Daily Fantasy Sports Simplified

Article published on June 30, 2017 12:13pm

If you ever fancy a bit of a change from bingo, there’s a new type of online game that’s really kicking up a storm: Daily Fantasy Sports.

Whether you’re into football, hockey, rugby or cricket, there’s a DFS site for you. The principles of Daily Fantasy Sports couldn’t be simpler—all you need to do is to choose a team week by week, and you’ll receive points based on players’ real-life performances. You could be in with the chance of winning a lot of money! It’s a very different skillset to bingo or slots, but we’re sure that some of you will love it all the same.

But where do you start? What are the basics? The world of DFS can definitely seem a bit daunting to begin with, so we’ve created a beginners guide to help you get started.

What site should I choose?

As any seasoned bingo player knows, not all sites are created equally. It takes a lot of time playing and reading site reviews—combined with a healthy amount of gut instinct—to find the right site for you. The world of DFS is no different. There are loads of DFS sites about, but which one you should choose really boils down to your preferred sport.

The biggest site, DraftKings, offers the widest range of sports, including football, basketball, ice hockey and golf. However, as impressive as this selection is, DraftKings can be quite intimidating to new users. Because the site is available in both the UK and the US, there are lots of very experienced and knowledgeable players who can sometimes exploit new players’ naivety, relegating them to the bottom of the competition. If you’re already knowledgeable about your chosen sport, and think you can handle it, then by all means you should give DraftKings a shot. If you’d prefer to be a bigger fish in a slightly smaller pond, however, then there are a number of other options for you to try.

PlayON, for instance, also offers a great range of sports, but because the player pool is a bit smaller, it’s easier for new players to start winning more quickly. It’s also really easy to navigate, so could be the perfect choice for you.

Equally, if you’re football mad, then there are plenty of options for you to choose from. Sportito, FantasyBet, and FanFeud are just a few of the dedicated Daily Fantasy Football sites out there. These sites offer the opportunity to play on a match-by-match basis—you don’t have to be tied into a season-long commitment like with some fantasy football sites.

As valuable as our advice is, the only way to find out which site will suit you is by playing—so put down that virtual bingo dabber for a second and get cracking!

Daily Fantasy Sports simplified—footballers playing

The process

The basic steps that you need to take to start playing Daily Fantasy Sports really are very simple. You simply join a game and start selecting your team. There are a few rules that you need to abide by, but we’ll get onto them later!

After the game’s finished, you’ll be able to see how you fared compared to the other people in the game.

Selecting your team

Many of our readers will be well used to maximising their bingo budget—and this is a skill that will certainly come in handy in DFS.

On the majority of the DFS sites (with the notable exception of Sportito), you have a fixed budget to select your players with. This means that you’ll have to spend wisely in order to make the most of your money—you can’t just pick all of the game’s biggest stars!

This is why DFS can be such a skilled tactical game, and why some people spend so much time looking for bargain players who are sure to overachieve. Despite the dedication of some DFS players, there are still great rewards for casual players. After all, playing should be about the fun, not the prizes!

Football dressing room

Scoring

DFS scoring systems vary from site to site, but they’re all effectively based on the same principle. If a player has a positive impact on the game, through scoring for example, then they will be awarded points. If they have a negative impact, for example by receiving a red card, then they get deducted points.

Essentially, you want all of your players to be having a positive influence on the game, regardless of which sport you’re competing in. We’re sure you’ll get the hang of it quickly!


So, if you’re at all interested in sports, then you owe it to yourself to give DFS a go. When you first taste victory, you’ll be hooked! There’s a reason that Daily Fantasy Sports is one of the fastest growing sectors in the online gaming market, so what are you waiting for? You could be the next big thing!

Love sports? Why not check out our guide to the best sports themed slot games?

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