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Beginner’s FanDuel Strategy Guide

Getting started in the FanDuel NFL games can be a little intimidating at times. There are a ton of different game options with fluctuating dollar amounts on every line and to a beginner this is usually a bunch of gibberish with no real meaning. This user guide will start from step one and show the new-average FanDuel user how they can be competitive and successful in a variety of different Fanduel NFL Games.

How it Works

Each individual week in the NFL provides an opportunity to set a line-up and win some cash. Unlike a typical fantasy league that one would find on ESPN and Yahoo, every week a player can change their line-up based upon who they think will play well in that individual week. If someone is unfamiliar with daily fantasy sports, it is important that before drafting a team, they become familiar with the salary cap.

The salary cap is the amount of “money” that each player is allocated to spend on an entire line-up. Most of the contest’s on FanDuel have a salary cap of $60,000. The way it works is every player in the NFL is assigned a dollar amount based upon their projected stats and how well they have performed in the past. Obviously, the better the player, the more “money” they will cost. For example, Peyton Manning playing against the Jaguars will cost a lot more than Chad Henne playing against the Seahawk’s.

Each week, the player will have to select one QB, two RB’s, three WR’s, one TE, one Defense and one Kicker. Here is where the strategy comes in, a player must select where in their line-up they want to spend more and where in their line-up they want to spend less. For example, if a player were to spend $19,000 of their $60,000 on running backs, they may be forced to select a quarterback who is worth less and has a less favorable match-up. There is an extremely fine line between overpaying and underpaying for each specific position, and having the ability to pick and choose quality players based upon their price and match-up is a skill that very few can ultimately master.

At this point, many would be wondering how players accrue points. FanDuel has a standard scoring system for their NFL games and it is important to understand how the scoring works in order to field the best team.


FanDuel’s standard scoring system is extremely similar to a typical fantasy football league on both the offensive and defensive side of the ball, they look like this:


Rushing yards made = 0.1points (1pt per 10 yds)
Rushing touchdowns = 6points
Passing yards = 0.04points (1pt per 25 yds)
Passing touchdowns = 4points
Interceptions = -1pt
Receiving yards = 0.1points
Receiving touchdowns = 6points
Receptions = 0.5points
Kick-return touchdowns = 6points
Punt-return touchdowns = 6points
Fumbles lost = -2points
Own fumbles recovered touchdowns = 6points
Two-point conversions scored = 2points
Two-point conversion passes = 2points
Field-goals from 0-19 yards = 3points
Field-goals from 20-29 yards = 3points
Field-goals from 30-39 yards = 3points
Field-goals from 40-49 yards = 4points
Field-goals from 50+ yards = 5points
Extra-point conversions = 1pt


Sacks = 1pt
Opponent-fumbles recovered = 2points
Return touchdowns = 6points
Fumble return touchdowns = 6points
Safeties = 2points
Blocked kicks = 2points
Interceptions = 2points
0 points allowed = 10points
1-6 points allowed = 7points
7-13 points allowed = 4points
14-20 points allowed = 1pt
28-34 points allowed = -1pt
35+ points allowed = -4points

A few notes on this, if someone has some fantasy football experience, they have most likely heard the phrase, “PPR.” What this stands for is, “Point Per Reception,” and what it means is that a receiver or tight-end receives points for making the catch in addition to the yards they gathered on the play. FanDuel games do give .5 points (see above) for each catch and this is important to remember. For example, if Reggie Wayne has 2 catches for 87 yards, his point total will be 9.7 fantasy points. 8.7 points for the yardage and 1 point for the two receptions (.5*2=1). On the other hand, if Antonio Brown has 8 catches for 63 yards, his total will be 10.3 fantasy points. He receives 6.3 points from the yardage and 4 points catching 8 passes (.5*8=4). The point is, players who catch a lot of passes can be more valuable even if their yardage is lower than another’s.

Other than that, the scoring is fairly straight forward. Players who rack up the numbers will rack up the FanDuel points. There are a number of different game types available on FanDuel and understanding the differences is imperative for success.


Game Types and Strategies

There are 4 main categories for games offered, they will be explained in detail along with information regarding buy-in amounts and what the differences in each game mode are. Strategies are different in different game types and taking a few tips from these will provide a better chance at success.

Head-to-Head Games

Head-to-Head games are extremely popular on FanDuel. Whether someone wants to challenge a friend for a few bucks or they want to take on a well-known players for a few hundred bucks, the head-to-head game mode allows players to challenge one other individual. This is the game mode that bring’s fantasy football back to it’s roots. Head-to-head (H2H) games are the epitome of fantasy football and on FanDuel, a player can customize the contest to fit any budget. With buy-in’s ranging from $1.00 to more than $5,000, the options are truly endless.

Regardless of how much money is on the line, the winner receives roughly 90-95% returned. For example, if a player bets $1 on a head-to-head game and wins, they will receive $1.80 in return, which comes out 90% returned. If someone is a high-roller and wants to buy-in $5,300 and they win, the return is $10,000, which is equivalent to about %94.

