Breaking Down FanDuel Tournament Styles

by | Sep 30, 2017 | Fantasy NFL

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If you are new in the world of Daily Fantasy Sports or simply struggling to cash out on a weekly basis over at FanDuel, then this article may be the article you want to read.  This article is wrote with the intention of putting FanDuel NFL DFS players in a position where they can pick the right style of tournament to cash those lineups.

Various Types of FanDuel Tournaments

The first thing you need to do is make the decision on what kind of tournament you want to play in.  A lineup that will cash in a cash game, in most situations won’t cash in a big GPP.  Each style of tournament have their own advantages and disadvantages.  This is why it is very important to understand each concept and the basics of each.  

  • Guaranteed Prize Pool (GPP) – A GPP is basically a larger tournament with much larger prize pools. These types of games are the games that you see advertised on TV for the Million Dollar top prizes.
  • 3-100 Player Tournaments – These are tournaments with a set amount of people, with usually around the top 10% (approximately) finishing in the money.   
  • Head to Heads – These are games where you compete against one other person, with the prize being much smaller than other tournaments. Winners of the competition will almost double their money. For example, if you enter a $5 Head to Head and win, you would win $9.00.  
  • 50/50’s – These are games where your finishing position determines if you win or not. If there are 100 people in the tournament, you will need to finish in the top half of the entries to basically double your money.  For example, if you enter a $5 50/50 and finish in 1st place, you will win $9.00.  The nice part is if you finish in 35th place, you will win the same as the guy that finished in 1st place because you only need to finish in the top predetermined part of the tournament entries.
  • Multipliers – Multipliers are basically a tournament where you can double, triple or even multiply your entry fee by even more to win a certain amount of money. For example, if you enter a $25 double up, and you finish in the predetermined amount of entries, you would win $50.00.

Many people are most familiar with the GPP’s from seeing the big million dollar prize commercials on television.  Winning the GPP’s are much tougher than winning the Cash Games but the chances are also much smaller.   

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How many points do you need to win Each Tournament Style?

This is really a tough question to answer but I’m going to address it the best way we can.  For starters, this can vary from week to week but for the most part, you can set a general goal to put yourself in the money each week.  For starters, your cash game lineups, which are your 50/50’s, Multipliers, and Head to Heads, your score will be much lower than your GPP’s.  GPP’s are for those big scorer’s where you can get a player to rank up in the top portion of the weekly player list, most likely with each player having at least 1 touchdown.    

  • Cash Games – For Cash Games, your goal for points should be 130 points.  I am comfortable saying if you hit 130 points with your lineup, chances are you will put yourself as a winner in most Cash Games.
  • GPP’s – For GPP Tournaments, your goal needs to be set at 200 points.  Putting your goal at 200 points and reaching your goal, will safely put you in the money in most GPP’s.  

Now, pick out your games, sign up for FanDuel and pick out those tournaments that you want to win in the NFL this week!

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