Rules & Scoring



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Rushing yards made = 0.1ptsSacks = 1pt
Rushing touchdowns = 6ptsOpponent-fumbles recovered = 2pts
Passing yards = 0.04ptsReturn touchdowns = 6pts
Passing touchdowns = 4ptsExtra Point Return = 2pts
Interceptions = -1ptSafeties = 2pts
Receiving yards = 0.1ptsBlocked Punt/Kick = 2pts
Receiving touchdowns = 6ptsInterceptions made = 2pts
Receptions = 0.5pts0 points allowed = 10pts
Kickoff return touchdowns = 6pts1-6 points allowed = 7pts
Punt return touchdowns = 6pts7-13 points allowed = 4pts
Fumbles lost = -2pts14-20 points allowed = 1pt
Own fumbles recovered touchdowns = 6pts21-27 points allowed = 0pts
Two-point conversions scored = 2pts28-34 points allowed = -1pt
Two-point conversion passes = 2pts35+ points allowed = -4pts
Field-goals from 0-19 yards = 3pts
Field-goals from 20-29 yards = 3pts
Field-goals from 30-39 yards = 3pts
Field-goals from 40-49 yards = 4pts
Field-goals from 50+ yards = 5pts
Extra-point conversions = 1pt
Notes: For purposes of FanDuel defensive scoring, points allowed are calculated as:
6 * (Rushing TD + Receiving TD + Own fumbles recovered for TD ) + 2 * (Two point conversions) + Extra points + 3 * (Field Goals)

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1B = 3ptsW = 6pts
2B = 6ptsQuality Start = 4pts
3B = 9ptsER = -3pts
HR = 12ptsSO = 3pts
RBI = 3.5ptsIP = 3pts*
R = 3.2pts
BB = 3pts
SB = 6pts
HBP = 3pts
*Fractional scoring per out.
Notes: Quality Start is awarded to a starting pitcher who completes at least six innings and permits no more than three earned runs.

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3-pt FG = 3pts
2-pt FG = 2pts
FT = 1pt
Rebound = 1.2pts
Assist = 1.5pts
Block = 3pts
Steal = 3pts
Turnover = -1pt

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Goals = 12ptsWins = 12pts
Assists = 8ptsGoals Against = -4pts
Shots on Goal = 1.6ptsSaves = 0.8pts
Short Handed Points = +2ptsShutouts = 8pts
Power Play Points = +0.5pts
Blocked Shots = 1.6pts
Note: No points are awarded for goals or saves during shootouts.

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Stroke ScoringBonuses
Eagle (or better) = 7ptsBogey Free Round (A complete round with no holes over par) = 5pts
Birdie = 3.1ptsBounce Back (Hole under par after hole over par) = 0.3pts
Par = 0.5ptsFive+ Birdies or Better (A round with 5+ holes under par) = 4pts
Bogey = -1ptStreak Bonus (Two holes in a row under par) = 0.6pts
Double Bogey (or worse) = -3pts1st Place Bonus (Overall tournament finishing position) = 20pts
2nd–5th Place Bonus (Overall tournament finishing position) = 12pts
6th–10th Place Bonus (Overall tournament finishing position) = 8pts
11th–25th Place Bonus (Overall tournament finishing position) = 5pts
Holes played during a playoff are not counted in scoring. Finishing position bonus will reflect the final outcome of the tournament.

  • All golfers are eligible to receive one overall tournament finishing bonus. This bonus is based on the golfers final position at the end of the tournament and is given to the golfer once.
  • The Streak Bonus will be added for every under-par hole that follows an under-par hole. Ex: -1 -1 -1 = Two Streak Bonuses (1.2pts)
  • Points for finishing position bonus are not awarded in Weekend PGA contests

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Goals Scored = 15ptsClean Sheet = 10pts
Assists = 7ptsGoals Against = -1pt
Blocked Shots = 2ptsSaved Penalty Shots = 6pts
Chances Created = 3ptsSaves = 3pts
Red Cards = -5pts
Yellow Cards = -1pts
Clearances = 1pt
Fouls Drawn = 0.5pts
Interceptions = 1.5pts
Own Goals = -5pts
Missed Penalties = -5pts
5 Successful Passes = 0.25pts
Shots on Goal = 5pts
Tackles = 2pts

Scoring Definitions

All scoring statistics are supplied by FanDuel’s stats provider, Opta, in accordance with its guidelines. FanDuel will not amend any scoring statistics provided by Opta. However, Opta may change statistics which result in changes to FanDuel scoring, so long as any statistic amendments are made before FanDuel contest settlement.

