Review is a US-legal fantasy sports site that hosts real money leagues for all major professional leagues and college football. It works in a manner similar to traditional fantasy leagues except the contests at FanDuel only last for one day or one week. As TechCrunch once put it, FanDuel is the “one night stand” of fantasy sports.


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FanDuel is the biggest and best daily fantasy site of them all. Large payout contests, million dollar prizes and a nice deposit bonus await all new customers.


  • Biggest prize pools in the industry
  • Live championship finals hosted in exotic locations
  • Thousands of contests hosted every day
  • Established, reputable fantasy site


  • Difficult to cash in the biggest events due to # of entrants
  • Does not offer fantasy MMA

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FanDuel Info

Thanks to a strong marketing team, a high quality product and fortunate timing, is the face of daily fantasy sports today. Run a search on Google for anything related to fantasy sports and you’re likely to see more than one reference to FanDuel. Tune in to ESPN long enough and you’ll be sure to see at least one ad for the company.

If you saw an ad or heard someone mention the name and you came here looking for more, you’re at the right place. I’m writing this FanDuel review to explain everything you need to know about the largest fantasy site in the industry. Read on for a brief history of the company, its legal status and what it’s like to play in real money fantasy leagues at

Quick Info:

  • New Player Bonus: First contest fee refunded if no prize won – up to $120
  • Promo Code: N/A
  • Established: 2009
  • Headquarters: NYC
  • Sports Leagues Covered: NFL, MLB, NBA, NHL, CBB, CFB, NASCAR and international soccer
  • Contest buyins: $1 to $5,300
  • Deposit Options: credit card, debit card and PayPal

A Brief History of FanDuel

FanDuel was established in 2009 by the founders of, which was at the time a free-play news prediction website. Hubdub was the main business at the time with FanDuel being a sort of exploratory venture into daily fantasy leagues. The FanDuel concept quickly showed promise while languished.

The founders shut down in 2010 and focused their efforts on FanDuel. Since then, has experienced significant growth year after year. FanDuel contests paid out a total of $10 million in prizes in 2011, $50 million in 2012, $150 million in 2013 and roughly $400 million in 2014. These numbers are impressive as it is, but the amazing thing is the market hasn’t even come close to reaching its potential.

FanDuel’s parent company was originally based out of Edinburgh, Scotland but they have since opened an office in New York City that now serves as the company headquarters. Today, FanDuel employs 106 people in New York and Scotland.

New Player Bonus

All new customers who sign up for an account and deposit at least $10 will have their first contest entry fee refunded if they don’t win a prize in that contest. The larger your deposit, the bigger the potential refund you can claim with FanDuel.

Here’s how it works:

  • Deposit $10 or more: Up to $2 first entry credit
  • Deposit $25 or more: Up to $10 first entry credit
  • Deposit $100 or more: Up to $50 first entry credit
  • Deposit $200 or more: Up to $120 first entry credit

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Is it legal?

Yes. Fantasy sports betting should not be mistaken for traditional fixed-odds sports betting. The Unlawful Internet Gambling Enforcement Act of 2006 (UIGEA) was passed in an effort to clamp down on internet gambling. However, the legislation included a specific exemption for real money fantasy leagues.

In a few states, state laws appear to prohibit fantasy sports betting. does not accept customers from the following states:

  • Alabama
  • Arizona
  • Hawaii
  • Idaho
  • Iowa
  • Louisiana (note Louisiana is in the process of legalizing DFS in most parishes)
  • Montana
  • Nevada
  • Washington

How it Works

A typical contest at FanDuel covers one day or one weekend of games in a league. Everyone participating in a league is given a virtual salary that they can use to draft a team of players from around the league. Each player comes with a cost that is deducted from your total available salary. Star players cost more while lesser-known players cost less.

Once you’ve chosen your players and confirmed your picks, it’s time to sit back and watch the games. As your players accumulate stats on the field, your fantasy equivalents earn points. The contest concludes at the end of the last game of the day. The contestants whose teams have the most points win the league and are paid immediately.

Step One: Choose a Contest

Choose a contest. Log in to your account and visit the FanDuel lobby. The lobby shows a list of all open contests in all available leagues by default. There are a number of sorting features that you can use to narrow down the list to a more manageable number.

Step Two: Draft Your Team

The second step is to draft your team. You and all your opponents in the league begin with a salary of $55,000 or $60,000 depending on the tournament format. The draft page shows you a list of positions, available players, player prices and recent news for each player.

