven’t gone live yet. The biggest reason to go here is to make sure your team is the way you want it and that all of the players you’ve selected are active for that day.

You will always want to check in on Live contests, as well, so you can see how your team is doing in it’s respective contest. Should any players be scratched or taken out of a game prior to their contest going live, this is also where you’ll enter your live contest to edit them in DFS contests that allow late-swap changes.

Using the History tab is good for reflection, as you can go back and see teams that were successful or also see where you went wrong. You can also keep track of your record and how much money you’ve made over time on the site.

In addition to these main site tabs, FanDuel provides Responsible Play, a Friend Referral Program and a look at your account. Responsible Play can be utilized if you feel like you’re abusing the services in any way or just would like help taking a break from DFS. You can also refer friends for FanDuel points to be used in contests to win real money.

Here’s a more enhanced breakdown of the top non-contest features at FD:

Responsible Play

This is a great feature by FD and shows the foresight the company has in recognizing that some people are “problem” gamers. Just like with regular gambling, DFS requires you to put money on the line if you’re going to regularly seek profit, and if you don’t watch yourself that can admittedly get out of control.

Our personal suggestion is you simply wisely manage your bankroll by playing a select number of contests in a given day or week and commit to a low, predetermined monetary amount to spend daily/weekly/monthly. FanDuel can help you with this process by locking you out of your account for any amount of time you choose, or also restrict you from depositing or playing with more money than you specify.

Ideally you can track your monetary moves and DFS doesn’t become a problem, but in the event it does, it’s nice to know FD is here to help.

Refer a Friend

FanDuel has your back in case you get a little out of control and they also have your back if you don’t mind spreading the good word about one of the top DFS sites online. Their awesome Refere a Friend program works very easily:

  • Send referral emails to friends who haven’t played on FD yet
  • Your friend plays at least $20 in real money games and qualifies as an official referral
  • You and your friend both get $10 from FD

It’s a pretty straightforward and easy process. You’re not going to make a living off the FD referral program (we don’t think), but it’s a quick and easy way to get some extra money to play with if you have a solid network of friends and family. In addition, simply getting friends on the site to play with and against can add to the already enticing entertainment.

Friends Mode

This is where those referrals bring back more than just some sweet FD points, as the new Friends Mode allows for you to specifically target matchups against just people you know (your friends). Here you can keep track of win/loss records and create special contests that you may not otherwise necessarily play at FanDuel.

The Friends Mode page sounds a lot cooler and really is a lot better than it looks. Perhaps FD will enhance it as time goes on, but for now you can still create your own contests and add friends to the site to play. It’s a cool service that not every site offers and if you have a lot of friends that play daily fantasy sports it’s a solid perk.

FanDuel Points

Whether you earn them via the Refer a Friend program or by playing DFS contests, FD continues to give back to their loyal users by rewarding them with fake money to use in real money contests.

For every real $1 spent at FD, users get 10 FD points back and slowly can accrue enough points to eventually use on real money contests. That’s a long hike to 2,400 FDP (= $1), but the more you play, the faster that climb goes.

In addition, FD rewards you further with special free DFS contests based on how many FDP you accrue in a given month. Those requirements are as follows:

  • Bronze Contest - $2,000 free play, requires minimum of 1,000 monthly FD points
  • Silver - $3,000 freel play, requires 5,000 FDP
  • Gold - $5,000 free play, requires 15,000 FDP
  • Platinum - $8,000 free play contest, requires 50,000 FDP

FD Promotions

In addition to their FDP program and Refer a Friend program, FanDuel has numerous promotions that aim to bring in new users and also reward current users. The obvious goal is to give users extra incentive to play more games, but these promotions can be quite attractive and give DFS gamers extra opportunities to win real cash, gain FD points and also win big contests.

The promotions can range from free rolls to “checklists” and numerous contests that plug various DFS sports. FD tends to generate excitement for massive on-location events, whether it be their Playboy Mansion contest, their Summer Classic or other massive promotions.

FanDuel changes and adds promotions on a weekly and monthly basis, so the point isn’t necessarily specifically what they offer, but the fact that they constantly are offering something.

FanDuel History

FanDuel is far from just your run-of-the-mill DFS site, as it’s put some brilliant minds together to offer a highly versatile and engaging product to the masses. FD started in Texas back in 2009 behind the genius of founders Nigel Eccles and Tom Griffiths and has evolved into the daily fantasy conglomerate that it is now.

Initially revolutionary in the industry for shortening the season long grind of fantasy sports to one-day or weekly contests, FD has grown to be one of the top DFS sites and has changed the game forever.

On top of revolutionizing the industry, FanDuel has received elite notoriety along the way, locking down numerous prestigious awards over the years, including the FTSA’s Best Daily Fantasy Product in 2014 and Company of the Year in 2012.

