Play our new Best Ball season-long fantasy football contests. With our new Best Ball game, you’ve got a new way to crush it this football season. Pick your team in a Snake Draft, which starts as soon as it fills. There’s no roster management at all. Fantasy football rankings on DraftKings Nation. Fantasy Football Picks: Chiefs vs. Buccaneers DraftKings NFL DFS Showdown Strategy for Super Bowl LV Garion Thorne preps you for Sunday’s Super Bowl between the Buccaneers and the Saints with game-script analysis and Captain’s Picks. DraftKings daily fantasy football puts you closer to the game than ever before. Draft a lineup of NFL players while staying within the salary cap. Then watch as they rack up points for touchdowns, yards gained and more during the games. If your lineup scores enough points, you’ll win cash prizes — even if you don’t come in first.
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ESPN Fantasy Football League Manager Player with Highest Finish in the DraftKings Millionaire Maker to be Awarded an Additional $1 Million for ESPN League Manager Leagues
DraftKings Inc., a leading destination for daily fantasy sports, today announced the start of the $10 Million Guaranteed Millionaire Maker Fantasy Football Contest that will take place during Week One of the pro football season when the grand prize winner will walk away with $2 Million and the second place winner will take home $1 Million. ESPN, the leader in fantasy sports games and content for more than 20 years, is teaming up with DraftKings to award the ESPN Fantasy Football League Manager player who secures the highest number of fantasy points in the DraftKings Week One Millionaire Maker an additional $1 Million to split between all members of his or her season-long 2015 ESPN Fantasy Football League Manager league(s).
ESPN and DraftKings will bridge the season-long and daily contests for the first time through this event.
Fantasy football players can now enter the DraftKings $10 Million Guaranteed Millionaire Maker at www.draftkings.com/espn for the opportunity to turn the $20 entry fee into $2 Million and to win a piece of the $10 Million purse. The contest on DraftKings.com will include all of the pro football games on Sunday, September 13th, plus the two Monday night games on September 14th, which will be televised on ESPN – Philadelphia at Atlanta (7 p.m. ET / 4 p.m. PT) and Minnesota at San Francisco (10:20 p.m. ET / 7:20 p.m. PT). The Millionaire Maker grand prize winner and final leaderboard will be determined after the completion of Monday’s games. Additionally, the ESPN Fantasy Football League Manager player who finishes with the highest-scoring entry will be awarded a bonus $1 Million to be shared with their ESPN League Manager league member(s). To create an ESPN League Manager league, players should go to www.espn.com/draftkings.
ESPN has been a leader in fantasy sports for over two decades, having launched the first online fantasy drafts and published fantasy sports content shortly after the launch of ESPN.com. Today, more than 12 million sports fans play ESPN Fantasy games across its four top games alone and ESPN Fantasy Football is the number one fantasy football game in the industry, with over 25 million transactions and 47 million alerts per week.
About DraftKings, Inc.
DraftKings, Inc. is a leading skill-based Daily Fantasy Sports (DFS) gaming destination for fans in North America to compete in single-day online games for cash and prizes across the largest variety of professional and collegiate sports. DraftKings is the exclusive DFS partner of Major League Baseball, the National Hockey League, NASCAR, Major League Soccer, and Ultimate Fighting Championship. Founded in 2012 by CEO Jason Robins, CRO Matt Kalish and COO Paul Liberman, DraftKings is headquartered in Boston, Mass.
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[toc]To date, 2016 for the daily fantasy sports has been about legal opinions and new laws.
Heading into the 2016 NFL season, the top operators in the DFS space are trying to make their products more like their seasonlong fantasy forerunners.
First, DraftKings introduced “Leagues.” This week, Yahoo and FanDuel are introducing similar products meant to make DFS a more social game that runs all season.
Yahoo was first to introduce its hybrid product, even though FanDuel had indicated its season-long variant would be coming when it rebranded and rolled out other changes.
Yahoo, of course, is already one of the market leaders when it comes to traditional season-long fantasy sports. But the new idea — the Yahoo Cup — tries to blend the idea of DFS and season-long.
Here’s how the Yahoo Cup, which is free to enter, works:
Daniel Haight, product director for Yahoo Sports Daily Fantasy, introduced the new Yahoo offering here.
While DraftKings and Yahoo are creating a differentiated product, FanDuel is making no bones about the idea that it is aiming at the season-long fantasy market.
“Friends” mode is now live on FanDuel’s website. The idea isn’t radically different from the DraftKings product on its face — or even its own DFS product, other than there is continuity from week to week. It is a far simpler idea and has far fewer options for customization than the DraftKings iteration.
FanDuel users can create a league with friends — or anyone they want to invite — that lasts all NFL season. Each week players can enter a contest, and draft a new team. There is a leaderboard that tracks how league users fare over the course of the season.
DraftKings was clearly more diplomatic in its marketing of Leagues, emphasizing it as complementary to the DK platform without saying it was eyeing marketshare in season-long fantasy.
FanDuel took a different tack; from Yahoo Finance:
And CEO Nigel Eccles takes it one step further, calling out competitors.
“Our business is growing, we’re expanding into new areas,” he tells Yahoo Finance. “And we’re going to be competing directly against ESPN, Yahoo, and other fantasy providers. Friends Mode is going to transform fantasy sports.”
Seasonlong fantasy, of course, has been around for decades. DFS has been around for less than 10 years. While it has grown leaps and bounds in that time, DFS has only crossed over to a small percentage of the seasonlong universe in a meaningful way.
But clearly DraftKings, FanDuel and the rest of the DFS space want to garner a bigger share of the more than 50 million fantasy players in North America. While there will be advertising this NFL season, it will pale in comparison to efforts in 2015, when the “Big Two” spent hundreds of millions of dollars on TV ads and marketing.
That leaves customer acquisition in the DFS space this fall to attempt to occur more organically than it did in recent years.
The idea that you can draft new teams every week was the initial appeal behind DFS, along with the fact that that you didn’t have to wait until the end of the season to win money. The simple concept of what amounts to seasonlong DFS leagues is certainly not revolutionary, but it’s one that hasn’t been pushed by the major players, until now.
Can the DFS industry — repackaged in a more social and seasonlong format — make the pivot? The upcoming daily fantasy football season will be the first chance to find out.