DraftKings is our choice as the top daily fantasy site for 2016. DraftKings is poised to pay out over $1 Billion in 2016. That dollar amount is mind-blowing and gives players ample opportunity to win a ton of cash prizes. In the first week of last NFL season, DraftKings made four people millionaires. In the following 10 weeks, DK handed out $1,000,000 to one winner each weekend. How would you like to become a millionaire in one weekend playing one day fantasy sports?
DraftKings is bigger and better this year than last. DraftKings now boasts one of the largest fields of daily gamers in the industry. Daily NBA contests regularly feature over 20-thousand gamers competing for large cash prizes on small stakes buy-ins. For instance, a Thursday night in late March featured a $3 buy-in tournament with a guaranteed prize pool of $65,000 and a 24,900 person field. These large field games with huge guaranteed payouts aren't exclusive to NBA games.
DraftKings boasts a robust assortment of daily fantasy sports options including the NHL -- who they've partnered with -- MLB and NFL as well as more niche sports such as PGA, MMA, Soccer and NCAA basketball and football. Within each of these sports exists a variety of gaming options from head-to-head contests, 50/50s and GPPs. The buy-ins to these contests range from free entry, to a quarter for the cheapest contests requiring a cash entry and up to over $1,000 for the most expensive contests. Basically, there is a buy-in for people of all income levels. During the NFL season, DK ran a Millionaire Maker contest most weeks of the season which awarded $1 million to the winner of the $27 buy-in tournament. The Millionaire Maker was such an overwhelming success that they've incorporated it in their PGA game -- with a $20 buy-in and a 125.9K person field.
The interface for DraftKings is easy to navigate and slick. There are featured tournaments highlighted at the top of the page, advanced filters which make finding the right game for you easy, and tabs to sort through game types. They also feature an easy to use mobile app that makes following your live contests or joining new ones simple. You cannot, however, download the app through the Google Play Store and will need to go to DraftKings website to download the mobile app.
DraftKings is legal in the US and Canada. There are a number US states, that don't allow daily fantasy, so if you live in one of these states, you may be out of luck. Check out our
Legal page for a list of these states and always follow up with the individual daily fantasy site and your state legislation. On any given day, you can find a fantasy football contest to join. During the weekdays, online users seems to be around 2,000-3,000 users. On the weekends, the number of users increases dramatically. Finding a tournament, Head 2 Head or 50/50 game will never be an issue. The contest offerings are diverse and contests vary in prize money from $1,000,000 guaranteed prize pool, to 1 on 1 battles with a $2 payout. You can always play in free games first before making your first deposit. Frequent players are rewarded with “FPP" or Frequent Player Points. These points are simply earned by playing money games. DraftKings also gives out DK dollars to loyal clients, which can be redeemed for participation in money leagues and prizes.
When the NFL is in the off-season most sites slow down. Not with DraftKings. DK keeps the action going with a variety of games in all major sports (Basketball, Baseball, Golf, Hockey, MMA), and you will be able to find thousands of contests with participation. When the NFL season is in season, traffic, games and prizes grow exponentially. You'll never have issues finding action within the parameters you desire. If you sign up today through our website, you will get a FREE cash game entry. Don't wait and draft your team with no risk and no long term commitment.
This DraftKings review may be a bit biased as it's personally my favorite site to play on. However, I'm going to try to keep subjectivity out of the equation and focus on some facts. DraftKings provides a functional website with extremely high prize pools and tons of users. You can always find contests in a variety of sports with a wide array of buy-ins. Most importantly, this website is trustworthy and pays its users. The website is secure using SSL technology and allows for all major forms of payment for deposits. This site is becoming more popular after running nationally televised commercials.
Step 1 – Signup
You can't do any gaming at DraftKings until you signup. Thankfully, it's very easy to do so. Gamers in states that have laws preventing daily gaming will not be allowed to signup. If you're unsure if your state allows daily gaming, visit the
Is It Legal? tab above or signup through DraftKings.
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Step 2 – Deposit Money
DraftKings makes depositing speedy and easy. You'll be directed to the deposit page immediately after signing up. On the deposit screen you'll be presented with deposit options for $25, $100, $250, $600 and an Other field where you can deposit any dollar amount from $5.00 up to $2,000 (there is an option to fax in information to increase the maximum deposit limit). First time depositors will receive a FREE contest ticket into a cash game and a match of any other offer you've seen...guaranteed. In order to unlock the any offers, make sure to read all details so you're aren't caught off guard by requirements. Deposits can be made using every major credit card and PayPal at
Step 3 – Pick a Contest
Like everything else on DraftKings, picking a contest is cake. On the contest screen you'll find a wide variety of games for all sports that are in season. You can limit the scope of the contests you'd like to view by sorting by sport, opening the advanced filters drop down menu to choose next start, today or all as well as field size, entry free, and my contests. My contests will show you which games you've already entered (many games are multi-entry) and free with ticket (tickets can be earned on DraftKings for competing in various contests). Below the advanced filters are tabs breaking the games down to GPPs, qualifiers, head-to-head, 50/50, leagues, multipliers, steps, beginner and live. The live tab allows you to find big contests open to viewing, but they are games already being played that are unable to be entered.