Goal scored
  • The scorer of a goal. A goal will also score additional points for a Shot on Goal.
  • Players do not accrue any points during a penalty shootout.

Shot on Goal
  • Any goal attempt that goes into the net.
  • Any goal attempt that would have gone into the net but for being stopped by a goalkeeper's save.
  • Any goal attempt that would have gone into the net but for being stopped by a defender who is the last man.

  • The final pass or attempted shot directly leading to the recipient of the ball scoring a goal. Assists are not awarded for shots off the goal frame or for goalkeeper saves if the goalscorer scores the rebound. Assists are also not awarded for heavily deflected passes, or players being fouled for penalties/free-kicks. In the event of an own goal, no assist is awarded. Assists can also score additional points for the chance created.

Chances Created
  • The final pass or attempted shot leading to the recipient of the ball having an attempt at goal, including assists.

Foul Drawn
  • Where a player is fouled by an opponent. There is no foul won for a handball or a dive where a free kick is conceded.

Yellow/Red Cards
  • The award of a yellow or red card to a player.

Successful Passes
  • An intentionally played ball from one player to another. Points are warded after five successful passes from.

Missed Penalties
  • A penalty kick that is not scored. Shot on target points are still awarded for penalty kicks on target which are saved. Players do not accrue any points during a penalty shootout.

  • This is a defensive action where a player blocks a shot from an opposing player.

  • This is a defensive action where a player kicks the ball away from his own goal with no intended recipient of the ball.

  • A tackle is defined as where a player connects with the ball in ground challenge where he successfully takes the ball away from the man in possession.

Clean Sheet (Goalkeepers)
  • A player or team who does not concede a goal for the full match. Goalkeepers will be awarded a Clean Sheet if they play the entire match and do not allow a goal. A goal allowed in extra time will nullify a clean sheet. Clean sheet points are awarded at the end of the game.

Goals Against (Goalkeepers)
  • A goal conceded by a goalkeeper while on the field of play.

Saves (Goalkeepers)
  • A goalkeeper preventing the ball from entering the goal with any part of his body.

Saved Penalties (Goalkeepers)
  • A goalkeeper preventing the ball from entering the goal with any part of his body from a penalty kick. The goalkeeper will earn additional points for the save. No points are awarded for penalties missed that have not been saved (off target).
  • Goalkeepers will receive points for goalkeeper specific events and the general scoring events. Outfield players will not receive goalkeeper unique events should they play in goal for any reason during a match.


In addition to our Terms of Use and Privacy Policy contests at FanDuel are governed by the following set of rules:


You must be 18 years of age or over as well as a resident of AND physically located in the USA or Canada to make a deposit or play in any FanDuel contest with an entry fee or prize. If you are physically located in Alabama, Arizona, Hawaii, Idaho, Iowa, Louisiana, Montana, Nevada, Texas or Washington, you cannot deposit or play for real money. For further information regarding eligibility, please consult our official Terms of Use.

Multiple Accounts

Each player on FanDuel is allowed one account and "multi-accounting" is expressly prohibited. If FanDuel determines that you have opened, maintained, used or controlled more than one account, any or all of your accounts may be terminated or suspended and any prizes you've won may be revoked or withheld. For more information, click here.

Suspended Accounts

There are a variety of behaviors that are detrimental to FanDuel and other players on the Service. Engaging in those behaviors may result in suspension of some or all functions associated with your account. Suspended players are expected to respect the disciplinary actions imposed on their accounts and all communication regarding restoration of your account should take place via the email account.

User Names

FanDuel may require users to change their user names in cases where the name is offensive or promotes a commercial venture. The requirement to change will be determined at FanDuel’s sole discretion, and if requests are ignored, FanDuel may unilaterally change a player’s user name.

Highly-Experienced Player

FanDuel will identify those players with certain levels of experience and/or expertise with a highly-experienced player (“HEP”) badge. These badges will appear alongside the player’s username, and such players may not enter beginner contests, and are also ineligible to enter certain contests reserved for players who do not have an HEP badge. A player will be tagged with an HEP badge according to the following criteria:

Unfilled Contests

All open contests that are completed on FanDuel have a predetermined prize pool and number of entrants. Contests labeled as "Guaranteed" will always run and pay out regardless if the contest starts as unfilled. Some structured contests, however, require a specified number of participants. If that number of participants is not reached before the start of the contest, the contest will not take place and your entrance fee will be refunded. For example, a head-to-head challenge cannot take place without two willing competitors and a 10-person league will not be conducted with only 9 interested participants.

