Every day another daily fantasy sport site goes live, with another five in the works.
This is a player’s market, and you can pick and choose where to spend your hard earned money. Our top five daily fantasy sports sites listed below are great resources for the daily fantasy sports player to start his career off right. All five of these sites offer high traffic and great support.
Many of the big sites, and even some of the newer ones are currently getting massive influxes of investment money. This is a great thing for the real money fantasy sports world. Expect this new form of fantasy sports to become a massive market with more big name investors to come!
If you take a look around the web you will find that these folks are the top dogs. They have the largest player base by a landslide, and spend a ton on marketing. Fanduel was launched back in 2009 after the group at Hubdub decided to get out of the prediction market and focus on fantasy sports instead. With a starting budget of 4 million their path to the top was set in stone. Now in 2013, they just recieved 11 million in Series C funding from the likes of Comcast Ventures. Even the super rich have taken notice. Richard Koch jumped on board and is referred to as a serial investor!
Heard of Vistaprint? It’s impossible to search for anything to do with printing and not come across them. The team behind that outfit left and started DraftKings back in April 2012. In just one short year they’ve put the brand on the map with a bright future ahead! Much like our number one site, DraftKings started with a nice chunk of money (1.4 million) and have just received a 7 million Series A investment. Atlas Venture, who was also involved in the first round of funding is very pleased with the progress DraftKings has seen in the first year. If you’re looking for a great platform with tons of features to improve your game experience head over to DraftKings! They also have a great track record of running massive guaranteed events and are on pace to award over 20 million in prizes during the 2013 baseball season!
Hands down the most competitive site in the market, DraftStreet offers the most dynamic pricing system to ensure that only the those who keep up with the latest news are able to compete. They were holding down the number two spot on our list until recently. With a few innovations they won’t fall for long though. The daily fantasy sports experience is still impeccable, but compared side-by-side to the likes of FanDuel and DraftKings leaves much to be desired. DraftStreet recently updated their site, but it could have certainly afforded to make it a bit cleaner. IAC/InteractiveCorp as of late May 2013 has confirmed they have invested in DraftStreet (aka Left Tackle LLC) but would not give details on the investment. Will they remodel the site and bring it up to the standards players expect? Only time will tell. Until then you can expect massive player fields and very competitive gameplay.
We always hear daily fantasy sports compared to online poker, and if that analogy holds true these guys have a step up on the competition. DraftDay was founded in 2011 by Taylor Caby and Andrew Wiggins, both of whom are behind one of the first online poker training sites, CardRunners. It only takes a quick look around DraftDay to know these guys understand how to design a site with an eye on ease of use. The player base is bar none, and some very unique game play modes like the bracket battles are features unique to their site at this time. Like the rest of our top five sites, DraftDay has recently secured a large investment. Lightbank has pumped 875K into DraftDay and is betting on the daily fantasy market to have a pokeresque boom very soon.
The new kids on the block, FanThrowdown has done everything right during it’s short life in the daily fantasy sports market. Every feature needed to place them in the top five sites is now in place, and they the best customer support team around. We expect big things from this brand, and so do the investors over at MGT. If you noticed the trend from each of our top five sites, you’ll also notice that having a large investment can make or break a company trying to compete in a saturated market like daily fantasy sports. FanThrowdown now has that, and MGT has big things in the works for the quickly expanding player base! What’s next for FanThrowdown with deep pockets now backing them? Only good things we’re sure!