How To Win On FanDuel


You just spent the last 17 weeks of your life researching stats just so you could win a stupid trophy?!?!


Have you ever had that phrase screamed at you before? It’s a phrase I’ve heard from my wife at the end of every NFL season (and if I’m being honest, it’s a question I used to ask myself when I realized how much time I spent on my fantasy football team).
It’s no secret that fantasy sports have evolved into a multi-billion dollar industry, but Average Joe Fantasy Owner never really saw much of that money. If we were lucky, we might win a couple hundred dollars from our home leagues, but most of us were more than happy to settle for the aforementioned trophy and (perhaps more importantly) bragging rights over our college buddies for the entire offseason. There is, however, a relatively a new way that you can put your money where your self-proclaimed fantasy expert mouth is and win some cold, hard cash: daily fantasy sports.

Daily Fantasy Sports contests are a relatively new phenomenon that let you draft as many teams in as many sports as you want (NFL, MLB, NBA, NHL, NCAAF, NCAAB). You can then pit these teams against other fantasy gamers in one-day or (one-weekend) tournaments that pay the winner (and sometimes winners) real cash prizes. There are more and more daily fantasy sports outlets popping up every month, but let’s take a look at how you can win on the Grand Poobah of them all, FanDuel.

FanDuel is inarguably the gold-standard of the daily fantasy sports industry and offers a variety of games on a user-friendly interface. Game buy-ins range from free to over $500 and you can play anything from head-to-head matchups to large GPP (Guaranteed Prize Pool) tournaments. is rapidly gaining market share from FanDuel, so it should be fun to watch the 2 big dogs of #DFS battle over the next few years.

Here are my 5 daily fantasy sports rules that will help you win on FanDuel.

1. Mix It Up As I mentioned, FanDuel offers a variety of league types: head-to-head leagues, 5-man tournaments, 10-player tournaments, large GPP’s, and large freerolls (which are exactly what they sound like: free to enter).There are pros and cons to each type of game, but generally, H2H leagues offer a greater chance at winning with a smaller reward, while larger leagues offer a smaller chance at winning with a larger reward. After you play a few different types of games, you’ll more than likely find that you’re more successful at one more than another, but keep mixing it up to ensure yourself the best chance at winning.

2. Know Thy Opponent One of the benefits of FanDuel is that it allows you to see the user profile of the fantasy owner(s) you’re going up against. As you’re selecting the game you want to enter, click through profiles of the entrants. You’ll notice that these gamers range from newbies who have only played a few games, all the way up to FanDuel veterans who have literally played thousands of contests. It should go without saying that you’ll want to seek out the newbies to play against. Some of you may equate this to playing a video game on “rookie mode”, but you don’t get style points for seeking out the tougher match-ups.
3. Stay Informed If you’re going to spend hours researching your fantasy team when all you can win is a trophy, you better make sure you’re ready to spend even more time researching your daily fantasy team that gives you a chance to win money. Is your running back going against a team is horrible against the run? Did a star power forward just get injured and open up minutes for a promising rookie? Does the pitcher you selected excel against lefties? Is it going to rain in Philadelphia? Those are the types of questions you should be asking yourself as you select your lineup, and those are all questions that you can easily find the answer to using various websites and Twitter (just make sure you follow lots of good beat-writers and other various experts).
4. Work The Cap Daily fantasy sports allow you to select a team using a salary cap. The key to assembling a winning team is going all-in on the right star players and (more importantly) picking the right value plays. Since you can’t afford to have an entire roster of Adrian Peterson’s, Kevin Durant’s and Mike Trout’s, you’ll need to find the bargain-basement players that have an advantageous matchup or just saw a bump in playing time. Everyone can draft the name-brand stars, but the most successful daily fantasy sports owners are the ones that can find that daily game “sleeper” who comes with a low price tag.
5. Manage Your Bankroll If you’re anything like me, you’ll notice that it’s very easy to get carried away with selecting daily rosters. After all, the draft is the best part of fantasy sports, right? That may be true, but it’s also the best way to lose your entire bankroll when you’re playing daily fantasy sports. The most successful daily gamers are the ones who show discipline and manage their bankroll. Try to be patient and set yourself a daily limit (say, 20-25% of your bankroll) so that you don’t find yourself cursing yourself the next morning for risking it all in one night. Also visit DFSN for the latest DFS bonus offers.

