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FanDuel Vs. DraftKings – Who’s No. 1 In Daily Fantasy And Sports Betting?

Last updated Aug. 1, 2018

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.

 
Visit FanDuel Visit DraftKings
Opening bonus / promo code Free NBA play Free $3 ticket
NFL football Yes Yes
College football No No
Pro baseball Yes Yes
Pro basketball Yes Yes
College basketball No No
Pro hockey Yes Yes
Pro golf Yes Yes
Pro soccer Yes Yes
NASCAR Yes Yes
MMA No Yes
eSports No Yes

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.

 
Visit FanDuel Visit DraftKings
Opening bonus / promo code Free NBA play Free $3 ticket
PayPal Deposits Yes Yes
Credit card deposits Yes Yes
Free contests Yes Yes
Referral program Yes Yes
iOS app (real-money play) Yes Yes
Android app (real-money play) Yes Yes
Tournaments Yes Yes
Leagues (public) Yes Yes
Leagues (private) Yes Yes
H2H Yes Yes
50/50 Yes Yes
Multipliers Yes Yes
"Beginner" contests Yes Yes
Lineup creation tools Standard along with advanced multi-entry tools Standard along with advanced multi-entry tools
Resources for players FanDuel Insider Playbook
Affiliate program Yes Yes

Draftkings Sportsbook vs. FanDuel Sportsbook

Both companies are planning a rollout of sports betting platforms before football season.

We don’t know a lot about either offering, yet, other than they will exist. FanDuel Sportsbook and DraftKings Sportsbook will both be available in New Jersey initially it appears, but both will be planning to launch in other states as well. FanDuel has deals to operate in both West Virginia and New York, as well.

FanDuel will be using the platform of new parent company Paddy Power Betfair. DraftKings has been working Kambi Group to create its own online sportsbook.

DraftKings vs. FanDuel: Where can you play?

Where you can play DraftKings and FanDuel is pretty much the same in North America.

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 much of the US. DraftKings also serves the UK, Germany, Malta, Austria, Ireland and Australia.

DraftKings vs FanDuel: Comparing the companies

DraftKings is currently the biggest DFS operator in terms of users as guaranteed prize pools, after FanDuel had led the industry for much of the start of the industry. The two companies had planned to merge in 2017, but that fell through.

Both companies have started trying to innovate their product in recent years after years of sticking with the base “salary-cap” model for years. They both also offer single-game fantasy contests, something which was not a part of the DFS landscape for most of its existence.

DraftKings, for its part, has its eyes on the potential of a legal sports betting market in the US. FanDuel likely has similar designs, but hasn’t vocalized them.

 
Funding to date $363 $776 million
Last reported valuation $1.2 billion $1.2 billion
Pro team sponsorships (est) 30 56
Major league partnerships NBA MLB, NHL
Based in New York Boston
Official Twitter @FanDuel @DraftKings

 

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.