FantasyDraft: Daily Fantasy Sports Review

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What is FantasyDraft?

FantasyDraft launched in December 2014 with a commitment to prioritizing the needs of the DFS player through every aspect of their business. Prior to launch, the site also created some buzz and credibility by inking luminaries the likes of Drew Brees, Andy Dalton, T.Y. Hilton, Jordy Nelson, Kevin Love, Tony Parker, Chris Bosh and Clayton Kershaw to athlete endorsement deals. Over time, FantasyDraft has offered numerous “VIP Player Experience” contests where the top prize is an all-expenses-paid one-on-one event with one of FantasyDraft’s athlete endorsers. The site has adopted the moniker of “#PlayersFirst” as the theme that guides its consumer-facing operations, including all of its contest offerings. FantasyDraft has undertaken a number of initiatives throughout its four-plus years in business that put this approach into practice. They include:
  • A minimum 25% payout for the majority of its cash games or GPPs (guaranteed prize pools). Special events such as qualifiers, VIP experiences, championships and user-created contests are often exceptions to this guideline.
  • Lower contest fees, with GPPs and 50/50 cash games with entry fees as low as .25 cents.
  • “Half-the-Rake” head-to-head contests. The site has also run fully rake-free head-to-head contests at different points.
  • Flexible roster construction: FantasyDraft’s lineups often employ two utility spots that can be filled with any player on a slate of games, and also offer greater flexibility with respect to designated positions.
  • Stricter caps on multiple entries, making it a more user-friendly experience for the novice or intermediate player.
  • Beginner-and Intermediate-labeled contests in which only players of a certain experience level are allowed to participate.
  • Experience Badge system that identifies players that reached certain contest participation and/or winnings benchmarks playing on FantasyDraft.
  • Opportunities to play in fantasy contests against FantasyDraft athlete endorsers.

FantasyDraft Deposit and Withdrawal

Deposits Players can deposit money on FantasyDraft through a major credit card or through their PayPal account. Minimum deposit amount if $10.00 and the maximum amount if $2,000.00. Due to varying state regulations, players in certain jurisdictions may initially be prevented from depositing above a certain amount per month. Players subject to such restrictions wishing to be considered for a temporary or permanent increase in the amount they’re allowed to deposit monthly are encouraged to send an e-mail to FantasyDraft’s Support Department ([email protected]) outlining their request. Withdrawals Players can withdraw money on FantasyDraft by accessing their Account page and clicking on the Withdraw tab to initiate the process of filling out a withdrawal request form. All funds that are not classified as FantasyCash – which is virtual currency awarded by the site as prizes in certain contests and in rake-back commissions for referrals – are eligible for withdrawal at any time. Presently, FantasyDraft funds withdrawals via either check or through PayPal. The former method of payment typically takes 7-10 business days to process, while the latter is usually processed within 2-3 business days.

FantasyDraft Games and Features

Sports and Contest Types Offered FantasyDraft offers a full array of daily fantasy contest types, ranging from entry fees as low as .25 cents to as high as $10,600:
  • Guaranteed Prize Pools (GPPs)
  • 50/50s
  • Multipliers
  • Head-to-Head
  • Qualifiers (when available)
  • VIP Experience contests
  • Beginner/Intermediate contests in all of the formats listed above
Additionally, FantasyDraft offers free contests with no cash payouts of any kind, and occasional freerolls that do offer pre-set cash prizes. Presently, FantasyDraft offers contests in the following sports:
  • NBA
  • MLB
  • NFL
  • PGA
  • NHL
Existing Platforms FantasyDraft users can review and enter available contests, cancel entered contests, create and edit lineups, check on live scoring for their entered contests and deposit or withdraw funds through the operator’s website or through its iOS application on their smart devices.

FantasyDraft Player Rewards

First-Time Depositors FantasyDraft currently offers the following incentives to first-time depositors:
  • Free $4 contest entry upon their first deposit.
  • Initial deposit bonuses for new customers vary depending on referral source. Bonuses are released at a rate of 4% for every $1 of contest entry fees paid with actual cash (excludes contests entered using FantasyCash or a ticket won from the site)
  • Each FantasyDraft user is assigned a personal referral link upon account creation. They then earn 10% Rake-Back on the real-money contest play of all Referrals that have registered on the site utilizing that personal link.
Referrals also earn 10% Rake-Back on their own real-money contest play. 10 + 10 Refer a Friend Referral Program FantasyDraft also rewards existing players who successfully refer others to the site. The operator has developed an incentive program that pays off for both the new and existing customer:
  • Each FantasyDraft user is assigned a personal referral link upon account creation. They then earn 10% Rake-Back on the real-money contest play of all Referrals that have registered on the site utilizing that personal link.
  • Referrals also earn 10% Rake-Back on their own real-money contest play.
All rake-back commissions are deposited directly into customers’ accounts upon completion of daily fantasy contests and are in the form of the site’s FantasyCash. Each account has a Referral Report that provides users with a detailed overview of their referrals and all related contest activity.

FantasyDraft Customer Support

As part of their #PlayersFirst initiative, FantasyDraft places a premium on efficient and effective customer support. The operator offers a web contact form under its Support tab where customers can provide their contact information and send a message regarding their question or issue to FantasyDraft staff. Additionally, FantasyDraft offers a number of other informational components on its site designed to proactively address many of the common questions or issues that users have. These sections include:
  • FantasyDraft Basics– Provides a trio of short video tutorials entitled Drafting a Team, Picking A Contest and Creating Your Own Contest.
  • Contests Types– Provides a detailed written overview of each contest type offered on the site.
  • Scoring and Rules- Provides detailed scoring breakdowns for contests in each sport offered by the site. Also elaborates on policies and procedures for account ownership on the site and for various gameplay contingencies, such as invalid lineups and suspended, postponed or cancelled games.
  • FAQs- Covers a wide-ranging array of topics of interest to players.

FantasyDraft Restrictions

FantasyDraft abides by all applicable federal laws governing paid-entry fantasy sports, as well as the specific state regulations in the areas in which it offers its contests. The following are some of the basic requirements for playing on FantasyDraft:
  • Must be 18 years of age or older to play in the majority of states.
  • Must be 19 years of age or older to play in Alabama, British Columbia, Nebraska, New Brunswick, Newfoundland and Labrador, Northwest Territories, Nova Scotia, Nunavut, Ontario, Prince Edward Island, Saskatchewan and Yukon Territory.
  • Must be 21 years of age or older to play in Massachusetts.
  • Players must reside in United States, the District of Columbia, or Canada and agree to the site’s Terms of Use.
  • Residents of Alabama, Arizona, Delaware, Hawaii, Idaho, Iowa, Louisiana, Montana, Nevada and Washington State may not deposit money and may not play in any contest where a prize is awarded, as per their state laws.