DraftKings and FanDuel have outdone themselves this year with blockbuster NFL season guarantees. While the two sites’ millionaire contests have a lot in common, there are subtle differences which players should keep in mind when deciding on which to play.
First of all, if you are playing in these tournaments to consistently make money each week, play in something else. These tournaments are extremely top-heavy, which means the long term profitability of both tournaments is not a positive one, but I know they are hard to resist.
While you would win $5 more on FanDuel if you simply cashed with one team, you would lose $500 on each site if you entered 100 teams and cashed in 50 of them. Sounds like a terrible deal right? Well that’s the point when evaluating the payout structure. I could breakdown the differences with every level of the payout structure with a section of simple math, but you would fall asleep before getting to the important information.
Because the tournament on DraftKings is a larger guarantee, the payout offers you a chance to win more if you are able to finish in the top 100. Aside from this, the difference is minimal and shouldn’t be a factor in your decision making, unless you’re going to complain about winning $1M instead of $1.2M.
Kicker vs. Flex
This is the most vital difference between the two tournaments. While many of the sharp players who make a living from fantasy sports have money spread out among multiple sites, they all view DraftKings as the site where they have the biggest advantage because of the flex position.
Kicker is the hardest position to predict, which means the sharp players have less of an advantage over new players, if they have any at all. So if you’re new to the industry or if you just don’t feel as though you can compete with the players that have their own prediction models, the tournament on FanDuel gives you a better chance to come away with a return on your investment.
The late swap option, which is only on DraftKings, is something that is not utilized enough. Keep in mind that when building a lineup on DraftKings, the player that plays at the latest possible time should be placed in the flex position. This will increase your options of pivoting to a different player if you realize the teams ahead of you have the same player as you.
So if your computer never leaves your side on Sunday, this is a feature that you can take advantage of, but if you have a set-in-and-leave-it mentality when making your teams, FanDuel is a structure more suitable for you.
While it does appear that the Sunday Million on FanDuel is a better option for new players and the Millionaire Maker on DraftKings provides a better opportunity for experienced players, I hope this information can help you make a more educated decision when deciding where to invest your money.