Although the 2016 NFL season had its official ribbon-cutting this past Thursday with an exciting Super Bowl rematch between the Panthers and Broncos, the first Sunday of NFL action is more commonly perceived as the actual kickoff of the campaign.
This is especially true for those football fans who are also avid fantasy players, with Sunday morning in Week 1 bringing the adrenaline rush that is inherent in checking injury reports and making final lineup decisions. Whenever there are at least some dollars on the line, as is usually the case with DFS, the excitement is that much more palatable.
The sites across the industry naturally provide plenty of opportunities in Week 1 for NFL fans to scratch the months-long itch of putting some skin in the game with respect to DFS action. As customary, there are a plethora of options that are designed to accommodate virtually any size bankroll, but we’ll attempt to highlight some of the more noteworthy GPPs on the major sites that are available for Week 1.
The flagship contest is the massive $3 Fantasy Football Millionaire, which has room for nearly a whopping 2,000,000 entries and pays out $1,000,000 to first place. Players are limited to 150 entries per user but with only a $3 point of entry, the contest is sure to attract plenty of users maxing out that number. Second place will take home $100,000, while third place will see their bankroll jump up by $50,000.
The site is also running its usual array of GPPs across all price points, including the $2.5 million Sunday Special ($250,000 to first, $20 entry fee), the $500,000 Slant ($9 entry fee), the $500,000 Flea Flicker ($5 entry fee), the $300,000 Power Sweep ($150 entry fee) and the $1 Million Blitz ($300 entry).
The $2 Million Sunday Million once again takes center stage, with a $25 entry and $200,000 first place prize. The contest will feature 92,485 entries.
As with DraftKings, the site offers some of the largest selections of GPPs in the industry, including the $300,00 Kickoff ($12 entry), the $50 Touchdown ($65 entry ), and the $500,000 Sunday Night Primetime Showdown ($5 entry, $50,000 to first).
Yahoo kicks off its second NFL season in the DFS space with the debut of the free-to-play Yahoo Cup, a season-long/DFS hybrid contest that requires users to draft new lineups each week and pays out both weekly and end-of-season prizes.
There are also a wide array of tournaments available, including the $500K Baller ($10 entry), the $100K Tournament ($25 entry) and the $30K Tournament ($1 entry). There are also Single Entry tournaments at a number of buy-in levels, including $1, $2, $5, $10 and $25.
The $9,000 Shotgun ($109.00 entry) features a 90-player field with a limit of eight entries per user. It pays out the top 15 finishes, with a top prize is $2,025.00.
The $100,000 Hail Mary ($55.00 entry) is a 2000-player contest with a limit of 85 entries per user. It pays out the top 450 finishers and awards $10,000 to first place.
The site celebrates its first NFL season with an array of GPPs at a variety price points, including the $50,000 Kickoff ($25 entry, 2,280-entry field) that pays out $5,000 to first and has a 67-entry limit per user.
For those with a larger bankroll, the $15,000 Touchdown ($300 entry, 55-person field) pays out $3,000 to first and limits players to a maximum of five entries.