antasyDraft has become my favorite “smaller site" to play on, due to being different from the two major sites, as well as the favorable payout zones. The website has established a solid reputation in the industry, and has developed a very solid product that keeps me around.
If you are looking to signup on FantasyDraft, it is very easy. You will need to do this before playing in a contest. It requires your standard account information, and you do not need to deposit to create an account.
If the Referred By field is blank, enter "CAFE" so FantasyDraft knows we sent you and you are guaranteed to receive a deposit bonus of 100% up to $600 on your first deposit only.
Deposit Bonus Promo Code
If you are looking to join a contest that requires a buy-in, you will need to deposit money. You can deposit between $10-$600, and use their Double Down Bonus. You are eligible to receive 100% bonus up to $600! The bonus is paid as FantasyCash and is released at a rate of 4%, or $.04 for each dollar, paid in entries fee. Depositing requires a major credit card, or a PayPal account.
Once you are signed up and ready to rock, FantasyDraft makes entering contests a simple task. At the top is a bar that filters contests by sport, contest type, start times, contest size, and entry fee. You are able to see prize pools, entry fees, entries, and start times below next to the individual contest. Once you have joined a few contests, you can view them on your “My Contest" page from the top navication which groups all of your contests together for you.
If you have a few lineups going on, and one lineup in multiple entries, the “My Lineups" page is a useful tool for editing all at once. You can view what entries the lineup is in, and also export it to other contests.
Constructing a Team
FantasyDraft makes constructing a lineup pretty simple given the way they have rosters set up. At the moment MLB is the top sport going on, and instead of having individual positions across the infield and outfield, they make them collective with 3 IF and 3 OF positions.. This opens things up a bit for the average user, but also allows the advanced player to get creative.
You are able to sort the player pool by position, salary, team, game, and fantasy points per game. Each player has a player card which features news, further player stats, and game logs. The only downside to the player card is not having matchup based info. They also have a game information box which provides stadium specific weather detail, Rotowire team news and depth charts. A nice feature here is that you can draft your lineup directly from the Depth Charts themselves.
Make sure to review the scoring rules for each sport. They are fairly similar to the other sites, but gloss over them anyway.
Withdrawing from FantasyDraft is a very easy process, and the processing time is on par with other sites. Once you are ready to withdrawal, a request form is in your my account page. Enter a valid amount over $20, and you can withdrawal via PayPal, or a mailed check. A mailed check takes 7-10 business days, while PayPal requests take up to two business days. We have found that the timing on withdrawals has been much quicker than the published timelines.PayPal is the preferred method of the daily fantasy industry.
Navigation & Functionality
Overall FantasyDraft has an impressive design, and your navigation bar up top is the key to navigating through the site. The contest lobby up front is easy to use, and it is quick to filter out the contests I am looking for. Creating a contest is placed up above, and is a simple process for setting up games.
Your account dropdown up above features account setting, adding and withdrawing funds, the FD gear store, and a help center. All these are easy to sort through, and provide plenty of information that you need. If you want to find your contest history, it is simply provided right on your my account page.
There is no mobile at the moment, but I am told there is one in the works.. The mobile site is optimized however, so visiting on your phone works well.
The support page is down at the bottom of the site, which leads you to submitting a support ticket. Tickets are usually answered within the day, given the time or possibly being a weekend. They have been quick with responses in the times I have submitted, and most questions are answered in their FAQ page down at the bottom. They also offer Chat support which can be much quicker, just look for the blue “Chat with us!" bar at the bottom of the page.
The legal landscape in daily fantasy sports and for each site has been varying lately. It's important to understand where your state stands currently and beyond. In the event that your state allows daily fantasy sports currently and that changes in the future, you always have time to withdraw your funds. Currently, you can not play on FantasyDraft in the states of: Arizona, Hawaii, Iowa, Louisiana, Mississippi, Montana, Nevada, New York, or Washington. These states do not recognize the federal law that was included in the Unlawful Internet Gaming Enforcement Act, which deemed fantasy sports a “skill" game. Below is the snippet of text in the UIGEA Act that speaks to fantasy sports:
You can read the law in it's entirity here – ttp:// fdic.gov/news/news/financial/2010/fil10035a.pdf
Keep an eye out for various player experiences that are given away from time-to-time. They have featured chances to meet pro athletes, both current and former, as well as flying the winner to a city for a sporting event, and other activities. Don't miss out on a chance to get an expenses-paid trip. The coolest thing is that they are free promotional contests. Even if you don't win, the contests pay out FantasyCash.