DraftKings is one of the top places to go for daily fantasy sports action, and with football season just around the corner, you probably have a lot of questions about how to play—and how to win.

That’s where we can help. This is a very basic breakdown of what DraftKings football is, and what things you need to know if you want to be successful playing there. Daily fantasy football is a lot of fun if you’re a football fan, but it’s even more fun if you’re winning.

Are you ready to have fun at DraftKings this football season? If so, you’ve come to the right place. Keep reading for more information.

How to Play

Playing fantasy football at DraftKings is pretty simple. You have several roster spots that you’ll need to fill, and a salary cap that you cannot go over while doing so. Each player has a price tag associated with them, and as you enlist them onto your team, your available cash will diminish. The goal is to pick the best team possible without going over that cap.

There are several variations of gameplay and types of tournaments at DraftKings, but the basic premise for each one is the same. You can choose any player in the NFL to be on your team, and you want to choose the ones that will perform as strongly as possible from a fantasy perspective.

Playing to Win

The object of fantasy football is to score more points than the other fantasy managers in the league. Selecting players that will help you to maximize the points that you score is the best way to do this. As you’ve probably guessed, that’s a lot easier said than done.

One of the most reliable ways to maximize your points per game is by using a concept called value. Here, you want to pick players that are not too expensive but still have a high expected fantasy point value. The more you spend per player, the less you will have in remaining salary as you work your way down your roster. This makes drafting a team full of stars impossible. But when you utilize the concept of value correctly, you find that you don’t need a bunch of stars to score points.

Think about it like this: if you choose a star that will give you 10 points and a dud that will give you 1, you have a total of 11 points. But if you draft two decent players that each put up 6 points, you have 12, and end up winning. Now, when that concept is applied to an entire team, value is working for you.

There are a few different ways that value can be incorporated into your roster. Some of those methods are for more advanced play, but we thought that introducing the concept here was a good way to get the ball rolling.

Below, we’ve included a scoring chart to give you a better idea of exactly how DraftKings fantasy points work. As you get better at the game, this chart will become a great resource to help you improve your play.

Offensive Points
Passing TD 4
25 Passing Yards 1
300+ Yard Passing Game 3
Interception -1
Rushing TD 6
10 Rushing Yards 1
100+ Yard Rushing Game 3
Receiving TD 6
10 Receiving Yards 1
100+ Receiving Yard Game 3
Reception 1
Punt/Kickoff/FG Return for TD 6
Fumble Lost -1
2 Pt Conversion (Pass, Run, or Catch) 2
Offensive Fumble Recovery TD 6
Defensive Points
Sack 1
Interception 2
Fumble Recovery 2
Punt/Kickoff/FG Return for TD 6
Interception Return TD 6
Fumble Recovery TD 6
Blocked Punt or FG Return TD 6
Safety 2
Blocked Kick 2
2 Pt Conversion/Extra Point Return     2
0 Points Allowed 10
1 – 6 Points Allowed 7
7 – 13 Points Allowed 4
14 – 20 Points Allowed 1
21 – 27 Points Allowed 0
28 – 34 Points Allowed -1
35 or more Points -4

Answers to Common Questions

More than likely, you probably still have a few questions about how to play daily fantasy football in a winning way. Well, don’t worry. Here we have answers to some of the most commonly asked questions regarding daily fantasy football at DraftKings.

How do I get started? The first step to playing at DraftKings is creating an account. Once you do this, you can enter free contests, or fund your account. You can use PayPal, a bank account, or a major credit card to fund it. Your funds typically show up in your account immediately, allowing you to get in on the action right away.

What other games can I play? Besides daily fantasy football, DraftKings has a whole host of other sports available. Baseball, basketball, soccer, hockey, NASCAR, and golf all have a presence on DraftKings. Other sports also are represented. College football and basketball can also be found at DraftKings.

What happens with the money I win? If you have a good run and you’ve won money, you have a couple of options. You can have that money transferred to your account if you’ve verified that it’s really yours. This process is pretty easy and can usually be completed in a couple of days. Transferring your winnings to a PayPal account only takes 48 hours, in most cases. Or, if you really want to, you can keep the money in your account and play in higher level contests. Either way, it’s your money and you can do what you want with it.

The Final Word

Daily fantasy football is a lot of fun and creates a new way to play fantasy football. However, if you’re going to play, playing to win just makes sense. Hopefully, this brief intro to DraftKings football helps to get you started. Whether you’re brand new to fantasy football or you’re looking to improve your strategy, we’ve got plenty of resources out there to teach you what you need to know.

Daily fantasy sports are a ton of fun, and DraftKings is a great site to play at. Feel free to hit up our other pages to learn more about how you can start dominating your next DFS league.