Fantasy Daily Sports – Exploring New Sports/Areas
Recently, DraftStreet introduced soccer into its daily fantasy sports portfolio to add to the football, baseball, basketball, hockey and golf. Soccer, not being a game that is particularly stat driven (apart from goal scorers) was an interesting offering and I’ll admit to being skeptical about it. This didn’t stop me from giving it a go however and I have to say I found it interesting – both from the tactical aspect and the viewing of the games, willing my players to make that killer pass, take a shot or make a great save. With DraftStreet being taken over by DraftKings, soccer isn’t currently available right now, but I for one hope it re-appears.
The addition of soccer got me thinking about other sports that might translate successfully across to Fantasy Daily Sports. Immediately one sprung to mind and that is Motor Sport in the form of both NASCAR and Formula One. Picking a roster of drivers (maybe six) in a particular race would give the event some added interest. Maybe drivers could gain points for qualifying performances, overtaking maneuvers, leading a race, places gained, fastest laps and many other criteria, as well as of course the final finishing position. In my mind, this would most definitely add to a race weekend, and if FanDuel or DraftKings were to offer this option I would be the first to have a go.
Another sport that also came into my thoughts was tennis – if sites offer golf, why not tennis? Every week there are a handful of tournaments around the world, and there are many weeks when the best players all come together. The Masters Series events on the ATP tour and the Premier Events on the WTA tour offer some great field events around ten times a year and of course there are the Grand Slams four times a year.
There are a couple of ways Fantasy Daily Sports sites could approach tennis. Firstly they could stick with the formula of having a roster of players for the week, and you’ll score points for achievements – maybe Aces, Sets won, Breaks of Serve and others, with points added the further a player progresses during the week. However, there is another way the sites could approach the sport, which is to follow the example of March Madness and predict the brackets of each tournament. Players would fill out their predicted bracket for the whole tournament and gain points for every player that progresses. My view is that this would be extremely popular and for someone taking part would be very interesting – especially during a Grand Slam event.
How about Horse Racing? Whether there would be a big enough market for this is open to question, but on the bigger days – examples being the Kentucky Derby Meeting and the Breeders Cup it could work. Maybe you could have a roster of a trainer, a jockey and four horses on a given day – with the favorites having a higher salary just like the salary cap leagues on the headline sports. The points system could be based around the finishing positions, the odds of the horse, the times of the race or even the prize money on offer for the race. Once again, if it was offered, I’d play.
Other Global Options
Daily Fantasy Sports is currently aimed at the US market, however if it were to expand globally, the popular sports of cricket, rugby and volleyball could also come under consideration – something to consider for the future.
The final thought I had is something of a curveball as it doesn’t feature sport at all. It’s Daily Fantasy Celebrity – and it’s all based around twitter. You’ll pick a roster of six celebrities and you’ll gain points for every tweet, every retweet, every new follower they gain and for every time somebody tweets them – maybe even bonus points for every selfie. You’re probably reading this as a sports fan, and I presume you’re as horrified as I am writing it – but ask the question, would there be a market for it? You bet your life.