If you’re wondering how legit FD is, look no further than a massive user list of over 6 million DFS gamers, a 5-star rating for their app on the iPhone and iPad and over 4 million downloads for their app across all platforms.

FanDuel came, they conquered and they keep pushing, creating and expanding. Now on the verge of uniting with DraftKings and giving DFS one giant to look up to, FD has never looked more ready to cater to the growing needs of the DFS industry.

Is FanDuel Better Than DraftKings?

Once you get to know FanDuel it’s pretty easy to see why it’s such a popular and profitable entity. The only lingering question becomes whether it beats out it’s top competitor in DraftKings.

That probably doesn’t really matter since these two juggernauts plan on joining forces as soon as possible, but if you feel like you need to pick a side, there is evidence to support a strong backing of FD over DK.

Contests Offered

If we’re looking at this unbiasedly, it’s impossible to ignore the fact that DK has proven to be more versatile in the contest department. DraftKings offers all of the same popular DFS contests FanDuel does, but a few extra, as well.

Neither DFS titan offers college daily fantasy sports due to a severe hiccup with the NCAA, but DK still wins this race by offering MMA, Nascar and eSports daily fantasy games. It’s arguable that FD provides the better product with more concise roster construction, better salary pricing and betting scoring, but in the contest department FD narrowly loses here on numbers alone.

Site Interface

FanDuel’s site looks cleaner, is brighter and is easier to use. FD also went through a mild facelift for their brand, as they added an improved FD logo and introduced their Friends Mode campaign in 2017. DK is darker, busier and not quite as easy to use.

Availability

One pretty important aspect is which sites allow you more opportunity to play in terms of legality or geography approval. Both sites follow the same guidelines for the most part in the United States, but FanDuel does not offer services in Texas.

This would serve as a win for Texas residents who want to play and would send them to DK, but otherwise the sites are available (and not available) in the same spots.

We’re not really picking a side here, as DK is a great DFS site just like FD. However, FD is a bit cleaner and easier on the eyes, while for strategy purposes the site’s roster and salary settings tend to be much more palatable. DK does offer more contests and is available in Texas, though.

Summary

FanDuel is a trusted site that provided an elite product that gives anyone an opportunity to compete at a high level in the daily fantasy scene. You personally need to put in the time, research and cash to rise up the ranks and prove you’re good enough to win, but FanDuel gives you a chance to do that as well as anyone.

With FD, you know you’re getting elite competition, high end contests and promotions and a platform that is easy to understand and use. If you haven’t gotten into daily fantasy sports yet and want to, FanDuel is a fantastic place to start and regularly compete.

Our Verdict

FanDuel’s daily fantasy stands out for offering innovative contests that break out of the mold of traditional fantasy sports and although it doesn’t offer the same range of sports forsports betting, what FanDuel does, it does extremely well.

For

  • Incredibly designed Sportsbook user interface
  • Huge array of prop bets
  • Free games available offering cash prizes
  • Innovative fantasy contests

Against

  • Limited sports options
  • Drafting teams on app can be cumbersome

FanDuel, founded in 2009, is one of the largest daily fantasy sports platforms in the world. The platform offers fantasy competitions across most of the big-name US sporting leagues and has paid out more than $4.5 billion over the last decade.

The range of fantasy leagues in FanDuel isn’t quite as impressive as what major competitors like DraftKings support. However, FanDuel’s point system and salary caps for its games help to set the platform apart.In 2018, FanDuel also opened an online sportsbook that covers betting on most major US sporting leagues. The sportsbook is very impressive, with an extremely large number of prop bets available for every competition. The user interface, both on desktop and mobile devices, also helps to propel FanDuel’s sportsbook to the front of the online betting pack.

So, is FanDuel the best option for daily fantasy sports or online sports wagers? Let’s take a closer look at this platform to find out.

Sign Up and Deposit

Signing up for FanDuel is extremely simple. Just head to the website and enter your name and email address to get started. You can also use your Facebook account to connect to FanDuel.

The company accepts payment through any major credit card, a PayPal account, or ACH bank transfer. You can even mail FanDuel a check if that works best for you.

However, you can also choose to forego the bonus and explore the site before making a deposit. FanDuel offers a large number of games for free, many of which come with cash prizes.

FanDuel's Sportsbook

FanDuel’s sportsbook carries most major American leagues, including the NFL, NHL, NBA, MLB, NASCAR, and more. The company has also been expanding into leagues that are more popular abroad, and now includes betting on cricket, rugby, golf, and UPL and UEFA soccer leagues.

What really sets the FanDuel sportsbook apart is its user interface. This is hands down one of the most attractive and friendly online betting platforms we’ve seen.

From the main page, you can quickly see which upcoming matches are attracting the most betting attention and bet on the outcome. Your betslip is overlaid on the same window, so you can review your current wagers, make changes, and set up parlays all while browsing the list of available bets.

