Overall

FanDuel helped pioneer the Daily Fantasy Sports industry in 2009, and has since been enhancing its user-friendly platform for casual and professional users on desktop and mobile.

Joey Shadeck | September 13th, 2019

Dislikes
  • Advertisements on website
  • No ability to create test lineups

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FanDuel is currently legal in 43 US states, but not legal in, Arizona, Hawaii, Idaho, Iowa, Montana, Nevada, and Washington. FanDuel is available in all the same states as DraftKings. With FanDuel’s recent re-entry into Texas, FanDuel and DraftKings now service the same states. New York, which legalized FanDuel and DraftKings in 2016, is now wrestling with the idea of making daily fantasy sports illegal once again.

FanDuel was one of the first Daily Fantasy Sports (DFS) sites, and since its establishment in 2009 has remained an industry leader, accumulating over six million registered users. FanDuel and DraftKings command over 90% of the total DFS market.

FanDuel has raised $416.2 million over seven rounds of funding, according to Crunchbase. On May 23, 2018, FanDuel was acquired by Paddy Power Betfair, a leading sportsbook and gambling website in the UK. It is clear FanDuel will be a major player in the developing US sports betting market. If you live in a state where sports betting is legal, I recommend reading our FanDuel sportsbook review.

Sports Offered

FanDuel currently offers contests for seven different sports, lagging DraftKings’ ten. Below are the sports and leagues FanDuel offers.

FanDuel currently offers contests for seven different sports, lagging DraftKings’ ten. Below is a table of some of the most popular sports and leagues offered.

FeatureFanDuel Daily Fantasy
Total Sports Offered7
Aussie Rules (AFL) No
Baseball (MLB) Yes
Basketball (NBA) Yes
Basketball (NCAA) Yes
Boxing No
Cricket No
Entertainment No
E-Sports No
Football (NFL) Yes
Football (NCAA) Yes
Golf (PGA) Yes
Hockey (NHL) Yes
Horse Racing No
MMA (UFC) No
Rugby (League) No
Rugby (Union) No
Soccer (EPL) Yes
Soccer (UEFA) Yes
Soccer (MLS) No
Tennis No

Aside from these sports and leagues, FanDuel is working to expand its portfolio. Amongst other projects, the team is working to set up March Madness contests when the college basketball season rolls around.

Bets Offered

FanDuel offers a plethora of contests, offering experimental contests, beat the score contests, and a variety of free contests.

FanDuel offers users an array of contests to choose from or create. Users have the option of joining or creating public or private contests, ranging from head-to-head showdowns to contests with an unlimited number of entrants. Users can also enter daily contests against complete strangers or compete against friends all season by creating a league.

FanDuel’s contests allot users $60,000 to draft their team, regardless of the sport. Users then draft a team, usually between six and nine players, each with their own price tag. Individual sports such as golf allow you to select the six golfers you think will perform best, while for sports such as football you are required to fill a roster with various positions. The typical NFL football lineup has 1QB, 2RB, 3WR, 1TE, 1FLEX, and 1DEF.

NFL Lineup
An NFL lineup made on desktop.

Contest Types

FanDuel currently has the following contest types: tournaments, beat the score, multipliers, head to heads, 3-100 player, 50/50s, and beginner contests. Recently FanDuel added personalized elements to each user’s homepage, so contest styles and sports that were previously wagered on are more likely to reappear. FanDuel offers contests that range from free all the way up to $50,000. The biggest contest I saw had an entry fee of $26,000.

Anyone new to DFS should play beginner contests until they reach a tier on which they are no longer allowed to do so. Beginner contests allow new users to play with a pool of beginners, therefore increasing the chances they win a contest.

Contest Types
Various contests offered.

Beat the Score

Beat the score is one of FanDuel’s newest contests, in which users must hit a target score to win money. Payouts are split between everyone who hits the target score, and different contests have different scores to beat, with varying levels of difficulty and payouts. Currently, beat the score is available only for the NBA, NHL, EPL, and PGA. This contest mode is aimed at recreational users, as opposed to professionals.

Labs

FanDuel is also experimenting with “Labs” contests, which are open to users for a limited time. For example, a “QuickPick 4X4” MLB labs contest consisted of users picking one pitcher and one hitter from four different pitching and hitting tiers.

A “Positionless” NBA labs contest consisted of users picking eight NBA players, regardless of position for their roster, breaking the traditional format of picking a lineup by position. Labs contests are an innovative and fun way to keep contests fresh and exciting for all users.

