FantasyDraft.com opened in 2014 and has grown to become one of the bigger sites in the daily fantasy industry. They face stiff competition from the likes of FanDuel/DraftKings, but they have a unique plan to take on the big boys in DFS.
It certainly seems that Fantasy Draft is going that way as they are now one of the biggest sites in terms of players. To be clear, Fantasy Draft is still a distant third when compared to the two market leaders. Even so, Fantasy Draft shows promise and serves as a unique place to play where competition isn’t as stiff and prizes are more within reach of casual players.
4% Cashback for 90 Days
Fantasy Draft opened for business in 2014 and has grown quickly since then thanks to an awesome refer-a-friend program. More importantly, the competition here is quite a bit softer than your average DFS site.
To be more specific about that unique plan, FantasyDraft.com grows itself with a sweeping referral program that pays you a percentage of all commissions earned by your referrals for life. I’ll cover that in great detail later. Let’s start with a look at what FantasyDraft actually has to offer as a real money fantasy site.
Fantasy Draft at its core is a normal daily fantasy site in which you are given a virtual salary and draft players for your fantasy team. As your players perform on the field or court, your virtual team earns points based on their performances. The goal is to amass more fantasy points than everyone else competing in your league. Those with the most points at the end of the contest win the league and a cash prize.
- New Player Bonus: 4% cashback for 90 days on up to $5,000 worth of entry fees
- Promo Code: Use links on this page
- Established: 2014
- Headquarters: Cornelius, NC
- Sports Leagues Covered: NFL
- Coming Soon: MLB, NBA, NHL, PGA, CFB and CBB
- Stakes: Buy in to contests for as little as $1 and as much as $1,060
- Deposit Options: credit card, debit card and PayPal
FantasyDraft.com started accepting deposits at the end of November 2014 and has been giving out bonuses to all newcomers since. After you register an account and make your first deposit, FantasyDraft will give you 90 days during which you earn 4% cash back on all entry fees for up to $200 in cash.
Don’t forget to mention this bonus when you’re inviting friends to play. Remember, FantasyDraft.com has a ridiculously high-paying referral program. Get as many people under you as soon as you can to build up a big pipeline of referrals who earn real cash for you for life.
Do I need a promo code?
No. There’s a spot on the signup page that asks if you have a promo code but it’s not necessary. Just use any of the links on this page to visit FantasyDraft.com and make a deposit. Everyone gets the bonus by default.
The promo code form has not been used yet, although one day it may be used as a part of special promotions and to track the effectiveness of marketing campaigns. If you one day begin hearing Fantasy Draft ads on the radio that tell you to use a special promotion code, you can safely bet that they do so in order to track the effectiveness of that particular ad. For us normal players, the promo code serves no effective use. I will update our Fantasy Draft review if that changes.
Joining a Contest and Drafting a Team
The main lobby is where you go to join contests and draft teams. This part of the website is organized in a pretty straightforward manner. You can filter the games by league, contest type, entry fee, prize pool and number of entries allowed.
When you see a contest you like, click on its name and a summary will appear that shows all the details. You’ll see the payout structure, list of games included in this contest, a list of entrants, scoring rules and start date. Click on the blue “enter” button if everything looks good.
Now it’s time to draft your team. In the NFL, you get a salary of $100,000 that you can use to draft 9 players. Each player is priced according to his perceived strength, average number of fantasy points earned and so on. The rules for NFL games are that you remain within the salary cap, you fill all 9 positions, you draft players from at least 3 teams and that you have fewer than six players from any one team.
Click on the arrow next to any player’s name to add that player to your lineup. As you add players to your team, the roster will update itself to show how much salary you have remaining and the average amount you have left to spend on each player.
You can also click on any player’s name to see a summary of that player. The summary displays that player’s stats for the season, average number of fantasy points scored, how that player looks against the upcoming opposing team and recent news for that player.
Types of Contests and Scoring Rules
FantasyDraft.com has a standard lineup of contest types. All contests are hosted in the salary cap format but there are differences in how many entries are accepted and how payouts are awarded.
Leagues: The leagues accept anywhere from 3 to 20 players. Payouts are awarded as either “winner take all” or with payouts for the top few players. You can join leagues created by other people or host your own with custom rules for size, entry fee and number of paid places.
Tournaments: Tournaments are just like leagues except bigger. The biggest tournaments accept thousands of entries and pay out significant, life-changing amounts of money to the top performers. If you want to try to strike it big, tournaments are the way to go.
50/50s: 50/50 contests accept multiple entries and double the money of the top 50% of the field. All you have to do is place in the top 50% and you’ll win double your entry.
Head-to-Head: A head-to-head contest pits you against exactly one other person. Whoever ends up with the most points wins the entire prize pool.
Beginner: Beginner contests are for the rookies of FantasyDraft. These contests are only open to people who have participated in fewer than 60 contests.
