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November 20, 2018

FanDuel Rolls Out New Campaign Featuring Halftime Quitter Vontae Davis

Grant Lucas November 20, 2018
Vontae Davis

Ray Lewis fired teammates up with halftime pep talks. Vontae Davis prefers the Irish exit.

You may recall that highly anticipated game between the Buffalo Bills and Los Angeles Chargers game in Week 2 of the NFL season. No? You chose instead to flip between Billy Mays infomercials and nonsensically named committee meetings on your local public access channel? You and everybody else.

Anyway, in that game, the Bills, at home, trailed 28-6 at the half. Davis left the building. Literally. Retired. Off to go live on a beach in Zihuatanejo.

Now Davis is back. And he’s poised to score more points in his first week playing fantasy football than his former team has all season.

In a Monday announcementFanDuel brought on Davis as the centerpiece for “a multichannel campaign” that “encompasses digital, television, and social, including a new (30-second) television spot.”

And, oh boy, did FanDuel ever buy into Davis’ No.-16-seed-like reputation.

‘Walk away’ and get ‘a fresh start’

Most fantasy football seasons are beginning to wind down. FanDuel, though, has stepped forward to let the DFS world know that not all is lost.

From the release:

“With the football season well past the halfway mark, many season long fantasy players must come to grips with the fact that their dreams of making their fantasy league playoffs and winning it all are over … but they don’t have to stop playing fantasy football.”

And here’s where Davis comes in:

“FanDuel, in tandem with All-Pro cornerback Vontae Davis, is here to let fans know that it’s OK to walk away from their fantasy leagues and they can get a fresh start by playing on FanDuel.”

Whatever the opposite of Irish exit is (SWAT Team entrance?), that’s what Davis apparently did.

On the heels of that spot, FanDuel posted a tweet with a photo of Davis pointing toward the camera: “Is your season-long fantasy team out of playoff contention? It’s time to walk away. Right, @VontaeDavis?”

Sounds like all-star trolling. But Davis, apparently, loves the campaign, which will have commercials run for three weeks. From the release:

“I know how serious fantasy owners are about their teams, it can be tough for them to admit defeat. The opportunity to get a fresh start with FanDuel and still come out on top can help with the coping process. Sometimes you just have to know when to walk way.”

The good and the bad

Bad acting aside, though good enough for Wilt Chamberlain and anyone else who appeared in “Conan the Destroyer,” the spot lands brilliantly. (FanDuel Group CMO Mike Raffensperger credited Davis’ “fantastic sense of humor,” displaying the former player’s fearlessness “to put a fun spin on a serious decision he made.”)

The humor is evident, despite an over-cheesiness that even Wisconsinites became lactose intolerant.

Naturally, though, social media took over.

Aside from some users accurately noting that Davis was never All-Pro (he was a two-time Pro-Bowler, to be fair), Twitter did not disappoint.

Some of the highlight responses:

  • “I quit watching halfway through it.”
  • “I think I am gonna quit playing FanDuel now.”
  • “Wait, I can quit a league midway through the game and still get paid?”

And the winner of the inaugural Oak Award, given to the tweet with the most shade: “Shocked he sat around long enough to finish this promo.”

Then again, FanDuel gets its campaign shared around the Twitter-sphere. Vontae Davis is back in the limelight and already has one-third the victories Buffalo has this year.

Leaving the Bills now becomes the SECOND-best decision Davis made this season.

Sportsbooks Take A Hit As Record Total Is Obliterated In Rams vs. Chiefs Shootout

Chops November 20, 2018
Rams Chiefs Betting

Monday night’s Kansas City Chiefs vs. Los Angeles Rams matchup had high expectations. Two division leaders. Two high-powered and exciting offenses.

The NFL moved the game from Mexico City to Los Angeles. Las Vegas sportsbooks set a massive 64 over/under on the game. The line closed at 63 or 63.5 at books across the US, marking the highest total for game since betting data started being tracked in 1986.

Sometimes these types of hyped match-ups fizzle out. Not this one.

Chiefs vs. Rams blew away all expectations. It also blew away the 64 over. It ended with a Rams 54-51 victory.

