How to use DraftKings

Skill Level: Beginner

How to use DraftKings

DraftKings is now firmly established as the world’s biggest provider of daily fantasy sports and is an ever expanding brand within its’ field. With sports such as football, basketball, American football and baseball all on offer, it is open for fans of all big sports to play and dip their toes into if they feel they’ve got a bit of knowledge about it.
                                                      

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For those who are new to the idea of DraftKings, here we will explain how to navigate around the site and how to enter competitions, as well as explain what different rules are associated with entering certain competitions.

The website is relatively easy to navigate around, with the lobby being the main page where all the markets and competitions can be found. Users can sort the list of competitions in a number of ways, such as through the sport, number of entries and entry fee from high to low or vice versa. Users can also put the competitions with the highest prize money at the top.

Alternatively, the sports are all highlighted with their own individual pages which can be accessed by clicking on the specific sport at the top of the lobby page.

Users have the ability to create a team prior to entering a league, or can choose to make a team upon entry, with the example, we are going to use here being football. To pick a football team, users must select one goalkeeper, two defenders, two midfielders, two strikers and a utility player - who can be of any position - to end up with a final squad of eight. You can check out more of the Draftkings fantasy football rules here.

From there, you can then begin entering a league, from which there may be certain rules you must follow. Some leagues can only be accessed upon paying for entry, of which there generally tends to be a bigger end prize, although in the free leagues there is also on occasion some big money to be won.

Alternatively, if you are not happy with the leagues on offer you have the ability to make a league of your own, on which you can control a number of factors. This includes whether it be public or private, the entry fee (if any at all) and whether it be a head-to-head contest or a league with multiple opponents.


 

When creating your line-up, you are able to enter it in more than just one league to give yourself the best chance of winning if you are sure it is the team which has a winning formula. The flexibility behind DraftKings is one of its’ biggest pulls, as you can also create more than one team and put them all into as many different leagues as you wish, although you can only enter one team per individual league.

Once you are happy with your team/league, you can then sit back and watch the action unfold as the players then do the work, earning points based on their performance in the contest you have chosen for them to participate in.

If you have selected a basketball DraftKings team and one of your players registers a triple-double with two blocks, and two steals expect to be towards the top end of the leaderboard.

On the whole, DraftKings is a very simple concept to understand once the initial cobwebs of understanding it entirely are moved out of the equation. It is a real opportunity to make some money and have fun at the same time. Check out our what is Draftkings article here. Check our Premier League fantasy football preview here or how fantasy football tips here.