Reviews of the Most Popular Daily Fantasy Apps Available
If you love fantasy football or fantasy sports in general, and haven’t yet tried daily fantasy, you are truly missing out. You can play for free, play for money, play against friends, or play against strangers in just about every way imaginable.
With the 2016 fantasy football season in full swing, drafts are over and most owners are back into the mundane routine of making small changes to your roster. Maybe you are sick of having to deal with injuries and draft busts, or are looking to experience the thrill of the draft every Sunday.
There is an app for that, but finding the right one can make all the difference in the world. Any old app simply won’t do. You need a daily fantasy app that fits your game, that can do everything you want it to do, and can do it with style.
Before we jump into the individual reviews and recommendations, we can recommend an app based on what is most important to you.
FanDuel is one of two brands cemented at the top of this industry. They offer the most polished app, website, and mobile website in the industry. Their user experience is second to none and has frequently been described as flawless.
FanDuel offers a daily fantasy product that is well thought out, extremely easy to learn, and extremely easy to win. They have GPPs that have paid out as much as $2 million to the winner, or head-to-head contests that allow you to challenge one other player, or free tournaments that let you test your skills against hundreds or thousands of other players.
If you are new to daily fantasy sports, FanDuel is the likely the app for you. Just stick to their beginner contests, and focus on 50/50 contests for your first couple weeks.
DraftKings joined FanDuel as one of the two major players in the fantasy industry in late 2014 early 2015. They offer a wide range of daily fantasy sports including NFL, NBA, NHL, MLB, MLS, PGA, UFC, Nascar, EPL, and more.
Fantasy football on DraftKings differs from FanDuel in a few ways. For one, you get a flex position instead of the kicker, and secondly, it is a full-ppr scoring league, and players also receive bonuses for 100+ yard rushing/receiving games and 300+ yard passing games. All of these differences should effect the way you build your lineups.
As an avid player on both FanDuel and DraftKings, I came into Draft a little skeptical. It is an ‘app-only’ fantasy product, meaning there is no actual website to play on. However, after spending the entire last season playing on this app, I came away completely impressed.
Let me put it this way, my weekly routine consists of four fantasy products: season long leagues, FanDuel, DraftKings, and the Draft app. How did Draft get into the discussion? It requires no time at all to use, offers a completely unique take on daily fantasy, and has more than enough traffic for you to always be able to find a draft.
On Draft, you face off head-to-head with another player, in a serpentine style draft for that day or week’s games. The first pick is randomly selected, and the other user gets picks 2 and 3, then back for 4 and 5, as shown in the graphic to the right. Tracking your contests works the same as it would on FanDuel and DraftKings and payouts are made immediately.
This app is perfect for the FanDuel or DraftKings user looking for something else, or for the season long player that wants a similar product that doesn’t require a ton of research.
We are just going to come out and say it: Boom Fantasy is designed for degenerates. This isn’t necessarily a bad thing, it’s arguably the most entertaining, fun-to-use app on the list. Every single play is a new fantasy season, but in the end seems like a war of attrition.
A new question appears for every play of the game, you can choose an answer and get awarded points based on odds of that event happening, or skip the question. For instance the Seahawks are facing 2nd and 4 the options may be Rawls run for first, Rawls run short of first, Wilson pass for first, Wilson incomplete pass. Each answer has a different number of points attached to it. Get the question right, get the points, whoever has the most points at the end of the game wins the cash.
It is a way to entertain yourself through a game that you may not otherwise sit down and watch. They often have contests under $2 or may even roll out an occasional freeroll that pays out $50-$200. Boom Fantasy is certainly worth a download and try, but it’s unlikely to become your home for the fantasy season.
Yahoo Fantasy App
For those of you that use the Yahoo! Fantasy app to manage your season long fantasy football team, it may be worth a look as a daily fantasy app as well. You can view their lobby, build rosters, and ever contests right from the same app.
In terms of looks and functionality, it is right up there with FanDuel and DraftKings. The overall look is maybe a notch above DraftKings and below FanDuel, but the in-game features, tracking and size of GPP contests can’t compete with either site. It does, however, do a great job of not catering to ‘sharks’ that enter tens-of-thousands of contests every week, and hunt out weaker players.
Yahoo! fantasy is a great option if you are looking for a mainstream company, a product developed for the little guy, maybe without the massive 7-figure prizes, but just about every other feature you could want from a DFS provider.