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  • DraftKings_CM

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  • jdubadubs

    One of the NFL achievements is to play in 22 weeks (pro bowl excluded). With a 17 week regular season and 4 week’s for playoffs, how would we hit 22? Am I just missing something?

  • thegeneral391

    The Weekly Sweat
    Play an $1+ NFL entry for 21 weeks from 9/10/20 – 2/7/21. (Pro Bowl excluded)
    Reward: 2.5K Crowns 0/22

    seems like part of it has been changed to 21 weeks but still at 0/22

  • TheDataDetective

    • Blogger of the Month

    @DraftKings_CM All MLB contests on Aug 27 were cancelled due to PPD games. When will MLB Ironman achievements be adjusted to reflect this? They should require 64 regular season days instead of 65

  • marker0357

    @TheDataDetective said...

    @DraftKings_CM All MLB contests on Aug 27 were cancelled due to PPD games. When will MLB Ironman achievements be adjusted to reflect this? They should require 64 regular season days instead of 65

    also, would you please consider adding a tracker for each ironman that indicates at what progress we should be at each day/week. Seeing that you are at 38 days means little if you have to be at 39 days to meet the requirements. It sure would make it much easier on the contestant to track progress versus the goal. Playing multiple sports with Ironman achievements and especially when the schedule is impacted by Covid-19 and other postponements, makes it really difficult. I think it would avoid disagreements in fulfilling achievements at the end of the period and greatly enhance customer satisfaction.

  • marker0357

    I only count 55 eligible days for NFL if you play every day with exception of Pro Bowl yet the achievement is for 56 days. I see the weeks have been adjusted accordingly, Will the days also be adjusted (please feel free to check my math)? I believe that I have counted properly.

    Thanks, I love this Community Forum as an avenue to communicate with DK on topics that affect everyone.

  • carney259

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    I’m new to Best Ball and have a couple of questions.

    First, for slow drafts, when exactly does the time per pick change from 8 hours to 30 minutes? The rules say “one week before the start of the NFL season.” So does the change happen at 8 PM (ET) this Thursday? Trying to avoid drafts where I would be on the clock in the middle of the night (or at least plan for it).

    Second, have you determined how COVID-related cancellations will be handled for the large tournaments? If individual games are cancelled and made up through a Week 18, Week 19, etc. of the regular season, would they be removed from the schedule, with the tournament still concluding in Week 16 and therefore not including any additional weeks/rescheduled games? What if an entire week (or weeks) of the regular season is moved to the end of the regular season? Would all of the other weeks move up, so that the current Week 17 becomes Week 16 and would count as part of the tournament? What if an entire week is cancelled and not made up? What if the entire NFL season is cancelled before the Tournament is complete – are entries refunded in that case, or are payments made based on final standings at time of cancelation?

    Edit to add one more COVID question I thought of. The rules say that a scoring week runs from Thursday to Monday. Does that mean that any games held outside of that window do not count? What if, for example, a game is pushed back from a Sunday/Monday to Tuesday/Wednesday due to a COVID outbreak? Would it count in the week it was originally scheduled for? Sorry to trot out all of the worst case scenarios. I hope none of this happens, but can imagine all of the uproar if games are moved around, which seems inevitable given how MLB has played out, and thinking through how much time and bankroll I want to invest. God help this forum the week Will Fuller goes off for 50 DK points and it doesn’t count for his owners because it was a Tuesday.

  • cabdziner

    I played the MLB/NBA 2 week streak contest and received my MLB and NBA tickets but did not get a NFL ticket.
    Anyone else? Is it awarded later?

  • TheDataDetective

    • Blogger of the Month

    @cabdziner said...

    I played the MLB/NBA 2 week streak contest and received my MLB and NBA tickets but did not get a NFL ticket.
    Anyone else? Is it awarded later?

    Same here…I think they will issue those later

  • marker0357

    @TheDataDetective said...

    Same here…I think they will issue those later

    same

  • cabdziner

    ok… thanks

  • TheDataDetective

    • Blogger of the Month

    @cabdziner said...

    I played the MLB/NBA 2 week streak contest and received my MLB and NBA tickets but did not get a NFL ticket.
    Anyone else? Is it awarded later?

    I got the NFL ticket but it doesn’t seem to work

  • DraftKings_CM

    • DraftKings Representative

    DK should be a bit proactive. It would be naive to assume that what’s happening with sports is a one time thing.

    If an earlier NBA game is postponed, players should be allowed to swap out players from that game. That’s a departure from the norm, but the urgency is here now.

    On occasion, situations may arise that are outside of DraftKings’ or our user’s control, yet we may already have contingency plans in place that are ready to roll out if the unexpected happens. No matter the situation, you can always count on DraftKings to keep our players’ best interests at the forefront of everything we do.

    You should think about expanding KBO contests and even bring back NPB. I know you have to mind the ecosystem for each sports (NBA contests will probably fill anyways) but if this drags on, enough people will start to look for contests where starting time and personnel decisions are more transparent and consistent. As I speak, the only current slate games I can enter at DK are KBO contests.

