Yahoo Daily Fantasy Sports Review
— NOTE: Your deposit bonus will not be paid upfront. It will enter your account at a rate of 4% of your buy-ins as you play in real-money contests on Yahoo.
When Yahoo announced months ago that they were launching a Daily Fantasy Sports platform, there was much anticipation for what the product would entail. Many questions were asked. Were they going to deviate from the standard offerings that all the other major players were showcasing on their sites? Was there going to be a push for different game formats other than salary cap? After all, Yahoo has the largest season long fantasy sports platform (or second largest depending on who you ask) so there was the expectation that when Yahoo came in they would wow us with product innovation supported by seemingly endless pockets.
The first look of the product has been a bit underwhelming compared to expectations. Of course, this is expected to be a “Beta” test of the Yahoo product and we should see some improved gameplay/offerings in the coming weeks.
We’ll be updating this Review in the coming months as new features and sports kickoff, so check back soon.
Yahoo enters the DFS world with offerings in the four major US sports, MLB, NFL, NBA and NHL. As for the offerings, Yahoo offers some guaranteed contests, 50/50s, group games and head-to-heads. With the daily game still in its infancy for Yahoo, there are not a large variety of guaranteed contests in the lobby, but the number seems to be growing
There are already a decent number of user-created games in the lobby, including both “group” games, as well as cash games such as 50/50s and head-to-heads. Yahoo may have the largest user-base of any DFS site that it can tap into, as the number of users in Yahoo’s regular season long offering far exceeds any DFS site. The challenge for them of course will be converting these season-long players to daily players.
As presently constructed, Yahoo Daily Fantasy only offers NFL, MLB, NBA and NHL.
Yahoo Scoring and Roster Rules
For MLB, Yahoo roster settings are similar to DraftKings with two pitchers, 4 infield spots, three outfielders and a catcher. The scoring is similar to FanDuel, but with almost every scoring category doubled.
Let’s look at Yahoo’s baseball scoring in detail:
— Hits (H): 2
— Doubles (2B): 2
— Triples (3B): 4
— Homeruns (HR): 6
— Runs ®: 2
— Runs Batted In (RBI): 2
— Bases On Balls (BB): 2
— Stolen Bases (SB): 4
— Wins (W): 8
— Strikeouts (K): 2
— Earned Runs (ER): -2
— Outs (O): 0.6
For NFL, Yahoo has decided to not include kickers and DEF/ST in their roster settings and to include a single QB. Scoring mimicks a standard 0.5 point PPR league and no bonuses.
For NBA, the nine roster spots closely resembles Yahoo season long contests, with similar scoring to FanDuel’s and no bonuses for player milestones such as double-doubles or triple doubles.
Interface and User Experience
The best thing about Yahoo Daily Fantasy Sports is what looks to be a fresh clean look for their home page. It allows a seamless transition from their season long to their daily offerings and the filters at the top of the page make it clear what kind of contests exist in each section.
There are four different submenus to navigate to:
Lobby – Where all the games are posted, you can filter this page by sport, price range and contest type.
My Contests – An overview to your upcoming contests, your live contests and your completed games.
My Account – A summary look at the total wins you have achieved on Yahoo Daily Fantasy so far. Also includes options to view your public profile and to edit your profile.
Help – Opens a new window that includes a few of the most frequently asked questions as well as a location to interact with Yahoo customer support through email, facebook, or even twitter.
The lineup creation process on Yahoo is fairly simple. The player pool is located on the left, with the team you’re selecting located on the right. The top of the page tells you the budget remaining, as well as the average salary remaining per player. The search feature at the top of the page allows you to locate a specific player to include in your roster. If you’ve already created a lineup, there is an option to import an existing lineup into the page and continue editing from there.
Once you are done, you can submit your lineup where you are taking to a confirmation popup screen and then to your upcoming contests page which shows a detailed look at all your players you’ve selected in each lineup.
When Yahoo entered the DFS fray, they threw their hat squarely into the “late swap” bucket. Following the lead set by Yahoo season-long and DraftKings, you can edit your lineups right until that specific players’ game starts, which adds a layer of flexibility and strategy for all players when constructing your rosters.
Yahoo entered the market with an already popular mobile app that can reach all its users at once. If you have an iOS device, you can download the Yahoo Mobile app and begin playing Daily Fantasy right away. Unfortunately, if you’re using an Android device, you are not currently able to download an app to access your daily games and must navigate through your mobile browser to Yahoo’s daily fantasy sports page.
The iOS app does offer a slick interface with all the same features as the desktop site, including the ability to create and enter contests, view your contests as they happen and edit teams right up until the game locks.
Rake and Deposit Bonuses
As currently constructed, Yahoo does not offer any deposit bonuses or any promotion codes. They also do not have any referral bonuses.
As for rake, the standard rake for their cash games is 10% across 50/50s and head-to-heads. This matches what the industry standard has set as the norm over the last few years.
Deposits and Withdrawal
Yahoo allows you to link your PayPal and Yahoo accounts for easy withdrawals and deposits. You can also deposit using a credit card. Withdrawals are easy to do and are sent to a linked PayPal account.