Drafting your team is where the strategy kicks in. This is both the most-fun and most-difficult part of playing fantasy sports online. You have the whole league of players to choose from, but you have to choose very carefully to balance your team and remain within your salary cap.

Step Three: Watch Sports

Step three is where the high drama takes place. You can log in to your account any time during the day or week of your contest to see how you match up against everyone else. You’ll see your position in the rankings, your current score and a breakdown of how many points each of your drafts has earned for you so far.

step three

FanDuel tracks and updates stats in real time so feel free to close the laptop and enjoy the games. Or if you’re like me, you might opt to keep the computer on and watch your team accumulate points. In either case, FanDuel takes care of everything on the backend. All you have to do is watch and hope your players perform well.

Final rankings are calculated at the end of the last game during the contest period. If you placed high enough to earn a payout, you will be paid right away. From there, you can withdraw your cash or enter more contests.

Contest Types hosts a variety of contest types that are open to all comers.

Head-to-head: These are small contests hosted between you and exactly one other person. You each draft a team and compete for the whole pot. Each contestant pays an entry fee and the winner takes all minus a 10% commission. Head-to-head contests put you through less variance over the long run at the cost of smaller prizes.

Tournaments: These are the contests with the largest prize pools of all. Tournaments are hosted among hundreds or thousands of participants. Prizes are awarded in a structure that former poker players will recognize. The person whose team scores the most overall points wins the biggest prize of all. Smaller prizes are awarded to other people who finish near the top.

Tournaments are where the big money in daily fantasy betting is found. is especially known for hosting massive tournaments with prizes that routinely top six or even seven figures. Most tournaments pay out cash prizes while others award seats to live events hosted in Las Vegas or other destinations.

Each year, FanDuel hosts a signature tournament for each league. Last year’s FanDuel Fantasy Football Championship (FFFC) had a $10,000,000 prize pool that awarded $2,000,000 to the first place winner. The top 100 players in tournaments leading up to the FFFC were flown out to Las Vegas to compete in the Main Event hosed at the Cosmopolitan.

50/50s: These contests look a lot like normal tournaments on the outside. They have lots of contestants and big prize pools just like regular tournaments. The difference is that in a 50/50, half the people win double their money. You only need to beat half the field to earn a payout.

Multipliers: FanDuel also hosts triple-ups and quintuple-ups that pay 3x the buyin to the top third of the field and 5x the buyin to the top 20% respectively. These are organized just like 50/50 tournaments but with prizes of 3x to 5x rather than 2x.

Leagues: These are basically just smaller tournaments that get their own category in the FanDuel lobby. Each league accepts anywhere from 3 to 250 entrants. One of the primary differences between leagues and other tournaments is that leagues always accept only one entry per person. Most tournaments, on the other hand, allow you to buy in multiple times with different teams.

QuickPick: QuickPick contests drop the salary cap model and instead present you with five tiers of players. Your only job is to pick players from each tier with no regard for salary. Rather than attempting to balance a complicated salary, all you need to do is pick players from the top tier, the second-best tier and on down the line until you have a full lineup. This contest format is best for players who don’t have the time or will to go through an entire salary-juggling process. Just pick your players from each tier and go.

Single Game Contests: FanDuel introduced single-game contests in early 2018 in anticipation of that year’s NFL postseason. Two things separate single-game contests from other types of games at FanDuel. First, these involve exactly one game. Prior to the launch of single-game contests, FanDuel only offered contests involving multiple games.

Second, single-game contests use a modified roster format. In these games, you draft a team of five players and designate one of those as your MVP. Four of your players score points as normal according to that sport’s scoring system, but your MVP player scores points at 1.5x the normal rate.

Half Slate Games: After single-game contests proved popular, FanDuel upped the ante once again by offering single game contests lasting for just half a game. These contests work just like single-game contests except lineups lock after the first half of the game has finished. Scoring begins during the second half and lasts until the end of the game (including overtime).

Pocket Change Contests: FanDuel began hosting micro-stakes tournaments in 2017 with the introduction of Pocket Change contests. These are normal contests except with ultra-low buyins that you can enter whether you’re low on funds or are simply looking for something to do with the extra change you might have sitting in your account.

Pocket Change contest buyins start as low as $0.01 for a chance to win your way into bigger tournaments or as low as $0.25 to play for cash.

