Daily Fantasy Sports: The Basics You Need to Know

If you’re into fantasy sports, you might have heard of daily fantasy sports, usually shortened to DFS. Daily fantasy games exist in a variety of sports, especially football, motorsports and even NBA DFS

This article will break down the basics of what you need to know if you’re a little uncertain about the big wide world of daily fantasy. 

Fantasy Sports 101

To understand DFS, you first need to have a clue of what regular fantasy sports entail. To cut a long story short, fantasy sports involves creating virtual teams based on real sportsmen and judging the performance of your virtual team based on the real-life performance of your real-life sportsmen. 

Sounds complicated, right? Once you get started, it’s a really simple and exciting process to follow. Fantasy sport is typically played on an app or website, and winnings are allocated based on your team’s performance over a period of time.

But Make It Snappy

Sporting a lack of patience? This is where daily fantasy sports come into play. Essentially, DFS is a short-form version of regular fantasy sport. DFS are played over much shorter time periods and include more frequent team selection, betting and prize-winning. 

Everything else is pretty much the same as your typical fantasy sporting event.

How Long Does It Take?

Where a traditional fantasy sports game is played out over a whole season (aligning with whichever sport you’re involved in), DFS are based on much, much shorter time frames, aligning with single sporting events or even single matches. 

This means that you’ll get to make your selections and play, and receive your winnings pretty quickly afterwards, making it an enticing ‘instant gratification’ type of offer. 

What Sports Can I Play?

When it comes to both fantasy sports and daily fantasy sports, your options are vast and even include some minor sports. Take your pick between fantasy football, baseball, basketball, or motorsports like NASCAR, depending on what you’re interested in and where you think you know enough to shoot your shot.

You can also choose between different types of games, such as Double-Up games, or Head-to-Head games which will all feature different rules, entrance fees and the terms of your payout.

How Do I Get Involved?

If you’re intrigued (and you should be), singing up and getting started is simple. As we mentioned, fantasy sports are played online, and you’ll need to start off by creating an account online on your chosen daily fantasy sports website

Some of the biggest websites are FanDuel and DraftKings, so you might want to get started with one of those while you’re learning the ropes. The websites will show you step by step how to take part, and you’ll quickly figure out how you enjoy playing.

To Summarise

Whether you’re familiar with fantasy sports or not, trying your hand at DFS is a great and exciting competition for anyone involved and invested in a particular sport – plus it’s a fun way to make some money on the side if you’re willing to take the risks. 

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