Step 4 – Draft a Team
Once you've selected the game you'd like to play, you'll be able to draft your players who make up your team. The players available are listed to the left and can be sorted by position. Each player carries a salary, and when building your lineup you'll need to comprise a roster that doesn't exceed the salary cap. As you build your team, you'll be presented with the remaining salary and average remaining salary dollar amount to spend on each player. Once you're happy with your team, you can submit it. If you're entering another contest and want to use the same roster there is an easy import button which will allow you to grab your already constructed roster.
It is critical to review the scoring terms on
draftkings.com and any other money league websites you use. Scoring structures vary and your draft should be completely catered to the scoring system of the website you are using.
CFB (College Football)
Step 5 – Withdraw Funds
In order to withdraw funds you'll start by clicking on the deposit button. When you arrive at the deposit screen you'll find a withdrawal option on the left-hand side of the screen. Withdrawing funds is simple, and there is a $20 minimum. The withdrawal policy for DraftKings is to first refund the original deposit source with the amount you deposited, and then gamers have the option to choose a check or PayPal transfer to receive their remaining funds. If you no longer have access to the credit card you made your initial deposit on, be sure to contact DraftKings prior to requesting a withdrawal. According to DraftKings' FAQ page, they process withdrawals Monday-Friday from 9 AM ET to 5 PM ET, and once the withdrawal is processed it typically takes anywhere from 2-7 business days for funds to appear in your account. They also note checks can take up to a week to receive.
DraftKings offers payouts via Paypal and check. You can count on withdrawals taking 7 business days to receive.
DraftKings completed a site redesign and improved vastly in all areas. The navigation is easy to use and finding the contests that you desire is a breeze. Generally everything is accessed through the top navigation bar and once you click into each sub-section you can see the specifics you're looking for.
Functionality & Ease of Use
The redesigned DraftKings website is far superior to most of the competitors in the space. The functionality, buttons and important website sections are easy to find and use. Sorting and using advanced search features are simple and don't require much time to get a hang of. The font contrasts and important call outs on the website are easily found. Promotions are front and center with the featured contests clearly displayed.
The main I have is that some of the important sections such as “My Account" are not visible without clicking on the sprocket or Settings images in the top right corner of the website. I would've liked to see the Withdrawal button without having to click through “My Account" and then click on another Withdrawal button. The FAQ section was a little too buried for my tastes as well. I think a link in the footer at a minimum is needed. I want to be able to clearly get answers to my questions, quickly without sending in a support ticket. Once again, to get to the FAQ section, click on the sprocket in the top right corner. Overall, the site is straightforward, has nice hierarchy and easy to use.
The updated design is leagues above what is was previously. It's sleek, stylish and conveys a high-end, premium brand. The contrast of fonts and colors help draw your attention to the most important elements on the page. The website works seamlessly on all browsers and operating systems.
DraftKings is leading the way in mobile technology in the daily fantasy sports space. They are the first on the market with a mobile app that makes going mobile a whole lot easier. While I don't recommend mobile for more than making last minute updates, deposits and withdrawals, I still prefer this mobile app over any other competitors' mobile website. See the mobile screenshots below.
I think support is the element DraftKings can really improve upon. I am not a fan of support webforms. Other competitors such as FanDuel offer chat on screen and a telephone number. A knowledge database or easy to use Wiki would be better options than a static webform. The good news is, you will get a response to your questions. The bad news is, it won't be instant like the more sophisticated support options available on other websites.
Is It Legal?
The answer is yes, as long as you aren't in the blocked US states. Recent laws determined that fantasy sports a “skill" game as opposed to a “chance" game. This distinction distances fantasy money websites from casino or gambling websites. The law was included in the Unlawful Internet Gaming Enforcement Act, which targeted online gambling websites in the United States. While this is a federal law, some states are still too risky for fantasy money leagues to all reputable fantasy money leagues in the United States will block users from the following states:
To read the law in more detail, here are some important points:
DraftKings $500,000 Fantasy Baseball Bracket Challenge
Beginning in late August, DraftKings will host the Fantasy Baseball Bracket Challenge for 64 predetermined qualifiers. The contest will feature a total prize pool of $500,000 and a payout of $100,000 to the winner.
