With NFL season now just days away, sites around the industry are about to enter what is annually their busiest and most profitable time of the calendar year. The MLB regular season remains in play for the balance of September, but with the final month often featuring a mish-mash of minor league call-ups and out-of-contention teams frequently focused more on evaluation than victory, it’s fair to say that the high point of the 2016 MLB DFS season has passed.
FBWC Champion Crowned
As such, DraftKings helped commemorate the changing of the sports calendar by crowning its first ever live final champion in Canada on Saturday, August 27th at the Fantasy Baseball World Championship (FBWC). CashMonet took the top prize of $1 million with a score of 193.05, just edging out KKHS_Maz, who checked in with a score of 190.05. Meanwhile, Rotomania’s 185.20 tally was good for third place. The consolation prizes for the runners-up were certainly substantial, with second place taking home $400,000 and third bringing in $250,000.
The Red Sox’s David Price and Astros’ Dallas Keuchel helped spearhead the winning lineup from the pitching side of things, posting 23.3 and 17.75 fantasy points, respectively. However, it was a 37-fantasy point outburst from the Reds’ Scott Schebler, who blasted a pair of homer and drove in five runs at just 7.5 percent 影梭 ownership, that propelled CashMonet to victory. His roster was very well-balanced in terms of production overall, with the Reds’ Joey Votto and Adam Duvall and the Mets’ Neil Walker and Asdrubal Cabrera all contributing 20 fantasy points or greater. Only one player, the Padres’ Derek Norris, tallied single-digit fantasy points.
The event was a momentous and successful one overall for , which awarded a total of $4 million in Toronto. The FBWC’s seats were also notably filled by a veritable Who’s Who of the DFS industry, including Assani, RayofHope, Youdacao, ChipotleAddict, DraftCheat, 1ucror and Comox_Warrior.
Yahoo Cup Furthers DFS/Season-Long Co-Mingling
, widely considered the third-place operator in the industry behind DraftKings and FanDuel, made some news of its own recently by joining the ever-increasing trend of co-mingling season-long and daily fantasy. With a rich and well-established legacy in the season-long fantasy space, , approximately two months before the legal landscape for the industry began shifting.
The internet giant is bringing back a full slate of NFL contest offerings this year, but in what has become somewhat of a trend heading into the 2016 NFL season, is also rolling out a season-long/DFS hybrid known as the Yahoo Cup. The contest is a weekly, free single-entry tournament that is comprised of 16 rounds (Weeks 1-16 of NFL season), with cash prizes being awarded each round. Players will draft a new team on a weekly basis.
The Yahoo Cup grand prize winner, which will be the player with the most cumulative points throughout the course of the contest, will be awarded $50,000. However, players can jump in to the contest at any point in the season and be in the running for that week’s prizes, as well as that of any subsequent weeks in which they participate. A total of $100,000 will be awarded over the course of the contest.
After a months-long legislative and public image battle that is certainly still in flux, the industry as a whole enters its most visible time of year apparently intent on emphasizing the non-monetary aspects of its games, with the trend toward season-long-like contests a component of that approach.
The existence of the Yahoo Cup signifies that the top three players in the space have products designed to both catch the eye of season-long fantasy players and in the case of DK’s Leagues and FanDuel’s Friends Mode offerings, facilitate more social, bragging rights-type fantasy play among groups of family, friends and co-workers.