DraftKings has been a Daily Fantasy Sports leader since 2012. Largely viewed as the King of DFS, DraftKings was founded, and is still operated, by former VistaPrint bigwigs Matthew Kalish, Jason Robins and Paul Liberman. After striking a deal to merge with rival FanDuel in 2016 – government approval pending – 2017 is set to be a watershed year for the Fantasy Sports industry. Here we look at how DraftKings works.
Just as streamlined as top rated sportsbooks, we recommend here at Canada Sports Betting, the DraftKings Fantasy experience begins with a smooth sign up process that is equal parts simple and quick. New players are asked to select a username and password, plus add their email address, country, state/province and their date of birth. Once completed, in a matter of seconds, a personal DraftKings account is registered. After filling out a very quick “Verify Me” step – it’s game on!
We like that the DraftKings login process includes a “remember me” feature that automatically brings up players credentials each time the website is visited. Much like the registration process, account funding is very streamlined as well. Canadian fantasy players have a choice of major credit cards, including American Express, Discover, MasterCard and VISA, plus PayPal as bankroll funding methods. A minimum deposit of $5.00 is all that is required to get in on the action at DraftKings.
Living in an instant world, and always on the go, fantasy players are wise to take advantage of the DraftKings App. After we registered an account with our laptop, we downloaded the app on our iPad and the process took all of about twenty seconds. We were able to log in immediately and our payment via PayPal was confirmed instantly. Once we returned to our main player page we were pleased to see the funds in our account and that a $3.00 Free Play bonus was added on as well.
Excited to jump right in, we used our sportsbook style sign up bonus to enter a NHL contest. This was yet another seamless experience as we were able to select our seven-player roster with just ten simple clicks with the DraftKings app on our mobile device. While the roster selection process isn’t something players should rush through, players need to do their homework, it’s nice to know that selecting a team can be accomplished even just minutes prior to game time of any contest.
As is the case in the online sports betting industry – DraftKings tips come in many different forms. From free advice, to opinions that can cost hundreds of dollars per month via subscription, daily fantasy info is plentiful. Our top tip is to always do your own personal research with a close eye on how perspective players are performing in the here and now. Player game logs are available at tons of websites on the internet and they are a valuable tool – especially when considering player splits stats. We like how clean and quick the numbers appear at the Pro Football Reference website.
Another tip, which can be overlooked at times, is using sports betting knowledge in conjunction with fantasy wagering research and vice versa. The New York Giants vs Philadelphia Eagles 2016 NFL Week 16 contest serves as a classic example here. Having the displeasure of owning Giants QB Eli Manning, on my 2016 season long NFL team, I knew how bad little Peyton was playing. We also had a keen sense that the G-Men were overrated due to our fantasy tracking. Not only is Manning riding the pine on my fantasy team – the Eagles were a winning pick to beat the Giants during TNF.
DraftKings Bottom Line: From novice to expert players – DraftKings offers action for everyone.