Traditional fantasy sports takes an entire season. You can join a league with strangers, but it’s more fun to do with friends. As the season proceeds, you collect points. You pay a fee to take part in the league and the winner will take home the total amount. What do you need to do to win? collect the biggest number of fantasy points. Et voila: that is how season-long fantasy sport works. It’s fun but takes a lot of time and commitment. DFS, on the other hand, is another story.
The rise of fantasy sports
In the beginning years of fantasy sports being on the rise, early 2000’s, this was the only type of fantasy sports available. Nowadays, no longer. The transition to DFS was made fairly quickly. Players transitioned from season-long to DFS for several reasons. They wanted to make money with it. They wanted it to be quick and dynamic. Daily fantasy sports aren’t always ‘daily’ as their name says, but can also be weekly or fortnightly.
Below you can read the main reasons why DFS sites are better than seasonal leagues
DFS leagues get you the cash
In a season-long league often only one person takes home the prize. If you’re not the winner, that’s a whole lot of effort (and yet, I get it, fun too) for no money at all! So if you have the knowledge and skills of a particular sport, why not make money off it? That’s why DFS is ideal. Money management is more transparent in DFS. Entry fees are communicated upfront. Plus, you know where you need to land in the top 3 or top 10 to make x amount of money. In short: you know what you’re doing it for. Because the money is sorted, you can focus simply on optimizing your roster and specializing skills.
Daily fantasy sports take less time and commitment than season-long. Managing your roster in a season-long contest takes time and precision. If you don’t do it on time, you miss out. Before you know it you land at the bottom of the rank. DFS is more of a one-off commitment. You go full in for one contest, the next day it’s over and you know how much money you’ve made. To be fair, if you play DFS and take part in several or many contests each week, that can be pretty time-consuming too. However, the turn-around of the specific contest is still a lot quicker than playing season-long
Luck plays a smaller role in long-term success playing DFS. If you have done your share of season leagues, you know how an injury or suspension can trouble your entire performance. These are things beyond your control. You draft well, everything is going smoothly and then boom…. Your star player is out. You’re stuck with the team for a season, which is not the case for DFS. That’s why luck factors play much less of a role.
No roster limitations
DFS contests allow for much more flexibility and change when it comes to your roster. For your DFS roster, you can switch around, choose players according to their best match and thus create an optimal roster in the process. Season contests are much more rigid in the sense that the draft decides much more. Modifying is only possible in limited ways, for example by trading a player with someone else taking part in the contest.