There is no direct buy-in to the Bracket Challenge. The only way to participate is to win a seat via a qualifier. The price to enter a qualifier ranges from $33 to $1000. You can enter directly into a qualifier or you can win a spot into a qualifier via a satellite. Entry into a satellite can be purchased for as little as 25 cents all the way up to $100 per contest.
It is important to note that winning a satellite does not earn a player a seat into the 64-team Bracket Challenge. Only by winning a qualifier does a player earn a seat.
In the event of a tie in a qualifier, DraftKings will determine the date for a head-to-head tiebreaker playoff contest. The winner of this match will earn the seat to the main event.
A player may win up to two seats in the bracket of 64 and no more.
Once the 64 spots are determined, there is a single elimination format for the first four rounds of head-to-head competition. Just like the NCAA basketball tournament, you either win or you go home. Seeding will be determined by the order in which players qualified for the Bracket Challenge.
The semifinals and championship will each consist of a best of three series.
Once a player earns a spot in the field of 64, they are guaranteed to win at least $2,500. As of the writing of this article, only seven seats have been claimed, which means plenty of opportunities remain to get in on this exciting event.
Exact dates for rounds of competition have yet to be determined. DraftKings will announce final bracket dates sometime in August.
DK 1-Day Fantasy eSports
DraftKings is known for being one of the leaders in one-day fantasy sports leagues, but they are now introducing their innovative leagues to esports. If you are unfamiliar, esports are highly competitive competitions involving the best video game players in the world. These competitions are held throughout world, and you will be able to get the opportunity to make a lot of money based on your esports knowledge very shortly.
At the moment, DraftKings is only going to offer one-day fantasy leagues for esports competitions involving the video game "League Of Legends." Everyone playing in an esports league will have to fill out a eight-person roster with a $50,000 salary cap. These roster spots will be filled out using one player from the top, mid, adc, jng and sup positions. You will also have two flex roster spots that can be used on any position. You will then fill out your roster by picking one team. This eight-person roster must be filled out from players from at least two different games, and you will never be allowed to take more than four players from the same team.
If you want to succeed in any daily fantasy competition, then you must have a solid understanding of the scoring system. The esports scoring system awards three points for each kill and two points for every assist on a kill. Every creep kill is given a .02 bonus. You will also lose one point every time one of your players dies in the game. If one of your players is able to achieve a kill/death ratio over 10, then you will get a two point bonus.
The team you choose will earn points in a different manner than individual players. You team will score one point for every turret they achieve, two points for every dragon and three points for every baron. The team that scores the first kill in each game will get a first blood bonus worth two points. If you team wins a match, then you will be awarded two points. A win in under 30 minutes is also worth another two points. Bonus points will also be given to an individual player or team for winning a "best-of" series early. Players earn a 20-point bonus and teams earn a 15-point bonus for every game that did not need to be played in the series. For example, a team earns 30 bonus points for winning a best-of-five series in three games.
DraftKings Review by Tyson
So far, I like the DraftKings site. There are a lot of players for NFL games and different types of games. I like the site a bit more than the other sites and they had more NFL contests into the playoffs. Still trying to get this free money bonus released. I’m surprised at how good the players are. Not easy to win a tournament.
DraftKings Review by Jason Mullins
by Jason Mullins
I am a big fan of DraftKings. They have a great selection of games and an easy to use interface. Withdrawals are also painless and timely (I received my withdrawal to PayPal within 3 days). The Promo Code availability is nice, but it isn’t much different than anything offered on any other site. The only real complaint I have about the site is it took a little while to receive an answer to a question I had posed through their contact form. Other than that, no complaints and I will certainly be looking to become the next Fantasy Millionaire on Draftkings!
DraftKings Review by Brandon
Been playing for about 9 months and I like it so far. This will be my first NFL season on the site. I can always find a game to play. I also signed at FanDuel and feel like I see some of the same players. Some of these guys play every contest and I get the feeling they know what they’re doing. I don’t put out my own H2H contests anymore, because they same players will join. I found my niche contest in 50/50’s. I think they are the best way to consistently build a bankroll. After I build up some winnings, I play in a tournament once in a while. I’d recommend it.
DraftKings Review by Milan
I lost my Starstreet account and am being told to transfer my account to Draft kings. I’ve checked out their site in the past and it seemed a bit too big and bloated at the time. At this point, if you want action, you either go to Draft kings or fanduel. I’m at both and play at both. New players can’t go wrong on either. You’ll have fun and will get paid. Most players will never make a living on fantasy football, so don’t get caught up in making one million dollars. Also, learn about rake if you are trying to do this to make money. Support is good on this site, but I don’t like waiting for emails and wanted to call. No phone number available or chat.
DraftKings Review by Robert
Bottom line is Draftkings is the best site with the most money and most action. I’ve tried playing on some of the small sites and they just don’t have any players. Maybe that’ll change, but for now DK is my favorite.