The range of available bets is enormous as well. For a single NBA game, we counted more than 50 different prop bets to choose from. You can bet on individual players or the outcome of specific quarters, as well as set up custom parlays or round robin bets in your betslip.

The only thing that was noticeably missing from FanDuel’s sportsbook was detailed research that you could use to inform your wagers. The platform doesn’t provide any team or player stats, let alone recent wager-specific stats, so you’re somewhat left on your own to find this information. To be fair, this isn’t a huge drawback since most users are going to FanDuel for placing bets, not figuring out what to bet on.

FanDuel Fantasy Sports

FanDuel’s league offerings for daily fantasy sports are notably limited compared to both the sportsbook and to its main competitor, DraftKings. The platform offers daily fantasy around only the NFL, NBA, NHL, MLB, PGA, and UPL, plus NCAA basketball and football. Still, that fully covers the most popular US leagues.

One of the unique aspects of how FanDuel approaches fantasy is that every fantasy game, regardless of sport, comes with a $60,000 salary cap. This consistency is a major attraction for the platform, since users have a pretty good idea of what to expect going into different tournaments. 

There are a handful of different leagues and games available on the platform. To start, FanDuel offers a beginners’ category, in which only users below a specific point threshold are allowed to play. This gives newcomers a fair chance to learn the platform in a friendly environment where most of the tournaments don’t have an entry fee.

For more advanced players, contest types include tournaments, head-to-head competitions, and 3-100-player multiplayer leagues. FanDuel also experiments with some unusual contest formats from time to time. For example, the platform had a home run challenge for the 2019 MLB season and a positionless NBA fantasy league for the 2019–20 NBA season. These contests are a nice option for anyone who wants to try something different from the traditional fantasy league.

Regardless of sport, FanDuel’s drafting interface is pretty seamless. You can filter players by position or search by name, then add them to your roster with a single click. The consistent $60,000 salary cap simplifies the process, and the platform clearly shows your remaining salary payout as you’re choosing players.

Mobile App

FanDuel offers different mobile apps for daily fantasy and sports betting. For the FanDuel sportsbook, there are also different apps depending on which state you live in.

Beyond the initial confusion of getting the right app for your needs, FanDuel’s mobile platforms are extremely clean. The sportsbook app looks almost exactly like the desktop client. The main change is that your betslip is on its own screen, which you can access from a simple menu at the bottom of the app. Otherwise, it’s still extremely easy to find prop bets and set up parlays.

The daily fantasy app simplifies your display by presenting you with a choice of sports as soon as you log in. From there, you can easily browse or search sport-specific contests. Most are categorized by contest type or start time to help you find what you’re looking for on a small screen.

Drafting players is a little bit more cumbersome, since you can’t view your entire lineup while selecting additional players. The app will display your salary cap, but it takes a few taps to swap out a player midway through your draft. 

Support

FanDuel offers customer support around the clock by phone, email, or live chat. That’s a big improvement over DraftKings, which only offers live chat. The company also has a very comprehensive online knowledge base, which answers most common questions about how to use the platform or collect your winnings. 

Territories

FanDuel operates daily fantasy sports in 43 US states and Canada. Currently, you can’t use the service if you live in Arizona, Hawaii, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, or Washington.

FanDuel’s sportsbook is much more limited in territory. Currently, it’s only open for betting in New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Indiana, and West Virginia. 

Verdict

FanDuel doesn’t offer the same range of sports for daily fantasy or sports betting as its main competitor, DraftKings. But, what FanDuel does, it does extremely well.

FanDuel’s daily fantasy stands out for offering innovative contests that break out of the mold of traditional fantasy sports. The sportsbook, meanwhile, offers an incredibly large assortment of prop bets for every game and makes it easy to set up parlays. The user interfaces for both branches of FanDuel are very well designed, which only makes the platform more attractive.

If you found this review while trying to determine whether or not FanDuel is legit, let us straighten that out right away. Not only is FanDuel legit, but they are one of the fastest-growing brands in sports.

FanDuel, along with competitor DraftKings, spent millions fighting to make daily fantasy sports legal in the United States.

Recently, FanDuel has been pivotal in paving the way to legalized sports betting in the United States. 

After the acquisition, the FanDuel business would fall under a newly created subsidy of Paddy Power Betfair known as FanDuel Group. The FanDuel Group consists of a leading portfolio of US daily fantasy, gaming, wagering, and media assets. It operates out of New York but has offices in California, New Jersey, Florida, Oregon, and Scotland.

In late 2018, the National Hockey League (NHL) entered a partnership with FanDuel.

Former CFO of FanDuel, Matthew King became CEO in November of 2017.

The entire founding team of FanDuel no longer works with the company. Due to the tremendous amount of capital raised in the early stages of FanDuel, the Paddy Power Betfair acquisition didn’t leave much on the bone for the original and or founding FanDuel team.

