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How to Play Daily Fantasy NFL
Arguably the most widely played Daily Fantasy Sport around the world is NFL, based on the National Football League in the United States. Given its overwhelming support, it also provides some amazing prize pools that regularly make DFS players instant millionaires! Fantasy NFL is also possibly the most intricate of all fantasy sports games.
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If you are trying your hand at Daily Fantasy NFL contests for the first time, here is a simple guide to get you started.
How to Play NFL DFS in Australia
Firstly, like all fantasy team sports, you are assigned a budget (commonly referred to as a salary cap), for which you have to purchase players, based on their assigned values, to fill the specific positions required.
At DraftKings, you have a salary cap of $50,000 which you cannot exceed. You also have to select 9 players made up of 1 Quarterback (QB), 2 Running Backs (RB), 3 Wide Receivers (WR), 1 Tight End (TE), 1 Defense and Special Teams (DST) player and 1 Flex. Your flex player is essentially a free pick at any player that is either a Running Back, Wide Receiver or Tight End.
For Draftkings the scoring system is as follows:
At Draftstars, you have a salary cap of $100,000 which you cannot exceed. You will need to select 9 players made up of 1 Quarterback (QB), 2 Running Backs (RB), 2 wide Receivers (WR), 1 Tight End (TE), 1 Defense and Special teams (DST) and 2 Flex positions. Again this is a pick of Running Back, Wide Receiver or Tight End.
For Draftstars the scoring system is as follows:
At Moneyball (UPDATE: The lineup construction and point scoring system has been changed), you have a salary cap of $60,000 which you cannot exceed. 9 players are selected including 1 Quarterback (QB), 2 Running Backs (RB), 2 Wide Receivers (WR), 1 Tight End (TE), and 1 Defence (DST) along with 2 Flex positions which is again either Running Back, Wide Receiver or Tight End.
For Moneyball the new scoring system is as follows:
Each site has it’s only subtle changes, the scoring systems are much the same. On DraftKings you receive bonus points for 100+ yard rushing and receiving games. But as you can see the point structure is similar across all sites.
NFL DFS Strategy
Ideally the objective of NFL DFS is to score as many points as you can from players that have attacking upside. You need to pick Quarterbacks that throw for many yards and for multiple touchdowns. Running Backs in NFL are safer scoring targets but again need touchdown upside. Whilst Wide Receivers are mostly inexpensive, these players have the potential to score big on huge plays. Tight Ends can be the difference between cashing and sinking. Look for Tight Ends that have history of targets (throws from the Quarterback whether they are caught or not) and have Red Zone (within 20 yards of the Endzone) upside of scoring Touchdowns.
There’s a lot more skill involved in Daily Fantasy NFL, as the vastly more intricate scoring system proves. However, while it’s more involved, it still uses most of the same strategies as other Daily Fantasy Sports contests. Knowing how to play Daily Fantasy NFL is a much more complicated matter than other sports, so be sure to study it thoroughly.
Being America’s favourite sport and a popular fantasy game, there are plenty of sites across the world that provide content on team news, injuries and information on NFL DFS. There are plenty of tip sheets available to help guide you with your team selections, including here at Daily Fantasy Rankings. Make sure you check out our recent articles before you select your teams, so as to get some great tips and guides to assist you in your team selections.
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