Labs   FanDuel
An example of a MLB labs contest during the regular season

FanDuel offers contests that are sponsored by themselves, or a third-party company. These free contests are fun and truly free, not requiring any minimum weekly spending.

For the 2018 NFL season, FanDuel is offering Gridiron Pick’em, where users choose the winner of Sunday’s games for a chance of winning a $10,000 prize, and Survivor, where users pick one winner each week for a chance of winning or sharing a $250,000 prize. 

NFL Pick'em

When this review was written there was also a free daily, weekly, and season-long contest in which users pick three MLB hitters a night and get one point for each home run they hit.

MLB Hitters

DraftKings offers a variation of FanDuel’s Gridiron Pick’em. The DraftKings version allows users to alter their picks before the game starts each week, while the FanDuel version locks in a player’s choices as soon as they are made. This is a slight annoyance since players who have slight injuries don’t announce whether they’re playing until Sunday.

In my experience with FanDuel and DraftKings, I had the following impressions:

  • Both sites offer free contests. DraftKings tends to have a bigger pot, while FanDuel has a wider variety of contests, spreading across more sports.
  • DraftKings allows users to alter their picks before the game starts each week, while FanDuel locks in a player’s choice as soon as it is made.

Odds  

While DraftKings posts the variable rate of commissions they charge, FanDuel, unfortunately,  does not, forcing me to compute the rates manually. I found FanDuel charged similar commissions as DraftKings, with a variable range of 5.66%-16.50%, depending on the contest size, entry fee, and number of entrants. Below are a few examples of commission rates for various contests.

Commissions Table
Commissions for popular sports.

Banking Options and Fees

Banking with FanDuel is simple. The company currently allows players to deposit and withdraw money via debit/credit card and PayPal.

Before withdrawals, users must provide their W-9/W-8 details. FanDuel currently allows players to deposit and withdraw money via debit/credit card and PayPal. Both methods are fee-free and easy to use. Minimums are less than $10, making for a great banking experience.

Depositing Methods

While some states are subject to lower minimums, due to state legislation, most states follow the banking limits below. (FanDuel has enacted deposit limits of $1,000 per month for residents of Massachusetts or Maryland, and $2,500 for residents of Tennessee.) The other method available is PayPal, which is also fee free.

FeatureFanDuel Daily Fantasy
Total Deposit Methods2
No Debit/Credit Card Deposit Fees Yes
Deposit Min/Max - Debit/Credit Card$5/$10,000

Withdrawal Methods

Before making any withdrawals, users are required to complete a W-9 form for identity verification. Withdrawals are easy and straightforward. Check and PayPal are currently the only two withdrawal methods. Both are fee-free.

FeatureFanDuel Daily Fantasy
Total Withdrawal Methods2
Check Payout Speed is < 10 days No
No Withdrawal Fees - Check Yes
Withdrawal Min/Max - Check$1 Minimum

Mobile Betting

The FanDuel mobile app is fantastic, providing users with a smart and simple interface for navigation.

The FanDuel mobile app is fantastic, providing users with a smart and simple interface for navigation. The app will recommend contests that fit your user profile, or allow you to navigate freely to whatever sport and contest you are interested in.

Mobile Betting

The only drawback of the app, as opposed to DraftKings’ mobile app, is the opportunity to create lineups from a mobile device and import them from a desktop version. While DraftKings lets users create lineups that aren’t entered into contests, FanDuel does not have this option. Users can modify lineups for entered contests on FanDuel’s app; they just can’t create lineups for a queue to use later.

FanDuel Scout

FanDuel Scout is an additional app offered by FanDuel that provides personalized news for the NFL, NBA, and MLB. The app allows you to receive automatic notifications about players in your lineups, important player news from around the league, upcoming game analysis, and a personalized watchlist of players you decide to keep tabs on. The app syncs to the FanDuel app to sync your existing player watch list. You can also manually add or remove players to this watch list.

Automatic lineup notifications are useful, especially during the NFL season when players often wait until a few hours before game time to declare whether they are playing. Being able to track players you are interested in makes scouting that much easier. The app provides a lot of articles for each sport as well, offering projections, recaps, and general DFS news.

My only criticism of FanDuel’s Scout is the same I had with DraftKings’s DK Live: they’re both separate apps from the main app to which they are linked. I understand why two apps are necessary, but it is still a minor nuisance. Regardless, both separate apps offer quality content and give the end user a better experience.