FanDuel Review of Contest Types

We’re talking about the crème de la crème of daily fantasy sports here.

FanDuel has an absolute plethora of different contest types. Whether you’re a complete newbie or a veteran daily fantasy player, there are options upon options to choose from.

For example, FanDuel offers traditional contests such as Tournaments, Head to Heads and 50/50s.

In addition, FanDuel offers a variety of contests that most other DFS platforms don’t.

Those contests include but are not limited to Satellites, Qualifiers Free Plays, Beat The Score, 3 – 100 Players and Beginner Contests. It is also noteworthy that they have a ton of filtering options to enter the exact type of contest that you’re interested in.

A few of these filters include but are not limited to Entry Fees, Entry Types, Quick Entry, Late Swap, Experienced and Highly Experienced, along with Full Roster & Single Game options.

If you have a question about a specific type of contest or even a specific type of contest for a specific sport, check out the searchable FAQ page at FanDuel.com. This page has answers to almost every question you can think of.

FanDuel Review of Entry Limits

This is an incredibly important aspect of daily fantasy sports, especially as it relates to new players, rookies and or newbies. While it’s not a bad or evil aspect of the FanDuel experience, new players simply need to understand it.

That is to say, FanDuel is incredibly successful in part to its gigantic payout type of contests, such as ‘Millionaire Makers’, etc.

However, many of the large prize pool types of contests entail enormous multi-entry rules. For example, it’s very likely that a new player enters a contest that features a large prize pool. They proceed to insert their 1 lineup and cross their fingers. What they have failed to realize, however, is that the rules stated that each player could actually enter a maximum of 300 lineups for example.

Therefore, the new player and his 1 lineup are potentially facing other players who have inserted up to 300 lineups, which drastically decreases the new player’s odds.

When it comes to FanDuel and entry limits, understand that they vary greatly from contests to contest. It is perfectly fine that this is the case, but new players need to be more aware of entry limits. Almost all new players should be sticking to single-entry contests only.

FanDuel Promotions Overview

If you are new to daily fantasy sports, then the promotions a website offers are likely one of the main factors that influence where you play. While FanDuel does offer some great deposit bonus offers and new player incentives, they are not always the most aggressive name in the industry.

To give yourself a better idea of how the two companies stack up right now, you can compare our current FanDuel promo code offer to our current DraftKings promo code offer. At the time of writing this article, both companies are running identical new player bonus offers. Essentially a free $5 contest with any first deposit.

That being said, these offers vary greatly from week-to-week. If you have yet to sign up at FanDuel this December, you may want to hold out for the FanDuel Super Bowl promotions. This is particularly true if you are considering the FanDuel sportsbook.

New players will almost always get the largest promo offers during the first month of the NFL season… .customers are simply more valuable at that point in the NFL season. The top new player offer of 2019 was a free $9 entry and up to $500 in deposit bonus funds!

Promotions are important and deserve to be included in our FanDuel review, but you certainly should not choose a DFS platform based on the promotion offer alone. Continue reading this review for more must-have information regarding FanDuel’s current product features.

FanDuel Review of Player Pricing / Team Budget

FanDuel’s player pricing and team budgets vary from sport to sport and from contest to contest. When playing on the FanDuel platform, you’ll be confronted with a number of different salary caps or team budgets including but not limited to $60,000, $55,000, $50,000 and or $35,000.

The reason for the differences is somewhat unclear. However, it’s all essentially the same thing. You have a total budget that will be used to build a lineup of extremely meticulously priced players.

In other words, don’t sweat the budget or how FanDuel prices players, you’ll find little advantage in that strategy. You’ll win by deciphering value and value alone.

Quick tip regarding value on FanDuel: If you read our FanDuel NFL articles, you will hear us say things like, our target value for the week is 4x. To calculate this number, simply divide the player’s salary by 1,000 (or move the decimal 3 places to the left). For example, a player with an $8,500 salary would receive a multiple of 8.5, then multiply that number by our target value, in this case, 4. The resulting number is the number of fantasy points the player would have to put up to reach value (34 points).

FanDuel Review of Platform and Mobile App

Again, FanDuel is one of the two major players in the daily fantasy sports market (the other being DraftKings). They didn’t become a leader by chance, circumstance or brand recognition.

They’re a leader because they’ve built an incredibly advanced platform via desktop, mobile and native app.

From the actual development and functionality of their product to the intense level of detail in design, FanDuel stands out because its platform is beautifully designed and intuitively developed.

Even DraftKings takes second place to the overall user interface and user experience that FanDuel offers. In addition, FanDuel features a native app for both iOS & Android.

Summary of our FanDuel Review

If you haven’t figured it out yet, we’re colossal fans of both the FanDuel DFS product and the FanDuel sportsbook. The company has not only the longest track record of success in DFS but is the fastest growing sportsbook in the US.

