Although the hearts and minds of the average sports fan are still largely with the NFL in the thick of fall, DFS players tend to be a slightly different breed. To daily fantasy sports enthusiasts, “the more, the merrier” approach often applies, and the last two months of the year certainly provide that opportunity. Come late October, the opportunity to engage in the NHL, NBA and NFL contests on what amounts to a nightly basis becomes a reality.
Lucrative Opening Night Tournaments
With the NBA set to kick off its 2016-17 campaign on Tuesday, October 25th, sites across the industry are gearing up with the type of large-scale tournaments that typically inaugurate the dawning of a DFS sport’s new season. The ever-competitive FanDuel and DraftKings are both celebrating the return of round ball with matching $1 million prize pool tournaments, along with the usual diverse array of other GPPs all across the pricing spectrum. Meanwhile, Yahoo and Fantasy Aces, arguably the third and fourth-place operators in the space, are rolling out $20K and $15K prize pools in their marquee tournaments on Opening Night.
FanDuel’s aforementioned seven-figure GPP is the Clutch Shot, which will be open to 294,117 entrants and features just a $4.00 entry fee. First prize is a whopping $200,000, while second prize also cashes in the six figures at $100,000. The remainder of the top five shakes out with $50,000 going to third place, $20,000 awarded to fourth place and $10,000 to fifth place. The top 67,291 contestants will cash overall, with the minimum cashing position being $6.00.
DraftKings’ TipOff Special, which also sports a $4.00 point of entry and has a maximum field of 294,100 participants, checks in less top-heavy, with first place receiving $100,000, second place checking in at $50,000 and the third-place winner receiving a $25,000 bankroll boost. Fourth and fifth place walk away with $15,000 and $10,000, respectively. The top 82,200 contestants will cash overall, with the minimum cashing position also $6.00.
Both contests are multi-entry contests with a maximum of 150 entries allowed per player.
Yahoo and FantasyAces Offering Smaller-Field Contests
Over on Yahoo, the NBA 2K Tournament pays out $2,000 to first place and will set players back $5.00 to enter. However, the field is also considerably smaller than aforementioned pair of mega-contests, with a maximum of 4,500 entrants. The top 1,100 finishes get paid, and a maximum of 10 entries, as per Yahoo policy, are allowed.
FantasyAces counters with its $15K NBA Tip-Off, which checks in as the most expensive contest to enter of the Big Four. The Tip-Off features a $27.50 entry fee and pays out $2,000 to first place. The top 120 contestants get paid and the contest features a field of 600 players overall, with a 25-entry max in effect.
Two other popular DFS sites that list NBA as a category in their lobbies but have yet to list any live contests for Opening Night are FantasyDraft and Rosters.com. The former does have a $1,000, 2,000-entry “Farewell To Preseason” freeroll currently live for Friday night, October 21st.