Friends Mode: FanDuel introduced Friends Mode in 2016 as its first, tentative step into season-long contests. Friends Mode contests allow you to set up a private league, invite your friends and then host weekly contests between you and your friends all season long.

Friends Mode is still more of a daily fantasy type of product, however, because you do not draft a team that you have to keep all year long. Each week begins fresh with each member of the league drafting a new team for that week’s contest. Entry fees are paid each week and prizes are paid out each week after that week’s slate of games. It’s basically a series a daily fantasy contests that are private between you and your friends.

FanDuel also maintains a season-long leaderboard for your league that ranks each member according to that person’s results to date. The leaderboard is fun to follow, but exists for bragging right only. There are no special payouts at the end of the season. Each member of the league simply attempts to win money each week.

Championship Leagues: FanDuel took another step in the direction of season-long fantasy with the introduction of Championship Leagues in 2017. Championship Leagues are a subset of Friends Mode and follow the same basic rules with one exception: each league member pays an up-front fee for that season.

Entry fees collected at the start of the season are pooled together to form a prize pot that is later divvied out at the end of the season to the top league members on the leaderboard. In the meantime, the league also hosts weekly contests with their own prizes.

When you start a Championship League on FanDuel, you get to set the parameters such as the league’s buyin, each weekly contest’s buyin and the number of players accepted into each contest. Then, you can invite your friends to join the league and play with one another throughout the season. Each week you have a chance to win real money during that week’s contests while also working your way up the leaderboard to win the big prize at the end of the season.

As an added bonus, you can earn credit as you invite your friends to join your leagues. Each time you invite a friend to join FanDuel and he or she signs up for an account, you get $10 in credit that you can use to enter contests on FanDuel. Your friend will also get a $10 credit just for being referred.

Big Events

FanDuel is perhaps best known for its special events with massive prize pools. Million dollar tournaments are frequent on weekends, especially in NFL leagues. During the NFL season, FanDuel hosts at least one Sunday contest with at least $1,000,000 up for grabs and six or seven-figure prizes going out to the winners.

Recently, FanDuel Sunday Million contest prize pools have exceeded $4,000,000 with $1 million going to the first place finalist. These are some of the biggest contests in fantasy football and FanDuel always pays its winners. If you win a life-changing amount of money at FanDuel, you will be paid promptly.

Each professional league also has its own signature championship event with a multi-million dollar prize pool. Out of all the championship events, the NFL’s World Fantasy Football Championship (WFFC) is the largest. Last year’s WFFC had a $5 million prize pool and awarded $1 million to the grand champion at the main event hosted in California.

One of the big draws of championship events is the fact that the people who win a seat to the grand finale are flown for free to some destination such as the beaches of California to compete in a special venue. If you win a seat to the main event, you’ll be treated to VIP service, free room and board and a private viewing party where you make your draft and watch the games in luxury.

FanDuel’s major events grow larger every year so it’s hard telling what next year’s events will look like. Every professional league already has at least one major event with a multi-million dollar prize pool. And with FanDuel growing larger every year, it’s exciting to see what they come up with next.

How to Deposit

There are two deposit options at FanDuel: credit/debit card and PayPal. Both methods are easy to use and FanDuel charges no fees for doing so. For anyone familiar with online poker or offshore sports betting, the ease of depositing to and withdrawing from FanDuel is a blessing. Long gone are the days of declined deposits and strange deposit methods. Funding your account here is as simple as buying something from Amazon.

Withdrawals are typically processed right to your PayPal account or a check in the mail. I always use PayPal because it’s the easiest and fastest way to get your money. A PayPal account is free so I recommend going ahead and setting one up now. If you win a large tournament or end up with a lot of money in your account for whatever reason, you can also request a wire transfer withdrawal.

  • Minimum deposit: $10
  • Maximum deposit: $10,000 (e-mail [email protected] if you need to deposit more)
  • Credit/debit cards accepted: VISA, MasterCard, Discover and Amex
  • PayPal accepted
  • Withdrawal methods: PayPal, paper check and sometimes wire transfer


Each player earns points for your fantasy team as he accumulates important stats for his position. Quarterbacks earn points for touchdown passes, pitchers earn points for strikeouts and so on. However, it is useful to understand the exact scoring system if you’re considering switching over to FanDuel from some other fantasy site. Here’s a look at how points are earned in each league.