So how does FanDuel compare to their competition, namely DraftKings and Yahoo? We can sum this review up in about a paragraph that should allow you to decide, base on what features matter most to you, which DFS platform fits your needs best.

In terms of the variety of sports and big prize contests, DraftKings is still king. They offer the widest variety of sports and offer a million-dollar contest in the majority of them, including one every week of the NFL season and for every PGA major. In terms of being new player friends, aka easy to win, we have to give the prize here to Yahoo, with FanDuel a very close second.

So why is FanDuel still the better choice? They are the best of both worlds and offer access to an alternative product that neither DraftKings or Yahoo has. FanDuel still offers some of the largest prize pools in the industry and has million-dollar contests many times throughout the NFL season. In addition, they have contests, rules, and entry limits set up to protect new players and lessen the learning curve.

Perhaps the best feature of FanDuel is that a FanDuel account also gives you access to their sister site, Draft.com! Draft is the only daily fantasy sports site that allows you to compete in daily snake drafts for the NFL, NBA, NHL, and PGA. This is an extremely unique spin on DFS and can only be found at Draft.

FanDuel Sportsbook is among the best legal sports betting apps. It's certainly the most popular. The interface makes the app stand out from its peers. The rest of what FanDuel offers is industry-standard, with the exception of their signup bonus, which is subpar. But did we mention it's beautiful?

States where FanDuel Sportsbook is available

Since legal sports betting is a state-based system, FanDuel has to partner with licensed operators in each state where it wishes to offer sports betting.

FanDuel Sportsbook is currently available in the following states:

  • Pennsylvania
  • New Jersey
  • West Virginia

FanDuel Sportsbook is available as one app across multiple states. This differs from some other sportsbooks, like FOX Bet, which offer separate apps for each state.

FanDuel Sportsbook PA

FanDuel launched FanDuel Sportsbook PA on July 25. In PA, they partnered with Valley Forge Casino Resort. Pennsylvania is different than New Jersey in that operators can work only with one skin and must feature their own branding. However, FanDuel somehow found a workaround, using the same app and their own branding in the state.

FanDuel Sportsbook NJ

For NJ sports betting, FanDuel is partnered with The Meadowlands and runs their physical sportsbook as well as their online sportsbook.

FanDuel Sportsbook West Virginia

FanDuel launched in West Virginia prior to the start of the 2019 football season.

What’s great about FanDuel Sportsbook

Interface

FanDuel, which is now owned by European betting power Betfair, wasn’t the first to launch a mobile sportsbook in New Jersey, but they were the first to present a truly modern interface that looks like it belongs on a phone.

Unlike many other casino-based operators, which have released online apps that resemble something closer to a hastily thrown together website, FanDuel made sure its sports betting app looks at home on your device next to the likes of Instagram, Twitter and Tik Tok.

While far from perfect, FanDuel Sportsbook looks clean, modern, and is instantly intuitive to anyone who knows even the slightest bit about betting [if you don’t, be sure to check out sports betting tips page for guides on how to bet on sports]. Everything looks as it should for a mobile app. Here, take a look:

FanDuel, along with DraftKings Sportsbook, is a technology company more than a gambling company. They employ mostly developers who understand how to build online programs, be it daily fantasy or sports betting. This is not the case for all legal sports betting operators, some of whom are more concerned with physical locations than their mobile offerings.

Their interface, more than anything, is a major reason why FanDuel Sportsbook stands out among its peers.

Bet options

This one goes without saying, as FanDuel checks all the boxes for what should be available in a mobile sports betting app. In addition to all of the expected bet types – like spread, moneyline and totals – they offer props, alternate lines, and a dizzying array of live, quarter, pre-populated parlays, and odds boosts. But what really stands out is that FanDuel Sportsbook makes all of these lines easy to search, view and bet on. Other Sportsbooks offer this level of detail, but few present it in the way FanDuel does.

Marketing

As they say, popularity is a marketing contest. OK, I’m not sure if they say that, but the point remains. FanDuel and DraftKings had a leg up on the competition simply because they were synonymous with sports, um, action as the two dominant daily fantasy companies. This undoubtedly played a part in their early success in sports betting.

Additionally, FanDuel brands the popular FanDuel Sportsbook at The Meadowlands, which is effectively the legal betting depot for New York City, and they spend a ton in advertising.

The combination of brand recognition and modern app is what makes FanDuel stand out.

What’s not so great about FanDuel Sportsbook

Prices and odds

Any negative about FanDuel Sportsbook, from a user’s perspective, is mostly a nitpick, but there are a few.

FanDuel’s lines differ, sometimes greatly, from main competitors DraftKings Sportsbook, SugarHouse Sportsbook, and PointsBet. This in itself isn’t a bad thing, but anecdotally we find that FanDuel Sportsbook is slower to react to the market and update their odds based on substantive changes like injuries, trades and so on. Now, this can of course be a positive for the opportunistic bettor (in fact, I could make a good case for putting this in the “great” section), but their odds seem to run more expensive than some of their competitors, something we’ll cover more in our DraftKings vs. FanDuel Sportsbook comparison.

