Fantasy sports, and more specifically fantasy football, originated in people’s home among friends and colleagues before it became popular on the internet. Back then it was usually season long and maybe for money or just bragging rights. With the advent of daily fantasy sports and its proliferation on the internet it is now accessible to everyone, even those who don’t have friends. This is a list of the best fantasy sport sites that can be found on the internet. Some, but not all, of these sports fantasy sites also have developed an iPhone or Android app.
Each fantasy sports site has many types of contests to choose from. There are multiplayer contests which could have over 100,000 participants but also has the highest payouts for winners. Many of these sites have head-to-head contests – where it’s just you and another player competing against each other. Some do have smaller contests – which some might find easier to win – such as double ups or multiplayer contests that only allow up to 100 entries. All of them have beginner contests which allows those playing for the first time the opportunity to get an understanding of how to play before playing against veterans.
This is likely the most well-known fantasy sports site. This site easily has the most sports contests to choose from. DraftKings originally only offered football contests but have since added baseball, basketball, boxing, UFC, soccer, hockey and also have European basketball leagues. The contests have fees that start at free and go up from there, some entry fees have been as high as $26.200. The free contests are usually sponsored by a newly released or upcoming event such as a movie, video game or boxing match.
DraftKings accepts debit and credit card payments as well as PayPal. They are also good with regard to payouts. They release withdrawals to the same method that the deposit was made. Many fantasy sports sites will offer to send payouts to PayPal. This is fine if you have a PayPal account already set up but will add about 24 hours to the time frame to get your winnings while withdrawals to a debit or credit card usually takes about a day.
Like DraftKings, FanDuel originally only offered football contests but have since added baseball, basketball, soccer, hockey and also have European soccer. The contests have fees that start at free and go up from there, some contests have fees upward of $5,000. The interface is good and easy to navigate. FanDuel has a “Guru suggestion” which will help you narrow down your lineup because it gives you suggestions based on a player’s matchup to their upcoming opponent.
FanDuel accepts debit and credit card payments as well as PayPal. They are a little more difficult with payouts than DraftKings though. They do not release withdrawals to the same debit or credit card that the deposit came from. Many of these sites will send withdrawals to your PayPal. Or if you prefer to wait 7-10 days they will release funds to you by check.
Yahoo Fantasy Sports
Yahoo Fantasy Sports have had contests for a long time, even before those like DraftKings or FanDuel became popular but at that time you couldn’t compete for money. Once DraftKings, FanDuel and sites like those became popular Yahoo added paid contests. Yahoo Fantasy has the same types of games as the other sites – multiplayer, head-to-head, beginner – but does not have the quantity of contests as DraftKings or FanDuel might.
Yahoo fantasy accepts debit and credit card payments as well as PayPal. Again, like FanDuel, Yahoo is a little more difficult with payouts than DraftKings. They do not release withdrawals to the same debit or credit card that you might have deposited with. The only way to collect your winnings with Yahoo Fantasy Sports is through PayPal.
FantasyDraft is a relatively newer participant to the daily fantasy sports genre. Unlike DraftKings or FanDuel they do not offer single game contests at this time. Generally, it seems to be a little easier to win on FantasyDraft only because FantasyDraft doesn’t keep as much of the entry fee as DraftKings or FanDuel, this translates to more positions that place in the money. Unique to FantasyDraft is that they support head-to-head contests that are rake free, meaning FantasyDraft receives none of the entry and it all goes to the winner. For instance, in a head-to-head contest where each participant enters $1 the winner would receive $2 however on DraftKings the winner would only receive $1.80. That “rake” might not seem like much but on a contest with $50 entry that difference turns out to be $90 to the winner on DraftKings and $100 to the winner on FantasyDraft.
FantasyDraft accepts debit and credit card payments as well as PayPal. And their payout policies are the same as FanDuel. They do not release withdrawals to the same debit or credit card that the deposit came from. You can withdraw winnings to your PayPal. Or if you prefer to wait 7-10 days they will release funds to you by check.
Some of these sites will not allow entries from some states due to state laws or due to the state’s attorney general. For instance, DraftKings operates in Texas but FanDuel does not because the Texas Attoney General issued a statement saying he does not believe it is legal. Check the rules in your state or region first. Most of these sites will require you to confirm that the state that you reside in or are currently located in allows this particular type of gaming before accepting your entry.
All of these sites have the same basic classic games. DraftKings and FanDuel typically have the largest payouts but also the most experienced players, which makes it more difficult to win. With FantasyDraft or Yahoo Fantasy Sports beginners and novices might have a better chance at winning but the selection of contests are not as good. It comes down to your experience level and if you want to wait 7-10 days to receive your check through the mail. Good Luck!