When it comes to strategy for the head-to-head game mode, there are a few different tips and tricks that one can utilize. There is always the option of setting one line-up and playing a random individual but this may not be the best route. Many players like to increase their chances of winning by playing a few different head-to-head games against different opponents. This gives the player a better chance of winning due to the fact that if someone has only one game going, their opponent could easily get a stroke of luck and have a huge day, even if the player did send in a solid line-up. By playing multiple head-to-heads, it greaten’s the chances if running into a bad opposing line-up. In addition to playing a line-up against multiple opponents, it is not uncommon to create multiple different line-ups, in case players flop and have bad weeks. Neither of these are bad ideas as they increase the chances of getting a return.


Another game mode on FanDuel is known simply as, “Leagues.” This game mode is most similar to the standard fantasy football leagues as there can be anywhere from 3-100 entrants and all are competing against each other for the top prize and first place. Buy-in’s in this game mode range from $1.00 up to $5,300, although, the more money involved, the less players are allowed to compete.

In leagues that have only 3 or 5 people, only the top player receives any return winnings. But, as the players competing increases the more people get a piece of the pay-out. If there are 10 competitors than the top 3 are paid out with first receiving the most and so on.

These leagues can be very beneficial, if they are played correctly. Finding diamonds in the rough in these games modes can deliver big time winnings. Odds are, if someone can find a player that isn’t nearly as popular and many other’s wouldn’t choose, they will have a better shot at coming out on top. Typically, with league’s that have less competitors, there will be a lot of overlap of players who are chosen. Therefore, finding that one receiver, running back or quarterback that nobody else would choose can be extremely beneficial.


One of the more popular game styles on FanDuel are the 50/50s. In this game style, there will be anywhere from 10 to 100+ players involved, and all someone has to do is finish in the top half of the field to win. Buy-in’s range from $1.00 to thousands and all one must do to win, is finish in the top half. The pay-out is very similar to the head-to-head style game where the return will be the buy-in plus 90%, for example, if the buy-in is $1, than the payout will be $1.80

In these games, there are some benefits to sticking with obvious players or picks. Since someone only needs to finish in the top half in order to get paid, it is smart to not get too fancy and go for broke. Remember, even if there are 100 people and the top 50 get paid, it does not matter if one finishes first or 50th, it all pays out the same. Therefore, there is no reason to get fancy and try some illogical plays, stick with the safe bet plays and don’t get too creative, that is a recipe for disaster within the 50/50 game mode.


This is where the fun starts, the tournament games. These games can literally make dreams come true if someone is good enough to beat the field. Although they aren’t all huge money makers, there are some that have paid millions. First off, there are numerous different types of tournaments within the tournament games tab but they are all popular among FanDuel enthusiasts.

Within the NFL there are a few massive tournaments throughout the year that have made some top players very rich. For example, they do a large tournament every year that one must qualify for via a satellite tournament. The 50 qualifiers are then flown to Vegas and spend the weekend there while they draft a team and watch the day’s games with their competition. The winner goes home a millionaire. While this sounds like fun and games, getting to this point is a true challenge and to become that good, there are numerous other tournaments one can enter.


Each week in the NFL, there is a $25 buy-in tournament called, “The Bomb.” In this tourney, there can be 13,000 players that have entered and the top player wins $25,000 for one week of work. The top 10% will see some money and even finishing in the top 100 out of the field will net the player a few hundred bucks. There are numerous other tournaments with large pay-outs and the buy-ins can vary from $2 to $1000’s of dollars with winners making a small fortune on their investment. Like other game modes, the more money involved the less players that will enter but for tournaments, there is a counter-effect. The less money involved in this case, means more players will be allowed to buy-in. Therefore, winning a $2 tournament is much more difficult than others due to the high volume of players. However, with a little luck and skill, small buy-in tournaments can sometimes net players thousands.

In addition to the typical tournament format where the winner of the field receives the most compensation and the rest of the field is paid accordingly, there is a tournament style known as a Double Up. In the Double Up tournaments, a player would buy-in for anywhere from $1 to a few hundred and if the player finishes in the top 45% of players in the field, they will win double their money back. For example, if they bought in for $1, they will receive $2. This is extremely similar to the 50/50s but this is considered a tournament because less than 50% will be winners at the end of the day. In addition the Double Up, there is also Triple-Up’s and Quintuple Up’s where players will three and five times their buy-ins.

Winning the double, triple and quintuple’s are very similar to winning the 50/50s but winning a large tournament can be extremely difficult and take some serious skill. At the beginning of this guide, it was mentioned that there is a fine line between overpaying and underpaying. If someone can find the perfect split of quality players at affordable prices where there is value coming in at every position, than they will have a lot better chance than someone who overspends at one position and under delivers at another.

Good Luck

This guide is built strictly for the beginner and helping them gain an understanding and some basic skills needed for the NFL FanDuel games. As a player progresses, they will learn more about how they can find value in hidden spots and where they can find that perfect split between “sure thing” plays and finding affordable players who can outperform their price.


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GRFF Staff

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