FanDuel Or DraftKings? We compare the two DFS leaders
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FanDuel vs DraftKings – Who’s Number 1 In Daily Fantasy?

Last updated Feb 13, 2017

At the stage of the daily fantasy sports industry, it’s DraftKings vs FanDuel, with every other operator battling for third.

We’ve assembled the following comparison of the two DFS titans. We’re not going to tell you whether DraftKings or FanDuel is “better” simply because that’s ultimately a subjective decision, but the tables below should provide you with a sense of which operator best lines up with what you’re looking for in a DFS site.

DraftKings vs FanDuel: Sports offered

This is arguably the greatest point of divergence between the two DFS leaders. DraftKings offers a wide array of sports that you won’t find in the lobby at FanDuel.

 FanDuelDraftKings
Visit FanDuelVisit DraftKings
Opening bonus / promo codeFive free entries to NFL contestsFree entry to NFL contest on deposit
NFL footballYesYes
College footballNoNo
Pro baseballYesYes
Pro basketballYesYes
College basketballNoNo
Pro hockeyYesYes
Pro golfYes (in beta)Yes
Pro soccerYesYes
NASCARNoYes
MMANoYes
eSportsNoYes

DraftKings vs FanDuel: Platform comparison

At the the top level, the platforms of FanDuel vs DraftKing are virtually identical. The differences emerge more in the areas of nuance and personal preference among individual DFS players.

 FanDuelDraftKings
Visit FanDuelVisit DraftKings
Opening bonus / promo codeFive free entries to NFL contestsFree entry to NFL contest on deposit
PayPal DepositsYesYes
Credit card deposits YesYes
Free contestsYesYes
Referral programYesYes
iOS app (real-money play)YesYes
Android app (real-money play)YesYes
Highest Stakes$1,065$5,300
TournamentsYesYes
Leagues (public)YesYes
Leagues (private)YesYes
H2HYesYes
50/50YesYes
MultipliersYesYes
"Beginner" contestsYesYes
Lineup creation toolsStandard along with advanced multi-entry toolsStandard along with advanced multi-entry tools
Resources for playersFanDuel InsiderPlaybook
Affiliate programYesYes

DraftKings vs. FanDuel: Where can you play?

Where you can play DraftKings and FanDuel is pretty much the same everywhere.

You can plan in about 80 percent of the states in the US for both platforms. The only difference is Texas, where DraftKings still accepts users and FanDuel does not (for legal reasons).

Internationally, both sites Canada and the UK. DraftKings just announced it was going to be operational in Germany and Malta.

DraftKings vs FanDuel: Comparing the companies

The tale of the tape on this front offers reasons to prefer both DraftKings and FanDuel. FanDuel held greater market share in 2014, but DraftKings has raised more money following a massive round in the summer of 2015.

The sites were generally pretty close in terms of size, revenue and users through 2015 and the first half of 2016. Throughout the 2016 NFL season, the two sites were relatively close in terms of revenue, with DraftKings owning a lead in liquidity.

DraftKings offers sports not available at FanDuel, and thus has revenue opportunities that its competitor does not during the less busy summer months.

The two companies are planning to merge sometime in 2017.

 FanDuelDraftKings
Funding to date$363$776 million
Last reported valuation$1.2 billion$1.2 billion
Pro team sponsorships (est)3056
Major league partnershipsNBAMLB, NHL
Based inNew YorkBoston
Official Twitter@FanDuel@DraftKings

 

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Dustin Gouker
- Dustin Gouker has been a sports journalist for more than 15 years, working as a reporter, editor and designer -- including stops at The Washington Post and the D.C. Examiner.