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Fan Duel vs Draft Hero

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Fantasy sports are a great way to have fun with your favorite sport – whether it’s football, baseball, basketball, hockey or other team sports. Whether its professional or college, for those that have a competitive nature, fantasy sports teams allow individuals to create their own unique, customized team across any player in the league.

Fantasy sports have been around for many years. Thankfully, the days of being limited to a work or neighborhood fantasy sport league, and manually calculating scores are a thing of the past.

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4.5 stars
Fan Duel

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Fan Duel, along with the other daily fantasy sports giant Draft Kings, spent over 150 million dollars on advertising last year alone. These two dominate the daily fantasy sports world and with good reason; they have a better game selection, more daily participants and bigger payout totals than any other fantasy sports game service. Fan Duel has been featured in the Wall Street Journal, the New York Times, Sports Illustrated and Fox Sports, and is neck and neck with Draft Kings in the fantasy sports public eye. We rank Fan Duel a very close second to Draft Kings for a few reasons we will discuss below.

Fan Duel offers fantasy sports contests in all of the major sports; users can choose from baseball, pro football, college football, pro basketball, college basketball or hockey. The niche sports like golf and soccer are not yet available, and this is one slight edge Draft Kings has over Fan Duel. Still, the vast majority of fantasy games are played within these 6 sports, so for most people this won't be an issue. Total payout at Fan Duel in 2014 was $500 million, but recently they projected a $2 billion dollar pay out in 2015, likely to compete with Draft Kings claim of a $1 billion dollar pay out. We will be keeping our eyes on who wins the escalating payout war, but Fan Duel is certainly at or near the top of the list in this category.

The Fan Duel website is polished and slick and easy to use. Signing up for an account is a snap, simply enter an e-mail, username and password and an account is set up and active. The site navigates you immediately to a page where players can make their first deposit which is necessary in order to play games for money. Fan Duel will match the initial deposit up to $200, which is less than the $600 that Draft Kings currently offers and truthfully not that great in the world of daily fantasy sports. After depositing funds the user can select from the 6 major sports mentioned above, and chose from the standard types of fantasy sports contests; Guaranteed Prize Pools (GPP), head to head match ups or 50/50 games where half the entrants win at least some money. Players can enter for as little as a dollar or as much as $10,000, so there is a prize level for casual players as well as serious high rollers.

Drafting a line up is quick and easy. Simply review the list of available players, choose a team while staying under the salary cap, and submit the line up to as many contests as desired. Winnings pile up in the players Fan Duel account and can be withdrawn easily through PayPal at any time. Fan Duel also offers a mobile app so players can play and track their games on the go.

Fan Duel is an excellent daily fantasy sports gaming site that finishes a very close second in our rankings. Any fantasy sports enthusiast will have a great experience gaming at Fan Duel.

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Draft Hero

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Draft Hero is a new entrant into the crowded daily fantasy sports gaming market. It offers a standard list of games and sports that will be familiar to fantasy sports players, but suffers from a clunky website, low payout totals, a small player base and a confusing deposit bonus system.

They say you only get one chance to make a first impression and our first experience with Draft Hero was not great. On opening the Draft Hero website we were greeted with a main page featuring some statistics like over $3 million dollars in payouts, $200,000 free cash awarded, and then a list of this week's top winners below. There is also a “start playing” button, but it appears behind the graphic of the statistics and is not clickable because of this. By clicking the Draft Hero button at the top we were able to navigate to the lobby page where games can be selected, but the sloppy presentation of the main page gave us a lousy impression.

Also the statistics that Draft Hero provides are not particularly impressive. They boast over $3 million dollars in payout, but don't specify if that is in the last year or overall. We assume this is the overall payout since inception, which is very low compared to the major players in the online fantasy sports gaming market. Looking at the list of top winners, at the time of this review the number one winner of Draft Hero had won $1,440. The big two, Draft Kings and Fan Duel have testimonials of players who have won over a million dollars overnight. If the top prize winner on Draft Hero isn't making even $2,000 in prize money, this website is certainly not going to attract the high rollers.

The selection of sports is also quite small, with games being offered in professional football, baseball, basketball and hockey only. The game selection page is as clunky as the main page, with a strip of contest types that sticks to the page awkwardly as you scroll up and down searching for a contest to join.

Draft Hero boasts a 300% deposit bonus, which in theory means players receive three times their initial deposit. This would beat all other daily fantasy sports services, but on second glace we see that the deposit bonus is not given to the player at the time of the initial deposit. Rather the 300% bonus is released slowly, 5% at a time and requires players to enter contests before receiving additional bits of their bonus. It was unclear how long it would take and how many contests a player would need to enter before getting the entire 300%, but the complexity of it seems cumbersome.

With far more negatives than positives, and so many other quality daily fantasy sports sites available today, we can't recommend Draft Hero very highly.

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A long list of impressive online fantasy sport websites exist today and allow individuals the opportunity to participate in fantasy sports when it fits best into their schedule. Players receive points for each player’s individual performance that week and are compared to others to determine a winner.

If you’re looking for the best fantasy sport websites available today, TopConsumerReviews.com has reviewed and ranked a long list of potential options. Before you start up your next online fantasy sports team, consider the following:

  • Ease of use. How easy is it to navigate the website, select players and manage your team?
  • Sports. How many different types of sports can you have fun with? For example, Football, Baseball, Basketball, Hockey, and so on.
  • Game Prep. Does the website provide player analysis and other helpful statistics for building a winning team?
  • Mobile App. Are you able to create and manage your team from the convenience of your phone?
  • Minimums. What are the costs associated with each fantasy sports website?
  • Customization. What options are available to customize your team?

TopConsumerReviews.com has reviewed and ranked the best Daily Fantasy Sports sites available today. We hope these reviews help you find the best sports fantasy site for your needs!

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