In this version of fantasy sports, contests aren't held over the course of a full season like they are in your office fantasy football league, but are instead contested over periods of one week or shorter depending on the sport. With faster turnaround times, players can get involved in more contests per season, giving them the chance to receive more frequent and, due to the large number of entrants in each contest, potentially lucrative payouts.
Fully recognizing that the most fun of playing fantasy sports is building your team, DraftKings allows players to put all of the best players in a league onto their team, provided they all fit under the salary cap that each of their fantasy sports contests carry. Within the mobile app, DraftKings makes it easy to sort by projected scoring totals as well as position to make building a lineup quick and easy, keeping the excitement with the player for the duration.
Once a lineup is built, you can enter it into one or multiple contests, contests that can be entered with an entry fee or played for free. Among DraftKings' free contest offerings are freerolls that pay out cash prizes that can then be used to enter more lucrative fantasy sports competitions. DraftKings also offers private contests, which allow players to face off only against their friends for cash, rather than the skilled professionals that tend to be at the top of the bigger contest leaderboards.
On the Apple Watch, DraftKings allows players to keep track of their progress in all of their contests. Players can either look at live updating scores for all contests at once, or can select an individual contest to see how their individual players are performing in that specific lineup.
Set up similarly to DraftKings, FanDuel players are able to select the contests they want to enter, and either set multiple lineups or use one lineup across multiple contest. Once a contest has started, live updating stats and an on-screen visualization lets players see how they are performing relative to their competition and, more importantly, let them see where they are in relation to the positions in the contest that will result in a cash payout. FanDuel's Friends Mode is similar to DraftKings' private leagues, where players can play with their friends only, and pick new teams each week for cash prizes.
On the Apple Watch, FanDuel allows players to see how many lineups they have playing at a given time, as well as how much money those lineups are generating at the present moment in their respective contests. If none of the lineups are entered in an active contest at the time, the app will show the amount of time remaining until those contests begin. One thing that is sorely lacking from the FanDuel Apple Watch app, though, is the ability to look at a specific lineup and see live point totals for all of your players, which prevents people from seeing where exactly they went wrong for future reference.