Bonus

FanDuel Sportsbook has consistently offered a $500 risk-free bet to new users . This is fine, and the $500 amount is inline with what other operators offer, but it’s less flexible than other offers. FanDuel essentially offers you a one-time safety net on whatever your first bet amount is, which for the average user is often way less than $500.

Competitors offer things like “first bet match” – a free bet available regardless of whether your win or lose your first bet – deposit matches, and free bet with no deposit offers. All are better than a risk-free bet.

But, given their standing in the market and popularity, FanDuel Sportsbook doesn’t have to be as aggressive with their offer.

That doesn’t mean they don’t take advantage of big market events, however. Their 53-1 Super Bowl odds promo is the gold standard of signup promos, bringing in untold numbers of new players who could wager $5 to win $265.

FanDuel Sportsbook vs. DraftKings Sportsbook

We cover more in our DraftKings Sportsbook vs. FanDuel Sportsbook comparison, but the difference largely comes down to interface and prices. FanDuel has the better interface, but they seem to be a half-step behind when it comes to odds and pricing.

It’s difficult to do this on any large scale, because there is so much variability, but here’s a quick snapshot of a set of three random games. FanDuel Sportsbook prices (DraftKings Sportsbook prices).

In all but one case – a moneyline bet on the A’s to beat the Indians – FanDuel Sportsbook offers more expensive odds.

Again, this is a small snapshot, for sure, and there are plenty of cases where FanDuel has better prices than the competition, but we tend to find that we pay more for bets on FanDuel Sportsbook. Say nothing of the fact that PointsBet routinely offers promotion -105 prices on spread bets.

Overview

FanDuel brings a recognizable brand name to legal sports betting thanks to its wildly popular daily fantasy games, but be warned, those looking to share funds and pivot between FanDuel’s daily fantasy games and its sportsbook in the same app will be disappointed as those features are not yet available. While DraftKings and SugarHouse sports betting apps each offer players a wide-ranging variety of sports to bet on, FanDuel, recently acquired by European betting powerhouse BetFair, is taking a more conservative approach in terms of sports offerings with its initial rollout. Users are currently limited to more traditional American sports (and soccer), so if you want to wager on cricket, cycling, or other less prominent sports, you may need to look elsewhere. Also of note is the absence of betting options on eSports, which FanDuel doesn’t seem particularly motivated to add anytime soon. As for wagering options, traditional pre-game wagers with a variety of alternate odds and totals are available, as are parlays and futures bets. FanDuel, like its peers, offers a wide-ranging set of options for in-play live betting behind an easy-to-navigate, sleek interface that both looks and functions similarly to its daily fantasy app.

Getting Started With FanDuel Sportsbook

Like all other mobile sports betting apps, the FanDuel Sportsbook app uses geo-location technology to ensure bets are placed only in the state of New Jersey. Still, and I think this is important because I want to know what I’m getting into before I deposit funds and commit to using a sportsbook app, users are able to get a feel for the prices, design, offerings, and functionality of the app without signing up. I recommend always having a look around to make sure the app fits your needs. If you opt to proceed with a sign up, you can do so by using your previously existing FanDuel daily fantasy account, or by filling out this form:

You will be asked to provide your name, address, and contact information, but it’s a quick and easy process that only takes a minute.

Depositing money into FanDuel Sportbook

Users can fund their FanDuel Sportsbook accounts several different ways. A $10 minimum deposit can be made via standard checking account, credit or debit card, PayPal, FanDuel Prepaid Card, eCheck, online bank transfers, or the PayNearMe, which is available at any 7-Eleven store. They also accept cash at counter

Betting

The app has a “Sports Betting Training Camp Feature,” which is pretty cool. It offers a brief tutorial on how spread, moneyline, totals, and prop betting work. There’s also an easy-to-understand guide to parlays and teasers.

Like DraftKings, FanDuel Sportsbook will utilize information from players’ daily fantasy habits to feature and highlight related sportsbook betting options. Also much like its competitors, the FanDuel Sportsbook app immediately draws users to a banner that showcases the day’s featured events, promotions, and live betting options. On the homepage exists a swipe menu option that allows users to easily navigate betting menu of each individual sport.

Once a particular game is selected, users in have the ability to wager on point spreads, alternate point spreads, totals, alternate totals, and a robust offering of game props.

What about betting odds? The FanDuel Sportsbook at the Meadowlands was eviscerated when it opened back in June for its outrageous and non-competitive odds, but its mobile and app prices are much better and are in line with industry standards. I did a quick comparison of the Week 1 NFL lines offered by FanDuel and those of DraftKings and SugarHouse, which are both operated by gaming company Kambi, and found that there was about an even split in terms of the best odds and pricing available. While a few extra dollars doesn’t seem like a big deal, with the slew of legal sports betting options available, it’s always a good idea to shop around for value.