105 total points!

Vegas could’ve set the total at 100 and it still would’ve comfortably gone over.

The public typically bets the over. In a game this hyped, they REALLY bet the over.

According to William Hill via ESPN, 69% of the public took the over for the game, leaving William Hill with a “healthy seven-figure loss.”

It wasn’t all bad news for the books, as South Point took some “pretty decent-sized” under bets. And over at DraftKings Sportsbook in New Jersey, 85% of moneyline bets came in on the Chiefs (+143) for Monday night’s game. Kansas City was the most popular moneyline team on the Week 12 slate.

Meanwhile, MGM had a $90,000 bet on the Chiefs at +3.5 that will definitely leave a mark.

In case you missed it, here are the highlights from the third-highest-scoring game in NFL history:

Seven Days Of Giving: Get $60 In Free Bets At DraftKings Sportsbook Without Depositing

Bill Gelman November 20, 2018
DraftKings Free Bet

Thanksgiving weekend will offer plenty of wagering opportunities, especially with two extra Thursday games. Many enjoy pairing the turkey and pumpkin pie with a side of sports betting.

And here is where the news gets even more appetizing: DraftKings Sportsbook is offering New Jersey bettors $60 in free bets when they sign up for an account. This offer can be claimed by following the steps listed below between 12:01 a.m. Eastern on Tuesday, Nov. 20 and 8:20 p.m. Eastern on Monday, Nov. 26:

  • Visit the DraftKings Sportsbook sign-up page.
  • Complete the registration process and six $10 free bets will appear in your account within minutes.
  • If you decide to make a deposit, you will be eligible to take advantage of the free bet match up to $200.
  • Payout will be based on winnings only and not the original free bet stake.
  • The six free $10 bets must be used within 30 days of initial registration.

Plenty of bets on the table

This week’s NFL slate offers a full menu of intriguing betting possibilities for New Jersey residents to enjoy this $60 in free bets offer:

Game Time DraftKings Odds
Chicago Bears
Detroit Lions
Thursday, Nov. 22
12:30 p.m. ET
45.5
+4
Washington Redskins
Dallas Cowboys
Thursday, Nov. 22
4:30 p.m. ET
40.5
-7.5
Atlanta Falcons
New Orleans Saints
Thursday, Nov. 22
4:30 p.m. ET
40.5
-7.5
Cleveland Browns
Cincinnati Bengals
Sunday, Nov. 25
1 p.m. ET
47.5
-3
Jacksonville Jaguars
Buffalo Bills
Sunday, Nov. 25
1 p.m. ET
38
+3
New England Patriots
New York Jets
Sunday, Nov. 25
1 p.m. ET
46
+9
New York Giants
Philadelphia Eagles
Sunday, Nov. 25
1 p.m. ET
46
-5.5
Oakland Raiders
Baltimore Ravens
Sunday, Nov. 25
1 p.m. ET
42.5
-10.5
San Francisco 49ers
Tampa Bay Bucs
Sunday, Nov. 25
1 p.m. ET
54.5
-3.5
Seattle Seahawks
Carolina Panthers
Sunday, Nov. 25
1 p.m. ET
47
-3.5
Arizona Cardinals
LA Chargers
Sunday, Nov. 25
4:05 p.m. ET
45
-11.5
Miami Dolphins
Indianapolis Colts
Sunday, Nov. 25
4:25 p.m. ET
50.5
-9.5
Pittsburgh Steelers
Denver Broncos
Sunday, Nov. 25
4:25 p.m. ET
47.5
+3
Green Bay Packers
Minnesota Vikings
Sunday, Nov. 25
8:20 p.m.
48
-4
Tennessee Titans
Houston Texans
Monday, Nov. 26
8:15 p.m.

DraftKings offers the sports betting and fantasy combo

DraftKings, already well known as a daily fantasy sports leader, made headlines over the summer by becoming the first bookmaker to offer legal mobile/online sports betting in the Garden State. There are separate sportsbook and DFS apps and web browsers, but players enjoy a shared wallet and easy, one-click access between the two offerings. It means crossover players can use their sports betting winnings to enter a fantasy football contest and vice versa.

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