Guaranteed: Guaranteed contests publish a prize pool in advance and run no matter how many people enter the contest.
|Passing Touchdown||4 points|
|Passing Yards||.04 points per yard|
|300+ Passing Yards||3 points|
|Rushing Yards||.10 points per yard|
|100+ Rushing Yards||3 points|
|Rushing Touchdown||6 points|
|Receiving Yards||.10 points per yard|
|100+ Receiving Yards||3 points|
|Receiving Touchdown||6 points|
|Kick Return Touchdown||6 points|
|Lost Fumble||-1 point|
|2 Point Conversion||2 points|
|Field Goal 0-39 Yards||3 points|
|Field Goal 40-49 Yards||4 points|
|Field Goal 50+ Yards||5 points|
|Extra Point Conversion||1 point|
|Defensive Touchdown||6 points|
|Blocked Kick||2 points|
|0 Points Allowed||10 points|
|1-6 Points Allowed||7 points|
|7-13 Points Allowed||4 points|
|14-20 Points Allowed||1 point|
|21-27 Points Allowed||-1 point|
|28-34 Points Allowed||-4 points|
|35+ Points Allowed||-6 points|
|Home Run||10 points|
|Base on Balls||2 points|
|Hit by Pitch||2 points|
|Stolen Base||5 points|
|Caught Stealing||-2 points|
|Innings Pitched||2.25 per complete inning (.75 point per each 1/3rd inning pitched)|
|Earned Run Against||-2 points|
|Hit Against||-0.6 points|
|Base on Balls Against||-0.6 points|
|Hit Batter||-0.6 points|
|Complete Game||2.5 points|
|Complete Game + Shutout||2.5 points|
|No Hitter||10 points|
|Point Scored||1 point|
|3-Point Basket||0.5 bonus points|
|Player can have either a double-double or triple-double in a game|
|Shot on Goal||2 points|
|Shorthanded Goal Bonus||5 points|
|Shorthanded Assist Bonus||3 points|
|Hat Trick Bonus||8 points|
|Blocked Shot||2 points|
|0 Goals Allowed||15 bonus points|
|1 Goal Allowed||10 bonus points|
|2 Goals Allowed||5 bonus points|
|3 Goals Allowed||2 bonus points|
|4 Goals Allowed||-2 points|
|5 Goals Allowed||-4 points|
|6+ Goals Allowed||-8 points|
|Double Eagle||25 points|
|Double Bogey||-2 points|
|Worse Than Double Bogey||-3 points|
|Bonuses and Streaks|
|Streak of 3 Birdies or Better|
(Max 1 streak per round)
|Streak of 4 Birdies or Better|
(Max 1 streak per round)
|Streak of 5+ Birdies or Better|
(Max 1 streak per round)
|Bogey Free Round||5 points|
|Hole in One||5 points|
Accepted and Restricted States
FantasyDraft.com complies with all state and federal laws in the United States and Canada. As such, it is legal in most states and provinces with the following exceptions.
Restricted States and Provinces: Alabama, Arizona, Delaware, Hawaii, Idaho, Iowa, Louisiana, Montana, Nevada and Washington State.
FantasyDraft.com is well aware that it faces stiff competition from the established players in the industry (think FanDuel and DraftKings). There’s no way a brand new startup could ever hope to match their marketing dollars and entrenched industry connections. So, FantasyDraft.com is banking on the word of mouth backed by a lucrative referral program.
Once you have an account with FantasyDraft, you can start referring friends. From that point on, you get 10% of all commissions paid by your referred friends. It doesn’t end there, though. You will also get paid for the people your friends refer. And then for the people they refer. In all, FantasyDraft.com will pay you commissions on up to six degrees of referrals.
For example, if you refer one person and he refers two more people, you’ll be paid commissions on all three people. Now, if each of those two people refers more people, you’ll be paid commissions for everyone in your downline. Interestingly, the commissions you earn increase the further down the line you get.
First and second level referrals get you a commission rate of 10%. Third and fourth level referrals get you a rate of 15%. If those people refer people, you’ll be paid 20% on your fifth level. Finally, anyone referred by your fifth level people will earn you commissions of 30%.
Here’s a video that explains it best:
For example, let’s say you refer just 3 people and everyone from that point on refers exactly 3 people. You would start earning commissions on those first 3 people, then on an additional 9 people, then on an additional 27 people and so on. By the time you get down to the 6th level of referrals, you would have a total of 1,821 people earning commissions for you every time they play. This is obviously a rather positive scenario but it shows how quickly even a few referrals can expand outwards and have you earning cash from quite a few players.
Another way to look at it all is there are two ways to win money at FantasyDraft.com. You can still have fun with the actual fantasy leagues they have and win cash that way. At the same time, you can get your referral network running and make cash from your friends, their friends and so on.
So how are they planning to pay all these referrals? FantasyDraft.com explains on its referrals page that they automatically set aside 30% of all commissions collected to pay out to customers who are making referrals. They’re serious about making this work and growing organically rather than competing head-to-head with the big sites.
How to Refer People
You can start referring people to FantasyDraft as soon as you have an account. If you log in to your account and visit the “my referrals” area, you’ll see a unique referral link. This is the link you give to people that you want to refer. Whenever someone clicks on that link and signs up, that person is tagged as having been sent by you.
There are three options to use this link. You can see in the screenshot above there’s an area for inviting people via social media, an area with your plain text link and an area to have FantasyDraft send an e-mail invitation to your friends.
Personally, I think it’s best to just use your plain text link and refer people on a more personal level. Posting your link on social media and having FantasyDraft send e-mails on your behalf comes across as impersonal and spammy. It’s best to talk to people on a more intimate basis and invite them yourself.
I’ve seen a few referral programs of this type in my day, but none of them have paid as quickly as FantasyDraft does. Whenever any of your referrals competes in a contest, the commission is paid into your account as soon as official box score is published. This means you can expect to see a whole bunch of small payments coming in constantly once you have a decent network of referrals under you.
Earnings are paid directly into your account just the same way as normal winnings are. You can withdraw the money any time via PayPal or any of the other withdrawal methods FantasyDraft adds as time goes on.
Here’s one of the other cool things. If you live in one of the restricted states where fantasy betting isn’t allowed, you can still participate in the referral program. You can’t play in real money games from those states, but there’s nothing in the law that says you can’t advertise.