Sports Offered

Have a look for yourself:

Types of bets

FanDuel offers all of the action that you would expect:

  • Spread
  • Moneyline
  • Parlays
  • Teasers
  • Round robins
  • Total
  • Alternate lines
  • Futures

Live Betting

Most of the prop options that are available prior to the start of a game remain once the game begins. For instance, baseball offerings include team to score first/last, correct score, winning margin, first scoring play, odd/even total runs, among several other options that remain throughout the contest. I was, however, disappointed that FanDuel isn’t offering the live ticket option that allows bettors to hedge or cash out bets as a contest unfolds. It’s a relatively new concept available in the United States, but I have a feeling it’s going to be immensely popular, so it’s worth keeping an eye on things to see if FanDuel eventually adds it.

Player limits and responsible gambling

It appears to at least some extent the New Jersey DGE is requiring all online sportsbooks to inform its users of potential gambling pitfalls and provide resources and tools available to those who need them.

In what appears to be a standard feature of all legal sports betting apps, FanDuel allows bettors to set daily, weekly, and monthly deposit and spending limits. This ensures that a person won’t wildly throw money into the account or chase high loss totals once it is there. Moreover, bettors can set daily time limits that restricts overall usage, and they can also impose self-suspensions for “cool down” periods as well as a self-exclusion to prohibit future use altogether. The thing to remember here is to set rigid restrictions. Don’t spend what you can’t afford. Develop a budget and stick with it no matter what.

Overall

Aesthetically, this is a tremendous app. It looks good, the functionality is strong, and it is easy to navigate. The plethora of deposit and withdraw options in FanDuel Sportsbook makes transactions quick and simple. At the moment, FanDuel offers a $500 risk-free bet for new users , which is markedly less than the bonus rewards of its competitors, so do know that there is more bonus value available elsewhere. While the FanDuel app doesn’t offer as many sports to bet on, nor does it have a live ticket option, most users will find that it more than meets their needs.

History

FanDuel was founded in 2009 and is currently based out of New York City. Currently, there are about 6 million people that have accounts with the site, although not all of them are active users of the site. The company owns a few other statistical and analytical companies, such as numberFire and AlphaDraft.

Beyond business acquisitions, FanDuel has a partnership with a number of high profile organizations. These include many teams from the NFL and the NBA, like the Buffalo Bills, the Green Bay Packers, The Washington Redskins, the Chicago Bulls, Cleveland Cavaliers, and the Los Angeles Lakers. These partnerships have helped the company to grow and it has helped fans of these sports to enjoy the games more.

Today, FanDuel has continued to receive a good deal of recognition for its superior product. It has even won awards for the quality of its app from several different regulatory and watchdog organizations. Again, these things have helped the site to remain popular and has helped fuel its continuous growth. The company is valued at over a billion dollars.

Legality

There’s been a lot of speculation and questioning about the legality of paying to play fantasy sports like those that are offered at FanDuel. As U.S. law currently stands, daily fantasy sports are not listed as gambling, but as a game of skill. Still, some states have banned their residents from playing at FanDuel. Other states, FanDuel has voluntarily withdrawn their services from. These states include Washington, Idaho, Montana, Texas, Florida, Iowa, Nevada, Mississippi, Indiana, Virginia, and Hawaii. In all, about 75 percent of the U.S. population is allowed to use FanDuel, although this is subject to change as states adapt their regulations over time.

One of the controversial story lines behind the legality of FanDuel is that this site and DraftKings had announced a few years ago that they would be merging together to form one company. This was blocked by the Federal Trade Commission because it would have created a monopoly in the DFS marketplace because the two sites together represented more than 90 percent of the business flow in this sector. This merger was blocked for monopoly reasons and not because of issues with the legality of play DFS games.

Today, DFS is more heavily regulated than ever before. Based on recent moves by the U.S. government, it is likely to stay that way for the foreseeable future.

What You Will Find

FanDuel allows its users to draft fantasy rosters from a number of different sports, including baseball, football, soccer, basketball (both NBA and WNBA), hockey, and PGA golf. Depending on the type of contest that you enter, there are a handful of different games that you will play. However, the way that you draft your team is dependent first on the sport that you choose. For example, when drafting a baseball roster, you cannot select a team full of pitchers, but must choose specific players to fill each position. With something like golf where there’s no specific position for each player, the drafting process is a lot different.

As mentioned above, there are a few different game structures at FanDuel. A head to head platform is one of the most basic types. Here, there are two players in a contest. The one with the highest score wins, the other loses.

Tournaments, multipliers, and 50/50 games also exist. Depending on what type you play the strategy that you will need to employ to maximize your potential for winning will change.

