I bought NBA League Pass yesterday so I could keep track of my nightly Draft Kings teams. To say I’ve gone down a dark yet exhilarating hole would be an understatement. 6 p.m. roles around now and I start twitching if my flex forward hasn’t been listed as the starter yet. On Sundays, I’m basically De Niro’s character from Silver Linings, making sure my beer is facing the right way (label-out as it leans against my groin) and all other Juju is correct before kickoff and Scott Hanson’s opening octobox. Daily fantasy is taking over right now. The NBA just signed a partnership with Fan Duel. The Sixers, as a team, are now powered by our partner, Draft Kings:
What that says, exactly, since the Sixers are 0-14? Well, never mind that. The point is, daily fantasy (DFS) is a juggernaut for good reason: it’s infinitely more fun to play than season-long leagues. There’s more strategy, more control, and each night means something. I’m not joking when I say that the Draft Kings app during a football Sunday or an NBA Friday is quite possibly the most addictive iOS (or Android) app in history– constantly updating with live scores, highlighting your standing in green if you’re currently in the money. Oh, how I love green. I get visibly angry when my little, gorgeous green box shifts back to grey. F U, grey!
Anyway, that’s all a long – but true – intro for our Thanksgiving day private league(s). Here’s the deal– we’re hosting a one-day league(s) for the three Thanksgiving NFL games for Crossing Broad readers only. It’s $10 to play, there are 20 participants per league, and the payouts are as follows:
First place: $90
Second place: $54
Third place: $36
It’s a great way to dip your toe into Draft Kings if you haven’t played before. The big-time $1 million or $10k leagues are great, but can be intimidating since you’re going up against the best of the best. Admittedly, those are tough to win (of course, the upside is that you become rich). Lately I prefer the smaller leagues, no larger than 70 or so– they give you great opportunities to win real money without breaking the bank and they keep things fun and manageable (isn’t that the point, anyway?). I joke about being addicted, because I’ve deposited a total of about $50 into my account and have played consistently for a month. For context, my season-long fantasy league cost, I think, $200, and my team was out of it by Week 4. The value proposition of DFS, let alone the fun-factor, doesn’t need explaining.
So create your team for our private Thanksgiving league. You can do so before you have to make any deposit, meaning you can play around with it and get a feel for the interface before paying your entry fee (and yes, you can use PayPal). You’ll choose 1 QB, 2 RBs, 3 WRs, 1 TE, 1 FLEX, and 1 DST (defense and special teams). I’m playing (bdncb1). The leagues are capped at 20, but don’t worry about them filling up. I’ve instructed Jim to put himself to use by closely monitoring the entries and adding new leagues as each fills up (these links will always point to the newest league). I promise you, playing will make your Thanksgiving football watching that much better. And, bonus!: there is no overlap in the broadcasts, so you’ll get to see each game and all of your players while you stuff your face with bird before going into a tryptophan-induced coma, which you’ll want to avoid because there’s a late game and you have two players going, DAMMIT!
Create your team
League one is full so …
Create your team for league two right here
And, of course, if you’re feeling lucky– you can also enter the $600k Wishbone Classic for $20. Because let’s be honest, I’m totally doing that, too.
Create your team for the Wishbone Classic.