DraftStreet exploded onto the daily fantasy scene in 2010 with a combination of a sleek product, excellent customer service, brilliant marketing, and seven figures of venture funding. DraftStreet features deep rosters and a variety of league-offerings and game-types. In this review of DraftStreet, we’ll wallk you through everything this fabulous site has to offer. DraftStreet has created an excellent variety of game offerings to choose from. In addition to the standard Salary Cap league, they also offer Live Snake-Drafts and are already working on implementing Auction Drafts. They also added the Pro Pick ‘Em Style where players can select one player from 8 tiers of players to form their perfect lineup without salary cap restrictions.
DraftStreet also offers two different types of scoring: Points, HR Derby. Points is your standard scoring drafts that you are used to, and HR Derby is a format unique to DraftStreet, and at the time of reviewing DraftStreet, is the only game-type like this available in the entire industry! DraftStreet is also the only site I’ve come across which offers both Daily and Weekly leagues for all sports as well as sit and drafts! They have some of the best GPPs with the largest guarantees in the industry (heck, they coined the term ‘GPP’), and DraftStreet’s game variety is tough to beat. They offer a lot more than just game variety, though, read the rest of our DraftStreet Review for more.
DraftStreet has all the major sports plus college sports and golf! They have done an excellent job with the structuring of the game. Check the Scoring Tab of this DraftStreet Review to see what they came up with for Golf, and also to learn what an Alba is! (OK, it’s going -3 on one hole. I didn’t know that existed until DraftStreet…thanks guys!) Also, DraftStreet’s Snake Drafts and Pick’ems add some great variety to the site if you’re sick of Salary Cap games.
Software and Interface
DraftStreet’s software and interface is excellent. It is crisp, organized and very intuitive. All of the software functions very efficiently. They offer Live Scoring for your matches that is just superb. It updates in near-real time and is very easy to navigate. If you play many contests in one day, DraftStreet allows you to scroll through and check out multiple contests easily. In addition they have a Player News section that is so well organized you might not need to leave their site when creating your lineups. Boosting my review of DraftStreet, is also the fact that you can check all of your players’ game logs from within the draft room. For Major League Baseball, you can see which players are starting and sitting as soon as the rosters are unveiled for that day. We can only go so deep for the purposes of this review, but it is an impressive offering. On the other hand, there is one area that could be improved: Live Snake-Drafts. You can’t fault them too much for this, because they are offering a feature that most sites do not, but because it is there I have to point out a few flaws in the Live Snake-Draft system as compared to DraftZone’s which is probably superior in this aspect. The Live Snake-Drafts have an email notification, but I would like to see an SMS notification to notify you when they are about to begin in case you want to take some time off away from the computer while waiting. Registering for a 6-man Live Snake-Drafts and then needing to be present within 5 minutes of it filling really disincentivizes users from being one of the first to register. There also should be a chat box and a better queue system throughout the Live Snake-Draft (I have been told that a chat box is in the works). But again, I’m so happy that they offer Live Snake-Drafts that I find it tough to mark them down for that in this review.
The DraftStreet Mobile Site is one of the best, if not the best, mobile site in the business. They offer a number of key features that allow users to seamlessly enjoy daily fantasy sports on their smartphone or tablet. Here is a list of some of the features offered by the DraftStreet Mobile Site:
Join Leagues + View Active Leagues – Sign in on your smartphone and immediately you are given the choice to join new leagues or view your current leagues.
Set Your Daily Pick Em, Salary Cap or Home Run Derby Lineups – The best aspect of DraftStreet’s mobile site is the ability to actually set your lineups from your phone seamlessly.
Sort Through Available Leagues with the same categories as their actual site! – Whether you want to sort by league size, sport, buy-in or game type, you can do so just like you would from their regular site.
Sort through the player pool by position, team, salary or fantasy points per game – Ready to pick your lineups? Well just like you could on a laptop, you can sort through their player pool by player name, team, position, salary or fantasy points per game.
Export and Import lineups from other leagues – This is the tool that will prove most useful for the DS faithful. Easily export and import your lineups across multiple leagues right from your mobile device.
Follow live scoring from your Active Leagues – Once the games kick off you can see a live scoring feed to all of your games for that evening.
Roster, Rules and Scoring
The rosters, rules and scoring for DraftStreet are very well thought out and creative. Unique from most sites, their scoring system is growing on me compare to season-long leagues, and this reviewer’s take is to give it a good chance before saying it’s too complex. DraftStreet uses more roster spots, and more scoring categorizes, which minimizes the variance you’ll encounter from match to match, giving the expert players a leg-up in the competition in the long haul. You have to boost DraftStreet’s review when you know that they have the long-term players at the heart of their site design. During MLB season, you’ll notice DraftStreet allows for 4 total pitchers (2 Starting, 1 Relieft and 1 R/S spot), whereas many Daily Fantasy sites only allow for one pitcher spot. They are the only site that has different scoring for their Daily contests than their Weekly contests. Scoring is calculated based on Current Year stats, Previous Year Stats, Season Performance, and Recent Performance. For more information on DraftStreet’s Roster, Rules and Scoring visit the tab at the top of this DraftStreet Review page or check out their interview with us.
DraftStreet has one of, if not the, best customer service setups in the industry. Every email is replied to professionally and promptly, they even have a 1-800 phone number that is answered when called (which, yes, I tested just for the sake of this DraftStreet review…), and they also have a LIVE CHAT BOX just for questions you might have running all day. For instance, in Week 1 of the 2010 NFL season DraftStreet had issues with their Live Scoring. Instead of simply apologizing they credited all of their members with a $20 Re-Deposit bonus instantly! And we’re not just saying that for the sake this review, one of DraftStreet’s users even got a DraftStreet Tattoo in part because he loved DraftStreet and their customer service so much. Their Customer Service department provides added intangible value to the experience and provides hope of future improvements to come.
DraftStreet Rake, Bonuses and Promotions
DraftStreet’s Rake Percentages by League Size
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Not only is the rake already above-industry-average, but DraftStreet also offers the StreetCred store, which depending on how you use it, can add an additional 0.5% deduction from the rake! The Street Cred store gives DraftStreet another notch up in their Review, as it provides a loyalty reward system to the Grinders on DraftStreet. As you play games on DraftStreet, you’ll earn Street Creds (think frequent player points), and you can exchange them for Vouchers to play in cash contests for free (hence the 0.5% discount), Hats, Pens, T-Shirts, Hoodies, and more!
Also, DraftStreet Sign-Up Bonus Code Promotions are being offered to RotoGrinders Members. Sign-Up with the DraftStreet review link above and receive a massive 40% Deposit Bonus. Draft-Street’s Sign-Up Bonus is usually only 20%, so make sure to take advantage of this offer and join through RotoGrinders.
DraftStreet’s Cashier allows you to deposit through PayPal, eCheck, Visa, Mastercard, AMEX, and Discover. You can cashout via PayPal or Check; checks take 10 days to deliver. With this many options and top of the line speed, it is safe to say that DraftStreet’s cashier services are excellent.
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