Must-Play Daily Fantasy Apps
Must-Play Daily Fantasy Apps
If you haven't noticed, fantasy sports are one of the most popular ways sports fanatics can get their gambling fix.
Daily fantasy is especially popular right now because of the climate of sports betting. Not all states are allowed to partake in mobile sports betting, or sports betting in general. Daily fantasy apps can bridge that gap until there is undoubtedly more legislation passed. The issue isn't where people can play fantasy sports but which ones are worth taking up precious space on your iPhone. Luckily for you, there’s one perk of being a degenerate. I have done all the hard work for you. Here are the top must-play daily fantasy apps.
FanDuel & DraftKings
No surprise here. It’s hard to talk about fantasy sports without mentioning these trailblazers. In terms of daily fantasy sports, they are Coke and Pepsi. If you were to ask the most novice sports gambler, they would recognize these daily fantasy sites instantly.
These apps started out providing players a way to conveniently play fantasy sports, but now they offer a ton more options. You can find Best Ball, snake drafts, tiers, and even a full-fledged sportsbook and racebook – an absolute gambling smorgasbord. Is your bankroll tight at the moment? No problem. You will find plenty of contests available, giving you a shot at free money.
Another similarity between these two is the bonuses and perks that they offer. The 20% welcome bonus is identical. Both apps will give you $500 of free play credits with a qualifying deposit. While it’s hard to turn down free money, this bonus isn’t that great. Despite this lackluster attempt at a deposit bonus, both apps do offer a good rewards program. FanDuel refers to its loyalty program as FDP (FanDuel Points) and DraftKings was a little more creative and went with “crowns” as the currency for their rewards. Both sites reward loyal players with these each time they enter into a contest. They can be used to enter contests or to purchase some sweet swag.
While these apps tend to mirror each other's moves, they do differ in a couple of ways. A noticeable difference is the user interface. Other players might disagree, but I personally hate FanDuel’s layout. There have been times when I was trying to join a contest last minute and missed out because I couldn't find what I was looking for.
Another important difference is the scoring system these two apps have for football. FanDuel is 0.5 PPR (Point Per Reception) and DraftKings is 1 PPR. This slight difference might not matter to the occasional player but for a hardcore fantasy football player like myself, it's important. Check out
my Three Reasons Why You Suck At Daily Fantasy Sports
article to learn more.
Overall, these apps are great for both the beginner and advanced player. Though if you're looking to inject a fresh new take on daily fantasy sports, keep reading.
If you follow us on Twitter, you might see us highlight some massive wins by sports bettors. These wins are achieved by playing parlays during the same game. Same-game player prop parlays (try to say that 5x fast) are huge right now. The issue is that they are only offered on certain sportsbooks. If you are one of those sad souls that live in a restricted state, Underdog is the perfect app for you. Although it’s still considered daily fantasy, the main format on this app is
pick'em player props.
The over/under format concept is simple. Choose the over/under on up to five players, and if they all hit, you win cash. It’s the closest thing you can get to the same game player props sportsbooks offer. Another player prop contest they offer is “Rivals.” It shares the same individual performance stats but includes a spread like you would see in traditional sports betting. It’s straightforward – choose which player will cover the spread and if they do, you win. For example, if LeBron James and Brook Lopez were rivals, you would need to choose Lebron -6 assists or Brook Lopez +6 assists..
If player props aren't your thing and you want some old fashion daily fantasy, Underdog isn't for you. While they do offer season-long Best Ball leagues, they don't have the traditional salary cap lineup format.
New to the scene, PrizePicks is just like Underdog but designed specifically for statheads. Its sole focus is on player props betting, so you won't see ANY other type of fantasy format here, and that's not particularly a bad thing. Unlike Underdog, where the players you bet on can only be picked from one league, PrizePicks allows you to choose multiple players across different sports. If you really liked the Hits/Walks line on Mookie Betts and also found an edge on your favorite eSports gamer, you could bet on them both.
Where PrizePicks shines is their safer “Flex Play” option. This feature is essentially a baked-in round-robin parlay. Unlike Underdog, where the user must be correct on every player's stats, Flex Play allows you to get some incorrect and still be eligible for a payout. The odds are reduced, but at least you didn't go broke. This feature is the perfect way for beginners to try this new type of fantasy format.
PrizePicks is very generous with its sign-up bonus. With promo code “ELITE,” they are offering you a 100% deposit match up to $450. Far better than the standard promos you get with traditional salary cap apps like FanDuel and DraftKings.
The fantasy climate has become very crowded in the last few years. More and more apps are inventing new types of fantasy sports. As sports betting legislation continues to sweep across the country, who knows what exciting new variations of fantasy we'll see in the future. Whatever it may be, you can bet your ass that The Odds Factory will be here providing updates along the way.