Rushing Yard0.1 point
Rushing TD6 points
Passing Yard0.04 points
Passing TD4 points
Interception-1 point
Receiving Yard0.1 points
Receiving TD6 points
Reception0.5 points
Kickoff TD Return6 points
Punt TD Return6 points
Fumble Lost-2 points
Own Fumble Recovered for TD6 points
2-Point Conversion2 points
2-Point Conversion Pass2 points
Field Goal 0-39 Yards3 points
Field Goal 40-49 Yards4 points
Field Goal 50+ Yards5 points
Extra Point Conversion1 point
Sack1 point
Opponent Fumble Recovered2 points
Return TD6 points
Extra Point Return2 points
Safety2 points
Blocked Punt / Kick2 points
Interception2 points
0 Points Allowed10 points
1-6 Points Allowed7 points
7-13 Points Allowed4 points
14-20 Points Allowed1 point
21-27 Points Allowed0 points
28-34 Points Allowed-1 point
35+ Points Allowed-4 points


Single3 points
Double6 points
Triple9 points
Home Run12 points
RBI3.5 points
Run3.2 points
Base on Balls3 points
Stolen Base6 points
Hit by Pitch3 points
Win6 points
Quality Start4 points
Earned Run-3 points
Strikeout3 points
Innings Pitched3 points*

*Fractional scoring per out


Action Points
3-Pointer3 points
Basket2 points
Free Throw1 point
Rebound1.2 points
Assist1.5 points
Block3 points
Steal3 points
Turnover-1 point


Forwards / Defensemen 
Goal12 points
Assist8 points
Shot on Goal1.6 points
Short Handed Point2 points
Power Play Point0.5 points
Blocked Shot1.6 points
Win12 points
Goal Against-4 points
Save0.8 points
Shutout8 points


Eagle or Better7 points
Birdie3.1 points
Par0.5 points
Bogey-1 point
Double Bogey or Worse-3 points
Finishing PositionPoints
1st Place20 points
2nd-5th Place12 points
6th-10th Place8 points
11th-25th Place5 points
Streak (consecutive holes in a row under par)0.6 points
Bounce Back (hole under par after hole over par)0.3 points
5+ Birdies (a round with 5+ holes under par)4 points
Bogey-Free Round5 points


All Players 
Goal15 points
Assist7 points
Blocked Shot2 points
Chance Created3 points
Red Card-5 points
Yellow Card-1 point
Clearance1 point
Foul Drawn0.5 points
Interception1.5 points
Missed Penalty-5 points
Own Goal-5 points
5 Successful Passes0.25 points
Shot on Goal5 points
Tackle2 points
Clean Sheet10 points
Goal Against-1 point
Saved Penalty Shot6 points
Save3 points


NASCAR scoring is based solely on each driver’s finishing position. The higher your drivers finish, the more fantasy points they earn. You have $50,000 to spend on five drivers for the day’s race.

1st: 43 points2nd: 40 points3rd: 38 points4th: 37 points5th: 36 points
6th: 35 points7th: 34 points8th: 33 points9th: 32 points10th: 31 points
11th: 30 points12th: 29 points13th: 28 points14th: 27 points15th: 26 points
16th: 25 points17th: 24 points18th: 23 points19th: 22 points20th: 21 points
21st: 20 points22nd: 19 points23rd: 18 points24th: 17 points25th: 16 points
26th: 15 points27th: 14 points28th: 13 points29th: 12 points30th: 11 points
31st: 10 points32nd: 9 points33rd: 8 points34th: 7 points35th: 6 points
36th: 5 points37th: 4 points38th: 3 points39th: 2 points40th: 1 point

Drivers also earn points for the following achievements:

  • Lap Completed: +0.1 points
  • Lap Led: +0.1 points
  • Overall Place Differential: +/- 0.5 points

Final Thoughts

There’s no real reason not to have an account here. FanDuel is the leader in daily fantasy sports and I think everyone should have an account by default. Even if you end up playing somewhere else, you’ll probably want to have an account so you can at least play in the site’s major fantasy championships. No other fantasy site has larger tournaments or bigger prizes.

If there was one thing I could change about, it would be the addition of more sports leagues. There are a lot of opportunities out there with golf, auto racing, soccer and other sports. The odds are they’ll expand into new sports eventually so this isn’t a major complaint.

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