FanDuel Scout
FanDuel Scout news for players on my watchlist.

Education and Research

FanDuel does a good job arming users with industry coverage and lineup tools.

FanDuel offers new users guides for each of the sports they offer. These guides contain some general tips and strategies on how to do better in DFS.

Education 2
FanDuel's education is neatly presented, but lacks depth compared to DraftKings.

While the information is presented in a clean and visually pleasing manner, it is very basic. These tips and strategies are things most users intuitively know, such as draft players going up against poor defenses, or looking for value players filling in for injured starters. While there is some quality information, users will need to conduct more research on general strategy before laying down their money.

Player Data

When drafting a lineup, you can select players to view their recent performance, news linked to them, and current stats. FanDuel provides a much clearer view of this data, while DraftKings offers an extra data point or two. Below is what typical player data look like on FanDuel.

Player Data

The Duel

FanDuel is entering the sports media game with its new platform, The Duel, which covers DFS and sports betting. Content on The Duel is written by fans, who can email the company if they want to write for the platform. The platform is comparable to DKTV, with the addition of sports betting content.

The Duel

The Duel was launched when I started this review, so I hope to see more content offered in the coming months. The platform is currently a fresh way to stay current on the latest in DFS news, especially football.

FanDuel Guru Tool

The guru tool, which is currently only available on the mobile app, walks players through creating a lineup. The tool offers up stud players and value picks, while making recommendations like stacking a quarterback and a wide receiver on the same team. The tool is useful for new players who might not be in tune with Daily Fantasy Sports. Keep in mind when using the tool that it is offered to everyone, making the likelihood of a similar lineup more prevalent.

Guru Tool
FanDuel Guru walks players through each position.

Customer Service

FanDuel offers email responses within 24 hours and live chat support for general inquiries. The quality of support is good. DraftKings support was slightly faster than the support offered by FanDuel. Both sites had knowledgeable employees. My only complaint about FanDuel’s customer service is the lack of a dedicated phone line.

Reputation

FanDuel has a solid foundation as a Daily Fantasy Sports company, with no real payout or banking issues. The only issues the company has are as follows.

  • FanDuel and DraftKings are facing lawsuits for employees participating in contests using nonpublic information. Both sites now have policies that state their employees are not allowed to participate in any public contests on any DFS sites.
  • FanDuel and DraftKings have also faced scrutiny for false/misleading advertising. This relates to the companies making it seem easier for a novice player to win money than it actually is.
  • Less than 25% of active FanDuel users are net winners/breakeven for the past 30 days. This dramatic range of winners and losers can be attributed to professionals entering multiple lineups based on algorithms and data that highlight the best users.
  • FanDuel posts what percentages of its users are winners in the past 30 days in links all over its website. All DFS users should be aware of the limited chances of winning public contests on all DFS sites.

Commission
Commisions from FanDuel.com.

Other Notes

Promotions & Loyalty Programs

Although promotions are not a part of our overall rating, they are a factor in deciding which DFS site to use, so we have listed all available promotions, not including free contests.

Bonuses and Promotions

FanDuel Players Club Loyalty Program

FanDuel provides the highest tiers of users with premium customer support as well as its own personal account managers.

The FanDuel Players Club is a loyalty program in which users accumulate points for every dollar they wager in paid contests. For every $1 wagered, users get five FanDuel Points (FDP). FDP can be used to enter contests and achieve different tiers of FanDuel Players’ Club status. The different tiers, as well as their perks, can be seen below. The monthly free play refers to contests FanDuel holds every week/month. FanDuel provides the highest tiers of users with premium customer support as well as its own personal account managers. Overall, the loyalty program is a great way to keep users engaged and feeling like they are being rewarded.

Loyalty
Tiers in FanDuel's loyalty program.

Final Thoughts

While FanDuel trails slightly behind DraftKings in total sports offered and education, it shines for its ease of use and offering of free and unique contests, making it a solid option for all Daily Fantasy Sports players.


Joey Shadeck

About the author: Joey Shadeck Joey Shadeck is a research analyst for BettingBuck.com. He has been a sports fan all his life, football and basketball being his two favorites to watch. Joey remembers betting his mom that the Green Bay Packers would beat the Detroit Lions as early as elementary school. He has 5 years of online betting experience with hundreds of bets placed during that time.

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