Five years into covering daily fantasy sports, and I am still surprised when friends tell me they haven’t tried or maybe even haven’t heard of either FanDuel and DraftKings.
If you are someone that exclusively plays season long fantasy football, or only on FanDuel, Yahoo, or Draft, this is the week to give DraftKings a try. Anyone that signs up between now and the Super Bowl will receive a free $20 entry into the Super Bowl contest.
This is easily the biggest promotion the DFS industry has seen since week one of the NFL season, when DraftKings was offering a free millionaire maker entry and a free billion dollar contest entry.
New DraftKings users will get the usual benefits they would see when registering with a promo code, but in addition will receive the $20 Big Game contest entry.
Whatever you win in the contest is yours to keep, you can withdraw the winnings, use them to enter more contests, or if you win the million dollars, just retire.
Big Game Millionaire Contest Details
The Big Game Millionaire Contest is a salary cap contest, however with only a one game slate, it is a salary cap contest with a twist.
If you aren’t familiar with this new game format, it’s called an NFL Showdown contest. This format works with players from a single game. You select four offensive players and two defensive players, keeping under a 560,0000 salary cap.
One of the questions most experienced daily fantasy players ask right away is how does defensive player scoring work in this format? Here are the details for defensive scoring:
Solo Tackle – +1 Pt
Assisted Tackle – +0.5 Pts
8+ Tackle Bonus (assists count as half a tackle) – +3 Pts
Interception – +6 Pts
Forced Fumble – +3 Pts
Opponent Fumble Recovery – +3 Pts
Sack – +5 Pts
Pass Defensed – +1.5 Pts
Safety – +10 Pts
Interception Return TD – +6 Pts
Fumble Return TD – +6 Pts
Punt/Kickoff/FG Return for TD – +6 Pts
Blocked Kick Return TD – +6 Pts
Blocked Kick – +10 Pts
2 Pt Conversion Return – +2 Pts
It’s impossible and useless to chase things like interceptions, safeties, fumbles, etc… I think you should focus on tackles and sacks as these are the easiest defensive categories to project. Players like Brandon Graham and Fletcher Cox are big game players, and game changers on the defensive line and seem like obvious plays in this format.
Contest Payout Structure
This contest is a $2.4 Million contest that pays out $1 million to the winner and $100,000 to the runner up. In total, the Big Game Contest will pay out the top 26,640 finishers from the 141,176 entries. Nowhere near the odds of a cash game, but this is the final millionaire maker of the year, and first ever super bowl contest.
Here are the complete details of the payout structure for this contest:
7th – 8th $7,000.00
9th – 10th $5,000.00
11th – 15th $3,000.00
16th – 20th $2,000.00
21st – 30th $1,500.00
31st – 50th $1,000.00
51st – 75th $750.00
76th – 100th $500.00
101st – 150th $250.00
151st – 250th $175.00
251st – 400th $125.00
401st – 1000th $100.00
1001st – 2000th $75.00
2001st – 3500th $60.00
3501st – 6590th $50.00
6591st – 13090th $40.00
13091st – 26640th $30.00
Looking for lineup advice for this showdown contest? Check out this article that shares our strategy for both cash and GPP showdown contests this Sunday.
Keep in mind when sign up at DraftKings that they will have millionaire makers between now and the kickoff of CFL in May, likely for each of the majors in golf. They also have some of the biggest NBA contests that run nightly. Good luck and enjoy the game.