Let’s get this real fake football going! Last season we had some Razzball FanDuel Leagues each week and I had a lot of fun with them. This season we are going to have FanDuel leagues as well, and as any good drug dealer knows, you gotta get them hooked with a few samples! So we will have a FreeRoll League to start. That’s how I got hooked!  You can join the league for free for a chance to win $250 bucks (1st-$100, 2nd-$50, 3rd-$30, 4th-$25, 5th-$20, 6th-$15, 7th-$10) and if your team scores higher than my team you get 5 whole dollars. So beat me and win! It probably won’t be that hard. Sad trombone/self depracation/low self esteem.

FanDuel is pretty friggin awesome for us crazy faux footballers. We have our Dynasty and Redraft leagues that we spend thankless hours researching for and they are sweet and rad and all that, but we live in a world of instant gratification and those leagues take a while to give the goods, but in FanDuel you can take that research and apply it to making a new team each week, or even multiple teams. One of my favorite sides of fantasy is weekly matchups. I like to see how good I am at predicting what an individual player will do in a given game. So many things must happen the way you predict for it to work out and that feels pretty cool when it does. In FanDuel you can take those skills to a new level. You don’t have just your starters and bench players to choose from, you have the whole NFL Player Pool to choose from!

So, to get down to the nitty and the gritty and to forgo the shitty, let’s figure out how you play this darn game. First off, it’s a Salary Cap game. Meaning you get a certain amount of money to spend on your team and can’t go over that limit. Each player has a price tag based on their fake point getting ability. There are three salaries to choose from: Beginner – 65 mil, Standard – 60 mil, Expert- 55 mil. Your team will consist of: 1 QB, 2 RB, 3 WR,  1 TE, 1 K, and 1 D. The prices range all over the place. Michael Vick is the highest priced player right now at 9.9 million. But of course the strategy is to find the best value. A player like Willis McGahee might not be a great long term guy for the season, but he is cheap at 4.8 million and faces the Raiders in week one, who are often poor at stopping running backs. It’s all about matchups and putting together the best team at the best value. I really think I’d rather play salary cap than standard fantasy leagues, but I’m also a little cuckoo for cocoa puffs.

The points for FanDuel are pretty similar to most of your leagues (I’ve put them at the bottom of the post). But the major difference would be that it is .5 points per reception. That of course pushes those Wes Welker/Lesean McCoy clones up the ladder a bit. When looking at the overall point leaders from last season it looks eerily similar to most of your leagues, so don’t feel like you have to give special attention to one “type” of player.

When choosing between Beginner, Standard or Expert FanDuels don’t worry about the titles, just the salaries. If you feel like you have some great bargains and in a standard duel you are way under the salary cap, go ahead and do an expert duel, and of course the opposite of that — if you can only fill your team if you start a Curtis Painter, don’t. Go to a beginner league. It’s only a word!

It’s actually pretty simple to play and there are many different leagues and contests and all that jazz muh-tazz. You can play one on one or get into bigger leagues. You can set up leagues with your friends.  There is a ton of smack talk in their chat. I mean a ton. I’m not a smack talker, but if I was I’d be in there giving them Hades.

They also have a site called FanDuel Insider that I’ve been writing some articles for and there are some good writers there. I should know, I suggested some of them! And the winner of our The Next Great Fantasy Football Writer Contest will have a weekly column over there as well, so that’s coolio. So, there’s that. Take me on and in the freeroll and let’s have some fabricated football fun!


FanDuel Point Details:

Rushing yards made = 0.1pts
Rushing touchdowns = 6pts
Passing yards = 0.04pts
Passing touchdowns = 4pts
Interceptions = -1pt
Receiving yards = 0.1pts
Receiving touchdowns = 6pts
Receptions = 0.5pts
Kick-return touchdowns = 6pts
Punt-return touchdowns = 6pts
Fumbles lost = -2pts
Own fumbles recovered touchdowns = 6pts
Two-point conversions scored = 2pts
Two-point conversion passes = 2pts
Field-goals from 0-19 yards = 3pts
Field-goals from 20-29 yards = 3pts
Field-goals from 30-39 yards = 3pts
Field-goals from 40-49 yards = 4pts
Field-goals from 50+ yards = 5pts
Extra-point conversions = 1pt
Sacks = 1pt
Opponent-fumbles recovered = 2pts
Return touchdowns = 6pts
Fumble return touchdowns = 6pts
Safeties = 2pts
Blocked kicks = 2pts
Interceptions = 2pts
Shutout = 10pts
1-6 points allowed = 7pts
7-13 points allowed = 4pts
14-20 points allowed = 1pt
28-34 points allowed = -1pt
35+ points allowed = -4pts

  1. Topps says:

    Stafford Owner: Who should I rather have, Bradford or Shaun Hill? I’m assuming Bradford since he has value if Stafford stays healthy but does your answer change if Stafford is hurt in Week 1?

    Gore Owner: Hunter or Dixon?

    Felix Jones: Who is his #2?

  2. Lubey says:

    Damn, i guess Dalton to TO will be big against Cleveland.

  3. Doc

    Doc says:

    @Topps: I’m leaning Bradford, Hunter, Choice.

  4. trick dad says:

    i have the 5th pick in a 12-team non-ppr league (QB, RB, RB, RB/WR, WR, WR, TE). normally i would love this position, but with CJ2k’s contract up in the air, i dont know what to do. should i suck it up and grab CJ at 5, assuming he’s the last “top 5 and no jive” tier? passing TD’s are worth 6 points in this league, maybe Rodgers would be a safe pick. Please help! Thanks!!!

  5. Pacochu says:

    I signed up. I enjoyed playing FanDuel last year.

  6. Doc

    Doc says:

    @trick dad: Hmm, that is a tough spot. Rodgers would be safe, but I would rather have Romo paired with AJ or Mendy.

    @Pacoch: Cool, good luck!

  7. sal says:

    @Doc: I just want some reassurance on keepers –

    Its down to either keeping JChar @ 2nd rd (11th pick) or Vick at rd 1 (10th). I’d say JC no brainer b/c I would have him for life, but the scoring system heavily favors QB’s.

    Plus, I already have Ray Ray (8th rd) and Roddy (6th rd) for other two keepers. One of the QB’s (Brady, Peyton or Rivers) may have about a 2% chance of sliding to me. Do I take the risk and keep JC and try and catch a late QB or roll with Vick? Having a tough time letting JC go!

    I am currently rolling with Vick – gotta have em in by tonight.

    Scoring is rough – its all about TD’s

    1 point for every 50 PaYds
    1 point for every 15 RuYds
    1 point for every 25 ReYds
    TD’s are six points

  8. Wilsonian says:

    Doc, thanks to your last second help, here’s the team I ended up with in my 12 Team Keeper League (0.5 PPR):

    QB: Ryan
    WR: Wayne
    WR: DJax
    WR: M.Thomas
    RB: JC
    RB: Knowshon
    TE: Marcedes
    W/R: FJax
    K: Hartley
    DEF: NYG
    BN: LT
    BN: Ridley
    BN: Meachem
    BN: Flacco
    BN: J.Cook

    What do you think, overall? It looks decent on paper. Worry about FJax’s touches if CJ takes over a bit. The benches are pretty shallow and felt like I had to get a decent TE backup (took him in the next to last round) and two RBs.

  9. Tom the Niner says:

    Doc, just drafted this year (10 team standard non-ppr league). What are your thoughts?

    QB: Romo
    RB: Charles (took over CJ2K)
    RB: Darren McFadden
    FLEX: Felix Jones
    WR: Vincent Jackson
    WR: Brandon Marshall
    WR: Steve Johnson
    TE: Owen Daniels
    K: Gostkowski
    DEF: Atlanta

    Bench: Mike Thomas, Jacoby Ford, Michael Bush, Hightower, Stafford, Delone Carter, Javon Ringer.

    Some players I am thinking about adding off the wire: Stevan Ridley, Jared Cook.

    Overall, what do you think of this team. Should I grab any of those two off the wire? If so, who should I drop? Thanks!

  10. Clodbuster says:

    Is the freeroll only for new Fanduel players? Your links only bring me to a sign in page but it shows my account as already signed in at the top and I can’t find any way into the league. Thanks

  11. Clodbuster says:

    forget it. I just logged in again. Thanks

  12. Alan says:

    Will you have this Fanduel all season? I can not find the game to enter for week 2. I contacted Fanduel and they said they can’t fine one either.
    If you are doing it how can I enter it?



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