FanDuel and DraftKings are the two biggest sites to play fantasy sports. If you’re a sports fan, you have most certainly come across one of their ads or played yourself. In this article, we’ll compare the two sites to give you a good idea of both of them have to offer. Consider this the most extensive FanDuel vs. DraftKings review you will find online!
For the simple fact that FanDuel is based in New York-based and DraftKings is from Boston, you can assume some natural rivalry. The NY Giants and New England Patriots are competing. Who wins? The companies actually planned to merge, but that fell through. Which is perhaps for the better, considering healthy competition in the market. I say that because between the two of them, FanDuel and DraftKings, occupy about 95% of the fantasy sports market. In the light of player experience and overall advantage, keeping the companies separate is probably better in the long run, especially for us players.
Founded in 2012 DraftKings has roughly 8 million users, FanDuel has about 6 million users. They were founded in 2009. When it comes to the revenue the fantasy sports market is, there are a lot of numbers out there. But according to the Fantasy Sports Trade Association, Americans spend a total of $15 billion per year playing fantasy sports. More than two-thirds of that amount is spent, surprise surprise, on football. Fantasy sports is a huge market, one that is still continuously growing in obscure amounts.
When you sign up at a fantasy site or an online casino, one thing you always need to do is comparing the welcome bonus. Some sites give a generous percentage on top of your first deposit. Other bonuses can offer you to join a number of contests for free. It has to be said that neither FanDuel or DraftKings offers a very attractive bonus for new players. At FanDuel, you get a $5 bonus after your first deposit when you sign up for an account. DraftKings has a similar welcome offer, also with a few conditions on how to spend it. In my opinion, that’s definitely something they could improve on. However, the bonus offers on both sites change frequently. Keep an eye out on their news feeds to benefit from new offers.
FanDuel and DraftKings often offer so-called seasonal offers. At the start of the football season, for example, you will see a lot of promotions in that light. Some of them are mere bait, but others actually offer you a substantial extra. For example an extra amount on top of your deposit. Another promotion could be a free entrance to some contests. The fantasy sports market is still moving, in the sense that new sports are being added frequently. For example, tennis has been added recently, but so far only DraftKings offers it. Whenever a site adds something new, you’ll likely find an attractive promotion!
Although neither site has a very attractive welcome bonus, DraftKings does have a nice rewards program. Call it a smart marketing trick, but points are awarded to your account every day by opening up your account and playing. Depending on how much you play, you rise in ranks. The higher you rank, the more points you get. What can you use your reward points for? It can be anything from entering a contest for free to so-called DK dollars. Naturally the type of reward you get increases when you get higher in the tier. I like this rewards program because it’s transparent and it offers frequent players some nice extras and advantages.
FanDuel also has a rewards program but it’s not as attractive or transparent as DraftKings. Each time you participate in a paid contest, you get an x reward. That reward is FanDuel Points, which you can use to enter contests. You collect points automatically as you play, which is good. When you want to enter a contest, you simply have to select to use your collected FanDuel points instead of the cash you have deposited in your account.
Not of the least importance, let’s discuss the quality of the apps of FanDuel and DraftKings respectively. In the last few years, playing fantasy sports has largely shifted from desktop to mobile phone. Both FanDuel and DraftKings have kept up with the player’s desire to play on the go and offer a good app. So let’s compare the apps for a moment. Both are available on iPhone and Android and free to download.
FanDuel and DraftKings on mobile
Any fantasy sports player will agree that one of the most important things for a good app experience is to have a good overview. There are so many different factors part of playing fantasy sports that you want the app to be intuitive, easy-to-use and have the information you need readily available. Personally, although I like the look of FanDuel more than DraftKings, it’s more modern and sleek. There is much to say about DraftKings, its usability is much more intuitive and easy. The draft process is any sport is smooth on the DraftKings app, “clicking” is limited to a minimum. I’d say that’s a good indicator an app is functioning as it should.
Playing on mobile
If you want to play on the FanDuel or DraftKings app, you will need to sign up for an account first. That requires a few basic steps that you can also get done on your mobile phone. You’ll have to confirm your email address, payment details, and contact information. If you don’t want to download the app you can also perfectly play by browsing to either of the sites from your mobile phone. Although I have to mention that in terms of usability on a small screen, the apps are definitely preferred.
So, who’s better in terms of sports market? FanDuel or DraftKings? The first and most important question is, which sport are you interested to play. If it’s one of the classic 4, the NBA, NFL, MLB, and the NHL, both FanDuel and DraftKings offer these sports. Although players make a point of saying that they prefer to play certain sports at either one of the sites because it works more to their advantage. I think you can usually tell a lot by reading player forums and read the experience of NFL or NBA players.
The point system for playing the NFL is slightly more attractive at FanDuel, but then DraftKings offers late swaps and more flexibility. It’s hard to tell if there is really an advantage for the NFL at either site. It depends on what you as a player value most. What I’d say, is that it’s generally better to play at a site which is quick and easy to use rather than one where you have to struggle to get your roster ready to go. In that sense, I’d say DraftKings is the preferred choice.
When it comes to the sheer amount of sports offered, DraftKings is the preferred choice. They offer the largest variety of sports, with the latest addition being tennis. During the big tennis contests, the Grand Slam tournaments, they offer contests on their site. I don’t know why tennis was so late to be added to their assortment, but fans seem to be very content about the choice. Additionally, there are some other sports that DraftKings offers and FanDuel doesn’t. That is the MMA (mixed martial arts), Esports and several women’s leagues, for example, basketball. Additionally, they also have several college leagues that FanDuel doesn’t offer. There is a lot to say about DraftKings variety, which leads me to say that DraftKings is indeed superior.