Welcome to DailyFantasyUK’s review of FantasyBet! From bonuses to point scoring, with the whole contest and lineup process in between, we’ve put FantasyBet under the microscope to see if this site lives up to its claim to be ‘The Future of Fantasy Football’.
Football Fanatics: Choose FantasyBet
FantasyBet offers free and pay-in contests for a wide variety of football leagues (the variety rivals Mondogoal, which is seriously impressive!) This means that unless you’re into the Beautiful Game, FantasyBet may not be your best choice. Luckily, tons of us Brits are frankly a bit football mad, so the site has an excellent target market here.
The people behind FantasyBet clearly know what they’re talking about when it comes to fantasy football. Plus they understand the fast-paced fun and chance-filled action of daily fantasy:
“There is no more falling behind before Christmas or throwing away a season’s work with one bad captain decision. With FantasyBet, there is always another game, another chance to set the record straight.”
Now there’s a mission statement we can get behind.
Not sure which fantasy football sites to check out? We’ve made a handy quiz for that. In the meantime, let’s get on with the nitty-gritty of our FantasyBet review, starting off with what bonuses you can get for using this site.
Bonuses & Promotions
What every daily fantasy player wants to know: what bonuses and promos are there? FantasyBet runs a nice selection of bonuses and promotions to keep you intrigued.
Grand Deposit Bonus
A lot of daily fantasy sites have deposit bonuses, but FantasyBet does something a little bit different. With the Grand Deposit Bonus, you can get an entry ticket into a Grand Weekend contest with a guaranteed £1,000 prize. This isn’t just a first deposit bonus, so you can take advantage of it again and again!
Use the promo code “Grand” when depositing £20 or more to benefit from this bonus.
Free Entry Games, Cash Prizes!
There are regular free entry games on FantasyBet where you can still win great cash prizes. This is a great way to get the thrill of competitive playing without having to make a financial commitment. Check out the game lobby to find these games.
Choosing a Contest
Choice is the keyword when it comes to contests on FantasyBet. The contest lobby is full of a variety of games every week. Using drop-down menus, choose your contest by:
- Game Rules
- Buy In
You can also suss out which contest you want to enter by checking out the ‘Tooltips’ column. This column will give you a heads-up on what rules feature in any contest — for example, if you can enter multiple lineups, if it’s a 6-a-side game, or if there’s a guaranteed prize pool.
Entering a lineup in a hurry, or want the ultimate adrenaline rush? In Flash Mode contests, football managers have just 3 minutes to select and enter a lineup. Now that’s fast! Look for the lightning icon to find Flash Mode games.
Create Your Own Contests
Can’t see a game on the contest board that takes your fancy? No problem.
On FantasyBet, creating your own games is wholly encouraged. From start to finish, you’re in control of a huge number of contest factors, to make the exact game you want. Customise aspects of your contest, such as:
- Duration (Single game week? Full season? Custom round?)
- Player List (for Custom round games)
- Flash Mode
- Team Budget
- Captains and vice-captains
- Private/Public availability
- Entrant maximum
- Buy in (paid or free)
- Payout structure (a progressive tournament, 50/50, or winner takes all)
Then choose a name for your contest and you’re good to go. Such a comprehensive game creation system is rarely matched on other DFS sites. This is a huge perk for FantasyBet players!
Creating a Lineup
Once you’ve chosen a contest, you’ll be whisked away to the lineup creation page.
Sticking to a fantasy budget, choose 11 players (or six, if you’re doing a 6-a-side contest), as well as four reserves, to play on your ultimate fantasy team. In addition to your own research, clicking on the information button next to each player will help you make informed choices.
FantasyBet’s lineup creator doesn’t have the best functionality (it takes a bit of practice to get used to using it) but we like the team visualisation tool for reviewing your lineup. There are other positive aspects to creating a lineup on FantasyBet, such as…
Captains & Vice-Captains
The fun doesn’t stop at player selection — before submitting a lineup, you’ll need to nominate your Captain and Vice-captain players. Captains score double points; if the captain is not in play, the vice-captain gains double points instead. Choosing the right captain could make or break your performance, especially for GPP tournaments or winner takes all contests.
If you really like this function in your daily fantasy games, make sure to give Premier Punt a go too.
Making your lineup in a hurry? Click on the autocomplete button and FantasyBet will fill in every empty position on your team. Using algorithms to make sure you’re under budget and choose good captain/vice-captain players, this function can help you strategise your lineups or enter a team just before the contest starts.
Points & Payouts
Once you’ve submitted your lineups, sit back and enjoy watching your progress while the matches unfold.
FantasyBet has in-depth scoring systems for the 11-a-side and 6-a-side games, so you’ll have plenty to keep your fantasy team busy while the real players are on the pitch!
Every site’s scoring system is slightly different; here are a few of the key scoring rules to look out for on FantasyBet:
- Counting down the clock: players get 1 point for playing up to 60 minutes, and 2 points for playing over 60 minutes.
- Goalie glory: goalkeepers and defenders get a huge 6 points for scoring a goal. Midfielders get 5 points and Forwards get 4.
- Penalty save perks: a penalty save gets you a healthy 5 points. For the attackers, a penalty miss sets you back -2.
Another great aspect of FantasyBet is the bonus points you can score for outstanding players on your roster. The best player, by points, gets 3 extra points, the second best players gets 2 points, and the third best player 1 point. Getting a best player bonus could give you the point boost you need to win!
For paid games, it’s essential to know what kind of payout structure you’re dealing with before entering a contest. FantasyBet has a nice range of payout structures, so you can choose the best to suit your playing style. Choose from:
- Progressive: approximately the top 20% of players get the prize pool, no matter how many entrants there are in total.
- Expanded: the top 3 contestants win most of the prize pool, but other positions do get rewarded too.
- Double or Nothing: the top 50% win the pot, the bottom 50% get nothing. This is referred to as 50/50 in the DFS community.
- Winner Takes All: there’s only one winner in these contests!
It’s good to have a variety of payout types to choose from, and it’s clear to see which one is in play when you click on a contest for more information.
Thus concludes our examination of FantasyBet. We’ve definitely found this site to be to our liking! Here’s a quick summary of the site’s better aspects and areas needing a bit of improvement:
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