    The DFS landscape has certainly experienced some uncharted waters this year, yet our predictive models that account for the distribution of entry liquidity across the various options we provide have continued to prove to be fairly accurate. With that said your opinion will not fall on deaf ears, we know that there are some players who share your opinion.

    I would like to see more price point options for best ball sit and gos. $3 3 person, $5 6 person, etc.

    The price points & lobby sizes offered for our Best Ball contests may evolve as we continue to navigate through this exciting new contest format. Though we cannot share anything definitively, our actions ultimately follow the learnings of various tests & the subsequent projections of contest demand. The community’s collective play action and feedback helps us guide what contests are offered.

    I also hope that you consider revising your MLB achievements based on the events of the last two days. Due to uncertainty and cancellations, there are a few achievements I missed out on thst I was otherwise on track for (3 game styles, $5 minimum since I had several contests canceled). I am sure this is already under consideration but wanted to voice my thoughts!

    As information evolves, so will we. Don’t worry, we got your back. We won’t let you down. Once we are ready to share our plans, we think you will find the results to be fair and equitable.

    Yet you will “unintentionally penalize” Those of us who arent eligible for the “Flash Draft Specialist”?

    We do not penalize those who cannot play Flash Draft, we created the Flash Draft Specialist to be an extra something on top for those who are in a Flash Draft permitted state, and play to complete the achievement.

    I’d like to see a statement released before we further invest in contests in order to maintain achievements. I rarely play Showdown slates and would like to know that I am not being penalized when only that is offered due to full slate cancellations. I understand ‘no game’ impact and how DK will adjust accordingly, I just don’t want to be forced into a game style that I’m not comfortable with halfway through achievements due to these cancellations.

    @DraftKings_CM All MLB contests on Aug 27 were cancelled due to PPD games. When will MLB Ironman achievements be adjusted to reflect this? They should require 64 regular season days instead of 65

    We understand the level of uncertainty you and others have expressed concern in this thread may be feeling, given the recent impact of both covid-19 and other postponements on the DFS ecosystem. We want you to rest assured that we have your back. Our main intent and greatest focus is to do right by our players. If you still feel that your achievement experience has been negatively impacted, feel free to email support@draftkings.com and our award-winning team will be happy to consider the options.

    One of the NFL achievements is to play in 22 weeks (pro bowl excluded). With a 17 week regular season and 4 week’s for playoffs, how would we hit 22? Am I just missing something?

    The Weekly Sweat. Play an $1+ NFL entry for 21 weeks from 9/10/20 – 2/7/21. (Pro Bowl excluded). Reward: 2.5K Crowns 0/22. seems like part of it has been changed to 21 weeks but still at 0/22

    I only count 55 eligible days for NFL if you play every day with exception of Pro Bowl yet the achievement is for 56 days. I see the weeks have been adjusted accordingly, Will the days also be adjusted

    You were all correct, we’ve updated the landing page to reflect the right number. Please reach out to support@draftkings.com & make mention of this thread so we know who you are, we’d like to thank you for your diligence! #typo

    There are a total of 55 eligible days between 9/10/20 & 2/7/21 for the Fantasy Football Ironman Achievement. The total number of eligible days currently reflected on our Fantasy Football Achievements landing page (see below) is 55.

    Thanks, I love this Community Forum as an avenue to communicate with DK on topics that affect everyone.

    Thank you, marker0357. We love that this thread has been established as a two-way communication channel where we can all work together to help maintain DraftKings as the world’s best DFS platform for all.

    I’m new to Best Ball and have a couple of questions.
    First, for slow drafts, when exactly does the time per pick change from 8 hours to 30 minutes? The rules say “one week before the start of the NFL season.” So does the change happen at 8 PM (ET) this Thursday? Trying to avoid drafts where I would be on the clock in the middle of the night (or at least plan for it).

    Second, have you determined how COVID-related cancellations will be handled for the large tournaments?

    The rules say that a scoring week runs from Thursday to Monday. Does that mean that any games held outside of that window do not count? What if, for example, a game is pushed back from a Sunday/Monday to Tuesday/Wednesday due to a COVID outbreak? Would it count in the week it was originally scheduled for?

    We’re new to Best Ball, too! We understand your concerns given the uncertain landscape right now and we know it’s more important now than ever to have clearly defined policies that ensure no one gets left behind. Keep an eye out for more information regarding our Best Ball game plan soon.

    I played the MLB/NBA 2 week streak contest and received my MLB and NBA tickets but did not get a NFL ticket.
    Anyone else? Is it awarded later?

    I got the NFL ticket but it doesn’t seem to work

    The NFL Best Ball Millionaire Tickets have been credited. You can redeem that ticket by searching for the NFL Best Ball $3M Millionaire contests in the lobby before the season kicks off next Thursday. If you need any assistance redeeming your ticket, our world-class agents are standing by to assist you at support@draftkings.com

    – DraftKings Community Team

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  • texasboss302

    Will there be a Thursday through Monday NFL slate?

  • DefinitelyMiami

    @DraftKings_CM said...