Contest Lock Times

We offer contests with and without late swap.

For contests that do not offer late swap, all edits will be final at the scheduled start time for the first game of the slate. That means no more entries and no more lineup changes. Let’s say you’re looking to join a Sunday NFL contest and the first game in which players are eligible for selection in that contest kicks off at 1pm EST that day. You’ll need to enter and make your last lineup change by 12:59pm - not a minute later.

If a contest offers late swap, players in your lineup can be edited until their respective scheduled game start time. Something to keep in mind is that all normal editing rules apply - you can select up to four players from one team, must select players from at least three different teams, and cannot exceed the salary cap. Additionally, you cannot swap for a player after their game has started.

For Golf, contests lock before the first tee-time of the tournament’s opening round. However, FanDuel reserves the right to update the lock time in the event the tournament begins before the scheduled lock time. In the event that the first tee-time of the tournament’s opening round occurs before contest lock, any new entries made or entries with edits made after the first tee-time of the opening round will be cancelled and refunded.

Maximum Entries
All contests have limits on the maximum number of entries that a single user may submit. These limits will be specified in the description of each contest. While these limits may vary, you will generally not be allowed to submit multiple entries exceeding:

  • 3 % of the total Entries for contests with 2 to 4999 Entries
  • 150 Entries for contests with 5000 or more Entries
For Golf, FanDuel may offer $150+ entry fee contests with higher limits on the maximum number of entries a single user may submit.
Canceling Entries

Users may cancel entries by clicking on the ‘cancel entry’ link located at the bottom of your entry on the roster confirmation page or by clicking the red x next to your entry at your Upcoming page. You may cancel your entry for any contest as long as it is more than 15 minutes before game start, except for matched H2H entries, which can never be cancelled. Within 15 minutes of game start, you will not be able to cancel an entry if the contest is already filled (tournaments, 3-100 player contests, 50/50s, multipliers). FanDuel will not accommodate cancellation requests for entries in filled contests within 15 minutes of game start. FanDuel has no obligation to honor cancellation requests that are not received, or which are received after these deadlines, due to technical difficulties or other reasons. Also, FanDuel will not accommodate requests to cancel matched H2H entries.

Postponed Games

Rules for how postponed games are treated in FanDuel contests vary depending on the sport and contest type. For NFL contests, you will receive points for any postponed games that are played no later than Wednesday of that week. For one day MLB, Basketball, NHL and Soccer contests, if the postponed game is played on the same day then you will receive points for your players in those games as normal. If a game is postponed to a later date or called off for any reason, any players you have selected for that game will receive zero points. For any Basketball, MLB, NHL and Soccer contests that are scheduled to include games from multiple days (such as some playoff contests), you will receive points for any games that are played no later than the day after the last game scheduled as part of the contest. For slates involving multiple games, if game cancellations and/or postponements mean there is only one game left in a contest, then the contest will be canceled and all entry fees will be refunded. NOTE: A game will be considered to be 'played' on a given day if it begins on that day and is completed no later than 6am Eastern on the following day. For Golf contests, postponed rounds will only be counted if they are completed before the Wednesday following the start of a tournament.

Suspended Games

Rules for how suspended games are treated vary depending on the sport and game type. A game is considered suspended if it is unfinished, but to be completed in the future. At a minimum, the statistics compiled prior to the end of the contest period will count towards contests. For a suspended NFL game, you will receive points for the remainder of the game if it is played no later than Wednesday of that week. For one day MLB contests, if the game is suspended until a future date, points accumulated in the remainder of the game will not count towards contests. For one day Basketball, NHL and Soccer contests, you will receive points for any suspended games that are played no later than the next day. For any Basketball, MLB, NHL and Soccer contests that are scheduled to include games from multiple days (such as some playoff contests), you will receive the remaining points for the any games that are completed no later than the day after the last game scheduled as part of the contest. For Golf contests, if a tournament is suspended after rounds have been played, and it will not complete within a week from the event start date, the game will be marked complete and the future scores will not count towards settlement.

If a Golfer withdraws from play mid-competition he will only receive points for his completed holes. For example, if a Golfer withdraws on the 16th hole of the first round, he will receive points earned through the first 15 holes. Incomplete rounds are not eligible for the 'Bogey Free Round' bonus.