Finally, you will find that within many of the games and sports, there are alternative roster choices. For example, if you’re drafting a team in a baseball league, you can choose from a full-sized roster, or a limited one. This adds a different element to the game, and it changes the strategy that you will need to employ if you want to give yourself the best possible chance of winning. We have a separate section on this page for strategy, so keep scrolling through if this is something that you’re interested in.

Prizes

The prizes that you can earn through the contests offered at FanDuel will vary in shape and size. Cash is the most popular prize offered at FanDuel, although the prizes won change depending on the size and type of the contest. This can be as little as a dollar, or it can be a life changing amount of money.

Strategy

In daily fantasy sports, the strategy that you use plays a large role in whether or not you will be profitable over the long run. With that said, there are several different strategies that you could employ to give yourself a chance of winning.

Value

  1. One of the most important concepts that you should be using is that of value. Value is the idea that each fantasy point that you earn comes at a price. The less that you spend per point earned, the more value that you get out of your salary. Value is of particular importance when you play in a salary cap league. In this setting, you want to draft the best possible players, but you don’t want to spend too much money while doing so—otherwise, you won’t be able to fill all of the slots on your roster. In order to compensate for this, value will help you to conserve your cash so that you can put together the strongest possible roster.
  2. Think about it this way: if you can draft two players of similar expected ability, but one is $1,000 cheaper than the other, then the cheaper player is the greater value player. With all other things being equal, then strong value is always the best way to go.

Tiers

  1. The tier strategy is one of the most effective strategies out there, especially when it comes to a sport like golf. Still, this strategy can be very effective in other sports, including position games like basketball, football, and baseball. Essentially, the objective here is to separate the players at each position into three different tiers, usually determined by price. The goal is to get top tier level players, but without spending top tier level money. This is not always easy, but it isn’t impossible, either. By looking at price and expected fantasy point output—which is listed for each athlete at FanDuel—you can give yourself a quick advantage when it comes to a tier approach.
  2. It’s worth noting that the tier system lends itself well for finding strong players at a cheap price. You’ll probably recognize that this is just another application of value, which we mentioned above. When you combine these two strategies, the potential for success can go up even greater.

Matchups

  1. Looking at matchups can help you to determine between two very similar players. Think about it like this: if there are two players of similar price and talent, yet one is going up against a really strong team, the player going against the weaker team is likely to have a higher ceiling for potential.
  2. A matchup strategy might even turn out to help you find a strong player that you might not have otherwise thought about. For example, if you know that the Buffalo Bills have an extraordinary defense against the running game, then you will not want to go with a running back paired against the Bills, even if he has the best stats so far that season. Instead, going with a weaker RB that’s paired against the worst defense in the league will help you to maximize your potential for points, all while likely saving some money when it comes to budget.

Don’t forget that value, tiers, or any other fantasy strategy are just tools to accomplish a goal. Your goal is to score the most points possible so that you can win your league. Using these tools and strategy correctly will enable you to better do so.

As you might have suspected, there’s a lot more to DFS strategy than what we can go into here. We have a whole host of resources available when it comes to strategy, so feel free to check them out if you want to maximize your potential for winning your league.

The Future of FanDuel

Recently, FanDuel announced a merger with the UK based sports betting platform Betfair. Thanks to a recent change in U.S. law that will allow each state to independently determine whether or not sports betting will be legal, FanDuel is in a really good spot right now. It means that the company is probably not going anywhere and that it’s legality is far more protected today than it ever has been. In fact, we know that FanDuel is going to start offering sports betting in the near future. Their partnership with Betfair has helped them to jumpstart this process, and because of their foothold in the UK, they have a much better chance of global growth right now than they ever have. This is an exciting time to be playing at FanDuel.

What should you expect from FanDuel? We can expect it to keep growing, and we can expect it to start offering new contests and games. As sports betting is rolled out on the site, there might even be some sort of overlap between DFS and betting, although it’s not quite clear how this will look. The bottom line is that the site is in a strong position right now, and that’s not likely to change any time soon. You can also compare the major competitor on our FD vs. DK page. This will break down some of the differences.

Get Started with FanDuel

Setting up an account at FanDuel is really easy. You will need to give an email address and your home address so that the site can ensure that you live in an area where fantasy sports are allowed. You are not required to make a deposit at the site because they do offer free contests, but it is after you have registered for an account that you can make your first deposit. Depending on how you sign up for the site, you may even be eligible for a deposit bonus. These are also occasionally available through promotions on the site, so stay tuned to what’s going on for a chance to increase your available funds.

FanDuel has a great product, and it’s also a lot of fun to use their site. The platform is very user friendly and it continues to improve as technology grows in strength. If you are interested in play fantasy sports, then this site is very much worth checking out. We really hope this updated FanDuel review will help you when making a decision when playing daily fantasy sports.