• lineupofpeace

    Just got an e-mail about this. Also giving players multiple position eligibility.

  • Gillzillas

    Just got an email from Draftkings.. they’re changing to early lock for NBA!

  • pat4detroit

    Did everyone see DKs new rules for NBA? Wow! All selections will lock just like FD from now on. WTF!

  • moedigs

    Draftkings getting rid of late swap.. lineups will lock at first tip… kind of bummed about this….

  • frugal

    Crap you guys see the DK news?

    No more late swaps once the season starts.

    Some players will be elligible for multiple positions. ex Love as PF or C.

    Love the later, hate the former.

  • IronMonkey415

    Just saw the email

    Read it and weep, I know I am.

    We are excited to announce two changes to our NBA product for this upcoming season:

    1. Some players will now be eligible for up to two positions. For example, Kevin Love would be eligible as a Power Forward and a Center (PF/C). We expect this to improve the drafting experience, creating more flexibility for lineup construction.

    2. All lineup selections will lock at the start of the contest (i.e. you will no longer be able to swap players after contest lock). This change will allow our customers to enjoy the games and follow their teams rather than monitoring for late breaking news leading up to tip-off of each game.

    These changes will go into effect starting with NBA contests on Tuesday, October 18th and will apply to all NBA contests for the remainder of the season. Note that these changes apply to NBA only.

    Please reach out to us at if you have any questions.

    Thank you,

    The DraftKings Team

  • Tammy409

    @pat4detroit said...

    Did everyone see DKs new rules for NBA? Wow! All selections will lock just like FD from now on. WTF!

    No shit? That is bollocks if true. West Coast games will be feast or famine, but whatever, another challenge I guess…

  • scsa1998

    Will this go to football and the other sports as well. Can’t wait till the first late scratch on NBA. The outrage will be epic.

  • frugal

    Kinda eliminates the benefit of playing DK over FD.

  • jwm1784

    It said just NBA on the email. I can’t wait to see what sort of backlash this will cause…..

  • soupster62

    Got the same email. WOW!!

  • moedigs

    just nba as of now…. sucks.. main reason why i play on draftkings

  • sotnohc

    • 644

      RG Overall Ranking

    I like it. Now I can actually play DK without wifey getting upset that I have to monitor news for 3 hours straight at every half hour.

  • savant111

    NBA late swap was one of the main reasons I was loyal to DK. May have to go free agent.

  • tsteeves

    Only reason to use DK over FD is now gone, for NBA anyways.

  • sprom

    • 2012 DraftStreet DSBC Finalist

    Such a bad decision

  • terrypercs

    wowwww why would they change the rules? Late switch was an edge. And it differentiated their product from other DFS sites.


  • MrFantasy

    @moedigs said...

    just nba as of now…. sucks.. main reason why i play on draftkings

    Ironic as this was the main reason I DIDNT play on Draftkings for NBA.

  • Vanco

    Wow, late swap is the only reason I only play on DK. Who was asking for this change? I’ve seen people asking for FD to remove lock.

  • Pitch120

    If you havent realized, sites are trying to make the games fairer and have more people winning. This evens the playing field for the people who arent constantly checking their news feeds.

  • walkoff9

    DK seems to continue to do the opposite of what people want. Who was asking for this? Such a shame.

  • scsa1998

    Wasn’t late swap removal one of the Regulations that the MA AG asked for?

  • Markness

    DraftKings Team

    Hey Guys,

    I wanted to share a little more on our reasoning for removing late-swap for NBA

    I think late-swap was initially viewed by many new and casual customers as a necessary safe guard against a last-minute “scratch,” which has made late-swap a very popular feature for DraftKings over the past few years. While late-swap can help prevent the poor experience of getting a zero in your lineup, there are other uses for the feature which ultimately require users to monitor news and scramble to make last-minute adjustments to their lineups up until tip-off of the last game of the night. For example, often times a late scratch will result in other players becoming valuable picks. So now you are not only monitoring your own players to make sure they are not scratched; you actually should be monitoring all NBA news to capitalize on any new value picks that might transpire while players are still eligible to be swapped.

    We know that there will be customers that are not happy with this decision. However, we have increasingly received feedback from players who have decreased their play or even stopped playing completely because they want to “actually enjoy watching the NBA.” We do see the value of late-swap and there are no plans of removing it for other sports, but for NBA specifically, it has become clear that the amount of extra time and energy required to compete as a result of late-swap functionality is taking too much away from the enjoyment of the game.


  • Vanco

    Why aren’t they doing it for all sports it it’s meant for fairness?

  • terrypercs

    Way I saw it was.. if you hated the inconvenience of late swap the you shouldve taken your money to FD.

  • tsteeves

    @Pitch120 said...

    If you havent realized, sites are trying to make the games fairer and have more people winning. This evens the playing field for the people who arent constantly checking their news feeds.

    I would counter that with those who do the research deserve the edge.

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