Daily Fantasy Football: A Beginner’s Guide

By JamesNavarro

Daily Fantasy Football: A Beginner’s Guide

You’ve likely wondered if there’s a better way to play fantasy football than playing it season-long. Daily Fantasy Sports (DFS), a fun way for fantasy managers to choose a team and play against family and friends in exciting games, are great. The best part? These contests can bring you money! This article will help you get started in DFS.

What is it?

Daily Fantasy Sports (or “DFS”) contests are fantasy sports contests that only focus on one game or a set of games. These contests allow users to compete against each other for prizes. They can include tickets to sporting events or free entry into higher stakes contests. These contests can be compared to seasons-long ones in that managers attempt to score more points than their opponents by using the best possible lineup of players. It all comes down to the way that lineups are built.

Season-long formats allow users to draft, trade and then play only the players they have on their team every week. DFS contests allow users to change their lineup every week. While there is no draft or trading, there is a salary limit. Users must select their players by using a certain amount of money.

Where to Play and How To Get Started

There are many quality DFS sites that you can try. But FanDuel or DraftKings are the best. Download the apps to get the best user experience and be able to play from anywhere. Click here to see FanDuel, and here to view DraftKings. Both sites allow you to create an account and play immediately.

You don’t have to spend money to join any of the many free contests you can sign up for or create. Top finishers often get nothing for winning free contests. If you want to win money in DFS, you will have to spend it. You will need to deposit at least $5 on both sites. However, you should check out promos and other offers before making your first deposit. You can often double or triple your initial investment by taking advantage of special deals.

After creating an account, you will be able to navigate the lobbies to choose the sport, date, time, or slate of games that you are interested in, as well as the contest type. DraftKings and FanDuel have easy-to-use interfaces that make it easy to navigate. Paid contests can cost as low as $0.10, and can be worth thousands of dollars.

Contest Types

Once you are ready to play, and have chosen the game(s), you will need to choose a contest type. You will need to be familiar with the basics of each to help you choose which one is best for you.

Guaranteed Prize Pool (GPPs)

These are the big prize contests. GPPs offer multiple user entry and a tiered payout structure. Tiered payout structures mean that the first place winner wins the biggest prize, the second place winner wins slightly less, and so forth down to the lowest prize and user entry. These contests have the highest risk/reward ratio, but can offer huge payouts for top finishers.

Cash games

Cash games are games where all winners receive the same flat payment. Multiple entries are not usually allowed. Two types of cash games exist: 50/50s and head-to-head (H2H).

You will be playing against one other player in H2H games. You can score more points than the other guy and win some cash.

You’ll play against a large number of people in 50/50s. However, to win, you must finish among the top 50 percent. The top half of the entrants wins cash, while the bottom half loses nothing.

Because of their single-entry format, safe floor, equal pay structure and single entry, cash games are safer. EPE stands for Experienced Players Excluded. Contests that are restricted to intermediate and beginner users will not be available. These contests exclude users who have participated in a lot more contests than they are, which ensures that beginners have an equal playing field for setting up lineups and spending money.

DFS platforms offer the opportunity to play with your friends. This is a feature that many people overlook. It’s easy to play fantasy football against friends. Let’s look at the basics of playing with friends on FanDuel. Simply look at the banner below the “Friends tab” on the FanDuel App. Click it to “Start your league” and “Create a challenge.”

You can create a league to invite your friends to participate in a weekly DFS contest. The league will automatically renew each week. You can create a league name, invite friends by sharing or copying the link, and then pay an entry fee. You can create a challenge to invite one friend to compete in an H2H contest. You can set the price and choose the game you wish to play, just like in the league function. These contests do not renew every week and are only available once.

You can challenge multiple friends without creating a league by selecting the “Lobby” tab in your app. Next, choose the sport you want to play, then select “Create Private Contest”. Then navigate to the bottom to select “Create Private Contest”. Simply enter the entry fee, set up your contest, invite your friends, and create your contest.

Single Game vs. Whole Roster

Full roster contests are where multiple players are selected to form a lineup. These contests can be similar to seasons-long formats that span several games. Full roster contests are typically held Sundays between the 1:00pm and the 4:25pm games. These contests are not often added to and can be played as single-game contests. A full roster contest typically features one QB, two or three RBs and three WRs.

A single game contest is made up five or more players who must all meet a salary limit. These players don’t have to fulfill any positional requirements. All of your players can be selected as flex options, provided you have the funds. If you have the money to pay for their high salaries, you can play both of your starting quarterbacks in a single game.

Single Game MVP or Captain

Double points are often awarded to a player in single-game contests. FanDuel’s MVP is this player, while DraftKings is this player. DraftKings will double the salary of any player you choose to be your captain. It is important to note the differences in price and scoring among players who have extra points in single-game contests.

Submission of Lineups and Scoring

Once you have chosen your contest, it is time to create your lineup and submit your entry. Each player gets a price depending on their skill level, matchup, production, and other factors. Players with the highest potential earnings are the most expensive, while elite players have the lowest prices. Click on the position to see all available players. You can view the available players, their salaries, and sort them either by price or fantasy points per match. You can find news and notes on nearly all the players you wish to choose.

The app tracks your spending and shows you how much money is left (black) or how much money is in the red. After you’ve filled in all the roster spots and adhered to the salary guidelines, hit submit. You can edit your lineups up until kickoff. It’s important to be aware of any injuries that could affect a player’s status.

DFS contest scoring is similar to season-long league scoring. FanDuel and DraftKings both use a “point-per-reception” scoring system. Both award four points per passing TD and six for all other TDs. To maximize the value of your picks, it is important to understand what scoring system is used. You can track the excitement and follow your contests live by checking scores and standings.

Odds and ends

DFS apps and sites require minimum deposits, but there is no minimum withdrawal amount. You can withdraw funds as soon as you win a few dollars, but you will need to have a PayPal account in order to receive it.

You should turn off notifications and subscribe to emails. Also, make sure you check your favorite site or app often for giveaways, contests, or promotions. DFS sites want to encourage you to play more, so they offer deposit matching, prizes for participating in specific contests, as well as free contests. Many sites use a point system, which rewards players with points for frequent wins or plays. These points can be used as “store credit” and entered into contests.

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