Contest Player Pools and Traded Players

Players being traded may impact contests that have already been created with the players on their old teams. Player team listings on FanDuel are updated once per day (overnight). Note that because contests are created as much as five or six days in advance, traded players may not be available in contests which include a game involving their new team, but not their old team. Also note that in some instances a player you selected may no longer be available in a contest which includes their old team, but not their new team. In that case, you'll need to select a replacement or be credited with zero points for the player.

Note that on the day a player is traded, they may still be listed for their old team in the draft screen. If they are traded to another team which is part of the same contest in which you choose them, you will still receive points for their performance. These points may not be reflected accurately during live scoring, but will count at contest settlement time. Also note that contest settlement may be delayed in order to ensure accuracy.

Most importantly, please note that in very rare cases a player is traded early enough in the day that they are able to play for their new team. If they are traded from a team with a late game to a team with an early game, you may be able to select them in late contests, already knowing how they performed that day. In this situation, you will receive zero points for their performance.

In rare cases, FanDuel reserves the right to update the pool of players for a contest slate before lock time at its own discretion. In the event that this takes place, FanDuel will contact users currently entered into that contest slate to alert them of this change.

Player Status Indicators

When drafting a lineup, you may see player status indicators informing you of a player’s injury status, whether he’s active in the lineup or other information relating to a player’s status in the lineup (e.g., batting order for baseball, projected line for hockey, etc.).

As you build your lineup, you may consult the Indicator Legend at the bottom of the draft screen for more information on Player Status Indicators.

These indicators are based on information provided to us by a 3rd party, and while we do our best to ensure accuracy, FanDuel is not responsible for the content.


Only one game of a doubleheader will count for FanDuel scoring. Players will only score points for the game which starts at the time listed in the contest details. This will typically (but not always) be the game at the originally scheduled time.

Lineup Restrictions

Lineup restrictions governing the mix of players allowed in your lineup vary based on contest type. For most contests, you must pick players from at least three different teams and you may not pick more than four players from the same team. However, for MLB contests, you may select up to five players from the same team, provided one player is a pitcher. For single game contests, you must pick players from at least two different teams.


Use of unauthorized scripts is prohibited on FanDuel. Authorized scripts will be made available through FanDuel and will be accessible to all users prior to game entry. Currently, FanDuel allows all users to enter multiple lineups into contests via CSV files using the "Upload Lineups" tool available on the draft screen. FanDuel also allows users to edit multiple lineups via CSV files using the "CSV Edit" tool available on the Upcoming page and the Live page (for late swap).


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In cases where you have received a bonus or other benefits as a result of your deposit and have not yet played through the deposit (entering contests whose total entry fees equal the value of the deposit), FanDuel reserves the right to refuse the withdrawal and/or close your account.


You may deposit money into your FanDuel account using Paypal or a Visa credit card (other cards such as MasterCard and American Express can be used via Paypal). If you're having any problems depositing money then get in touch and we'll deal with the issue as soon possible. There may be limits on the amount you may deposit in certain circumstances.

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Contest Settlement and Payment

We try to settle contests and run payments as quickly as possible, but must ensure we do so accurately. Most contests are settled shortly after the last game finishes. However, to settle we have to wait until all the player statistics have been reported by our third party stats provider. This lets us ensure that the final box scores are complete. Please note there can sometimes be last minute changes. If there is difficulty obtaining official results or issues with scoring, the contest may be settled the following day.

Scoring Revisions

During every game, we receive live scoring from one of our stats providers. After each game has ended, we receive the final box score, and settle all the contests. On rare occasions, the final box scores are revised after they have been released. When that happens, the player scores on FanDuel will not be updated and the settlements will not be revised. Note that this is not the same situation as a case where a correction needs to be made after settlement due to a problem with the data feed or the settlement process. In these cases the settlement process (including payment) may be reversed and games resettled correctly.

Service Access and Editing Problems

While we try to ensure that FanDuel is functioning smoothly at all times, like any online service we may periodically experience periods of outage or slow performance. These can sometimes result in an inability to access the Service, problems editing lineups, or problems entering new contests. If you're unable to access the Service, please report the problems by emailing us at If there are sustained periods where players are unable to access Service functionality, or otherwise prevented from editing lineups, or in certain other situations, we may provide instructions on how to cancel your entries over email prior to game time.

Contest Cancellation

FanDuel also reserves that right to cancel contests at our discretion, without any restrictions. This would typically be done only in cases where we believe that due to problems on the Service or events impacting the sporting events, there would be a widespread impact on the integrity of contests.

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