Written exclusively for by Nick Raducanu. Nick is the mystery man behind the TraderX persona at and you can also follow him and ask him for advice on Twitter: @FantasyTrade411

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  • Billy Box

    Lets say I deposit $35 for a Sunday Play only and I WIN $150 of the whole deposit I used up. QUESTION??? Will I win the $150 only or will I win my earning’s of $150 plus my DEPOSIT equaling $185???

    • jayvega

      It is not like a sportsbook. Each contest describes the payout rules, as many are different.

      • Toecutter

        It’s like buying a lottery ticket. If you win $100 on the ticket, you don’t also get your money back on the ticket

        • jayvega


  • joe r

    looking for partner.

    i’ll out up cash.

    split 75/25% split.

    75% my part.

    jor r

    • Kentb

      I need a partner for fanduel Joe if you are still looking.

    • nate

      give me a call 331-575-6348

  • Aowanders

    I’ll take you up on the partner offer aowanders@gmail

  • guest

    I found a pretty unique sports betting app called Daily Bracket. I’m already up $20 this week and I just started! If you sign up with the code 14VC then you get double the sign up bonus.

  • george

    I am brand new at this and I have a stupid question…when your drafting your players, are you required to draft one player for each position…or can you draft 6 running backs and zero quarterbacks ??

    • Andy Neilsen

      It really depends on positions in the league setup, but typically you CAN draft anyone you like, however, you would not want to draft six running backs in a league that is set up QB/RB/RB/TE/WR/WR/FLEX/K/DEF, simply because you cannot put a rb at any other position than RB or FLEX, and even if you could , would you really want a RB as QB with 0 passing yards and 0 passing TD’s = no points and dumb

    • Iamfootball

      Is this a serious question?

      • Josh Josh

        No. George said it was a stupid question.

    • lim lambo

      dumbass …people like u shouldn’t be allowed on dfs ssites ,lol

  • kris

    signing up for FanDuel please us me as a reference – luckykris42

  • Shakela Johnson

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  • kimberly

    I am brand new to this and how will I know if I won or not will I get a email or text message

    • Josh Josh


    • Missy

      you log in to fanduel say the next day or something like that and it’ll tell you that you won or you’ll almost immediately see your fanduel balance is higher than it was the last time you saw it

  • AileenLiddy Diaz

    We are new to fanduel and not understanding the winnings. We read the rules but for example, this morning it said winning 1355 and later that day went down to 894 then back up to 1000. Like I said we’re new to ff and all the player’s game was over. I don’t understand how the winnings on all my entries are going up and down if all the games are over accept for snf and mnf

    • joey

      you are dumb lol

    • Demetrius Cobbs

      Make sure to read if the tournament is for just one game or multiple games over the course of a day, weekend, or up to a 4 day timespan. I found out the hard when I picked a lineup for just 1 game event and the tournament continued to run throughout the weekend for multiple game events. Your final winnings will show once all of the individual games have been completed.

    • Josh Josh

      You answered your own question. All games are over EXCEPT for snf and mnf. The “winnings” were merely projections of current standing.

  • Lee Banks

    I have to be honest I don’t win anything on Fanduel but do win on DraftKings I’ve deposited less than 100.00 on fanduel and just don’t win my lineups are decent maybe it’s the amount of people allowed in the contest DraftKing does have smaller fields

  • Greg Pope

    In in a tournament that has one game left . Im in seventh place I got there with three players . We are in the last game . the people ahead of me. Have all used four or more slots to get there .. I think the average is in my favor . What do you all think. ???

  • Hendu

    Is it not best to simply pick the guys with the best stats?

    • Josh Josh

      It is not. For one thing, this would put you over the salary cap. For another, it would make your lineup too traditional, and traditional line-ups are easy to beat by contrarians.

  • Jonny

    Know thy enemy! Thats the way to win on Fanduel. Know who you’re playing against and you’ll be fine. Who wants to split the winnings?? We can grab some more bonus money here Vicccctorrrryyyy!

  • Adrian

    Help me

  • Adrian

    Can someone help me pick a line up in fanduel NFL I haven’t won and lost $50 please just this time someone help me

    • Mo

      Play head to head and slowly move up

  • qjo10

    i tried viewing the profiles nothing shoes up

  • Mo

    Play head to head