    We do not penalize those who cannot play Flash Draft, we created the Flash Draft Specialist to be an extra something on top for those who are in a Flash Draft permitted state, and play to complete the achievement.

    Exactly my point. You can offer a College Football Achievement or 2 without penalizing those who arent able to play

  • DraftKings_CM

    • DraftKings Representative

    Best Ball: Slow Draft Update

    The NFL season is almost here , which means our NFL Best Ball slow draft pick timers will be speeding up starting September 7th!

    The first change happens Monday at 10am ET. You can find the exact schedule of changes in our rules page: https://www.draftkings.com/help/rules/1/145

    Until Monday, you will have up to 8 hours to make each pick. Slow drafts typically take a few days to complete, but keep in mind that the slow draft timer will update on the following schedule:

    • Monday 9/7 at 10am ET – the slow draft pick clock will move to 1 hour per pick. The pick clock will revert to 8 hours per pick between the hours of 10pm ET to 10am ET.
    • Tuesday 9/8 at 10am ET – the slow draft pick clock will move to 10 minutes per pick. The pick clock will revert to 8 hours per pick between the hours of 10pm ET to 10am ET.
    • Wednesday 9/9 at 7:30pm ET – the slow draft pick clock will move to 2 minutes per pick. There will be no overnight period after this change.

    Will there be a Thursday through Monday NFL slate?

    We are running a Thu-Mon slate! Here is a link to our Front Four contest for Week 1: https://www.draftkings.com/contest/draftteam/91038127

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  • SkateFiend

    Just out of curiosity, will there be any daily snake draft contests at DK?

  • DraftKings_CM

    • DraftKings Representative

    Just out of curiosity, will there be any daily snake draft contests at DK?

    We are just getting started with Best Ball and Snake Drafts – there is so much more to come. While we can never share our plans for the future, we can however tell you what is new as of TODAY!

    Improvements to Best Ball Auto-Draft Logic

    Based on user feedback we have updated our Best Ball auto-draft logic!

    If you do not make a pick before your pick clock expires, we will draft a player for you based on the following logic:

    1. We will pick the highest player from your queue
    2. We will pick the highest ranked player from your pre-draft rankings

    Note: We will not auto-draft more than 4QBs, 6RBs, 7WRs, or 3TEs for your team when auto-drafting from the pre-draft rankings. It is possible to exceed these limits when auto-drafting from the queue.

    If you fail to make 2 consecutive manual selections we will automatically turn auto-draft on for you. You can turn auto-draft on or off in the draft settings. When you are on auto-draft you will not receive push notifications for the contest.

    COVID-19 & Scheduling Changes

    Additionally, we have updated the NFL Best Ball rules page with policy clarifications for the following:

    1. Disruptions to the season because of COVID-19 or any other extenuating circumstance
    2. Stat Corrections

    You can see these updates at https://www.draftkings.com/help/rules/1/145

    You may ask why we waited until now to announce our COVID-19 policy for Best Ball. We wanted to make sure our direction was as informed as possible, incorporating all known risks in our strategy to deliver the best possible game experience for all players. We think we got there – let us know your thoughts!

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  • sharksfansd

    @DraftKings_CM said...

    You can see these updates at https://www.draftkings.com/help/rules/1/145

    I see on that same link there is a new game style, NFL Showdown Dark Horse Mode. Look forward to playing this new option and if it works out hope you will use it for NHL next season.

  • bure10

    Bestballs just died right now. What is happening with the fast drafted that died mid draft…

  • Breakerfall

    Yup mine froze mid draft and just randomly came back

  • SkateFiend

    @DraftKings_CM said...

    We are just getting started with Best Ball and Snake Drafts – there is so much more to come. While we can never share our plans for the future, we can however tell you what is new as of TODAY!

    Just to be clear, you’re saying that Best Ball AND (single day) snake draft contests will be starting in the near future? FD has both.

  • JayKooks

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    Just wondering on the NHL Grinder achievement, did anyone hit 30 days? I’m at 29 with no slates left that will have 2 different start times and I don’t feel like I missed any days when there were. Just curious if I missed one of if there were only 29 possible and if so, will we get credit for that?

  • jdubadubs

    @JayKooks said...

    Just wondering on the NHL Grinder achievement, did anyone hit 30 days? I’m at 29 with no slates left that will have 2 different start times and I don’t feel like I missed any days when there were. Just curious if I missed one of if there were only 29 possible and if so, will we get credit for that?

    At 29 as well, feel like I may have missed 1 but not sure

  • Steverino01

    @JayKooks said...

    Just wondering on the NHL Grinder achievement, did anyone hit 30 days? I’m at 29 with no slates left that will have 2 different start times and I don’t feel like I missed any days when there were. Just curious if I missed one of if there were only 29 possible and if so, will we get credit for that?

    I hit 30 days. Do think 29 should get it also because of the cancelled days.

  • JayKooks

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    @Steverino01 said...

    I hit 30 days. Do think 29 should get it also because of the cancelled days.

    Thanks. I can’t imagine where I missed a day but good to know it was possible to hit it.

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