FanThrowDown is owned by FanTD, LLC and is all about daily fantasy sports, they do not do weekly or seasonal. It was set up in 2011 and grew rapidly when it took on other daily fantasy sports websites BuzzDraft in March last year and then Daily Joust in July. MGT Capital Investments (MGT) bought into 63.12% of FanTD, putting around $2.5 million into the company in April 2013. This allowed their expansion and to really get noticed within the industry because of the massive investment placed by MGT, solidifying their place as one of the more popular sites in the fantasy sports market. They have been featured in the media a number of times, in well-known sites CNN, Yahoo Sports, Forbes and The Wall Street Journal.
Their player sports statistics information is backed by the use of the well-respected STATS service which is the global leader in sports data.
FanThrowDown’s Variety of Fantasy Football Games
FanThrowDown offer regular daily fantasy football games with Standard Games, Salary Cap and 50/50. They have a Modified Salary Cap where the salary limit may be varied for more flexibility in drafting your players. The 50/50 games are where the players earning the top 50% points all win a share of the prize pool. They also have the standard Guaranteed Games where the prize pool is guaranteed no matter who, if anybody, turns up for the game. The Target games can be exciting, where the target number of points to reach is set at the beginning of the game and everyone who reaches it wins an equal share of the prize pool. Live Draft games will need a certain number of players to join in before it may start and players are picked in sequential order.
There is a Rapid Fire game where you pick the player you think will score the most points and if you get 3 matchups then you win. The Rapid Fire Max is different only in that you must pick 5 matchups instead of three. Also popular is the free to enter Perfect Lineup Game where you can win big prizes, if you manage to do it overall there is a $1 million prize if you can get the highest scoring player in all the right positions. Regularly the first to the fiftieth winner of the game will get a Free Frosty Bucker entry for the next week which has a $500 prize.
FanThrowDown has a good range of games to enter for both enthusiast and action seeker, starting with the free entries the buy-ins range for just $0.25 to $1060.
FanThrowDown Site Usability
The new and improved FanThrowDown Games list looks very much like DraftDay, as the same software is used. It is brought up by selecting the Games tab at the top of any of the main pages on the site. It simply allows you without distraction to filter down the contests until you find the right one for you to play. You can home in on your game by filtering by which sport you want, how many players from 2 to 10,000, what buy-in you can budget for from $0 to $1,060 and where you want to play an upcoming or later game.
The game type choice is a checkbox, each for showing Salary, Pickem, Bracket or Live Draft games and the payout is similar with the choice of Double-Up, Triple-Up, Qualifier or Target. Double-Up and Triple-Up work where the players with the top points at the end of the game wins. In Double-Up the top half wins double the buy-in and Triple-Up the top third win three times their buy-in. A Qualifier game is one where you can enter the bigger games later, to determine if you qualify for them. Finally, Target payouts are for those beating a set number of points.
FanThrowDown’s Player Support
FanThrowDown simply have a telephone number and contact email for support issues if you have a query. Their deposits and withdrawals system will work with the main credit cards, Visa, MasterCard, Discover and American Express and also PayPal. PayPal is much quicker to use that credit cards because withdrawals go straight into the account and do not have to be sent in the mail as a check. The minimum you may deposit is $10 and the maximum $500.
The rake they take is a standard 10%, which is pretty much a standard in the fantasy sports arena.
FanThrowDown has a signup bonus that gives you 100% of whatever your first deposit is as a bonus, all the way up to $200. These bonuses get released as you play, each time you buy in to a game 4% of that will get cleared of your bonus. So if you play $25 worth of games then $1 of the bonus will get released, and it adds up quickly if you are a regular player.
Their Perfect Lineup games are an incentive for the loyal player as it turns up weekly in the games list. It requires no entry fee but pays out prizes to the top 25 winners.
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FanThrowDown are in a state of transition and a lot of it is following DraftDay’s format as it is moving forward. It has certainly been invested into heavily and it has gained a good player base, however it does need to make the rest of changes quickly so as not to confuse them or anyone else arriving at the site. The result is that it has changed a lot and much of the information about the site elsewhere on the Internet is out of date and simply wrong.