Fantasy football has become increasingly popular over the last several years. I remember my dad playing fantasy football in the late 80s with friends from work, which required somebody keeping track of all the stats in a notebook! It's hard to imagine that today, and the Internet provides a perfect platform for live tracking of stats. Traditionally, fantasy football involves a group of people getting together to draft their teams before the season starts. Each participant pays a fee, and the various awards are determined at the end of the season which is usually the week before the end of regulation play. There is a newer option for people that might want to play on a week to week basis and not have to commit to a whole season of managing a team. Basically, you choose a contest with an entry fee you are willing to pay, and then you choose your team based on a salary. The players that should do well will be more expensive, so the trick is to find a bargain player or players that might have an unexpectedly good weekend with yardage, receptions, and touchdowns. Currently, the two online forums that offer these contests are Draft Kings and Fanduel. How much does weekly salary cap fantasy football cost?

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I like Draft Kings a little bit more than Fanduel for a few reasons. First off, they offer a few free weekly contests, so you can actually play for free and possibly win actual money. These are unlimited and highly saturated contests, so you need to do very well in order to win anything, but the price is right and it will help you decide if you want to try a paid league which include entry fees of $0.25, $1, $2, $3, $5, $10, $12, $20, $27, $50, $100, and $200. Another reason I like draft is that it's an actual PPR league meaning that players get one full point per reception. Fan uses half PPR scoring, so players are rewarded a half-point per reception instead of a full point. This is my personal bias on how I like to play, and you might enjoy the half-point PPR more than me. Another reason I like Draft Kings is the fact that they incorporate a flex position instead of a kicker. The flex position lets you pick any running back, tight end, or wide receiver. I've never liked choosing a kicker because it seems very random as to who's going to have a great day kicking field goals. I recently played the $27 Millionaire Maker which has a top prize of $1 million and pays to the top 15,000 spots. I ended up placing around 2000th place and still won $200! I did very well with my player selections and got lucky with some backup players that were inexpensive and ended up having big days on the field. Finally, they offer a great free app for IOS and Android that is really slick.

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Fanduel is the longest-running weekly salary cap fantasy website. I find their interface and design easier to use and navigate compared to Draft Kings, and it feels easier to set my lineup. As I said earlier, they currently don't offer weekly free rolls, but there are freebies when you make a deposit. Again, if you're a fan of kickers, then this is the better choice since there is a spot on your roster for a kicker instead of a flex position. Their big money winner is the NFL Sunday Million where for $25 you can win a top prize of $100,000 or be one of the 8,000 players to win something each week. FanDuel has weekly $1, $2, $5, $10, $25 and $50 bigger group leagues. Last season I did really well with a two dollar entry and ended up winning $150.

50/50 or Double Ups

50/50 or Double Ups are offered by both Draft Kings and Fanduel and are a fun and less risky alternative to the typical ranking contests. Basically, the top 50% of the contestants will win the same amount of money. For example, let's say there is a 100 person contest with an entry fee of $10. The top 50 will win $10, and the bottom 50% do not win anything. As long as you're better than half, you are a winner. Of course, if you happen to be number one, you might wonder how much moola your lineup would have won in a big million-dollar contest! Are you ready for some football? The only concussion you're at risk for is jumping up and hitting the ceiling when you're receiver gets his third touchdown.