Fantasy basketball contests involving just a single game are now a reality at FanDuel. The new format will cover only one game and give players a chance to get in on the action even on slow NBA days.
Previously, all daily fantasy contests involved at least two games under a prior FanDuel approach that adhered to a conservative definition of “fantasy sports.” Lately, FanDuel has opted to take a more aggressive approach and is now testing new game types as a part of its FanDuel Labs project.
The first mentions of single-game NBA contests appeared on discussion forums a couple of weeks ago, but it seems only recently to have been widely rolled out. FanDuel has now officially announced the new format and is offering single game contests for the 2018 All Star game on Sunday evening.
In an announcement published on Monday, FanDuel said this about the new format:
“Today, FanDuel announced that for the first time ever, a daily fantasy basketball contest will be available for the 2018 NBA All-Star Game in Los Angeles. In a new twist, All-Star Game captains – LeBron James and Stephen Curry – picked their teammates for the All-Star Game and FanDuel will follow suit offering sports fans the opportunity to choose their own lineup of NBA All-Stars for the ultimate NBA fantasy basketball event.”
Single game slates are new for NBA, but FanDuel did test the idea at the end of the NFL season for the Super Bowl. The NFL single-game format was similarly structured with a roster of five FLEX players, including one star player position which earned double points.
NBA All Star Game at FanDuel
FanDuel’s single-game All Star contest will be the biggest of the type to date with a $500,000 prize pool and a $9 entry fee. First place will be paying a respectable $100,000 and prizes will be paid all the way down to 13,572nd place. The contest has room for a grand total of 66,137 entries.
Single-game NBA contests have you draft a roster of five players under a $60,000 salary cap. Lineups consist of one guard, one forward/center, two utility positions and one MVP player from any position who earns 1.5x points.
In simpler terms, your lineup will include:
- 1 MVP player who earns 1.5x points
- 1 guard
- 1 forward / center
- 2 UTIL
Single-game scoring rules are as follows:
|MVP Player||Points Earned||All Other Players||Points Earned|
|Field Goal Made||3||Field Goal Made||2|
|3-Pointer Made||1.5 (plus 3 for FG)||3-Pointer Made||1 (plus 2 for FG)|
|Free Throw Made||1.5||Free Throw Made||1|
You can learn more and sign up at: www.fanduel.com
FanDuel is also bringing back fantasy bingo, which it debuted for the Super Bowl earlier this month. NBA All-Star Bingo is free to play and will be awarding $25,000 worth of prizes this weekend during Saturday’s Skill Challenge, Three-Point Contest and Slam Dunk Contest.
You can log in to FanDuel to get your free card and then tune in on Saturday evening to take a crack at winning your share of cash prizes. Your virtual bingo card will be full of propositions that you can mark off as they happen. Once you get five in a row, hit the “Call BINGO” button to see what you’ve won.
The props on your bingo card will cover a range of possibilities such as someone coming out in a slam dunk costume, if a rookie will make it to the Slam Dunk finals, if Charles Barkley will say the word “terrible” and more.
See this sample card for an idea of what to expect: