Types of FanDuel Daily Fantasy Football Contests

You’ve learned a bit about how FanDuel works, you’ve checked over the new lobby. Now it’s time to familiarize yourself with the various contest types offered by FanDuel, which include tournaments, leagues, head to head, 50/50s and matchups.


You’ve learned a bit about how FanDuel works, you’ve checked over the new lobby. Now it’s time to familiarize yourself with the various contest types offered by FanDuel. It’s all the same great daily fantasy football game, with minor variations for the number of players and how the prize pools are paid.

A Video Summary of FanDuel Daily Fantasy Football Contests Types

If you want a quick and dirty version of the different types of FanDuel daily fantasy football contests, check out the video below:

FanDuel Contest Types Explained

As we detailed in our 2015 Daily Fantasy Football guide, many DFS sites offer pretty much the same types of contests — tournaments, leagues, head to head, 50/50s and matchups. There’s no exception at FanDuel. You’ll be able to enter all the major daily fantasy football contest types and because it’s FanDuel, you’ll be able to enter many more of them.

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You’ll be able to join existing contests or create your own — with the entire FanDuel user base or just your friends.


Tournaments – Tournaments are the quickest way to earn big score due to the large fields. Many of FanDuels tournaments that get the most attention are the DFS site’s larger guaranteed tournaments, which feature guaranteed prize pools up in to the millions. The Week 1 NFL Sunday Million at FanDuel guaranteed $5 million prizes. And there are literally dozens of smaller guaranteed prize pool tournaments available at FanDuel that award life-changing money to top finishers.

Despite their large prize pools, FanDuel’s tournaments are accessible to all. Buy-ins for for guaranteed tournaments range from $2 up to over $5,000 and the number of entries can vary from a couple dozen to tens of thousands. The number of entrants is often determined by the buy-in size and the size of the guaranteed prize pool, which can encourage players to join in the hopes of hitting an overlay (where the guaranteed prize pool isn’t hit with buy-ins).

Tournaments with a large number of entries are high variance contests, so many players like to utilize multiple entries, which are available at the vast majority of FanDuel’s tournaments. This allows for experimentation with different lineup combinations with the hope that one will be the right mix of players to win a top prize.

If you want the chance at the largest prizes, GPPs are where you want to be.

Leagues – FanDuel’s League contests, are defined as non-guaranteed tournaments with more than 2 opponents that have a set number of players that enter. Commonly available in leagues of 3, 5, 10, 20, 100 or 250, leagues are straight-forward contests that pay the top 20%-30% of entries. Prize structures will vary by contest while buy-ins for these events range from $1 to over $5,000. You can only enter 1 lineup for league contests.

Head to Head – As the name would suggest, FanDuel’s Head to Heads are contests against a single opponent. The sharp DFS players who favor head to head contests tend to play a huge volume of head to heads, as its the easiest way to lower variance, especially when using multiple lineups against your opponents. If you choose to join an existing contest, opponent profiling will be important. If possible, keep tabs on common opponents and don’t join contests where you could be at a disadvantage.

Buy-ins for FanDuel’s Head to Head contests run the gamut from $1 to over $10,000. If you choose to join an existing game, you will notice that some players have a “x” followed by a number. This is the number of contests that have been created by that player.

50/50s — Simply put, 50/50 contests are FanDuel contests where half of the players that enter will double their money and the other half will not. As an example, in a $25 100 entry 50/50, the top 50 players would receive a $50 payout whereas the remaining players will receive nothing.

Contests in the 50/50 format feature 4, 6, 10, 20, 50 or 100 entries with buy-ins ranging form $1 up to over $5,000.

Multipliers — Mixed in with 50/50s at FanDuel, Multipliers are like 50/50s in that they have a flat pay structure, but unlike 50/50s, Multiplier pay a certain % of players x times their money. The prize pool of these contests pay 2x, 3x or 5x initial buy-in.

Multipliers at FanDuel feature buy-ins of $1 to over $1,000 with the number of entries ranging from four to thousands. Due to the large number of entries of some these events, prize pools can get into the hundreds of thousands of dollars, many of which are guaranteed.

Which Contest Should You Choose

There are valid reasons to play any of the contests types at FanDuel. Tournaments are great for the player looking for high variance, high payout situations while on the other side of the spectrum head to heads and other lower entry contests are good for “grinders” seeking low variance.

The important thing about all of these contests is that they’re all fun. If you’re new to FanDuel or daily fantasy football, we recommended you try them all and find your own niche of what you enjoy.


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