Learn more with the glossary below to make understanding Fantasy Sports terms a breeze.
- For more information about each sport's contest formats, please review our Rules & Scoring.
- A contest type where players whose teams finish in the top half of entrants win cash. This contest type pays out entries that finish in the top half of the contest.
- This is how much money you have available in your DraftKings account to enter contests.
- Beginner Contests
- Open to players who have not yet earned an experience badge and played under 50 contests.
- A term used to describe an athlete that is projected to have a high ownership percentage. A “chalk” play is an obvious, conventional pick because they are widely expected to perform well.
- Players entering Classic Game Style will need to select a lineup of athletes that fit under a salary cap of $50,000. Each athlete is assigned a value, and players pick the athletes they want in their lineup.
- Casual Contest
- Casual Contests are available to players who have not yet earned an experience badge.
- Double Ups
- A contest type where entries that finish in a winning position get back twice their entry fee. This contest type will pay out nearly half of the entries.
- Doubtful (D)
- An injury designation that indicates an athlete is most likely not going to play in their upcoming game.
- Featured Contests
- Popular contests that are available to participate in.
- Flash Draft
- A game type where players draft before or during a live game. Players draft over five (5) rounds and choose between individual athletes, athletes with multipliers, and athlete combos.
- An abbreviation of Fantasy Points Per Game. Fantasy Points Per Game is the average number of fantasy points a given athlete scores each game they play in the given game type.
- Free Contests
- Free to enter contests, where players can enter and compete without having to pay an entry fee.
- An abbreviation of Guaranteed Prize Pool. Guaranteed Prize Pool refers to a tournament-style contest in which there is a set amount of money in the prize pool up for grabs, regardless of the number of entries.
- Guaranteed ()
- These contests pay out the entire prize regardless of if the contest fills. This includes every guaranteed contest type not listed separately in the table.
- Multipliers (2x-5x)
- These contests pay out the entire prize regardless of whether the contest fills, but the payouts are structured such that all winners receive a set multiple of the entry fee.
- Head to Head (H2H)
- A contest type where you play against one opponent, and the winner takes it all.
- In-Game Showdown
- A game type where players draft a lineup for either the 2nd half or the 4th quarter of a game. Players can often draft or reserve before the game takes place.
- Injured Reserve (IR)
- An injury designation that indicates an athlete is injured for an extended period of time and is not expected to play in the upcoming game.
- A league is a group players can create where they and their friends can participate in private contests together.
- Lock Time
- The time in which a contest locks. This is typically the same start time as the first game/match in the contest.
- A contest type in which multiple entries are allowed. Each participant can submit as many entries as they'd like, up to the maximum amount as stated in the contest details.
- Multipliers Contest
- A contest type where players can win up to a 10x multiplier of their entry fee. This contest type will pay out the top finishing positions listed in the contest details.
- These contests must be filled in order to pay out their prize. Entry fees are automatically refunded if the contest doesn’t fill.
- This is an abbreviation of Opponent Rank. Opponent Rank is the athlete’s opponent’s rank amongst all teams in the sport’s league against a particular statistic. A low opponent rank indicates the opponent has performed well against that statistic.
- Out (O)
- An injury designation that indicates an athlete is not going to play in the game or will no longer continue playing in the game if the game has already started.
- This is an abbreviation of Player Holes Remaining. Player Holes Remaining refers to the number of golf holes remaining for athletes in your lineup.
- This is an abbreviation of Player Innings Remaining. Player Innings Remaining refers to the number of innings remaining for athletes in your lineup.
- Player Experience Badge
- Player badges signify contest entry milestones for accomplished players. Anyone with an experience badge is ineligible for beginner or casual contests.
- Player Pool
- A group of athletes available to be drafted for a contest in a given slate of games.
- This is an abbreviation of Player Laps Remaining. Player Laps Remaining refers to the number of laps remaining for athletes in your lineup.
- This is an abbreviation of Player Minutes Remaining. Player Minutes Remaining is simply the total amount of game time left for athletes in your lineup.
- Postponed Game (PPD)
- This refers to when a game is not going to take place on the originally scheduled day. Athletes in a postponed game are not going to score any fantasy points in that specific contest if the contest duration is only that day.
- Questionable (Q)
- An injury designation that indicates an athlete may or may not play in their upcoming game.
- In our salary cap contests, you have $50,000 to compile your roster. Each athlete listed in the Player Pool has an assigned salary. An athlete’s salary will not change for a given contest, but may change in future contests based on their performance.
- Satellites and
- Qualifiers Contests
- Contest types where players win tickets that can be used for entry in higher-stake contests.
- Series Contests
- A game type where players draft athletes who play in multiple games. Fantasy Points are cumulative across all games in the contest.
- A game type that only spans one game. Players would need to fill their lineup with athletes from both teams playing within one game but also stay under the salary cap of $50,000.
- Slow Draft
- A Snake Draft where users are given up to 8 hours per pick to draft their players for these contests.
- Snake Draft
- Snake draft contests are contests where players draft athletes one by one over a set number of rounds. The draft order is determined randomly, and all fantasy players draft athletes in each round. Once the first round is complete, the user who picked last then picks first in the second round. In other words, the draft snakes back on itself.
- Start Time
- The time a game/match begins.
- A game type where players fill their lineup by drafting athletes from different pre-selected tiers.
- Small and large field contests with huge prizes.