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An Introduction to FanDuel: How to play one-day fantasy basketball and win money for it!

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Stewart W. Small

The 2015-16 NBA season is here! That also means that it's time for fantasy basketball -- and win money -- with FanDuel!

What is FanDuel?

FanDuel is an online fantasy sports company that provides one-day leagues in the NBA and other major sports leagues. There are thousands of dollars paid each day, with leagues that cost as little as $1.

The best part about FanDuel is that there is no season-long commitment. Play when you want, where you want. And when you win, you get paid immediately instead of waiting weeks or months later, since after all, the NBA season just started.

To learn more about how FanDuel works in a nutshell, watch the video below:

How do I sign up and play?

To sign up,


When you do, your deposit will be matched, dollar for dollar up to $200. That means that you could have up to $400 in credit to play one-day fantasy basketball games!

So let me say it again:


Any age limits or restrictions?

Yes. You must be at least 18 years old to play in FanDuel leagues where money and/or prizes are involved.

Sorry kids. :(

You also must be a resident of Canada or the United States unless you live in Arizona, Iowa, Louisiana, Montana, Nevada, or Washington. According to the results of our Community Survey last summer, most of you aren't living near Phoenix, Des Moines, New Orleans, Billings, Las Vegas, or Seattle so most of y'all are safe.

If you live in these states, you can still play, but please read FanDuel's legal terms by clicking here before going forward. And you can't win real money though you can play spoiler. :)

For the details on the rules, click here.

Where can I get some fantasy basketball advice that is specific for FanDuel leagues?

We have a beginner's guide on how fantasy basketball specifically works on FanDuel as opposed to other companies that provide fantasy basketball options.

But all FanDuel NBA leagues allow you to create a team of nine players, which consists of:

  • two point guards
  • two shooting guards
  • two small forwards
  • two power forwards
  • one center

In addition, I will also add some insights each week so either way, you'll be covered.

Final Takeaways

So what are you waiting for? Sign up and play fantasy basketball with FanDuel and win money for being an NBA fan!

Disclaimer: Even though this is a sponsored post with affiliate links, all of the opinions in this post are my own. And as an FYI, FanDuel gave me some cash to play its daily fantasy games.